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TexasKate

Addicted to plywood cut outs

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OK my name is Kate and I am an addict! It started a few years ago with a small experiment; I wanted Rudolph and a few of those characters but was too cheap to fork over the bucks. So I got some nerve up and a piece of plywood, jig saw and you know what happened from there don't you? I have the smallest yard on the block, so now I am using my neighbors yards. They are kind gracious and just smile as I tell them about my new creations, knowing full well I have no where to put them in my yard. I just want a little support to know I am not the only crazy fool out there. This year I created Snow White and the 7 dwarfs plus a fireplace for their stockings, Grinch+Max and Cindy, 2 wooden soldiers, Charlie Brown and 5 characters around the tree to go with the Snoopy and dog house from last year. I have the mom and dad dalmatians plus about 7 puppies. I am completing the Frosty Snowman set including the Policeman,rabbit and Stop sign. I made Rudolph set of about 6-7 characters about 3 years ago. I did the Disney characters too!

I have plans for a lot more! Have I lost my mind?

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Here's few more.... I forgot about Winnie the Pooh and his friends... See what I mean! LOL

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Kate, that's some incredible work that you've done there. My wife was just looking and she thinks so too. You have talent.

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Thank you! I have to confess my plans for next year..... the Gingerbread Village. I no longer think of one or two characters, I am planning the whole village! It's ok, the neighbor down the street owns the empty lot. LOL

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Now this is what I would call first class++++ cut outs. Your attention to detail is fantastic. I wish I had 1/2 of your talent. Curious on the thickness of plywood you use! After painting do you cover with some type of protective covering. Have you considered animating any of you cutouts? Many would be simple to do with wiper motor. Oops, don't think you need anything else on your plate. Keep em coming and post some more pictures when you add more to you display.

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Very well done. And I can understand the addiction. When I started I only did 1 or 2 characters now.... well lets just say I too will soon be asking permission to use the neighbours lawn.

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Brian -You stole my Hocus Pocus! :P:D :D (just ribbin ya)

The few people I talk to during the holidays all tell me they like the show, but they LOVE the cutouts. Now that I have a shed to store them in as well as my workshop, I'll be making more cutouts for 2011. I need to take a break from electrical stuff.

New for 2008 Cutouts:

http://www.landolights.com/main/component/option,com_ponygallery/Itemid,62/func,viewcategory/catid,21/

2006 and 2008 Cutouts on display:

http://www.landolights.com/main/component/option,com_ponygallery/Itemid,62/func,viewcategory/catid,23/

My hints and tips on making Cutouts:

http://www.landolights.com/main/content/view/62/39/

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Wow what a collection! I love making them too. I just don't have room in my yard to put many. I made these in 2007.

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I didn't use the tree last year because of limited yard space, but I'm going to convert the tree to a singing tree and mount him on the wishing well I have in the front yard. I guess since we can't expand the yard any I'll just have to start stacking stuff! lol

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Thank you so much for your kind words! I plan on working on the fireplace this weekend for my SnowWhite and 7 dwarfs display. I'll take some pictures and post them.

It's nice to know that there are some people out there in this world that don't think I am crazy. I'll just keep making them until ..... until something stops me. God only knows what that might be! LOL

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I too want to say that you dig a great job. Well done.

Brings back memories of when I did wood cutouts, I stopped in 2008 do in part to my computerized display. I think people where I live miss me adding new wood cutouts to the display, I too miss it. Perhaps my 2011 display better have a few new wood cutouts in it and bring back some of that Christmas spirit that wood cutouts can bring to a display.

A computerized display can bring a "WOW" from viewers, but wood cutouts can melt a heart and say "that is soooooo cute".

Again great work.

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I just finished the fireplace for Snow White and the dwarfs. I had no idea how it would turn out. But this is a keeper! If anyone wants the pattern or instructions let me know and I'll post them. I'll be adding garland and lights when it is displayed.

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Hello! my name is Kathie "Kathie's Lancaster Lights" and I as well as you are addicted to wood cut outs! My older daughter continues to tell me I have too many but I can't help myself. Great job!!

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Wow your cut outs are amazing!! Now I want to try and build some into my display. How did you get started and what type of plywood and such do you use? Once again amazing!!

Daniel

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