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What are you adding to your Wireframe display 2017?

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Hi everyone,  been a while since I've posted.  Rotator cuff surgery went well, physical therapy done and full motion back.  Still working on building up the strength.  Hired a personal trainer at the gym to help me with this.

Oh, well, been a busy few weeks here, this years display will have 2 additional shepherds, 2 more sheep, another bunny, 2 more camels.  Also 2 animated nut crackers guarding the singing trees.  So now wire frame wise, there will be a total of 22 wire frame units out this year.  In addition to 12 green and red wrapped tree trunks also animated, 4 singing coro animated trees, 3 sparkle balls, and all the other glitz.  OH almost forgot, 24 cartoon characters on 3 8' sections of white picket fence all hand made.   And all this will run off of 2 20 amp circuits, each circuit pulling about 8-10 amps.  ALL LED.  Love it.  So what are you adding this year?


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Hey Mike, glad everything is week with the shoulder surgery!!!  I am selling off a lot of blowmolds. Hope to be adding 8 to 10 tomatoe cage trees and 20 to 30 cut outs this year...glad to hear that the shoulder is back in action, congrats!

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Well, been busy, got good report on my heart so I am back to leading a normal life, so I have been designing and already have stock cut and shaped for the following. 6 4' candles, 1 cow, 1 donkey, Dog & Cat singing by a lamp post, 2 more nutcrackers, a 5' long sleigh and this weekend starting on 5 more reindeer.  So for next year that will bring my count of wire frames to 42 units. Plus everything else.  Think it's time to build a 10x10 shed in the yard, tried of carrying them all up and down from the basement. 

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I have some round bar and lights laying around, I might try my hand at making a "Merry Christmas" or maybe a snow man.  I don't have budget due to house repairs that I just paid for so need to use what I have for the most part. 


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