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  1. Very sad news. I'm so glad I have my molds and will pamper them even more now that this has happened. You can look forward to the price of molds on ebay skyrocketing. Better get what you want from GFP and ebay, while you can still afford it. I wouldn't be surprised, if some China company buys the molds and then redesigns them to put crappy solar lights in them that only last for two hours and gives them that ugly bluish light look. My greatest fear is that the molds will be thrown away or sold to collectors that will never produce them again. I hate saying this, but I feel that we Christmas loving blow molders are a dying breed of people. It is true that there are some new lovers, but the truth is that a large majority of people in our country have been losing the Christmas spirit for many years. Just look at how many neighborhoods and homes are dark at Christmas across our land. Many cities and towns hardly put anything up. These things started a long time ago and just continues to get worse as the years roll on. Most Americans seemed happier and optimistic back in the 1950s, 60's , 70's, & 80's than today. I hope America finds its happiness again someday. No matter what happens, I'll keep putting my stuff up and hope the younger people will see what Christmas was once like in America. I need to just shut up, because talking about this brings me down. To all my fellow Christmas blow molders, I say keep the joy alive in your hearts and on your lawns and never let it die. Now I need to go look at my molds to lift my spirits back up again.
    7 points
  2. i decided to make one last trip to the Goodwill outlet store (surplus items) before Christmas to see what was available. It was good timing because I was able to find two more blow molds for my nativity display - the GFP standing wise man and a cow. The best find was a "Gemmy Lightshow Christmas Lights 6' Projection Lamp Post with Lighted Signs, Electro-Fire". The two blow molds were less than $5 together and the lantern was $13 based upon the weight. The light in the lantern is special. It's an LED assembly that flickers with and orange color. It really does look like a candle flame. Whenever I see any Christmas decoration by Gemmy at the outlet store I buy it. They sure make good stuff. I wonder just how many blow molds end up at Goodwill. I keep finding many over time forgot the picture
    6 points
  3. I have this saying: "the easiest thing to do is nothing." Most people seem to default to this setting. Sooooooo... I'm going to leave things alone, at least for this season .) But... I'm wide open for suggestions on how to make PlanetChristmas a better place. Please let me know here or send an email to me at [email protected]
    6 points
  4. After much consideration, I've come to the conclusion the PlanetChristmas forums will be around as long as I am. I ventured over into the world of Facebook. Good gosh... what a black hole of time. It's so easy get get distracted. I found the never-ending ads especially irritating. Sometimes the latest is not the greatest. Maybe the new Planet Christmas tag line should be: "Say hello to the gold old days!"
    5 points
  5. Just about done. I took off all last week because I had vacation to burn and was well used getting everything ready.. Had a lot of rain the past two days but that actually helped find any wet plugs before it all actually goes on.
    5 points
  6. Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
    5 points
  7. I wish I had the means to by all the stamping, patents and equipment to keep it in business....i know, I'm a dreamer lolol
    5 points
  8. Hey all If you’re not on Facebook or have not seen or heard, but I have a small business and am happy to announce an exclusive blow mold snowman never seen before and will NOT be seen in retailers. If this does well then you can bet there will be tons of designs to come. The snowman will be $65.49 and available only through pre order on our website in a couple weeks. He stands 34x15x15. And will be made in China. If you have questions ask away. Like the business page to keep up to date as well Facebook.com/Richardsholidayshop
    4 points
  9. Went to the Blow-molded site and found a full redesign and updated items! You can look up blow molds in different ways. There are even catalogs to download and browse. Some of the blow molds now have a front and back view. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful update! 💟
    4 points
  10. Well despite the huge size I liked the animated flame LED bulbs so I decided to use them. I used the jig saw to widen the mount hole for the bulb to get in.
    4 points
  11. Not done yet. As you can see from the pics the weather got pretty bad yesterday and today compared to what the holiday weekend was like. Here are a few pics I took a little bit ago because there is some snow on things, it might be the only time, so I took some pics. After they uploaded they are a little crappy, sorry.
    4 points
  12. Remember in the movie, A Christmas Story, when the "old man" was gluing back together the leg lamp? That's going to be me.
    4 points
  13. Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    4 points
  14. This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
    4 points
  15. The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
    4 points
  16. Last year I added Patriotic candles they were custom repaint repurpose. This year I’ve decided to add a patriotic snowman, but once again they are hard to find and when I did find one, I didn’t want to pay what was being asked. So I decided to do a Custom Repaint / re purpose a regular blow mold snowman. I think he turned out good, I think he looks better than the picture shows. I will include last year picture of where he will be displayed. LOL I may have to re arrange them. The project when fairly well, biggest problem was the paint removal. I've removed paint from blow molds before, but never had this much trouble. the picture is after about 11 attempts. As you can see I still didn't get it all off. There is a Santa Face in the background that I just got, and one of the previous owners had re painted it with a brush. I was able to strip it all the way down in one application.
    3 points
  17. Hey all..ive been away for a few years on here, ive still been lighting my up my neighborhood. Last yrs display around 40,000 lights and over 100 blow molds. This yr will certainly be a challenge. Ive been making regular trips to Duke for leukemia treatments but I'm determined to not let it affect my love for decorating . I was thinking of a donation box for St. Jude's but wanted the best Christmas website in the world's opinion. Does anyone have ideas for a donation box that would be safe? I live in a great city but its the lure of easy money as the song says...lol. Hope everyone is healthy and ready to start displaying 🎄
    3 points
  18. Its been a long time. a ime in my life without the magic family issues caused me to take a long hiatus. 4 years ago I left Denver moved to Kentucky. this last november moved into a new to us home. with the land christmas display friendly. So i decided to drag out what i had and begin to plan for this year. I have been working on refurbing my train, and building a whole NEW display. at 54 i'm probably crazy to start over but i miss it and i have missed all of my PC family. so who is till on here from way back in 2003?
    3 points
  19. We have been awarded a Beautification Holiday Edition Award from a local community group .Someone entered us in the competition without us knowing and we are grateful. We have hit the big time! Our picture is going to be in our local newspapers. Yes we have two papers and they both come out weekly and have basically the same stuff in both. It's that type of area. This is our first year doing this. 32 channel LOR with all LED. The PC community has been very helpful and I thank you all for taking time to help us that are new to all of this. If you responded to one of my questions or answered someone else's question you have helped. I have gotten all sorts of ideas and advice on what to do and not to do. So again we thank you. Not a real good pic but you get the idea.
    3 points
  20. Put out the Patriotic Section of my blow mold display. I always put it up before Veterans Day I'm a newbee, don't know why the pic is over the text.
    3 points
  21. I've gotten to the point now where I'm needing to rotate what I put out every year, simply because I'm out of lawn space. I can't really go any closer to the road because of the sidewalk plow, and fear that if I add more on the rest of the lawn it will look too cluttered, so I'm rotating things out every year. For example, I had a (mostly) different set of figures sitting on the wall last year, some of which I used elsewhere, some of which I kept inside. I also used a different Disney set last year. The only new scene entirely this year is the Empire/Alderbrook snowman trio towards the back, as it's the only spot I could find left to add a new scene. I think that's one of my favourite things I've done, its such a nostalgic scene that's reminiscent of the old catalogs. I managed to get every bulb working for christmas with the exception of an angel on the roof that actually blew down early in the morning on Christmas eve, so I didn't have time to put it back up, (the blow mold was okay though!) It was opposite the sleigh team on the other side of the house peak, between the window on the left and the corner of the house. I also was disappointed with my lack of incandescent light strands this year. My multicolour strand I usually put around the gingerbread house wouldn't work no matter what I did or replaced this year, which is disappointing considering they weren't even 4 years old. I don't mind the LEDs I've chosen as I feel the colors go well with each other, the house, and the blow molds, but they don't have that glow that you can only get from the old school stuff. Let me know what you think of the display! 20201224_201456.mp4
    3 points
  22. What’s everyone Christmas display looking like. I been working in the back yard on mine. I live HOA and can’t put out in front yard until week of thanksgiving. If weather is good I will start pulling it to front yard on Monday.
    3 points
  23. We got a few inches of snow so I took a couple pics of the display.
    3 points
  24. After about a decade of waiting, I finally got into blow mold. I had planned to wait until Black Friday but they were sold out days earlier at the local Ace Hardware store. After searching all over the internet, I found them at ToolBoxSupply.com (Troy, NY). I saved about $20 by not buying similar candles at Lowes.
    3 points
  25. I am new to the Christmas display community and have used PC as a place to learn new stuff each week. A friend sent me some links to some Facebook groups as that is what he frequently uses for ideas and support. So I joined up and did some scrolling through a couple of these groups. I actually posed one question hoping for some suggestions. The responses I got ranged from nasty language to disrespect. I had one helpful suggestion. I will spend my time here from now on. I realize there may be some humor, rolling eyes, or whatever when I post on here but this place has been really helpful to me as a rookie. Just thought I would share. Merry Christmas Planet Christmas peeps!
    3 points
  26. About 5 years ago I was watching some random Christmas light video and in the background I saw SOMETHING that looked like a glacier/iceberg. Not a realistic white snowy looking iceberg but an icy blue form and from that point on I developed a slight obsession with trying to make one. The video was no help, it was only in frame for about 3 seconds and was very far away. So I've been trying all kinds of weird stuff for the past few years, and they all looked like crap. This year I started looking for inspiration from church service backdrops and I saw something that I thought could work. They were crumpling up aluminum patio mesh and using it as a background, and it looked like rock, so I figured I could make it look like ice. I hand-bent 9-gauge galvanized wire into an outline that looked vaguely like a glacier. Then I crumpled up aluminum (brite) patio mesh and attached it to the outline by sewing it with 10 lb monofilament. Sewing it may have been a bit overkill but this seemed more secure and clean-lined than other methods I tried. I'm extremely happy with the results! They stand up pretty straight in the wind. I left about 6 inches of wire at the bottom of each frame to stick into the ground. That didn't work well enough so I ended up sticking the wire into fuel hose (as a spacer) and then both of them went into PVC pipe. That, along with a monofilament guy line on each keeps them standing straight. I had a lot of fun making these! I'm struggling with the lighting under the polyester batting snow right now. Made the mistake of going with blue and white LED twinkle net lights and it looks like a seizure disco with them turned on. I prefer to leave them off for now, going to try all white (non-"TWINKLE") net LEDs next year. For this year I'm going to try some downlighting on the snow with shepherd hooks and white spotlights. Went with net lights for a few reasons: a) wanted a uniform look to the lights b) this late into the season I was kind of limited to whatever Walmart had on the shelf AND c) I mounted some of the batting on Styrofoam so I could get some different elevations. Didn't want the Styrofoam covering my grass for weeks and killing it, so I wanted the Styrofoam parts to be easily removable. So those sections are independent from the rest and the net lights were the perfect size for that. Just trying to figure this all out as I go. At least I got the glaciers right!
    3 points
  27. Found this today looking for something else. It the largest set Poloron carolers I have ever seen. youtube:
    3 points
  28. This is my first blow mold set, a beautiful nativity scene. I actually got it over the weekend from a neighbor. I built the stable for it as the one they had was falling apart.
    3 points
  29. Those are my 5 that were repainted a few years ago. My dad had those before I was born and I am 42 now.
    3 points
  30. Put the candy canes out, This may be the last year for some of them, there getting brittle and have cracks. I purchased these used from e-bay a few years ago, so not complaining Had to take two pictures to get all 6 pieces.
    3 points
  31. We "opened up" for our first time tonight. Posted it on Facebook with no pic or video. We live in a small town and in less than an hour had 5 or 6 cars come by. Several commented on Facebook. I can see how this can become addicting. We are running a 32 ch LOR with all LED. I enjoy making people happy and I am already trying to plan for next year being bigger and better This has been trying but fun. I think it will be worth all the money and effort.
    3 points
  32. 15 piece Nativity Theme, we actually set it out yesterday. (not lite yet) We always wait till after Thanksgiving for the Lightening. Trying to get everything done before bad weather hits.
    3 points
  33. Big J, with 1800+ posts. We will have to vote on your retirement. In the meantime, please stay on as a consultant.
    3 points
  34. Just got done on a lunch break converting battery powered to 120vac plug in. Below are the pictures.
    3 points
  35. With the help of my wife and daughter with detail painting we were able to get the nutcracker out on Christmas Eve, better late than never. 😏
    3 points
  36. Hi all, hope everyone is do e decorating lol. I know it's been listed in here before, but here is our display. The dog was helping out also.
    3 points
  37. I found a youtube video from a few weeks ago about CADO plastics and there different products. Towards the end of the Youtube video they go down to the floor and film the making of the snowman with penguin 75305. The youtube video is long but it has some good information the last 5 minutes is the best!!!(in my book). youtube link:
    3 points
  38. This is most of my cutouts, pics are from 2018 display. Not the best quality pictures because they are from my cellphone but here that are.
    3 points
  39. I been using vampire plugs and SPT-1W wire for many years I had good luck with them. The wire is good up to 7amps I try to keep any one cord less than 5 amps = 600W. Below pictures are some of the cords I have made up and the parts needed to make more cords up. I would recommend trying it out. I use Action lighting for my plugs and holiday lights express for SPT-1W wire. If you want to try it out on small scale/cost go to action lighting order 100ft of wire and some in-line plugs. And see if you like the results. The choir stand uses one wire 40’ long with 24 in-line plugs.
    3 points
  40. Sad indeed! I have accumulated around 170 or so molds over the years and this is another reason I want to hang onto mine longer now. I made a large display with them and have many of the same types such as drummers. angels, trumpet angels (have 25 of these in different colors) choir people! I want to replace all the C7 incandescent bulbs in them with dimmable C7 LED bulbs in some and pixels in some others but with my back problems I have not set up my display for the last couple of years. I was thinking of selling some stuff but still have the idea that maybe I can set up some things so I hold out hope on a display yet! Now I guess I will have to keep things just so they will not disappear entirely. Especially when I see some molds sitting on the side of the road for pickup by the trash collector! That is sad when many times the molds justs need some TLC and taking care of to bring it up to looking just fine. Times change as do all things I guess and certainly business is business but can be sad to see an era going away.
    3 points
  41. I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....
    3 points
  42. This comes from a REALLY neat CD called "Cool Yule" by the Airmen of Note. This is the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band. Really neat FREE CD that most charts are a mix of ONE classic Jazz chart with ONE classic Christmas chart. Jing,Jing,Jing is a take off of Jingle Bells and Sing,Sing,Sing. This was one of my favorites to sequence. LOT of hit points to work with. I made a projection video I show with this chart located here. What is fun is when some of our elderly guest or "Jazzers" come and see the projection video. They say "that's Gene Krupa! I told them I wanted to be authentic with the video as much as I could. I tell them I love Band Band Jazz as much as they do. They smile at that ;-) Hope you enjoy our rendition of "Jing,Jing,Jing".
    3 points
  43. I've visited this house many times--an annual tradition! They are the nicest people and have the most amazing collection. Many of their items are older and have seen many winters. Whereas I keep my nicer things inside... they seem to put everything outside. They add more each year... I have a closeup of the reindeer head see below. I asked where he got them but now I forget. Maybe Virginia?
    2 points
  44. I'm on a wire frame one in book face that's not bad. You can't beat good ole PC for real info. I know there are two other forums Christmas sites similar to PC but that are 98.38484999% animated, dancing, pixels and all that jazz. I know there's plenty of that here but also tons of static help. Heck even stuff on storage is great here.
    2 points
  45. Yes, I have both the 100 count and 50 count minis and they are great, I have heard the 300 count strings work but don't last very long. I have now over 7,000 holiday time mini led bulbs and have only had one small issue. Best bang for your $$ in my opinion
    2 points
  46. Years ago the skull with candle used to show up occassionally on eBay but I have not seen it available anywhere for a few years now. It would be nice to know what the maker called it, that might make it possible to find more information on it. Richway only called it a skull. Mel
    2 points
  47. I had to start mine early this year fora party but here it is. Took me all of last year (after Xmas) so I could get the village for an affordable price, about $500 for everything you see. Some scraps of 4x8 sheets and 2x4s, some white paint and I'm ready to go I wrapped the pieces around my living room coffee table, which I covered up with a white bedsheet from the thrift store I used the home depot North Pole Express train set which I got 50% off (after xmas, of course) as the size of my layout. I actually bought two sets so I could take some of the extra tracks to enlarge the layout I didn't want to use the supplied light becasue that would mean too many plugs to connect, so instead I used icicle lights and every used the branches to illuminate thehomes. Quite easy actually and the unused branches of lights served to glow the surrounding area. I'm a big projectors guys, so I love using my projectors any way I can. So I have an AAXA P3 pico projector which I hooked up to a media player via HDMI and using a lot of videos compiled from youtube and my movie collection, I created some xmas videos to project onto the screen in the back The placement of the projector and the raised section of the coffee table easily hides the projector from view Some final shots Victor
    2 points
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