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  2. 9 points
    I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
  3. 9 points
    A mother thanked me for all my hard work and then went on and on about me taking the time to dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..
  4. 7 points
    We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
  5. 7 points
    Hey PC family! I've been out of the PlanetChristmas loop for awhile. I occasionally monitor a few Christmas related sites and FB pages, but my job and family life has kept me too busy to stay connected with anyone. Those that have been a part of PC for many years like myself, know that I'm known for my ferris wheel and skating rink. I'm not saying mine are the best, there are many people here that have great ferris wheels and skating rinks. I've posted pictures, videos, and how-to's over the years. Yet I still get emails and my inbox is full of messages from people asking for help with one or the other. I am more than happy to help, but like I said, I've been out of touch and don't get on PC too often. I've transitioned into a RGB display for myself, and I've been trying to learn as much as I can in that world. But what I've learned in this process is that I, and many others, still miss the magic that a mechanical display can offer! My mechanical elements have all been sold off or torn down due to age and damage. However, I plan to bring back my ferris wheel. New, improved, and I intend to capture images along the way! Not for recognition. Not for any other reason than to hopefully have 1 more and possibly last necessary avenue for those interested in building a pvc ferris wheel. This will be easier for me than to try and respond to each and every request. It will also be cleaner having step by step pictures along the way. So be on the lookout in the next few months as I start the build. Probably early spring! As for the question of why a pvc ferris wheel....it just better fits my need. I started out with a wooden ferris wheel. It was beautiful. It also was heavy and difficult to store. There are people here that have metal ferris wheels, or gemmy, or whatever else. There is nothing wrong with those. Please don't assume I'm putting those down. Maybe one of those fit's your need/desire. My case for a PVC ferris wheel is this: PVC is cheap. It's lightweight and can be broken down or carried as a whole pretty easily. It is pretty weather resistant for 5 weeks out of the year, especially if you paint it (white even) to protect it. PVC is very easy to work with and requires no special tools. For me, a ferris wheel should be an octagon and that shape is very easy to achieve. A ferris wheel, whatever style you choose, gives a wow factor like nothing else in a display can achieve (in my experience and opinion of course). I hope you are as excited about it as I am. If you don't see anything from me, assume that I'm busy with life but please know that the build and the how-to is coming, and by all means don't hesitate to drop me a line with a friendly reminder. Knowing that people are interested will encourage me to do it even more than I already am!
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    We made 3 of these and finished them, finallt. Have a few more projects to finish and the installation begins on 10th of Nov. They are 26" round, from 5 ply plywood. Good ol rustoleum paint.
  8. 7 points
    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.
  9. 7 points
    I have been taking a few pictures for blow molded.com recently, here is the TPI Santa Sled & reindeer (black nose version reindeer). The set with the black nose and this version of stand for the reindeer was made during the years 1997-2004. The set has the red reins for it, I just did not put them on for the picture since the pictures will be uploaded to the website separately. Mel
  10. 6 points
    Biggest year yet, setup began mid October, can check out the website for the display here: https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ Enjoy the pics, constructive criticism is always appreciated.
  11. 6 points
    Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original
  12. 6 points
    We stand outside and pass out candy canes, and people are always asking my wife if this is our display. She tells them, "No, we're just strangers who really have the holiday spirit!"
  13. 6 points
    Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
  14. 6 points
    Ok, in a few posts including one on christmasfanclub, ans Planet christmas I have sent out a request wanting to buy a plastic sleigh, and 10 deer. Yes 10 deer and here is why............................this past year my 8 year old daughter (the only girl beside her mom, so yeah she gets special treatment lol) (and bless her heart she is the most gullible person on the planet) anyway, she was riding with me in my truck to pick up a payment for a job done in little rock. Well we were riding along listening to Christmas music on the radio and Rudolph by Gene Autry came on. She was singing her little heart out and when she gets to the part that says " But do you recall?" the most famous reindeer of all.....I stopped her and said "Emy what did you say?" so she repeated it and I told her thats not what it says........It says "but do you know Claude", and the most famous reindeer of all.......She kinda argued with me that I was wrong (I never cracked a smile) I proceeded to tell her this long drawn out story that Claude was a little unruly and they left him out of the cartoons because he was always in some sort of mischief. I went on to tell her that he lives in the village with all the Elf of a Shelf guys in Istanbul. Please try to imagine this beautiful little girl soaking in all of Dads wisdom, as I told her that Santa still lets claude go out with the rest of the team on Christmas but he has to run along beside them because there are not enough hitches on the sleigh. Well, me and the family has a good laugh after she went to bed that evening and I thought it was over...WRONG. Next day on a job site in Greenville SC my cell rings and its the school. I excused myself long enough to answer and be informed that during Chorus class Emy refused to sing it "right" because "my daddy said thats not right...and he is never wrong"...OH GOD I ABOUT DIED!!!! I had to explain the joke to the teacher. I thought boy Im glad thats over...WRONG....The lead Engineer had overheard the conversation and I got a full day....no...week of ribbing about not knowing the words to a kids song.....Well if you think it was over....WRONG AGAIN......A few weeks ago I decided to buy a sleigh and deer and make them appear to be wayyyyyy up high flying in my neighbors yard for 2017. I sat down with my laptop and started shopping, I found the most amazing 1977 Empire sleigh with 1 deer on ebay, next day I found an auction for 2 more deer, total of 3. I showed my daughter what I had found (she is my helper on christmas decorations, and pretty much the shot caller) and she says, you only need 7 more deer daddy, I told her I was just gonna get 8 and that would be enough, the said "Daddy you started this mess, now do it right...we gonna have 10"...........Me and my big mouth....I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing it.....Don I copied and pasted this from my original post on Christmasfanclub and put it here hoping you guys would enjoy it, Don
  15. 6 points
    Now to get the goofy taz and tweedy bird and the blue coat clown , the pooh and the snoopy both have cracks but I can fix them
  16. 5 points
    I am almost 65 years old, and not a big Walmart fan, but it is about the only store around here. Never seen a Walmart do this. They had about 100 "fresh" cut Christmas trees. Instead of marking them down, they were giving them away. Hats Off to the East Rome Ga Walmart
  17. 5 points
    I and my father built a pvc train and have lit it up what do you think?
  18. 5 points
    We didn't exactly get dumped on with snow, but we did get a little dusting
  19. 5 points
    Not sure if this fits in with the topic but it seems to. We live in a city, typical urban street with detached and semi-attached houses on 20-60 foot wide lots so you don't have a lot of room for big displays. But I've always put up what I consider a lot of decorations. As time went by and I got older I started thinking why bother, it's a lot of work and does the rest of the family even care? Yes, I would get some compliments from people passing by and small kids seem to be mesmerized by it but not enough to make me feel it was worthwhile. So I started thinking of cutting back and maybe even stopping all together. I should mention here that we have an awning over our stoop and a trellis in our small front yard and they are decorated with at least a few strings of holiday or seasonal lights all year long. One cold night I am out there putting up the Christmas lights thinking to myself this is it, the last year, when an elderly woman with a walker passed by. She said, I always love looking at your lights, they are so nice to look at, they make me feel good. I asked her where she lived on the block. She said she did not live on my block she lived on the next block over from my street. Now this woman could barely walk so I asked how could she see my lights "all the time"? She pointed over to a tall apartment house on the next block and said, I live up there, on the top floor, I can look down and always see them from my window. Well, I have cut back over the years but I still always put out something and all year long. If for no one else I do it for her because I know she is looking down from somewhere and still enjoying the lights.
  20. 5 points
    Nice family was outside looking at the lights, I told them they needed to have a radio to hear the music. The husband says "I can't believe I can't get the station streaming over the internet". I tried to explain it was just a little transmitter connected to my computer, it didn't register.
  21. 5 points
    I have been after this piece for over 4 years. Finally got him this week!!! He was even more beautiful in person that the pictures portrayed.Made by Noma and about 26 inches across. I am a happy camper!!!
  22. 5 points
    This is so adorable that I wish I knew how to sew! They print it to order and you order the amount of fabric you need. I think I would make kitchen curtains!
  23. 5 points
    What's a few dollars more or less when I could have one of the loves of my life to look at when I wake in the morning. Please note, when I said one of the loves of my life I wasn't referring to the first love of my life, possibly the second but not the first. It would be impossible for me to look at the first love of my life when I wake in the morning because she is already up and watching Dr. Phil when I wake in the morning.
  24. 5 points
    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
  25. 5 points
    Well... I've finally finished my new characters for this year's display. I decided to go with the characters from Frozen and this is what I came up with. My 11 year old daughter painted Anna all by herself (other than the shading). She's told me that she wants to have her own Christmas display when she grows up... so I'm teaching her the process. AAaaahhh... it does an old man's heart good to pass along the traditions just as my father passed them along to me! ... and one more to give you an idea of the size of the characters. (FYI... the tree is 7' 9" tall)
  26. 5 points
    Just bought this. It says Empire at the bottom, but it doesn't look like any of the candles I've seen. Is it from the 80's or 90's?
  27. 5 points
    New project for this year's display. Follow along on my Youtube channel
  28. 4 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  29. 4 points
    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  30. 4 points
    I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  31. 4 points
    Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most. Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters. So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. 4 points
    Little late to the table but finally got a few pics. We have 25K lights and 112 channels on the animated section.
  33. 4 points
    I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 points
    Way cool! Reminds me of the Little Debbie christmas tree snacks lolol:)
  36. 4 points
    Stumbled across yard sale listing in our area on Facebook. Mentioned blow molds, so I jumped in the car and off I went. Here is what $20 bought! made my wife , who loved blow Molds, very Happy Happy. 4 sheep in box also and from some one who hates blow molds and my wife loves blow molds, guess it is time for me to get busy. Where did all these things come from/
  37. 4 points
    I found so many really good molds this year. Here is mix of Empire, Bayshore, Tico, Gregg, Blinky and Gen Foam. The large Empire witch came in her original box. I am still on the prowl for the very much in demand Union Scarecrow. My search continues!
  38. 4 points
    Hello! I recently purchased Creative Displays Inc. and wanted to introduce myself. I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible industry but please take it easy on me as I am new! I am also wanted to let you know that I will still honor the everyday 10% discount provided to Planet Christmas members. Please enter CDIFAN10 at check out! Thank you so much for your business, and I look forward to building this company another 50 years! Angela Primavera Creative Displays Inc. President
  39. 4 points
    Well I added another 5k or so lights this year to get up to 30k lights. My pond was a little bigger and I added the candycane stripes to the sides of the house. I won a contest in the local paper for best decorated house! What do you think?
  40. 4 points
  41. 4 points
    Started my collection of wood cut outs today. Found a 3M 9100 projector on Craigs for 20 dollars and another guy had 7 ply, sanded plywood , 36×36 for a buck. So started to make these....hope to get more done. Want to make about 20 of the C9 bulbs, 6 to 8 of the bulbs and display them. Have to get more plywood for some bigger items I want to make
  42. 4 points
    Here's the final produst-minus the green stripe
  43. 4 points
    I'm thinking more in the line of PJ's, blanket and bedspread to lead me in my sweet dreams.... Mel
  44. 4 points
    Finally got myself a Polk Brothers Santa! Wanted one for a long time and this one is in great shape!! Feeling giddy! LOL
  45. 4 points
    We're from Canada and will be there for the whole week. The days leading up to the Expo we will be sightseeing. We missed last year in Chicago because of health issues, cancer, but feeling good now and cancer free.
  46. 4 points
    I recently found these in one lot the guy was selling his collection he had and he was happy it was going to a fellow collector , I'm happy with the train I'll find a way to make a stack for it
  47. 4 points
    I am giving up everything. I am need to sell everything. I had a drive thru display. Blow molds, animated figures, led lights 100's still in box, trees still in box unopened. Will post pictures later if interested contact me. I also have six LOR controllers
  48. 4 points
    This year I received more feedback then I have in years. Our display is out of town (on the farm) and usually 10 cars parked at any time. That is enough for me to feel appreciated. This year I had several direct thank yous. Several people in town and at the display told us how visiting our farm (at the road) is their family tradition. One individual pointed out that "you have changed our whole Christmas season". Their children require a drive out to the farm every other night. Another came up to the door and offered to pay for watching the show saying "I went to the Baptists living Christmas tree tonight and paid $10 for my seat, I had a better time at your display so I want to pay you more". Also, had Santa come buy this year to drive a tractor out and meet the kids. The kids (and parents) wanted pictures with me as well and that felt good. My dad has a new caregiver, her first week she called for someone to give her a ride home and I overheard her say "I'm at the Christmas light house" and the car showed up with out any other directions needed. The best was the county road supervisor; I called in to the county pothole hotline to make a report. The supervisor happened to answer and he said, "Oh, we like to keep that street in shape because of the guy with the great Christmas display. Do you live by that place? " I said yah I live so close I have to pay the electric bill.
  49. 4 points
    I think this is it the candle is almost 4 foot tall , about 8 in all and the garland I'm not sure if it's original but I ended up re fluffing the aluminum parts on the garland I think this did have all the original stuff , I ended up fixing it this week because I noticed how badly bent it is as you can see in the photos so I also decided to fix it nicely and make custom run wires on it that I could hide under the garland I could take better photos if any one would want of it fixed up or a close up of the aluminum garland , thanks
  50. 4 points
    I've completely forgot to send close up pics of the angel I did get to see , I do not own it but I was happy to be able to see it in person
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