I thought it would be fun to share a little piece of me this holiday season and open up a bit.
I have a passion or you could say obsession - depending on how you look at it - with nutcrackers.
It all started with my Uncle David. When I was a young girl and I’d watch him paint the eyes, glue on the hair, paint them in many different colors, and I remembering admiring his talent. He’d make them in all different sizes and hand-painted every one of them to the last detail. David decided to make mini versions and turn them into ornaments and I was in heaven when he gave me a set of his white ones awhile back…
These ornaments were the beginning of my collecting passion…
For the past 5 years or so, I have been receiving one from my sister each year and word got out and family members have given to me over the years.
Each nutcracker has a special meaning that I don’t have time to go into detail and when I look at them floods of memories come to my mind.
See this glitter-y pink one? It has a funny story behind it. My daughter and I were shopping at Home Goods and we went down the Christmas aisle and I saw this little guy. I thought he was fabulous, but decided I didn’t need to buy him. Well, my daughter to be funny, grabbed the nutcracker and put it behind her back and she would hide the nutcracker on the next aisle I would go down so I would always see it. She would say, “Mom, how did this beautiful nutcracker get here? I think it wants to go home with you!” I would laugh and she did this throughout the whole store.
I told my daughter, “You know I have to buy him now don’t you? I’m going to call him my Savannah nutcracker because you made a memory out of this!”
I thought you’d appreciate these DIY-themed nutcrackers…
1. JoAnn shopper nutcracker 2. Pincushion/Sewing nutcracker 3. Home Depot builder nutcracker
My newest nutcrackers that made it into the collection for 2014 are the caveman…
…and my largest nutcracker given to me by my sister for my birthday this year - Mr. Cane!
I love all things peppermint and he matches my peppermint tree perfectly!
Let’s talk: Do you have something you love to collect? Please share with us in the comments below.