Monday, November 28, 2016

Nuts about Nutcrackers

I love Nutcrackers.  This year I decided to put almost all of my collection in the dining room.  This is the only room that I have gotten decorated so far.  I had good intentions this last weekend to get all of my decoration done for Christmas but it didn't work out. I tell you all about it later in this post.  Now, lets take a look at the dining room.


I got these nutcracker plates at Pier 1 just to use with all of these guys.  The plate is glass so the green color of the plate below it shows through.


I was taking these pictures this morning as my dining room stays pretty dark most of the day.  I used 4 nutcrackers for my centerpiece on the table.


Here are all four nutcrackers.

Now for the buffet.  I even decorated the mirror this time.





Now for my favorite piece in the room-the chandelier.  I had to have the lights on so these are the best pictures I could get.




So this weekend I had planned to get more done but it took me longer on Saturday to take down all of the Fall decor than I had planned.  I was able to bring all the Christmas bins up from the basement that day and do some sorting.  Sunday is a different story.

So the hubby decides that he wants to get the outdoors done.  We thought it would be a good idea to get the laser spot lights instead of stringing lights on the evergreens in the front yard.  So I go to Home Depot and buy some.  On the way home I decide to go to Wal-Mart to get some laundry supplies and check out the Christmas decor.  I found a cute snowman, puppy dog and set of 3 presents that light up and thought would look good in the front yard also.  I ended up spending most of my afternoon getting those put together.

They went up pretty quickly and I got them plugged in and wouldn't you know that the snowman didn't all light up.  Of course it was the only one they had left.  So my hubby who used to be an electrician looked at it. He tried to hard wire it but the other half was fried.  Now I couldn't take it back since he cut the wires so he tells me to just re-string the other sections with some lights we already had.  Easy enough right.  Wrong.

I found two strands and plugged them in.  They both looked like they worked so I picked the longest set and started re-stringing, took it outside and plugged it in.  Guess what.  Only half of the strand worked. I had to unstring it and start all over with the shorter string set.  I plugged it in before I started and it worked.  I had re-strung the middle section and started on the head when I realized that the middle section was upside down.  So I had to unstring again and start all over.  I finally got it restrung, set back up and plugged in.  Oh, did I mention that it was cold and very windy all day Sunday.  I spent about 3 hours outside working on all the lights and they still didn't get all done.  When I came inside it felt like my whole body was chapped.  Note to self- start earlier when it is warm.

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21 comments :

  1. I love nutcrackers, too, although I don't have as many as you. Yours make your home very festive, and I love how you've used them as your centerpiece. Very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Jeannie. I actually have 7 more that I will be using around the house.

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  2. Love the way you used your collection for the centerpiece on the buffet and your table. Beautiful! I've pinned and sharing with my niece. I gave her my collection of nutcrackers many years ago. If she still has them, she might want to copy your idea.

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  3. So fun to see the Nutcracker theme in your dining room. I think "collections" sometimes look more impressive when used altogether and you certainly have quite a few! Those Pier 1 plates are perfect with them. I'm surprised you even got that done with all your lighting issues outside - isn't that always the way and so frustrating! I know you'll get your decorating done before long though - don't stress and just enjoy the process no matter how long it takes :)

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    1. Thank you Lori. I am hoping to get the rest of the house done this weekend. Wish me luck.

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  4. Hi Jody, Sorry you had such a time with the outside lights! Love the way you decorated the chandelier! The plates with the nutcrackers on it are so nice, too! Great job! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Thank you Janet. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Great collection of nutcrackers - I just rec'd my first Nutcrackers from "Sarah at Hyacinths"!!

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  6. Awwwww...so cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  7. What a lovely collection of nutcrackers. My girl wants some more and she has a gold and red one she loves. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

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  8. What a great collection of nutcrackers. I use to have quite a few, but have given them all away. Sorry about the outdoor lighting drama, not fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann. Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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