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We joined the Nutcracker Collector’s Club a few months back and were amazed to learn that Susan, the editor of the club’s newsletter, lives within 25 miles of our home.  She invited us to her home to see her collection and we eagerly accepted the invitation.  Susan’s collection is quite extensive and diverse and she is a wealth of information on nutcrackers.  We had a great visit and learned a lot from Susan and her collection.  Here are a few pictures of her collection.

Susan's Nutcracker Collection

Susan's Nutcracker Collection

Susan's Nutcracker Collection

Susan's Nutcracker Collection

There we so many different types of nutcrackers to see and so much to talk about that we stayed for hours.   It was great to meet Susan and her husband, Dave and a big Thank You to them for having us to their beautiful home.

Brandon has been carving a skull nutcracker and it’s nearing completion.  Once done it will be listed it on Ebay.

Skull Figural Nutcracker

Skull Figural Nutcracker

Skull Figural Nutcracker

Skull Figural Nutcracker

Check back soon to see the completed Skull Nutcracker and see what Brandon’s working on!

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27
Dec

The Holiday Rundown

   Posted by: admin    in Christmas

Big Christmas Tree
Big Christmas Tree
Small Christmas Tree
Small Christmas Tree

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  Christmas Eve was spent at home getting ready for the  Big Day!  Last minute baking and some precooking.  I managed to burn up another mixer!!!  It kind of sent me into a tizzy since I had plans to make a dessert for after Christmas dinner but that was not going to happen.  Then it was all about getting everyone’s gifts together and under the trees and hanging the stockings.

Stockings Hung with Care
Stockings Hung with Care

This year I painted paper mache sleighs for gift baskets for our parents.  I like putting together gift baskets and this year I found these sleighs and thought they would work out great.  I like how they turned out but like everything around the holidays, I tend to push things to the last minute .  I am vowing that next year if I paint or make any gifts that they will have to be done a lot earlier….

Sleighs
Sleighs
sleigh
Back of Sleigh
Side of Sleigh
Side of Sleigh

We had a very nice Christmas.  Our son every year announces, “this is the best Christmas ever!” and this year was no different.   He is a Christmas fanatic.  We spent Christmas day here at home with my parents and Brandon’s parents.  We had a very nice day.  I look forward to having everyone at Christmas.  We eat lots, open gifts, visit and eat some more.  Then when our parents go home there’s no time to relax because it’s time for Brandon and me to play with our son and all his new things.  We all received wonderful gifts and I got a stand mixer!!!!!  No more burning up my mixer every time I bake.  It at least has a two year warranty so if I do burn it up I can return it!!

Here are some assorted pics of our Christmas decorations and some gifts….

Santa decorated by son and friend
Santa decorated by son and his friend
Watering Can
Watering Can with greenery from around the yard
Potting bench
Potting bench with greenery from around the yard
Greenery Arrangement from my sister
Greenery Arrangement from my sister
My New Bumble from Brandon's mom
My New Bumble from Brandon’s mom and dad
Our Kitchen Tree
Our Kitchen Tree

This year our son got sick with a cold prior to Christmas and now Brandon is down with the cold/flu and I am getting it.  Every year someone has to be sick over the holidays, this year it’s all of us…. argh!  But now it’s time for us to get well and get back to the normal daily grind, well at least until New Years….

Happy Holidays!

Melissa

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