Monday

New Nutcracker

I want to share a recent purchase I'm enjoying. I'm joining Marty's Tabletop Tuesday, click on her name for lots more fun!

I ordered this Jim Shore Nutcracker from QVC a couple of week's ago. I seldom ever watch QVC, but couldn't sleep one night and turned on the TV, there he was!

I like the detail artwork Jim Shore does. I think it is perfect for The Nutcracker!
I have just taken down my fall decor and will start Christmas decorating this week. This Nutcracker will be included in a special place, maybe here among these candle holders:

Maybe here on an end table:
I won't know until I get the other decorations out.


I have always liked Nutcrackers, The Nutcracker Ballet, and The Nutcracker books. I have three books that I bought, mainly because of the artwork in them.

This pretty book, by Illustrator Susan Jeffers, has glitter on the cover:
I found it at Books-a-Million after Christmas last year at 50% off, which made it only $8.50!

I will share a few pages from each book:

Isn't this a beautiful book!

Here's another one:

This one is E.T.A. Hoffmann's Classic Tale illustrated by Gail DeMarcken. I found this book at T.J. Maxx for $12.99.
Such detailed artwork, look at everything in the curio cabinet!


This is the first one I bought, it's an heirloom edition, illustrated by Don Daily.

The book mark has a Nutcracker charm on it!



Which is your favorite artist?

Do you have a Nutcracker, or any Nutcracker books?

This is one time I'm glad I couldn't sleep that night as I wouldn't have known about this Nutcracker!

Another reason I love Nutcracker soldiers is because my oldest grandson started collecting them when he was a little boy! It was fun buying them for him! His mother has now inherited his Nutcracker collection and enjoys displaying them.
Katherine

12 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your nutcracker, he's so cute. I have two nutcrackers my mom gave me years ago for my b'day which is in Oct. so C'mas stuff is all over already. They are one short in red and one tall in blue, pretty much like yours. I love it, I'm glad you couldn' sleep, you see, there's a reason for everything, lol! Hygs, FABBY

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Katherine...

I love your new Nutcracker, my friend! I have seen Jim Shore's angels but didn't realize that he also created nutcrackers! Your's sure is a handsome fella...and I love the pretty designs on his uniform! Ohhh yes...he is going to be a lovely addition to your Christmas decor, dear lady! I'm so glad that you shared him with us! I also enjoyed seeing a bit of your Nutcracker books. You're right...the illustrations are beautiful! I'm going to have to look into ordering these books...they would make great gifts for my grandkids! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Have lots of fun with your Christmas decorating, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Katherine, he is wonderful!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a handsome nutcracker -- and such lovely illustrations! This brings back fond memories of taking my daughter to the Nutcracker for several years as our Mother/Daughter Christmas tradition. Soon her twin girls will be old enough to enjoy starting all over again!

Adrienne said...

I love the detail of your new nutcracker, my friend. He's wonderful! And your collection of nutcracker books is so sweet. I don't have any but I think I should start looking for some soon!
~Adrienne~

kitty said...

What a nice purchase you got from QVC! I also love the Nutcracker book...the artwork is beautiful.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Katherine, your new nutcraker is just gorgeous. So much detail and such a great design. I also love all of your books, they are fabulous. The artwork inside is stunning. What a fun collection. I can't wait to see what you do with your decorating. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

Loving the nutcracker, and I think I love the books even more. I'm such a picture book lover. My mom, who collects nutcrackers, would love that one.

Carrie said...

What an enjoyable post, Katherine! Your new nutcracker is most attractive and your photos from the nutcracker book give a wonderful introduction to that special edition.
Seasons Greetings,
Carrie

mrshinesclass said...

The nutcracker is beautiful! Thanks for sharing pages from the book, too. I enjoyed seeing the illustrations.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I love your new nutcracker. I didn't realize Jim Shores made Nutcrackers. I have many, haven't used them in years now. My girlfriend and her girls are going this w/k to see the Nutcracker. Some day I'll get the chance to go with them. I so enjoyed this post. hugs ~lynne~

we three dogs and me said...

Love your post. I don't decorate for anyone except myself as have few visitors but it gives a feeling of Christmas.I have a beautiful nativityset but droppedthe box and broke 3 figures. I could have cried as my husband bought for me years ago.Hope you have a great Christmas.