Thursday, September 30, 2010

CCollector's Alley #2

Christmas Collector's Alley #2

Well, here we are in the HEART of Halloween territory thinking of Christmas!!  lol
I could have never thought that I'd be looking to close on a new home by the end of Oct.  We've been in Beagle Run Cottage for exactly 17 years.  I'm looking around holding back tears as I remember all the projects we've done but we can't agree on an addition.  So, we took advantage of the soft market and LOW interest rates.  We are walking by FAITH and not by sight!!  Some are letting FEAR reign in our area but we are refusing to worry.  I'll be decorating a new to me home for we'll get to go thru it all all and me.

I was out and never intended to but got Lil Guy's 2010 christmas ornament along with mine, Hubby's and oldest a whole bucket of non-breakables for a UT tree.  Can't wait to show all that later.  Hobby Lobby was doing Christmas ornaments at 40% off.

Here is the ornament I got yesterday to go with this month's collection.

Meet Mr. Nutcraker
blown glass version (plastic)
This is the largest 1 we own.  My mom got it for him 1 year, after-Christmas clearance.
There are too many of them!
Pier 1 had wrapping paper and boxes last season but I was too cheap to pay their prices for them.  I could have gone crazy for William Sinoma's brand of dishes too.
I've gotten them over the years for my precious son.
My mom gets them for him too.

I didn't even get these guys out of the box for you but they are nice sized.
This is his favorite out of all of them.
I got it last year at World Market as his 2009 ornament.
He's a Roman Soldier.  My guys are really into wargames and historical references to war.  What boy doesn't love a spear or hatchet. lol
Scarecrow is my fav.  My mom got him and the Tin Man from OZ for him.  I've never met a scarecrow I didn't like and he sure is different than most of them.
He wanted me to take a stylized picture for ya'll.
They all start to look alike after a while. lol
This is 1 of my fav's.  I need to clear coat spray it so it is shiny.  He painted it himself several years ago.
His best buddy next door made him 1 a few years ago out of clay pots.  She worked real hard on it but it fell over and broke. :(  I think it would be fun to have a party and have all the kids paint their own and eat Christmas cookies after.

Nutcracker Love!!

What do you have to show us:

Nutcrackers are gonna party at:
Tinsel & Company Deck the Halls Friday
FrouFrou Decor Fabulous Friday Finds
A Few of My Fav Things Fav Things Friday
My Romantic Home Show n Tell Friday

Smiling Sally Blue Monday
Got my book that I won from Sally's giveaway...can't wait to have time to dive into it.

Candy Cane Kisses! DeniseMarie


  1. Hi DeniseMarie,
    I absolutely love nutcrackers, as does my entire family. However #1 son (age 7) goes gaga over them too. Whenever I take our large collection out of their boxes at Christmastime, he inevitably sneaks a few up to his room for decoration. I think their is always that boy-soldier type of connection. What a lovely collection you have!

  2. I have a new love for nutcrackers now. How sweet they all are and special too. He will have a nice collection to take with him when he gets married. What a blessing that will be for his wife as well.

  3. Denise,
    I Love the nutcracker collection!! All so interesting and how neat that your son collects them!!

    I will be doing a post for this party in a day or 2 as I am in the midst of running our church's flea market.


  4. Your collection is incredible! I would love to have that many one day. I can't wait to see your home all decorated with them.

    I have just finished posting about my three...I can't wait to get another one soon.

    I have linked up with you too!

    Best wishes,

  5. Those nutcracker ornaments are so colorful - you have an army of cute, you can perform the play "The Nutcracker" now...

  6. Hi Denise

    I'm Lily, your newest follower. Your collection is absolutely wonderful. Also congrats on the new home. I'm sure the gate will look lovely at Christmas. If you get a minute please feel free to check out my blog. it's I am doing a "photo swap" for this Christmas. If you're at all interested please let me know :)



  7. I love all those nutcrackers! I have a big collection, too - but nothing even close to yours. Fabulous is the word!

    Happy Blue Monday! from Joy @Joysweb

  8. What a grand nutcracker collection you have!

    I know you will enjoy that book.

    Happy Blue Monday, Denise Marie!

  9. Hi Denise,
    You have an awesome collection of Nutcrackers! I love them myself and I do have a few; nothing even close to yours though. I have joined your Collector's linky party but I made a mistake and added my Rose Chintz Cottage URL first and I don't know how to erase it. I did discover my mistake and added the Christmas blog to the linky. Sorry about that. Hope you can erase the first one I put on. Have a lovely day and thanks for hosting.


  10. I collect wooden nutcrackers too, and have the lion from the Wizard of Oz. I think of him as Aslan. I see you have 2 Oz nutcrackers.

  11. Love all you nutcrackers and appreciate you sharing something you're so proud of.

  12. Your son has a great collection! You photographed them very well.

    I just started my new Christmas blog just a while ago and did my first post to join in your event!
    It's been fun reading about your collections...

  13. Hi DeniseMarie! I'm so happy that you visited my blog and told me of your starting this Christmas blog! I just added a post to my Christmas blog this evening. I'm going to add a link to your Christmas blog on mine if that is okay and I'd love for you to add mine to your sidebar too!

    LOVE all your nutcrackers! You win the prize for having the most, I'm sure! :0)

    Looking forward to getting to know you better!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  14. OMGosh, I love allll those ornaments Ü

  15. I want to go see THE Nutcracker..I never have gotten too :(

    I am signing people up for the ornament exchange, and you said you might be interested. Here is a refresher if you don't remember what I'm talking about:

    P.s. I bought all my little to design them for our advent calendar!

  16. I just Looooove this blog. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. In answer to the question on your profile, Yes I know I will be with my saviour in Heaven. Isn't is great to have that assurance.
    Thank you so much for visiting my first blog and for choosing to follow me. I look forward to many visits between us. God Bless, Ginger

  17. you have such an impressive collection of nutcrackers
    that i am trying not to feel jealous. :)

    thank you for sharing@

  18. Came over from Debbie-Dabble's place. We have been collecting these for our daughter too. We get one every December. She is 17 now and has about 12 or so. They are so much fun. Maybe I'll take a picture of them soon and share.

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi again, Denise! I added my link to your Collector's party. Hope I did it correctly but don't think I did, as it isn't showing up!

    Hope you are having a great week!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  20. I'm a new follower, love your nutcracker collection and your blog!

  21. Hi Denise,Your collection is incredible!
    His family is wonderful.
    Have a nice day.


Thank you for being here and for your inspirational note.

Be Blessed, xox DeniseMarie