In my quest for the reclaiming of old Nutcrakers….I have noticed that female’s are hard to come by.

Knights..kings..quards..soldiers…santas…..a dime a dozen.

Ladies…that’s another story all together…In my gatherings of nearly 200 crackers..I have only came across 3 or 4.

Finding men’s fashion to somewhat limiting…I decided to set aside my search for females and create them myself.
With a wealth of materials at my disposal it wasn’t to difficult to do.


With the help of my dear Kate (…who each time she always willing to help with the task at hand…we got the face and body sanded and ready for painting.

Kate painted her face with lovely expression…giving her blue eyes and deep wine lips.



Leonard wasn’t in terrible shape when I found him…he was just boring.


When I found Wendel he was in pretty bad shape. Peeling paint….loose legs and mustache…no feet. His hair was filthy.



In the summer of 2008 my daughter and I went to the Peach Festival at Dutch Neck Village in nearby Bridgeton NJ.

We were drawn to a table were a local church was selling a woman’s lifetime collection of nutcrackers.

I was spellbound…heart racing in the thrill of the hunt! My daughter had to calm me down.

 While I was paying for 5 of them and being captivated by all of the other stoic faces…I had the brilliant idea of purchasing them all.

At the mention of my intentions to buy them all and asking them to give me a price…the church folks began whispering…counting….adding…and looking really unsure of my suggestion to carry them all off.

The table was beginning to be surrounded with interested buyers and I knew the church would make much more money if they sold them individually.

I asked them to call me with a price and a head count at the end of their day and I would buy whatever was left if the price was right. It was!!!

the days leftovers.....158 nutcrackers!!