Monday, December 12, 2011

A Tale of Two Nutcrackers

Last year I picked up a sweet musical nutcracker at an after-Christmas sale. Packed him away and forgot all about him till I opened up a particular box and there he was.  I put him on the end table next to a Marine nutcracker my daughter bought me a few Christmases ago.

They did not get along.  It's not that I suspected them of dueling at midnight (tho they might have, depending on your belief of hidden nutcracker lives).  They just didn't sit well together.  Tho' one is a few inches taller than the other, they seemed to constantly be competing for space against each other.  Perhaps this visual imbalance was exasperated by the fact they shared the table with my amber compote as well.  There was such tension between them that I couldn't even get a half-way decent photo of them, they all came out over exposed and blurry.

So I replaced the musical nutcracker with this sweet Victorian Christmas cat 3-D card my sister sent me a number of years ago.  It is sitting on a small gift box to add more 'presence' and looks quite at home. I believe the Marine might make a sort of mascot of it.

And where has the musical nutcracker gone to?  He has found harmony on my kitchen counter next to my plate of angels, who are also very musically inclined.  Even the colors on these pieces go together better.  So glad that they each have found their perfect place.

I hope everyone is having a blessed Christmas season. 

I am linking up with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.


Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Hi! I love nutcrackers! I didn't put them out this year and every time I see someone post theirs I feel bad about it! I like your 3D card- but my cats would chew it!! Your countertop vignette looks great! Love the angel plate!
Happy Holidays! Liz

Sonia said...

How cute are your nutcrackers!! Sorry they don't get along! I do that something at an after Christmas sale and then put it away only to find a nice surprise the following year! Beautiful arrangement in your kitchen too!
Merry Christmas
Miss Bloomers

crazymotheringchick said...

Oh, nutcrackers are fabulous! David loves nutcrackers, and so do I. These little groupings are sweet.

Love you.