Eileen McKenna Art & Design

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Christmas cookies

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but boy is there a lot to do. I wasn’t able to finish painting my cookies (day 3 of my Christmas countdown) yesterday because the day was filled with Christmas preparations – buying a wreath and tree and other outdoor decorations, decorating inside, shopping for gifts, and seeing the Nutcracker at a local college.

I was very excited to see the Nutcracker as I’ve just designed my first pin – a Nutcracker – and I didn’t remember that much of the story. The production was a blend of amateurs and professionals and I really enjoyed it.

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Interested in buying a pin? Click here to purchase through PayPal (U.S. only). I appreciate the support!

Today’s prompt is ornaments which is perfect because today we will be decorating our tree. Want to paint/draw along with me? Here is my prompt list. All mediums are welcome! Use #adventmcr when posting.

Marion is doing a great job, see her adorable day 3 drawing here. On Instagram see moxiemisfitblues’ posts here. Jill Kuhn created mixed media sugar cookie sprinkles.

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15 products you’ll love if you’re nuts about Nutcrackers!

15 products you'll love if you're nuts about Nutcrackers! #nutcrackers #christmas #holiday
1. Nutcracker Enamel Pin. My first pin design! The perfect way to show your holiday spirit on your hat, scarf, sweater, coat or bag! 
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Click here to order a Nutcracker Pin.
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2. Nutcracker patterns available through Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. I used gift wrap to line the shelves in the photo above! Click here.
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3. Finished products available through Roostery. Don’t want to sew? Order finished pillows, tea towels, placemats, duvets, chairs, and more through Roostery.
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4. Nutcracker canvas by Ryan at Native Vermont Studio. Elevate your decorating this holiday with this gallery wrapped canvas.
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5. Nutcracker cookies by Heidi. Beautiful sugar cookies made with the finest ingredients.
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6. Paint your own Nutcracker Kit. Create your own nutcracker!

7. Nutcracker Nesting Dolls. A unique spin on nesting dolls.

8. Nutcracker Glass Ornament. This Kurt Adler ornament is a beautiful addition to any tree.
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9. Nutcracker WreathPerfect for your holiday door.

10. Nutcracker Pint Glass. Eat, drink, and be merry with these adorable glasses from World Market.

11. Nutcracker Stocking holders. Perfect for your mantle. Click your favorite to purchase.
  

12. Nutcracker Party Supply Bundles. Plates, napkins, tablecloth!

13. Nutcracker Card. 
Nutcracker Holiday Card by Eileen McKenna

14. Nutcracker Candles Holder. Perfect for lighting your holiday meal.

15. Nutcracker Table Runner by Teri. A fun and festive quilted Christmas table runner.
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Note: Items 1-3, and 13 are my own designs. This post contains affiliate links to products/brands I use and recommend. I earn a small commission whenever you buy using these links, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!


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The History of the Nutcracker

I’ve been drawing and designing Nutcracker patterns and now a Nutcracker enamel pin, but I realized I knew little about the history of the nutcracker. I set out to change that and am sharing with you what I learned. The following information is from the website of the Nutcracker Museum, located in Leavenworth, Washington.

“Standing wooden nutcrackers in the form of soldiers and kings were shown in the Sonneberg and Erzgebirge regions of Germany by 1800 and in 1830, the term “Nussknacker” appeared in the dictionary of the Brothers Grim. It was defined as often in the form of a misshaped little man, in whose mouth the nut, by means of a leaver or screw, is cracked open.

In 1872 Wilhelm Fuchtner, known as the father of the nutcracker, made the first commercial production of nutcrackers using the lathe to create many of the same design. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum shows an 1880 miner of Wilhelm Fuchtner along with a miner presently made in the Fuchtner family workshops.

Image courtesy of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

Image courtesy of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

Today many wooden toy soldier nutcrackers are manufactured in Germany to meet the demands of the many collectors in the United States. This interest is renewed each year by the many productions of the Nutcracker Ballet. Collectors can now find designs in the characters from the ballet as well as hundreds of other designs.”

To read more on the history of nutcrackers click here.

You can purchase my new Nutcracker enamel pin by clicking the buy button below.
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My nutcracker pattern and other holiday patterns are available here.

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