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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Nov 2, 2011 11:35 PM CST
I posted directions in my blog for making the Nutcracker. If you are interested you can see it here: http://garden.org/blogs/view/Sharon/

It was easier for me to post it there because of links and images, so I hope you don't mind.

Here's an example for you:

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Once you make yours you can post pictures here in this thread.

And if you have questions, then I'll also answer them here.
I hope you have fun with it, it's really an easy process. I also hope you take a minute to read the history of Nutcrackers, that's pretty interesting, too.
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Sheila_FW
Nov 3, 2011 12:28 AM CST
Looks like a fun project....off to take a look at the "T" blog.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Nov 3, 2011 12:49 AM CST
Easy, too, Sheila!
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bsavage
Nov 3, 2011 12:51 AM CST
Nice!!
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Sharon
Nov 3, 2011 1:00 AM CST
You going to make one, Brenda?
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bsavage
Nov 3, 2011 1:10 AM CST
I'm afraid to promise, in case I don't get to it... but I think it is very clever. Also, I don't paint as well as you and Becky do... I don't know if I could get the face right. I'm starting to think about my winter projects, and as always, I need to catch up on my scrapbooking. I have volumes since Tony and I first met, but then I ran into a bit of a roadblock in 2008 (when the times, they were a-changin'). Got that part done, and I hope with honor, but I'm still a couple of years behind... so I think that is going to be my priority. I know this is completely OT (sorry), but I really want to catch up with that. Also, I seem to be having some sort of draw towards learning to knit and/or crochet. Don't know if I'll get to that this year, either, LOL! Oh, and I'm getting cross country skis for my birthday so I get outside and enjoy my beautiful mountains more in the winter... and, and, and...

But, I do love your nutcracker. Thanks for posting the tutorial!
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Sharon
Nov 3, 2011 1:24 AM CST
Well, the tutorial isn't going anywhere, so if you ever have time, there it is.

Your winter projects sound fun, too.
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Boopaints
Nov 3, 2011 1:57 AM CST

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Thanks for posting the instructions, Sharon. I look forward to seeing what types of nutcrackers show up here!
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goldfinch4
Nov 3, 2011 2:45 AM CST
Sharon, he is adorable! Thanks for the instructions too, looks like fun. I'm thinking a great project to do when my nieces and nephews visit this winter. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Nov 3, 2011 9:30 AM CST
It is a fun project with children. I think with them, the messier the project the better it is.
They look good standing guard around a tree, too.

You're welcome, Becky.
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LarryR
Nov 3, 2011 11:10 AM CST
Great nutcracker and tutorial, Sharon! If I had time, I would . . .
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Nov 3, 2011 11:26 AM CST
I believe you could do it sometime between 1:30 and 2 a.m. if you really wanted to, Larry. It's only a little bit messy and after only maybe 3 thirty minute sessions you'd be ready to paint!

The painting part might take a little longer, though Whistling
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LarryR
Nov 4, 2011 12:26 AM CST
If I did it then, I'd have visions of nutcrackers dancing in my head all night! Big Grin


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Nov 4, 2011 12:31 AM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! Big Grin Love it Larry!
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Sharon
Nov 4, 2011 12:35 AM CST
Oh yuck.
I really didn't need to see this image at this hour, Larry.
Thank you so much.
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Nov 4, 2011 1:00 AM CST
It is a great image to see at 4pm Big Grin Y'see, you are just on the wrong side of the date-line for some of these things Rolling on the floor laughing
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Sharon
Nov 4, 2011 1:08 AM CST
It's 2:06 a.m. here, June!!!!!
Are you already into tomorrow??
Or are you stuck in yesterday?
It's too late for me to even think straight, and I certainly can't begin to figure out the date line.
G'nite, y'all!
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Nov 4, 2011 1:22 AM CST
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Samigal
Nov 4, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Printed out Sharon's instructions for Nutcracker, my mind doesn't retain much any more so need to print it out as I move along in the project. I've collected a lot of cans, now to see what I am missing. Opps, need feet, guess DH will have to eat some sardines (yuk) I have here. I know what his next snack item will be. Big Grin
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Sharon
Nov 4, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Eck! Sardines.
Give him plenty of crackers.
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