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October 11, 2021

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Growing up, almost every year we went to see The Nutcracker put on by the Oklahoma City Ballet at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City.

It was quite the affair — my twin sister and I dressed up in our Christmas dresses (which let me tell you, was a full on Laura Ashley match-fest or some other sassy southern designer trend), our fancy shoes (yep, those patent leather Mary Janes were put to good use those days), and the curl fairy came to our house the night before.

**If you’re wondering, the “curl fairy” was what my kindergarten teacher called it when my mom used sponge rollers on our hair.

As I got a little older, we didn’t go every year, BUT my ballet teacher was *in* The Nutcracker. She was a dancer in the Oklahoma Ballet Company (which I thought was the coolest thing since sliced bread, and quite honestly still do), and she told us stories of her practices, dancing onstage, and gearing up for The Nutcracker.

In so many ways, The Nutcracker was a part of my childhood, and in preparing for the Christmas season (and knowing that I’m going to be whisked into the season with a styled shoot AT THE CIVIC CENTER WITH OKC BALLET DANCERS … I couldn’t think of a better way to spread Christmas cheer.

Sidenote — I may be a little starstruck painting these ballet dancers in a month… I’ll keep you posted…

So, the idea for The Nutcracker Heirloom Ornaments was born, and since I couldn’t decide on just *one* style, I opted for an abstract option with 24 karat gold leaf embellishments and a sugar plum ornament — a mix of figs, pomegranates, lemons, apples — with gold leaf embellishments.

These ornaments are totally one of a kind and completely unique.

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I mean, There’s always that person who’s Christmas decor looks like it stepped straight out of the Balsam Hill catalogue, or better yet, out of a Hallmark movie… Now? It’s your turn and we’re ready to get you there with a these completely one of a kind Nutcracker-inspired sugar plum, ceramic ornaments, each thoughtfully crafted and hand-painted to impress your your guests — your other Christmas decor is already jealous…

Each of these one of a kind ornaments includes:

• Ceramic ornament lovingly painted by hand and embellished with 24 karat gold-leaf so you know your ornament is totally unique and unlike anything your friend has on their tree (literally — no two ornaments are the same)

• Luxurious hand torn linen ribbon, so you can hang this artwork from your tree with confidence

• High-gloss varnished finish, so you can rest assured it will last for generations (like those amazing vintage ornaments that have been passed down in your family)

You’ve got to get your hands on this limited edition custom ornament!

Pre-Order Closes Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Ornaments will SHIP on or before November 12, 2021.

Note: ONLY 24 Retro Style and ONLY 24 round style are available.

What inspires you? I’d love to know in the comments!

Shop the collection below.

Inspiration behind the nutcracker heirloom ornaments, blog post

Bringing your wedding day to life, thrilling your guests with a show-stopping live wedding painting experience, and creating a timeless keepsake that honors your sacred bond and will warm your heart every time you look at it – it’s what I do best.

Hey, I'm Courtney.

From behind the easel, I serve timeless brides who still embrace the unexpected by creating heirloom painting experiences that are immersive, one-of-a-kind, and thrilling to watch.

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With a slightly abstract Impressionist live painting experience that captures the love and joy of your story, shows off the beauty of your wedding day, and helps everyone who enters your future home to feel your wedding day, you’ll finally have THE THING that makes your wedding day unforgettable.

And your guests? They'll talk about your wedding forever because of the experience you gave them.


Simply put? This is way more than just a wedding painting.