Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The story of The Nutcracker

I grew up going to see The Nutcracker every year. I guess that's what happens when your Russian ballet teacher tells you you're too chubby to audition for it--when you're 8. No hard feelings, I swear. Illustrator Michelle Christensen, photography Jessica Peterson, hairstylist Aubrey Nelson, and I spent a glorious day with model/former ballet dancer at Ballet West (and vintage seller and crafter) Nicole Choules of Elsa Bags making props and having a ton of fun doing this shoot. I thought Christmas was the perfect way to show it off. 

Merry Christmas! Thank you sincerely for following along on my crafty adventures. You mean the world.

props by Michelle and me
photography by Jessica Peterson
modeling/dancing by Nicole Choules
hair by Aubrey Nelson
costumes provided by Natalie Taylor (thank you so much!)
oversized ornament DIY concept from Studio DIY 

Check out the behind the scenes photos below:

Aubrey and Nicole
Michelle and me


Brian and Emily said...

This is lovely. Merry Christmas!

Sarah said...

So inspiring! Love the Nutcracker!

G C said...


jen said...

This is beautiful.

Kevin said...

This post is brilliant and beautiful! The Nutcracker is one of my favorite stories, and I love this modern interpretation of it... Amazing job!

Kelly said...

Those ornaments are gorgeous!

Sparkles and Shoes

Natasha said...

I am completely blown away by your talent and of course completely in awe with you! Just came across your beautiful site and am so excited about it.

Utah Girl Am I said...

Beautiful photos!

Kirsten Sparenborg Brinton said...

Brittany! This is sooo BEAUTIFUL! I was in love with The Nutcracker this season. We saw it at The Kennedy Center just after Thanksgiving and I listened to the ballet every day thereafter. I thought about making a drawing... You DID it! This is amazing, so perfect. Thanks. : )

Colleen said...

This is crazy fantastic! So beautiful; I am just looking for a second time and I see that those mice are an asymmetrical paper chain. I have been dreaming of asymmetrical dancer paper chains since I found Su Blackwell's book, The Fairy-Tale Princess. I haven't been able to wrap my brain around it for some reason! Are you ever coming to the San Francisco Bay area to teach paper flower making? So happy to have found your blog.