An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 10




Wow!  Christmas will be here in a little less than a month!  And there are only two more weeks left in the Countdown to Christmas 2019!  Where does the time go? The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up and keeps ticking down those seconds until Santa and his herd of reindeer make a nighttime visit to leave gifts or lumps of coal. The Countdown is the place for handmade artists to share three of their beautiful (often one of a kind) creations. Need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping?  Shop the Countdown to Christmas: browse and purchase that special piece for that special person! An excellent motto to follow this holiday season: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE




Red Cardinal Crochet Tapestry Holiday Decor Handmade by Ruth of RSS Designs In Fiber




Since the holiday gift giving season will be here before you know it, Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are once again hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2019 of artisan handmade items on their The Blu Print blog.  The twelve week time period was chosen to correspond with the ubiquitous Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas". This week, there were 45 shares from 15 handmade artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all styles, crocheted and knitted items, lampwork beads, fun mugs, note cards, socks, Christmas ornaments and other beautiful creations.





"No Body Parts Scare Me" Nurse Coffee Mug, 15oz, Designed by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Shop owners on Indiemade, Shopify, ArtFire, Fine Art America, Etsy, a stand alone website and the like are welcome to share up to three gift items between Friday at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Monday morning at 12:01 a.m.  A new Countdown collection of gift items will begin again the next Friday. This will continue until the second week in December. The items shared need to be G-rated.




Unisex Yoga Stretch Bracelet w/ Yin Yang Charm and Hematite Handmade by Mary and Gonzo of PrettyGonzo




If you share items on the Countdown to Christmas, you ***MUST*** promote the collection and ***EACH*** item on at least one social network site, preferably Pinterest and/or Twitter where the items can be easily seen and then promoted again.  It's only fair to promote each of the participants who have promoted you!




Shiny Encased Red and Silver Large Hole Lampwork Glass Bead Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




In addition to saving each handmade item from the Countdown collection to my Pinterest board and Twitter feed, I decided to share one item from each of the artists who participated this week.  Here are my picks of the items, in an order determined by drawing numbers from my trusty numbers bowl (except those who were late sharing).  I hope you like each and every handmade beauty.




Mixed Metal Circle Earrings with Volcano Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures 




Aqua Green Crochet Beanie in Woman's Size Handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs




Ruby Red and Black Onyx Braided Kumihimo Czech Glass Beaded Bracelet Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Hand Knit Denim Stripe Socks / Anklets Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories




Salmon Pink Kumihimo Dragon Scale Plus-Size Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Tampa, Florida, Landmarks 4 Note Card Assortment Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Polymer Clay Egyptian Scarab Beetle Pendant Necklace with ooden Beads Handmade by Nancy of WyvernDesignsJewelry




Chanukah Jewelry Dreidel Necklace on Silvertone Chain Handmade by Linda of lindab142




Oliver The Otter's Christmas Socks Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Air Traffic Controller Tower Christmas Ornament from Birch Wood Handmade by Kev of KevsKrafts 




Peaceful Face Stepping Stone Pendant Necklace with Mexican Fire Opal Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




I hope you've enjoyed this sampling of some of the handmade gift items that can be found in the Countdown to Christmas collection hosted by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions.  To see all the items shared, click here: Countdown to Christmas 2019 - Week 10. I hope that at least one item captured your interest and made its way to your shopping list. Who knows what next week will bring?  Personally, I'm looking forward to it!


If you are so inclined, please make my day and the day of the artists features and leave a comment. Also, any promotion will be greatly appreciated - it benefits us all!  Thank you!




Please check out the other weeks of the Countdown found here on my blog:


An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 1

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 2

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 4

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 5

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 6

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 7

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 8

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 9



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Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

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Thank you Catherine for including my Earrings in your Blog. Can’t believe this is Week 10, with only 2 weeks of Promotions left. Promoted all the talented Artisans!
Thanks again


Thanks Catherine,
i'll promote ALL later this afternoon.

Beautiful selections,

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my socks. Shared.
Treats to Seamus from the gang.

A Million Thanks!

Thank you so much Catherine for doing this extra promotion every week. And...for including my kumihimo dragon scale bracelet. Will be promoting!


Thanks for sharing all the lovelies from week 10 of the Countdown to Christmas! Off to share!

Thank you!

Thanks, Catherine. Tweeted the post & pinned all to

Major thanks for lovely collection!

Thanks for the extra promo, Catherine and Le Moosie! And for including my bracelet. I totally adore the moosie graphic at the beginning. lol. Impossible to look at that and not smile—at least. :) Instant cheer.

Will be pinning everything to my Countdown board and doing some tweeting.

Happy Thanksgiving! Treats to the marvelous Moosie from the sweet wee cat!

Thank you Catherine!

Thank you for the extra promotions on my red large hole lampwork bead and all of these lovely gift ideas.

Thank you Catherine

Thanks Catherine for the extra promotion. Thank you for including my mixed earrings, I have shared all on 2 of my Pinterest boards.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!



Thank you for including my green aqua alpaca hat to your lovely collection of handmade treasures. All of them were shared in twitter using hashtag #bmecountdown and Pinterest in board Christmas Countdown Gifts!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you Catherine and Seamus

Many happy holiday treats to you! Thank you for including my nurse mug with all of these great gift ideas for the holidays. Have shared them all far and wide. Hopefully, there is a little more turkey left over for our fav desert dog. Thanks again

Thank You for blogging about

Thank You for blogging about Handmade for the Holidays this season - including my "RSS Designs In Fiber Red Cardinal Tapestry"! Happy Holidays to All! #HandmadeHoliday #HolidayGifts #HolidayDecor

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