An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 11



It's hard to believe that Week 11 of the Countdown to Christmas 2019 has come and gone . . . . and there is only one more week left!  When the Countdown starts, the end of the twelve weeks seems a looooong way off. The - BAM! - here it is! And Christmas is approximately three weeks away.  Where does the time go? The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up.  Those seconds just keep ticking down until the jolly man in red and white leaves wonderful gifts or lumps of coal under the tree.  What is the Countdown? It’s a 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




Pink and Black Miyuki Seed Bead and Leather Boho Cuff Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat



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 43 shares from 15 artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all styles, crocheted and knitted items, thimbles, clothing, cards, baby booties, lampwork beads, Christmas ornaments and other beautiful creations.




Christmas Girl with Candy Canes Collectible Thimble Handmade by Julie and Hary 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.




Exotic Green Wood and Resin Extra Large Oval Dangle Earrings Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticWoodJewelryAnd



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!




Hand crocheted orange alpaca fingerless gloves handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs



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.




Tribal Tibetan Dzi Gemstone Necklace with Purple Amethyst, Green Stone and Carnelian Handmade Mary and Le Gonze of PrettyGonzo




Dark Aqua Blue with Aurae Band Lampwork Glass Diamond Shaped Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Crocheted Christmas Red  w/ Ivory Satin Rosse MaryJanes for a Newborn, 0-3 mo, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Etched Gold Pewter Earrings with Black Swarovski Crystals Handamde by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Extra Thick Hand Knit Bulky White Scarf and Hat Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories




Womens Metal Kippot with Gold Wire and Clear Swarovski Crystals - 4.5" - Handmade by Linda of lindab142




Large Letter Palm Springs, California, Socks Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Czech Opaque Blue Beaded Bracelet Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures




Red, Green and White Fiber Art Greeting Card Designed by Ruth of Ruth Sandra Sperling




Quad / 4 Wheeler ORV Christmas Ornament from Birch Wood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Anasazi Petroglyph-inspired Spiral Sun Pendant Necklace with Carnelian Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




I hope you have 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 11. 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

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 10



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Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

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Flickr:  Shadow Dog Designs' Photostream



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Thanks Catherine for including my Exotic Wood Earrings in this great collection.

All scheduled for Tweets. hashtag #bmecountdown

Beautiful selections,

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my scarf and hat set.
Pinned here:
Tweeted here: @dusamae
Also, shared your blog at the above and facebook:
Treats to Seamus from the gang.

Thank you, Catherine!

It's so hard to believe there is only one week left of the Christmas countdown. So many wonderful gifts to choose from. You picked some dandies here! Thank you for including my gold and black earrings.Sharing.

Thank you, Catherine!

Thank you, Catherine, for including me in among the beautiful handmade items in your blog.

Thank you!

Catherine, time sure is flying by.

Appreciate you including my kippah in this week's countdown.

Tweeted the post and pinned all to

Thanks again.

Merci beaucoup, Catherine and Le Moosie!

Thanks for this wonderful extra promo! Will be pinning everything and doing some tweeting. Thanks for including my Dzi bead necklace! Treats to the Wonder Pup of El Paso!

Countown Winding Down...

As always, you are so much appreciated for the extra promotions. I thank you for including my pink and black beaded bracelet. I will be sharing on social sites!!

Thank you Catherine. Another

Thank you Catherine. Another beautiful blog. Thanks for including my bracelet. On my way to share.



Thank you for including my orange alpaca fingerless gloves in your lovely collection. All the items were shared in Twitter @AndreaDesigns1, and Pinterest in board Christmas Countdown Gifts!

Pinned and tweeted

There are some nice items here

Shared all of these gifts!

Thank you for including my Christmas thimble with all of these wonderful handmade gift ideas for the Christmas season. I have shared and scheduled sharing everywhere! May the Moose have a day filled with new smells and lots of old favorites. From Harry the Hound

Artisan Handmade for Fall and Winter Holidays

Thanks, Catherine, for blogging about and sharing all this Handmade for Holidays - including my Ruth Sandra sperling Arts Greeting Card with my Fiber Art on it!

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