An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 5




Week 5 of the Countdown to Christmas rushed right on by (quicker and quicker each week, it seems!), and a huge variety of fabulous artisan handmade items were left in its wake.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 63 days, barely over 2 months, before Jolly Ol’ Santa arrives once again. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping and the Countdown is the perfect place!  Remember this motto: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!




Plum Tassel and Bronze Pearl Metallized Khaki Boho Multi-wrap Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat



With the rapidly approaching holiday gift giving season in mind, Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2019 of artisan handmade items on their BluPrint blog.  The twelve week time period was chosen to correspond with the ubiquitous Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (this week sung by Roger Whitaker). This week, there were 45 shares by 15 artists of a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all kinds; beaded keyrings; crocheted, woven and knitted pieces; lampwork beads; digital art; woodwork; and other beautiful handmade creations.




Crochet Silver Baby Alpaca Brush Yarn Beanie Handmade by Andrea of AndreaDesigns



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.




Brave Women's Purse Charm / Keychain / Beaded Keyring Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




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!




Sparkling Tabac Grey Swarovski Crystal Round Hoop Earrings Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader



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 pretty late sharing):  





Reusable Cup Cozy, Set of 2, in Americana Red, White and Blue Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber




Boho Truth Word Statement Necklace with Leather Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Watercolor Print Bougainvilleas Glass Tile Pendant Necklace Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Hand Knit Cranberry Red Women's Convertibles Hobo Fingerless Gloves / Mittens Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1




Siam Red and Clear Swarovski Crystal Christmas Bracelet Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels



Shiny Cobalt Blue Band and Raku Yellow Lampwork Glass Frit Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Oliver Shows Off His Ugly Sweater Baby One-Piece Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius





Hanukkah Necklace on Black Cord, Chanukah Gifts, Handmade by Linda of lindab142




Victorian Style Hand Beaded Polymer Clay Cabochon Necklace Handmade by Nancy of Wyvern  Designs




Jeep Grille Christmas Ornament from Birch Plywood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Sacred Heart and Woman Ceramic Pendant Necklace with Coral 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 5. 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 featured 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:


It's an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 1

It's an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 2

It's an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3

It's an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 4



My contact information:


Indiemade shop:  Shadow Dog Designs

Indiemade blog:  Shadow Dog Designs’ Blog

Blogger Blog:  Shadow Dog Design’s Blogger

On Fire for Handmade shop:  Shadow Dog Designs 

Artfire studio:  ShadowDogDesigns

Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

Facebook:  ShadowDogDesigns - Jewelry

Twitter:  ShadowDogDesign

Pinterest:  Shadow Dog Designs

Flickr:  Shadow Dog Designs' Photostream



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Week 5 Countdown To Christmas

Thank you for the extra promotion, Catherine, and for including my sparkling crystal earrings. Beautiful handmade gifts were submitted this week, as always. Shared...

Thanks so much, Catherine!

Thanks for the extra promotion, Catherine, and for including my truth word necklace! Will be pinning everything. I love the moose graphic at the start of the post - lol. That is so sweet. Treats to the Marvelous Moose of El Paso!

Beautiful selections

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my convertible gloves. Treats to Seamus from the gang!
Shared here:
Pinterest -
Twitter - @dusamae

Week 5 Countdown

Thank you for including my beaded necklace in your wonderful blog post. I am off to share!

Appreciate it!

Hi Catherine, this is a beautiful selection.

Pinned all the items to

Will Tweet the post now.


Thanks Catherine for posting our links.

Beautiful Blog!

Love your collection of beautiful handmade gift ideas. Thanks for including my cobalt, yellow and raku lampwork beads.

2019- Countdown to Christma- Week 5

Thank you Catherine,

For including my alpaca hat in your beautiful collection. All the creations were shared in Twitter.


I tweeted some of the items and your post.

You are the sweetest!

Thank you so much Catherine for doing these weekly promos for us. I am always honored to be part of your collections. Thank you for including my memory wire tassel bracelet. Will be promoting!

Great big thanks!

Thank you for the extra promo! Have shared everyone far and wide, and congrats to Roxanne for selling her necklace. Shared her beautiful croton cards instead. Lots of treats for the Master of the Desert from the Keeper of Sticks, So No One Can Play Anymore.

Catherine - I'm a bit behind,

Catherine - I'm a bit behind, but I appreciate the sharing of creations for the Holidays -- like my Americana Red White and Blue Cup Cozies! Shared!

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