An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 6



It’s hard to imagine that we’re half-way finished with the twelve week Countdown to Christmas 2019!  Yikes, that means Christmas is bearing down on us and will soon be here! According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 56 days until Jolly Ol’ Santa and his merry band of reindeer arrive 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!




One Of A Kind Imagine Inspirational Statement Necklace Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo 



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 "Children Love to Sing"). This week, there were 45 shares by 15 artists of a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all kinds; polymer clay beads; Christmas ornaments; baby gifts; crocheted, woven and knitted pieces; lampwork beads; digital art; woodwork; and other beautiful handmade creations.




Hand Crocheted Tumbling Leaf Shawl by Nancy of tinyweaselfiberarts




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.




Crocheted Newborn Baby Girl Red Hat with Snowflake, 0-3 Month, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits



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!




Set of 6 "Yellowstone Series" Polymer Clay 18mm Lentil Beads Handmade by Julie of BlueMorningExpressions



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): 




Knit Purple and White Scarf / Neck Warmer with Long Fringe Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1




Encased Red Nugget with CZ Large Hole Lampwork Glass Bracelet Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads 




Sterling Silver Cone And Chain Tassel Earrings Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




"Oliver’s Yard Service" Autumn Art Print Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Set of 4 Fall Maple and Oak Leaf Coasters in Filet Crochet Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber




Long Spalted Hackberry Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticwoodJewelryAnd 




Autumn Gold, Orange, Yellow and Brown Multi-Wrap One Size  Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Red Candy Cane Earrings Handmade by Linda of lindab142



Knitted Light Gray Faux Fur Alpaca Wrap / Scarf Handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs 




Pearl and Leaf Autumn Nature-inspired Necklace Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures





Barber Comb and Scissors Christmas Ornament  from Birch Wood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Green and Brown Ceramic Dog Lovers Earrings with Lampwork and Swarovski Crystals 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 6. 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

It's an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 5



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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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Beautiful selections

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

Thanks so much, Catherine!

Merci beaucoup for this lovely extra BMECountdown to Christmas promotion! Thanks for including my Imagine necklace too! Will be sharing everyting to Pinterest and doing some tweets. :) Happy Halloween! And major treat to the Wonder Pup of El Paso, aka Sir Moosie!


Thank you Catherine for including my Christmas Baby Hat in your lovely Christmas Blog!


Thanks, Catherine for including my tumbling leaf shawl in your wonderful post, along with all the other great items! I've shared on Fb and twitter.


Thanks for including my Buckeye Burl Wooden Earrings. Great picks.



Thank you so much for the extra promotion. All the items were share in Twitter @AndreaDesigns1.

Artisan Goodness!

Thank you again Catherine for a sixth week of extra promotions for the group and for including my Harvest memory wire bracelet. Will promote on social sites.

Thank you!

Thank you Catherine for your hard work and for including my candy cane earrings. Pinned to and tweeted your blog post.

Happy sales to all!

Thank you Catherine

Thanks Catherine for the extra promotion. Thanks for including my necklace. I have pinned on 2 boards.

Beautiful Collection!

Beautiful collection of handmade gift ideas just in time for Christmas or anytime! Thanks for including my bracelet slider beads.


Tweeted post

Shared Everywhere

Thank you for including my Yellowstone polymer clay beads in this magnificent collection of handmade gift ideas for the holidays. I have shared far and wide with everyone I know and those I don't! Many treats for the Guardian of the Rocks from the Chasing of Lizards.

Thank You for blogging about

Thank You for blogging about all this Handmade for the upcoming Holidays - including my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Fall Maple and Oak Leaves Crochet Coasters - or Small Decorative doilies

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