An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 7



Wow!  We are already more than half-way through the Countdown to Christmas 2019 - only 5 more weeks to go!  It’s hard to imagine that Christmas will soon be here! According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 49 days (when this bog was posted) until Santa Claus drops down that chimney and either leaves gifts or lumps of coal for deserving (or not-so-deserving) boys and girls.  Since Christmas is looming, 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, PURCHASE HANDMADE!




Crocheted Amigurumi Unicorn Stuffed Animal Toy Handmade by Nancy of Wyvern Designs



To help with the rapidly approaching holiday gift giving season, 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 by “Oh My Genius”). This week, there were 42 shares by 14 artists of a wide range of handmade gift ideas: stylish jewelry of all kinds; Christmas thimbles; note cards from original art; crocheted, woven and knitted pieces; lampwork beads; digital art; woodwork; and, other beautiful handmade creations.




Petite Galaxy Bracelet with Antique Copper, Juniper Leather and Rhinestones Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat



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.





Irish Crochet Fall Orange Leaves Mat for Table Centerpiece Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber



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!




Collectible Christmas Holiday Penguin Thimble Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




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): 




Floral Lampwork, Swarovski Crystals and Garnet Gemstone Beaded Necklace Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Oliver Finds His Christmas Tree Digital Art Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Full Persian Weave Sterling Silver Chainmaille Bracelet Handmade by Cathy of MorganJewelryDesign




Lotus Yoga Stretch Bracelet with Tassel,  Mala Inspired, Handmade by Mary and Gonzo of PrettyGonzo




Woman's Crochet Beanie / Hat in Silver Baby Alpaca Brush Yarn Handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs 




Hummingbirds, Cardinals & Carolina Wren Note Cards, Variety Set of 3, Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Hanukkah / Chanukah Charm Bracelet with Dreidel & Menorah Handmade by Linda of lindab142




Transparent Lampwork Glass Beads with Fine Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Fireman Christmas Ornament from Birch Plywood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Rustic Turquoise Patinated Boho Gypsy Coin Earrings 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 7. 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:


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




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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 bracelet.
Shared here:
Pinterest -
Twitter - @dusamae
Treats to Seamus from the gang.


Thanks for posting our links for week #7.


Thank you Catherine for another Blog of wonderful Christmas

Merci beaucoup!

Thanks so much for the lovely extra promotion, Catheirine and Le Moosie! Will be pinning everything to my BMECountdown to Christmas pin board. Special thanks for including my lotus yoga stretch bracelet. As always, treats to the fabulous pup of El Paso from Sir Gonze. :)

Thank you!

I really appreciate your sharing my bracelet in your promos. Pinned to and am scheduling tweets today and tomorrow #bmecountdown @lindab142


Shared some. Tweeted post and pinned

Great gift ideas for the holidays!

thank you so much for including my Christmas thimble in this handmade gift idea blog post. Have shared everything everywhere. Many treats to the Guardian of the Border from Hurricane Harry. Happy sales to all

Catherine, Thank You for

Catherine, Thank You for including my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Fall Orange Leaves Mat in this Artisan Handmade Blog post!

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