An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 8



Already, week 8 of the Countdown to Christmas 2019 has come on gone!  It’s hard to believe that there are only four more weeks left! The Countdown is a chance for mostly handmade artists to share three of their beautiful gift ideas and for all to browse and, hopefully, purchase.  The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up - according to it, Santa will start his journey in only 42 days!  Need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping? The Countdown is the place to do just that!  A good motto to follow: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!




Crocheted Newborn Santa Winter Fur-trimmed Booties, 0- 3 months, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits



Since the holiday gift giving season will be here before you know it, Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions once again are once 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's version is a FUN interpretation). This week, there were 45 shares from 15 artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, key chains, Christmas ornaments, crocheted and knitted clothing and home decor, lampwork beads, digital art, and other beautiful creations.




Polymer Clay Bohemian Leaf Earrings with Rustic Lampwork Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures



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.



Crochet Fuchsia Merino Yarn Winter Ear Warmer with Flower Handmade by Andrea of AndreaDesigns 




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!




Green Turquoise Picasso Tile Copper Superduo Beaded Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




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).  I hope you like each and every handmade beauty.




Hand Knit Rose Women's Convertibles Fingerless Gloves / Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1 




Long Afelia Burl Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticJewelryAnd




Hand Knitted Raspberry Wrist Warmers / Fingerless Gloves with Hand Felted Flower Handmade by Nancy of Wyvern Designs




Chevrolet Chevelle Muscle Car Hot Rod Vintage Auto Key Chain Ring Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Menorah Dreidel Chain Bracelet Handmade by Linda of Linor Store Jewelry




Blue Star Lace Art Snowflake Ornament Designed by Ruth of RuthSandraSperling




European Style Green & Ivory Scallops Large Hole Lampwork Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Tombstone Arizona Big Letter Sticker Designed by Colleen of ColleenCornelius




Not All Who Wander Are Lost Boho Statement Necklace and Earrings Jewelry Set Handmade by Mary and Gonzo of PrettyGonzo




Wrecker Or Tow Truck Christmas Ornament From Birch Wood Handmade by Kev of KevsKrafts




Boho Grunge Metallic Polymer Clay Cat Lovers 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 8. 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!


lease 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




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Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

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Such Wonderful Handmade Goodness!

Loved all of your beautiful handmade gift ideas for Christmas. Thanks for including my ready to wear large hole lampwork bead

Beautiful selections

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for the extra promotion and for including my convertibles.

Shared here:
Pinterest -
Twitter - @dusamae

Treats to Seamus from the gang.


Thanks Cat for the extra promotion on our links. GREAT picks.
All tweeted. hashtag - #bmecountdown


Thank you for including my merino ears warmer in your beautiful collection. All the items were shared in Twitter @AndreaDesigns1, and Pinterest (2019-Gifts countdown for Christmas board).

Great Artisan Creations!

As always Catherine, you are so appreciated for all you do in promoting us every week. Thank you for including my Picasso Green bracelet. Will be promoting on social sites.


Thanks Catherine
Another wonderful Christmas Blog. Thank you for including my little Santa Boots!

Thank you Catherine

A beautiful Christmas Blog Catherine. Thanks for including my leaf earrings.

I have pinned all on 2 boards:

Many thanks, Catherine!

Love the cartoon moosie. :) Thanks for this extra promotion, and for including my statement necklace. Will be pinning all and doing some tweeting. Sir Gonze sends treat wishes to his El Paso pal, Sir Moosie!

Thank you!

Catherine, I love the moose too. So cute. Thanks so much for including my menorah dreidel bracelet in this beautiful handmade collection. I'm honored to be featured. Pinned all to and tweeted the post.

Shared Everywhere

Thank you so much for including my Chevy keychain in amongst this stellar selection of handmade holiday gift ideas. I have shared everyone everywhere and scheduled some, too! Many belly rubs to the Keeper of the Arroyo from I Am a Lazy Fuzz Butt.

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