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An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3 - Gift Ideas



Week 3 of the Countdown to Christmas sped right on by . . . and a wide variety of lovely artisan handmade items have been left in its wake.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there is only 77 days until Christmas is here . . . once again. This is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping.  A good motto to follow: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!



Ceramic Healing Hand, Cross and Spiral Pendant Necklace Handmade by Mary of Pretty Gonzo



With the rapidly approaching gift giving season in mind (much too rapidly, so many of us believe!), Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are 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 46 shares by 16 artists of a wide range of handmade gift ideas: lampwork beads; jewelry of all sorts; crocheted, woven and knitted pieces; photo albums; Christmas ornaments; digital art; home decor; woodwork; and other beautiful handmade creations.




Snow Covered Tree Brown Pillow Designed by Ruth of RuthSandraSperling



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.



Yellow Flower & Blue Spirals Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace with  Aqua Glass Beads 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!




Crocheted Petal Pink Newborn Girl Maryjanes Baby Shoes with White Insoles Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits



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):  




Topaz Gold Leaf, Apricot Pearls and Gold Chain  Adjustable Necklace Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Ivory and Gold Personalized Wedding Photo Album with Hand-stitched Beading Handmade by Diane of Daisyblu




Satin Black, Ivory and Green Lampwork Teardrop Pendant Necklace with Sterling Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Black Faced Sheep Christmas Ornaments, Set of Three, Handmade by Nancy of WyvernDesignsHome




Eye of Providence Beaded Hoop Earrings Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures




Crochet Multicolored Granny Square Blanket, Throw, Afghan Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1




Wood Bead Leather Cord Tie On Necklace, No Clasp, Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader 




Oliver Eyeing Mom's Caramel Apples A-Line Dress Designed by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Ambulance EMT Desk Or Shelf Quartz Clock from Ash Wood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Hope Glass Bracelet Handmade by Linda of LinorStore Jewelry and Kippah




Hand Woven Orange Alpaca Fiber Scarf / Neckwear Handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs 




Copper Buddha Yoga Earrings with Faceted Amethyst 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 3. 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




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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Beautiful selections

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my afghan. Treats to Seamus from the gang.
Shared here:
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dusamae/sharing-from-blogs/
Twitter: @dusamae

Christmas Countdown

Thank you, Catherine. Your extra promotion for the Countdown To Christmas is appreciated. Thanks for including my wood bead tie-on necklace! Shared..

Countdown to Christmas

Thank you for including my little sheep ornaments in your wonderful post! I've already pinned all the items and now I'm off to share this post with the world! lol

Thank you Catherine - Greatly

Thank you Catherine - Greatly appreciated.


Thanks Catherine
Great Christmas Gift ideas for your Blog! Thanks for including my Newborn Maryjanes


Thank you!

Catherine, thank you so much for includinig my bracelet. Pinned all to https://www.pinterest.com/lindab142/christmas-countdown-2019/

Note: I won't have computer access tomorrow; it's a Jewish holiday.

Many thanks for the wonderful promo!

Merci beaucoup for this nice collection of handmade from the BME Countdown to Christmas 2019! And thanks for including my healing hand cross necklace. Will be pinning everything to my Countdown pinboard and doing some tweeting. Here's my board: https://www.pinterest.com/prettygonzo/bme-countdown-to-christmas-2019/

Treats to the Wonder Pup of El Paso from the Master of Treats, Sir Gonze :)

Thank you!


Thank you so much for adding my woven alpaca scarf to your gorgeous collection for the 3rd week of the 2019-Christmas countdown.

All the creations were shared in Twitter.

Have a great week!

Andrea W.

Thank you Catherine

Thanks Catherine for another week of great selections. Thank you for including my eye of providence beaded hoop earrings. I have pinned all to 2 different boards and shared on Facebook.

Thank You, Catherine

Thanks for including my lampwork pendant necklace in your beautiful collection!

Great picks!

Hi Catherine, thank you so much for the extra promo and for including my pearl and gold leaf necklace. Time is flying by so fast. I will be promoting your post on social sites.

Thank You for including my

Thank You for including my Ruth Sandra Sperling Arts "Snow Covered Tree Pillow" in your Artisan Handmade this week! The Photo of the tree was taken by me one Winter!! I love trees all seasons! Blog Post pinned!

Great big thanks!

Thank you so much for including my teal and yellow beaded necklace in with this awesome selection of great gift ideas for Christmas! Many treats to the Champion of the Desert from the Master of Mud.

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