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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Favorites - Week 1, 2023



Amazing!!!  It seems like Christmas was here just a few months ago . . . especially when the Christmas Countdown Clock says there are only 88 days (as of today) before Christmas is here!  With that in mind, it's definitely not too early to start thinking about all those people on your Christmas shopping list.  Where to start????  What should you get them???  A perfect place to shop (and hopefully buy)) is the 12 week Countdown to Christmas 2023 collections.  Hosted by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions on their Buy Handmade from Makers blog, the collections will be filled with a wide variety of artisan handmade / designed gifts.  A new collection will be added each Friday through the second weekend of December.  On week 1 of the Countdown to Christmas, there were 36 shares from 12 handmade artists: unique jewelry, Halloween gifts, lampwork beads, party invitations / stickers / kits, tote bags, baby gifts, Christmas ornaments, home decor and more.  A good motto to follow through these weeks leading up to Christmas is:  SHOP EARLYSHOP OFTEN!  And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE to support small indie sellers!


Here are favorites from Week 1 of the Countdown to Christmas:



Felt Christmas Snowman with Floppy Black Hat Ornament Handmade by Claire of ClaireMDesigns2 




Oliver The Otter Picks a Pumpkin Poster Designed by Colleen of OliverTheOtter




"Reds and Greens" Leaves Ornament Photography by Joanne of Joanne Carey




Halloween Witch Sitting on a Jack O Lantern Earrings with Czech Glass and Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Linda of Victorian Style Treasures




Set of 2 Red and Pink Caladiums Note / Greeting Cards Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore  




Red and Pink Large Hole Lampwork Glass Flower Beads Handmade by Charlotte fo Covergirlbeads




"Grab Your Brooms You're Invited" Halloween Party Invitations / Cards with a Witch - 8, 16 or 24 Pieces - Designed by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Rock and Roll Music Bottle Cap Key Chain Ring With Large Swivel Clasp Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Set of 30 Sunflower Wreath Thank You Sticker Labels Handmade by Natalie of adorebynat




White and Red Crocheted 3 Piece Jumpsuit, Jacket and Hat for Baby Girl, 0-3 Months, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Sukkot Earrings with Lulav and Etrog Charms Handmade by Linda of LinorStore




Lightweight Red Cardinal on Holly Christmas Earrings with Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine and Seamus 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 - Week 1 - 2023. 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 featured artists and leave a comment. Also, any promotion will be greatly appreciated - it benefits us all!  Thank you!


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Make It A Handmade Christmas

Thank you Catherine for choosing my Crocheted Christmas Jumpsuit Set to include among the other creative artisan Christmas Gifts!
Week 1 down - 8 more to go?
Thanks!! Pam

Week 1

Very nice selections this first week including both Halloween and Christmas/holiday gifts. Thank you, Catherine for putting this together and including my rock music bottle cap key chains. Shared!


Love the leaf heart shaped ornament. Pinned and tweeted post

Thanks so much, Catherine!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for your Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas Blog Week 1. Love the beauty and variety. Pinned and Tweeted all of them.

Thank you Catherine

I promoted the post and will be promoting the items this week.

I have to be at work by 2:30 am tomorrow so I'm headed to bed but Love Love Love this post and so appreciate the extra promotions and will be back!

Thank you Catherine

A wonderful blog to start off the Artisan Handmade Christmas. Thanks for including my Halloween witch earrings.

I have pinned and scheduled tweets.


Thanks for this extra promotion for the Countdown.

I have tweeted all.

Off to a Great start!

Thank you for including my Halloween party invitations with all of these wonderful handmade gift ideas. Have shared and posted across the world. Harry wishes for many yummy bones for Seamus.

Promoted All

Promoted All and the post again to twitter, pinterest, FB and tubler
have a wonderful day

Thanks so much for selecting

Thanks so much for selecting my reds and greens ornament! I am very appreciative, Catherine! Great blog btw! Peace and joy to everyone here!

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