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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Favorites - Week 2, 2023



Week 2 of the Countdown to Christmas 2023 has already come . . . and gone,  No worries because unique artisan handmade / designed items were left in its wake.  According to the ever ticking Your Christmas Countdown Clock, there are only 81 days until Christmas is here.  With the rapidly approaching gift giving season in mind, Julie and her wonderful four-footed sidekick, Harry, are hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2023 of artisan handmade items on their Buy Handmade from Makers blog, part of their of Blue Morning Expressions Shopify shop.  The twelve week time period was chosen to correspond with the ubiquitous Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas''. This week, there were 30 shares by 10 artists featuring a wide range of gift ideas: unique jewelry, Christmas tags, watercolor art prints, an original book, photographic and digital art for the home, ornaments, key chains and a host of other beauties.  If you need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping, the Countdown is the place to do just that!  An excellent motto to follow is: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN.  And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE to support small indie businesses!


Each week during the Countdown, I pick my a favorite items from each artist (hard to do!) and feature them here on my blog.  These are my favorites for Week 2:   




Set of 8 Vintage-look "A Happy Christmas To You" Santa Gift Tags Handmade by Natalie of adorebynat




Ruby Red and Pink Czech Glass Bead Kumihimo Bracelet Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




"It Is Well with My Soul" Canvas Print Photography by Joanne of Joanne Carey




Silver Plated Pewter Cello Charm Earrings Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Gasparilla Pirate Festival Tampa, Florida, Watercolor Art Print, 2 Sizes, Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Red Lampwork Glass Beads and Black Lava Rock Bracelet with Sterling Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Thankful Thanksgiving Napkins with Turkey, Pie and Other Symbols Designed by Linda of LinorStore




 Lightweight Blue Flower Earrings with Lampwork Glass Beads and Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Linda of Victorian Style Treasures




The Adventures of Oliver The Otter: Strawberry Time Book Written and Illustrated by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Horses / Ponies Jumping Over the Moon Pendant Necklace with Brown Zebra Jasper and Pearls Handmade by Catherine and Seamus of Shadow Dog Designs



I hope you have enjoyed this sampling of favorite 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 2 - 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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Thank you Catherine for choosing my Thanksgiving napkins. Pinned and tweeted all the items.

Thanks, Catherine

A beautiful selection for this week's Christmas countdown. Thanks for including my silver pewter cello charm earrings. Shared!


Thanks, Great items and thanks for including my Gasparilla Ship print.

Off to promote all.

Fabulous Blog

Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your wonderful Christmas blog. Thanks for including my flower earrings in your selection.

I will be sharing and tweeting.

Thanks so much, Catherine!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for the extra promotion of these beautiful artisan handmade gift ideas.

Great blog, Catherine!!

Great blog, Catherine!! Thanks so much for including my pink flowers with quote picture... very appreciative!! Tweeting and pinning all these beautiful artisan work! Peace and joy, my friend!

Make It A Handmade Christmas

Thank you Catherine for once again promoting these talented Artisans on your Blog. I know you put a lot of personal time into doing all this - it is much appreciated!!!
Thank you for including my Bracelet among your Week 2 Christmas treasures,


Thanks for sharing the favorites Christmas blog on your blog, Pam!


Pinned and tweeted post

Many thanks!

Comment by Natalie - Adore By Nat posted Oct 08, 2023

So many beautiful pieces from talented artists. Thank you so much, Catherine, for including our gift tags. Off to share.

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