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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Favorites - Week 4, 2023



Who would have believed how quickly Week 4 of the Countdown to Christmas 2023 went by . . . but here we are!  Left in its wake is a wide variety of gorgeous artisan handmade items.  According to the ever ticking Your Christmas Countdown Clock, there are only 67 days until St. Nick pays a visit to let you know of you have been naughty or nice.  With the rapidly approaching gift giving season in mind, Julie and her faithful 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 Blue Morning Expressions Shopify shop.  This week, there were 33 shares by 11 artists featuring a wide range of gifts:  unique jewelry designs, photographic and digital art, home decor, note cards, Christmas stickers,lampwork  beads, crocheted gifts, coffee mugs and a host of other beauties.  If you need a perfect start (or ending) 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 12 week Countdown, I pick a favorite item from each artist (hard to do!) and feature them here on my blog.  These are my favorites for Week 4:  




Crocheted Christmas Red Jumper with Snowflake Applique and Matching Hat for Infant Girl Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Set of 3 Caladium Note / Greeting Cards from Original Watercolor Paintings Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore  




Teal Green and Dichroic Large Hole Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Red Cardinal Christmas / Winter Earrings with Lampwork Glass Beads and Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Linda of Victorian Style Treasures 




"Great Blue Heron 2" Head Shot Wood Print Photography by Joanne of JoanneCarey




Personalized Breast Cancer Coffee Mug Designed by Linda of LinorStore




Black and Gold Paw Print And Music 8th Note Pendant Necklace Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Colorful Seattle Pike Place Market Wall Art / Poster Print Photography by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions



Set of 24 Santa Says Do Not Open Til Dec 25 Christmas Stickers Handmade by Natalie of adorebynat




Hummingbird and Wildflowers Digital Art Coffee Mug Designed by Colleen of ButterflysInTheAttic




Artisan Ceramic Turquoise Blue and Brown Boho Earrings with Blue Czech Glass Roller Beads 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 4 - 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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Thanks for hosting and highlighting our Christmas gifts.

Will promote - tweet and pin all.


Have scheduled tweets for tomorrow and have pinned all items on 2 boards.

Christmas Favorites

Thank you, Catherine. Great picks and great gift ideas. Thanks for including my Cardinal earrings.

I have pinned on 2 boards and on my way to tweet.

The photo of the reindeer dogs is so so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Week 4

Thank you, Catherine for your extra promotion and including my 8th note paw print necklace. Shared!

Thank you!

Thank you for including my Pike Market poster with all of these colorful gift ideas for Christmas. The holidays will be much brighter when you add something handmade to the stockings. Many treats to Mr. Moose from Mr. Lazy Butt. Enjoying some cooler weather - thankfully! It was beautiful and cool in Vermont. We didn't want to come home!

Thanks for this lovely blog

Thanks for this lovely blog and for choosing my great blue heron wood print! I really appreciate all you do, Catherine!! I will be tweeting all these beautiful items here! Peace and joy, everyone!

Make It A Handmade Christmas

Thanks Catherine for putting together another wonderful Blog of Christmas Gift Ideas! Thanks also for including my Newborn Christmas Jumper among your choices of the other talented Artisans.


Thank you Catherine for including my Breast Cancer Coffee Mug. Pinned and Tweeted all.

Make It A Handmade Christmas

Promoted all - Twitter, Pinterest Also posted on my BLOG:


Thanks so much, Catherine!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for the extra promotion of these beautiful artisan handmade items. Hopefully some of them will be under Christmas Trees!

Many thanks!

Comment by Natalie - Adore By Nat posted Oct 19, 2023

67 days until Christmas?! Time will fly by and it will be here before we know it. In the meantime, I am grateful to be able to participate in this Countdown to Christmas week 4 and enjoy seeing all these beautiful handmade goodies. Thank you so much, Catherine, for including our Santa Christmas stickers. Will share.

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