(First Class Ground Advantage - U.S. Only)


Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Favorites - Week 8, 2023



It’s all going so, so fast!  Week 8 of the Countdown to Christmas 2023 has already come and gone, with only four more weeks remaining!  The ever ticking Your Christmas Countdown Clock doesn’t let up - according to it, Santa and his flying reindeer will start their journey in only 39 days!  Yikes!!!!  Need a perfect place to start / finish your Christmas shopping? The Countdown - a chance for artists to come together and share three of their unique gift ideas - is the just the place to do that holiday shopping!  Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are hosting the twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2023 of artisan handmade items on their Buy Handmade from Makers blog (where you can also see the first seven Countdowns).  This week, 39 items, many which are one of a kind designs, from 13 artists are featured.  The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, Christmas gift tags, sweatshirts, limited edition prints, photographic prints, lampwork beads, coffee mugs and much, much more.  A wonderful motto to follow: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN!  And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE to support hard working indie artists! 


In addition to promoting each handmade item from the Countdown collection to my "Countdown to a Handmade Christmas 2023" Pinterest board and on my Twitter feed, I decided to share one item from each of the artists who participated this week.  Here are my "favorites" picks of the items, in an order determined by drawing numbers from my trusty numbers bowl.  I hope you enjoy these unique items! 




Set of 8 Vintage Red Truck Christmas Gift Tags Handmade by Natalie of adorebynat




Antiqued Silver Lotus Flower Pendant Necklace Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Writing Because Murder is Wrong Multicolored Tie-Dye Writer's Unisex Sweatshirt Designed by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Adjustable Larimar Cross Pendant Necklace with Freshwater Pearls and Larimar Handmade by Suzanne of RivendellRocksSedona




Austrian Crystal Art Deco Earrings Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print of the Historic Tampa Theatre, Tampa, Florida, Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore 




"A Touch of Red" Black and Red Bead Bracelet Handmade by Melanie of Beads N' Tabs




American White Ibis Canvas Print Photography by Joanne of Joanne Carey




Vintage-look Christmas Snowman Earrings with Lampwork and Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Linda of Victorian Style Treasures




Encased Apricot Orange and Raku Large Hole Lampwork Beads with Fine Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Hanukkah Dreidel or Menorah Necklace Handmade by Linda of LinorStore




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




Sterling Butterfly on Heart Pendant Necklace with Chevron Amethyst and Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine and Seamus of Shadow Dog Designs



I hope you 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 33 items shared, click here: Countdown to Christmas 2023 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 featured artists and leave a comment. Also, any promotion will be greatly appreciated - it benefits us all!  Thank you!



My contact information:


Indiemade shop:  Shadow Dog Designs

Indiemade blog:  Shadow Dog Designs’ Blog

Blogger Blog:  Shadow Dog Design’s Blogger

Twitter:  ShadowDogDesign

Pinterest:  Shadow Dog Designs

Instagram:  Shadow Dog Designs

Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

Facebook:  ShadowDogDesigns - Jewelry

Tumblr:  Shadow Dog Designs

Flickr:  Shadow Dog Designs' Photostream





Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry

for the Discerning Woman




» Share:


Great Selection of Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

Thank you for including my Writing because Murder is Wrong sweatshirt with all of these great gift ideas for someone looking for something unique and different for the holiday season. Have shared everything everywhere. Harry sends woofs and thoughts of bones to the Moose.


Thanks for this extra promotion of the 8th countdown to Christmas blog of great gifts.

Weeks are going by so fast.

All have been scheduled - tweets: @RTobaison


All pinned and scheduling tweets.

Thanks Catherine

Another great favorites Christmas blog! Thanks for including my Christmas snowman earrings.

I have shared and tweeted.

Thanks so much for choosing

Thanks so much for choosing my white ibis photo, Catherine! I am very grateful. Tweeting and pinning tonight. Hope you and everyone here are having a blessed week ❤️

Thank you! new

Comment by Natalie - Adore By Nat posted Nov 16, 2023

Thanks so much, Catherine for creating this week's gift guide. Love your choices and I am grateful to be included. Off to share.


Pinned and tweeted post

Thank you!

Thank you for choosing my Red and Black Beaded Bracelet! Promoted all!

Make It A Handmade Christmas

Unbelivably we are in the final 4 weeks Countdown! Thank you for including my ArtDeco Austrian Crystal Earrings among your choices for Week #8! Promoted all - will post on my Blog also!

My Blog:

Thank you Catherine. You have

Thank you Catherine. You have created a wonderful collection of gift ideas. Honored to have our Cross necklace included.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.