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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3




Week 3 of the Countdown to Christmas sped right on by . . . and a wide variety of lovely artisan handmade and vintage items have been left in its wake.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there is only 75 days until Christmas is here . . . once again. This is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping.  Shop early, shop often!




Turquoise Beaded Swallow Pendant Necklace Handmade by Sharon of Blonde Peach Jewelry



With the rapidly approaching gift giving season in mind, Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2018 of artisan handmade items on their 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 45 shares from 15 artists of a wide range of mostly handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, knitted and crochet work, counted cross stitch patterns, lampwork beads, dog related items, vintage jewelry, woodwork and other beautiful creations.




Irish Crochet Fall Orange Leaves Mat / Table Centerpiece Decor Handamde by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber



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.




Antique Copper and Forest Green Acorn Autumn Dangle Earrings Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat



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, Twitter or G+ 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!




Christmas Dogs in Scarves Hanging Kitchen Towel , 2 Piece Set, Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin



In addition to saving each handmade item from the Countdown to Christmas 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):




Ruby Red and Black Onyx Czech Glass Kumihimo Braided Bracelet Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Counted Cross Stitch (XStitch) Butterfly Dishtowel Pattern Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Linked Black Onyx and Clear Swarovski Crystal Necklace Handmade by Connie of TheSingingBeader




Hand Knit Ruby Red Cables and Lace Shawl with Sequins Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1




Green and Black Triangles Vintage Enamel Pierced Earrings Offered by Colleen of ButterflyintheAttic




VW Beetle Wood Jigsaw Puzzle From Maple Wood Handmade by Kevin By KevsKrafts




Boho Chic Egyptian Cat Earrings with Amethyst Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo 




Fossil, Sky Blue and Lime Dots w/ith Silver Two Tone Focal Bead Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Lavender Czech Glass Bird Bracelet For Women Handmade by Barbara of SolanaKaiDesigns




Amethyst and Crystal Teardrop Earrings with Gold Filled Lever Backs Handmade by Linda of TreasuresofJewels




Moon Rabbit and Star Pendant Necklace with Yellow Opal and Thunder Egg Agate 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 2018 - 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 features and leave a comment. Also, any promotion will be greatly appreciated - it benefits us all!  Thank you!



For more Christmas gift ideas, please check out the other weeks of the Countdown found here on my blog:


Make It An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3

Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 2

Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 1



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Great selections

Great selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my shawl. Shared.


Thank you very much for helping promote all of us here on your blog! Appreciate having the "tease" photo too! Sharing.

Thank you, Catherine!

Great choices! Thank you for including my onyx and crystal linked necklace! Shared.

Fabulous Collection of Christmas Gift Ideas!

Thanks, Catherine, for this lovely promo! Have shared at G+, Twitter, and Pinterest. Will be pinning each item and doing some tweeting. Treat wishes to Sir Moosie from Sir Gonze! :)

Beautiful collection!

What a beautiful collection of handmade creations! Thanks for including my lampwork focal bead.

Thanks for the promo!

Thanks, everyone, for the comments and the promo.

I've pinned and tweeted each item. Also shared the post to G+, FB, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr. Hopefully sales will come our way with everyone promoting!

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/shadowdog/handmade-favorites-from-artist-friends/

Twitter: @ShadowDogDesign

Thanks Catherine

Gorgeous as always. Beautiful collection of handmade items. Great gift ideas. Thanks Catherine for including my earrings. Off to share !

Much appreciated!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for including my bracelet in your blog post.

So many beauties!!

Thank you so much Catherine for the extra promotion every week. Will be sharing around town.


Love all the selections, and that bunny necklace of yours is so neat. I thank you for including my butterfly towel pattern. I have shared everyone all over the internet and hopefully, these gift ideas for Christmas will soon find their way into many a Christmas stocking. Have a wonderful weekend and plenty of treats to the sun dog. :) Cheers!

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