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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 5



Week 5 of the Countdown to Christmas whizzed right on by and a wide variety of unique artisan handmade items were left behind.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, Christmas will be here in only 62 days!!! Looking to start your Christmas shopping?  The Countdown is the perfect place to do just that! A good motto to follow: shop early, shop often! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!




Blue Leather Clip on Earrings for Woman Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry




Since the gift giving season is rapidly approachhing, Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions are once again hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2018 of artisan handmade (and sometimes vintage) items on their The 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 44 shares from 15 artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, beachy pillows, crocheted pieces, lampwork beads, handmade scrapbooking supplies, woodwork and other beautiful creations.




Green and Brown Jasper Gemstone and Earrings Jewelry Set Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo



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.




VW Bus Surfboard Beach Theme Throw Pillow Handmade by Julie of Blue Morning Expressions




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!




Right Angle Weave Black, Bronze and Pearl Bracelet Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1



In addition to saving each handmade item from the Countdown 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).  




Glowing Pine with Knots Long Rectangle Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticWoodJewelryAnd




Crocheted Antique White Newborn Maryjanes and Headband with Red Silk Roses, 0-3 months, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Bali Design Sterling Silver and London Blue Topaz Ring, Size 6, Offered by Diane of Dianes Dangles Jewelry




Mountain Cabin Filet Crochet Landscape Art Doily / Table Top Decor / Fiber Art Wall Hanging Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber 




Antiqued Copper Dagger Spike Earrings Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader




Pink Flower and Green Vines on Ivory Lampwork Glass Lentil Focal Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Snowflake Earrings Handmade by Linda of Linor Store Jewelry




25 Scalloped Squares From Vintage 1950 Dictionary, Scrap Booking Supply, Handmade by Colleen of butterflyintheattic



Raven / Crow Bird Pendant Necklace Handmade by Barbara of SolanaKaiDesigns




1968 Ford Mustang Coupe Desk Or Shelf Clock from Cherry Wood Handmade by Kevin of Kevskrafts




Vintage St. Francis, Deer and Dove Pendant Necklace with Amethyst and Pearls 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 5. 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!



Please check out the other weeks of the Countdown found here on my blog:


Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 4

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 3

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 2

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 1




My contact information:


Indiemade shop:  ShadowDogDesigns

Indiemade blog:  ShadowDogDesigns’ Blog

Artfire studio:  ShadowDogDesigns

ArtFire Blog:  ShadowDogDesigns' Blog

Google+:  Catherine ShadowDog

Facebook:  ShadowDogDesigns - Jewelry

Twitter:  ShadowDogDesign

Pinterest:  Shadow Dog Designs

Wanelo:  ShadowDog

Rebelmouse:  ShadowDogDesigns

Flickr:  Shadow Dog Designs' Photostream



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Beautiful gift ideas,

Beautiful gift ideas, Catherine. Thank you for including my bracelet. Shared.

Thank you, Catherine!

Your dedication to promoting our handmade items is always appreciated! Thank you for including my copper spike earrings! Shared on FB!

Shared all of these gifts!

I shared all of these wonderful gift ideas for the holidays with everyone on the internet! Tweeted, pinned and promoted. Thank you for including my VW pillow with all of these fun gifts. Lots of feel better treats for Seamus from crazy puppy and his worn out parents.


Thanks Catherine for the exposure and publicity.

Will do my part:

Merci beaucoup, Catherine!

Thanks so much for this extra promo, Catherine! Really nice selection - everything looks so nice! Will be promoting the blog at the usual places. Gee, I just noticed Julie's comment. I sure hope Moosie is okay!!! Gonze sends wishes for feel better treats too!

Christmas Countdown

Hi Catherine! Thanks so much for helping promote us all by adding our items to you blog post. Sharing.


Catherine, I pinned all of the items. Can't tell you how much I appreciate your continued promotion and help. Happy sales to everyone.

Thank you Catherine for

Thank you Catherine for including my ring, what a great selection of gifts. Will share.


Thank you, once again, for promoting our work, Catherine! So appreciated!

Beautiful Collection!

Love all the beautiful handmade gift ideas in your collection. Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

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