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Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 8



Can you believe that week 8 of the Countdown to Christmas has already come nad gone.  Week 8!!!  Only four more to go. What was left behind this week was a unique sampling of artisan handmade items for all to browse and, hopefully buy.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, Santa will make his yearly visit in only 41 days!  Need an excellent 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!


Sacagawea Native American Golden One Dollar 2012 Coin Pendant Handmade by Diane of Dianes Dangles



Since the holiday gift giving season will be here before you know it, 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 48 shares from 16 handmade artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, coin pendants, knitted and crocheted items, lampwork beads, key chains, embroidered bar towels, holiday postcards, a kippah, wooden wall art and other beautiful creations.


Hand Knit Purple and White Scarf with Fringe Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories1



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.


Rose Quartz Gemstone Necklace Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry



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!




Ivory and Amber Lampwork Glass Pressed Lentil Bead with Copper Disks Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads



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).  I hope you like each and every handmade beauty.




Color Change Mood Orb Earrings with Swarovski Pearls, Copper and Niobium Earwires Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




1957 Chevrolet Tri-Five Hot Rod Vintage Auto Key Chain Ring Handmade by Julie of Blue Morning Expressions




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




Large G Clef 8th Quaver Note Clip On Music Zipper Pull Accessory by Connie of TheSingingBeader




Breast Cancer Awareness - Save The Hooters - Embroidered Bar Towel Handmade by Mary of SimpleEmbroiderySew




Set of 12 Holiday Christmas Postcards, Santa Clause Coming Down Chimney with Stocking Hung on Hearth Handmade by Coleen of postcardsintheattic




Large Pink Wire and Pink Swarovski Crystal Breast Cancer Kippah Handmade by Linda of lindab142




Red and Green Vintage Christmas Tin Holly Earrings with Heart Charms Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Proud Rooster Filet Crochet Art Doily Kitchen Decor Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber




Red Flower Dangle Earrings with Niobium Earwires Handmade by Barbara of SolanaKaiDesigns




Leopard Couple Love Wall Hanging Art from Birch Wood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts




Chunky Southwest Turquoise and Sterling Silver Necklace Gemstone Jewelry 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 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 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 8

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 7

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 6

Make it an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 5

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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Thank you, Catherine!

Thank you for showing my G Clef clip on. After I added it, it sold at the craft show this weekend! Yay! Shared FB and G+


Thank you so very much Catherine! Promoting.

Holiday Happiness!

Thank you Catherine for all the promoting you do every week and for including my color change orb earrings. Will be promoting all around.

Thank you Catherine for

Thank you Catherine for including my coin pendant in your lovely Christmas Gift Collection, will share.

Great Selections for Gift Giving!

Thanks so much for including my holly earrings in this lovely extra promotion for the BME Countdown to Christmas! Lots of wonderful gift ideas here. :) Treats to Mr. Seamus!

Thank you, Catherine

Thank you, Catherine, for including my scarf with these beauties. Shared.
Treats to Seamus!

Thank you

Thanks for including my pink Swarovski kipah! I sold the first one I made and am making more.

Pinned to https://www.pinterest.com/lindab142/countdown-to-christmashanukkah/ andG+ post.

Thank you, Ctatherine!

I sure appreciate you including all of our work in your beautiful blog post! Will share!

Gorgeous Collection

Gorgeouos collection of handmade creations just in time for Christmas! Thanks for including my lampwork focal bead.

2018 Countdown

Thank you Catherine I have tweeted & pinned. So many wonderful gift ideas. Thank you for including my towel. Have a blessed day.

Shared Everywhere

All of these great gift ideas have been shared around the globe. Thank you for including my Tri Five Chevy key ring in this mix of holiday gifts. Lots of treats to our fav desert dweller and a glass of wine to you. Cheers.

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