Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - Week 9



Wow!  Can you believe that Week 9 of the Countdown to Christmas has come and gone . . . and there are only 3 more weeks left.  The Countdown is a chance for artists, mostly handmade, to share some of their beautiful work and for all to browse and, hopefully, purchase.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, Santa will make his yearly visit to all good girls and boys in only 34 days!  Need an perfect start for your Christmas shopping? The Countdown is the place to do just that!  A good motto to follow: Shop early, shop often! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!




Southwest Healer Spirit Horse Cross Necklace Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo



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 43 shares from 13 artists. The artists shared a wide range of handmade gift ideas: jewelry of all sorts, hand knitted items, lampwork beads, coin pendants, Christmas cards, a kippah and many other beautiful creations.





Personalized Christmas Holiday Photo Album Keepsake by Diane of Daisyblu



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.




Colorful Peacock Bird Cuff Bracelet 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!




Hand Knit Plum Purple Alpaca Blend Cable Scarf, Hat and Mitts Set 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 late sharing Sunday evening/night).  I hope you love each and every handmade beauty.




Copper Pendant and Blue Howlite Statement Necklace Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry




Pink and Black Miyuki Seed Bead and Leather Boho Cuff Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Chapel Cap Silver Wire Kippah with White Pearls, 4.5″, Handmade by Linda of Linor Store Jewelry




Australian 1 Cent Feather Tailed Glider Coin Pendant with Gold Filled Chain Handmae by Diane od Dianes Dangles



Mint Green Kryptonite Shiny Lampwork Glass Beads with Fine Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Natural Tan Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet with Topaz Crystals and Copper Spacers Handmade by Connie of TheSingingBeader




Christmas Cards Set of 5, A Ripple of Christmas Cheer Fine Art Photography Handmade by Colleen of butterflyintheattic




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



Flight Nurse EMS Helicopter Christmas Ornament from Birch Wood Handmade by Kevin of KevsKrafts 




Set of Fall Maple and Oak Leaf Coasters in Filet Crochet Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber




Chunky Shiva Shell and Coral Beach Necklace with Sterling Silver Chain 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 9. 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 9

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




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Great selections

Great selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my scarf set. Shared. Treats to Seamus.


Thanks Catherine for sharing our items here on your blog! Promoting.

Thank you for showing my wood

Thank you for showing my wood stretch beaded bracelet with all these beauties! Sharing!

Fantastic Handmade for Christmas Gifting!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for this extra BMECountdown promotion! Will be sharing the blog at the usual places. Thanks too for including my Spirit Horse Necklace. :) Turkey treats to the wonderful Moosie from the sweet wee Gonzo!

Beautiful Collection!

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

Thank you Catherine for all

Thank you Catherine for all you do - You are great - Thanks so much for promoting these wonderful gift items

Thank you Catherine for

Thank you Catherine for including my coin pendant, Will share.

Merrily Merrily We Go!!

Another week quickly flies by. Thank you Catherine for the extra promotion and for including my pink cuff bracelet. Will be promoting.

Thank you

Thank you for a great selection of handmade gifts and for including my kippah. Pinned each and G+ post.

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