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Make It a Handmade Christmas 2021 - Week 1




My gosh!  Wasn't last Christmas like . . . three months ago?  With as strange as the year 2021 has been so far, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 94 days away (according to the ever ticking Christmas clock).  It's definitely not too early to start thinking about all those people on your Christmas shopping list.  A perfect place to start looking (and buying) is the 12 week Countdown to Christmas 2021 hosted by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions that is filled with a wide variety of handmade gifts.  A new collection will be added each week. 


A good motto to follow: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN!  And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE to support small indie businesses!




Silver Lotus Flower / Yoga Symbols Pendant and Dumortierite Gemstone Necklace with Matching Earrings Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader 




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 2021 of artisan handmade 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 27 shares from 9 artists. A wide range of handmade gift ideas were shared: beautiful jewelry of all sorts, sweet baby clothes and unique thimbles for the woman who loves to sew.  




Blue and White Floral Enamel Earrings with Artisan Lampwork Handmade by Linda of Victorian Style Treasures




Shop owmers across all platforms are welcome to share up to three gift items between Friday at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Monday morning at 12:00 a.m.  A new Countdown to Christmas collection of gift items begins again the next Friday. This will continue until the second week in December. The items shared need to be G-rated.




Decorative Christmas Winter Cardinal / Redbird Collectible Thimbles Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




If you share your items on the Countdown to Christmas, you ***MUST*** promote the collection and ***EACH*** item on at least one social network site, preferably Pinterest and/or Twitter 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!  Please don't be a slacker!  Also, for more exposure to our items/shops, I share a blog of my favorite picks each Tuesday (this blog!) and Julie shares a blog of Christmas gift ideas on Wednesday.  PLEASE promote the items on the blogs and each blog.  Let's help each other and get some sales!




Repurposed and Ecofriendly Large Buckeye Burl and Resin Exotic Wood Earrings Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticWoodJewelryAnd 




In addition to saving each handmade item from the Countdown collection to my "Countdown to a Handmade ChristmasPinterest 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. I hope you love each and every handmade beauty featured here . . . and that one or more makes it into your shoppigng cart! 




Grey and Ivory Mother of Pearl Chrysanthemum Flower Necklace Handmade by Hema of BEADEDNECKLACESHOPPE




Crocheted Infant Girl Irish Knit Sweater and Headband in Burgundy, 6 - 12 months, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Antique Brass Heart and Butterflies Chandelier Earrings with Sage Green Freshwater Pearls Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Bulls Eye Malachite / Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace with Malachite Gemstones Handmade by Suzanne of RivendellRocksSedona




Love Me Love My Dogs Ceramic Pendant Necklace with Rainbow Fluorite and Purple Amethyst 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 2020 - Week 1. 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 featured by leaving a comment. Also, any promotion will be greatly appreciated - it benefits us all!  Thank you!



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A great start to our countdown.

Thank you Catherine for the extra promotions! Will share you blog on social sites. I appreciate you including my sage green pearl earrings.

Thank you

Thank you for creating a wonderful presentation. Honored to be a part. Tweeted and pinned.

Tweeted, pinned and posted

Tweeted, pinned and posted URL on FB. Thanks for picking my necklace

Thank you, Catherine!

We are off to a great start sharing our beautiful handmade goods that will be so perfect for Christmas gifts. Thank you, Catherine for including my dumortierite gemstone necklace and earrings with yoga pendant. Shared!


Thanks for sharing our links.

Thank you so much!

Wow what a great way to start! Lots of wonderful gift ideas for the holidays here in this collection of handmade jewelry and baby clothes. Thank you for including my red cardinal Christmas thimble. Have shared everywhere many treats to the Desert Dog from the Tropical Hound

Make It A Handmade Christmas

Thanks Catherine for hosting the 1st Christmas Blogs. Great Gift ideas for the Christmas Shopper. Thank you for including my Infant Sweater/Headband among these talented artisans!
Tweeted and Pinned all!

Thanks Catherine

Thank you for the extra promotion. Thanks for including my blue and white enamel earrings. I have shared on 2 different Pinterest boards and will share more tomorrow.

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