Make It a Handmade Christmas - Countdown - Week 5



Week 5 of the Countdown to Christmas has come and gone.  A plethora of handmade beauties by talented artist friends were shared.  Christmas will be here before we know it.  According to the ever ticking Christmas Clock, there are only 68 days until the merry gentleman in red leaves gifts (or chunks of coal).  Hopefully Santa (and you!) will make it a handmade gift giving Christmas this year!  


With the quickly approaching gift buying and gift giving season in mind, Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions are hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2017 featuring artisan handmade items on their The Blu Print blog.  The twelve week time period was chosen to correspond with the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  This week, a wonderful assortment of handmade items were shared in the Countdown.  Included are all styles of beautiful jewelry, lovely crocheted and knitted items for many members of the family, breathtaking photography, eye catching original art, glowing lampwork glass beads, art glass plates, dog owner accessories, cute holiday tags, collectible thimbles and Christmas ornaments . . . all these, and more, perfect Christmas gift ideas were shared.




African Opal and Turquoise Salwag Pucalet Adjustable Necklace Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat



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.  




Blue and Purple Art Fused Glass Plate with Iridescent Geometric Pattern, 8" Square, Handmade by Kellie of ResetarGlassArt



If you share items on the Countdown, 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!




Leather Beaded Dragonfly Necklace Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo



In addition to saving each handmade item from the Countdown collection to my Pinterest board, Wanelo collection 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 shared late after I had already set up this post):  




Young Swallow Sitting Canvas Print by Colleen of Colleen Cornelius




Gold and Blue Christmas Charm Bracelet Handmade by Linda of TreasuresofJewels




Red and Blue Merry Christmas Holiday Gift Tags – Set of 12 - Handmade by Nat of Adore by Nat




Yin Yang Desert Ironwood Pendant Beaded Exotic Wood Necklace Handmade by Roxanne of ExoticWoodJewelryAnd




Playful Scotty Dogs Wallet, Scottish Terrier Wallet Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin




Shiny Petroleum Green Lampwork Glass Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Crocheted Newborn White Baby Girl Sweater and Bonnet, 0 - 3 months, Custom Order, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Navy Blue Pearl Necklace Earring Set With Orange Beads Crystals Handmade by Connie of TheSingingBeader




Batik Tree Landscape Original Watercolor Batik on Japanese Rice Paper Handmade by Marcia of MarciaMcKinzieArt




Red and White Banded Fire Crackle Agate Beaded Necklace 20" Handmade by Diane of DianesDangles




Holiday Christmas Penguin Thimble Handmade by Julie and Blu of Polymer Clay Bead by Blue Morning Expressions




Leaf Clip on Dangle Earrings Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry




Farm Tractor Christmas Ornmanet Handmade by Kev of KevsKrafts 




Women's Hand Beaded Fall Leaves Earrings Handmade by Kathy of LadyGreenEyesJewelry




Fall Maple and Oak Leaf Coasters in Filet Crochet - Set of 4 - Handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber




Clear Swarovki Crystal Teardrop Earrings Handmade by Linda of Linor Store Jewelry




Turquoise and Red Southwest Lampwork and Tigers Ey Necklace 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 Blu of Blue Morning Expressions.  To see all the items shared, click here: Countdown to Christmas 2017 - Week 5 2017.  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!



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 so much Catherine

Thank you so much Catherine for including me. As always I'm more than happy to share. ♡

Thank you Catherine for

Thank you Catherine for including my agate necklace, will share.

Week 5 Already

Sheesh, the time is flying by! Thank you for including my little penguin thimble with all of these great gift ideas. It won't be long before it's all over and we will welcome in the new year. I appreciate all the extra posts! Treats to Seamus and you :)

Thank you, Catherine!

Another week flew by! Thank you for promoting again and showing the beautiful handmade items and my pearl set. Sharing...


Thanks Catherine for sharing our links and these great selections.

Thank you!

You've done a great collection. Thanks for including my Swarovski earrings. Added a link to my Website and pinned

Another week of Handmade for

Another week of Handmade for upcoming Holidays! Thanks for including my Crocheted Fall Leaf Coasters! Tweeted and Pinned!

Blog post

Thank you very much Catherine for taking the time to help promote all of us in the Christmas Countdown on your blog! Promoted. Sharon

So Much Appreciated.

Thank you Catherine for taking time weekly to feature us in your Countdown blog posts. Will be sharing on all sites. And thank you for including my African opal and turquoise salwag necklace.

Merci beaucoup!

Major thanks for this extra special promotion, and for including my dragonfly necklace! Will be sharing! Happy Countdown treats to Le Moosie from Le Gonze - and am looking forward to that photo of the Noble One in his bandana. :)

Thank you!

Thank you, Catherine for including my forest painting! Shared all items.

Thank you!

Thank you, Catherine for including my forest painting! Shared all items.

Thank you!

Thank you, Catherine, for including my forest painting. Shared all items.

Thank You!

Thank you, Catherine, for including my painting. Shared all items.

Handmade Gift Guide

Thank you so much for the extra promotion. Sharing!


Thanks for including my lampwork beads in your beautiful collection!

Week 5

Thanks so much for including my Scottie wallet! Shared the post and g+ each item. :-)


Thanks for including my exotic wood pendant necklace.

Great selections.


Love everything I see in

Love everything I see in here! Thanks so much, Catherine, for including my Christmas tags.

Beautiful designs!

Love the beautiful handmade goodies in your collection! Thanks for including me!

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