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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas!

 

 

 

Christmas is almost here, just over a week away.  It seems to keep arriving sooner and sooner each year!  In case you are still needing to do some shopping, I’ve pulled together a wide range of beautiful items, each one handmade by a very talented artist.  When you buy handmade, you are buying a “piece” of the artist:  cool, trendy, unique, and oftentimes one-of-a kind.  I hope you enjoy the items shared below . . . and that one or more makes an appearance under your Christmas tree.  

Christmas Red - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

 

As everyone is aware, the color combination of red and green is closely associated with the Christmas season.  From ancient history to modern time, color has been an integral part of cultural awareness and even an understanding of life.  The meaning of colors touched all members of society, conveying deep messages that everyone could “read”:  at one time, only royalty could wear the color purple and the red robes worn by Catholic Cardinals signifies the blood of Christ, even to this day.  The red and green color combination can be traced to the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh stories from the 13th century.  And these stories were most likely based on an oral tradition that dates back to the pre-Christian Celts many centuries before where a half-red, half-green tree figures prominently in one of the tales.  In pre-Christian times, red represented male strength and desire and green represented female harmony and fertility.

Christmas Earrings - Gift Ideas - at Shadow Dog Designs

 

 

Christmas will be here before we know - only one more month when this blog is posted!  To help women get in the holiday spirit, my Shadow Dog Designs jewelry shop offers a wide range of Christmas earrings.  All of the earrings are carefully handmade by me and some, but not all, are one of a kind designs.  The earrings range from Santa inspired, snowmen, ornaments and various others made with artisan lampwork beads.  Many include Swarovski crystals for that holiday sparkle!  Each and every design is perfect for gift giving . . . or to keep for yourself.  And, even better, shipping is FREE through January 2, 2018 (U.S. only).

Make It a Handmade Christmas - Countdown - Week 2

 

 

Tick, tock, tick, tock . . . the Christmas Clock shows that there are only 89 days left until the Jolly Man in red arrives.

 

With the approaching gift giving season in mind, Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions are hosting a twelve-week Countdown to Christmas 2017 of artisan handmade items on their BluPrint blog.  The twelve week time period was chosen to correspond with the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  Week 2 has come and gone on Julie and Blu's "Countdown to Christmas 2017." In its wake, a wonderful assortment of handmade items were shared:  from jewelry to crocheted and knitted items; from lampwork glass beads to wooden Christmas ornaments; from photography to original art, and many, many more creative beauties!

Christmas is Almost Here! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

What more can I say, but “Christmas is almost here!”  Today I’m sharing some beautiful holiday cheer, many of which are one of a kind items, from a bevy of talented Indiemade artists.  I hope you enjoy these creations, any of which will make a perfect Christmas gift for that special loved one.

Dazzling Handmade Gifts for Shop Small Saturday and CyberMonday!

With Thanksgiving almost here, Shop Small Saturday and CyberMonday are not far behind.  This year, think about giving a handmade gift, whether it's an antique hand crafted beauty or a piece designed much more recently.  Many creations are one of a kind, with each artist putting more than a bit of her heart and soul into each piece.  A wide range of handmade gift ideas are featured, two from each artist.  The first item shown has festive red in it, maybe more of a gift to wear during the holidays.  The second choice is a piece that can be worn every day.  

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