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Holiday Art Crawl - El Paso

 

 

On December 14 and 15 is the first annual Holiday Art Crawl right here in El Paso.  Four west side artists are opening their homes/studios for two days of shopping for unique handmade Christmas gifts for a friend, a relative, a loved one . . . or yourself.  Guest artists will also be found at most of the homes.  Food and beverages will be available (including my almost-world famous sangria at Nina Eaton's house).  You can also register for a chance to win a door prizes at each location.  So, mark your calendar and come join us at the Holiday Art Crawl!!

 

I'm thrilled that Nina Eaton has asked me to be the guest artist at her house.  I'll have a wide variety of handmade jewelry from my Shadow Dog Designs shop, mostly earrings and necklaces, but a few bracelets as well.  Everything is one of a kind with the exception of a few Christmas earrings.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of El Paso photography and gift items.  I have purchased several beautiful items from her over the course of a couple years, including, most recently, custom photo coasters of our sweet dog, Seamus (:  Here's a link to her online shop:  Nina Eaton Photography

 

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 11

 

 

It's hard to believe that Week 11 of the Countdown to Christmas 2019 has come and gone . . . . and there is only one more week left!  When the Countdown starts, the end of the twelve weeks seems a looooong way off. The - BAM! - here it is! And Christmas is approximately three weeks away.  Where does the time go? The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up.  Those seconds just keep ticking down until the jolly man in red and white leaves wonderful gifts or lumps of coal under the tree.  What is the Countdown? It’s a place for handmade artists to share three of their beautiful (often one of a kind) creations. Need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping?  Shop the Countdown to Christmas: browse and purchase that special piece for that special person! An excellent motto to follow this holiday season: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE

 

 

 

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

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 10

 

 

 

Wow!  Christmas will be here in a little less than a month!  And there are only two more weeks left in the Countdown to Christmas 2019!  Where does the time go? The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up and keeps ticking down those seconds until Santa and his herd of reindeer make a nighttime visit to leave gifts or lumps of coal. The Countdown is the place for handmade artists to share three of their beautiful (often one of a kind) creations. Need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping?  Shop the Countdown to Christmas: browse and purchase that special piece for that special person! An excellent motto to follow this holiday season: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE

 

 

 

Red Cardinal Crochet Tapestry Holiday Decor Handmade by Ruth of RSS Designs In Fiber

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 9

 

 

Christmas is barreling down on us - it will soon be here!  Week 9 of the Countdown to Christmas has come and gone.  The ever ticking Christmas clock doesn’t let up - according to what it says today, Santa will start his journey in only 35 days, just barely a month from now!  The Countdown is a place for handmade artists to share three of their beautiful (often one of a kind) creations. Need a perfect start to your Christmas shopping?  Shop the Countdown to Christmas: browse and purchase that special piece!  An excellent motto to follow this holiday season: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN!  And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE! 

 

 

 

An Artisan Handmade Christmas - Gift Ideas - Week 5

 

 

 

Week 5 of the Countdown to Christmas rushed right on by (quicker and quicker each week, it seems!), and a huge variety of fabulous artisan handmade items were left in its wake.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 63 days, barely over 2 months, before Jolly Ol’ Santa arrives once again. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping and the Countdown is the perfect place!  Remember this motto: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN! And, most of all, SHOP HANDMADE!

 

 

 

Plum Tassel and Bronze Pearl Metallized Khaki Boho Multi-wrap Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - October 18, 2019

 

WELCOME to the TWITTER TREE!

 

The Twitter Tree© is hosted by a different shop M-W-F:

 

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 280 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

 

Here are my two for today:

 

Halloween and Day of the Dead Handmade Jewelry - Three for Thursday

 

 

Halloween and Day of the Dead will be here very soon.  Halloween is the last day of this month, October 31, when ghouls and goblins and vampires and princesses and more show up at your door for tricks or (preferably) treats.  Day of the Dead is actually celebrated on two days: November 1 for Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels - for deceased children) and November 2 is Dia de los Muertos (for spirits of all the dead).  Women who celebrate these holidays definitely need unique handmade jewelry! To help with this, three jewelry items from three handmade artists are featured in this Halloween and Day of the Dead Jewelry blog post. The artists are: Mary of PrettyGonzo; Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures and, me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  I hope you enjoy the earrings, bracelet and necklace that are showcased. Please visit the artists’ shops for more wonderful handmade jewelry, many one of a kind designs.

Affirmation and Inspiration - Artisan Handmade Three for Thursday

 

 

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” 

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart



 

In these days which seem filled with words of hate and division, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is MUCH more good in this world than there is bad.  We just have to be aware of it. The smile of a friend or stranger. An unexpected helping hand. A kind word. Being strong in the face of adversity. That’s why I love the quote above . . . and sometimes use it as my mantra while doing some deep breathing to slow down my sometimes very active monkey mind.

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