Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 11

Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 11

Published On: 12-02-2014 11:01pm

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Category: Countdown to Christmas 2014

Can you believe that 11 weeks of the Countdown to Christmas 2014 has already come and gone and we are in the month of December?  AND . . . there is only 1 more week left?  The ever advancing Christmas clock says there are ONLY 22 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes from when I posted this to when Christmas shows up at our doorsteps, whether we are ready or not.

"Whispering Winds" oval dichroic fused glass pendant handmade by Jo of Umeboshi

To help you with your Christmas shopping, Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions, have hosted (for the 3rd year in a row), a Countdown to Christmas showcase on their BluPrint blog.  LOTS of fabulous gift ideas were shared, 68 to be exact!  Knitted, crocheted and sewn items, jewelry, lampwork, glass art, gift tags, woodworking, dog apparel, jewelry supplies and much more were shared.  When you do your Christmas shopping (hopefully from this or one of the past Countdowns), remember to BUY HANDMADE!!!

Victorian wreath dangle earrings with gold filigree connectors handmade by Kathy of Specialtivity

Shop owners from ArtFire, Zibbet, SupaDupa, Etsy, stand alone websites and the like are welcome to share up to three gift items on the Countdown between Friday at noon (12:00 p.m.) and Monday morning at 12:01 a.m.  Then a new Countdown to Christmas collection will begin again the next Friday, same time, same place.  This will continue until the second week of December.  The items shared need to be G-rated.

Red and white fused glass Christmas tree pendant necklace handmade by Kelli of ResetarGlassArt

The rules for participating in the Countdown are easy:  if you share items on the Countdown, you MUST promote the collection and EACH item on at least one social network site, preferably Pinterest and/or Wanelo where the items can be easily found and saved again.  It's only fair to promote the artists participating in the Countdown who promote you!

Helm weave silver filled flower earrings with whit pearls handmade by Mary of Omisilver

In addition to saving each item for the countdown collection to my Pinterest board and Wanelo collection, I decided to share my favorite item from each of the ArtFire artists who participated in this post - fabulous for long lived backlinks (and we all want and need those!).  Here are the rest of my picks for Week 11 in an order only known to me: 

Long and lacy lavender blue hand knit scarf handmade by Nancy of jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy

Natural serpentine sterling silver pendant with pink cubic zirconia handmade by Diane of DianesDangles

Purple kaleidoscope polymer clay pillow beads, set of 6, handmade by Nancy of Wyverndesigns

Guitar bar pendant exchange for large hole beads with slip knot cord by Connie of TheSingingBeader

Red petal in green lace crocheted coaster or decoration, set of 2, handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber

Pink roses and green leaves polymer clay beads handmade by Julie of polymerclaybeads

Multi gemstone double wrap tan leather Christmas bracelet handmade by Kat of KatsAllThat

Pretty poinsettia hanging dish towel with knit topper and ties handknit by Sharon of HollyKnitterCreations

Crocheted green ruffled dress set handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories

Christmas gift tags, set of 15 Christmas custom designs, handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead

Christmas penguin gift card or money holders, set of 3, handmade by Donna of SewAmazin

Horse charm adjustable bracelet with green rhyolite, amethyst and wood handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo

Crocheted stuffed lion with fluffy mane and tail handmade by Nina of ninascorner

Christmas red, green and white aventurine bracelet handmade by Sandy of IslandsOfTime

Five-strand red coral Christmas necklace handmade by Eve of EvezBeadz

Southwestern color lampwork beads in ivory, petroleum green and turquoise handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

"My Ponies Jumped Over the Moon" pewter pendant necklace with crazy lace agate and pearls handmade by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns

So there you have it, my picks for this week.  All of the amazing items shared above are just a sampling of the gift ideas that can be found in the Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 10 collection hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions.  To see all of the shares, please click here:  Countdown to Christmas.  I hope at least one . . . and possibly several . . . of these handmade items caught your eye and found their way to your shopping list.  Shop early - shop often!

MANY, MANY thanks to Julie and Blu for hosting the Countdown to Christmas again for the third year!

If you would love to make my day and the day of the artist's featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion that can be done will be greatly appreciated by all.  Thank you so much!

Reader's Comments

By PolkadotOrchid on 12/17/2014 @ 06:32pm

There's a lot of lovely variety here!

By DesertCreations on 12/10/2014 @ 09:56pm

You always do such an amazing job with the count down feature :)

By SewAmazin on 12/09/2014 @ 08:42pm

I'm always amazed at the beautiful items you select for your blog posts - and extremely honored to be included! Thank you so much Catherine!

By ShanghaiTai on 12/07/2014 @ 06:24pm

Great Christmas gifts! I see I few I wouldn't mind having!

By Wyverndesigns on 12/04/2014 @ 05:54pm

Such lovely pieces! Thanks for including my pillow beads. Will share,

By craftsofthepast on 12/04/2014 @ 05:45pm

Fabulous designs from each one and all! Enjoyed the scroll through the lovely photos of beautiful things.

By ResetarGlassArt on 12/03/2014 @ 09:19pm

Love all the gift ideas in this post - I hope I've been nice enough this year so that Santa gets me lots! Thank you for promoting our items Catherine. Just tweeted.

By EweniqueEssentials on 12/03/2014 @ 08:39pm

Christmas will soon be here! There are so many fabulous handmade items to choose from for gift giving. I will have to visit each shop for more ideas. Thanks for sharing the Countdown!

By jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy on 12/03/2014 @ 08:26pm

So many beautiful items! Hope all of them will be delivered to someone by santa! Thanks for putting this post together. All have been tweeted :)

By ShadowDogDesigns on 12/03/2014 @ 05:45pm

Thank you so much, everyone, for all the kind comments. This post wouldn't be possible without all your wonderful creations!

By ColorMeDesign on 12/03/2014 @ 01:18pm

Yes! Christmas is upon us! It's great to see all these gifts ideas and to know that they are Handmade! Thanks for including my bracelet.

By Guest on 12/03/2014 @ 04:42am

Very cool...all the items you feature are amazing. Love seeing my friend Sharon's hanging towels! Thanks for showcasing all the wonderful artisans!

By hollyknittercreations on 12/03/2014 @ 03:53am

I love the Christmas Countdown and we have had the weeks fly by much too quickly! Thank you Catherine for the "shout out" for my Hanging towel with handknit topper and featuring all of the beautiful items in the countdown this week!

By KatsAllThat on 12/03/2014 @ 02:44am

I can't believe how time is just flying by. Only one more week of fun with all my Countdown friends! Thank you Catherine for your continued support with the blog posts. Promoting!

By evezbeadz on 12/03/2014 @ 02:38am

Gorgeous Rundown. Thanks for including my Coral Necklace. Will Share. Eve

By RSSDesignsInFiber on 12/03/2014 @ 02:00am

Really Great Picks, Catherine! Thank you for featuring my Fine Thread Crochet Red and Green Trinket Doily!

By TheTwistedRedhead on 12/03/2014 @ 01:23am

My head is many lovely gift ideas! I'm constantly amazed by so many creative talents. Thanks for including me in this eclectic list, Catherine, and for your tireless promoting :)

By Covergirlbeads on 12/03/2014 @ 12:38am

Always lovely to see such a wonderful display of gift ideas! Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

By PrettyGonzo on 12/03/2014 @ 12:25am

Such a wonderful choice of goodies here - all perfect for holiday gift giving! Thanks so much for including my horse bracelet here, Catherine. Will be sharing! Le Gonze sends wishes for extra treats to Le Moosie. :)

By dianesdangles on 12/03/2014 @ 12:16am

Thank you for including my pendant in your post. Lots of great gift ideas in this shopping guide. Shared!

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