Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 8

Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 8

Published On: 11-11-2014 04:24pm

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Category: Countdown to Christmas 2014

Christmas keeps getting closer and closer, bearing down on us  like a runaway freight train!  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 43 days, 14 hours and 35 minutes when Santa will slide down that chimney and leave presents.  Help Santa by buying HANDMADE this year!

10 mm pale olive green etched lampwork glass beads with fine silver handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

If you haven't already started your shopping, the Countdown to Christmas 2014 collection will be a great place to start.  The Countdown is hosted by Julie and Blu on their BluPrint blog for 12 weeks.  The sharing of handmade and vintage items for week 8 ended this past weekend - 71 items are in the Countdown for your perusing pleasure.   This would be a great time make those purchases.  Don't wait until the hectic end to buy those gifts.  Shop early . . . shop often!

Embroidered bronco hanging dish towel with hand knit topper and ties handmade by Sharon of HollyKnitterCreations

Shop owners from ArtFire, Zibbet, SupaDupa, Etsy, stand alone websites and the like are welcome to share up to three gift items 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.

Celtic Tuim knot pendant necklace with Czech glass leaves and gemstones handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo

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 who promote you!

Christmas / winter penguin dog or cat scrunchie neck ruffle handmade by Donna of SewAmazin 

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.  Fabulous for backlinks (and we all want and need those!).  Here are the rest of my picks for Week 8: 

Purple lilac wire wrapped and beaded hoop earrings handmade by Kathy of Specialtivity

"Flight of Fancy" layered and textured dichroic glass pendant handmade by Jo of Umeboshi

Purple and navy blue swirl polymer clay necklace with acrylic trumpet flowers handmade by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions

Snowflake charm and green glass pearl winter Christmas bracelet handmade by Diane of dianesdangles

Pink, burgundy and gray multi-strand finger crochet ladies infinity scarf handmade by Nancy of jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy

Amber art glass platter with iridized gold and black accents, 7" x 14", handmade by Kellie of ResetarGlassArt

Aurora borealis faceted sugilite gemstone earrings with Swarovski crystal handmade by Barbara of SolanaKaiDesigns

Christmas ornament hors d'oeuvres plate with beaded cheese spreader handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead

Wild West party theme banner decoration for birthday or baby shower handmade by Nat of adorebynat

Extra long, hand knit brioche stitch scarf for men handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories

Cookie cutter gingerbread men dangle earrings handmade by Eve of EvezBeadz

Opaque green superduo snakeskin beadwoven and copper bracelet handmade by Kat of KatsAllThat

Proud rooster table mat or wall hanging in filet crochet fiber art handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsInFiber

Gold plated pewter bass fiddle charm necklace with steel chain handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader

Little penguin reversible fleece toddler hat with ear flaps handmade by Nancy of Wyverndesigns

White, red and green frosted lampwork and Swarovski crystal Christmas earrings 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 8 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 hollyknittercreations on 11/15/2014 @ 06:34pm

Sharing to Facebook before we start week #9 - thank you Catherine for the blog post. What wonderful gift ideas!

By SewAmazin on 11/14/2014 @ 02:34pm

Beautiful choices, as always! Thank you for including Penny and our Penguin scrunchie in your post! :-)

By ResetarGlassArt on 11/12/2014 @ 08:02pm

Such fabulous items - I'm amazed they haven't all sold by now! Thank you for including my fused glass plate :)

By Guest on 11/12/2014 @ 03:20pm

A fabulous collection of great gift ideas!!!

By adorebynat on 11/12/2014 @ 04:46am

Love your picks, Catherine! Thank you so much for including my Wild West banner

By bluemorningexpressions on 11/12/2014 @ 02:46am

Excellent post! We thank you for showcasing our purple and blue fingerprint necklace. Cheers from the cold north to the warm south, and may Seamus have a great day chasing lizards. Julie and Blu

By Guest on 11/12/2014 @ 02:44am

Beautiful choices for holiday surprises! Enjoyed drooling over them all. Thanks for including my pale olive green lampwork beads.

By RSSDesignsInFiber on 11/12/2014 @ 01:18am

Thank for including my "Proud Rooster"! Another really good blog post showing off HANDMADE!! Will be sharing!

By evezbeadz on 11/12/2014 @ 01:03am

Thank You Catherine for including me! I will definitely share this Blog and All's designs! Happy Sales ~Eve

By craftingmemories on 11/12/2014 @ 12:15am

Beautiful selections Catherine. Thank you so much for including my scarf. Shared.

By KatsAllThat on 11/11/2014 @ 11:39pm

Another excellent collection of holiday delights. Thank you Catherine and thank you for including my snakeskin bracelet. Promoting.

By PrettyGonzo on 11/11/2014 @ 08:30pm

Always fun to see your BMECountdown selections, Catherine! :) Thanks for this promo, and thanks for including my necklace with all these beauties! Off to share ...

By dianesdangles on 11/11/2014 @ 07:52pm

Great selection of handmade gifts, I already see some goodies I would like, Thank you for including my bracelet. Will share.

By jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy on 11/11/2014 @ 07:10pm

Beautiful choices! We are getting so close to Christmas! Thanks for putting this together and including me. I have shared all on twitter :)

By TheTwistedRedhead on 11/11/2014 @ 07:08pm

How could you possibly decide? Which is why you should never stop at just one :) Gobs of goodies on display here, Catherine - a beautiful job, once again, in showcasing them all. Off to share!

By Umeboshi on 11/11/2014 @ 06:54pm

Thank you Catherine, for the eye candy! I hope everyone enjoys shopping handmade this year! There are real treasures to be found and it also helps the local economy as well!

By Wyverndesigns on 11/11/2014 @ 06:38pm

Wonderful choices. I always enjoy your blog posts and seeing what you'll pick. Thanks for including my toddler's penguin hat. Will share.

By SolanaKaiDesigns on 11/11/2014 @ 06:09pm

Yes, please! I'll take that and that and that and that and.....! Lovely selections and beautifully curated. Thank you for including my Sugilite earrings. Sharing!

By specialtivity on 11/11/2014 @ 06:04pm

Once again you have curated a marvelous blog filled with tempting gift selections!! Thank you so much Catherine for all you do and for including my earrings. Kathy :D

By TheSingingBeader on 11/11/2014 @ 05:57pm

Lots of pretties this week! Thank you for writing another weekly promotional blog Catherine. Shared.....

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