Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 9

Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 9

Published On: 11-18-2014 10:02pm

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Category: Countdown to Christmas 2014

Can you believe that week 9 of the Countdown to Christmas has already come and gone!  It seems when the Countdown, which is hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions, first starts that 12 weeks is a looooong time.  But we have only three more weeks before the Countdown ends with Christmas only a couple weeks away.   According to the ever ticking Christmas Clock, there are only 36 days, 8 hours and 55 minutes (from when I posted this piece) until Christmas shows up.

Handpainted Christmas snowman ornament created from a recycled light bulb handmade by Nancy of Wyverndesigns

If you haven't already started your shopping, the Countdown to Christmas 2014 collection is 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!  And BUY HANDMADE!!!

Red flower polymer clay beaded watch with green faceted beads handmade by Julie of BlueMorningExpressions

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.

"Ebb and Flow" gold-green dichroic glass pendant with geometric textures handmade by Jo of Umeboshi

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!

Pastel kumquat butter yellow lampwork beads handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

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 9 in an order only known to me: 

Handcrafted black wire and porcelain tubes business card holder handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead

Hand knit burnished rose and gold cowl by Cathy of CraftingMemories

Gold and blue beaded harmonica charm necklace with chain handmade by Connie of TheSingingBeader

1999 Cayman Island 24 cent sailing ship coin pendant in 14 kt gold filled bezel by Diane of dianesdangles

Black, purple and blue hand wire wrapped lampwork bead bracelet handmade by Kathy of specialtivity

Festive red and green adjustable holiday bracelet with white pearls and crystals handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo

Han knit red and white candy canes on parade dishcloth or washcloth handmade by Sharon of hollyknittercreations

Sugilite, pink amethyst, Swarovski crystal and silver bracelet handmade by Barbara of SolanaKaiDesigns

Black Swarovski crystal and gold seed bead bangle bracelet handmade by Nancy of jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy

Red and green plaid dog scrunchie bandana or collar slipcover handmade by Donna of SewAmazin

Red, green and gold holiday beadwoven cuff bracelet handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat

Mens' purple. blue and turquoise dichroic glass cuff links handmade by Kellie of ResetarGlassArt

Red, green and white holiday bracelet with Christmas tree charm handmade by Elaine of LittleApples

Amigurumi crochet stuffed unicorn toy, made to order, by Nina of ninascorner

The pensive bee pendant necklace, 25", with amber handmade by Eve of EvezBeadz

Christmas Santa skull earrings with magnesite and Swarovski crystals 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 9 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 ResetarGlassArt on 11/22/2014 @ 11:42am

Please stop the Christmas Countdown Clock - Its getting here way too fast! But at least the wonderful gift ideas in this blog post should make it easier for all of us to get our shopping done :) Thank you for including my fused glass cufflinks!

By SewAmazin on 11/21/2014 @ 03:14pm

There are so many beautiful choices in this week's countdown! Thank you for including Penny and our plaid bandana!

By LittleApples on 11/20/2014 @ 01:57pm

Thank you for featuring my item in your blog. have shared :-)

By Covergirlbeads on 11/20/2014 @ 03:14am

Awesome collection of designs made with love! Thanks for including my lampwork beads!

By jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy on 11/19/2014 @ 03:22pm

Love all the talented people and treasures! All promoted. Thank you for including my black and gold bracelet!

By specialtivity on 11/19/2014 @ 01:26pm

I can't believe that week 9 is over, you're right when we first started we thought oh my gosh its so far away and then zoom here it is. Catherine thank you so much for doing this blog post and for including my bracelet. Kathy :)

By TheTwistedRedhead on 11/19/2014 @ 02:56am week! Cannot believe it. Then the few remaining weeks until Christmas will melt away. Another fantabulous group of gift ideas, Catherine, created by some mega-talented sellers. My wire card holder is humbled to be included. Will pass along the goodies :)

By KatsAllThat on 11/19/2014 @ 02:38am

What a fabulous collection of handmade holiday items that are perfect to be under anyone's tree! Thank you Catherine for the promotion of our holiday items. Promoting!

By PrettyGonzo on 11/19/2014 @ 01:20am

So many beauties in your selections for this week, Catherine! Many thanks for making my Christmas bracelet one of them. :) Will be sharing! Gonze wishes lots of treats for the Noble Chez Moose!

By bluemorningexpressions on 11/19/2014 @ 01:18am

awesome! thank you for including my watch - there are so many, many, many amazing handmade items to choose from that you might just want to buy everything, and then figure out who to give it to. Or, you could just keep it all to yourself! Shared and a tummy tickle for the Seamus! Julie and Blu

By hollyknittercreations on 11/19/2014 @ 01:12am

Thank you Catherine for the shout out for my Red and White Candy Canes on Parade Cloth - it is a lace knit design by Sue Schaefer and I love the design. This week's Countdown has beautiful items that will make perfect gifts for the Holidays!

By craftingmemories on 11/19/2014 @ 12:48am

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

By ShadowDogDesigns on 11/19/2014 @ 12:16am

Thank you for all the kind comments!

By evezbeadz on 11/19/2014 @ 12:14am

What a beautiful lineup. Thank You for adding my Bee Necklace in your very professional collection. Will Share! Eve

By Wyverndesigns on 11/18/2014 @ 11:34pm

Great picks, as usual. Thanks for including my snowman ornament. Will share everywhere I can think of!

By Umeboshi on 11/18/2014 @ 11:02pm

Get the shopping bag out! These goodies need a new home! Thank you Catherine, for sharing these beautiful gift ideas!

By TheSingingBeader on 11/18/2014 @ 10:53pm

The expression, "Time flies when you're having fun" must be true! The weeks are going very fast; before we know it, we'll be putting the Christmas decorations AWAY. lol Thank you for writing another blog featuring our items, Catherine. There are always so many beautiful and unique things.

By dianesdangles on 11/18/2014 @ 10:37pm

Yes, time is just flying, thanksgiving around the corner, then Christmas. Fantastic selection of handmade items, thank you for including my Cayman Island coin pendant, Will Share!

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