Can you believe that week 9 of the Countdown to Christmas
has already come and gone! Â It seems when the Countdown, which is hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions
, first starts that 12 weeks is a looooong time. Â But we have only three more weeks before the Countdown ends with Christmas only a couple weeks away. Â 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. Â The Countdown
is hosted by Julie and Blu on their BluPrint
blog for 12 weeks. Â The sharing of handmade and vintage items for week 8 ended this past weekend - 71 items are in the Countdown
for your perusing pleasure. Â This would be a great time make those purchases. Â Don't wait until the hectic end to buy those gifts. Â Shop early . . . shop often! Â And BUY HANDMADE
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. Â Then a new Countdown to Christmas
collection will begin again the next Friday, same time, same place. Â This will continue until the second week of December. Â 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: Â 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. Â 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. Â Fabulous for backlinks (and we all want and need those!). Â Here are the rest of my picks for Week 9 in an order only known to me:Â
Handcrafted black wire and porcelain tubes business card holder handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead 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 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. Â 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
. Â To see all of the shares, please click here: Â Countdown to Christmas
. Â I hope at least one . . . and possibly several . . . of these handmade items caught your eye and found their way to your shopping list. Â Shop early - shop often!
If you would love to make my day and the day of the artist's featured, please leave a comment. Â And any promotion that can be done will be greatly appreciated by all. Â Thank you so much!
Here are the links to the other collections in the 2014 Countdown: