Sunday, October 30, 2016

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu

Christmas Countdown
It's hard to believe that November begins next week.  I love this time of year and I would say it is my favorite but come Easter I will tell you that season is my favorite.  Oh who can forget Valentine's Day and I love Spring Training for the Yankees it's like a holiday for me and the Fourth of July is my Anniversary and .....  So I guess what I am saying is that I am a big kid at heart and get very excited but the upcoming fun and holidays. And at this very moment Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays and I love this time of year!

 My Favorites from the shops in this week's Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 7

Work Sock Coffee Cozy Handknit Cup Cosy Take-Out Sleeve Stubbie Holder gift idea featured in Canadian House & Home Magazine - sock monkey

Knit to look like a work sock!

Cup Cozy - Coffee Sleeve - Take-Out Sweater - Stubbie Holder

This design has a centre section that is knit so that you get a good grip on your cup. The knitting gives you a natural place for your grip with a bit of a cuff above and below. And knit in the round so there are no bothersome seams.

Measures approximately 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall.
Chunky Amber Copal and Turquoise Statement Necklace, Sterling Artisan Handmade Jewelry

Looking as if the rounds of amber copal was plucked from the sun, the chunky AMBER SUNSHINE artisan necklace will definitely make a statement each time it is worn.  Glowing reconstituted copal in a rich golden amber color attracts the eye as it catches the light.  Copal is a solidified fossil plant resin which would, in another million years or so, have turned into amber.  This particular copal was melted down and then formed (reconstituted) into large rondelle shaped beads.  Some of the beads are fairly clear; some have whitish inclusions of lighter colored copal, something that is perfectly natural.  Because the copal has the same light weight as amber, this necklace gives a chunky look without the chunky weight.
British Half Penny Coin Pendant George VI Golden Hind Ship Gold Filled

A thoughtful gift for the numismatist. Magnificent and Handsome British coin, The Half Penny with the Golden Hind ship facing forward. Encircled by a high polished 14kt gold filled bezel and bail suspended by an oval link 14kt gold filled chain. Necklace is 20 inch long and can be adjusted to 19 inch.

George VI Half Pennies were struck from 1937 until 1952. There are two distinct types to be found caused by differing inscriptions on the obverse coin. The Half Pennies with the First Inscription (GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND IMP) were struck from 1937 to 1948. After 1948 the title of emperor of India (IND:IMP) ...
Dream Agate Red Black w/ Druzy Chunky Handmade Gemstone OOAK Necklace

Beautifully unique large faceted dream agate stones make for a gorgeous and unique necklace. I have named this piece "Dreamweaver" due to the belief that agates are the stones of transformation, spirituality and dream recall.
These quality dream agate stones are highly polished and beautifully faceted. The colors are stunning and contain reds, mahogany and black banding. The dream agate stones will range from translucent to opaque. Several of the stones also contain crystalline druzy inclusions which looked like crystallized ice. I am enhancing the dark beauty of this necklace by using gunmetal large petal beadcaps and medium scalloped bead caps on the larger stones...
Large Dark Green Oval Russian Serpentine Gemstone Pendant Necklace

This dark green gemstone pendant necklace is made with genuine Russian serpentine gemstones. The beaded necklace has a large oval or teardrop shaped double sided pendant with an antiqued silver bail. The design is a combination of small round and cube shapes, in a one of a kind (OOAK) pattern. The gemstones are smooth with no pits or dents and have a nice polished finish. The gemstones are accented with antiqued silver pewter daisy spacers. The necklace fastens with a sturdy, sterling silver spring clasp.

Professionally handmade by The Singing Beader with extra touches, including 49 strands beading wire, the top rated beading wire on the market. An embossed white square cotton filled gift box is included.
Red and Gold Snowman Cases, Padded Phone Case, Stocking Stuffer, Grab Bag Gift

A winter snow pair of padded cases hold small tech devices like mini digital cameras, cell phones, iPods. A unique stocking stuffer, this zippered case is perfect for holding small gifts, jewelry, candy, money or gift cards. Hang one on your tree for two gifts in one!

Great gift idea for Secret Santa gift exchanges and grab bags! They are re-usable and re-giftable!

Arrives ready to gift, wrapped in a clear goodie bag and tied with a matching ribbon.
Red and Green Christmas Tree Earrings

Lead-and nickel-free earwires help those women with metal allergies to be able to wear decorative earrings.

Red and Green Christmas Tree Earrings are made entirely of Swarovski crystals.

They look like mini-Christmas trees dangling and catching the light on your ears.

These Christmas Tree earrings are very sparkly.

Elk Scene Desk Or Shelf Clock Handmade From Ash Wood By KevsKrafts

This elk scene desk clock was cut by hand (Handmade) from ash wood using a scroll saw. This clock features and elk standing in a field with trees in the background and a sun ( Clock ) with a few clouds in the sky. This is attached to a 2 x 8 inch base with glue for stability.

Finished with a homemade mixture of beeswax and mineral oil for a all natural wood look while giving superior protection for many years of enjoyment.

Measures approximately 8W x 6H x 2D Inch
Etched light red lampwork beads Reddish Orange Silver 428efs

Etched opaque light red handmade glass lampwork beads wrapped in fine silver with a matte bead finish.

Beautiful bright red beads hand made using opaque light red glass. These light reddish orange romantic beads make a statement and stand out in the crowd. These bright handmade glass beads have been wrapped in fine silver. They would be great for proms, Christmas socials, valentines, Mother's Day jewelry or other fashionable earrings, bracelets and charms. These opaque etched beads have a matte glass bead finish.
Red and Green Christmas Earrings, Gold Dangle Earrings, Glass Earrings, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Handcrafted Jewelry, Gift for Her

These red and green glass earrings will be perfect for your Christmas earrings! They are tasteful holiday jewelry that you will be able to wear with many of your seasonal outfits. I think they look like the old fashioned shaped ornament that we all used to have on our Christmas trees. The glass beads hang inside gold plate dangles and are connected to gold filled french ear wires. They are 2.25 inches long and would make a great Christmas gift, stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift.
Handmade Sun Hat - Red and White Crocheted Cotton - Wide Brim - 3D Flower Decoration - OOAK Crochet Hat, Hat for Sunny, Warm Weather

Hand-Crocheted Red and White Woman's Sun Hat with a Large Flower --- Personal Accessory great for:

- Casual Outing or Shopping
- On A Vacation in Sunny, Warm weather!
- A Beach Outing
- A Picnic Outing
- Everyday

Crochet Hat made with 100% COTTON - Eco-Friendly yarn with a wide brim to keep the sun out of your eyes - and the cotton makes it cool...
Neckwarmer Irish Celtic Knot Trinity You choose Handknit Caron Simply

Neckwarmer Irish Celtic Knot Trinity You choose Handknit Caron Simply.
Made to order. This item takes 1-2 weeks to make depending on my backlog. Buttons will vary depending on stock.  Please select from list your desired color. (Please contact me for current stock colors as the colors may shift).
Very intricately knit Irish Trinity Stitch Celtic Knot Neck Warmer is in a warm beautiful using Caron Simply Soft and Stunning Vintage Celtic style buttons in a gunmetal dark gray color. This was an extremely fun design to create and has a wonderful central celtic cable going the length of the scarf...
Earrings for Women, Dangle Earrings, Rose Earrings, Fashion Earrings, Drop Earrings

When you need to add a splash of sparkle to your wardrobe, these rose earrings are the perfect match. They add the rich red of roses with the sparkle of Swarovski crystal bicones in ruby red and topaz to create this pair of earrings. At the bottom, a silvertoned butterfly charm flits among the petals.

Type: Dangle Earrings
Stock: ER-02
Size: 2-inches
Blue Morning Expressions
Created from a set of my polymer clay beads for sale, these drop earrings are complete with 6mm Swarovski crystals and silvertone butterfly charms for even more movement. Draw attention to your ears with these earrings. Perfect for short hair styles...
Adore By Nat
Adore By Nat
Red and Green Merry Christmas Holiday Gift Tags - Set of 12

This is a set of 12 (twelve) Merry Christmas Gift Tags, prestrung with green ribbon.

Images are printed on white cardstock, adhered on red textured cardstock, pre-strung with ribbon.

Each round sticker is 2 inch in diameter.

Japanese Star Stained Glass Quilt Square Hung Diagonally with German Jewel Traditional Japanese Indigo Print Design

This is a 9 and 3/8 inch square (outside frame dimensions) handmade stained glass quilt square of the traditional Japanese Star pattern. This pattern can be found on traditional Japanese indigo fabric prints. This is from my Dark Hollow Stained Glass studio in the mountains of West Virginia. The assorted glass in this lovely quilt square is Blenko mouth blown antique glass, Spectrum Baroque and Glue Chip glass. The central medallion is a beautiful salmon colored swirling jewel that was made in Germany. The colors range from a dark Cabernet burgundy to a soft swirled pink and clear glue chip glass that has a lovely fern pattern.
Black and White Zebra Butterfly on scarlet Red Flower Colored Photograph Nature Wall hanging Home Decor Bringing Outside Inside

Photograph titled "Zebra Butterfly" One of my favorite places to visit is the Living Desert in Palm Desert California. A wonderful naturalized zoo that has just introduced a butterfly exhibit this year. I found this beautiful black and white Zebra Butterfly on a pretty scarlet red flower. Of course I am partial to butterflies and this is a wonderful bright picture to bring a little of the outdoors into your home. Available with this listing up to 16 x 24 inches...

Antique Christmas Postcard 1911 "A Happy Christmas" Rustic Woodland Country Scene Old Fashioned Town HomeTraveler Walking Through Snow

Type: Divided back
Size: Standard Vintage 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
Publisher: Printed in Germany
Artist: unknown
Print Year: 1911 based on postage
Series: NA
Postage: 1 Cent Franklin
Cancellation: Petaluma CAL Jan 1 1911
KillStrike: American Flag

Special Features: Christmas Card
Place/Subject/Quote: From Front "Merry may this Christmas be All life's blessings fall on thee.. A Happy Christmas"
Christmas Wreath Earrings with Swarovski Bicones

These beautiful, handmade Christmas Wreath Earrings with Swarovski Bicones were made of red, green and white 11/0 Japanese beads, 4 mm and 6 mm Swarovski Bicones.

The wreath was stitched one bead at a time using the right angle weave stitch to form a circle. The larger bicone placed in the center of the wreath sets on top of the smaller bicone. The Christmas Wreath Earrings with Swarovski Bicones are approx. 1 ½ inches long from top of earwire and ½ wide.
Artist's description:

"Take that Drive on Route 66 top down do I need to say more.

Materials used:

Mixed Media 18 KT. GOLD LEAFING with Watercolor Original watercolor painting on highest quality 140 lb cold press, acid-free,100% cotton fiber paper Canvas,each sheet has two deckle edges. Shipped carefully in Heavy duty cardboard mailing tubes with tight


CraftingMemories1 said...

Thank you for including my earrings in your beautiful collection. Tweeted and Pinned:

NancysKnots&Lace said...

Thanks Colleen!!!

ennadoolf said...

Thanks for including my work sock cup cozy in your collection!
There are so many amazing gift ideas here! That Half Penny Coin Pendant! And the gift tags! And how much work went into that red celtic knot neck warmer! And ... I could go on and on!

Blonde Peach Jewelry said...

Thank you very much Colleen for including my Christmas earrings in your blog post! Promoting.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

What a great post! Appreciate all the time you take to add the descriptions, Colleen. And appreciate that you included my copal necklace. Will share the post far and wide.

Linda B said...

Thanks Colleen for all the work you did on this post. I've pinned, tweeted and FB the listings.

Thanks for including my Christmas earrings.

Will share the post, too.

Adorebynat said...

Another wonderful highlight of Christmas Countdown 2016! Thank you so much for including my Christmas tags. Off to share.

BeadSouk said...

Thank you for including my coin pendant in this lovely collection of Christmas gift ideas, will share.

Connie Morilak said...

Thank you for showing my Russian serpentine pendant necklace!

Donna SewAmazin said...

Thank you for including my snowman cases! Will be sharing :-)

Julie l. Cleveland said...

Many thanks, Colleen for showcasing my red rose earrings - thank you as well for sharing all of the other goodies from the countdown. It's much appreciated and now, I sent it around the world again!

KatsAllThat Artisan Jewelry said...

Thank you for the lovely promotion Colleen...will share on all social sites.

KevsKrafts said...

What a wonderful blog post. Like how you have the description of each item. Thank you so much for including my Elk clock.