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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu

As many of you from some of my previous posts I have a daughter that is 27 but with special needs.  So she still believes in Santa and all the magic of Christmas and the holidays.  I have to say that even though there are many health and behavioral struggles because of her needs that I am so glad she holds onto this part of her.  It helps me keep the magic of the season that seems to fade when your kids or grand-kids get too old for "that stuff."

I bring this up because while crafting and coloring I listened to several of her favorite Christmas songs yesterday:)  Often I make her wait closer to the season but I was in the mood for a little holiday cheer. Music is such a special part of Christmas and the holidays and Julie is posting about the history of our favorite hits this season.  Make sure to visit The Blue Print for more lovely items and her posts on Christmas music.

I hope that you will find something for that special loved one in this wonderful collection of handmade items.  These are my favorites from Week 4:
Diane's Dangles
http://ow.ly/bP2N30500ZB

Blue Lace Agate Bracelet Faceted Gemstones White Freshwater Pearls

Beautiful Blue lace agate and white freshwater pearl bracelet.
Agate faceted stones are 6mm.
White freshwater pearls are 7mm.
Bead weave bracelet.
Blue colors graduate from light to darker colors of blue. Fits a 7 1/2 inch wrist.

http://ow.ly/xOHH30503BB

Ocean Theme Beaded Bracelet, Seashell Charm, Blue Glass...

The Czech glass beads used here are rectangular in shape, with a blue transparency enriched by flowing opaque white swirls. The central quartz beads in the bracelet are rondelle shaped and white with a natural suggestion of gray. To bring extra hints of reflective light to them, the front rondelles are individually bordered with sterling silver petaled bead caps and small sterling rounds (2mm). Also included are Swarovski "Caribbean Blue Opal" bicones (6mm), smaller quartz rounds (4mm), and a TierraCast (made in the USA) ...
Shadow Dog Designs
http://ow.ly/S3SS305044t

Genuine Turquoise Statement Necklace...

  • Turquoise nuggets:  from approximately 28 mm x 24 mm (largest) to 24 mm x 17 mm (smallest)
  • Rustic turquoise heishe:  app. 8 mm x 4 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver hammered hook clasp set
  • Length:  app. 19" / 48.3 cm
The beautiful, chunky turquoise nuggets necklace was named after the haunting song "The Road to Ensenada" by Lyle Lovett. What a perfect name for this sumptuous, one of a kind gemstone creation.  The turquoise mainly has many shades of blue, from pale blue to a dark sky blue, but also featured some stones with more of a greenish cast...
Sew Amazin
http://ow.ly/pODz30504fy

Hearts and Stars Pet Scrunchie Neck Ruffle, Pink or Blue

  • Slips easily over the head - does not attach to the collar.
  • Size is based on your pet's actual neck circumference.
Made of cotton quilting weight fabric and elastic. Machine wash and tumble dry.
Please measure your pet's neck carefully and select a size closest to the nearest whole inch before adding this item to your shopping cart. About 1/2 to 1 inch larger than the neck measurement is enough to wear the ruffle comfortably.

Each scrunchie neck ruffle is made to order...

RSS Designs In Fiber
https://www.etsy.com/listing/232163878

White Crochet Flower Brooch or Pin - Handmade Multi-layer 3D Crochet with Silver Accents - also Pendant or Applique

This Crocheted Rose is made with high quality White DMC Cebelia - and Silver Kreinik Blending Filament.

It measures 3 inches across at widest points ~~~ It is very lightweight.

This would be nice as a Fiber Jewelry Brooch - say on Blouses or Shirts or Jackets ---
--- or it could be Sewn on permanently on Clothing - or any Linen or Fabric item such as on a Pillow - or on a Bag - or a Fabric Hat!!

Linor Store
http://ow.ly/YZgc30503VJ

Blue Tree of Life Necklace

The tree of life is a symbol in many cultures and religions. This Blue Tree of Life Necklace represents the Jewish tree of life, which is the Torah, making this necklace a wonderful bat mitzvah gift for a woman of any age. (Some women like me have an adult bat mitzvah.

Blue is the color for Israel so the beads I used are royal blue gemstones and Swarovski crystals. I handmade the wire bail or part that attaches the tree of life charm pendant to the black leather necklace. No necklace would be complete without a little bling so I used a clear crystal in between the blue Swarovski crystals.

The necklace length is around 18″. You can also purchase the matching earrings shown ...
Blonde Peach Jewelry
https://www.etsy.com/listing/253466764

Leather Pearl Necklace, Blue Necklace... Bohemian Jewelry

You'll love the simplicity of this aqua blue leather pearl necklace... It is 20 inches long and closes with a gold plate lobster claw clasp...
  • Chalcedony gemstone - 1.75 inches, aqua blue, nugget
  • Freshwater pearl - 6 mm, light brown
  • Sea glass - 8 mm, barrel shaped bead
  • Glass bead - 8 mm, medium blue, shell shape
  • Gold plate clasp
  • Gold filled cord ends
  • Cord - 2 mm, black suede
Kats All That
http://ow.ly/X2uy30504Li

Nevada Blue Turquoise Copper Figaro Chain Chandelier Niobium Earrings

The overall length of the earrings is approximately 3 inches or 7.62 centimeters from the tops of the niobium ear wires to the bottom of the chain. These "Aiyana's Paradise" earrings will come packaged in an organza pouch. Ready for gift-giving to safekeeping.
  •  6 mm Blue Sky Mine turquoise rounds
  • 15 x 17 mm antique copper TierraCast empire links
  • 22 mm TierraCast antique copper niobium ear wires
  • 4 mm TierraCast beaded hex beads
  • 2 x 4 mm antique copper figaro chain
  • 4 mm antique copper daisy spacers
http://ow.ly/yCw230504Xm

Handmade Large Hole Lampwork Glass Bead Charm Blue Stripes Bubbles

Medium and light blue stripes with trapped air bubbles large hole handmade lampwork glass slider bracelet charm bead - handmade jewlery supplies or can be a finished glass charm bead

These beads are always fun to make. For this handmade lampwork glass slider bead, I have a base of blue with a lighter pale blue dots which spread out across the bead as it melts and become rounded....

  • Qty: 1
  • Measures 15mm x 8mm
  • Hole Size 5mm

http://ow.ly/9Rjx305072X

Paua Abalone Shell Turquoise Choker Necklace 16" Sterling Silver

The necklace is adjustable from 16" to 18" (40.6cm - 45.7cm) with a sterling silver extension chain and sterling silver spring clasp. See all 10 photos showing close up details. Components appear larger than actual size. See details below:
  • Paua abalone shells: 8mm round 
  • Turquoise gemstone chips: 5mm to 7mm 
  • Sterling silver round beads: 3mm
  • Top quality 49 Strands beading wire 
  • Sterling silver findings
  • White cotton filled gift box included 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/207440564

Art Glass Plate, Cobalt Blue with Stringer Accents...

This art glass plate is made of two gorgeous types of fusible glass. The center section has strings and speckles of turquoise and blue glass on a clear base. This is accented on each end by a transparent glass of cobalt blue and turquoise that has been combined to give a mottled effect. The different glasses were fused in a kiln multiple times to combine the glasses and to shape them into this beautiful tray shaped plate.

This fused glass platter is a rectangle shape that measures 12 5/8 inches long by 6 5/8 inches wide. It is 3/4 inch high and it has a wide lip of 2 inches that drops about 1/4 inch into the center section. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/464540443

Victorian Style Cameo Necklace Hand Painted Cameo

"The cameo has been painted by me. I love to change the look on the cameo to give it the appearance the Victorian Era."

The filigree setting has Swarovski rhinestones to enhance the cameo.
  • The setting is 2 3/4 inches long.
  • The chain is 24 inches long, the antique bronze plated Figaro chain is lead free and nickel free.
  • The necklace weighs 1.20 ounces
https://www.etsy.com/listing/208153524

Hand Knitted Super Bulky Blue and White Stripped Scarf

Be ready to beat the cold with this hand knitted super bulky blue and white stripped scarf!

I hand knit this scarf using super bulky acrylic yarn, in blue and white, on smaller needles to give a tighter stitch, making the scarf extra thick.

This hand knitted super bulky blue and white stripped scarf is approximately 6 inches wide and 69 inches long, long enough to wrap around your neck. My husband wraps it around his face when it is very cold and he has to be out.
Blue Morning Expressions
http://ow.ly/oKYv30507XN

Handmade Polymer Clay Beads, Polymer Clay Beads for Sale, Jewelry Making Supplies, Focal Beads

This tear drop focal bead has been created in blues and greens.  I am working on my faux lampwork bead series and replicating glass beads. Handmade beads raise the value of your jewelry designs because these beads are normally a one of a kind offering. Add an artistic and creative touch to your jewelry design with a handmade polymer clay bead.

  • Type: Focal Bead
  • Size:  30mm x 15mm 
  • Material: Polymer clay
  • FB-56
  • Blue Morning Expressions
Kevs Krafts
http://ow.ly/juMy305086a

Wedding Marriage Cross Handmade From Oak Wood, Church, Bride...

What a wonderful wedding gift to give with this unique wedding cross. Nestled inside the cross is bells, rings, doves,hearts, bride, groom, flowers, cross, and a church. This is sure to be the best gift you could give to those select people that already have most everything they might need..It is unique and very doubtful that any other guest would get the same gift.

This wedding cross is made out of hand selected oak lumber.

The oak lumber used for this wedding cross was 1/2 thick. The cross stands on a 5-3/4 wide oval base for stability. Cross stands approximately 12 tall and 7 wide.
Butterfly In The Attic
https://www.etsy.com/listing/467836985

Once in a Blue Moon Zen Photograph of the Full moon in as It Rises

Photograph titled "Once In A Blue Moon". Colorized to make a fun striking statement. An wonderful piece of wall art for your teen or college student. Would look stunning in their dorm room. Arrange in groups of 4 with my other colors for even bigger statement. Buy 4 and get 25% off your entire purchase with coupon code: BUY4GET25OFF. Check out my other fun colors. Available with this listing up to 16 x 24 inches (also offered in additional sizes up to 30 x 40 inches as a custom order)
Adore By Nat
http://ow.ly/Hkuu30508no

Peter Rabbit Favor Tags in Blue for Baby Boy Shower or Birthday

Planning for a Peter Rabbit Party? Everybody loves Peter Rabbit. These sweet Peter Rabbit Favor Tags are simply irresistible. They are perfect for a baby shower or birthday celebration. Adorable! In each set, you will receive 12 (twelve) Peter Rabbit Favor Tags in blue, pre-strung with ribbon. All you need to do is attach these adorable tags to your favors. Take a look at the variety of images taken from the timeless storybook by Beatrix Potter. Why just getting one image when you can get different ones...


14 comments:

Donna SewAmazin said...

Thank you for including my Blue Hearts & Stars pet scrunchie ruffle in your blog! Will share :-)

Sharon Troncalli said...

Lovely post and thanks for sharing about your daughter with us. I have a daughter turning 30 next month and although she is not a special needs person she is extremely young at heart and would love to still believe in Santa! Off to share.

Linda Atkinson said...

Gorgeous Colleen. Love the different shades of blues. Thank you for including my cameo. Off to share.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

What a pretty theme for a Christmas gift idea blog post, Colleen. Thank you for including my turquoise necklace. My husband's sister was special needs (she died about 1.5 years ago at 64). Even at that age, she still believed in Santa and always looked forward to Santa leaving the gifts. It is a special time in so many ways.

Connie Morilak said...

Thank you for promoting these amazing, lovely gifts, including mine! I enjoyed reading. - Connie - The Singing Beader

Cathy Morgan said...

Thank you, Colleen, for including my scarf in this beautiful Christmas collection. Shared.

Covergirlbeads said...

Lovely post. Loved all the gorgeous handmade creations. Thanks for including my lampwork bead.

Adorebynat said...

Thank you so much, Colleen, for featuring my Peter Rabbit favor tags. I look forward to Christmas and the holidays music has started in this house as well :-)

KatsAllThat Artisan Jewelry said...

Thank you very much Colleen...will be sharing.

PrettyGonzo said...

What a beautiful blog post! Many thanks for including my ocean-inspired bracelet. Will be sharing!

Dianes Dangles said...

What a lovely blog, thank you so much for including my blue agate bracelet, will share.

Julie L. Cleveland said...

So nice to see all these calming blues featured here. It's a festive sight for sure! Thank you for including my focal bead. Love the blues and shared them around the world.

Linda Blatchford said...

Colleen, thanks so much for sharing this blue countdown post and for including my Blue Tree of Life Necklace Set.

ResetarGlassArt said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing my fused glass platter. Have shared -