The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on Etsy.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Handmade Hour

I stumbled across it one afternoon on Twitter. (I follow a few crafty folks.) There was someone retweeting various handmade goods on Twitter. I had to find out more about it.

Handmade Nation


I did a little digging and found a website under construction. It appears to be a British site, but it looks like one can still get in on the ground floor if one is so inclined. 

If you are on Twitter from 4 to 5 PM (that's Pacific Daylight Time) on Wednesdays, check out #HandmadeHourUSA (or just #HandmadeHour) to see all the lovely things that pop up. Or tag your own tweet and it might just be retweeted for all of their followers.

If you are on Twitter, it's a good idea to check them out...

They are also on Facebook:

Anyone know anything more about them? What can you tell us? Let us know in the comments.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July. Some Etsy shops (from today through July 20th) are offering specials and sales to celebrate. The CCCOE Team is also in on it. Check out some of our deals...

Wild Mountain Wreaths is offering 30% off everything in the store, such as...

FRienDs Welcome Front Door OOAK Vintage Bird Home Decor Wreath
Friends Welcome Front Door Wreath

annie k designs is offering 10% off everything in the store. Make sure to check out some of her Christmas items...

CIJ SALE Beautiful Bold Red Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt, Christmas, Cream, Red, Floral Tree skirt, Gold
Red Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt

Nans Glam is also doing 10% everything in her shop, with beautiful items such as...

SALE, CIJ, London Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings, Oxidized Sterling Handmade Earrings
London Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings

BobblesByCarol is also offering 10% everything in her shop. Take a look at the lovely things she's got...

CIJ SALE-10% Off Turquoise Magnesite & Copper Gemstone Necklace~ Gemstone Jewelry Necklace~Southwest Necklace~Turquoise Jewelry~Beaded Jewel
Turquoise, Magnesite, and Copper Gemstone Necklace

ohmay designs has some cute new Christmas items, just in time for "Christmas" shoppers...

CIJ Knit Christmas Tree Ornament with Wine Cork Base - Pick your Tree
Knit Christmas Tree Ornament with Wine Cork Base

Merry Christmas...in July.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hey, It's Almost the 4th of July!

Going to a barbeque? Going to a fireworks show? What are you doing for the 4th?

Our teammates have some happy memories of the 4th of July...

The Crafty Nana says:
We had a group called the Big $(4 ladies that graduated from nursing school in the 60s together and their spouses and eventually children) would get together on July 4th for a barbeque and have a softball game at a local diamond. Who ever was pregnant was the umpire. My parents would also join us some years.
Cowboy Boot Booties, Patriotic, Red, White & Blue, Handmade
Cowboy Boot Booties

Sun Hat, Red, White, and Blue, Toddler, Handmade
Sun Hat

reVetro says:
I remember when I use to live in La Jolla, and my youngest son, Gabe (five-years-old at the time) and I walked to The Cove and found a patch of grass in the park amongst all the crowds of people. I laid on my back, and he laid on top of me with our faces looking towards the sky. With the local radio station simultaneously playing music from a band shell while fireworks set off above the water into clear, dark skies. The reflection of the fireworks could be seen in the one residential high-rise next to the park that was on the coastline.
Red Recycled Pewter Charm Necklace // Eco-friendly Jewelry
Red Recycled Pewter Charm Necklace

cserpent designs says:
I always loved playing with sparklers! I still wish we could play with them - but no fireworks for sale in San Diego. I remember running around in the yard in Oahu (Navy brat!). In 3rd grade, in our bare feet, lighting up the yard with sparklers. I didn't get to play with them again until I spent a 4th of July with my hubby's family in Ridgecrest, CA. Since they lived in the desert with very little to burn you could still get fireworks! Hubby bought some pinwheel thing, I just got sparklers!!! My sparklers were fun but his pinwheel turned sideways and started shooting rockets across the ground! We were all hopping all over the place to avoid them - LOL! But now the in-laws are in Santa Rosa so no more sparklers :(
Red, White, Blue star pearl, crystal, sterling earrings
Red, White, & Blue Star, Pearl, and Sterling Earrings

This and That Crafter says:
My favorite memory of the 4th of July is the fun of all the fireworks... I loved the pinwheel when I was a kid. I remember nailing it to a tree and watching it till it faded away. Also, watching the fireworks from the beach with my kids was a wonderful memory. Fireworks are no longer legal in my city but I make up for it by making things in all the colors of the 4th. One of the items I make is rag wreaths and I am now teaching my granddaughter to make them.
Red White and Blue Rag Wreath
Red, White, and Blue Rag Wreath

annie k designs says:
It was an overcast July 4th along the coast in New Jersey. The tall ships were going to sail past Liberty Island and I wanted to see them. So a bunch of us had an all day picnic. At the end of the day, we watched the fireworks with a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. It was magnificent!
Patriotic Potholders, July 4 Potholders, July 4 Trivets, Flag Potholder, America the Beautiful Potholder, Red, White And Blue Potholders
Patriotic Potholders

BobblesByCarol says:
My favorite memory of the 4th of July is all the years as a young girl, the whole family: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma Trewett, parents would gather at one house that had the biggest yard... We would BBQ with my daddy and his brother in charge of cooking the burgers. Everyone brought something... And there would always be homemade ice cream... We would eat till we popped... Usually it would be sunny and hot and we would all get a slight sunburn... Back before we knew it was bad for us, lol... When night fell dads were in charge of the fireworks show... A small one and we were happy with that... After, the 5 of us girls would dance around with sparklers.... Those were the good ole days !
Gemstone Jewelry Earrings~ Patriotic Earrings~ Red White & Blue Star Silver Casual Rustic Earrings~Gemstone Jewelry~Patriotic Jewelry
Patriotic Earrings

Such great stories. What is your favorite 4th of July memory?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Where I Fess Up

I have a confession to make. I used to take a lot of time on these posts. I'd come up with a theme, search through our team's shops to find things that fit the theme...

But lately, I've started cheating. Instead of coming up with a theme, I just peruse the "Show Your Handmade Creations" thread on the team discussion thread, and pick a few items that catch my eye. (Or, I find a shop that is new to me, and I peruse the shop to find something to highlight.) I've been doing this for several months now.

Whew. It feels good to get that off my chest.

So, this month, here's what I found...

SALE Crystal & Pearl Bracelet
Crystal & Pearl Bracelet by Oh My Beading Heart!

Topaz Bracelet - Old Hollywood Vintage Glass Jewels Bracelet - Estate Jewelry - Chunky Bracelet - Statement Bracelet
Topaz Bracelet by LisaMarie's Piece

Jewelry catches my eye always. It helps that quite a few of the team members make jewelry. And I especially love earrings...

Purple Jade Gemstone Earrings~ Rustic Chunky Bead Earrings~ Gemstone Jewelry~ Jewelry for Women~ Handmade~ Beaded Jewelry
Purple Jade Gemstone Earrings by Bobbles By Carol

Sometimes I have no good reason for being drawn to something. Perhaps it's just the colors...

CUSTOM 7.5" CHAKRA Crystal Stone Plaque wall Altar Tile Pentacle Pentagram CHooSE CoLoR CHooSe Hanger
Chakra Crystal Stone Plaque by Saber Shores

Iridescent Gypsy Moth, original watercolor
Iridescent Gypsy Moth by Crystal Mist Cottages

Or it's something that makes me laugh...

Embroidery Wall Art . Dreams of escape
Embroidery Wall Art by Peg Grady Art

And since I'm a knitter and crocheter, anything fiber related catches my eye...

Adult size chevron crochet black, white and maroon sports team blanket
Chevron Crochet Sports Team Blanket by ChevronLane

And just for fun, this is one of mine...

Lip Balm Holder with Clip for EOS Egg Lip Balm
Lip Balm Holder with Clip by Zizi Rho Designs
Anything caught your eye lately? Do you peruse the "Show Your Handmade Creations" thread?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summertime

This week I challenged the team to show me something from their shops that makes them think of summer, that belongs in summer, or anything summer. And then I asked them for a summer memory. Here's what they gave me:

Here's how The Pink Camellia remembers summer:
Summer always makes me think of young innocent summer crushes! Going on a vacation, or to camp, or wherever, and developing a crush on someone. You'd spend your summer laughing and having fun, then have to go back home and write letters to your sweetheart, maybe carry around a picture or something special they gave you to remember them by. They'd slowly fade away after school started back up again, but weren't those crushes the best?!  
I made a Lovebirds locket just for that reason..to hold that pic of your sweetie close to your heart...
Large Swarovski Crystal Lovebird Locket Necklace
Large Swarovski Crystal Lovebird Locket Necklace

Bobbles By Carol feels summer is: 
Summer is filled with bright color of all kinds... Greens of different kinds of grass and the stems of beautiful fresh blooming flowers in every shade of color.. Clear skies let us see the blues and white fluffy clouds...  
I made these earrings and matching necklace with some of these colors...
Gemstone Jewelry Beaded Earrings~ Green & Light Amber Boho Rustic Earrings~ For Women~ Beaded Jewelry~ Handmade
Gemstone Jewelry Beaded Earrings

Crystal Mist Cottages has a different take on summer: 
I live in Santa Cruz, so I'm fortunate to see the whales swimming past our shores. I sit on the sand, watching the dolphins play, and enjoying the sea lions romp, hoping I'm lucky enough to spot that spout!
Humpback whale with calf, original watercolor
Humpback whale with calf, original watercolor

Indy And Cleo has a similar take on summer:
I'll never forget an amazing summer vacation spent on the Big Island of Hawaii ~ walking along sandy beaches with giant Pacific Green Sea Turtles basking in the sun. In Hawaiian, they're called “Honu”. Though no one is really sure, Pacific Green Sea Turtles probably live into their 80’s. I called them giant because a fully grown Honu has a shell 4~5 feet in diameter and weighs about 350~400 pounds! If you ever have a chance, they are truly an amazing sight to see . . . Aloha!  
My very talented husband is the artist behind this art print . . .
Sea Turtle Art Print, Big Island SEA TURTLE, Sealife, Wildlife Fine Art Giclee, Wall Decor Wall Art, Summer Vacation
Sea Turtle Art Print

Isn't summer the best time of the year? What's your best memory of summer?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Facebook

When one talks about social media, one must reference Facebook.

Facebook logo

Facebook has been around for 10 years now, and it is one of the most popular sites in the world. 67% of Internet users from the US are on Facebook. (In the UK, it's 82%.) It is also the most popular app on smartphones. (Source)

While teens ages 12-17 still are on Facebook, adults are more active on the site. (The teens are more into the next big thing.) And adult use is intensifying. (Source)

What is there to say about Facebook that we don't already know? It's the one social networking site that is kind of ubiquitous. We can't escape it. And what shop would be complete without a Facebook page?

Here are some of our Facebook pages. Please, make sure to like them (we appreciate your support!):

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Artist Profile - Bella Starr

Today we're welcoming to the blog the lovely Michelle of Bella Starr and her wonderful hats. 

Newsboy Cap -Black &Grey Jacquard  Vintage Wool -with Flower
Newsboy Cap

The story behind the name "Bella Starr”

In 2002, when I formed my company I was looking for a name that had meaning to my life. When I was a little girl my dad sang the song “Michelle” by the Beatles to me. He would always sing the line,” Michelle my belle.” so I decided to add “Bella” with the meaning being beautiful in french. I was also named after the song by my parents loving the Beatles.

I needed more depth to my company name and really thought about my life. In 1998, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and I have had several reoccurrences of cancer in recent years. I loved looking at the stars at night on long road trips in the desert and would look at the stars to wish the cancer away. I reach for the stars with anything in life and never give up that easily with anything. I put the two together and came up with Bella Starr. The two together "Beautiful Star" was the perfect name.

Beret Hat- Grey Eyelet Lace with Bow
Beret Hat

How would you describe your style? 
Old Hollywood would perfectly describe my style and design sense. I love Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Faye Dunaway fashion styles and many more.

Beret Hat- Black & White Striped Knit with Black Bow
Black & White Beret

When did you learn to do what you do? 
My mom was a fashion designer and taught me to sew when I was 8 years old. I taught myself to design hats and later went to Orange Coast College and took some courses in Millinery and Costume Design. I also have a fashion design degree from completing the program at OCC.

What are your favorite pieces to make? 
I really love creating my Beret Hats and they are my most popular items I sell.

What inspires you? 
I love looking at old hollywood photos, architecture, old vintage apparel, textiles and I really love Biba from London.

SALE Wide Brim Hat-Hot Pink Cotton- Scarf
Wide Brim Hat

How do you stay motivated during slow times? 
I never have a slow moment as I have two school aged kids that keep me busy. I’ve also worked as Director at a fashion college for over 13 years and recently went part time to pursue my line of hats. I love using Pinterest to search for new inspirations and look at the trend forecasting services when I have extra time.

Where would you like your shop to be 5 years from now? 
In 5 years I really hope to grow my own website with more traffic and sales. I also really want to focus on my wholesale business and start designing apparel.

How do you spend your time when you're not creating? 
Going to Disneyland with my family where you never grow up.

Cloche Hat- Brown Linen- Leather band- Asymmetrical Brim
Cloche Hat

What does your work space look like? 
My studio is in my house and usually it’s flipped upside down creating new designs. I collect vintage fabric as well as new and have run out of room to store all of the fabric. I have shelves stacked by color and textures to find fabric. I like using plastic bins to store my supplies. I have a wall I post up my design inspirations story board. To keep the rest of my fabric organized I have a professional cutting table.

What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast? 
I’m not a very big breakfast person and usually eat a slice of toast with coffee.

Where else can we find your work?  Are you doing any craft fairs this year? 
I really don’t do much craft shows and have focused on larger fashion trade shows for the wholesale market. I’ve shown my line at Magic in Las Vegas for the past 3 shows and will show again in August.

Where can we learn more about you?  
You can see more of my work at www.bellastarr.com,http://www.pinterest.com/mvanhamer/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bellastarrhats. I currently don’t have a blog with not having enough time in the day to write. I’m hoping to hire someone in the future to handle my social media