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, October 15, 2014

Autumn Has Arrived (Sort Of)

We're celebrating autumn. (I think some of us are hoping for some autumn-like weather.) Here are some things various team members have highlighted...

Large Square Silk Scarf Hand Dyed in Yellow and Brown
Large Square Silk Scarf by Ocean Avenue Silks


Fall Coasters, Scarecrow Coasters, Pumpkim Coasters, Autumn Coasters, Handmade by AnnieKDesigns
Fall Coasters by annie k designs

Looking Up // Watercolor // Fall/Autumn // Leaves // Trees
Looking Up by Olliff Studio

Daisy Autumn Necklace moukaite jasper carnelian boho chic semiprecious OOAK
Daisy Autumn Necklace by Shanna Michele Designs


Pumpkin Pie Soap - Cold Process Soap - Pumpkin pie spice cinnamon - Pumpkin Pie soap
Pumpkin Pie Soap by Bathing in Luxury


Autumn Purse, Cotton Purse, Fall Motif
Autumn Purse by Stitchuation


20's Boy & Ball figurine, Japanese bisque doll. Football player.
20s Boy & Ball Figurine from Olde Tyme Notions

Of course, this only scratches the surface of what the team has to offer. Make sure to check out our Autumn and Thanksgiving page...

�� Autumn & Thanksgiving �� curated by California Crafters Club Of Etsy - CCCOE on Etsy

And tell me... What makes you think of autumn?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Flickr

I don't know if this is technically social media, but today I'm talking about Flickr...


Basically, it's a place where you can upload all your pictures and share them with all your online friends. Sure, Facebook and Pinterest do that to a certain extent, but this is just for the pictures you take. Flickr says that its two main goals are:
1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.
2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video.
I have to admit that I got a Flickr account years ago and have not touched it in a while. It's probably time to go and dust it off and see what it can do. Who it can connect me to. Because isn't that the point of social media?

The team has a Flickr group here. (A widget with link is also in the sidebar. Just scroll down for a bit.)

Are you on Flickr?

Previous posts on social media:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we on the team are showing our solidarity by showing our pink...

From Bobbles By Carol:

Polymer Clay Jewelry Heart Necklace, Pink and Pearl Heart, Handmade, Pendant Jewelry, Breast Cancer Awareness
Polymer Clay Jewelry Heart Necklace

Relisted in time for Breast Cancer Awareness....
Women Angel Heart Knit Jewelry Brooch Pin - Breast Cancer Awareness
Angel Heart Knit Jewelry Brooch Pin 

From Nans Glam:

Cherry Jade Dangle Earrings, Raspberry Drop Earrings, Rose Gold Earrings, Bridesmaid Gift
Cherry Jade Dangle Earrings

From Polka Dot Walls:
Just created this adorable design. Love her in pink :)
Octopus Decal

From Chevron Lane:
Very soft and cuddly pink ripple crochet blanket
Rose quartz - stone of the heart!
And remember:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Creepiest Time of the Year

I love Halloween. It's one of the few holidays I actually look forward to. And it's just over a month away...

Letter Beads
Letter Beads by This and That Crafter

I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. The shops already have their Halloween things out. As do our fellow teammates...

Black Textured Monster Hood
Monster Hood by EmoSeal Creations

And I think I should probably break out my needles and knit something season appropriate. One of these days. I can look to my fellow teammates for inspiration.

Brainy Beanie - Crochet
Brainy Beanie by The Enchanted Square

Or I can drool over the jewelry--a craft that I do not have the skills for...

LIMITED EDITION Dia des los muertos sugar skull woman pendant Halloween necklace
Dia des los Muertos Pendant by Delicate Industry

Sugar skull triple strand bracelet, Sugar skull bracelet, Halloween jewelry
Sugar Skull Triple Strand Bracelet by Micheladas Musings

Halloween Spiders Lair Necklace
Spiders Lair Necklace by whimsicals

Yep, I'm looking forward to October. There's so much to enjoy.

Children's Halloween Greeting Card - Witch, Frankenstein and Mummy - Handmade Paper Card for Kids
Halloween Greeting Card by Sophie n Me

And if you've enjoyed this sampling, make sure to check out the team collection...

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Team Page on Etsy

A new feature on Etsy, the Team Page, was launched a few days ago.


Each team was able to apply for one page and use it to promote team member products. It is a user-friendly platform that will help our team create one-of-a-kind shopping collections to promote to buyers. It looks similar to Pinterest but is on Etsy's site. Like a blog or website, our Team Page has a unique URL that we can share with anyone.

We have over 20 collections so far. Like Wedding Bells:


Bag It:

Trick or Treat:

and California Proud:

There is no limit to how many items can be in a collection. We are limited to 35 collections at this time. In the future Etsy will probably increase this number. This is a great way to share more of what our team has to offer in one place. Our collections on our Team Page showcase our group’s products in an organized, “shoppable” way that buyers hopefully will love to browse.

Please share/post our team page on any of your social websites to help promote our team.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September

I asked the team to show me what made them think of September. (Okay, as a theme it's kind of lacking, but it's been hot and that does something to my brain.) Here's what they had.

DTailsULike says:
I love fall colors, the yellows, orange, brown...it inspire me to create and enjoy nature. My favorite holiday is thanksgiving because I can use all the colors and stop and appreciate all the good things I had during the year.
Handmade Orange Beaded Bracelet with glass beads Fall Jewelry for her
Handmade Orange Beaded Bracelet

Beginning of Fall reminds me of scarf weather, tote bags for back to school and getting organized for the holidays.  
For Thanksgiving, we are thinking of taking a family trip up the California coast by train all the way to Portland to stay with friends.  
For my shop, I'm planning to design hand printed coasters out of vinyl leather scraps that I use for my mirrors....they will be white, brown, black and hand printed in festive gold inks! Hoping to have some sample pics soon....

Beginning of Fall reminds me of changing colors of the leaves, the rich hues of orange, red, yellow.... 
Shorter days and long cozy nights sitting at my work bench late at night with a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket over my knees! 
Hustle and bustle of the holiday, dinners and family!!!
Handmade copper and agate necklace, stone necklace, agate necklace, copper necklace, metal necklace, unisex necklace
Handmade Copper and Agate Necklace

Dprintsclayful says:
September reminds me of the coming holidays and all the fabulous food. I like to create cinnamon sugar cookies and love to grate cinnamon sticks with my ceramic grater and have the fresh cinnamon take over the whole room.
Garlic Grater made from Ceramic, Kitchen Grater, Have A Grate Day
Garlic Grater

What makes you think of September?

Friday, August 22, 2014

How Am I Going to Get it All Done?

Annie from Annie K Designs is stopping by today to tell us how she's preparing for the upcoming busy season...

I just realized that Labor Day is ALMOST here. It is a scant week and a half away. Where did the year go? Reality hit that the busy holiday season is also ALMOST here. How am I going to get it all done? 

Autumn Placemats, Fall Placemats, Fall Leaves Placemats, Brown Batik Placemats, Polka Dot Placemats
Autumn Placemats

My items are in two stores, Etsy and another online site. I am also booked for 4 major shows. My Etsy shop is pretty full but I would like to add another 50-75 items in the next month. Each store has a separate line of items. There is that day job that gets in the way too!

After panicking for a moment, I printed out calendars and marked each one with the dates of each show. Then I figured out what I wanted to sell, quantity of items, etc. I then counted back the number of weeks to figure out how much had to be sewn each week to make my goal. 

I immediately felt better and relieved. More importantly, I started sewing tonight and was able to accomplish quite a bit. 

Royal Blue and Frog Lined Tote Bag, Green, Polka Dots, Machine Quilted, Beach Bag, Market Bag, Commuter Bag, Frog Lover
Royal Blue and Frog Lined Tote Bag

Many of you have extremely busy shops? How are you preparing for the busy holiday season? Any tips that you care to share? What is your favorite de-stressor?