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

Friday, February 5, 2016

Spa Day

Feeling the winter blues? Need to pamper yourself. What about a spa day?


Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser GANESH Ganesha  Raku Handmade Pottery
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by De Baun Fine Ceramics

A Thousand Points of Light Illuminating the Way to Education Girls Supporting Three Cups of Tea Charity
A Thousand Points of Light by Primitive Pots

Soap - Lavender Soap  - Handmade Soap,  Glycerin Soap, Vegan Soap, Garden Soap, Floral Soap, Mothers Day Soap, Natural Soap,
Lavender Soap by a slice of delight

WINTER ROSE Season Package
WINTER ROSE Season Package by Lalun Naturals


Pure Lavender Pillar Candles with  Natural Essential Oils Square Purple Candles, 3x4.5 Medium
Pure Lavender Pillar Candle by Badan Body

And more spa-y type items can be found at:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

That February Day

To find the items in this blog post, I searched "cccoe team valentine". The top categories were "Jewelry", "Paper & Party Supplies", "Home & Living", "Accessories", and "Clothing". Which gives me a great jumping off point...

Jewelry for Valentine's Day? Hmmm... Sounds like a plan...

Conversation Heart Necklace in Lavender - KISS ME - Valentine's Day Jewelry
Conversation Heart Necklace by Love Your Bling

NERD LOVER text box... stamped sterling silver necklace
NERD LOVER text box by Vision Quest

Paper & Party Supplies? Oh, right, cards...

Heart Monster Valentines
Heart Monster Valentines by EmoSeal Creations

In Home & Living we find...
And finally, in Clothing... 

Queen of Hearts - Adult Teen Pre-teen Costume Tutu - Custom Sewn Tutu - up to 36" long - For Halloween and Birthday
Queen of Hearts Costume Tutu by Tiara's Boutique

Lots of fun things if you celebrate February 14th. Make sure to check them out.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tagged

How strong are your tags? 


Etsy has gained visibility in Google Search. This is good news for Etsy sellers. It means more people can find our shops.

But no one is going to find your items or your shop if your search terms aren't strong enough.

I've mentioned Marmalead before. They just recently came out with a tutorial to help us all create stronger tags. (Which I won't rehash here. If you're interested, I'd recommend checking it out.) Better tags lead to better visibility in searches, first in Etsy and perhaps in Google as well.

How do you create good tags? 


You want to
  1. describe your item
  2. using terms people are actually searching, and
  3. use words that have minimal competition.
Because if you're using tags with lots of competition, your item might get buried where shoppers rarely go. And we don't want that. 

Constructing tags is a challenge for me. But lately I've been playing with it a bit. For example, I've been working on the tags for my knitted cell phone holder... 

Knitted Cell Phone Cushion Stand

When I put "cell phone holder" into Marmalead, I get a cloud of tags that looks like this...


Lots of search terms. And I notice that many of them aren't describing what I'm selling. Which is bad. Because that means that people who find my item probably are looking for something different. I need to figure out how to describe my item in terms that people who want this type of item are using.

So, I break this up into parts. 

Firstly, people aren't really searching for cell phone holders that necessarily are knitted, so while I may still want to include this in a tag, I won't use it more than once. Which means I want to play with the idea of a cell phone holder, finding ways to describe it that a buyer would use.

There are several ways that someone might search for "cell phone"...
  • mobile phone
  • iPhone
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Android
...and I'm sure you can think of some others. Then, "holder" is probably not the best term to use. I could use...
  • dock
  • stand
  • cushion
  • caddy
  • storage
  • bedside
  • prop
  • station
(Most of these other ideas I got from those tag clouds after searching my tags.) 

So, now it's time to mix and match. Tags are limited to 20 characters per tag, and there is a limit of 13 tags. The trick is to find the tags that are getting the most searches and views, but that don't have so much competition that your item will get buried on page 20. (And remember to use CCCOE Team as one of your tags so you can be found for team-related compilations.)

This is going to take some time...

Do you have any good tagging tips for us?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Get Organized

Was getting organized one of your New Year's Resolutions? Need some help? We've got some ideas...

Want something vintage for your files?

Wooden File Box Globe Wernicke 7310 C
Wooden File Box from Vintage Patriot Girl

Or how about a stash of envelopes to keep various odds and ends contained?

32 teeny tiny envelope note sets handmade in jewel tones miniature mini square handmade stationery weddings guest book table number party
32 teeny tiny envelope note sets by teenytinyenvelopes

Scrapbook albums keep our memories intact.

Moments Scrapbook Album
Moments Scrapbook Album by studio deb

And can you have too many magnets? 

Six Mini Colorful Button Magnets in Hinged Metal Box, Refrigerator Magnets in Juicy Orange and Red,Decorative,Useful, Home Office, Message
Six Mini Colorful Button Magnets in Hinged Metal Box by Stone, Bone and Button

Where do you keep all your kitchen utensils?

Utensil Holder Ceramic Utensil Holder
Utensil Holder by LoJoCeramics

Your makeup isn't all over the bottom of your purse, is it?

Makeup Cosmetic Bag, Zippered Pouch with Eye Shadow and Makeup on It, Medium Zippered Pouch, Toiletries Bag, Cosmetic Bag, Handmade
Makeup Cosmetic Bag by anniekdesigns

And traveling with jewelry can be tricky. Here's a great solution.

Jewelry Travel Organizer Case Storage Gift
Jewelry Travel Organizer by Falling Star Lane

How are you getting organized?

And a special thanks to annie k designs and Olde Tyme Notions for finding all these wonderful items for us.  

Friday, December 11, 2015

Sharing our Shops this Season

Etsy has a new social media tool called Share Your Shop. And some of us have started to do so. On Facebook...

Paper Bead wrap bracelets are ready to ship! #etsygifts #cccoe
Posted by Deep Blue Notion on Wednesday, December 9, 2015



On Instagram...



And on Twitter...


I've enjoyed playing with it myself...

 A Gift for Your Friend with all the Lip Balms

Join us. And make sure to use the tag #CCCOE (and tag me too: @ZiziRho on both Twitter and Instagram).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rockin' the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Christmas is coming!

But before Christmas, we have Thanksgiving, and just after Thanksgiving, we have that interesting weekend that retailers love. Black Friday. With the online component: Cyber Monday.

If you're planning on doing some (or all) of your Christmas shopping this coming weekend, here are some of the deals from our CCCOEers. Because, of course you're shopping handmade. Aren't you?

Bella Beads Originals is offering free shipping. Make sure to check out beauties such as this...

Geode Stalactite Pendant Necklace, 14k Gold Filled Ball Chain, Light Blue, Modern, Dainty
Geode Stalactite Pendant Necklace

anniekdesigns is offering 10% off everything from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. She has a large selection of tree skirts (among other things)...

Beach Christmas Tree Skirt, Tropical Tree Skirt Hibiscus, Hawaiian Tree Skirt, Mele Kalikimaka Tree Skirt, Handmade by AnnieKDesigns
Beach Christmas Tree Skirt

Nans Glam will also be offering 10% off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. She has lots of great pieces, such as this one...

Red Studs, Square Posts, Red Cube Earrings, Swarovski Earrings, Post Earrings
Red Cube Earrings

Remember to shop handmade this season. Check out the sales by searching "Black Friday" and/or "Cyber Monday" along with "CCCOE team".

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Customize It!

Shanna Michele from Shanna Michele Designs has joined us today to talk a little about something she knows very well (as she specializes in custom made travel and offbeat wedding paper goods). Take it away, Shanna...

Etsy shoppers love having options. A little (or a lot) of personalization and customization can help draw in more customers and get your shop cranking. This is especially true with the upcoming holidays….people love that personal touch for themselves and for gift-giving.

Think about your item assortment….how can you provide custom options? The easiest ways to do this include taking something you already sell and expanding the color or finishes you offer.

It can be as simple as offering a few choices for the pattern or colors…you can show a photo with all the options or you can use the dropdown menus to let people know what colors are available.

Island Luau Collection Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers Set of 12 Choose Your Pattern
Island Luau Collection Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers by Earth Cookie Creations

Lip Balm Holder with Clip for EOS Egg Lip Balm
EOS Lip Balm Holder by Zizi Rho Designs

Do you have the ability to offer a particular piece of jewelry in a few different metals?

Bunny Rabbit Wonderland Gold Charm Necklace Sterling Silver Chain Petite Woodland Handmade Jewelry San Diego California USA by Kila Rohner
Bunny Rabbit Wonderland Necklace by Go2Girl Designs

Coiled wire jewelry ,copper, silver plated, gold and antiqued silver wire necklace with rainbow beads, rainbow necklace
Coiled Wire Jewelry by Poppy Johal Jewelry

Maybe you could even allow people to select the stone….

Birthstone Stacking Rings - Sterling Silver & 5mm stones - Four Rings
Birthstone Stacking Rings by Nina Gibson Designs

You could also get more into the personalization….add the option to do a monogram or a personal name or just about anything!

Personalized Luggage Tag Latitude and Longitude There's no Place Like Home
Latitude and Longitude Personalized Luggage Tag by Tresijas

Personalized Hip Flasks for Weddings, Porcelain Hip Flask with a Strap , Gift for Weddings and More
Personalized Hip Flasks by tjCervantes Art

Of course, if you are a one-of-a-kind, ready-to-ship seller…you can still offer custom gift wrapping options for easy gift giving. You can offer to include a lovely note, written out with the gift-givers message and included the package. Be sure to take a photo of how your gift wrap and note look so that they buyer can see what they’ll get.

NansGlam, Packaging
Nans Glam
Ocean Avenue Silks, Packaging
Ocean Avenue Silks

Set yourself apart, offer some custom options!