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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bag It

I thought I'd change things up a bit this week. Rather than going to the "Show Your Handmade" thread (which you should still go and check out), I thought I'd showcase something from the team pages. Because I'm a sucker for bags...

A knitter can never have too many project bags...

Project Bag Aqua Damask 6 Pocket Zip Pouch Yarn Knit Crochet Medium to Larger
Project Bag by The Needle Palace

Has your city banned plastic bags yet? Mine has...

Market Bag - Oranges
Market Bag - Oranges by Not Without Annette

A good tote bag gets used quite a lot...

Cotton Tote, Jade Green, Black and White, adjustable strap
Cotton Tote by Stitchuation

And we always need bags with a bit of fun...

Leather Fringed Festival Bag with Beads
Leather Fringed Festival Bag with Beads by Resplendent Leather

This vintage piece is stunning...

Vintage Embroidered Velvet Clutch Purse from India
Vintage Embroidered Velvet Clutch Purse from India from RagNBoneVintage 

And I can't resist a little crocheted bag now and again...

SALE 20% off Loopy Large Crochet Bag
Loopy Large Crochet Bag by Giggles

This one has a pop of color on the inside...

Black & White Backpack with Lime Green Lining
Black & White Backpack with Lime Green Lining by Three Sisters Harvest

And check out more bags at...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Be My Valentine

February is almost here, and that means it's almost time for that pink and red heart festooned ode to love...

Just a few things from the team to celebrate and decorate...

Paper heart stickers // 16 peel n' stick polka dot hearts // seal your love letters // Valentine's Day Paper Decoration
Paper Heart Stickers by Kis for Calligraphy

XOXO Pouch- Hot Pink or Brick Linen Heart Valentine Zipper Pouch
XOXO Pouch by Yellow Wallpaper

Skull and Crossbones Travel Laundry Bag, Hearts, Vacation Laundry Bag, Red, Black, White, Pirate
Skull and Crossbones Travel Laundry Bag by annie k designs

Valentines day Red hair flower Wedding hair flower Hair accessories Hair flower Bridal flower Bridal head piece Red flower clip Retro Pinup
Red Hair Flower by Sadie Bloom Designs

Rose & Tuberose Pillar Candle 3x4 Deep Red Magenta Floral
Rose & Tuberose Pillar Candle by Badan Body

Copper spiral heart charm earrings. copper heart earrings, tiny copper heart earrings with silver ear hooks
Copper Spiral Heart Charm Earrings by Poppy Johal Jewelry

Heart with Multiple Dichroic Stripes Ornament by Glass Art Elements

And, of course make sure to check out the full collection on the CCCOE team page:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Vine

All the kids are talking about it. But does that mean we should be paying attention?

Vine logo -

Vine is kind of like Instagram, but for videos. It's an app that you get for your phone, and then you make 6 second videos. (There's a great article all about how it works here.)  

It could be a useful way to connect with buyers. Imagine showing off your wares in a funny video clip. It might even reach some potential buyers who don't even know they must have what you make. Or, you might find some funny videos to entertain yourself.

Anybody on Vine? Do you like it? Tell us.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year, New You

The first post of a new year needs a fitting theme. So I challenged the team to find something that says "new year" and/or "new you". Here's what they gave me...

From NansGlam:

Gray Pearl Dangle Earrings, Pearl Drop Earrings, June Birthstone
Gray Pearl Dangle Earrings

sunclassixx says:
This top represents the new year by the fresh look of the rose blooms...

Babywear by Babs says that these mittens represent: 
  1. This year I am expanding my shop inventory into more mittens
  2. This year I am planning on using lots of bright colors in all my new inventory
  3. This year I am planning on expanding into selling .pdf patterns and this mitten pattern is going to be the first - coming soon.
  4. This new year is clear and cold and these mittens are perfect for this type of weather
Hand Knit Childs Long Cuff Red Yellow Turquoise Ski Mittens Baby Winter Gift Set Super Warm Striped Snow Mittens
Long Cuff Ski Mittens

The Lady Horologist says:
New year. New moon. New blossoms. This item helps remind me of the cyclical nature of the world. What was once new could be new again, and things won't always be tough.
Full Moon Blooms - brass, tourmaline, and pearl steampunk necklace
Full Moon Blooms

From Knit2Create:

ON SALE Newborn Baby Boo Hat in Organic Cotton, Baby hat with ears, Brown hat
Newborn Baby Boo Hat

cserpent Designs says:
New me - new pictures! Santa brought me a new photo setup and I can get true purple with no photo edits. Here is my first new design with photos from my new setup! 
Royal purple amethyst lampwork and sterling earrings
Royal Purple Amethyst Lampwork and Sterling Earrings

Live Plush says: 
New Year is like a new start to life
Vibrant green depicts early delicate life of a plant that needs nurturing, but as the plant matures it will in turn be very rewarding
Our homes just like plants need a little inexpensive nurturing with curtains and they will provide us with comfort and a place like a sanctuary where we can relax and unwind.
Curtains-Pair of 50" wide trelis rod panels, drapes in Magnolia Emory lime green- grey brown blue tan taupe - 50x63" 50x84" 50x96" 50x108"
Curtains in Magnolia Emory Lime Green

Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Eye See You

I kind of fell off the map this month. Well, December has a way of sneaking up on you and bludgeoning you with parties and events until you come up for air sometime...well, about now I'd expect.

Here's the monthly roundup of the new creations of December (via the team thread)...

Dream Dial - Moonstone, cubic zirconium, Chinese and swarovski crystal necklace
Dream Dial by The Lady Horologist

Love the pretties...

Emerald Necklace - Art Nouveau Necklace - Vintage Glass Jewel Necklace - Romantic Necklace
Art Nouveau Necklace by Lisa Marie's Piece

And, of course, I have quite the affinity for the knits (and crochet)...

Beaded Lace Knit Shawl - Rose Garden
Beaded Lace Knit Shawl by Knit Purl Squirrel

Unique OOAK Poncho Brandon's Flam'n Hot Hug Bold Red Violet Purple Swirls Wrap Shawl Scarf Cowl vintage silk scarves fabric n yarns
Unique OOAK Poncho by Chewsy By Design

Handknit Women Triangle Scarf Shawl Style Neckwrap with Bead Dangles - Lavender
Triangle Scarf Shawl by ohmay designs

This brooch would work well on a shawl or such...

Alligator Vintage Brooch
Alligator Vintage Brooch by This and That Crafter

And I'm not sure if this is cool or if it creeps me out. Definitely not for a bedroom. But it was the perfect piece to inspire the post title...

dragon eye talisman handmade polymer clay and glass, ooak one of a kind, green, dragons, yellow, eyes, amulet, magnet, gift, 1.25 inches
Dragon Eye Talisman by kookybat

Happy end of December!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pinterest for Business

Remember Pinterest?


I've mentioned this before. A couple times. 

The only reason I'm bringing them up again (besides not having found something new to highlight this month), is because I only recently learned that you can now make a Pinterest page for your shop. Just go here, and your shop can have its very own Pinterest presence. 

Not sure how to get started? They also have a board called "Getting Started on Pinterest". 

Do you have a business Pinterest account? (Am I the last one to find out about this?) Let me know in the comments. I'm going to want to follow you. 

(My boards are here. But be warned, I'm just getting started.)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November's Newest (in December)

My usual end-of-the-month round up of some of the more interesting finds in the "Show Your Handmade Creations" thread of the team discussion board got preempted last week by the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales post. (Did you all do your shopping for unique and handmade items for this holiday?) So, we're going to make up for that today...

First thing that caught my eye. Knit and crochet. Naturally...

Crocheted Hat and Scarf Set Black Hat - Crochet Grape  Beanie Warm Winter Fashion
Crocheted Hat and Scarf Set by Nikifashion

Cabled Fingerless Gloves, Hand Painted Yarn
Cabled Fingerless Gloves by Lulu's Creations

And it's time to festoon your home with all sorts of seasonal decorations. Like a wreath...

OOAK Hot ChriStMaS cuPCaKEs Ornamental Wreath Home Decor
OOAK Hot ChriStMaS cuPCaKEs by Wild Mountain Wreaths

And a bow tie for the men wouldn't be remiss...

Men's Bow Tie - Holiday/Christmas  Classic style in a red paisley print cotton fabric.
Men's Bow Tie by The Shop on Preston Court

How about a little seasonal jewelry...?

Red and White Lampwork Drop, Dangle Earrings with Holly for Christmas and the Holidays
Dangle Earrings with Holly by Sparkles-a-lot 2

And this? This I just couldn't resist...  

Little MONSTER - Glamour Girl Compact Mirror
Little MONSTER - Glamour Girl Compact Mirror by Designs By Felisa

All captions link back to the items and shops on Etsy. Make sure to check them out.