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, May 22, 2015

Days of Summer

Memorial Day Weekend. The unofficial start of summer. So, what better way to celebrate our three-day weekend and lazy, warm days ahead than to ask our team members about their favorite summer memories...

annie k designs says:
The two-week family vacation. Most families flew but we drove. We live in such a great country and I am lucky to have seen a great deal of it! North Dakota to Texas; Nebraska to North Carolina, Washington DC. I think those vacations fed my wanderlust.  
When going on vacation, you need a travel laundry bag.
Turquoise Hibiscus Travel Laundry Bag, Tropical Vacation Bag, Whatever Zippered Bag, Ready to Ship, Handmade by AnnieKDesigns
Turquoise Hibiscus Travel Laundry Bag

ohmay says:
summer, sun and fun....aloha...
Instant Download PDF Knit Flower Pattern - Hibiscus
Instant Download PDF Knit Flower Pattern - Hibiscus

Nans Glam says:
When I was young my parents would take me to the tide pools along the California coastline. I would see so many wonderful sea creatures including one of my favorites; abalones. I loved how the shells mimicked the ocean's colors and waves.
Abalone Statement Necklace, Multi Strand, Ribbon Necklace, Summer Necklace, OOAK
Abalone Statement Necklace

Bobbles By Carol says:
I have many memories of family BBQ's in back yards playing croquet. Trips to the beach, which many were spent at the bay, that way our parents could let us 5 girls go in the water without the waves... Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents too...
Patriotic Bracelet, Polymer Clay Bracelet, Red White and Blue Beaded Bracelet, Handmade, Polymer Clay Jewelry, Patriotic Jewelry
Patriotic Bracelet


The Crafty Nana says:
Playing baseball in the street in the evening and the address numbers on the sidewalk were our bases...
Sun Hat, Red, White, and Blue, Toddler, Handmade
Sun Hat

And I (Zizi Rho Designs) say:
As a kid, I loved summers as that's when I could raid the library, check out 30 books, and just sit and read. And read. And read.
Knitted Beach or Pool Sandals (for Bare Feet)
Knitted Beach or Pool Sandals (for Bare Feet)
What are you looking forward to this summer?

Friday, May 15, 2015

If This...

Keeping all your social media channels up to date can be a challenge. Turns out there is a tool to make things easier. There is a way to sync all your social media platforms...

IFTTT-logo


It's called ifttt and that stands for "if this, then that". From this formula you can create "recipes". It's useful for things like "if I change my profile picture on Facebook, then my profile picture on Twitter also changes"

For a while now, I've wanted to send a link for these posts to my Facebook page. (I write the posts in advance and schedule them to go live at a later date.) Sure, I can wait until I get online (hours later) to do it, but what's the fun in that? I looked and looked for a way to do it, but to no avail. 

Once I had an ifttt account, it took me two minutes to set it up. And I'm probably overestimating how long it took. 

At the moment, this is the coolest thing ever. 

And they have Etsy recipes:

Don't see what you need? You can create your own recipe.

Do you use ifttt? Any good tips for us? Ever heard of it before?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Geek-tastic

May has to be the geekiest month. We have Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you...) at one end and Towel Day at the other. It's time to celebrate our inner nerd.

We've got the wonderful world of Harry Potter...

iPhone Case Felted Wool Wristlet (to fit IPhone, Droid Razr, etc. )  Harry P. Case - Made to order
iPhone Case Felted Wool Wristlet by ohmay

And The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (This is where Towel Day comes from. Arthur Dent is told that when one is hitchhiking throughout the galaxy, one should always have one's own towel. On May 25th, those of us in the know bring towels out with us.)

Hollow Book Safe - The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Leather Bound
Hollow Book Safe by Hollow Books by Refined Pallet

And what's geekier that a comic book? Don't you want to have a geek-tastic wedding?

Comic Book Table Numbers Wedding Decor Single Sample Custom Your Text Place Setting Card Geek Offbeat
Comic Book Table Numbers Wedding Decor by Shanna Michele Designs

And we can't forget a nod to Doctor Who. And his TARDIS.

Personalized Keychain Doctor Who Small Leather
Doctor Who Personalized Keychain by Tresijas

The '80s have their own geeky flavor.


Set of two 80's Style Broochs
Set of two 80's Style Brooches by This and That Crafter


And who can forget that The Dude abides...

Big Lebowski Dream, Latch-hook rug, The Dude abides. Limited edition.
Big Lebowski Dream Latch-hook Rug by Olde Tyme Notions

Have a geeky May. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For Mom

It's almost May, so that means it's almost time for Mother's Day.

I've always been of a mind to pamper Mom, so here are a couple things that might do the trick...


Rosemary, Basil and Lemongrass Essential Oil Infused Soy Candle; 4oz Tin with Clear Lid (REFRESH)
Rosemary, Basil and Lemongrass Essential Oil Infused Soy Candle by Mosaico diMangino



Cherry Whip 8 oz Whipped Soap Creme Fraiche VEGAN
Cherry Whipped Soap Creme by savor

Or something that's just pretty...


Peach Blossom Faerie
Peach Blossom Faerie by Tango Cat Gems

Now, if I'm shopping for my mom, I know exactly what she likes. Something like this...


Natural Amethyst Druzy Earrings with handmade 18guage 14k gold fill ear wires.
Natural Amethyst Druzy Earrings by Designs by Shirl

Or this will be perfect...


Australian opal necklace / boulder opal / silver necklace
Australian Opal Necklace by Copper Tree Art

But for some it's their first Mother's Day, and it should be celebrated...


Happy 1st  Mothers Day   vintage silverware hand stamped spoon
Happy 1st Mother's Day Vintage Silverware Hand Stamped Spoon by Bella Jackson Studios 

And don't forget the mom who was "promoted"...


Grandma Heart Charm Necklace  - Grandmother Gift
Grandma Heart Charm Necklace by Love Your Bling


And make sure to check out all the Mother's Day ideas at: 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Is Coming

While we in California haven't actually had a winter this year, we're still excited for spring. And Easter. Take a look at some of the stuff you can find in our shops...

Happy Easter Eggs- machine applique design for bodysuit or tee
Happy Easter Eggs- machine applique design by Honey Bunny Threads

Chocolate Bunny, Easter Tote, Reversible
Chocolate Bunny, Easter Tote, Reversible by Stitchuation

Chick favor bag
Chick Favor Bag by propuestaunica

ON SALE - Ceramic Sheep Potpourri Vase Item V1080 - Custom Pieces Available Upon Request
Ceramic Sheep Potpourri Vase by Animal Instincts Art

Little Duckling
Little Duckling by Zazu Faure

Plush Easter Bunny, Peekaboo bunny, Surprise Bunny, Easter egg Bunny, Custom Made to Order Toy Bunny
Plush Easter Bunny by Michelle's Zoo

Easter Egg Cupcake toppers
Easter Egg Cupcake Toppers by Handy Grams

So many cute things for spring. And Easter. And make sure to check out the Easter & Spring collection...

Friday, March 13, 2015

All About Pinterest

An informal poll of the team revealed that the social media site they're most curious about is Pinterest. Which makes sense as Pinterest is where DIYers spend most of their time, whether their interests are crafty, decor, cooking, or anything else where images are shared.

pinterest-logo


What is Pinterest


Pinterest is a virtual corkboard which can be shared with anyone world wide. It's also a handy bookmarking site, where you can easily store links to various websites and retrieve them via the images associated with them. And because of the sharing aspect, you can easily find other like images through various searches.

How does this thing work?


On one of my journeys through the Internet, I stumble on an image--a funny meme, an awesome knitting pattern, a scrumptious dessert, or an informative infographic. I want to save it so that I can access it later, so I "pin it"

Pins can be saved to "boards" which can be organized however you wish. You can title them, describe them, and allow others to pin to your board as well. Any and/or all of your boards can be "followed" by any other Pinterest user unless you make the board private. 

You can originate pins from anywhere on the Internet, but you can also "repin" images from other pinners. This is the social aspect of the site. You can browse various categories or you can find pinners whose taste you admire. 

Following is how you keep up-to-date with a pinner. You find someone who pins the best chocolate desserts. After perusing the board, you want to know when new desserts are added. So, you follow the board. 

Anyone you follow will pop up in your feed. You'll see their latest pins. And anyone who follows you will see your pins in their feed.

But beware. This may seem harmless. Once you start looking, you'll find hours of your life disappear and you'll wonder where they went.

Some Tips:


  • Make sure to pin from the original website when possible. (This gives the image owner the traffic and is just good manners.)
  • From blogs, use the URL for the individual post, not the blog as a whole. (Three months later when you want to locate the actual image or something that corresponds to that image, the individual post will be lost to you, and you may never find it again.)
  • When repinning, check what website the pin links to. Some pinners have found ways to link images to things not associated with those images...
  • You can type in a description on any of your pins. Do it to help you remember something about why you saved it.
  • You can also "like" pins from other pinners and comment on those pins. This is another way to engage with other pinners.
  • You can hide any board you wish, but all are public unless you specifically hide them.

There is so much to Pinterest. The best way to to learn is to check it out. And while you're at it, make sure to check out (and follow!) our team members: 

Are you on Pinterest? Go ahead, add your link in the comments. Do you have any good tips for us?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lucky Day

March is almost here. So, if you're planning some celebrations for that green day that falls on a Tuesday this year, now's the time to do some shopping...

St. PATRiCKS DAY . Lucky Me Card . iRiSH Wedding Married LGBTQ Clover Ireland Rainbow Green Love Husband Wife Irish 1006
Lucky Me Card by Black Sheep Betsy

You did get my veiled reference to St. Patrick's Day, didn't you?

Green Shamrock Shaped Diamond Plate Metal Snowboard Stomp Pad--FREE SHIPPING--
Green Shamrock Shaped Diamond Plate Metal Snowboard Stomp Pad by Green Bomb

Because I wouldn't want you to miss out on all the fun green goodies that our fellow teammates have come up with.

St. Patty's Mini Leprechaun Hat Headband - Girls, Babies, Women For St. Patrick's Day - Newborn Photo Prop - Green Gold w/ Shamrock
St. Patty's Mini Leprechaun Hat Headband by Tiara's Boutique

This day may come once a year, but we can look forward to it all year.

Clover Locket Necklace, shamrock lucky four leaf clover Saint patricks day locket necklace, Shamrock clover necklace
Clover Locket Necklace by soradesigns

And we don't have to keep the green and shamrocks to only one day of the year.

Luck Shawl by Epicurius

Leprechauns look for their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow all year long.


CLEARANCE SALE - Lucky Leprechaun Hat With Eaflaps and Braided Ties Green, Black and Yellow - Preteens/Teen -Ready To Ship -Crocheted
Lucky Leprechaun Hat by My Little Critterz

What's your lucky charm?

lucky charms sterling silver necklace .. I Feel Lucky..
lucky charms sterling silver necklace by Vision Quest

And make sure to check out more St. Patrick's Day items at...