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, 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.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Biggest Sales of the Year

It's that time of year again. When all the big retailers put out major markdowns to try to entice you into their stores for your holiday shopping. We over at the California Crafters Club of Etsy aren't above a little of that ourselves...

Make sure to stop by NansGlam on Friday thru Monday for 10% off everything in her shop. She offers stunning jewelry like this...

Crystal Disc Dangle Earrings, Holiday Drop Earrings, WInter Earrings, Disco Earrings
Crystal Disc Dangle Earrings

Bella Beads Originals is having a sale from Friday through Monday, 10% off everything. She makes one-of-a-kind jewelry that you must check out...

Aquamarine And Green Tourmaline Clover Earrings, Quatrefoil, Light Blue, Teal Green, Chandelier Earrings
Tourmaline Clover Earrings

Need a tree skirt? Annie K Designs is also having a 10% Friday through Monday sale. She makes things other than tree skirts, so make sure to check out her shop, too...

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

Pet Portraits by NC is taking 20% off from now until November 29th. Make sure to check out the custom artwork of children and pets (not necessarily in that order)...

Black Friday Sale 20 Percent Off All Items!
Black Friday

Copper Tree Art is offering 10% off with coupon code blackfriday (expires Friday the 28th at midnight). Make sure to check out fun Bohemian jewelry like this...

Turquoise Charm Bracelet with a Bohemian Edge
Turquoise Charm Bracelet

And finally, Poppy Johal Jewelry is having a 10% sale starting Thursday and ending Monday. Make sure to check out her unique pieces like this...

Copper spiral wire-wrapped necklace, copper necklace, statement necklace
Copper Spiral Wire-Wrapped Necklace

Sale dates are subject to change, and many won't be available or visible until the start of the respective sales. Shop handmade for the holidays. Your gift recipients will get something unique and wonder just how you found such treasures.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stocking Stuffers

We've all heard it. Christmas is coming. And I know we all want to find that perfect gift. But we also like to find those cute little extras--the stocking stuffers...

Fuzzy Sparkly Knit Christmas Tree Ornament with Wine Cork Base - Your Choice of One Tree Ornament
Knit Christmas Trees by ohmay designs

Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, OLD ST. NICK Handmade Scrabble Tile Art Pendant, Charm, Jewelry, Necklace, Merry Christmas
Santa Claus Scrabble Tile by Indy & Cleo

Pink Polka Dotted Fleece Fingerless Gloves, Texting Gloves, Pink Trim, Wrist Warmers, Arms Warmers
Pink Polka Dotted Fingerless Gloves by annie k designs

Copper spiral wire-wrapped necklace, copper necklace, statement necklace
Copper Spiral Wire-Wrapped Necklace by Poppy Johal Jewelry

Pearl Studs, Rose Gold Earrings, Pearl Posts, June Birthstone, Bridesmaid Gift
Pearl Studs by NansGlam

Ring Dish~ Guest Soap Dish~ Paper Clip Rubber Band Dish~ Thank You Gift~ Stocking Stuffer~ Bridal Gift~ Washable~ Handmade Polymer Clay Dish
Ring Dish by BobblesByCarol

If none of these catch your fancy, make sure to check out the whole collection...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Google +

In my ongoing attempt to talk about the various forms of social media that we as Etsy sellers can utilize for our shops (or people can utilize to find all the wonderful independent artisans out there), I've run into a bit of a stumbling block. I've hit all the biggies. Or have I?

I've missed one that should be big, but for some reason it doesn't seem to have the cachet of Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


If you have a Google account (and really, who doesn't?) you probably already have a Google + page. If you're anything like me, you don't check in with it very often (turns out my cover image was from Halloween...of 2013). But perhaps we should.

I stumbled across an article that talks about how those +1s can be very useful for things like Google search. I won't rehash the article, so make sure to click on the link.

I should go now and update my Google + page...

How about you? Are you on Google +? When was the last time you checked it out?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Few More Things for Fall

The team was asked for fall items. They came up with many. Part one of the list is here. What follows are some more...

Long crystal earrings, topaz color crystal, drop carnelian, orange stone jewelry
Long Crystal Earrings by Encanto Design

Decorative Leaves Pillow Cover, Richloom Fabrics, Burgundy and Brown, Throw Pillow Cover, 20x20, Cushion Cover
Decorative Leaves Pillow Cover by Pillows 4 Fun

Thanksgiving Tutu - Autumn Glow - Red Gold Tutu - Custom Sewn Tutu 12'' - sizes Newborn up to 5T
Thanksgiving Tutu by Tiara's Boutique

Frosted Pumpkin Spice  8 oz Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap VEGAN
Frosted Pumpkin Spice Whipped Soap by savor

Fringe and Feathers Acorns and FuN Giving Thanks Holiday Wreath
Fringe and Feathers Acorns and FuN Giving Thanks Holiday Wreath by Wild Mountain Wreaths 

Fall Hair Bow - Autumn Leaves
Fall Hair Bow by Too Too Kute

Double Layer Hand Crocheted Top Cotton Hanging Kitchen Towels - Turkey
Hand Crocheted Hanging Kitchen Towels by Frans Homemade Wonders

A very nice selection, don't you think? I couldn't fit them all into the blog post, but make sure to check them all out here: