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, 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?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PinEtsy

I'm still on a quest to find new social media outlets. Luckily, one of the team found


and posted it on the team site. Upon further inspection, it looks like a Pinterest but just for Etsy people. Just what we all need, another version of Pinterest. (So much to look at, so little time!)

PinEtsy lets you browse, pin, save, sort and manage Etsy's™ best handmade items through a collection of treasury pin boards. Find, connect, and share all things Etsy™ from the top shop owners from around the globe. Through an endless scroll of handmade inspiration, shoppers can discover an exciting world of creativity offered by a community of talented Artisans. 
PinEtsy is a handmade social platform for both shop owners and buyers to connect. Shop owners can easily promote products being offered on Etsy™ linking directly to their listings. Shoppers, Collectors, and Buyers can easily follow Etsy™ sellers by browsing and creating boards of their favorite items conveniently linking to seller shop listings.

Discover all things handmade! It's fun, Its easy...It's PinEtsy!
What do you think? Have you tried them? Let us know.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July's Handmade Creations

Last month I fessed up to searching the monthly thread for items to feature here. This month there's quite an eclectic selection...

My geeky heart just about stopped when I got a look at some of the jewelry from this shop. Wow, just wow...

The Mazken Ring of Cylarne - OOAK Star Ruby, Moonstone, Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring of Legend
The Mazken Ring of Cylarne by The Silver Crucible

Next, I just couldn't resist this cute guy...

Demi the Giant PurpleBlueBlack Monster
Demi the Giant PurpleBlueBlack Monster by EmoSeal Creations

Then, of course, some more jewelry caught my eye. I'm a sucker for dragonflies...

Pink Dragonfly Jewelry Set, Ruby Jade Jewelry Set, Bohemian Jewelry Set, Silver Dragonfly Jewelry Set, Handmade Jewelry Set, Summer Jewelry
Pink Dragonfly Jewelry Set by Earthly Baubles

And this is just so bright and pretty...

Beaded asymmetrical necklace Native American blue and yellow glass beads African beads on black leather cord
Beaded Asymmetrical Necklace by An Astrid Endeavor

Then, of course, you need to set your rings someplace when you're doing dishes or such...

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

Of course I must finish up by featuring a couple bags. First, because back to school is just around the corner...

Nightmare before Christmas quote canvas pencil bag
Nightmare Before Christmas Quote Canvas Pencil Bag by Fetching Art

And a little crocheted bag...

Hand Crocheted Cotton Purse
Hand Crocheted Cotton Purse by Susan Deanne

As always, the captions link back to the items and the shops from which they came. Make sure to stop by, and tell them I sent you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Handmade Hour

I stumbled across it one afternoon on Twitter. (I follow a few crafty folks.) There was someone retweeting various handmade goods on Twitter. I had to find out more about it.

Handmade Nation


I did a little digging and found a website under construction. It appears to be a British site, but it looks like one can still get in on the ground floor if one is so inclined. 

If you are on Twitter from 4 to 5 PM (that's Pacific Daylight Time) on Wednesdays, check out #HandmadeHourUSA (or just #HandmadeHour) to see all the lovely things that pop up. Or tag your own tweet and it might just be retweeted for all of their followers.

If you are on Twitter, it's a good idea to check them out...

They are also on Facebook:

Anyone know anything more about them? What can you tell us? Let us know in the comments.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July. Some Etsy shops (from today through July 20th) are offering specials and sales to celebrate. The CCCOE Team is also in on it. Check out some of our deals...

Wild Mountain Wreaths is offering 30% off everything in the store, such as...

FRienDs Welcome Front Door OOAK Vintage Bird Home Decor Wreath
Friends Welcome Front Door Wreath

annie k designs is offering 10% off everything in the store. Make sure to check out some of her Christmas items...

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

Nans Glam is also doing 10% everything in her shop, with beautiful items such as...

SALE, CIJ, London Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings, Oxidized Sterling Handmade Earrings
London Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings

BobblesByCarol is also offering 10% everything in her shop. Take a look at the lovely things she's got...

CIJ SALE-10% Off Turquoise Magnesite & Copper Gemstone Necklace~ Gemstone Jewelry Necklace~Southwest Necklace~Turquoise Jewelry~Beaded Jewel
Turquoise, Magnesite, and Copper Gemstone Necklace

ohmay designs has some cute new Christmas items, just in time for "Christmas" shoppers...

CIJ Knit Christmas Tree Ornament with Wine Cork Base - Pick your Tree
Knit Christmas Tree Ornament with Wine Cork Base

Merry Christmas...in July.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hey, It's Almost the 4th of July!

Going to a barbeque? Going to a fireworks show? What are you doing for the 4th?

Our teammates have some happy memories of the 4th of July...

The Crafty Nana says:
We had a group called the Big $(4 ladies that graduated from nursing school in the 60s together and their spouses and eventually children) would get together on July 4th for a barbeque and have a softball game at a local diamond. Who ever was pregnant was the umpire. My parents would also join us some years.
Cowboy Boot Booties, Patriotic, Red, White & Blue, Handmade
Cowboy Boot Booties

Sun Hat, Red, White, and Blue, Toddler, Handmade
Sun Hat

reVetro says:
I remember when I use to live in La Jolla, and my youngest son, Gabe (five-years-old at the time) and I walked to The Cove and found a patch of grass in the park amongst all the crowds of people. I laid on my back, and he laid on top of me with our faces looking towards the sky. With the local radio station simultaneously playing music from a band shell while fireworks set off above the water into clear, dark skies. The reflection of the fireworks could be seen in the one residential high-rise next to the park that was on the coastline.
Red Recycled Pewter Charm Necklace // Eco-friendly Jewelry
Red Recycled Pewter Charm Necklace

cserpent designs says:
I always loved playing with sparklers! I still wish we could play with them - but no fireworks for sale in San Diego. I remember running around in the yard in Oahu (Navy brat!). In 3rd grade, in our bare feet, lighting up the yard with sparklers. I didn't get to play with them again until I spent a 4th of July with my hubby's family in Ridgecrest, CA. Since they lived in the desert with very little to burn you could still get fireworks! Hubby bought some pinwheel thing, I just got sparklers!!! My sparklers were fun but his pinwheel turned sideways and started shooting rockets across the ground! We were all hopping all over the place to avoid them - LOL! But now the in-laws are in Santa Rosa so no more sparklers :(
Red, White, Blue star pearl, crystal, sterling earrings
Red, White, & Blue Star, Pearl, and Sterling Earrings

This and That Crafter says:
My favorite memory of the 4th of July is the fun of all the fireworks... I loved the pinwheel when I was a kid. I remember nailing it to a tree and watching it till it faded away. Also, watching the fireworks from the beach with my kids was a wonderful memory. Fireworks are no longer legal in my city but I make up for it by making things in all the colors of the 4th. One of the items I make is rag wreaths and I am now teaching my granddaughter to make them.
Red White and Blue Rag Wreath
Red, White, and Blue Rag Wreath

annie k designs says:
It was an overcast July 4th along the coast in New Jersey. The tall ships were going to sail past Liberty Island and I wanted to see them. So a bunch of us had an all day picnic. At the end of the day, we watched the fireworks with a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. It was magnificent!
Patriotic Potholders, July 4 Potholders, July 4 Trivets, Flag Potholder, America the Beautiful Potholder, Red, White And Blue Potholders
Patriotic Potholders

BobblesByCarol says:
My favorite memory of the 4th of July is all the years as a young girl, the whole family: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma Trewett, parents would gather at one house that had the biggest yard... We would BBQ with my daddy and his brother in charge of cooking the burgers. Everyone brought something... And there would always be homemade ice cream... We would eat till we popped... Usually it would be sunny and hot and we would all get a slight sunburn... Back before we knew it was bad for us, lol... When night fell dads were in charge of the fireworks show... A small one and we were happy with that... After, the 5 of us girls would dance around with sparklers.... Those were the good ole days !
Gemstone Jewelry Earrings~ Patriotic Earrings~ Red White & Blue Star Silver Casual Rustic Earrings~Gemstone Jewelry~Patriotic Jewelry
Patriotic Earrings

Such great stories. What is your favorite 4th of July memory?