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, 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...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Break Out the Purple

February's birthstone...

Amethyst Bead Square Heishi Rondelle Natural Purple Crystal Variegated 8x8x4-5mm Qty 30
Amethyst Bead Square Heishi Rondelle from Yay Beads!

...is amethyst. So, it's the perfect time to break out the purple...

Allie's Adornments says:
I used a large antique button from the 1890s to make this ring. It's called a "Gay 90's" button & was probably used as dramatic coat button.
1890s Antique BUTTON ring, Victorian purple glass & metal on adjustable sterling band.
1890s Antique BUTTON ring

Express Yourself says:
I used Faceted Amethyst and sparkle purple Swarovski is hand wrapped with fine silver wire and dangle from a lovely sterling silver heart.

Heart Earrings,  Sterling Silver, Amethyst, Swarovski Crystal Earrings, Bridesmaid Gifts, Holiday, Birthstone Earrings
Heart Earrings


Sparkles-a-lot2 says:
I used Chevron Amethyst Beads to as an enhancement to the lavender/green dyed pearls that tie together the green hand carved shell flower pendants!
Lariat Floating Bead Necklace with Green Hawaiian Shell Flower Pendants, Pearls, Swarovski Crystals and Amythest
Lariat Floating Bead Necklace

Indy & Cleo says:
This tiny brooch was created with an upcycled wood Scrabble tile, and artwork from an original oil painting of a beautiful Maui sunset. The artist? ...Painted by my very talented husband! ❤
Maui Sunset, Handmade Dusk Scrabble Tile Art Brooch, Pin, Scarf Pin, Lapel Pin, Amethyst Ocean Sunset Brooch, Twilight Sky, Tiny Jewelry
Maui Sunset

Vintage Formal 1960s Dress,  60s Purple Dress, Alicia Bohemian wedding Accordion Maxi Bridesmaid Cocktail Party Prom Wedding Dress S/M
Vintage Formal 1960s Dress from Kmalinka Vintage

And finally, from me, Zizi Rho Designs:
This is one of the first pattern stitches I ever learned, taught to me by the woman who taught me to knit, my great-grandmother. It's an easy stitch, but it makes a beautiful scarf...
Purple Openwork Scarf
Purple Openwork Scarf
 Do you like purple?

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.

Previous posts on social media:

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.