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Friday, May 22, 2009

CCCOE Members at the Bazaar Bizarre Maker Fair

Date: Saturday May 30 (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Sunday May 31 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Place: San Mateo County Expo Center, Cypress Hall
Following on President Obama's call to "begin again the work of remaking America", Maker Faire 2009 will be organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 30-31, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called "the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things." The fourth annual Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country. Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire 2009 will feature over 90 indie crafters and designers from across the country. Approximately half of our vendors are new and emerging talent in the indie craft community. Expect to find a smorgasbord of handmade items, many cleverly made with recycled materials. Something for everyone-jewelry, toys, lotions, art, glass, fiber arts, ceramics, handbags, baby items, even crafting supplies.Check out our talented vendors at the Bazaar Bizarre Gallery. Learn more about the Artists and Crafters on the Baz Biz Blog Vendor Interviews
For ticket information and details about Maker Faire visit the Maker Faire FAQ page.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Make your own mailers from recycled materials

Hello all! In this section I will be showing you how I turn my cereal boxes into mailing envelopes. Since joining etsy, I've learned a lot about reusing, recycling, and saving money. We all want to save more money in the present time and here is a great way to do so! By reusing cereal boxes I have not purchased a mailing envelope in a very long time! Be sure to view the slide show below and get started in reusing your cereal boxes!

Thank you for viewing the slide show! Remember that you can reuse cereal boxes, brown paper bags, which I will make a slide show for in the near future, Large heavyweight paper and also envelopes that you receive from your etsy purchases!
This tutorial is courtesy of Ren from Raghouse International.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Red Rabbit Arts & Crafts Market Vendor Opportunity

CCCOE member floresflorestanis is helping to put together the Red Rabbit Arts & Crafts Market which will be held Sunday July 19th at the Los Angeles Arboretum. This show will feature all handmade items by artists, craftspeople, crafters and designers and we've still got tables available for anyone interested in participating. Here's our website for more info and applications:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Member Announcements

Check out what's happening with CCCOE members! LuckyZelda will be at: PATCHWORK INDIE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Sunday May 17th 11am-5pm 2202 N. Main St Sana Ana 92706 Visit the Patchwork Show Website for more info. TheChainmailleLady will be at two shows July and August: INT'L GEM & JEWELRY SHOW July 3, 4, 5, 2009 Pasadena Convention Center (Main Building) 300 East Green Street Pasadena, California Visit the website for more information. If you are interested in free tickets to this show e-mail your name and address to QJDesigns [!at] PASADENA BEAD & DESIGN SHOW July 30th - August 2nd The Pasadena Hilton 168 S. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena California In addition to selling her work she will also be teaching classes in chainmaille. Please visit the website for more information. ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Ocean Avenue Silks has created an exclusive line of scarves for the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art. For the duration of the exhibit they are available only at the museum and their online gift shop. The exhibit is called Illuminations and runs through September 6th. Information on the exhibit can be found on the museum's website. CCCOE MEMBER SALES BKD Signature Boutique is offering free shipping through May 10th in celebration of Mother's Day! CCCOE Team member announcements are being made here monthly. To have your show, sale or even posted in June's announcements please convo your information to shellmitchell.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Summer Gift Guide Announcement

The 2009 Handmade In California Summer Gift Guide is here! There are a number of exciting changes from the Holiday Guide so please read carefully. ·The Summer Gift Guide is optional and all California based Etsy sellers are invited to participate. ·The cost for each shop to participate in the California Summer Gift Guide is $10.00, which includes 6 images per shop, listed under 3 different and appropriate categories of your choice. If you have more than one shop, each shop must pay $10.00 to be included. If you have more than one shop, sharing items between your shops is not allowed. (For example if you have Shops A and B, you cannot combine items from Shops A and B and pay only $10.00.) ·To reserve your space, go to ·Follow the reservation instructions ·Once you reserve your space and categories, you will receive an invoice to pay for your listing within 48 hours. ·All spaces are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon making your reservation you will be guaranteed your first category choice. ·No shops will be added after May 15, 2009 ·Each category will be limited to 20 shops. The categories are as follows: Adornments Art Aficionados D├ęcor Eco Friendly Fashion Forward Etc. Gifts by Price Range (choose a sub-category): Under $25 Under $50 Under $75 Luxe – items $100 and over For Her Fun in the Sun (I like this-summer related items) Mining for Gold in California (Vintage items) Tot to Teen Jewelry (choose a sub-category): Necklaces Bracelets Earrings Rings & Things Paperie Spa Special Occasion Father’s Day Summer Holidays Indulgences ·The front page of the gift guide will rotate and each member should be on the front page 1-2 times between launching and August 31, 2009 depending on the number of participants. These will also update automatically from Etsy. Each store is marked as a favorite when they sign-up to be certain that the items rotate often. ·A press release will be sent to several newspapers, tv and radio stations and stylists throughout the state. If you would like your bio sent with the press release, please forward to anniek at anniekclothing [!at] Some newspapers thought the press release was not relevant to their readers without having a shop in their area. ·Money collected from guide listings and advertisements will go towards promoting the Summer Gift Guide via web ads. i.e. project wonderful, blogs and other places that the PR Committee determines to best suit the advertising needs of the Gift Guide. Suggestions are also welcome. During the Spring Gift Guide, ads were run on thru Google, Project Wonderful and various blogs/websites. ·The guide received 5000 hits from January-April and we expect traffic to grow with each edition. ·Other expenses such as payment of the graphics and other items will also be used from the fees. ·Advertising will be accepted for the front page and each category. Ads will be 125 x 125 pixels. Front page ads cost $ 25 each and category ads cost $15 each. Ads will run May 15 through August 31, 2009 ·The Gift Guide will accept advertising from all California-based Etsy sellers regardless of participating in the Gift guide. The PR Committee reserves the right to refuse any and all ads. NEW CHANGES For the Summer Gift Guide vintage items will be included in the Gold Digging in California. The first 30 participants to reserve space on the guide will be featured on the front page under the new "SpotLight" section. Shop Spotlights will run for 3 days. Members who reserve their space after the first 30, will be featured on Spotlight sections under appropriate category pages. The "Chatterbox" is a new section where buyers can find sales, promotions and the latest news. Guide participants may email their news and shop updates to: info [!at] During our Spring edition over 250 new members signed up for email updates and of course, a chance at the giveaway. Please review the guidelines carefully and feel free to contact AnnieK at anniekclothing [!at] should you have any questions.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

April Challenge Voting Going On Now!

The April challenge voting thread is up in the forums. Stop by, cast your vote and support your team! Voting ends Thursday, May 7th at midnight. We had 37 fabulous entries - check them out here. Thanks to everyone who participated in the April challenge!