The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bring More Traffic to Your Etsy Site by Making it SEO

Contributed by Melissa Kojima --- Artist in LA LA Land

I've actually tweeted and emailed this advice to friends and followers, but as I create these blog posts I see that not everyone knows about SEO or Search Engine Optimization.  This is a free way to increase traffic to your Etsy site or any online site, but it does take some work and research to do.  If that doesn't scare you off, then please read this article and implement the changes on your Etsy shops.  Best wishes to all of you for much success.

Great SEO article on Design Sponge.

Happy Earth Day From California Crafters on Etsy

Contributed by Melissa Kojima --- Artist in LA LA Land

I just wanted to say Happy Earth Day and let you know some of the earth friendly products that our talented team have handcrafted.  They are not only eco-friendly, recycled and repurposed, but they're also beautiful and fun.

Handcrafted Grocery Bag.

Green Hippo from Recycled & Repurposed Materials.

Found Monterey Sea Glass.

Kissing Jackalopes Shirt, Using Eco-Friendly Ink.

Glasses Recycled from Wine and Ale Bottles.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Garden Gifts For Mom

Yikes! Can you believe it's almost Mother's Day? Nothing seems more perfect for spring time gift-giving than gardeny things. Take a peek at some of my CCCOE favorites (click on any item and it will take you directly to the listing):

Thursday, April 5, 2012


As I always do at this time of the month (the time when my blog post is due), I looked around the "Show Your Stuff" thread in the discussion boards in hopes of finding a theme. That's when I stumbled across this...

Pendant Heart Necklace by An Astrid Endeavor

And a theme was born. Needlework & sewing. I'm not much of a sewer, but I am familiar with some of the tools of the trade. Pincushions are useful. I did not know that you could get pincushions on rings.

Houndstooth Ring Pincushion by Stitch Nerd

Nor had I seen them in cups.

Tea Cup Pincushion by Stitchuation

Well, now I know.

I have always admired quilts, and I was surprised to find that some of the team members sell them. The work that must go into these...

Hawaiian Plumeria Quilt by Sferra Designs

Geometric Quilt by Malibu Quilts

They're so beautiful that they belong as wall art. If only I could sew...  

Then I found something nearer to what I'm familiar with--a crochet hook storage device.

Crochet Hook Book by Handcrafted Books

(Currently, all of my crochet hooks live in an Animaniacs coffee mug.)  

I wasn't sure where to end this post until I stumbled across this cape...

Little Red Riding Hood Cape by Jeanine Designs

I want a cape. I need a cape. No, I don't need a cape, but I do want a cape.

That'll do it for now. If you could sew (or if you do sew), which would you rather sew: a quilt or a cape? And do you prefer your pincushions on your finger or in a cup?  

This post contributed by Liz of Zizi Rho Designs who is eyeing the sewing machine...never mind. She doesn't know what she's doing that that piece of machinery.