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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Stitches-to-Stones, September Challenge Winner

Our winner for September's Challenge with 191 points was Stitches2Stones. Let's learn a little more about her...

1. Tell us about your shop.
My boutique is a collection of handknit accessories and jewelry. Lately I’ve focused on using rocks and natural stones, and working with wire.

Turquoise Stone Necklace | Wire Wrapped Pendant on Copper Chain
Turquoise Stone Necklace

2. Why did you open it?
I've been crafty forever, but I initially started wire-knitting jewelry pieces and saw a market for them on etsy. However, the process was really hard on my hands. I went back to knitting with softer fibers, but had collected enough jewelry-making tools and supplies that I began repairing and then making my own jewelry. A friend then asked me to re-create a cairn necklace for her, and that took me in a whole other direction that I find really fulfilling.

Cairn Necklace | Stacked Ombre Beach Pebble Y Necklace | Non Metal, Kid Safe Gift
Cairn Necklace

3. How do you create your items?
Right now my favorite supplies are beach stones and crystals. Jewelry items are a collision of expanding stash, experimentation, and inspiration. I tend to work in spurts, as I imagine many creative people do. I only knit in cooler weather, which seems more and more rare here in LA.

Lavender Loop Scarf | Light Purple Hand Knitted Chunky Cowl
Lavender Loop Scarf

4. What is your workspace like?
Most of my knitting happens in a special chair, away from the dogs after the kids are in bed. In temperate weather I take my jewelry stash outside – especially the rocks and natural stones – and concoct new pieces while my youngest plays in the yard. The rest of the time I’m at a standing workstation in my studio. It always looks like my stash has exploded to some degree, but that mess sometimes helps spur some of the most creative pieces.

Spider Necklace & Earrings Set | Bronze, Copper, Gunmetal Creepy Charm Necklace
Spider Necklace & Earrings Set

5. What advice would you give to someone just opening an Etsy shop?
I’m still a baby seller (or maybe a tot…coming up on 200 sales) but here are a few things that would have saved me some time and stress. If you sell items, try to take nice pictures, outside, in the early evening just before sunset. Use your most flattering photos first and last in your listings. Use a hook at the end of your listings (last one, one of a kind, while supplies last, limited offer, or how the item will make customer feel) and either put effort into keyword loading or spend some money on advertising. And finally, customer service really is key.

Long Ornate Gold Vintage Dangles | Antique Golden Brass Earrings
Long Ornate Gold Vintage Dangles

6. Where can we find you?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

located in Citrus Heights, California


I make rainbow sun catchers because Rainbows Make Me Happy! I hope they will make you happy too as the refraction's dance about your home when the sun hits them and creates gorgeous dancing rainbows! 

Beautiful Magical Dancing Rainbows! Create Rainbows today with your own Swarovski Crystal Rainbow Suncatchers...handmade by Kat.
Making Rainbows Since 2006!

I use 100% top quality Swarovski Crystals to create beautiful crystal rainbow suncatchers! I use the finest supplies I can find to make my suncatchers! 
I am a small business hobbiest and do this for therapeutic reasons and because.... I love Rainbows, the Sun, Moon and Stars and yes even Puffy Fluffy Clouds Make Me Happy! I hope that you will find something you love and know that it is being created with great love and meticulous care just for you!............

My Suncatchers were featured in the 2008 Women's World Magazine.
Sun catchers for your rearview mirrors in your car and homer.

Swarovski Crystals are the finest crystals in the world and the beauty and quality is unmatched. 

Krystal Kat's shop online find me also at:

See my about me page for more places to find me!

Thank you for visiting with me I really appreciate it! 

Have a Sparkly Day Cute People!


 $25.95 Emerald Green Leaf Rainbow Crystal Suncatcher
Emerald Green Leaf Rainbow Crystal Suncatcher

Monday, October 10, 2016

September Challenge Final Scores

(c) Mishele of IndyAndCleo
September ended 10 days ago, so it's well past time to update the final tallies. For the September Challenge:
Which makes our winner for the month of September Stitches2Stones. Congrats. 

Coming soon, more challenges for the October Promote-a-Thon. Have you joined in?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The October Promote-a-Thon

(c) Mishele of IndyAndCleo
Welcome to October and the new challenge for the team. This month it's all about promoting our shops as well as the shops of our teammates to have the biggest holiday season we've ever had. 

Wanna join? This month it's dead simple. You can: 

Promote your shop 

On the social media outlet of your choice, show off your shop in any way you wish. Use #CCCOEchallenge so that we can find you. And let us know about your post in the comments here.

Promote teammates items and/or shops 

On the social media outlet of your choice, show off something from a teammate. Or two. Or more. Again, let us know via #CCCOEchallenge, as well as in the comments.

Share and Like 

Don't have time to create your own social media content? Reshare others'. Even likes help teammates gain visibility. Check out the comments here to find what to reshare. Or check out #CCCOEchallenge to find posts on the social media outlet of your choice. 


If you want to play along, let us know in the comments of this post what you've done. 10 points for each original post, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, or any other outlet of your choice. That's 10 points for posts about your shop or any fellow teammate. 

Reposts are worth 5 points. Likes are worth a point. Again, let us know in the comments if you're playing along.

Happy October. And happy promoting (and cross-promoting).