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Our next networking night, the Craft Racket, is right around the corner – Tuesday, July 26.

We’re very excited to have a guest presenter for this summer’s Racket. Jennifer Rapp Peterson of IndieMade will demonstrate how fast you can get your business online and ready to accept sales and connect with customers.

Jennifer will set up a complete website from scratch in 30 minutes using IndieMade’s technology. If you bring a laptop and content, you can test drive the software free for 30 days.

IndieMade offers creative entrepreneurs complete websites with an integrated blog, shopping cart, galleries, calendar and social media integration all in one place, on a custom URL (www.yourname.com). Instead of managing a separate blog, store and portfolio site, IndieMade gives it all to you on your own website, under one roof. IndieMade websites are not widget-based, they are search-engine-friendly, built in 2 minutes, and come with an easy-to-use dashboard to upload and manage your content and your sales. They don’t take a percentage of sales, all of this functionality is included in the hosting package.

We hope you’ll join us for an evening of learning, socializing, talking shop, and sharing a snack or two with your fellow crafters at Beans & Bagels on Montrose!

CRAFT RACKET – Summer, 2011

Tuesday, July 26 from 6 to 9 pm


Beans & Bagels

1812 W. Montrose

Chicago IL

(right under the Montrose stop on the Brown Line)

Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP by emailing chicagocraftmafia@gmail.com or calling Rebeca/
Blue Buddha at 773.478.3767

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Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter Constant Contact and more to promote your business.  The event is being held June 16th at the Chicago Cultural Center and *drumroll* it is free!

For all the details – go to Chicago Artists Resource.

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Want a global perspective on craft and design?  Here are a few great blogs!

From Australia comes Clog, a review of what’s happening at the Craft Victoria in Melbourne.  Check out their sidebar for more Australian craft goodness.

Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson writes an elegant and often delicious blog.  I especially love the updates from her online and brick-and-mortar shop Manos.

Check out Ansie’s blog Sol Y Sombra.  It gives gorgeous glimpses into the craft world of Dubai.  Her recent posts about the Haberdashery Souk will leave you drooling.

The Daily Kogei provides an interesting look at contemporary Japanese crafts with strong roots in tradition.  You can even polish up your French as the blog is written in both languages.

For Japanese DIY turn to Japan Craft Journal.  It is c0-written by four authors scattered across Japan and Australia.

South of the Sahara is written by a South African now living in Boston and provides an amazing overview of what’s happening in the southern region of the continent.

Thinking of starting your own blog or giving your current one a facelift, take a look at Tips for New Bloggers.

If you love other internationally inclined craft blogs, let others know by posting a comment with the link.

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Love fashion?  Get your fix with the website Refinery 29.   Check out their Trends section to see what trends are being noticed locally and nationwide.

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Spring is in the air and you know what that means! It’s just a few weeks until the Chicago Craft Mafia’s next networking night, The Craft Racket, on Wednesday, April 20.

Step out for a fab evening of socializing, talking shop, and sharing a snack or two with your fellow crafters at Beans & Bagels on Montrose.

At this Craft Racket Rebeca Mojica, Chicago Craft Mafia member and founder of Blue Buddha Boutique, will be sharing with you her expertise in pricing one’s work.  There will also be a handout from members of the Chicago Craft Mafia with their own pointers.  Whether you are a new or experienced craft entrepreneur, this is sure to be an informative talk.

To make this event more meaningful, we are asking you to bring one of the products you make / sell, as well as the story behind why you created it.  Rebeca will lead an informative exercise that will assist you in determining whether your product is priced too low, too high or just right.

Hope to see you at the Racket!

CRAFT RACKET – Spring, 2011
Wednesday, April 20 from 6 to 9 pm
Beans & Bagels
1812 W. Montrose
Chicago IL
(right under the Montrose stop on the Brown Line)
http://www.beansandbagels.com
Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP by emailing chicagocraftmafia@gmail.com

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In an email from Create Hype this week, Justine Smith mentioned the discovery of Tin Eye, a reverse image search engine. What’s that? It’s a way to discover if someone has appropriated your images; you simply upload your image or a link to your image, and Tin Eye’s little robots run out into the interwebs and check to see if that image appears anywhere else, is being used in a modified form, or if a higher resolution version exists. It’s not as widespread as Google yet, but it’s a simple way to check and see if your images are being used by someone else without your permission.

If you’re concerned about whether your web content (like blog articles, or just your site’s text) has been appropriated without permission, you can find that out, too. Just point your mouse to the Copyscape Plagiarism Checker, and enter a page’s url.

While it’s unfortunate, there are a few unscrupulous people out there who do copy work, or use other peoples’ pictures instead of their own. Thankfully there are tools like these to help you find them and ask them nicely to cut it out. If you want more information on how crafters can address sticky legal issues like copycats, there’s a nice article on the topic at Outright.com‘s blog, also written by Justine.

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If you work from home and find yourself  wasting time, being  unproductive or unorganized check out IndieMade’s blog for a post on some great tips that will save you time, money and frustration.

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While at the Chicago Creative Expo yesterday we met the great duo behind IndieMade.com.  Their goal is to create an easy to use platform for artists, crafters and creative folk to have a website, online store, blog and more all in one place.  Their templates are customizable and super easy to start and update and they’ve managed to make it really affordable!  There’s also a blog and a resource section on their website that is worth a looksy.

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According to blogger and creative business woman Tara Gentile of Scoutie Girl “Spacious goals are the kind that push you to act.”  She has a made a FREE workbook to help all of us in need of setting big but realistic goals that we can actually follow through with.  I skimmed through it yesterday and plan on sitting down later today to re-read it and set some great big manageable goals for Moira K. Lime Jewelry!  Get your free copy here.

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Check out these great informational videos from the Rosen Group http://vimeo.com/rosengrp/videos/sort:date

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