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The DIY Trunk Show is in less than two weeks!!  With 150+ vendors, you can complete all your holiday shopping before the turkey hits the oven!    To get a sneak peek, check out the DIY Trunk Show website.

For extra shopping energy, we will feature catering from the delectable Wishbone.

Mark your calender!

Saturday, November 17th
5917 N. Broadway in the Broadway Armory

Plenty of street parking and a hop from the Red Line’s Thorndale stop.

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October 16th is the next Chicago Craft Racket.  Get ready for the holiday shows!  Meet Simone Collins, Craft Editorial Director and Social Media Director at Prime Publishing LLC.  Simone is a social media wizard.  She will give you the ins and outs to maximize the marketing potential behind social media with a particular slant toward craft-based businesses.

Don’t forget that our very own DIY Trunk Show is November 17th, just 6 short weeks away!

CRAFT RACKET – Fall 2012

Tuesday, October 16 from 6 to 9 pm
Beans & Bagels
2601 West Leland Avenue , Chicago  ——–  NOTE: Venue Change!

(a few steps from the Rockwell  stop on the Brown Line)  There is plenty of street parking.

Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP by emailing

See you at the Racket!

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Let folks know that you plan to shop ’til you drop at the DIY TRUNK SHOW!  Grab this groovy graphic to blog about your favorite vendors.  We are bigger than ever with more vendors, great grub from Wishbone, and fun make-n-take booths.  CHIRP will be back keeping us all tapping our toes.  Yep! It’s going to be a shopping party!

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Hot off the press!  Don’t you just love the new design and colors!  It was difficult to narrow down the images for selection on the front. Everyone is selling such gorgeous work at the DIY Trunk Show!

Here’s who is featured:
16 Sparrows, Additions, Circa Ceramics, Citizen Shay, Cristina Cook Designs, Do Re Mi, Googlie Pop, Kiku, Kitty Grrls, Lucius Art, Man Vs. George, Mary Wells and Sadly Harmless.

Grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and stop by our DIY website to get a sneak peek of all that will be on offer. And don’t forget to save the date for November 17th.

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We hosted our first Etsy Craft Party on August 24th and what fun we had!  We made jewelry, bound books, painted mini-graffiti murals, wove fabric and crocheted flowers.  There was enough space and materials for everyone to do at least one project if not two or three.  A big thank you to Natalie Boyett, owner and weaving wizard at The Chicago Weaving School for welcoming us into her amazing space.  If you want to learn to weave, you have to check this place out!

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Save the date!  November 17th sees the return of the DIY Trunk Show! We are elebrating our  10th anniversary! Whoop! Whoop!  That’s a whole lot of crafting love!

Each year we grow bigger and better.  Last year, we moved to the Broadway Armory.  This year we are renting more space to bring you more vendors. That’s right sweet cakes,  150 craftabulous vendors!  So go ahead, get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

By popular demand, we will have food at the show.  We are pleased to announce that Wishbone is the official 2012 DIY Trunk Show caterer.  (Can you tell I watched the Olympics…?) They will have a selection of goodies that are sure to tempt and delight.

Within an hour of our press release, the Wall Street Journal’s  Market Watch featured the show.  Now that’s cool.

Our sponsor line up includes Blue Buddha BoutiqueOrange BeautifulCHIRP RadioGaper’s Block , and Local First Chicago.

So mark you calendar folks, the DIY Trunk Show is in just 3 months.

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Last weekend the Mafia had a booth at Edgefest, handing out information on our group, the DIY Trunk Show in November, and hosting some free craft demos so people can get their craft on right there in the street.  The weekend was a success, in spite of a huge storm shutting down the festival early on Saturday.  The booth sustained only one casualty during the storm… the tent broke under the hurricane-type winds.  However!  Mafia member David Melis found a replacement part for the tent for only $10 and it will be fully functional again!

Our booth also had a small sampling of wares for sale from members Cinnamon Cooper, Lucy Clasen, David Melis, and Michelle Kaffko.  The table of wares drew a lot of people into the tent who, when they learned this kind of awesome stuff will be at about 150 different tables at the DIY Trunk Show in November, scrambled for more info and marked their calendars right then and there!

For more photos from the event, check out our Facebook page.

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Don’t forget to stop by and visit the Chicago Craft Mafia’s DIY Trunk Show Booth at Edgefest in Edgewater!

We’ll be hosting some really fun make-and-takes!

August 4th is Pom-Pom Garland! Hand out, chat and make your own 3 foot garland!

August 5th is Accordion Book Demo Day. We’ll get you started and then you can take it home to add photos and whatever other crafty goodness you can dream up!

We can’t wait to see you all there!!

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The Chicago Craft Mafia will have a tent at Edgefest!


Shop from and meet some of the Mafia members, plus, enjoy a fabulous array of demos and take-aways!


We hope to see you there.

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There’s only 1 WEEK LEFT to apply to this year’s DIY Trunk Show! My, how time flies. Still procrastinating? Here’s a little motivation!


1. This show is seriously on schedule to be the BEST DIY Trunk Show EVER!!

2. We’re taking over the entire auditorium. This means more Vendors, more customers and more excitement in general!

3. Wishbone will be serving up yummy delights this year!  Who can resist that?!

4. Last year’s Vendors reported record sales! Cha-ching

5. Because everyone else is doing it. Duh!

SO HURRY UP AND APPLY ALREADY! Click Here or go to: for the application.

Good Luck!

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