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You love Etsy, we love Etsy so it only seemed natural to start our very own Friends of the Chicago Craft Mafia Etsy Team!   All Chicago are crafters, craft lovers, and those who have participated in past DIY Trunk Shows are welcome to join.   We’ll be using the group to keep in touch with you about upcoming shows (both ours and those sponsored by other groups throughout the area), promote our Etsy shops as a group, perhaps get some group Treasuries going, and basically just to foster a community of Chicago crafters.  Because let’s face it, the best crafters live in Chicago!

So pop over to Etsy and join the group.  Just click on the join button on the left hand side of the page (you do need to be logged into Etsy for it to work!).  Hope to see you there.

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Love love love these handmade bay window benches by The Jeremiah Collection

Katie Lime                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Moira K. Lime Jewelry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.moiraklime.com

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A few weeks ago there was quite a dust-up about a few vendors who had some items in their shop that many (including me) felt were items that did not fit within the Etsy umbrella of “peace, love, and crafting”. They promoted (or at least seemed to laugh at) violence of women and people with disabilities. Etsy didn’t have policies that specifically spoke against the objectionable works, so they let them remain online for sale. This inspired many people to write some angry letters of complaint to Etsy and so they decided to take a look at their policies and determine what they felt like their audience wanted prohibited from the site.

Today they announced that they were changing their policies. They will:

no longer allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such views.

I support this policy change and think it is a great way for Etsy to support their audience by letting their audience decide what is wanted and welcome and what is not. Thanks, Etsy.

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Welcome to the website of the Chicago Craft Mafia. We are a group of Chicago crafters in and around Chicago, and are the hosts of the annual DIY Trunk show, Craft Racket, and other events. To learn more about our members, hover over the images at the left. To learn more about us or to see upcoming events, check out the Events page in the menu.

Thanks for stopping by!

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