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November 2014
Free

DIY Trunk Show

November 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Broadway Armory Park,
5917 North Broadway Street, Chicago, 60660 United States
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The DIY Trunk Show is a diverse gathering of creative talent to showcase, sell and promote handmade arts, crafts, goods, and endeavors of all kinds in Chicago. The 11th DIY Trunk Show takes place November 22 in Chicago’s Edgdewater neighborhood. This crafts show features more than 150 vendors in a variety of of categories including accessories, body products, jewelry, children’s items, paper goods and more. Start off the holiday shopping season right by purchasing locally and lovingly made handcrafted items…

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July 2014
Free

Summer Craft Racket: Tax Overview for Small Businesses

July 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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CPA Dawn Milani presents a tax overview for small businesses. She’ll review the differences between sole proprietorships, S- and C-corprations and LLCs, explaining how each structure could impact your personal taxes. She’ll also go over sales tax. Do you have any burning tax-related questions about your business? Please send them to chicagocraftmafia@gmail.com before Monday July 7 so that Dawn can be sure to address your issues during the presentation. Presenter: Dawn Miliani of Milani & Associates. Dawn has extensive experience…

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June 2014

Mata Traders (Ware)Housewarming Party

June 13, 2014 @ 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mata Traders,
1770 W. Berteau Ave., Suite 406, Chicago, IL,
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Chicago-based fair trade fashion brand, Mata Traders, has moved into a new office/warehouse space and they want to party in it. Continue reading

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April 2014
FREE

Spring Craft Racket: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

April 23, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Our Spring Craft Racket is all about SEO! Learn how to get your website to appear better in online searches. Continue reading

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March 2014
FREE

Get it on the shelf: a panel discussion on consignment and wholesale

March 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lillstreet LOFT,
4437 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60640 United States
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The Chicago Craft Mafia is bringing together a panel of local shops and local handmade artists to talk about getting your goods on the shelves of stores. Hear more about how buyers for shops determine what to carry and learn the tips and tricks that get your stuff carried and sold at their stores- whether through consignment, rental space, or wholesale. Listen to several makers with goods sold across the country share their stories navigating the retail market. Continue reading

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$75

Successfully Sell on Etsy

March 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lillstreet Art Center,
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60640
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This workshop will teach students how to successfully sell their work on Etsy. We will start with how to open a shop, set your policies, and add items. You will learn the importance of good pictures and how it is possible to take them yourself. Learn tips and tricks as well as applications to make selling on Etsy easier. Finally we will talk about the Etsy culture and how to get noticed in the sea of millions of other items.…

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Free

Maker’s Day: Watch. Make. Take!

March 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Blue Buddha Boutique,
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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In honor of National Craft Month, more than a dozen makers will invite the public to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what they do. The artisans will explain the process behind their work, and many booths will give the public the chance to try it for themselves through “make ‘n’ take” projects. The sessions—from sewing to chainmaille jewelry to paper folding to lampwork glass—will run on a rotating schedule from 11 am to 6 pm at Blue Buddha Boutique, 1127…

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$100

The Art of Asian Ink Painting

March 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lillstreet Art Center,
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60640
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Learn the art of Asian sumi-e ink painting and the symbolism behind it. Spend time experimenting with basic sumi-e brush strokes and techniques. Each participant will create several small paintings of the traditional Asian flora bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum and orchid. Then use your new brush stroke skills and apply them to silk to create your own colorful hand-painted silk scarf. This retreat also includes a morning guided meditation session and delicious catered lunch. At this retreat you will: -…

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February 2014
$100

DIY Journaling: A Journal Making & Yoga Retreat

February 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lillstreet Art Center,
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60640
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As wonderful as all of our electronics are, there comes a time to slow down, put aside the iPad, take a breath, and get reacquainted with paper and pen — and ourselves. Recuperate from post-holiday madness by spoiling yourself with relaxing yoga, a healthy lunch, and creating a handmade, personalized journal using time-honored techniques. The tradition of bookmaking goes back centuries, each part of the world adding their own flavor to basic binding methods. In this workshop we will investigate…

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Free

Revolution Brewing Craft Show

February 9, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Revolution Brewing,
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 United States
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Come shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift February 9 at Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647. Over 15 different Midwest artisans will be selling unique crafts. Best part- you can purchase a beer (or two) to drink while you shop.

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