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September Craft Bar :: Apple Crafts is this Friday

Celebrate back-to-school season with apple-themed crafts at September’s Craft Bar. Join us at Mignonette Bridal with $5 to enjoy food, drinks, and crafting! Print with apples, decoupage an apple-themed candle holder, join our knitting/crochet circle (bring your own project and supplies for this one!), or craft with our supply stash.

RSVP here :: Facebook or Meetup 

Project Inspiration for September



Source: via Maria on Pinterest


PS :: Did you know we have a Pinterest board? Follow it if you want to guess what our projects will be ahead of time!

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Etsy Craft Party this Friday night

You guys! Our Etsy Craft Party is this Friday at 6 pm at Chicago’s Mignonette Bridal, 1747 W Belmont. This post has more info about what we’ll be up to on Friday. For today, we wanted to take the time to thank our amazing presenters, sponsors, coordinators and volunteers.

Etsy Craft Party Postcard




PS: One of our sponsors has a special chairty day coming up soon. Whole Foods Market in Lakeview (check them out on Facebook) wants everyone to know about their event:

On Wednesday, August 29, five Chicago Whole Foods Market stores (Lakeview, Halsted, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast & South Loop) will donate 5% of that day’s sales to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s new ‘HOT Healthy Living’ program, developed by the hospital’s Division of Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation (HOT) to promote wellness and support healthy weight management in children with blood disorders and cancer.

Workshop Presenters

Screen printing with Replica Chicago

Washi tape gadget improvement station with Grass Green Design

Mod Podge custom silhouette & map postcards with Hands Occupied

A craft project for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with Mignonette Bridal 


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Etsy Craft Party Updates!

Our team has been busy booking workshops, food sponsors, and getting one of our Craft Party projects featured on :)

An overview of what we’ve got planned

image via Replica Chicago on Facebook

Join Craft Bar for Craft Party, Etsy’s global celebration of meeting and making. It’s a time to get to know your neighbors, exercise your creative spirit and celebrate DIY in every form. On August 24th, there will be hundreds of Craft Parties happening around the globe exploring the theme “Wish You Were Here”. Supplies and refreshments provided! We just need you!

-Hometown silhouette postcards, like the ones featured at Etsy this week
-Washi tape gadget improvement station
-Screenprinting workshop by Replica Chicago (supplies limited! BYO light colored t-shirt)
-Group get well project for Children’s Memorial Hospital

Visit for more about what’s in store around the globe on August 24.

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Esty Worldwide Meetup :: Chi Town Edition


^^One of the projects we’ve got in store!^^

Join the Craft Bar team as we celebrate Etsy’s 2012 worldwide meetup in Chicago. This year’s theme is Wish You Were Here, and we’ve got tons of projects for guests to try to celebrate all things Etsy and Chi Town!

Visit to learn about Craft Bar and for a taste of what’s in store on August 24.

Remember to RSVP to our Meetup for this event because the more RSVPs we get, the more supplies we’ll get from a special sponsor.


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July Craft Bar Roundup :: Outdoor Fun (in 101 degree heat)

Craft Bar’s outdoor fun-themed July event, was a so much fun, despite the ridiculous Chicago heat wave. Dozens of attendees enjoyed a watermelon keg, boozy snow cones from Jo Snow Syrups, PBR, and a bunch of summery crafts.

Kpoene from Mignonette helped crafters recreate t-shirts into sweatbands/neck coolers, belts, bags and more. Kaicy from Jo Snow Syrups showed off her muscles as she hand-cranked out boozy and non-boozy snow cones, and Heidi from Hands Occupied shared recipes for making giant bubbles, biodegradable lawn paint and Edible Sparklers (get the recipe here). Check out some of the action below.

:: Don’t forget to RSVP to our special August event in partnership with Lillstreet Art Center on Facebook. Or Meetup. ::

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It’s hot outside… cool down at tonight’s Craft Bar (there’s AC!)

image by Aka Hige on Flickr

Craft Bar is TONIGHT from 6 to 8 pm. Learn about how to make your backyard BBQ spectacular. We’re still going to do a bunch of our planned crafts but since it’s almost literally a million degrees outside, we’ve got some special indoor drinking and DIYs to help beat the heat. The venue has AIR CONDITIONING and a BACKYARD HOSE, so get back to your childhood and CHILL at tonight’s cool event.

:: biodegradable lawn paint for outdoor games ::
:: giant bubbles ::
:: t-shirt sweatbands/neckbands ::
:: edible sparklers ::
:: watermelon keg! (OMG, right?) ::
:: boozy snow condes by Jo Snow Syrups $3 ::

Parking is generally easy in the neighborhood. Via transit, we are easily walkable from the Paulina Brown Line stop.

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Outdoor Fun Inspiration for July’s Craft Bar

Join us for Craft Bar on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 8 pm at Mignonette Bridal. Get the address and RSVP on Facebook or Meetup. Today, we are sharing inspiration for some of next week’s projects…


Source: via Heidi on Pinterest



Source: via Heidi on Pinterest


Source: via Heidi on Pinterest



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June Craft Bar Highlights

Craft Bar’s second event, A Handmade Wedding, was a huge success on Friday. Dozens of attendees enjoyed custom cocktails, PBR, cream puffs, and lots of DIY wedding crafts!

Heidi from Hands Occupied lead workshops on the wide variety of crafts she made for her wedding and talked to brides to be about how to make their weddings handmade and stick to a budget. Jo Snow Syrups was in attendance to teach patrons how to make the oh-so-tasty Dutch 74 cocktail. Kelli from Due Sorelle Beaded Jewelry Boutique helped folks make precious birds nest necklaces, and Lisa from Grass Green Design lead brides in a tissue paper pom pom workshop that would have made even Martha Stewart smile. All in all, everyone had so much fun! Check out our album from Friday’s event to see the highlights.

:: Don’t forget to RSVP to our July event on Facebook. ::

:: Tell your friends to like Craft Bar on Facebook ::

We’ll be sharing event listings, photos, and more for every Craft Bar event on our Page. Don’t miss out! 

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June Craft Bar This Friday :: A Handmade Wedding

Friday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. ~ RSVP on Facebook or Meetup!

This Friday, learn about great ways to add a personal touch to your wedding with a special edition of Craft Bar.

Our workshops will teach you how to handcraft everything from simple décor to hair adornments, upcycled jewelry, paper projects, a belt bar, and even how to create your own signature cocktail. Afraid of crafty overload?  Don’t worry – we’ve taken all the guesswork out of making these gorgeous and simple projects!

All materials and instruction will be provided. Drinks and snacks will be available at the cash bar.

Event co-hosted by Mignonette and Urban Folk Circuit.

Suggested donation: $5

Don’t forget to RSVP and Invite your friends via Facebook!

Mignonette, 1747 W. Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657

Featured Projects & Presenters

Heidi, who you may know from her Urban Folk Circuit workshops or her crafty blog Hands Occupied, will be at Craft Bar to share how she made her wedding almost entirely handmade. Click here to check out the projects Heidi can help you make on Friday!

Craft Your own Signature Cocktail with Jo Snow Syrups, one of Chicago’s most beloved indie food vendors! Join JSS’s Kaicy as she teaches you how to make a cocktail using their delicious tangerine lavender honey syrup.

Next, there’s Kelli from Due Sorelle Bead Jewelry Boutique. She’ll be teaching Craft Bar-goers how to make these darling bird’s nest necklaces.

Lisa Grass Schultz of  Grass Green Design will lead a papercrafting workshop, perfect for any bride! Here’s a sample of one of her Etsy designs…

Finally, staff from Mignonette Bridal will be on hand to assist with any handmade project you can think of! We’ll have a big stash of supplies for everything from DIY monogrammed beer cozies to a make-your-own-belt bar.



Our Handmade Wedding event is this Friday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. ~ RSVP on Facebook or Meetup!

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May Craft Bar Highlights

Craft Bar launched on Friday, May 4 at Mignonette Bridal. We all enjoyed sangria, cream puffs, and frozen custard while we crafted the evening away.

Heidi from Urban Folk Circuit lead a workshop on upcycling t-shirts into haute accessories, like necklaces, headbands, tote bags and hair fascinators. Kpoene from Mignonette showed attendees how to make fabric flowers and use vintage buttons to make bracelets and more. We all had a blast!

:: Don’t forget to RSVP to our June event on Facebook. ::

:: By the way, have you liked Craft Bar on Facebook? ::

We’ll be sharing event listings, photos, and more for every Craft Bar event on our Page. Don’t miss out! 

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