It’s Scholarship Time!

Sharpen your pencils and tell us why you deserve a full ride to the 2013 HSMG Conference.  If you’ve been as eagerly counting down the days to next year’s conference as we have, but can’t afford it, we have some very good news.

Graduation Hat TossPhoto by Flickr member -Weng-. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Veracity Insurance Solutions is generously offering two full scholarships to the 2013 Conference, covering:

–        Conference registration

–        4 night stay at Hilton North Raleigh

–        $500 for travel and other expenses

These scholarships are available to any HSMG member who has contributed to the soapmaking community and has a financial need.  To be considered, log in to your HSMG account and download the scholarship application form.

Apply before January 31 for your chance to win a full ride to the 2013 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference.

I Challenge You to a Donating Duel!

Calling all soapers!  Have you heard?  We’re having a Holiday of Hope Soap Drive.  We know that you are already giving soap in your communities, to causes ranging from local food banks to canine rescue.

...Hope...Photo by Flickr member Darren Tunnicliff. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Thank you to everyone who’s shared their donations via twitter and the facebook page.  We want to take it a step further and celebrate your good deeds publicly.  Give locally and let us know.  We’ll publicize your chosen charity to consumers searching for soapmakers.  Even better, challenge a fellow soapmaking friend to a donor duel and score a few golden soap bubbles (good for merchandise in the HSMG store).   Log in and go to the Holiday of Hope page to get all the details.

Shine on, members and have a great holiday!

Where was the last place you donated soap?

Master the Fair

We’re deep in the winter craft fair season, which begs the question: have you ever paid a fee for a craft fair or boutique show only to find out as the show drags on that it was not a good fit for your soap business?  Even worse, you’ve wasted a lot of time and energy in the process of finding, applying, and preparing for the show.  Don’t let this be you!  Your time, energy and cash are all in limited supply.

One benefit of being a member of the HSMG is the great discount available from Craftmaster News (serving states from North Dakota to Texas and westward) and the Art & Craft Show Yellow Pages (serving the eastern half of the US from Minnesota to Louisiana and eastward)!  When you sign up (at a discount) you can locate events in your area – and read up on all the details so you can make the best decisions on which events to attend.

All kinds of events are listed including craft shows, street fairs, festivals, county and state fairs, holiday gift fairs and farmers’ markets.  There is even a referral program which can add three months of free online access to your existing Craftmaster News account.

See more details, including the discount code, here.