Espresso Yourself

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Coffee has a venerable history in the soapmaking world.  In another edition of nearly wordless Wednesday, we’re bringing you some of our members’ coffee-inspired soaps.  Settle in with a cup of joe (or your favorite non-coffee beverage) and check out these beauties: Customers love Green Cow Studio’s kitchen soap so much, they introduced Bar o’ Joe, a coffee and sea … Read More

United Way Day and Catholic Charities

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Donate Your Soap August 17, 2010 Do you have left over inventory or products that aren’t moving and are collecting valuable shelf space? Here’s your chance to donate some of that inventory to a worthy cause before year’s end. The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild has collaborated with this worthy cause in upstate New York. On September 10, about 1,350 volunteers from … Read More

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David Fisher had been making soap for about 5 years when he started a family and had some major surgery in 2004.  Re-evaluating life, he decided he would change some things and follow his dream of being a writer. Simultaneosly, awarded him the contract to write about soapmaking and candlemaking.  There are 750 guides to different topics in general … Read More

Happy Halloween Soap Pumpkin Template

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What fun to continue your obsession with soapmaking into a creative pumpkin carving this Halloween! Trista Page, Indigo Bee, Inc., shares her original design for a template (insert pdf.) and a photo of her creation. You ask what already? Well, our Tampa, Florida HSMG member carved her Styrofoam pumpkin way ahead of schedule to add to her beautiful fall décor.  … Read More

Soapmaking Safety New Forum Topic

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Soap Guild Member Forum Information forum for Soap Guild Members A new section has been added to the HSMG Forum under Art of Soapmaking called Safety.  It is ready to populate it with knowledge, bloopers and blunders that would be helpful to all Members.  I know I have a few. Maria Gelnett P&S Chair

Marketing Day at the Forum with The Soap Queen!

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At our HSMG Members’ request for an Experts Panel forum in Marketing, I’ve arranged for Brambleberry’s Anne-Marie Faiola to answer all your toughest questions.  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 27 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PST.  Yes, that’s right! The Soap Queen Blog: will be with us for a Marketing Day at the Forum. I am so honored that Anne-Marie carved … Read More

Living Wisely – Living Well

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Purchase Natural Home Magazine November/December issue and you won’t be disappointed.  Especially with the smart tip under the Natural Resources section that advertises our excellent HSMG Soapmakers. Maria Gelnett Programs and Services Chair

A Good Book and a Blanket

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Cooler weather brings time to catch up on your reading. Find lots of educational information and ideas in our listing of industry recommended books. I like Ann Bramson’s book, Soap – Making It, Enjoying It for beginners. If you know of any good updates to the list, please post. Maria Gelnett Chair, P&S Committee