Up Next: Winter Holiday Art Market (Houston)

Houston! I’ll be back for the weekend for Fresh Art’s WINTER HOLIDAY ART MARKET. There will be food for sale from local vendors, Complimentary beverages all weekend long, live artist demonstrations, free entry and free parking.

Friday night is the “UGLY SWEATER” PREVIEW PARTY! –
Friday, November 17, 6 – 10pm

Open bar and specialty cocktails, light bites, live music, early shopping access, and free parking.

Ticket Prices:
$15/Advance online purchase (ends 11/16), $25 entry at the door
FREE for Fresh Arts Members

Saturday, November 18, 10am – 7pm // Free entry + Tax Free shopping!

Sunday, November 19, 11am – 4pm // Free entry + Tax Free shopping!

Winter Holiday Art Market

Winter Holiday Art Market Booth


Thank you Houston Maker Faire!

We received an Editor’s Choice Ribbon from Maker Faire for our Make Your Own Soap & Nail Polish Booth

Thank you Houston! We loved making soap and nail polish with you at the Houston Maker Faire. We’ll be back for the Winter Holiday Art Market next month, so hopefully see you there!

Maker Faire Austin is NEXT Weekend!

Do you have plans next weekend? If you want a fun, family friendly event to go to, check out the Austin Maker Faire next weekend. Get your tickets here! It’s all day on Saturday and Sunday!

I’ll have my Make Your Own Soap and Make Your Own Nail Polish stations there! You’ll be able to make custom soaps and nail polishes right on the spot.
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October’s Bath Bomb of the Month is…

October’s Bath Bomb of the Month is Perfect Pumpkin! It smells like a Sweet Autumn pumpkin topped with the perfect touch of cinnamon and clove. Sweet sugary maple adds the finishing touch to this fabulous fall fragrance.

Sign up here or click on the picture to get this bomb in time for Halloween! I ship them all out mid-month, so you have a few weeks!


I’m also offering mini versions of these here in my Etsy store and they look like this:

pumpkin bath bombs


Get September’s Bath Bomb of the Month

September’s Bath Bomb of the Month is Gingham Apple and it’s ready to ship out!

Celebrate Back to School with crunchy green apples bursting with sweet juices. They are a fresh picked farmer’s market delight that smells so fresh and gorgeous!

Sign up here to get a special limited edition bath bomb delivered to your door (or recipient’s door) each month.

Gingham Apple Bath Bomb

Make Soap and Nail Polish this weekend in Houston and Austin




I’m making nail polish and soap in Houston at Comicpalooza! I’ll have Father’s Day themed embed papers to make some rad gifts for Dad plus a big pile of toys!



Comicpalooza Exhibit Hours:

Friday June 17, 2016 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday June 18, 2016 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00 AM


On Saturday in Austin you can make soap and nail polish at the Burlap Bag, along with other crafts! They will have donuts and mimosas, so don’t forget to RSVP so they can bring enough for everyone! https://www.facebook.com/events/1707215539565780/


Maker Faire Bay Area

Thank you Austin Maker Faire for the Blue Ribbon – Staff Pick Award for our Make Your Own Soap Booth and Nail Polish Booth!

We are headed to the Bay Area for Maker Faire this weekend – Friday May, 20th – Sunday, May 22nd and can’t wait to make soap with you all out there!


It’s hard to explain what a Maker Faire is in still pictures, so here’s a video that will give you a glimpse of it:

Get Tickets to Maker Faire Today!

Maker Faire Austin is this Weekend!

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Do you have plans this weekend? If you want a fun, family friendly event to go to, check out the Austin Maker Faire this weekend. Get your tickets here! It’s all day on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday there will be free chair massages for moms!

I’ll have my Make Your Own Soap and Make Your Own Nail Polish stations there! I’m the red X on the map below! You’ll be able to make custom soaps and nail polishes right on the spot.
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Happy New Year!

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I wanted to start off the new year with a BANG! so I made a jumbo, shimmery-gold, champagne-scented bath bomb for January’s Bath Bomb of the Month Club Members. I do have a few available to purchase in my etsy shop during the month of January only, as it’s a limited edition item.

Do you want a special jumbo bath bomb delivered straight to your door every month? Sign up here.

Here’s the Champagne Bath Bomb in action! It fizzed for over 5 minutes and made my bathroom smell gorgeous!

A video posted by Lisa (@fetosoap) on

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

bgabsquare2015I’m back at this wonderful 4-week long shopping event, held at The Linc Shopping Center, in the Marchesa Hall and Theater 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. It’s open 7 days a week, 10am to 10pm through Dec 24th and I keep my booth chock full of all of your feto soap favorites!

Austin De-Stash Bash – An Arts and Crafts Garage Sale

2015-11-05 15.04.19Kicking off the first of my holiday shows with the De-stash Bash Arts & Crafts Garage Sale  Supplies only, no finished products at’s Tom’s Austin!   Seems like fabric is the big winner this year, but can you really ever have too much.  PLUS we will have everything from Japanese quilting fabric to vintage barkcloth.  I’ll have bath & body supplies, packaging and displays.

Here’s the star studded Fall 2015 Destash Bash cast: Anne Marie Beard | Sierra Bailey Manic Trout | Becka Spellman Baby Bolt | Jennifer Perkins Naughty Secretary Club |Vickie Howell | Fredda Perkins | Debbie Carroll | Dian Sierra Hey Muchacha | Tisa Jackson Tisa’s Creations |Lisa Sita Chouinard Feto Soap | Anslee Collins | Angela Milliman | Bunny’s Designs

Please remember that the date is Sunday, November 8th at the TOMS store on S. Congress 10ish to 5ish.


Detroit here I come!

fbcover-july-aug-events-2015My next Make Your Own Soap / Maker Faire adventure will be Maker Faire Detroit in a few weeks. It’ll be my first time in Motown and I hear good things about the Henry Ford Museum.

Highlight video from Maker Faire Detroit:

I’ll head home to Austin from Detroit, and after refilling my soapmaking supply cases, will road-trip to the McAllen Mini Maker Faire the next week in South Texas!

Here’s a video from last year’s event in McAllen:

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We had a blast making nail polish and soap with you guys again this year.

Lisa & Eli at Comicpalooza

Eli has been visiting my Make Your Own Soap Booth since he was small. (over 7 years ago, but who’s counting?) He’s 15 now and made some rockin’ polish for his mom at my booth this year.


Jordan making soap

I met Jordan at the Snap Conference in Salt Lake City, so it was great to catch up with her again in Houston while she made some “king cake” soap and nail polish.



I can’t wait to be back next year! It was so good to see old friends and make some new ones this time around!

Two Maker Faires, One Weekend

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This weekend I’m headed to the Bay Area Maker Faire with my Make Your Own Soap Booth starting on Friday,  where you can create a custom bar of soap right on the spot!

Here’s a quick glance at how my booth has changed over the years since my very first one in 2007. I used to take a microwave with me. I also had to cube ALL the soap base (from a massive 24 lb soap block) we were using that day. That’s what all those lined up cups are full of in the picture from 2008. Now I bring a soap melter with me in a trunk that my friend Kai told me about. I still use the same two trunks to cart my supplies that I bought way back then! I’ve streamlined the process, and the booth has gotten much neater (and brighter!)  than it was way back when.

11001690_824989024204921_6178992618318660913_oMy Austin team will be in full force at the Austin Mini Maker Faire helping you create your custom bars of soap on the spot, too, so don’t worry, you won’t miss out on any soapmaking fun!

If you’re not in the Bay Area or Austin, check out the Maker Faire Map for a Maker Faire near you, or start one if there’s not one in your city!

Upcoming Events



The De-Stash Bash is happening at the TOMS Shoes on S. Congress April 26th

Think of it like a group arts and crafts garage sale. Over 7 of Austin’s craftiest makers will be purging their stash of craft supplies. From hard to find vintage jewelry parts in bulk to brand new bolts of fabric. Something for every crafter. Don’t come looking for finished items. This is all about the supplies.

This event will be like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Etsy and a flea market all rolled into one without the long lines, politics, postage fees and dust. Plus there will be a band and cocktails!

Here are a few things you might find.

– Vintage beads
– Sewing trim
– Soap making molds
– Collage ephemera
– Yarn
– Craft books and magazines
– Fabric (new and vintage)
– Buttons
– Candle making supplies
– Scrapbook paper
– Jewelry findings

Vendors include….

Jennifer Perkins formally The Naughty Secretary Club
Jen has travelled the country for years collecting vintage jewelry supplies. She is letting people into her treasure trove of a stash which includes bakelite, kitschy deadstock from the 60’s, Cabbage patch kid cabochons, brass stampings and more vintage beads than you can shake a stick at. Jen has worked in the craft industry for years and will and will have a little bit of every craft supply from doll heads to glitter.

Anne Marie Beard of AnneMarie: Style for the Individual
Anne Marie is an avid collector of vintage and unusual fabrics, findings and trim which she’s used in her accessories business for 13 years. She is often set up on S. Congress, spent years at Austin City Limits and is a regular at the annual Cherrywood Art Show. Build your stash of funky fabrics and findings while she makes room for new goodies!

Leslie Bonnell of Stitch Lab
Leslie Bonnell is the owner of Austin’s premier sewing studio Stitch Lab. Leslie is a former costume designer, jewelry designer and mixed media artist. Expect to find top quality fabrics, trims, beads, findings, found objects and ephemera in her booth.

Chia of Chia Hats.
No winter in Austin is complete without the site of furry hats with ears created by Chia. A long time staple of the Austin DIY scene Chia will be set up selling fabric, faux fur remnants, yardage, notions and buttons.

Sierra Baily of Manic Trout.
Sierra Bailey, designer of Manic Trout jewelry will be bringing her surplus of brand new and vintage jewelry supplies. Just like her bold and colorful statement jewelry, the materials she uses are filled with color and whimsey. You’ll find gemstones, Czech glass, crystals, brass charms and stampings, various chain and vintage bits and pieces in Sierra’s destash!

Lisa Chouinard – Feto Soap
Lisa has been making soap & candles for the past 11 years atfetosoap.com. She has amassed quite the collection of soap and candle making materials. Expect to find both new and used soap & candle molds, skin-safe fragrances you can use in your diy perfumes, bath salts & more!

Becka Spellman – Baby Bolt
Becka makes adorable applique bibs and wearables for the junior set. Needless to say between vending on Etsy, The Austin Flea, Blue Genie and more she has tons of trims, vintage sewing notions, buttons, fabric yardage and scraps.

tisa jackson – tisa’s creations
tisa creates simple, modern, fun, beautiful {paper}. a stationery boutique started in 2004. nothing is better than getting a hand written letter or card in the mail. let us help you make the best of all your celebrations. we love all things paper. expect to find extra paper, envelopes, packaging items, washi tape, rubber stamps and more.

And more! Plus did we mention the band and cocktails? Can’t wait to see you.


Valentine’s Day Decor

This is not a sponsored post. I just love using my Silhouette Cameo!

Valentine's-decorAfter Christmas I bought a pack of battery powered lights, thinking I’d do the classic frosted/vinyled glass block craft and put that on my mantel, but I remembered I had downloaded the free shape of the week last year from the Silhouette Design Store, and decided to tackle that 3D project instead. I followed their instructions to a T and was able to assemble to Heart Marquee with success! It looks so snazzy lit up.

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Inspiration Mantel from the Silhouette Blog

I loved the grouping of frames with the marquee on the Silhouette blog post, so I decided to try to replicate it with the frames I had on hand. I cut out the quatrefoil out of matte black wall vinyl after measuring my 11 x 14″ floating frame and transferred it to the glass with transfer tape.

I downloaded a grey pinstripe digital background paper from a store on Etsy and printed it out on my printer instead of running to the craft store for one piece of paper. Then I cut out the XOXO with Silhouette’s double-sided adhesive and sprinkled black glitter on it.   Totally beats working with wet glue + glitter! Viola! The look, recreated! I had an extra shadowbox frame, so I put the Run away with me in it (it was in the floating frame last year from a project inspired by the Beautiful Mess gals.)


Inspiration from A Beautiful Mess


I wanted to make a Valentine’s themed throw, so I  cut out the Love Stack image from the Silhouette Design store out of heat transfer vinyl, and cut out white for the background (offset/outline) and gold for the lettering. I’m chuffed about how it turned out! I picked up an 18×18″ pillowcase I found in the clearance section from Hobby Lobby ($3.49) and pillow insert with the same measurements, and my throw was complete in under 30 minutes!

Love Stack Throw


Do you decorate for the holidays? I’d love to see it! Leave your decor link in a comment below!

How to make a Chalkboard Clipboard

P1020155 (640x640)I’m crazy about clipboards. I use them ALL the time for everything! I hang art from them and put calendars on them. Every project gets a clipboard. While I don’t mind the brown chipboard that they come in, I have been wanting to dress some up, so today I present to you, my clipboard chalkboard to-do list!

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I bought a 24 -pack of clipboards on Amazon (you remember I use these for everything right?) but I saw them at Dollar Tree the other day, Cricut Chalkboard vinyl & a chalkboard pen from Joann’s and put this together!

First I measured my clipboard and drew it in Silhouette Studio. I like to do this step so I can have an idea of how my project will turn out + to gauge how much material I will need to cut out. I do this step for most projects, actually.


I downloaded a rectangle scallop shape from the Silhouette Design Store here. I right-clicked and ungrouped the planner project shapes and dragged the scalloped rectangle shape over to the clipboard and clip I had drawn.

I hadn’t worked with this material before, so I went with the default vinyl cut settings in the software with my blade on 2. That didn’t seem to cut all the way through, so I left it in the machine and re-cut it and changed my blade to 3.

The chalkboard vinyl material was 12″ wide, so I *could* have left it on the roll and cut it without the mat, but you lose cutting area on the left and right border if you cut it without a mat as shown. The red line is the cut border. It’s hard to see in the cutting with a mat picture. If I hadn’t cut it with a mat, I would have risked the left and right edges of the scallops not getting cut. So a mat was used with my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine.

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cutting with a mat

I tried to apply it directly to the clipboard skipping the Transfer paper step. I got a million bubbles and wrinkles in the few inches I tried, so I stuck it back on the backing paper and got out the transfer paper and covered the vinyl completely with the transfer paper and smoothed it out with my squeegee. P1020143 (640x640)

I peeled off one edge of the vinyl from the backing, and applied it from the bottom of the clipboard and squeegeed it to the clipboard until where it met the clip. P1020146 (640x427)

I used my exacto knife to cut the vinyl to fit around the clip at the top

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and smoothed out the rest of the vinyl at the top of the clipboard with my squeegee.

Viola! My Chalkboard Clipboard is complete! I’m planning on using this for home to do list items. I love the texture of this vinyl – I bought a roll of a different brand (I can’t remember which one) last January and never ended up using it because it was flimsy & just felt like regular vinyl, so I’m happy this one worked out! P1020153 (640x640)

What I Used:

I made this project for January’s Silhouette Challenge which theme is organizing. The bonus challenge this month was to use vinyl.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Organizing With Icons Butterfly Labels Customizing Your Erin Condren Life Planner Weekly Layout Organizing Your Craft Supplies with Labels Weekly Menu Box Peg Board Entry Way Order In Kid Land A Fun Way to Label Binders Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice Turning a Plain Cabinet into Something Beautiful DIY Cash Budget Envelopes Flour and Sugar Pantry Container Labels Personalized Hair Bow Organizer Organize your Refrigerator DIY Vinyl Decorated Coupon Organizer 2015 Blog Planner Designed For Dragonfly & Lily Pads Laminated Labels with Your Silhouette The Secrets of How We Built Our DIY Play Kitchen Creative Way to Dry Winter Mittens Organizing Canvas Toy Bins with Labels Kids Closet Storage {with Rubbermaid Drawer Dresser and Vinyl Labels} Cute Gold Binder Labels {2015 Organization} Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files Personalized Ring Holders Upcycle for Organization Organizing Makeup with Style: A Monogrammed Makeup Case Vinyl Tupperware Labels How to Make a Chalkboard Clipboard Christmas Card Memory Book Simple DIY Holiday Storage Labels DIY Vinyl Frame Calendar with {FREE CUT FILE} Ribbons & Tapes Upcycled Organizing Box Print and Cut Pantry Labels

1. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Daily Dwelling // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Our Southern Home // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Moberg Family // 8. Decor Adventures // 9. Pineapples and Pinecones // 10. Patina Paradise // 11. The Thinking Closet // 12. It Happens in a Blink // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. One Dog Woof // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. My Favorite Finds // 21. Create it. Go! // 22. A Prudent Life // 23. Where The Smiles Have Been // 24. Barb’s Life // 25. Everyday Paper // 26. Pitter and Glink // 27. Peanut Life Adventures // 28. Feto Soap Blog // 29. Our Rosey Life // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. My Paper Craze // 32. TitiCrafty // 33. Lil Mrs Tori

Make 2015 your best year yet in life or business

At the start of each year, I set my business and personal goals. One way I’ve been organizing my goals is by using Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year workbook + calendar. She has great tips about breaking down your goals into small, achievable chunks and reviewing them monthly to help keep on track. I started using her workbook last year with real results! One of my goals last year was do every Flagship Maker Faire in the US. I made it to all of them except for Detroit! (Bay Area, New York, Kansas City) and exhibited at the most mini Maker Faires that I ever have (Houston, Tyler, Austin, New Braunfels) for a total of seven Maker Faires! I was able to share the joy of making soap and nail polish with thousands! (which is in line with my mission statement:  Enable anyone to create their own handmade beauty products!) I’m in the process now of creating a small accountability group so we can all encourage each other to grow and check-in on our goals monthly. You can get your very own copy of her book for under $10 here.

The 2015 Create Your Shining Year workbook & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). Over the last six years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Create Your Shining Year in Life and Biz workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year.


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My New Year’s Eve Dress almost didn’t make it!

10881687_278283192295815_2992649085776845229_nThe Mr & I had decided to go to a Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party, and when I got Express.com’s newsletter showing off their party dresses, I saw one with fringe ALL over it (perfect, right?), so I overnighted it to my old address! Oh no! I didn’t have the contact for the couple that moved into my new place, but wait!  My friends at Latika Soap had met the couple that moved into my old condo at their Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving meal, so they were able to pass me their number.

I had talked to one half of the couple (Amy) before! She had called me in December to feature feto soap for Local holiday shopping picks for Community Impact Newspaper. Small world, huh? Within an hour, I had my dress! *phew*

I wore my long black satin gloves with it, a boa + flower in my hair. I tried cobbling together a headpiece/headband, but I have way TOO MUCH HAIR for those things!

We danced a little and drank a little, and were in bed before 1am! Here’s the only picture we took of the night! For dancing a boa and elbow-length gloves were a bit much, so those came off as soon as I got in the door.

I hope your new year’s eve was great. If not, hey, it’s the next day now. (and it was just one day, after all.)


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