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/
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.
Make Your Own Soap Booth at Bay Area Maker Faire 2014
Make Your Own Soap Booth at Bay Area Maker Faire 2008
Make Your Own Soap Booth 2007 (my very first one!)
My 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!
Houston! I can’t wait to be back to make soap and nail polish with you guys next weekend at the Houston Mini Maker Faire.
Mike Hinkle wrote a great list of reasons to go to this year’s Maker Faire (you know, other than to make soap and nail polish), so I’ll share them here:
Let’s get right to the point: we were all born to be learners and creators, but sometimes this gets lost in the rush and distractions of modern life. If you want to get back in touch with your inner passion to learn / create / design / build / make, Maker Faire is the place for you! Here you can see real projects, real experiences and activities, made by real people who might even live on your street. While there are some cool things to purchase if you want, Maker Faire is outstandingly about learning and doing. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’ve never seen anything like this! Simply put, this will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston.
Key signs you’re ready for Maker Faire:
- You’ve heard about cool things Makers are doing and want to learn how to do it yourself
- Your attention span is longer than 6 seconds or 140 characters
- You’re sure there’s more to life than what you can see on a screen
- You’ve heard about some amazing new tech thing and you want to see it for real
- You’re a student and you want to actually use, apply and experience things you’ve learned in the classroom
- You fear going to exhibitions and shows because you don’t want to be chased by people trying to sell you things
Click here for a full list of exhibits, activities and events at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre.
Click here to purchase tickets
Each month I’ll be teaching a different bath & body related workshop at the Thinkery Austin Children’s Museum this summer! Here’s a peek of the line-up! In a short 10 days from now, you can make nail polish with me!
Make Your Own Nail Polish (Ages 5 & up)
Saturday, June 14, 2:30 – 4 pm
Create your own custom nail polishes on the spot! We have 100+ micas (shimmer colors) and glitters for you to choose from to combine your own toxin-free nail lacquers. Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes. You can also bring your existing polishes to make new blends with them. Mix your polishes with the guidance of Lisa Chouinard, owner of the handmade beauty company, feto soap.
$44: 1 Child ($12) + 1 Adult ($12) + Activity Fee ($20)
$40: 1 Member Child ($10) + 1 Member Adult ($10) + Activity Fee ($20)
1 Extra Child ($12) + Activity Fee ($20)
1 Extra Member Child ($10) + Activity Fee ($20)
Register online (select “Family Workshops” for Event Type), or call (512) 469-6201
July 19th Sugar Scrub Making Workshop
Personalize your own sugar scrubs with a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, and exfoliants! Each child/adult pair will take home two custom scrubs they have created.
Ages 5+ 1.5 hours
August 9th Bath Bomb Making Workshop
Everything you need to know to recreate these fun bath time treats on your own. Learn what makes them fizz & whirl when you drop them into water. This is a hands-on class where you will customize the scent & color of one batch of bath bombs. A supply resource list will also be provided so you can keep making them on your own!
2.0 hours Ages 7+
Can’t make it to one of these classes? Interested in hosting a party where your guests learn to make bath & body goodies? Email me! Groups of 10 start at $250 for two hours of making fun.
Guess what guys! I’m headed to the Tyler Mini Maker Faire this weekend along with 40 + makers at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler, TX.
Maker Faire staples like Eepy Bird will be there with their Diet Coke and Mentos experiment/entertainment. They are one of my favorite things to see at Maker Faire.
Here are some of the other makers that will be in attenance: Red Raider Robotics, VEX Robotics Competition, Dallas Personal Robotics Group, Printer Robot Simple: Extreme Edition, VEX Robotics Competition, UT Tyler Ingenuity Center, North Texas Drone Users Group, TJC Physics, Auto-Fetch, About the Tree Series, RC Legos, 3D printed R/C Tachikoma, Moore Robotics Club, Marty, UT Tyler American Chemical Society, LeTourneau University Engineering, East Texas Gem & Mineral Society, smART Projects, Pagermotors.com, Whitehouse ISD, CNC/3D printer, Squishy Circuits, Percy Wang, Jonathan Kavanaugh, Robert Baker, Austin Tie Die Co & Poly Printers.
Wow you guys! Between my little table at SXSW Create (in the Austin Mini Maker Faire booth) and my workshop at the SXSW Renegade Craft Fair, we made over 500 custom nail polishes together! You guys are amazing! I loved seeing all the colors and combinations you came up with! Many thanks to Roni, Dallas, Moira, Maria Felix, Avery and Mariah for all of the help I had at my booth during the three-day show. It was great to meet you all!
Courtney from the Blue Genie Art Bazaar stopped by and took this picture
Dallas helping people make polish at my booth, with Roni & I in the background
A very excited 10-year old made a gold glitter-bomb polish
Cremes @jetpack31 created at my booth
@jetpack31’s St. Paddy’s Day Mani with the Awesome Avocado creme + gold shimmer she made
@me_roni_d’s glitter bomb
@sarah_mimo_’s polish she made http://instagram.com/p/lumNm1yGKF/
You can make nail polish with me at Art & Soul this coming Wednesday night (6-9pm) at their studio in E. Austin. RSVP here!
My next walk-up nail polish making workshop is at the SXSW Renegade Craft Fair Thursday – Sunday, March 13, 14 + 15th Noon – 8pm open to the public at the Palmer Events Center.
I had fun making these and spreading the love for Valentine’s Day. I met with Mazzi Peled of Latika Soap for happy hour early this week and was able to give her one. I accidentally spilled some of my pink sugar perfume on it, and she was asking me “What is that smell coming out of your purse!” so I ended up giving her a scented valentine! What a happy accident since she loves the smell. We have similar philosophies about formulating & designing, so I love getting to chat with her.
Another way I choose to spread love is through teaching. Each fall I take on an adult intern at feto soap. They usually are on their way to starting their own bath & body business, but want some help learning techniques and production from an established business.
Last year, Kelly Darby of Lucy Kat Soaps was my fall intern. I taught her how to make soap & bath bombs, and she helped me package my products during the fall of 2013. We worked out an arrangement of both in-studio and take-home tasks (like entering emails into a spreadsheet & some packaging duties) because she lives in N. Round Rock and has two young children at home. She was super-organized about her babysitting schedule, so would let me know a week ahead when her studio or take-home task availability was. She also helped me at shows when she was available!
Unbeknownst to us, we had a couple of interests and people in common, like Taylor from Nothing But a Pigeon, a love for yoga and NPR. When she’s not busy chasing after her little ones, she’s working at a yoga studio part-time (like I did!) while she makes her fabulous party favors.
I had the pleasure of having both of them over for a pre-Valentine’s Day
lunch complete with chocolates and champagne! Since I didn’t want us all getting tipsy, I made a variation of Profanity Salmon for us while we snacked on the goat cheese and noshes Kelly brought over. I was too busy eating them to get a picture!
Houston is my next stop this weekend. I’ll have my beauty products galore + my custom nail polish station setup at the Winter Holiday Art Market alongside many other talented artists.
Then I’ll be setting up at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar after I return & selling at the Austin Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer events center.
The view from turn 15.
We made lots of soap at the Formula 1 US Grand Prix in the Kiddie Zone Tent. They requested all the toys we had to be racing themed, so some of our soaps ended up looking like this:
On the last day of the races, Pitbull put on a concert right next to my tent!
Did you know you can learn how to make soap completely from scratch in Austin, TX? I will help you get over your fear of working with lye to start your on your path to making beautiful, natural soaps! Sandy scented her custom soap with lemon drop cookie fragrance and topped it with calendula petals! Choose from over 100 fragrance and essential oils that I have in-house in my studio!
Sandy D. took my latest class this week, and this is what she had to say:
“Lisa is a wonderful teacher. Her instructions were clear and she is well-organized. She was very patient with my endless (and sometimes nosy!) questions about the soap making business. Every time I asked a question, it turned out that she had already included the information on the handouts! I had a great time in this class and can’t wait to take another class from Lisa. I can’t stop admiring my very first batch of cold process soap. I would highly recommend Lisa and her classes.”
If you’re interested in learning to make soap, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a time!
Come and see me at the Round Rock Market Days located in Downtown Round Rock (just north of Austin) this Saturday! I’ll have my fall scents out like Pumpkin & Pepperberry, and you can also check out my fall colors of nail lacquer. My glow in the dark polishes are especially fun for halloween!
On October 17th, I have an upcoming Bath Fizzy Workshop at the Austin Tinkering School where you will get to make and take home 9 bath fizzies you have made from start to finish! You will get to custom scent and color them!
Thank you New York! We made over 400 soaps together! It was great meeting new faces and to see returning faces! One mom told me her child was so excited to make soap again that he wouldn’t stop talking about it from the car ride all the way to my booth! I can’t wait to do it all over again next year! Oh & at the end of the day Jen from NYSCI brought me an Educator’s Choice Award! Squee!!
I’m back home in Austin, TX preparing for my upcoming bath & body classes at the Austin Tinkering School. My next class is on Sunday & I’ll be teaching people how to make their own custom nail polish! If there’s something you’re interested in learning that’s not on the schedule, comment here and let me know! If you’re shy, you can email me at email@example.com instead!
September 21 & 22, 2013 World Maker Faire – Learn to Make Your Own Soap
All classes now held at: Austin Tinkering School at 8204 N. Lamar Ste. B16
Look at all the polishes the ladies made this past Sunday!
Here’s how to join in on the fun!
All classes now held at: Austin Tinkering School at 8204 N. Lamar Ste. B16
Create your own nail polishes! Create your own nail polishes! Make one or make as many as you’d like at the ATX Hackerspace located at 9701 Dessau Rd, Suite 304, Austin, Texas 78754 on Saturday, July 27th from Noon – 5pm. It’s a walk-up event, so no RSVP required! $6 to make a mini polish or $10 to make two!
I have 80+ micas & 30+ glitters to choose from to combine custom nail lacquers on the spot. Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes!
You can also bring your existing polishes to make new blends with them!
Plan on spending just minutes creating and mixing your polishes under the guidance of Lisa Chouinard, owner of feto soap!
If you have any questions, please call 512.850.5472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t wait! Schedule your nail polish party for yourself or a loved one today. Great for birthday parties, bridal showers & batchlorette paries! Call 512.850.5472 or email me at email@example.com.
What people are saying about our Nail Polish Parties!
“I went to one of Lisa’s parties and had an absolute BLAST! There were so many colors and glitters to choose from; I had fun picking out my own colors while seeing what others chose. Lisa was warm and inviting, as well as instructional and informative. I felt like she really cared about my experience and I look forward to going to another one of her parties!” – Miranda B.
Look at the beautiful soap my student made in my soap making class today! She scented her soap with Bergamot Essential Oil and English Tea Rose, and topped it off with rosebuds! In our Soapmaking 101 Class we make a batch of cold-process soap from start to finish and cover how to scent, color, mold your soaps as well as where to purchase soapmaking supplies.
Janet’s daughter made a pretty purple soap scented with blackberry sage. She added some oatmeal for gentle exfoliation!