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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!

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!


Houston Comicpalooza

Houston Comicpalooza Badge

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!

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 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.


Comicpalooza Houston Wrap-up

making nail polish

making nail polish at comicpalooza

The Houston Mini Maker Faire invited me to join them at their exhibit space they had at Comicpalooza (The Texas International Comic Con). I had never been to or exhibited at a Con before, but I signed up anyway to see what Houston had in store for us! The con attendees were enthusiastic about making, so I’m so glad we went! We had a chance to tell all the people who stopped by our booth about the upcoming Houston Mini Maker Faire that will happen on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre. They are still looking for exhibits, so sign up to bring your project to the faire!


P.J. in front of a replica of the car from Supernatural.

Soap and nail polish we made at Comicpalooza:

….and last but not least, my awesome booth helpers Jacob, P.J. & Eva! I used to work with Jacob & Eva way back when at The Methodist Hospital, so it was good to get to see them for a bit during the 4-day con! P.J. ran the soap side of my booth while I taught people how to mix up their own custom polishes.



Meet the Makers Series at the Thinkery


Avery and I are helping kick-off the Meet the Makers Series  for the Austin Mini Maker Faire at the new Austin children’s museum in Austin, the Thinkery this Saturday, April 5th from 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll be helping you create a custom bar of soap on the spot! Supplies are limited, so come early!

1830 Simond Ave The Austin Mini Maker Faire is on May 3, so save the date! Get your advance price tickets now!

Make polish at Art & Soul Open House on Wednesday


I was invited to bring a a hands-on project to the Art & Soul Open House this coming Wednesday night. I’m bringing my custom nail polish workshop! Just let us know you are coming so we can bring enough supplies! RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 26, 6:00-9:00 pm  3801 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723

Join us for a Celebration! Now that we’re settled into our new space, it’s time to throw a party!

THANK YOU for all you’ve done to help our dreams at Art & Soul come true!

We will be holding a party on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9pm as a celebration of all we’ve accomplished so far. This party is to celebrate YOU, our loyal friends and patrons, and also serves as an open house to encourage new friends to learn about our programs.

Come enjoy painting, nail polish making, wine, socializing with friends, and meeting new people in the local art community. Family and friends are welcome too!

Style Speaks Event


My next nail polish making workshop in Austin, TX is at Style Speaks on Sunday, March 23. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door.

Swag Bags for 1st 100 Ladies | Giveaways Throughout the Day

You are cordially invited to Style Speaks! Join us as Created Woman Magazine brings the magazine to life through lifestyle + beauty panels. With topics ranging from fashion to faith, you’ll leave equipped & empowered! Stick around for the finale – a fabulous fashion show previewing the best in Spring fashion by Isabella Rose Taylor, Luxe Apothetique, Bevello, Altar’d State & Desiring Eden.

Grab your girlfriends and lets connect face-to-face! In true Created Woman form, you’ll enjoy:

♥ JAMS – Spirit 105.9 & The Culinary DJ
♥ SHOPPING – Local Vendors & Designers
♥ SWEETS – Kellie’s Baking Co
♥ SIPS – Enchanted Rock Vodka+ Ambiente Wine
♥ MEET the authors of our favorite chic books
♥ CREATE your own Nail Polish – Feto Soap!

Produced by MODISH + Hosted by FIAT of Austin

2:00 – You can choose to take part in our Power Panels, relax in the Langford Lounge, shop, network or all of the above. It’s a day for YOU to enjoy!

2:30 – Welcome, Editor in Chief, Heather Frierson.
2:35–2:50 – “Just Do You: Being the Created Woman”, Cheryl Luke
3:15–3:40 – “Live Your Story” – CW Writer/Speaker Team & Q/A from audience. Our purpose is linked to our passion. Learn how to embrace & build your business around your God-given purpose & be equipped with tools to find time each day to live out the story of your life.
Writing Contest Winner Announced
4:00–4:25 – “Beauty Comes From Within” Q/A
CW Beauty Team reveals their secrets to styling, networking and what it means to be beautiful from within.

5:15 – Step Into Spring with our Fashion Show featuring designer, Isabella Rose Taylor, and the best of Austin boutiques.

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