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Austin Nerd Cave Showcase

Austin will be giving birth to a new comic inspired art showcase named “The Austin Nerd Cave” on Sunday, January 15th at Tribe Comics And Games! All are invited to come out and celebrate its birth into the new year by meeting some local artists of comics, games and all other things nerd. Hosted by Jen Hearts Art and Racketeer Robot to bring Austin closer to its local nerd talent for an awesome Sunday of creative art in a COMIC SHOP! (what better place??). So be there for comics, artists displaying mad visuals, vendors rocking comic and toy related merch, and live sketching! WHO are these artists joining forces to build this “The Austin Nerd Cave”, you ask? Check the list, YO!:

RSVP on FaceBook HERE

I’ll have my glycerin soaps with toys –  polyhedron dice will be making an appearance, my Kitchen Coffee Soap,  Shaving Soap in \Honey Almond & Bay Rum, Lotion Bars, Roll-on Perfumes, NEW Shea Butter Sugar Scrubs in Honey & Shea, White Tea & Ginger, Yuzu, Bamboo Sugar Cane & Sandalwood Vanilla.

 

Austin Fashion Trunk Show Saturday! Noon – 6pm

This is a one-day only event! Buy original designs and vintage finds directly from 12 local Austin Collectors & Designers at the best prices. ( Gift Bags to the first 15 attendees!)


There will be sips (Dripping Springs Vodka Cocktails), treats (Cupcakes from Lick it Bite it or Both), & Feather Hair Extensions by Electric Feather Company!

DESIGNERS & COLLECTORS: Katastrophic Design, Fat Cat Jewelry Studio, Bolsa Bonita, Dimovi/Vinca USA, Peacock People Vintage, Ocean Studio, Jasmine Turner, Dakota’s Vintage, Glint Gear, Trash ATX, Ruffled Clothing, Cinnamon Girl Shop and handmade bath & body products from Feto Soap. They have the latest Fashion trends.

RSVP here!

Gallery Black Lagoon
4301 A. Guadalupe St.Austin, TX 78751(512) 371-8838

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At the holiday gift exchange, you always get stuck with a Starbucks gift card the giver bought on the way to the party. And you don’t even drink coffee.

Stock up on well-priced items that will get snatched over too much syrah at this weekend’s Winter Holiday Arts Market benefiting Spacetaker. Selected young local artists congregate for a two-day event to showcase items you’ll want to give and receive – soaps shaped like cupcakes, belts and jewelry from Hello Lucky, hip silk scarves, whimsical prints, artisan jewelry from Petals & Metals, and modern stationery from A Punkin Card Company. You won’t be able to stop at just one present.

And then you can send Miss Unoriginal home with a bottle of wine. You know, since she’s pregnant.

Spacetaker’s Winter Holiday Arts Market
Friday, November 20th (5 – 10 p.m.)
Saturday, November 21st (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
FREE at Winter Street Studios
Featuring a DJ, performances, complimentary cocktails, and kid-friendly art activities
www.spacetaker.org

Feto Soap back in Houston Saturday

T'afia

One Day Only!

Feto Soap will be back in Houston for one day at the Midtown Farmers Market – this Saturday from 8am – Noon at the local crafts spree.  I’ll be bringing as much soap as I can squeeze into my Honda Civic. If you have any special requests, please make them known now! (pre-Friday)

You will be able to make your very own custom bar of soap at the feto soap booth for just $6.00. I’ll help you choose the scent, color, glitter and toy combination. It takes just minutes to put this together. After you pour the soap, you need about 30 minutes for it to set. At $6.00 it’s reasonably-priced fun craft project to do this weekend.

Along with the fun soap-crafting that can be done, you can have breakfast at t’afia and shop the farmers market to fill your cupboard with fresh, local produce and prepared foods!

The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama, next door to the Breakfast Klub

If you are not a morning person and cannot make it to the Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, I will be at Té House of Tea: 1927 Fairview from 9pm – Midnight.

Did you know that Feto Soap has a fan page on facebook? If you like us, fan us!

Make Your Own Soap at the Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday

Rosie's Horsey Soap

Come to Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, Feb. 28th and make your very own custom bar of soap at the feto soap booth for just $6.00. I’ll help you choose the scent, color, glitter and toy combination. It takes just minutes to put this together. After you pour the soap, you need about 20 minutes for it to set. At $6.00 it’s reasonably priced fun craft project to do this weekend.

Along with the fun soap-crafting that can be done, you can have breakfast at t’afia and shop the farmers market to fill your cupboard with fresh, local produce and prepared foods!

Midtown Farmers Market

The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama directions here. We will be there from 8am – Noon.

Make Your Sweetie Soap on Saturday!

Come to Midtown Farmers Market and make your sweetie a custom bar of soap at the feto soap booth for just $6.00. I’ll help you choose the scent, color, glitter and toy combination. It takes just minutes to put this together. After you pour the soap, you need about 20 minutes for it to set. Nothing says I love you (or I like you) like a handmade gift and at $6.00 it’s reasonably priced!

Midtown Farmers Market

The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama directions here. We will be there from 8am – Noon.

Rosie's Horsey Soap

The Make Your Own Soap booth is back at the Midtown Farmers Market!

Midtown Farmers MarketThis Saturday, Feb. 7th, I’ll be at the Midtown Farmers Market with my Make Your Own Soap booth where you can create a custom bar of soap with the scent, color, glitter and toy you pick out. After you pour the soap, you need about 20 minutes for it to set, and you can use it that day, if you like! I’ll also be here next week on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14th.

The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama directions here.

Bug Soap Jacob made for David cropped

fragrance evocations

Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support at the Spacetaker Winter Holiday Art Market. Two of my customers fragrance evocations of my soap really touched me, so I thought I would share them with you.

One woman received a bar of White Tea & Ginger Soap last year as a Christmas present & instead of using it as a soap, used it as an air freshener in her bedroom. She said that it smelled spicy and citrusy and it brought her feelings of happiness and joy just to smell it all year long. She didn’t like me calling it an air freshener because she said an air freshener can’t cause her to have those feelings! Who am I to argue? The customer is always right!

Another was a first time customer, Jessica. She picked up a bar of the Man Smell Soap and said that the smell reminded her of getting a hug. She had the biggest smile on her face, too. The next day she went on a date and thought her date smelled just like the soap. Maybe I’ll change the name of Man Smell Soap to Date Soap or Your Boyfriend’s Soap. What do you think?

What does the smell of my soap remind you of?

man smell soap testimonial

My first craft markets

@soaplog on twitter asked me if getting into markets and fairs was something difficult to get into. I have to say, I stumbled into doing them five years ago. I was selling my soap online and a supportive friend posted a link to my site on Meta Filter

from Meta Filter’s about page

“Metafilter is a weblog (what’s a weblog? | comprehensive history of weblogs) that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. A typical weblog is one person posting their thoughts on the unique things they find on the web. This website exists to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members.”

Claire of Poopscape.com reads Meta Filter.  She blogged about feto soap. I looked in my referrer log and saw her link to me and her zines, and asked her if she wanted to trade zines for soap. We exchanged mailing addresses and I discovered that she lived in my neighborhood! We met for coffee at Brazil. A couple months later (I think in the fall) she emailed me about a new craft market that was held behind the same coffee shop! It was the Dunlavy St. Craft Market. I think I showed up with a dozen bars of soap… totally unprepared! They held a few more craft markets and I learned what to bring by figuring out what I didn’t have the last time.

I’m not sure how the organizers of the Dunlavy St. Market knew Andrea at the Midtown Farmers Market, but she shared her list of crafters with Andrea, and I started selling there too! I think a year later the Houston Farmers Market approached me to start selling at their market as a weekly vendor.  so that’s how I went from online to in person sales at craft markets.

I’ll be at the Spacetaker Winter Holiday Art Market all weekend with finished products and a make your own soap station! Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Midtown Farmers Market this weekend!

Midtown Farmers Market

Hey  Houston! I am back from Austin and ready to serve you up some freshly made soap! I’ll have 40 + kinds of soap to choose from at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturday, November 1st from 8am – Noon. The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama directions here.

Brand new soaps are Rosemary Mint, Lavender Citrus Mint & Cool Water with Kelp.

Houston Craft Mafia

If you can’t make it out this week, I’ll be back next week on the 8th, same time, same bat-channel.

Maker Faire Austin Recap

I loaded in on Friday and set up my booth. I ran to Maru, which is this Korean owned and operated Japanese restaurant for one of their famous J-Bombs (and currently my favorite thing to eat in Austin) and then headed back to Maker Faire. Like last year on Friday night they had an evening for the makers with food and a few exhibits set up so we could enjoy a little of Maker Faire before it opened the next day. I got to spend some time eating tamales with Jennifer Ramos of Textile Fetish, Claire Chauvin of Poopscape and their families.

On Saturday Maker Faire opened at 10am and my booth was set up right next to the life-sized mousetrap game. To give you a sense of scale – instead of a marble, they used a bowling ball to launch it. All day I was surprised by friends visiting from Dallas, Houston & Austin at my booth. I came to Maker Faire by myself this year so I’m glad I was set up next to A Punkin Card Company and her entourage. They watched my booth for me when I needed to take a break. I was interviewed a bunch of times by a bunch of people, and hopefully I didn’t embarrass myself or the mafia. I got to meet a ton of photographers – they all started taking pictures at my booth. Here are some shots that John Knox from Austin took of my soap at Maker Faire.

Cool Water with Kelp

Blackberry Sage

Sunday – I bartered with a bunch of people for cardholders, scarves, pouches, cards, earrings, sold out of a couple of scents/styles of soap… and Kai and Winnie (who were running around interviewing people about a new show Make: Television) convinced me to stay another night, so I ended up eating sushi off of a boat at yet another Korean owned and operated place, Korea Garden. They told me about Flipside which is something like a regional Burning Man close to Austin. I am thinking about going next year.

It’s Market-time!

Midtown Farmers Market

I haven’t done a farmers market in ages! I took the month of August off and at my next scheduled market in September Hurricane Ike hit, but I’m back with 40 + kinds of soap to choose from.

I will be vending at the Midtown Farmers Market Local Crafts Spree on Saturday, October 11th from 8am – Noon. The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama directions here.

Houston Craft MafiaSECOND SATURDAY SHOPPING SPREE!! Lots of local craft vendors on the patio such as Houston Craft Mafia Members Eutectic Handcrafted Jewelry & A Punkin Card Company will be there! Shop Local and Shop Handmade!

Cheers!
Lisa Chouinard, Feto Soap

Feto Soap will be at Bazaar Bizarre / Maker Faire Austin!

Hey Austinites! Feto Soap will be at Maker Faire this October as a part of Bazaar Bizarre! The Bazaar Bizarre is a juried craft fair that selects vendors based on various elements such as: Individuality, DIY-sensibility, Quality of work & Diversity of Products

Travis County Event Center and Fairground (It’s where they have the Rodeo) and it sounds like we are going to be in the Show Barn. 7311 Decker Lane,  Austin, TX 78724

Bazaar Bizarre will run from October 18th, 2008 10am to 10pm and October 19th, 2008 from 11am to 6pm.

Maker Faire Schedule:
Saturday, October 18th: 10am-10pm
Sunday, October 19th: 10am-6pm

Maker Faire – my version

I arrived in San Francisco on Friday at noon, and call Kai (my assistant for Maker Faire) to see if he wants to go for lunch. By the time I get to the car rental place, it was 2:00pm! I couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant, so I looked up Green Apple Books, drove there and walked a block to Burma Superstar. I ordered Samosa Soup and then my food poisoning from the plane kicked in. Kai put me to bed and after a few hour nap (I had been traveling since 4am that morning – flying directly from Burlington, VT after attending the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference). Thankfully it was a short bout of food poisoning and I was able to eat after my nap. Then we made our way to our host for the weekend and we went to Moshi Moshi for dinner.

For Maker Faire, we were going to be making melt & pour soap, and to make one bar at a time a microwave is ideal. I asked my host if I could borrow his, and he said that would be fine… I guess I didn’t really explain my need… (his microwave is bolted into his kitchen) so I ended up buying a microwave on the way to Maker Faire and arrived 10 minutes before it started!

After getting setting up people started streaming into my booth pretty much non-stop to create their own soap. I had no time to train my assistant or eat! He fed me while I chopped and melted soap. Many people made soap – we used up a 24-pound block and a few 2 lb trays of soap – over 100 people made their own custom soap in my booth! They got to pick a mold – round, oval, floral oval, bee and honeycomb and rectangles were the choices, a toy (or toys, one kid fit 6 toys in their soap – a butterfly, army man, horse, goat, dinosaur and ballerina), colorant, glitter, and fragrance!

Maker Faire added a Saturday night portion to the event, so after the sun went down we closed up the booth and wandered around. We had some delicious Oysters Rockefeller on the grill, and while we were wolfing them down people from Brittany Knitting Needles were also at the booth slurping down oysters. They had some needles they were passing out and I scored a wooden pair of 19’s! I can’t wait to use them with some chunky yarn! We got out of there pretty late, so we ended up eating wonderful Clam Soup at the Clamhouse in San Mateo.

Jennicakes and LisaOn Sunday Kai was totally trained to show people how to make soap. We had an assembly line system going with chopped soap ready to go in paper cups that corresponded to the mold sizes, and we got to explore maker faire for 30 minutes at the end of the day. I went straight to Bizzare Bazaar and met Tammy from RoxyCraft.com, Kathy Cano-Murillo craftychica.com, Starving Artist Bazaar. Jenni from Hambones and Jennicakes stopped by my booth as I was breaking down and I am now a proud owner of one of her infamous sleep masks – mine reads ” hung over”!

Feto Soap will be at the Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, Feb. 9th

Midtown Farmers Market
Houston Craft Mafia Member Feto Soap will be vending at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturday,  Feb.9th  from 8am – Noon.

The Midtown Farmers Market is located in the front of Monica Pope’s T’afia. 3701 Travis Street @ W. Alabama
directions here

The Market is open RAIN OR SHINE!

– locally grown fruits, vegetables & herbs
– cut & potted flowers and plants
– artisanal chocolates from Brown Paper Chocolate
– organic pastries
– fair trade, organic coffee
– prepared foods, preserves & meals to go

Come by Booth # 610 at Stitch for Feto Soap Goodness + More!

 Stitch Austin

Stitch is this Saturday Nov 10th at the Austin Convention Center and
here are a few more reasons we are hoping you can make it out.

ADVANCE TICKETS – Did you know you can buy your tickets in advance
through Front Gate Tickets?

SHOP – You won’t believe your eyes. The room is jam packed with vendors
for guys and gals alike! We’ve got jewelry from Figs and Ginger
(http://www.figsandginger.com) and Gypsy Born
(http://www.gypsyborndesigns.com), wallets from RandL and Chikabird
(http://www.chikabird.com/), scarves from SuperMaggie
(http://www.supermaggie.com) and more awesome t-shirts, bags and
designers from around the country that you can’t find anywhere else in
Austin!

ENTERTAINMENT – In-between shopping for amazing handmade goodies and
watching the runway show enjoy a Double Dutch Team
(http://www.myspace.com/doubledutchwtyh) and a clip from the upcoming
documentary Hand Made Nation (http://www.handmadenationmovie.com/).

WIN FREE STUFF – Enter the raffle to win sewing machines from Baby Lock
(http://www.babylock.com/), books from Chronicle Books
(http://www.chroniclebooks.com/), Tickets to the Paramount
(www.paramounttheatre.org/), drills from Dremel and tons and tons of
amazing things made by our vendors!

600 FREE GOODIE BAGS – We have 100 extra bags and we want you to have
them! The bags are all unique – choose one to match your outfit!
Stuffed to the brim with Hair Clips by Tasty Jewelry
(http://www.tastyjewelry.com/), T-shirts by Parts & Labour
(http://www.myspace.com/partsandlabour), Sewing patterns from
Simplicity (http://www.simplicity.com/) sweet and sassy lip chapsticks,
tons of amazing magazines and more!

AFTERPARTY – After Stitch (11ish) please join us at The Mohawk on Red
River (http://www.mohawkaustin.com/events/) for our after party. Free
with a Stitch wristband, $5 otherwise. DJ Abominatron and DJ Orion
will spin the jams and give you a chance to see the models up close and
personal.

Doors are 4PM and the fashion show is at 9:30PM. Be sure to arrive
early so you can make sure you get in!!

(http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=15977&eid=20301) It’s true, I swear. Only $10 a pop!

Midtown Farmers Market Local Crafts Spree

If you don’t already have plans for this Saturday (and even if you do!), come out to the Midtown Farmers Market for the Second Saturday Shopping Spree event.

MFM Collage

Houston Craft Mafia members Feto Soap and Rara Avis will be there with tables full of handmade goodness. Rara Avis has new notebooks from the The White Tree stationery lines, new Signature notecards, and fun summer jewelry from EUTECTIC. Lisa from Feto Soap will have her lotion bars, shea butter lip balm and handmade soaps. Come by and say hello.

The Midtown Farmers Market runs from 8am – Noon on Saturdays at t’afia restaurant (3701 Travis & W. Alabama) rain or shine. See you there!

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