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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

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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!

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http://comicpalooza.com

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

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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/

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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!

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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:

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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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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:

Houston Comicpalooza

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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.

 

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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!

Houston Mini Maker Faire

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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:

MF_WeAreAllMakers-300x300Let’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

 

Comicpalooza Houston Wrap-up

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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!

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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

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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 http://thinkeryaustin.org/visit-us/hours-and-location/ The Austin Mini Maker Faire is on May 3, so save the date! Get your advance price tickets now!

My Latest Cold Process Soapmaking Class Austin, TX Review!

Cold Process Soapmaking Class Austin, TXDid 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 lisa@fetosoap.com and we can set up a time!

 

Soap making Class in Austin, TX

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.

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Janet’s daughter made a pretty purple soap scented with blackberry sage. She added some oatmeal for gentle exfoliation!

How to make a custom vacuumed formed soap mold

At the Houston Maker Faire, I had the pleasure of meeting Jared from Fine Clonier who owns a dental vacuum former! He would carve or cast the object he wanted to make a mold out of, in this case JarJar Binks in carbonite and then vacuum form a mold over the object.

He used a porus material to carve his form from so it could release from the plastic, heated up the plastic with the vacuum-former and the vacuum sucked the plastic over the form. When he knocked out the form, he was left with a mold!

Here’s a link to his vacuum forming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYvISnb5rws&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I happened to have a booth across from his, so he sent someone over to see if the mold could be used for soap. The answer was YES! We poured soap into the mold he had just made and viola! Here is the result:

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Then Jared came over and made one in green!
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…and after he learned that you can cast soap in these molds, he started making molds and his wife poured soap into them! Check out his flickr stream to see what they came up with!

You can find a dental Vacuum-former on ebay for around $400. I think you need an air-compressor to use it as well.

If your city has a TechShop, I think most of them have Vacuum-formers. They are fairly easy to use (you set a sheet of plastic down, the heater heats the plastic and you press a button to start the vacuum, and press another button to release your form.) I’m a member of the TechShop Austin-Round Rock location and we have one! They give tours every day and are open from 9am – Midnight if you want to check them out. They also have lasers, a Maker Bot 3D printer (the Replicator 2), a vinyl cutter & many other fun toys.

Are you making your own soap molds? Do you have tips to add? Happy Making y’all!

Whippped Body Butters, Massage Bar & Sugar Scrubs Class

Couzue drove from Houston, TX to learn how to make body butters & sugar scrubs with me. She had made a couple of things before on her own buying things from the grocery store, but wanted to get some hands-on instruction and to learn more about bath & body ingredients & where to source them. Every class I teach comes with a Resource List where I share my favorite suppliers. We made oval-shaped Massage Bars in Honey Almond, Whipped Shea Butter in Coconut scent and Emulsified Sugar Scrubs in Creme Brule, all completely from scratch. Couzue wanted to keep things as natural as possible, so we didn’t didn’t use any dyes to color the products we made. We added Yellow Brazillian Clay to our sugar scrub which gave it a nice golden hue & packed it into amber jars with black lids.

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Learn to Make Soap in Austin, TX

I have been teaching a lot this year! Just last week I taught a couple from Temple, TX how to color, scent & make designs in soap. We practiced swirling soap, making a “pencil line” in soap & made soap cakes with our leftover soap.

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If there’s a soapmaking technique you want to try, but would like some instruction / hand holding, don’t hesitate to contact me for help. I’ve been making handmade soap for 10 years now & can help you troubleshoot the issues you might be facing as a new soapmaker.

Soapmaking lessons are taught at my studio located at 360/2222 in Austin, TX.

lisa@fetosoap.com ●  512.850.5472

Houston Hosts its first Mini Maker Faire! Jan 19, 2013

…and yes! I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth!

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The First Inaugural Houston Mini Maker Faire is being held Saturday, January 19,at the Stafford Centre on 10505 Cash Road. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., admission is $15 for adults ($20 at the door), or $10 ($12 at the door) for children 18 and under. Admission is free for kids two and under.

Who are the Makers? Folks who make stuff! They include inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, artisans and anyone who enjoys hands-on creativity. Makers are tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, scientists, students, writers and poets. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The event in Houston promises an eclectic mash-up of techno-scientific artistry, gadget-crafting and hands-on demos and activities.

“We’re expecting more than 75 individuals or groups of Makers this year. They’ll be presenting all sorts of inventions, creations, artwork, and techno-gadgetry,” says Jacob Shiach, organizer of Maker Faire Houston. He encourages visitors to check out the Childrens Museums exhibit, 2000 sq ft of fun for children of all ages.

“This event is a wonderful day out for anyone,” says Shiach. “Even if you’re not a Maker, the sights and sounds, the color, and hands-on activities are fun for kids, parents, and even grandpa and grandma. It truly is a familyfriendly event with something for everyone.” He emphasizes that those who attend are as much a part of the Maker movement as the Makers themselves, “A family that comes to this event takes away the gift of knowledge. It’s a way for them to become inspired,” he says.

Shiach also encourages community leaders, local businesses, and educators to attend. “This is the best chance you will have all year to meet some of the most creative and imaginative people in our community,” he says. “The Faire is as much about meeting Makers as it is about the cool stuff they make. It’s a place to meet crafters, inventors, engineers and artists. And to realize they are folks just like you and me.” Shiach points out that the Makers are a grass-roots movement.

“Makers tend to be completely focused on their craft, so they don’t often self-promote or get the recognition they deserve,” says Shiach. “Yet they really are movers and shakers in our community.
They make things happen when it’s so easy just to watch TV or sit at your computer instead.”
Visitors can purchase tickets online at the Faire’s website or pay at the door. Additional information is available on the Maker Faire Houston website.

The 2013 Houston Mini Maker Faire will be a tipping point in Houston and Texas. Shiach knows that Maker Faires make a difference in people’s lives. “Our visitors leave feeling inspired – that they’re just as capable of creating, expressing and exploring the world around them,” he says. “We’re bringing back to life that spirit of American creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness. The spirit that makes our country great.”

My Maker Faire story is here: How Maker Faire Changed My Life

Make Your Own Soap Booth Video & Pictures!

Hey guys! I finally uploaded my first video today! What do you think?

This is the first video I’ve ever put together! Monica held the camera on me on a windy day at the farmers market while I helped Xavier make his soap. He had already picked out his toy, color and fragrance when we stared rolling and I showed him how to use a color wheel to make orange.

It was cold and windy on Saturday, so we were all bundled up! There’s a live band every week at the Cedar Park Farms to Market, so thanks for bearing with me with the sound quality for my first video!

For more information on the Make Your Own Soap Booth check out  and join the facebook party here: http://fetosoap.com/facebook. I’m on twitter as @fetosoap if you’d like to connect with me there!

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World Maker Faire NYC is this weekend!

Feto Soap’s Make Your Own Soap Booth will be at World Maker Faire New York September 17 & 18th! Maker Faire is a newfangled outdoor fair that brings together science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers and the DIY spirit! For more information about Maker Faire New York, visit makerfaire.com.

You can follow our live updates during the faire on Twitter and  Facebook.

Where does Maker Faire New York take place? Maker Faire New York will take place over two days: Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, September 18th from 10 AM – 6 PM. The fair is located at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street) in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, New York. For detailed directions, visit makerfaire.com.

If you’re on twitter, EscapeMaker is giving away #free tix to the @makerfaire in Queens @NYSci @makerbot #WorldMakerFaire #kids Winners picked Fri. nt! RT to ENTER

Make Your Own Soap Booth at Cypress Vanguard this Saturday!

Come to Cypress Vanguard in downtown Austin and make a custom bar of soap 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 20-30 minutes for it to set. It’s a fun craft project and a great handmade gift.

Cypress Vanguard is located at 606 East Third Street at Red River right down the street from Moonshine. I will be there from Noon to 4pm!

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