Happy New Year!

best year yetI’ve really appreciated the time off I’ve taken after the holiday &  have been doing lots of personal crafting after having a nice rest. This is a free printable from C.R.A.F.T. made by Vanessa at the Tried & True blog. I’ve “known” Vanessa for probably 10 years now from an online business forum (The Switchboards) and we reconnected on instagram recently.

I wanted to see if my Silhouette Cameo could mimic chalkboard art with the sketch pen feature because I have some ideas for how I want to decorate for Valentine’s, so I traced the printable with a copper metallic pen on black cardstock. I’m happy with how it turned out. I might sketch some smaller versions for my smash book(s). Marshall’s had them on sale for $5.99 yesterday (I’ve seen them for $12 at Target), so I picked up one for myself + one for my biz. I’m collecting bits of paper to put in them and might do a year in review starting from December 2013 and going backwards.

These are just some of the things I’ve been cutting out of with my machine – mostly paper and vinyl that I had on hand.

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar is open through Dec. 24th

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is open Saturday,  Sunday,  Monday, 10 am – 10pm & on Christmas Eve Dec. 24th 10 am-6pm 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. near Highland Mall. It features over 140 artists such as Nothing But a Pigeon, Poppy & Fern and Curare Sweets!
I have a little something for everyone in my booth! Here’s a smattering of what’s there:
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Holiday Austin Flea Dec. 15

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This is the last of my “wo-manned” holiday shows for the year!  The first 20 attendees of the flea will get a goodie bag that contains a gingerbread soap! There will be a raffle to raise funds for SafePlace.

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sunday, december 15th
at scholz beer garten
(1607 san jacinto) 11am – 5 pm
+ make your own nail polish station*!

*maybe, if I have room! I’ll be an indoor vendor (a 6×6′ spot) & they are still working on the layout!

I’ll update when I get more information!

Cherrywood Art Fair

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Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be at Cherrywood Art Fair from 10am – 5pm today at booth #82. My other show, the Violet Crown Arts Festival was cancelled for the weekend, so Cherrywood invited me to exhibit at their fair again this year.

The funds raised through the Cherrywood Art Fair go towards the CHULA League + one of my favorite programs that I had the pleasure to be a part of this year, the Little Artist, Big Artist Program.

Little Artist/Big Artist pairs East Austin students with professional artists to experience the creative process from ideation through commercialization.

Mentored by a Big Artist, the Little Artist creates art, along with a journal of the experience. Little Artist works, along with selected art by the professional artists, are displayed in the spring show. One work by each Little Artist is auctioned at the prestigious Cherrywood Art Fair each year on the second weekend in December.

My latest show schedule!

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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.
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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!

 

Austin Flea on Saturday!

Join us on Saturday at the Austin Flea 11-5pm 1500 Barton Springs where you can shop my seasonal scents: lip balms in gingerbread and chai tea! I’ll also have my make your own nail polish station set up where you can customize the lacquer of your dreams! See the full lineup of artists here!

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Round Rock Market Days, Holiday Show Schedule & Bath Bomb Making Class

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! 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!

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World Maker Faire Wrap-up

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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 lisa@fetosoap.com instead!

 

 

Austin Flea September + diy nail polish station

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Join us for the next Austin Flea on Saturday, September 14th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Spider House Ballroom – 2908 Fruth St. 78705. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more!  The Austin Flea is free and open to all ages. See the full vendor list here!

I’ll have my bath goodies with a sneek peek of a few fall scents like pepperberry and pumpkin + my diy custom nail polish station!

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Let’s Make Something! Fall Workshop Schedule

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September 21 & 22, 2013 World Maker Faire – Learn to Make Your Own Soap

Make Your Own Nail Polish Workshop Wrap-up

Look at all the polishes the ladies made this past Sunday!

Here’s how to join in on the fun!

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Make Your Own Nail Polish / See Arc Attack Perform on Saturday at ATX Hackerspace

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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 lisa@fetosoap.com.

Schedule Your Own Nail Polish Party Today

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 lisa@fetosoap.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.

 

Nail Lacquer Giveaway!

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Enter NOW to win the FULL set of Browncoats Unite!, the incredible NEW nail lacquer from Spry Sprout and feto soap! Entering is easy peasy, too! Just ‘like’ Spry Sprout and feto soap and make sure to go to this link to record it all: http://bit.ly/14QuZir

There’s a few other optional ways to gain more entries, and don’t forget! Share and tweet daily for even MORE chances to win! Good luck, and always remember to aim to misbehave!

Join the Nail Lacquer of the Month Club!

Get a different full-sized bottle of nail lacquer (15ml) each month delivered straight to your door! Choose from three ($25), six ($50) or 12-month ($100) memberships! This makes great birthday, housewarming or wedding shower gift!

Our hand-blended nail laquer is “3-Free”. This mean it does not contain the Toxic Trio of chemicals: Toluene, Formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. Additionally, our base is also free of Camphor and is cruelty-free.

Nail Polish Party June 30th

Create your own nail polishes with over twenty micas & glitters to choose from to combine & make whatever colors you dream of! Make sheer top-coats, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes under my direction!


 June 30th RSVP for the nail polish party here: http://polishparty.eventbrite.com


You can also call 512.850.5472 or email lisa@fetosoap.com to book a nail polish party for your event! Great for birthday parties and bridal showers!

My Nail Care Routine

I use a lotion bar for my cuticles every day and whenever they start to feel dry! It’s packed full of cocoa & mango butter, almond oil and beeswax to help seal it all in.

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You can also use my jojoba oil roll-on to soften and moisturize your cuticles before your manicure. It’s 100% golden jojoba oil + a nice smell of your choice!  Jojoba has long been touted as the miracle oil for softening the skin while being non-greasy. It is easily absorbed and promotes a silky smooth skin. Jojoba oil will help to nourish the skin and prevent dryness. Good stuff right?!

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Before I apply my polish, I use a base coat. Right now I’m using essie’s first base base coat, so the polish can really stick to the nail and chip less easily!

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After I have applied two coats of my polish, I top it off with Seche Vite’s dry fast top coat. I’m wearing a dark purple glitter top coat over silver today, and it really smooths out the glitter. Love!

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To prevent chipping of my polish for when I wash dishes or work with my hands, I wear gloves!


If you are ready to make your own nail polishes, check out the two events in Austin coming up on June 20th & June 30th!

Create your own nail polishes with over 50 micas & glitters to choose from to combine & make whatever colors you dream of! Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes!

Upcoming events where you can make your own polishes:

June 20 7pm Etsy Craft Party at The Burlap Bag Facebook Event / Eventbrite event RSVP

Craft party + whatever you wanna make + free knitting lessons + free booze! + light snacks + awesome people! (that last one means YOU need to be there!)

Bring whatever project you’re working on, knitting or not, or come learn to knit! Or just hang out on some couches with friends (and drink! I mean, what…)

This is a perfect time to learn how to knit/become a grandma in your 20’s/30’s/however old you are!

We’ll supply some yarn and knitting needles, but bring your own if you’ve got ’em! Or another project. We just wanna hang out with you really….

Also, etsy is providing us with a box of crafting supplies!

ALSO – – an update on activities happening:
We will also have:
-a make your own nail polish table
-a free DIY laundry detergent station (bring a 4oz jar so you can take some home! or buy one from us for $1)
-a free headband making area
-a photo station – backdrop by the Confetti Committee!


 June 30th RSVP for the nail polish party here: http://polishparty.eventbrite.com


You can also call 512.850.5472 or email lisa@fetosoap.com to book a nail polish party for your event! Great for birthday parties and bridal showers!

Etsy Craft Party at The Burlap Bag June 20th

Create your own nail polishes with over 50 micas & glitters to choose from to combine & make whatever colors you dream of! Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes!

Upcoming events where you can make your own polishes:

June 20 7pm Etsy Craft Party at The Burlap Bag Facebook Event / Eventbrite event RSVP

Craft party + whatever you wanna make + free knitting lessons + free booze! + light snacks + awesome people! (that last one means YOU need to be there!)

Bring whatever project you’re working on, knitting or not, or come learn to knit! Or just hang out on some couches with friends (and drink! I mean, what…)

This is a perfect time to learn how to knit/become a grandma in your 20’s/30’s/however old you are!

We’ll supply some yarn and knitting needles, but bring your own if you’ve got ’em! Or another project. We just wanna hang out with you really….

Also, etsy is providing us with a box of crafting supplies!

ALSO – – an update on activities happening:
We will also have:
-a make your own nail polish table
-a free DIY laundry detergent station (bring a 4oz jar so you can take some home! or buy one from us for $1)
-a free headband making area
-a photo station – backdrop by the Confetti Committee!


 June 30th RSVP for the nail polish party here: http://polishparty.eventbrite.com


You can also call 512.850.5472 or email lisa@fetosoap.com to book a nail polish party for your event! Great for birthday parties and bridal showers!
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