Birthday Weekend Wrap-up

35th birthday
I opted out of having a party this year – we’re in the middle of remodeling (yay, good-bye carpet!) but not quite done yet, so I’m not ready to have a group of people over, so the Mister treated me to a decadent weekend of dinners instead.


We started at Kome on Friday night. The camembert tempura with honey is such a treat! I left my memory card at home, so no pictures. Whoops!

We had driven by but never stopped at the Elizabeth Street Cafe, so we headed there on Saturday night. Highlights for me were the fried spring rolls (so far my favorite in Austin) and the pork bahn mi. I love how they have gingham trays holding the sauces, and their pretty plastic cups were nice too. Someone had also delivered flowers from the local Houston florist delivery.

Elizabeth St. Cafe Birthday

To end the night we went dancing at Kick Butt Coffee, who hosts the monthly fusion dance where I met my North European could-be sister, Anna.

Fusion Night Feb 2014

For Sunday Brunch (my “official” birthday meal) the Mister and I headed to Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen that pretty much held us over for dinner. They sent us home with our cheesecake to go since our meal was so huge! Look at that doggie bag!
Pappadeaux Birthday Dinner

Designing custom iron-ons with the Silhouette Cameo

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I had fun playing with Cami (my Silhouette Cameo) with my friend Crystal on Saturday after my heat transfer vinyl order came in this week. She picked out gold and we downloaded some vectors to cut out from the internet! I’m planning on making a one with the stare of Texas one for myself, either in gold or this awesome shimmer lime green (from the Siser electric line) I picked up the other day! Now I’m wishing I had some HTV in copper. This wish can come true pretty soon if I *really* wanted on Monday morning at 10 am, because I found a local supplier of heat transfer vinyl! (River City Graphics Supply) It’s $16 a yard for the Siser Electric line, ouch! but I wouldn’t use much to make a similar design – this was a little less than a 5×5″ design. I’m all about the metallics these days, so I’m sure it will come in handy.

I showed her how to weed the “stitch” marks in her design on the HTV. I compared weeding to using a seam ripper… especially for this project since we were weeding stitch marks in the design. We used Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl. She decided to use her nails instead of the weeding tool and it went by quick! but we played for three hours, so uhm, I’m not sure how quick it went because it was so fun! She did play with my cats when she first stopped by, so that might have been it? Maybe?

We also forgot why she came over… partially to pick up some chairs she had lent me (the iron-on transfers we designed for our shirts were just a little way to say thank you.) So, Crystal, I have your chairs. still. ha! Don’t forget to send me a picture of the shirt you decided to iron it on to!

The evolution of my labeling system

Hello friends! Every second Monday of the month I will be posting about my Silhouette Challenge Project! January’s theme is organizing, which I have already started on, so I jumped in.

TL;DR version: I now have a Silhouette Cameo & can cut out beautiful vinyl labels to organize my home.

When I first got the itch to label my things around 1997, I started out with a Brother Labeler because it prints laminated labels which is great for things that get touched a lot or things that might get wet. At the time I didn’t own a printer or working home computer, so I wasn’t able to do any home desktop publishing like when I rocked a dot matrix printer back in the day with my Print Shop Plus or whatever it was called.

Eventually I bought a computer and inkjet printer and let’s say in 2003 or so I discovered inkjet label paper in both white and clear. The clear was awesome, because it made it look like your label was printed right on the object you were labeling! I used it on my bulk food canisters with a cool bar code font. Unfortunately the label paper wasn’t water-resistant, so the labels did not hold up over time and streaked when they got wet.  I printed tons of labels to organize my soap business items on my white label paper. I would cut up half-page shipping labels down to whatever label size I needed or use the whole label depending on the container.


The Ikea bookcase had drawers with the cut to size labels and the buckets with the half page labels.

I accidentally bought many, many boxes of UPS half-sheet label paper from someone on ebay years ago, so I would have to cut off the edge of the paper that said “for UPS use only*”! I should have read twice before I clicked once! I’m still going through that stash with probably less than a dozen pages left. I used it to practice making a “kiss cut” for stickers on my Silhouette. If you have some laying around and are interested in making stickers with here, the settings I use for UPS label paper are: Speed: 8, Thickness: 7, Blade: 1

These were the result of my many cut tests (not the kiss cut!) though I finally got it down to where you peel the stickers right off of the paper instead of these separate ones!
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*disclaimer: I’m not saying to order UPS label paper from UPS to make stickers… I made a mistake in my ordering, so it’s material that I have on hand that I didn’t mind experimenting with.

Fast forward to 2006 – I bought my first color laser printer and somewhere along the way, I discovered the existence of die-cut label paper that comes in more than Avery brand full or half sheets! Here’s my collection:label stock

My label stock is mostly to label the beauty products I make. The 1.8″ label paper has a wide top & bottom border, so I started using it to label my plastic bins (mostly shoebox size, but some 16 qt and larger) that I use to organize just about everything. I make a lot of different items, so I need to be able to find things relatively quickly. I use a lot of this size for a couple of different items, so I have a bunch of this “waste” label paper around that I keep to label my bins. I like that they stick on really well, but let me remove them (they have regular adhesive on the back of them, not removable.

Because of the projects I want to complete with the help of my Silhouette, I needed to pull out my acrylic paints and sewing kit, so I decided to label those too.  This tackle box holds all my acrylics & brushes. It was originally full of paint, clay, sewing notions & a bunch of other craft treasures Kai gifted to me when he moved to China.

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I tackled the sorting out of my sewing box (a big metal toolbox) the next day and combined the Mister’s, Kai’s and my sewing notions all into my toolbox after sorting everything into baggies. Thread, needles, lace, patches, etc. I was originally just going to label it with the words “sewing kit” but I thought it would be cute to have the keep calm poster on the side. I downloaded the free Keep Calm font and traced an image of a spool of thread in Silhouette Studio instead of a crown at the top.

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I’m also putting the Silhouette to use around the kitchen, of course! Here are a few of the things I have labeled so far:

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I made sure to save the file so I can use consistent fonts and sizes for each area of my house or if I need to cut them out again.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!image


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About

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:

Holiday Austin Flea Dec. 15


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.

austin flea
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


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!


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.

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 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!


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!



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 instead!



Austin Flea September + diy nail polish station


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!


Let’s Make Something! Fall Workshop Schedule


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!

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

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

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

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:

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.

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