Austin Mini Maker Faire is THIS WEEKEND!

I am SO EXCITED that the Maker Faire is back in Austin this year, this time in Mini form. It will be held at the Pine Street Station (home of the Hope Farmers Market). I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth along with 65 other makers. R2-D2 will be there! How exciting is that?

Here’s a repost of a blog I wrote recently  about how Maker Faire changed my life.

 

Maker Faire is an event that is near & dear to my heart. I have been a Maker since it came to Austin in 2007. I think my writer friend Carly mentioned it would be something I could be interested in doing. Not knowing much about the event other than it was run in part with Make: and Craft: magazine, I submitted my proposal for an idea that I had never tried to do before: bring all the things you need to make a bar of soap to an event and let people create right at the booth! I was accepted, so I packed up my Honda Civic full of soap molds, fragrances, colorants, toys, honey & glitter, drove from Houston to Austin and invited people to make soap with me, and they did! I haven’t stopped teaching people how to make soap since! Thank you Maker Faire for giving me this opportunity to spread the joy of creating with a wider audience. I have since quit my “day job” of fixing computers and now make and teach soapmaking to people of all ages full-time. Maker Faire Austin also showed me that Austin has a vibrant and creative community, and inspired me to move to Austin from Houston, which I did in 2009. This is the short story, of course. For the long version come visit me at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on Saturday and I’ll tell it to you myself.

Maker Faire 2007

Austin Mini Maker Faire is brought to you by Kami Wilt and Austin Tinkering School. Kami attended the Austin Maker Faire in 2008 and had a life-altering experience there, where she realized that makers and making were central to her existence. Shortly thereafter, she founded Austin Tinkering School, inspired and encouraged by the flagship Tinkering School in San Francisco, which is a place where kids (and adults!) use real tools and real materials to build the things that they think of. After waiting and waiting (and waiting!) for Maker Faire to come back to Austin, she woke up one day last fall realizing that someone had to step up to the plate to bring Maker Faire back to Austin. And it might as well be herself, Austin Tinkering School, and the wily band of tinkerers that call Austin their homeland. Because there’s just far too many makers in Austin not to have a maker faire…!

Many attendees and Makers have similar stories about how Maker Faire has affected their lives. What’s yours? If you haven’t had a life-altering event because of Maker Faire, it’s not too late! Join us on Saturday! I hope you come and leave inspired to make things!

Chickenless Chickpea Salad

Until today, I haven’t made anything with Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans that I’ve actually liked – Hummus is mostly what I’ve made with chickpeas. I like hummus with LOTS of lemon juice.

Last Wednesday I went to a potluck and someone brought Wheatsville’s Chickenless Chickpea Salad. It was SO GOOD! If I remember correctly, the ingredients were Chickpeas, Celery, Bell Pepper, Lemon, Salt, Pepper, Veggie Mayo.

I have canned Chickpeas in the pantry so I drained & rinsed 1 can, coarsely blended about 1/2 of the chickpeas, finely chopped about 2 tablespoons each of bell pepper and celery, added the juice of half of a lemon, 1 tablespoon mayo and added salt & pepper to taste. I combined all the ingredients and promptly ate it!

It would have been great on a sandwich, too! The next time I make it I will snap a picture and add it to this post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Bath Bombs are here!

You asked, and I happily obliged! Here is my latest batch of bath bombs. You can order them online or get them directly from me at the Cedar Park Farms to Market this Saturday. They will make a great addition to any Easter basket! They are Giant Bath Bombs, weighing in at 7.5 ounces per bomb!  Scents currently available are Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, White Tea & Ginger, Yuzu Japanese Citrus, Bamboo Sugar Cane, Pink Grapefruit, Sandalwood Vanilla, Lemongrass and Ocean Rain. Drop one of these into your bath and watch it fizz, like a giant alka-seltzer! Bath Bombs make bathtime fun AND soften your skin!

  • Oatmeal, Milk & Honey has oatmeal added to the bomb, of course!
  • White Tea & Ginger with oatmeal & white china clay
  • Yuzu Japanese Citrus with Pink Clay
  • Bamboo Sugar Cane with green and yellow clay
  • Pink Grapefruit with pink clay and fun hot pink sprinkles!
  • Sandalwood Vanilla with ground vanilla beans
  • Ocean Rain with sea clay and tints your bath water blue!

Bramble Berry Bath Bomb Swap Part One

I’ve been kicking the idea of adding bath bombs to the feto soap line. Here’s one I made at the very beginning of the year: [singlepic id=26 w=320 h=240 float=] I am pretty sure I used too much witch hazel in my mix, so they started looking like bath muffins instead of cupcakes. They started “growing” (reaction between the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid) when I wasn’t looking. I punched them down three times & on the third time they stayed down to this level of poofiness. [singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=] I made a few giant bath bombs last week that I was happy with in Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and White Zinfandel and saw that Bramble Berry was hosting a swap, which was perfect because I wanted to work on my bath bomb cupcakes & experiment with using clays to color them. I made the bases of my cupcakes with pink & white kaolin clay and scented them with cherry almond. It was a humid day and the bases didn’t want to cooperate, so I ended up adding more witch hazel and sweet almond oil to get my mixture to stay together. Then I made some bath frosting & topped the cupcakes with it, jojoba beads & a sprinkle of iridescent glitter. [singlepic id=27 w=320 h=240 float=][singlepic id=28 w=320 h=240 float=] I had some leftover frosting, so I made cake balls with them. [singlepic id=29 w=320 h=240 float=] and then cake pops with them. [singlepic id=32 w=320 h=240 float=]

I needed to make 12 bath bombs for the swap, and I ended up with 13, so I did some “product testing” the other day with the extra cupcake. The bottom of the cupcake fizzed away and tinted my bath water a little pink, and I ran the top of the cupcake under running water to make bubbles. It didn’t completely dissolve on its own so I used it to shave my legs! It was great!

I mailed them off on Monday, so hopefully they will get there safe and sound! [singlepic id=30 w=320 h=240 float=] 30 people have signed up so far. I can’t wait to try everyone’s bath bombs out! They are fun to use and make my skin feel so soft! I prefer a bath bomb swap to a soap swap because you can use one bath bomb per bath vs. a bar of soap, which takes so much longer to go through. I still have soap from a Soap Conference swap a few years back!

Cedar Park Farms to Market

chicken-egg-duck-eggI’m not just a vendor at Cedar Park Farms to Market. I’m an avid supporter of slow food and eating local. At market this week we picked up duck eggs from Countryside Family Farm, a container of Fromage Blanc from Mill-King Market & Creamery – I topped a piece of cornbread I had with it and some strawberry preserves,p1010337-640x427 veggies from Johnson’s Backyard Garden: Carrots, Kale, Rainbow Chard, Brussel Sprouts, Green Onions & a pound of shrimp from K&S Seafood. I’m going to make shrimp scampi with Kalyn’s Kitchen’s recipe tonight for a potluck for a friend that is visiting from the Far East!

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My strawberry jam made a heart.

These are the soaps we made today at CPF2M!

 

 

Shop Local Spotlight: Cedar Park Farms to Market

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None of these are sponsored links. I only write about what I love! I love to eat!

This week’s haul from Cedar Park Farms to Market included fresh veggies from Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Balsamic Vinegar from Texas Hill Country Olive Co., coffee beans roasted in my former hometown Houston, TX from Katz Coffee and bread & pastries from Sweetish Hill Bakery. While I was at the market Sierra and I ate tamales from the Tamale Place. I eat their tamales for lunch on most Saturdays! This week I tried their nopales (cactus) tamales and they were so delicious!

french toastI had never made french toast with success until today! P.J. showed me how easy it was with Sweetish Hill Bakery’s sliced baguette. Here is how they turned out! Other goodies I picked up at their booth were the Coconut Macaroons, which I took to a birthday party, the Ginger Snaps & Chocolate Chip cookies with nuts! Also picked up a Wheat Bread loaf and Sunflower & Flaxseed for sammiches later this week!

 

today's juiceToday’s juice from Johnson’s Backyard Garden: Organic Beet, Carrot, Kale, Mung Beans I sprouted and Apple and Ginger from the store.

 

crackersCrackers I made yesterday from my juicing pulp. I followed AM’s recipe loosely to make them. I made them on a silicone baking mat in my oven & have since eaten them all! I love how there’s no waste when you make crackers with your juice pulp! What do you do with your juice pulp? I have made vegetable broth with my juicing pulp and might start composting it on my patio so we can start a garden. Microbial Earth is also at the market, so I might pick up some of their bran to get my compost on. or make LOTS of crackers. Either way, I need something to do with all the pulpy leftovers from my daily juice.

One reason I picked up the Balsamic Vinegar this week is because we eat the crusty baguettes from Sweetish Hill almost every week, and I wanted something to dip it in!

We are going to drink the coffee we bought from Katz Coffee’s table and I might use a little of it in my Kitchen Coffee Soap.

What did you get from the farmers market this week? and what are you going to do with it?

How Maker Faire Changed My Life


Maker Faire is an event that is near & dear to my heart. I have been a Maker since it came to Austin in 2007. I think my friend Carly mentioned it would be something I could be interested in doing. Not knowing much about the event other than it was run in part with Make: and Craft: magazine, I submitted my proposal for an idea that I had never tried to do before: bring all the things you need to make a bar of soap to an event and let people create right at the booth! I was accepted, so I packed up my Honda Civic full of soap molds, fragrances, colorants, toys, honey & glitter, drove from Houston to Austin and invited people to make soap with me, and they did! I haven’t stopped teaching people how to make soap since! Thank you Maker Faire for giving me this opportunity to spread the joy of creating with a wider audience. I have since quit my “day job” of fixing computers and now make and teach soapmaking to people of all ages full-time. Maker Faire Austin also showed me that Austin has a vibrant and creative community, and inspired me to move to Austin from Houston, which I did in the spring of 2009. This is the short story, of course. For the long version come visit me at any of my next events, or book a private or group session with me.

Maker Faire 2007

Austin Mini Maker Faire is brought to you by Kami Wilt and Austin Tinkering School. Kami attended the Austin Maker Faire in 2008 and had a life-altering experience there, where she realized that makers and making were central to her existence. Shortly thereafter, she founded Austin Tinkering School, inspired and encouraged by the flagship Tinkering School in San Francisco, which is a place where kids (and adults!) use real tools and real materials to build the things that they think of. After waiting and waiting (and waiting!) for Maker Faire to come back to Austin, she woke up one day last fall realizing that someone had to step up to the plate to bring Maker Faire back to Austin. And it might as well be herself, Austin Tinkering School, and the wily band of tinkerers that call Austin their homeland. Because there’s just far too many makers in Austin not to have a maker faire…!

Many attendees and Makers have similar stories about how Maker Faire has affected their lives. What’s yours? If you haven’t had a life-altering event because of Maker Faire, it’s not too late! Join us! Our Mini Maker Faire is community-run & needs your support. Ways to show your support are to donate, volunteer and apply to be a maker or at this year’s event.

February Giveaway!

pink-sugar-perfumeHey y’all! This month I am hosting a giveaway of one of my signature scents! It’s a version of Pink Sugar that I’m sure you will adore! This fragrance smells just like a fabulously adult cotton candy. The main notes are Vanilla, Sandalwood and Sweet Heliotrope. It seems to have a fruity note in there – maybe a sweet maraschino cherry too?

You can enter once per day until the 21st of this month. Winners will be announced here on the blog on the February 22nd!

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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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We Made Soap at Cedar Park Farms to Market

I spent Saturday morning at Cedar Park Farms  to Market where Erica & I made soap at the booth. It was Erica’s first day. She had fun making soap with the very excited kiddos! The adorable little girl in the pink told us that she couldn’t wait to go home and use her strawberry scented horsey soap.

If you would like for me to make soap with you and your group,  just let me know! I would love to teach them how to make soap in Austin and surrounding areas.

I’ll be back at Cedar Park Farms to Market  at Lakeline Mall next weekend with my Make Your Own Soap Booth if you want to check it out.

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NEW! Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Lotion Bars and Soap

I rarely make my lotion bar in new scents – but I had to bring this one back to go with my new & now popular honey & shea sugar scrub and Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap that I’ll have this week at the Cedar Park Farms to Market. I adore honey! It’s been used in beauty care for a long time. Here are a  few simple reasons why you might want to add honey to your skin care routine:

  • It helps heal very dry skin.
  • It evens out skin tone and can help reduce dark spots on skin almost like a natural skin-bleaching agent.
  • It reduces wrinkles naturally.
  • It smells delicious.

One of my favorite facial masks is to put pure honey on my face for 15 minutes and then wash off. You will not believe how soft your skin will feel!

Austin Nerd Cave Showcase Wrap-up

I had fun at Sunday’s Austin Nerd Cave Showcase  in S. Austin. I was mostly at my table during the show, but I managed to come home with a naked lady (one of Lou Pon’s signed prints)  and a condom! (a Latex Avenger Comic promo).  It definitely was a different kind of show! I finally met Melissa Stewart of Crab Apple Designs. She was set up next to me, but her recycled comic book notebooks blended in so well to the store, I didn’t realise they were journals she makes! Keep an eye out for the next one this summer! Many thanks to Jennifer Cunningham and Racketeer Robot for organizing and to Tribe Comics and Games for hosting this artist showcase.

I’ll be spending the rest of this week creating goodies for this weekend’s Cedar Park Farms to Market and Make Your Own Soap booth I’ll be running during the market.

Cedar Park Farms to Market – Saturdays at Lakeline Mall

Guess who is a the newest vendor at Cedar Park Farms to Market? This gal!
I’ll be there on Saturday morning from 9am – 1pm with my lotion bars, sugar scrubs, soaps & market specials!

Cedar Park Farms to Market is located at Lakeline Mall behind Sears & Dillard’s and has around 40 vendors at this time of year, including these!

If you would like something you have seen online and would like me to bring it to the market on Saturday, place your order and use code CPF2M for free delivery to the market.

I can’t wait to see your smiling happy faces on Saturday! Is there anything you want to see at the market? Please let me know in your comments below!

Introducing Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub!

Introducing pralines and cream ice cream! Just kidding! It looks and smells like the ice cream because of those bits of ground almond there. This past fall I released my Yuzu Japanese Citrus, Bamboo Sugar Cane & Sandalwood Vanilla Sugar scrubs & they were warmly received, so I’ve added them to my line year-round at feto soap. I love honey and wanted to incorporate it into more of my products, so I’ve made Honey & Shea Sugar scrub for you. For those of you who already like my honey glycerin soap, you are going to LOVE my Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub! It’s an emulsified scrub.  It’s like a lotion, liquid soap, and body scrub all in one! It’s not one of those oily scrubs that leak and leave a slippery film in your tub! What is so special about this scrub? It’s full of honey, shea butter, sweet almond oil, sugar & ground almonds for skin conditioning and exfoliation! It literally turns into a lotion before your eyes when you add water and rub your hands together and will easily get rid of your dry winter skin.

If you’re in Austin, you can try it at its debut at the Cedar Park Farms to Market & Austin Nerd Cave Showcase this weekend or order online at fetosoap.com. I’ll have samples out ready for you to try!

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.

 

Chinese Coin Soap

These soaps start out green & transparent. I scented them with green tea. Then I paint each one by hand with bronze mica. They are here just in time for the Chinese New Year and will look great on your soap dish!  Chinese New Year is on January 23rd.

Separately each soap will cost $4, but if you buy a set of two – $6 and set of 4 will be $12. The sets are packaged in real Chinese take-out containers!

If you need them for your asian-themed event or your store, let me know how many you would like & I will get you bulk pricing information! lisa@fetosoap.com or 512.850.5472.

Re-purposing Things & Getting Organized

The holiday season is over and I’m in the middle of making all the things that were depleted – like my roll-on perfumes that I sold out of during the holiday rush. Now that I’m making all the things, I need somewhere to put them!

I was shopping at my local Goodwill the other day and picked up an Iris photo organizer that had separate cases for photos. I thought that it would be perfect size to sort/safely transport out my perfumes and possibly lip balms to and from shows. I put some foam to cushion the glass roll-on perfume bottles in each case and labeled each case with the fragrance name so I can just look down and pop out whichever one I need when I am restocking my display. Prior to finding this case I was putting then in labeled ziplock bags by fragrance in a plastic shoebox. I wasn’t a big fan of that system  because the bags didn’t stand upright and it was not easy to find each fragrance.

This week I’m getting ready for the Austin Nerd Case Showcase that’s coming up on January 15th, so I’ve filled up my new case with my freshly made Jojoba Oil Roll-on Perfumes in White Tea & Ginger, Sandalwood Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla, Pink Sugar (Jen Heart’s Art‘s favorite!) & Gardenia perfumes.

With all this talk of organizing… I have a few wooden displays for my perfumes, but the guy who made them got out of the business, so I’m looking for another way to display them. Do you know of a good source for acrylic or paper box display for roll-on perfumes?

What items have you found and re-purposed to get organized? I’d love to hear your stories about the things that make your life easier & organized.

Happy New Year!

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in ages. Shame on me! I won’t bore you with excuses… I’ll just get to a-writing! I made a small batch of Champagne-scented bath bombs yesterday to celebrate NYE and used Dragon’s Blood scented soap while I was using the bath bomb. The combination of fragrances was divine, so I made up some Champagne & Dragon’s Blood bubble bath/shower gel with gold glitter today. Mmm… good! I’m on a glitter kick lately, so watch out for more sparkles coming your way! I dusted the champagne bath bomb with a little iridescent glitter. But don’t worry, my spa-line will stay glitter free unless you request.

However, my shower gel / bubble bath is always available! Let me know if you want one in champagne & dragon’s blood scent and I will make one up for you! (and if you want added bling!) I tried it today and it didn’t leave any on me after my shower. I’m also bringing back the travel size shower gels and also have them in the 7.4 ounce size. I’m full of ideas for the new year and can’t wait to share them all with you.

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The two ounce size bubble bath is great for party favors! Do you have a wedding, baby shower, baptism, or birthday party coming up? I can personalize the bubble bath with your event details like this:

Bulk pricing is available starting at 12 pieces for your event! Just contact me for details. Please let me know how many you will need and when you will need them by.  lisa (at) fetosoap.com or call me at 512.850.5472.

 

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