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Make Polish at Renegade Craft Fair This Week

My next walk-up nail polish making workshop is at the SXSW Renegade Craft Fair Thursday – Sunday, March 13, 14 + 15th Noon – 8pm open to the public at the Palmer Events Center. RCF spring 2014makepolish

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March Make Your Own Soap + Nail Polish Events

Meet the newest members of my team, Bubble & Squeak. Bubble is in charge of the calendar of events and Squeak is the booth design goddess.

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(beautiful chalkboard art inspired calendar printable via liagriffith.com)

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Bubble is giving me the first weekend of March off, but wants me to be at these events:

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My next walk-up nail polish making workshop in Austin, TX is at SXSW Create on Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, 11- 6pm at the Austin Mini Maker Faire booth. 701 W. Riverside (the Long Center)Create-for-Web

and at SXSW Renegade Craft Fair March 13, 14 + 15th Noon – 8pm at the Palmer Events Center. RCF spring 2014

Both of these events are FREE and open to the public.

SXSW Guest Pass is required to attend this and many other free SXSW events. Get yours on site at Renegade or in advance at multiple Austin locations like Whole Foods & Spec’s. More information here.

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The evolution of my labeling system

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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.

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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

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.

 

Houston Mini Maker Faire 2013

Make Your Own Soap Booth Collage Look at all the great soaps we made together at the Houston Mini Maker Faire!
Each person chose what color and scent their soap would have, and embedded a toy in the middle!

P.J., Eva & I had so much fun helping you design these colorful and fun soaps! Thank you for coming out and creating with us!  -Lisa

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

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

Maker Faire Bay Area is this weekend!

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Feto Soap will be at Maker Faire this weekend! Saturday, May 21st  from 10am- 8pm and Sunday, May 22nd from 10am – 6pm. If you are in the Bay Area, come on out! We will have our Make Your Own Soap Booth where you can create a custom bar of glycerin soap in under an hour! You select the color, fragrance & toy that will go in your soap with our help.

Feto Soap back in Houston Saturday

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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

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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.

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

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