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Soap Guild Conference Tomfoolery

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Soap Guild Conference Tomfoolery

This year I had an inside look at the behind the scenes of the largest soap conference in the nation, The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild Conference. Working on the crew, I saw a huge ballroom and several pallets filled with boxes, transformed into a beautiful vendor and raffle area.
No bones about it… This. Was. Work!! Most days, we’d report down by 6 or 7 am and work until about 5pm.
I was tasked to put together badges with my most favorite Sud Bud and partner in crime, Charlene Simon of Bathhouse Soapery and Caldarium. All 422 badges took us two full days to complete. Easy peasy?

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Before the conference started, I was one of six amazing soap makers who recorded a video for the HSCG’s new learning library. Look for it soon. It’ll be accessible to all members. My video featured an in-the-pot-swirl topped with a mica oil swirl.
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The next day, the conference started. Which meant, registration was in full swing. We pretty much killed it! Getting everyone checked in and loaded up with their AMAZING goodie bags.

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I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but we stayed at an amazing resort! The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. Wow is all I have to say. It was gorgeous.

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The entire week was incredible. It flew by in a crazy blur leaving me covered in blisters and badge back…but it was seriously worth it!! Meeting up with some new friends and old friends. I wish I had more time to spend with everyone but there is always next year 😉

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A few more highlights, the newest board members were elected…no I was not elected but was MORE than honored to even be included amongst such amazingly talented soapmakers! Benjamin Aaron, Holly Port and Charlene Simon were elected. Look for some pretty outstanding things from them!

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I have to mention here that Leigh O’Donnell is just absolutely amazing to work with. Kudos to her ability to reign the likes of Charlene and I in all while organizing this ginormous event.

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Now I’m back home with my two most favorite boys! Gearing up for a huge market season and getting acquainted with our new house. ❤️

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Market Booth Design – Shabby Chic Fabric Garland

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My first Farmers Market of the season is quickly approaching (Wednesday). I’m ahead of the curve since I’ve wrapped all of my soap for the market and unearthed my booth fixings from the storage unit.
As I was unpacking my linen, I realized that my Christmas garland was still attached to the tablecloths. I loved the extra pop of whimsy the garland added to my cozy booth.

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Since it’s no longer Christmas… I decided to make my own year round garland using fabric scraps that I had laying around from some previous unfinished projects.
Starting with the leftover fabric, I folded each piece in half and stacked them on top of each other. I cut down into the fabric about 2 inches. Then continued to cut about 1.5 inch chunks along the folded seam of the fabric. These measurements don’t have to be exact.

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Now for the shabby portion of this garland… Using the precut chunks as my guide, I ripped each piece of fabric into strips.

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Here’s what the pile of strips look like when finished:

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I cut about 9ft of jute string earlier to tie my fabric pieces onto. I knotted off each end to keep the strips in place.
To tie the strips onto the jute, place a folded strip of fabric under the jute. Folded seam at the top.

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Gather the bottom tail of the strip over the top of the jute. Thread the tail through the folded seam.

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With one hand holding the jute, pull the tail down to tie off the strip of fabric.

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Continue tying the strips to the jute until you’ve reached the end. Some finished pics:

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This is a pretty forgiving project. You can space your fabric strips close together or keep them farther apart. Whichever you prefer.
You can use any manner of fabric, ribbon or burlap to achieve the same general look.
I’ll be posting pics of the Market booth with this garland on my Facebook Page on Wednesday!