Soapmakers’ Guide to Craft Fair Applications

You have gotten some good responses and a few sales at your online craft soap shop. While it is important to maintain your online business, it wouldn’t hurt to show off your inventory at a craft fair to make some sales, network, and get your name out there. The first hurdle in getting into a craft show is the application.11227464_s_color

First, be sure that this craft show is for you. Some craft shows have a jury and some don’t. Other may have larger entrance fees due to mandatory competitions you might not be interested it. If you find a show you like, be sure your application appeals to the organizers in order to keep their interest. Doing such simple steps can help you find the show you want to get the audience you need. For more tips about craft show applications, click here:: 5 Keys to a Successful Craft Fair Application

Help Fido Beat the Cold: Knit a Pet Sweater!

Just because our furry friends are furry doesn’t mean they’re prepared for the colder months. Give you pet a warm gift of a sweater with a great design or a cowl to cover their body when you take them out for a walk. You can even knit a felt cave for your cat to crawl in and sleep. For more ideas and tutorials for pet cloth crafts, click here:: Celebrate Love Your Pet Day with the 8 Cutest Pet Knitting Patterns

Add Warmth to Cold Process Soap by Mixing Colors

While a soap’s ingredients are a major sales draw for the soaps in your online shop’s inventory, color is an important factor. Giving your soap a mix of colors gives it a personality all of its own or reinforces a soap’s feel or theme. So how can you mix colors in cold process soap effectively?

First, get plenty of primary colorants: pink, blue, and yellow. Red is traditionally a primary color, but pink is chosen since red is a difficult color for cold process soaps to attain. From there, just use different ratios for mixes to achieve different colors (example: 3 parts yellow to 1 part blue makes a sea green while 3 parts blue to 1 part yellow makes a dark teal). For more details on making different colored cold process soaps, click here:: Create a Rainbow: Mixing Colors in Cold Process

Check Out These Artsy Location-Inspired Soaps

Soap is not only good for the skin, but can be a work of art. Using artistic skill, a soapmaker created a soap that had its colors look like the New York City skyline at night. Using various ingredients and sculpting skills, a South Dakotan made soap that looked like a patch of South Dakotan grass. Get inspired and take a look at these soaps and others here:: Location is Everything Soap Challenge

The Essentials About Essential Oil

17768975_s_colorEssential oils can be an important ingredient when making a soap. They can be… well, essential. However, it’s more essential to find the right essential oil and using it properly for your soap.

First, make sure the essential oil you are using is from pure, organic aromatic plant oils without diluents. Pre-diluted, inorganic essential oils might have harmful pesticides in them. When mixing it into your soap recipe, be sure you dilute it with organic vegetable oil, hydrosol, witch hazel, or alcohol in order to use it without overpowering the soap. A little bit goes a long way. For more information about using essential oils, click here:: 8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils