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I have to apologize again for the ultimate lack of posting lately. We have been bogged down with special orders...baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings! Here's a sample of what we put together for that Korean Baby's Birthday that we mentioned last time. We worked with the mother to create soap that looks like Korean rainbow rice cakes (or mujigehdduk), which is a traditional dessert at Korean first birthday parties. They smell sweet like the actual dessert!
It was great to be able to help out a mommy on her baby's special day, and apparently the guests were thrilled to receive such a unique and useful party favor. Contact us if you are looking for great favor ideas for your special event!
Hello, there, the soaperyfriends! I am so sorry for the long hiatus from posting. After the several months of whirlwind of activity, soapmaking, and selling that we did over the holiday season, we took a much-needed breather. Sometimes, I think it's a good idea to take a break from creative endeavors, just to catch your breath, regroup, refocus, and come back swinging. I feel that for me, it really renews and re-energizes my creative juices! So I am very sorry for the soapery's absence...but I promise we've been thinking and plotting and planning during our down time to come back in 2011 with some great new products! Please forgive us!
Will post soon regarding a new project we've been working on...a Korean baby's first birthday party! For those of you who don't know, a baby's first birthday party is a HUGE DEAL in Korean culture. It's always a well-attended affair, complete with tons of food, tons of gifts for the baby and parents, and all culminating with the main activity of the event during which the baby picks its fortune!
To give you the rundown of what that means, a baby is set in front of a table that has different items placed on it. There are many variations of what items you can put on the table (especially in modern times), but traditionally, the baby is to choose between a pencil, a needle and thread, noodles, and money. These days, people put electronics and sometimes a Bible on the table as well. The baby is "released" and it reaches out to grab one item. Whichever item it grabs first is supposed to be a prediction of the baby's future fortune. If it grabs a pencil, it means that it will excel in academia; the needle and thread means it will be successful in some type of craft; the noodles means the baby will have a long life; and the money means that the baby will be wealthy.
It's a fun and wonderful tradition and such an important milestone for a Korean baby. That's why the soapery is so excited to be a part of one of these such parties as the provider of the favors for the guests! Stay tuned to see what we came up with!
I love the holidays! It might be the carols I hear on the radio...or the seemingly endless opportunities to indulge in delicious treats...or the absolute joy I get in shopping for gifts. Or it might just be that the season is characterized by yummy smells of pine, peppermint, apple cinnamon, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice, and crackling fires. At the soapery, you know we love yummy smells! In keeping with that love, here we are preparing one of our specialty gifts this season...Peppermint Bark soap! It smells so much better than it looks...with the perfect blend of warm chocolate and peppermint. Yum! Customers tell us this is the perfect hostess gift for all those holiday parties this season...or a unique stocking stuffer for a hard-to-shop-for friend!
To make these even more wonderful, the peppermint oil in them that are for fragrance also have that "cooling effect" that peppermint products are known for. What better way to celebrate the season that to wash yourself in the scents and flavors of the holidays? :)
One million apologies for the lack of posting, but the soapery is in its final stages of preparing for its LAST craft fair of the year! (Yay!) OK, maybe I shouldn't be cheering, but I am not going to lie. We have really enjoyed the craft fairs this year...it's always so nice to be out in the public and meeting with people who like our products! But we have been fervently making soap for so many days straight that I am really looking forward to taking a few days off once this show is over. Plus, having time off means more time for experimenting and coming up with new ideas and perfecting old ideas!
But never fear, there's no extended rest for the weary here...the soapery has BIG plans for the rest of the year and 2011. Stay tuned, but we're hoping to finally put some of our goodies online as well as try out some new soaping ideas. Aaaand there will be much more updating of this blog, so there will more chances for you to put off that big pile of work that's sitting on your desk, or that big pile of laundry that is starting to grow legs, or whatever else you might be hoping to put to the back of your mind for a while. :)
Tonight, we head to Orinda to set up for this weekend's show. Wish the soapery luck. Trying to cram about 150 pounds of soap into a 3-foot display space is a feat we have never faced before. Ah, the challenges of being a soapmaker. ;)
The Santa Monica show was so amazing! People had such nice things to say aboutthe soapery's inventory, and we sold much more than we had expected! The weather stayed clear, and despite the rain clouds all around, shoppers came by in a steady stream to pick up unique handmade gifts for everyone on their list.
Here are some photos of our booth and some of what we were selling. We had 11 different kinds of dessert soap, snowflake soap, peppermint bark soap, polka dot and "drizzle" soaps, and Japanese stamp soaps. People loved the scents of our soaps and the fact that they were all made with great ingredients like goats' milk and aloe vera. It was great fun to get feedback from customers...and to meet all the other artists and vendors selling their creations as well.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supportedthe soapery, and a special thank you to Debra Nakatomi and Sue Oda, who hosted the show. Now back to soap-making mode for the upcoming show in Orinda!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
the soapery booth
Our constant bestseller, sushi soap bento boxes!
Peppermint-scented snowflake guest soap for the holidays
White tea and ginger scented "drizzle" soaps
Some of our polka dot and drizzle soaps
Japanese stamped soaps in reusable tins covered in handmade paper
Sorry for the lack of posting, but the soapery has gone into super production mode, getting ready for two upcoming shows, as well as fulfilling holiday gift orders!
Here's a batch of mint chocolate chip dessert soap fresh out of the oven (soap mold). It's just one of 11 different flavors we'll be unveiling at our Santa Monica show this weekend. In addition to old favorites (Lemon Buttercream Cupcake, Pumpkin Pie Shake, and Apple Pie A La Mode), we'll have new fresh flavors both for the holiday season and for all year round (stay tuned for an all Dessert Soap post later this week).
I'll also be bringing a few new soap projects, including my line of polka dot soaps, snowflake soap box sets, and Japanese design stamp soaps. I can't wait to post photos of all of these fun soaps soon!
If you're in the LA area, definitely come check out the holiday boutique in Santa Monica this weekend...and pray for clear skies! There's a slight chance of rain...which would be a disaster! If you know a reverse rain dance...we'd appreciate the effort. :)