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This week my products were included in 2 lovely new fall treasuries, so I thought I would share them here with you, my faithful blog readers.

This one titled ‘Southernmost Autumn’ is a warm weather fall treasury.  It certainly doesn’t fee like fall yet at my house, so this one is right up my alley.  This treasury includes my key lime lip balm.

‘Fall is in the Air‘ includes all Etsy Fort Worth members and lots of lovely fall colors that I wish I was experiencing.  2 falls ago Joey and I took a trip to New England to see what fall is really supposed to be like.  It was beautiful, hot cider drinking, sweater wearing weather that I wish we had here in Texas.  This treasury includes my soap chunks grab bag.

This is week 3 of the fall show extravaganza, and I have 2 markets planned for this weekend.  On Saturday I’m heading to the Deep Ellum Market in Dallas.  This is my first time doing this new monthly market, but I hear it’s pretty good.  It’s right in the heart of Deep Ellum (by Cafe Brazil) and there will be live music.  And raffle prizes.  And a smart car rally cruising past.  AND it’s a free event.  If I wasn’t a vendor I’d be heading down there to check it out ’cause it sounds like a good time (hint, hint).

The Deep Ellum Market is from 11am – 5pm on Saturday at 2820 Indian Blvd.

Next up, the Beach St. Market.  This is a monthly market I have been doing on and off since the spring.  It’s always the third Sunday of the month, and it seems like every other third Sunday there is a holiday or something that prohibits me from attending.  Ok, last month I was on vaca, so I guess that’s a lame excuse for not going.  Anyhoo, I’ll be there this Sunday with some great local food vendors.  Last time there was a local Mexican restaurant there selling fresh tortillas and chips….soooo good.  I hear they’ll be there this time too (yea!).  That reminds me, I need to remember to bring a jar of salsa this time….

The Beach St. Market is this Sunday from 10am – 2pm at 3789 N. Beach St. in north Fort Worth

See you at the market!

So I think I’m finally getting the hang of this ‘swirl in the pot’ soap swirling thing.  I even managed to swirl 2 colors this time (this is where you ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahhh’).  This soap was actually inspired by a crafty friend, Stephanie of Robot Pop.  She has become one of my ‘testers’ and has given me several great ideas for new scents.  This is one that she suggested to me, down to the swirl.  I’m saving a bar for Stephanie for the great idea on this one – it smells fantastic!

chocolate cherry almond cold process soap, swirled with cocoa powder and rose clay

I’m going to make a bigger batch this week so it will be ready in October…I hope the swirls come out this nice on my big batch!

I came across a link to the Clean The World site today while reading another soapy blog (Great Cakes Soapworks), and immediately decided I needed to be a part of this program.  They collect soap (from hotels, soapmakers, whoever can donate), re-batch the soap to make sure everything is sanitary, and send it off to impoverished countries all over the world and to homeless shelters here in the US.  They explain on their website that simply having access to supplies to properly wash your hands can help kill germs and reduce the spread of illnesses, like acute respiratory infection and diarrhea, illnesses that people die of everyday.  It seems like such a simple thing, to have access to soap to cleanse yourself and keep yourself healthy, and something that I clearly take for granted.

Here’s the big box of soap I packed up today to send off to Clean the World.  It weighed in at about 15 pounds, and after I taped it up I found more to send.  I’m planning to send a box once every few months, or whenever I’ve collected a bunch of unsellable soap.  Most of these bars (and pieces of bars) where early test batches that I ended up changing in some way, so I won’t be selling them.  Some of them have been sitting on my shelf for months, and now they have a place to go!  I’m so excited I found this site and am happy I’m able to contribute to a great cause.

You can donate soap or shampoo by mailing it to:

Clean The World
8026 Sunport Drive, Ste 306
Orlando, FL. 32809

Or visit their website to learn how else you can help.

This morning my products were on TV for the very first time!  I’m so ridiculously excited about it…even though the mention was all of 10 seconds.  I’m participating in a craft show this weekend called the Dallas Flea, and they are doing a bunch of press to promote it, including TV appearances.  I sent some of my products to the event coordinator (Brittany, featured in the video), and she picked my stuff to include on this morning’s appearance!  My products are featured about half way through the video, which I encourage you to watch here.

I’ll be available for autographs all week 🙂

Tomorrow is my first day to have 2 shows in one day, and I’m a little nervous.  I knew it would be a lot of work to get everything ready for 2 shows at the same time, but I think I underestimated how much work.  I’ve been wrapping soap, making lotion bars, lip balms and scrubs and packaging like crazy this week.  I’m just about ready and am going to set-up for the Cowtown Indie Bazaar later today.

Here’s where we’ll be:

The New Public Market is happening from 8-2 tomorrow.  Word on the street is the Cooking Channel is going to be there filming one of the local vendors (Machacek Bakery) for their show Food Crafters.  Pretty exciting for our little farmers market, and so great for the bakery.  I won’t be at this market, but Mr. Soap Addict (Joey) will be ‘manning’ (haha) the booth all by himself.

I’ll be at The Cowtown Indie Bazaar just a few miles away.  This is my first major show of the fall season, and I think it’s going to be great.  It’s being hosted by Etsy Fort Worth, a group of local Etsy artisans that I’m a part of.  There are going to be more than 80 local, handmade artisans, live music, goodie bags for the first 50 in the door, raffle prizes and activities for the kiddos.  It’s a free event and goes all day from 9-6.

I think it’s going to be a great way to kick off the holiday weekend!

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