What to Take To A Show

An event I did with my friend Tanya who was selling her cell phone photography at the time. She actually launched a successful kickstarter and had a gallery opening with this work.
When I first started my business I began doing local shows and events. While Tiki Bar Soap has grown immensely since 2011, the knowledge I gained through doing in person events has been invaluable in shaping the company and moving things in a positive direction. Feedback on labels, scents, booth setup, and product line offerings is very easy to receive in person. Almost all mak...
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Shaving Soap!

Shaving Soaps on the Curing Rack
A few months ago I received a request from a local customer for a shaving soap. I love challenges so I decided to try to recreate his favorite soap based on the ingredients  provided. I had made some custom shaving soaps before for an etsy customer in Australia, and had made a batch here and there for Father's Day so I decided to give it a go. I sent out some samples for a few ...
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Meet Your maker Online Series: 3 Blind Hogs

3 Blind Hogs
This week's 'Meet your maker online' post features the shop 3 Blind Hogs. Three Blind Hogs is composed of Roger Van Wyck and his children Kelsie and Clay Van Wyck.  What items do you create, and what makes your items unique? We focus on repurposing materials we find in abandoned houses around the state. It all started with an old window and a bucket full of...
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Local author Allison Adams

Allison's display at a local craft fair
This week's featured maker is local author Allison Adams. She has a new book available for the holidays entitled '12 days of Christmas Giving'. More info can be found on her blog: www.12daysofchristmasgiving.blogspot.com Allison says: "I sell them for $15 paperback and $20 hardback. Some of my original artwork is also at Makers Market. I moved here from Birmingha...
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Meet your maker online

Lavender Lotion
Last month I participated in 'meet your maker', a monthly feature of the maker's market in Tuscaloosa, AL. The maker's market carries my products along with crafts from over 100 other vendors. While I was there I was browsing around, looking at all of the other wonderful crafts and items from the other artists. This gave me an idea - what if I had a 'meet your maker' segment of...
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Brambleberry August Swap

Special Gift Wrapping
I love participating in swaps! They not only help me get ideas for packaging and product design, but also allow me to try out the skin feel of oils and butters that I may not have considered using before. So, when I saw that Brambleberry was doing a soap swap for August I thought I would sign up! You can find out all about the swap here: Brambleberry Soap Swap I ordered a 16...
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Product Feature: Soap of the Month Club and Tiki Bar Sampler

Tiki Sampler
Wondering what to purchase for Father's Day, a graduation gift, a special occasion or holiday, or just want to try out our product line and can't decide what to get? Well, you have 2 great options! For the gift that keeps on giving, try the Soap of the Month Club. For an entire year, you or someone you love will receive a goodie box packed to the brim with goodies, including tw...
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