Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Soap Blog du Jour

There are so many amazing and inspiring blogs from soapmakers all over the world. I love looking at designs from other countries. I will try to post about some of my favorites regularly because there are so many of them!

Today I chose suku.suku, "Handgemachte Japan-Seife." I love the fresh, clean, and artistic feel of this blog. The soaps are mostly CP. All of the articles are in Japanese but I have a feeling that the author is Japanese and lives in Germany (if you know, can you enlighten me?). There are many interesting soap projects including an amazing carved rose necklace!

Make sure to click through to some of the older posts to see packaging, travel, and of course soap photos!

Is there a soap blog that you love? Or would you like me to take a peek at your blog? If so, please leave a comment and your pick may be the next Blog du Jour!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Goodbye...and hello!

In May of last year, I began The Soap Lab blog as a way to indulge my love of modern and progressive soap design. I knew that now and then I would create some soaps to sell or write about, too.

And then... the Typography Soap happened. This one design has really gotten around and I've had several wholesale inquiries for it, too. Fred Flare and "Charles and Marie" both carry the Typography Soap, and I've had to turn away a few requests just because I wasn't prepared to make them in quantity.

But where there's a will, there's a way. I have decided to create an official collection of modern, 3 dimensional soaps. This new line will be named "Little Althea" Modern Soap Designs, after my baby daughter. I will start with 4 designs that will be offered in a few core colors and scents. The new prototypes are being developed right now, and I hope to get them posted in time for your holiday shopping. Expect truly unique styles presented in equally special packaging.

So now I am closing the Soap Lab shop I had on Big Cartel and will be launching a brand new site for Little Althea. I look forward to sharing the progression of the new shop with you. Make sure to follow this blog so you'll be the first to know when it's complete. And if you're a shop owner and would like to be the first to get the wholesale catalog and price list, please email me here.

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the Typography Soap and I hope you will like the new styles as much if not more!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Designs are Cooking in The Soap Lab!

After much pondering, meditating, and marinating, I have decided to expand The Soap Lab line into a wholesale collection. So far they have been small experiments but the response has been very positive and it's sad to turn away shop owners who have inquired about larger orders.

Sooo... I have many supplies on the way and ideas in my head, and will be working on them gradually. No timeline planned or anything, but just a mental commitment to move forward with it. The Typography Soap deserves some company! :)

I'll keep y'all posted!

Oh, and make sure to check out my more active blog - Soapylove Daily Ditties. There are classes, events, and even a radio show posted there as well as very regular articles. Thanks!

And the Winner Is....

There were 6 entries and by using, #1 was chosen. So thank you so much everyone for entering and congratulations to Anne-Marie Faiola! The soap dish and cup set will be sent directly to you from All Modern. Woo hoo!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Contest ending Monday!

Make sure to leave your comments if you want to be entered in the drawing for the beautiful toothbrush cup and soap dish! Check out the previous post for details.

Good luck everyone!