WHERE ARE YOUR DIGS: San Diego, CA. Actually in the Normal Heights neighborhood. Seriously. I didn’t make that up.
TOOL YOU CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT: My 9″ square silicone brownie pan – I love love love it!
FINISH THE SENTENCE: When I am not making the most adorable soap in the world I am… running myself ragged as a mom of 2 kids and doing my darndest to grow my business, too.
Silhouettes, polka dots, ice cream cones – you have all the shapes and flavors of soaps covered. What is the best seller for Soapy Love?
My best seller is my Neapolitan Soapsicle. It’s a classic!
On the flip of that what is your favorite soap to make? I know for me it is not always one in the same.
That is a really tough question. My favorite soap to make is the next soap design on my list. I am the most excited by doing new things – once I make a soap design I like to learn from it and move on. That’s why I have so many soaps in my flickr account! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/soapylove/)
I adore the Soapsicles we made on Craft Lab, I need to snag some for my guest bathroom especially now that they have matching ice cream truck soap dishes. When, where and how can I get my hands on one of these!
Yes! I’m so excited about these little trucks! The fleet will be arriving in early July and should be available on my site then, too. They fit all of my soapsicles and most any other soap bar, too. They’re a must for any ice cream fan!
Soapylove has been primarily an Etsy store until lately. You now have a shopping cart on your website. Why the choice to have both?
I am actually phasing out my Etsy shop for so many reasons. The main ones are 1) I felt like I was missing a lot of business by not having an easy way for people to buy my soaps when they went to my site. Making them find the link to my Etsy shop, registering, and needing a Paypal account was not very shopper-friendly. 2) It takes a lot of energy to keep an Etsy shop active, and all the relisting really adds up! So now I have a cart and I am so glad! I really needed to simplify my business as much as I could with so much to do at home.
Not only do you make soap, blog about soap and write soap books you also teach soap making. Tell me about your cameo & UFO soap making classes at the Soap Making Intensive in Washington. That sounds so super fun! What are the classes like?
The Soap Making Intensive is going to be awesome! There are classes in cold process soapmaking (making soap with oils and lye), glycerin soap crafting (what I do), and making other body products, too. Students will get a whole weekend of different classes. It’ll be like Soap Summer Camp! I’m dragging my whole family up there for it!
Oh, yes, I’m so excited about this!! One thing about Soapylove is that people expect colorful, yummy, and sometimes silly soaps, but I have LOTS of other ideas that don’t fit that description. I love modern design and wanted a way to showcase some of my most complicated techniques in a new way. So I am building a Big Cartel shop and developing my first soap collection which will be called “Antiquities.” Each month I will have a new collection. Unfortunately, I have a lot of major obligations at the moment and I probably won’t have that shop open until August. In the meantime I have The Soap Lab blog (www.thesoaplab.blogspot.com) where I’ll be posting about my inspirations and soap developments. Definitely check it out! You’ll make my day!