HSMG Conference Report

The 2012 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference was full of fun, information, fellowship and soap talk. The range of subjects was immense – but all of them pointed to one common goal – to make our soap businesses and our soap craft better.

I’ve put together overviews of each of the three days of the conference. Here are my reports on Days 1 and 2.

Report from the HSMG Conference – Day 1

Report from the HSMG Conference – Day 2

HSMG Conference Report originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 23:27:45.

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What Was it For You? How Did You Get Started?

lady with soapWherever two or more soap or candle makers are gathered – you’re going to have a story. How they got started…what they like making…where they are frustrated…what they’re working on now. And everyone has a story about just why they started in the first place. Some needed a skin care solution, others were just trying a new craft and got hooked. I know several soap makers who were just needing something to do with all of the fresh goat’s milk they had on hand.

So please share your story with us. There are so many things we have in common. Read other candle and soap maker’s stories…and share your own!

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What Was it For You? How Did You Get Started? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 15:44:28.

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Open Question: can you do this little survey?

Be 4’1 or 7’9″?
Live without music or live without T.V.?
Eat a bar of soap or drink a bottle of dishwashing liquid?
Be called a racist or a traitor to your country?
Lose your legs or lose your arms?
Have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car?
Be blind or deaf?
Live in Antarctica or Death Valley?
In a fire, save a sibling or a stranger?
Be spanked or be put on a restriction (on your favorite thing to do)?
Eat sushi or liver?
Have 3 eyes or webbed feet?
Meet the president of the U.S. or Billy Graham?
Find true love or 1 million dollars?
Always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?
Be gossipped about or never talked about at all?
Have stars in your eyes or eyes in the back of your head?
Have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?
Be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say?
End hunger or hatred?
Publish your diary or make a movie on your most embarrassing moment?
Get caught singing in the mirror or spying on your crush?
Be a dog named Killer or a cat named Fluffy?
Be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate?
Get even or get over it?
Always lose or never play?
Be forced to tell your best friend a lie or tell your parents the truth?
Know it all or have it all?
Always get first dibs or the last laugh?
Give bad advice or take bad advice?
Have sand in your shorts or water in your ear?
Forget your sunscreen or your sunglasses?
Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?
Own a ski lodge or a surf camp?
Forget who you were or who everyone else was?
Have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years?
Give up your computer or your pet?
Be the sand castle or the wave?
Overthrow a dictatorship or lead one?
Write the worst book in history or record the worst song in history?
Get free chocolate for one year or free potatoes forever?
Have half days everyday or no homework forever?
Wear all pink or all purple to school?
Take a math test or do a lab in science?
Have a mansion in the middle of nowhere or an apartment with 10 friends?
Be a deep sea diver or an astronaut?
Bake cookies in cooking class or do art projects in art class?
Run the mile or give a speech for English?
Have a pie-eating contest or a wheelbarrow race?
Have a big group of friends or one very close friend?
Not be able to talk or hear for one day?
Be nervous but excited or relaxed but bored?
Wear a school uniform or last year’s Halloween costume?
Spend the day surfing the internet or the ocean?
Be an actress/actor in a big movie or the director?
Have an ugly, loyal dog or a prize-winning, snobby cat?
Be a professional baseball player or a champion horse breeder?
Be saved by Superman or meet Winnie the Pooh?
Go to an amusement park or to a family reunion?
Have a kangaroo or koala as your pet?
Be rich with an unhappy job or make less money with a job you like?
Not be able to use your phone or your e-mail?
Snowboard in the winter or swim in the summer?
Pick your own nose or someone else’s?
Be a tree or live in a tree?
Write a mystery or a poem?
Meet an alien visitor or travel to outer space?
Be forgotten or hatefully remembered?
Last but not least…
Would you rather be doing this quiz or doing something else? =P

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Open Question: Test Yourself! What Celebrity are you most like!?

Which celebrity are you most like?

1.What is your favourite colour?
a. Green-Go to question 2
b. Blue- Go to question 3
c. Yellow- Go to question 4
d. Other- Go to question 5

What do you consider the most annoying advert?
a.Go Compare- Go to question 3
b. Vistaprint (make the right impression)- Go to question 4
c. Asda- Go to question 5
d. Other- Go to question 6

3. What is your favourite vegetable?
a. Peas- Go to question 4
b. Carrots- Go to question 5
c. Brussels- Go to question 6
d. Other- Go to question 7

4. You fall over a banana skin infront of your crush, you…?
a. Laugh
b. Cry
c. Go bright red
d. Other

5. What is your favourite brand of shampoo?
a. Dove- Go to question 6
b. Treseme- Go to question 7
c. Head and shoulders – Go to question 8
d. Other- Go to question 9

6. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
a. 1 – Go to question 7
b. 2 – Go to question 8
c. 3 – Go to Question 9
d. Other- Go to question 10

7. What is your favourite TV sitcom?
a. Miranda- Go to question 8
b. The IT Crowd- Go to question 9
c. Outnumbered- Go to question 10
d Other- Go to question 8

8. What is your favourite TV soap?
a. Eastenders- Go to question 9
b. Emerdale- Go to question 10
c. Corronation Street- Go to question 9
d. Other- Go to question 10

9.Which of these names makes you laugh the most?
a. Peter File- Letter A
b. Benedict Cumberpatch- Letter B
c. Willy Dickson- Letter F
d. Other- Letter D

10. Which is your favourite beer?
a. Strongbow- Letter C
b. Carlsburg- Letter H
c. Guinuss- Letter G
d. Other- Letter E

A. Selena Gomez
B. Borris Johnson
C Justin Beiber
D. Cheryl Cole
E. Johnny Depp
F. Keira Knightley
G. Miranda Heart
H. David Beckham

BTW Sorry about me and my bad spelling!

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Open Question: What can I do this summer to get rid of ALL(or most) of my pimples?

Right now I use loreal face cleanser (green) every night and apply a special cream. That’s EVERY night

On Sunday I just wash my face with complexion soap. And use a different type of cleanser.

I’m a guy, if it makes ANY difference, oily skin, and I black( light skin)
And my dermatologist told me to use the cream after I use the cleanser.

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A great occasion for a gift basket is when a friend or family member has just added a new addition to their family. For creative types, making a baby gift basket can be a fun and rewarding project. For those that are ready to attempt to make a basket at home, the staff at GiftBaskesPlus.com has compiled some helpful suggestions of fun and useful items to include in homemade baby gift baskets …
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Open Question: Will any of these products help my acne? Suggestions and Detailed answers please?

I have suffered from acne for about six years. I’m seventeen years old and have deep acne with deep scars. I have tried remedies such as Lemon juice applications,Oatmeal and Yogurt masks and they have made my skin soft and white heads desolve but there scars are still there and caused some inflammation. I had doctor perscribed treatments but those didn’t work and caused a lot of inflammation and made my skin peal badly to the point there is a dark scar under my lip. My acne state is pretty horrendous. Red sore bumps with soft lumped skin. I need details,advice and opinion on exactly how i can cure this occcurring problem. I don’t wear any foundation or Concealer only apply mascara to my eyebrows and occasional eyeliner. Just not really wear make up in general. I have oily skin so sun screens can clog my pores. I have heard a bit of suggestions on products to use. I used Proactive and it didn’t work. I used neutrogena it didn’t work. I used most of the Ambi products and it just softened my skin and cleaned the dead cells. Green tea and Black tea soaps to tighten and soften my skin giving it relief but, it hasn’t helped with my acne outbreak. Is heat over the face bad? I usually wrap myself in a blanket from head to toe basically in a cocoon haha. My mother says it’s bad since i have had a few heat bumps appear but it’s jut temporary and dissapear within a day or hours. Please check out these links and tell me in details how i can cure my acne. I decided to go more organic but this product isn’t exactly “Organic” but from one experience it has solved someone’s acne and from the description it seems effective.


PLEASE. Basically i just need to know any information. I eat somewhat unhealthy but do eat somewhat healthy. I just need to know what to consume to help improve my skin and what not to consume that is preventing it from healing. I really just need a solution. I want to model someday and with all this acne it’s a problem, i just want at least a near close poreless complexion. Please. Thank you for those who give me the advice. I take it to heart and i honesetly just need a solution for a six year problem i can’t resolve.

Tips and Ideas are welcome. (:

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Open Question: Which guy is the best for me?I need your opinion!?

Sorry for the long story,but I really need help.I am 22,a girl.I am in a difficult situation.I am dating this guy for Luke for 15 months,it is a long distance relationship,I do all the travel,he lives in my hometown while I am studying in a big city 400 miles away.I do all the travel because he is too busy,he is studying economics(as I am)works during the week as an accountant,weekends as a bartender in a sports bar,he does not need the money that much I think,he has an older brother and sister that could take care of him,but he loves making money.I met him through my friend,he is best friends of one of mine friends¨s boyfriend.He was already in a relationship when I met him,he was dating a girl for 2.5 years,but broke u with her after a couple of weeks of my pursuing,Anyway we seem to be perfect for each other,he is tall,dark,handsome and smart,will be successful,especially when we marry each other,my father is a well known banker.The distance does not bother me,we keep in touch via skype and other,I come back to town every 5 weeks now and stay for a week.Things were good like that.But then another guy came into my life,Damian.I was with him in the same class,5th-8th grade.He had a crush on me back then,but never said a thing,poor guy was bullied a lot,had a hard time,he was kinda geek,fat,shy.In high school he was even more fat,but did not had any trouble anymore(he grew to 6ft7),but was still shy,I dated older guys back then but none serious.After high school Damian failed to study in the sam city I study,so he stayed and studies in the same college as Luke.Now Damian looks a lot better,lost the weight,does OK in college(not as good as Luke).We started talking,he seems to be interesting,we talk through facebook,talk about music,movies,we have different tastes but he interested me in some of the stuff he likes(he likes old stuff more,I like modern).Then we talked about life,love etc. He never had a girlfriend,he said that he liked some girls,but the only one he ever really fell for was I!!! I said thanks,but then he went on about how he thinks about me all the time,how he realized that his crush never stopped lasting,and he wanted to ask me out since forever but he knew that I would turn him down,cause he was the fat,loser guy(his words),he planned to ask me out last year,after he changes his looks,but then I met Luke and he did not want to bother me,he said that I looked happy,and that he accepts that he will have to live without me,that him wanting me so much does not matter at all,that it is the best that wee keep out of touch,cause it hurts him seeing me.I felt sorry for him.The next day he removed me from friends.It has been 4 weeks since that.Last weekend I went out with Luke to a club,and there were these 3 drunk guys,next to us.One of them started grabbing me,I said fuck off,he insulted me,my father I did the same to him,then they grabbed me,started touching me.Luke was just standing there,he chickened out,he just yelled at them to stop,they teased him but he did not made a move.They really hurted me.Damian was there(I saw him earlier,he was with a girl),he came and pulled those guys off me,he punched one of them,broke his nose.We went out of the club,and Luke was mad at Damian for fighting those guys,he said that he could talk them out of it,Damian said that Luke was a chicken,that he does not deserve me,and is an ass hole for yelling at him,that he only wanted to help me.Damians girl left after she saw him fighting for me,she knew about him liking me.Luke called Damian a freak and Damian got really mad,punched Luke and said to me that I am an idiot for staying with a guy who does not have the guts to stand up for me,a guy who could not even take a hit for me.He said that I can call him when I broke up with Luke and that right now he does not want his life to look like a soap opera.Then he left.What to do? I like Damian,but I am with Luke now,even though I am mad with him for being a chicken,I still have feelings for him,but now I also question his motives.Could it be that he really does not care for me,that he loves me for my money,my looks?Please answer!I am sorry for the length but I could not make it shorter

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