I am so blessed to live about six miles from the meeting place at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where 58 soapmakers from the Midwest and beyond gathered for some fantastic networking, learning, and sharing. Simultaneous workshops and soap lab presentations took place during both Saturday and Sunday, which made it difficult to decide which topic to glean from! We also had plenty of time over the lunch break to visit vendors, talk shop with other soapmakers, and I even got to pick Tina Howard’s brain from Majestic Mountain Sage.
I have a ton of photos to show you, so let’s see which ones make the cut!
Chronological order, anyone?
This was the first workshop I attended:
Now I feel confident to try this crazy process again! I know my customers are rejoicing!
Ironically, this workshop was supposed to be taught by Donna Marie Coles Johnson of the Indie Business Network, but life got in the way. Essentially, we discussed how there is no such thing as work-life balance. It’s about setting priorities and boundaries and then measuring your results.
During this time, the soap lab which was sponsored by Majestic Mountain Sage was also open:
This was an incredible workshop, that led to me purchasing these:
And the day isn’t over…AFTER PARTY!!!
Followed by games and craziness!
And finally, photo booth fun!!
Are you tired yet? That’s just the first day!
On Sunday morning, Holly Port was already opening up the booze for her Happy Hour Soapmaking workshop!
Next on the schedule was Kenna with her power point presentation of her e-book on Swatch Mania. Everyone who came to this workshop will receive a free copy!
Simultaneously, there was a workshop on product photography:
You should check out the Madame Scodioli website – it’s super creative!
Of course, we had more time in the soap lab too!
After lunch, Lela Barker gave us the low-down on how to get press coverage – for free. It was amazing!
What a privilege to learn from someone who has worked so hard to build her company and is now sharing her expertise with others. Seriously, check out Lucky Break consulting company to get some great information and tools. Lela teaches everything she wishes someone had taught her to get where she is today.
Here’s the soap Tanya made to demonstrate how to do mica veins and swirls in her workshop:
And finally, we had the raffle drawing at the end. Everyone won at least one prize that was donated by our sponsors, and some people won two!!
Best part: New soapy friends!!
So now that you know how much fun we have, make sure to join us next year! Follow the Central Soapers Workshop Facebook page so you don’t miss out!