Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Gathering

Announcing the 2015 Florida Soap Crafters Gathering

We would like to extend an invitation to you 
to join us Saturday and Sunday July 11-12 
for demonstrations, lectures, networking, and fun!

Registration is CLOSED! We have 45 attendees!

Includes our Agenda activities, lunch on Saturday and snacks both days, our program brochure, sponsor goodie bag, vendor specials, door prizes, soap swaps and contests, an opportunity to make new friends and have lots of soapy fun.  

Orlando FL Hotels, Quality Inn and Suites Winter Park Village Area

  1. This simple hotel in a 5-story building is located just off Interstate 4 near Orlando.

    All rooms have private bathrooms with showers, as well as free WiFi, coffeemakers and cable TV; some also have hot tubs. Suites add microwaves, mini fridges and sofa beds.

    A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is provided. The hotel also offers computers for guest use and meeting space. Other amenities include an outdoor heated pool with a sundeck and an exercise room.
  2. Address: 626 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810
    Phone:(407) 645-5600

Call NOW to book your hotel room 

at the Quality Inn Winter Park. 

Be sure to ask for 

the Florida Soap Crafters Gathering 

group rate of $62 a night.

Our Featured Speaker Sunday is 

My passion is soapmaking and the name of the game is success. Your success. 
I started soaping in 2004 as a hobby, and spent years perfecting my techniques, formulas, and knowledge. And I’m still learning. I owned and operated Amathia Soapworks from 2010 to 2013. Afterwards, I decided to create Modern Soapmaking and my side project, Gratitude SoaperyI FREAKIN’ LOVE SOAP MAKING, WHICH MEANS I ALSO LOVE SEEING OTHER SOAP MAKERS ROCK THE HOUSE AND SUCCEED.

Our Agenda Saturday, July 11

8 am   Arrive and sign in for Goodie bag, drop off swap bars
9 am   Welcome and Introduction of our demonstrators
9:15    Basics of Cold Process - Vita Staples demo Spoon Swirl
10:00  Dollar Store Supplies - Wendy Powell demo In The Pot swirl 
10:45  Break - Sponsor Spotlight - Door prize
11 am Basics of  Hot Process - Sharon Johnson demo Smooth Swirls
11:45  An Overview of Florida Cosmetic Regulations - Debbie Lamb 
Noon  Lunch 
1:30   Soap Packaging Ideas - Linda Gail  
2.00   Principles of Design - DonnaLee Karlson
2:30   Using Beer or Sea Salt in soap -  Cyndi Richards demo Hanger Swirl      
3:15   Break - Sponsor Spotlight - Door prize 
3:30   Natural Laundry Soap -  Mary Tatem demo
4:15   Using Animal Fats in Soapmaking - Marcie Adkins
5 pm  Using Food in Soap - Leanna Blacher demo
5:45   Sharing our Soapmaking Secrets - general discussion
6 pm  Sponsor Spotlight - Door prize 
            See you in the morning!

Our Agenda Sunday, July 12

8:30 am Welcome and Introduction of our featured speaker
              Starting Your Biz on the Right Footing, Branding - Kenna Cote
9:30       Marketing 101 - Kenna Cote
10:30     Break - Sponsor Spotlight -  Door Prize
              Doing Live Events, Farmer's Market/Craft Shows - Kenna Cote
Noon     Closing Remarks, Final Door prizes, Take down and clean up

Our Vendors

Save on Shipping with Essential Depot!

Essential Depot will provide goodies for our gathering attendees and will have a vendor booth at our gathering!! They have lots of specials for summer, so visit their site and place your order by July 6.
Here are their instructions for saving on shipping costs:
You may place orders for delivery at the show.
The deadline for placing show delivery orders will be Monday, July 6.
When you are checking out, you will have the option to select Standard Shipping or Local Pickup.
Select “Local Pickup”.
After you have checked out, you will receive an order confirmation. Please reply to the confirmation that you would like the items brought to the Florida Soap Crafters Gathering.
That’s all there is to it. You MUST reply to the order confirmation, otherwise we will have the products waiting for pickup in Sebring.

Paris Fragrances will be a vendor on Saturday. Please stop by their booth and check out the exotic oils they have available.

Half Bar Soap Swap

We are thankful that Cathy Marie Ortiz has volunteered to be the Swap Mistress for our gathering. After much discussion, these are the official Swap Instructions:
Bring a 1/2 size bar for each swap participant and a container/basket labeled with your name. The bars can be cold process, hot process, or detergent free M&P.
Please message Cathy Marie Ortiz that you are a swapper, so she knows who is participating in the swap.

Deadline to sign up for the swap is June 1. SOAP SWAP IS CLOSED.
We will give you the final count of participants then, and that gives you time to make and cure your 1/2 bars.
Your 1/2 bars need to be labeled with a list of ingredients and your name.
At the gathering, after you sign in, you will take your labeled 1/2 bars to the designated swap table, along with your labeled container/basket. Place one of your 1/2 bars in each swapper's container, except your own. You may take your swap soap container with you Saturday evening, after all swap soap bars have been received.
You bring a 1/2 bar for each swapper and receive a 1/2 bar from each swapper.
There are 14 swappers.
If you have any questions, contact Cathy Marie directly. Thank you and happy swapping!

Garage Sale Guidelines

We will have designated tables so you can bring your stuff. 
Sell, barter, trade. Free to a good home. 
You set the price and type of payment accepted. 
Personal sales only, not supplier sales.

Have your items labeled with the cost and your name. 

Depending on how much stuff there is, tables may be shared by more than one person.

Take home what you don't sell.

If you would like to participate, or if you have any questions, please message Debbie Lamb so we have an idea how many tables we will need. 

Our Sponsors
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Marie Gale Blog
Marie Gale
 Cory Trusty of Aquarian Bath
Cory Trusty


Over 2500 high quality fragrance oils, body oils, incense supplies, essential oils, incense oils, scented incense, perfume bottles and vials, lotions, multibase, bath salts, fragrance oils starting at $9-10/lb!

Majestic Mountain Sage

The Chemistry Connection <br>dba SaveonCitric.com

 Nashville Wraps

                 The Nova Studio  Paris Fragrances

 Saponifier Magazine
Mad Oils

American Soap Supplies
CandleScience Candle Making Supply
Candle Science

SoapEquipment.com - Creative Solutions for the Handcrafted Bodycare Industry

Milky Way Molds 

  Jackie Thompson  
Jackie Thompson
New Directions Aromatics
New Directions Aromatics
LB Processors, LLC
LB Processors

Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe
Sustainable Packaging Industries
Sustainable Packing Inc


The Florida Soap Crafters Gathering is run completely by volunteer soap makers who are organizing this fun event. Would you like to lend a helping hand? Contact Debbie or Cathy via our Facebook page. Thanks!