The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, a.k.a. HSMG, hosts a soapmakers conference each year.This year the 15th annual conference was held in Portland Oregon May 9 - 11, and yours truely was so blessed to be able to go! There's just something that happens to a lone soapmaker who is suddenly engulfed in an international group of over 300 soapmakers - I have been empowered!!
Alas, I have no pictures - didn't even think about bringing my camera. But I have so many fond memories and a wealth of new information that will hopefully push my craft from hobby to business. Essential oil blending, the influence of social media, chemical composition of handcrafted soap, what women are NOT saying, product photography, the art of good copywriting, good manufacturing practices, new techniques in soapmaking - these are just some of the topics that were addressed. Did I mention the more than 300 other soapmakers in attendance? While waiting for a session to begin I started talking to the lady seated next to me only to find that it was Pam - we've been commenting on each others soaps during the Great Cakes Soapworks Challenges over the past few months - how fun was that?! Linda, who I first met on the Soap Bar facebook page was fun and her enthusiasm is so contagious. And my conversation with Donna, whose faith and life views are very similar to mine, inspired me to trust that God has a plan for me, even in my soapmaking, and it's a better plan than I could ever come up with for myself.
Yes, if you're a soapmaker and you've never been to an HSMG conference, you really should consider going to one. It's definitely worth the investment. Many THANKS to all those hardworking people who put it on!!