Emily's Handmade Soaps Blog

Artist Collaboration with Going Stag

Artist Collaboration with Going Stag

One of my very favorite things about owning my little soap biz is getting to meet so many fantastic artists and crafters. I met Marybeth Kelly during a particularly chilly outdoor event this winter and was in awe of her talent for woodworking. Her Portland, OR based business, Going Stag features artfully crafted signs, frames, trays and more. I was so drawn to her rustic and elegant designs that I was thrilled when she reached out to collaborate with us on a Mother's Day special. From now until Mother's Day, every bath tray from Going Stag will come with 4 bars of...

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The Art of Branching Out

The Art of Branching Out

This month's focus has really been on self care (I wrote about self care earlier this month here and about work life balance here). Another facet of self care is finding a creative outlet. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to work creatively by making soap. Designing the recipes, choosing colors and scents, and settling on how I want the soap to look all feed my creative spirit! Every now and again I like to branch out to art forms that I'm not as comfortable with, and this month has been all about painting. I first hosted a couple of Alcohol Ink...

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In the Balance

In the Balance

A lot has been written about work/life balance, but I feel like it’s an area that many people still struggle with. We as busy women are just stretched thin in so many different directions that allocating our time can often feel like ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul,’ as the saying goes. Maintaining some balance in my work and home lives while also taking time for self care was on my mind recently as I set out to tackle another business “first.” This week was a big one for us at Emily’s Handmade Soaps! We packed up our gear and headed to...

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New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

I've never been big on New Year's Resolutions, but I'm a big goal setter. In looking back at 2016 (a frankly dismal year for so many people that I know), I took some time to look back over my goals from the beginning of the year. My little soapy business has come so far, and I don't mind telling you all that I am so incredibly proud of all that has been accomplished (with so much help and encouragement from friends, family, and community). Here's what we were up to in 2016: We participated in four different farmers markets last summer. That...

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