Last holiday season I signed up for the biggest craft show I've ever been to. I don't sell in craft shows often, at most maybe one during the holiday season, most of the time I just list my products on Etsy. First time doing big craft show (over 200 vendors) was nerve racking. I had no idea how much product to bring and what price point to set in order to off set the costs. In talking to my family about this my sister in law brain stormed a few ideas with me. This was one of them, to make soap related to location.
I live in San Francisco Bay area, California, one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world, not only in geography but also in culture. Speaking of San Francisco one cannot forget to mention the first gay neighborhoods in the United States, it's commonly called The Castro district. It has been one of the most lively and prominent symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. You would know you just enter the zone the minute you see rainbow flags everywhere. And that, is my inspiration for my I love SF soap.
Making this soap is not as easy as I thought. There's a lot of waste of soap as I use a cookie cutter shaped like a map of USA to cut off a larger piece of pre-made soap. I then hand carved out each heart or star shape approximately over where SF is on the USA map, spray some water and embedded the pre-made tiny heart or star soap into the void. Till today I still have 1/2 of the left over scraps. I will need to find a way to use them up. But I have to say, they are so cute!