9 Great Craft Show Layout Designs

9 Great Craft Show Layout Designs

The first time I designed a booth in a craft show it was awful, it didn’t match and I had the worst location.  The next year I reviewed my booth design and made some major changes.  Having the correct setup and design for your location leads to better sales.

July 17, 2017 by Michelle Rhoades
Swirling with Mica + Glycerin CP Soapmaking

Swirling with Mica + Glycerin CP Soapmaking

In 2013, I tried my hand at creating mica oil swirls.  I love the wispy look of mica oil veining and thought it would be a good fit for my soapmaking style. 

Our Feature on Rare.us

Source: Mossy Creek Natural | Rare Life by Rare on Rumble

We were thrilled to be interviewed by Rare.us.

March 30, 2017 by Michelle Rhoades

5 Top Mistakes When Working With Color In Soapmaking

This is an article that I posted on my other blog and thought I would share it here..

Swirled Soap By Mossy Creek Soap

1. SELECTING TOO MANY DARK COLORS– I go back to my photography composition and rule of thirds skills on this one. It’s important to create balance, a good balance of light and dark.

2. NEGLECTING TO TEST YOUR COLORS BEFORE YOU SWIRL THEM– This one is important because if you know what the outcome is going to be..

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December 28, 2015 by Michelle Rhoades


Building Your Own Website

I thought I would share some web hosting jargon so that you might understand what they are talking about when you set up your first website

  • BACKLINK- This is a link from another webpage back to you
  • CAPTCHA- Completely Automated Public Turing test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. Often used in connection with contact us or comment forms.
  • CSS- Cascade Styled Sheets Design- are used to define the look of the website with HTML co’de working in the background.


Focus on Success

Planning for a new retail store allowed me to focus on branding and every aspect of retail psychology.  Knowing where I was moving into was a huge help as well. We had plenty of time to plan and create fixtures for our new store.  

I can now see which items that are hits and others that are misses. A lot of planning doesn’t mean you get to rest.  The next steps involve customer responses to our product lines and brand.  Did they buy it? Why YES they DID!


Easy Liquid Soapmaking Class

Join us in the soap school this Saturday for a comprehensive liquid soap making lesson.  If you have ever had trouble incorporating fragrances/essential oils in your liquid soap batch, this class is perfect for you.  Michelle will guide through the easy steps of making liquid soap from scratch in under an hour.  No cooking your batch, no problems adding fragrances and essentials oils.  Just gorgeous beautiful mild homemade liquid soap.  

Get the details and sign up here:


Sign up for your own Shopify Account!

In 2014, I tested a few web hosting companies and found that Shopify was by far the easiest one to create a a great looking, high functioning online shop.  See it for yourself-- try it out for 14 days to see if you like it?

 Shopify makes it easy to open an online store by providing all the tools and help you need. Click here to try it for free!

April 28, 2015 by Michelle rhoades
Tags: Shopify