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10-Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, August 31, 2013, from 1 - 4 pm
** FREE Event ~ You're Invited! **

Invitation  10 Birthday Candle  Birthday Present


It's all about you - a customer appreciation day - to say THANK YOU for helping us reach the 10-year milestone. This day will be packed with demos, door prizes, free make & take projects, soap swap, networking with other product makers, snacks, drinks & more. Also, during the party, all supplies will be on sale for 5% off. Open invitation to those who have been coming to The Nova Studio for years or those who have yet to experience what we have to offer. Bring a friend. We hope to see you there!


erin doing a demo
Teacher Erin Pikor at a Past Anniversary Party

Time Schedule / Make & Take Activities

1 pm

Doors Open! Free Goodie Bags with supplier samples & valuable coupons to the first 50-100 students.
1 - 4 pm
Teacher Alice Duvernell will be hosting an Herbal Bath Soak make & take table with organic ingredients donated by Mountain Rose Herbs.
1 - 4 pm
Teacher Jen Grimes, owner of Loft Soap will be hosting a Natural Potpourri make & take table with awesome ingredients donated by Bramble Berry.
1 - 4 pm
Teacher Melanie Monteverde will be hosting a Customized Mineral Eye Shadow make & take table, donated by colorant experts & supplier TKB Trading.

Raffle Table Collage
A Past Raffle Table full of Raffle Prizes

Who's Donating This Year & What You Can Take Home:

Donations for Goodie Bags & Free Raffle Prizes
~ please visit the company links below ~
G = Goodie Bags FREE for the first 50-100 people
(One per household - for adult students only)
R = Raffle/Door Prizes
are FREE, but you must be present to win
(One raffle ticket per adult - sorry, no raffle prizes/tickets for kids)

Bramble Berry - Anne-Marie Faiola
Herbs, Botanicals, Nature Fix, Essential Oils & Bags for the
Natural Potpourri Make & Take!

Mountain Rose Herbs
Salts, Clays, Organic Herbs & Essential Oils for the
Herbal Bath Soak with Organic Ingredients Make & Take!

TKB Trading - Kaila Westerman
Micas, Containers, and Eye Shadow Base for our
Eye Shadow Make & Take Table!

Soap Equipment
Ron Jonas
(G) Reusable Bags & Spatulas
(R) 4-$25 & 1-$50 Gift Certificate

Marie Gale
(R) One year subscription to MyGMPRecords.com & a copy of her GMP Book

San Francisco Salt Company
Lee Williamson
(G) 100 5-ounce bags of Minera® Dead Sea Salt & 100 5-ounce bags of Epsoak® Epsom Salt
(R) $100 Gift Certificate

Dead Sea Bulk Materials
Tamy Doering
(G) 10% Off Orders of $80 or More
(R) 5 Mini Spa Facial Kits, Dead Sea Powdered Mud, 2 Lbs Dead Sea Salts, Dead Sea Brine, Mango Mineral Peel & Dead Sea Mineral Masque

Online Labels
(R) 5 - 100 Sheet Packs of Labels
Symphony Scents
John Vaughn
(R) $20 Gift Certificate
Soap Impressions
Diana Thompson
(G) 10% Off Coupons
(R) Alphabet Set Soap Stamp
Oak Court Creations
Brenda Sievers
(G) "Spray Magic" Body/Linen Spray Samples
(R) Perfumer's Alcohol Gift Certificate
Cindy Jones
(R) "Nature of Skin" Online Class

National Shrinkwrap
Art Marko
(R) $100 System Gift Certificate,
& $50 Off Any Item Gift Certificate with a Full-Size Box of Glue Dots

Debbie Chialtas
(R) 2 Full-Color SoapyLove
Melt & Pour Soap eZines

Milky Way Molds
Catherine Failor
(R) 24 Newly Released Soap Molds ($200 Retail Value)

Kyonda's Korner
Kyonda Young
Donation of Decorative
Balloons for our Party!

From Nature with Love
(R) 2, $25 Gift Certificates, a Fruit Seed Sampler & a New Arrival Fragrance Oil Sampler

Nashville Wraps
(G) Cub Gift Bags
2 Stacking Gift Box Sets

Juniper Tree
Cynthia Merriman
(G) 10% Off Discount Cards
(R) 6 Bar Soap Gift Set

Mission Peak Soap
David Critchfield
(R) 3 Pounds of Local Beeswax

Saponifier Magazine
Kathy Tarbox
(G) 100, half off Coupons
(R) 2 1-Year Free Subscriptions
Handcrafted Soap/Cosmetics Guild
(HSCG) www.SoapGuild.org
(R) 3 HSCG Aprons
(G) "Raise the Bar" Car Magnets
Larry Fields
(R) Silicone Lined Wood Log Mold
(G) 11% Off Coupons
Chase Creative Molds
(R) 11 Tray & 2 Silicone Molds
Stacey & Company
Stacey Dillon
Donation of Decorative
Signs for the Party!
Naiad Soap Arts
Erin Pikor
(R) Sugar Scrubs eClass Handout,Starter Kit & 2 Sugar Scrubs
Lovin' Soap
Amanda Griffin
(R) 6 Soapmaker Tee Shirts
INDIE Business
Donna Maria Coles Johnson
(R) 1 Hour Consultation
Parallel Print Shop
Monika & Nate Rose
(R) Letterpress Card Goody Bags

THANK YOU to our Contributors!
Show them love with an order :)

Sirona Springs
(R) 2 Soap Gift Sets

The Nova Studio
(G) $5 Off Any Class Coupon & 50% Off One of Lori or Ruth's eClasses
(R) Two Soap Coloring eClasses by Ruth & Lori
($68 value),
$25 Gift Certificate Towards Any Class,
$50 Gift Certificate Towards Any Multi-Day Boot Camp

Do you have a product or a service you would like to donate to our big event? Get your products directly into the hands of new & experienced soap, candle, bath & body product makers. We will list all donations/companies here on this page. Please call us at 510-234-5700 or email(at)thenovastudio.com if you need more information.

Goody Bag
Picture of Contents for Goodie Bag - 2011 Celebration


If you've never done a swap before, you are in for a real treat! A SWAP is a great way to get your product out there and see what other people are doing at the same time. The SWAP category is SOAP (cold process, hot process or melt & pour). Please try to make your soap as natural as possible (ex. choose essential oils over fragrance oils, etc.) so the products in the swap will be able to be used by everyone. Each swap will have a maximum of 10 people. If we get a large number of participants, we'll have several 10 person swaps. If your soap isn't cured include a note when it will be ready to use.

malama bath soap swap

HOW DO YOU JOIN ? Simply contact us at email(at)thenovastudio.com & let us know your name & phone #, and what you are bringing. Bring 10 of your chosen product (full size bar preferred) & a typed 8.5x11 recipe sheet (10 copies). Then show up to the anniversary party at 1pm & we'll display your handmade/crafted soaps for all to ooh & ah. At the end of the party (4pm) or when you are leaving, you'll grab a box filled with one of each soap to take home along with the recipe sheets. Very simple & tons of fun - trust me - you'll love it!

Soap Swap #1 Participants
Lori Endres ~ (CP)
Christy Lee ~ (CP)
Erica Johnson Minnifield ~ (CP)
Carla Martin ~ (CP)
Pamela Leis ~ (CP)
Melanie Monteverde ~ (CP)
Lisa Day ~ (CP)
Alana Rivera ~ (CP)
Ruth Esteves ~ (CP)
One bar for The Nova Studio


Soap Swap #2 Participants
Christy Lee ~ (M&P)
Kyonda Young ~ (M&P)
Ronisha Fuller ~ (M&P)
Cassie Durant ~ (M&P)
Denise Jessie ~ (M&P)
One bar for The Nova Studio




If you've never heard of Clean the World, we're so proud to be able to introduce them to you. They're the coolest charity out there. They collect old chips & ends of soap, cleanse & sterilize them using a special process, & then ship it off to people who need soap for basic survival. Clean the World works closely with hotels and soapmakers and we love what they are doing.

Do you have some soap slivers from your most recent beveling, ends of logs that aren't suitable for selling, fluke batches that you can't sell, or almost-gone bars that aren't worth keeping? Gather them up & bring them to the studio on the day of the party & we'll put it all in one big box & ship them to Clean the World for you! Could we make it any easier? In the past we've sent boxes of up to fifteen pounds of soap!


Lesia W., Janice C., Stella C., Thwet A., Carlotta L.,
Vivian S., Christy L., Kaitlyn L., Lori S., Denise J. & Nick D.

Line into Party

Putting together a large event like this really takes a group effort.
We would love some extra help before, during & after the event, or even if you can only spare two hours - we'll take it! Volunteers are guarenteed one of the coveted goody bags.
Please call us at 510-234-5700 to arrange.


Student Comments:

"This was the first anniversary party I have been able to go to in the 3 years I have been taking classes with The Nova Studio. It was so much fun! But beyond the fun, it was such a wonderful supportive mutual admiration society that blessed both current and future students as well as the community, which is such a lovely way to do business. Thank you so much to everyone who made this happen. It was awesome, and I was most grateful to have been able to participate." - Shannon Warrick

"Had the best time at the Party! You are such a wonderful host, and organized it so well! Loved being a part of it, when I came hope I was on cloud 9 with all my goodies spread before me. Thank you!" - Michellene O'Ryan

"Dear Lori ~ Still basking in the glow of The Nova Studio's 7th year Anniversary today, what a celebration! Thank you for the generous samples both from the goodie bag and at the make & take stations. Continual success as the business grows. Thank you!" ~ C.A. from Oakland

"I am writing to tell you that I had a great time @ your celebration this weekend. I made it in time to get a goodie bag.... So many great samples & valuable, valuable resources. So congratulations on a job well done & may God Bless all of your future endeavors. p.s. The eye shadow matching was the Bomb! I had to take home a kit." ~Kyonda Trass

"It was great to see you and to enjoy an afternoon with other crafty people! The studio looked great. I so enjoyed visiting the tables & seeing what the teachers were doing. I think Alicia's geode soap is a very clever idea. I put my magnet from Diane's table on the refrig. when I got home. While I'd taken beginning PMC & didn't think I had the aptitude for it, after watching Patrik today, I may try the class again!" ~Mary Still

"Thanks for inviting me to the party - I had a very nice time! I am in school right now but I will take a candle class in Jan. or Feb. I loved all the things in the goodie bag and the PMC necklace that I won in the raffle! You are a lovely lady and I enjoy the studio. I like to share it with family and friends so that they can have fun too!" ~Jeanette S.

"Lori, Just want to thank you for the wonderful celebration held at the studio 9/29--
it was a lot of fun! Also, Congratulations on 4 years creating Nova Studio.
Here's to many more. Best wishes!" ~C. Nakaso

"My congratulations on your four year anniversary at The Nova Studio. Your hard work really shows in all you do and I think all of your students feel that your classes are second to none. I wish you continued success in what ever direction you decide to go." ~ Sherry M.

"Thank god for The Nova Studio!" ~Karen Loera

"THANKS for the great party! I love the gift bag and
I'm glad my raffle number was called." ~ Lori Stoia

"What an amazing accomplishment in only 4 years! The Nova Studio is an important gathering place for many people. You have touched each of them and made it happen." ~Tom A.

"All of your hard work paid off. It was a fantastic open house!" ~Louise Burford

"I'm so glad to finally meet Lori & see The Nova Studio!" ~Alicia Grosso

"Your beautifully run & invaluable studio is a real source of joy for the community & the world." ~Susan Johnson

"Lori! Way to go on 8 years! We knew you would do it! Looking forward to seeing more of you in the next 8 years" ~Monika & Nate Rose

"Lori - Congrats on 8 amazing years! I am so happy that I've gotten the chance to be a part of The Nova Studio & watch it grow. You are the bestest!" ~Alana

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