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Friday, April 24, 2009

Soapmaker's Getaway - I Have Dream

My big fat brain has been thinking about a soapmaker's retreat location for well over a year now. Way back when, I had hoped that I could arrange a soapmakers get away here in Florida sometime during the Winter months and get a boat load of soapers together in one place. Who knows? From all around the world maybe?? I think many of us have made friends and acquaintances through this blog and through the soap community in general.

My dream consisted of a large 10-15 room mansion with a huge living room and dining room where we could all gather and get to know each other and relax and cook for each other. I also envision a commercial kitchen (?) where we could make a few batches of soap ..... a workshop or two planned for one day and the next, treated as a retreat poolside or beach side or whatever.



Or just a retreat. The cost would be airfare, room and board and cost of the workshop. Or no workshop. I like to dream.

Reasons:
a) I'd love to meet so many of you. I think so many of you also want to meet each other!
b) Not all of us can afford the Soapmaker's Guild Conference.
c) The Winter is brutal in so many places, Florida is heaven in January.

h e a v e n

...not so much in the Summer, though. Then one (me. everyone.) melts.
You could fry an egg on the hood of my car. Easily.


d) If you have children, maybe this is a wonderful reason to take time just for you.

I'm not pitching this, ya'see, because I don't have a mansion on the beach, and I don't know anyone who does. Tiger Woods is building his estate on Jupiter Island, but I don't think we'd be invited, and I don't think we'd find each other in that house anyway, not even in his 10,000 ft. small guesthouse. Also, Celine Dion lives there...they might be neighbors, I don't know... but I know she wouldn't have us there. We would be too rowdy!! (Jupiter Island and Tiger Woods house is about 4000 ft away if I flew from my house to his, according to Mapquest ariel view).

So even though I live just feet from some of the richest people in THE WORLD (!!!), it doesn't mean that there square footage has rubbed off on my house. (dumb house)

Too bad it's not contagious.

;)

So there is a dream. I'm sure there's more to come, like my real dreams which are better than movies and TV. Don't want to freak you out though.

15 comments:

Erin Donohue said...

OMG, I love your dream...can we make this happen??

Teresa R said...

I'll drink to that!

I'll especially drink to that in your dream house.

kat said...

I would be so down for that! There has to be a way to make this happen.

I'm sure there are vacation rentals like they do on N. Captiva Island that could accommodate a whole bunch of people. This dream can totally come true!

Tami said...

I love, love, love your blog! I just happened across it yesterday and you really are a breath of fresh air to this cottage (okay, so I dream of a cottage) soapmaker. I have been making soap for 3 years and have ended up not finding nice people like you. It's always struck me as odd. I mean, knitters and sewers love to share with each other and yet I haven't found soapers who like to share until you! I have been going through your blog roll too and am amazed at the amount of lovely soapers out there.

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great dream. We have huge homes here in MN that people rent out for scrapbooking retreats, I wonder if there is something like that in Florida, and instead it could be rented for soapmaking retreat. I like your dream and I'm right there with ya :)

Patrice @ The Soap Seduction said...

I'm in. Let's do this!!!!

heidi said...

loooove the idea!! oh im so in!! what a blast that would be :) although, ill be road tripping.. as i hate flying ... :P

Soapy Elephant said...

Your dream is AWESOME!

Joanna
I gave you an award on my blog. Go check it out!

Thank you,
Michele

dcyrill said...

I am all for your dream. Maybe we can rent a vacation house where the cost would be divided among those who are going to attend. I am sure it is doable. :)

Nuria said...

I think it would be too far for me to go , but I love the idea, who knows ... maybe one day ...

Heidi said...

What an awesome idea!! I wish I had better connections. It would be so fun to get together with other soapers!

Kim said...

Soapers unite! This sounds fantastic!

Joanna said...

yeah, baby.

Hartley said...

My Grandparents have a place in FL that would be great, since one of them has passed this year we are taking the home and turning it into a wedding center and garden retreat.... so maybe this is a doable thing in a few years.I love meeting other soapers!

Kim said...

hummmmm ???? just thinking ....