This year was my first time going to Jazz Fest. For those of you who don't know, Jazz Fest is one of the biggest music festivals in the country and certainly one of the biggest in the south. It brings in over 400,000 visitors each year and a list of local, national, and international food, music, and craft persons. I can't begin to explain the amount of planning that went into making sure I was prepared to get through three full days of vending. I had my mom working with me daily for several days. I had my dad (who has his own extremely busy pool business) folding soap boxes each evening. Even my older brother dropped in to help cut labels and package soaps. A lot of people forget how much energy and effort goes into each item I make. I design the labels myself, print, cut, and assemble each item. When you're talking about pouring 1500 bars of soap...it gets to be a lot. I couldn't have done it without the help of my family, but I'm just as happy that it was a success for my shoppers. It's always really exciting when I meet someone that "has been looking" for something I make. Many times people are just excited to treat themselves to wholesome body care like shea butter products. And then there are always those candle fanatics lol...All in all I had a great time (I mean my booth was right next to Janelle Monae, Maxwell, DJ Jubilee, and J. Cole -- I mean come on).
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