I often take for granted how lucky I am to have the Texas Soapmakers Association in my own state. Their annual convention is one of the best in the U.S. and people come from all over to attend. This year, it's going to be held in my own backyard, Dallas,Texas July 17-19, 2009. Marie Gale, President of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild will be the keynote speaker. Check out the TSA website for more information about the convention. If you're anywhere near, it's a GREAT opportunity to learn, meet other soapmakers (including me), and have a lot of fun.