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  • June 27, 2015 Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC

    My Lovelies




    My Colors are So Lovely

    In April, I vended at the Handmade Soap and Cosmetics Guild (HSCG) annual trade show in Indiana.

    I introduced My Lovelies, a new line of hue-intense pigments perfect for soapmakers.

    I offered them in both powder and liquid forms. The powders are best for the Cold Process soapmakers, and the liquids are popular with the Melt and Pour Soapmakers. All the colors are soap-stable,...
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  • October 3, 2010 Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC

    TKB's Big Pour, the quick recap

    I'm not going to say our "Big Pour" event was particularly easy to host -- it was a huge distraction from our usual daily routine and I've got lots of catching up to do.

    I'm also not going to boast that it was a lucrative & smart business move -- prices were pretty low and in some cases flat out loss leaders. Next time around I'll need to shop smarter.

    What I amgoing to say is that after 12 years of...

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  • January 12, 2010 Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC

    Community Participation Update


    For those who have been following TKB's steps towards community participation, we are happy to announce our first community-based class coming this Thursday.

    I was approached by teacher Kate Sugarman of Arise High School to do some kind of presentation for her class "Money Really Does Grow on Trees". Here is a description of the class:

    Since the beginning of time, people have been making household...
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  • January 12, 2010 Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC

    Community Participation Update


    For those who have been following TKB's steps towards community participation, we are happy to announce our first community-based class coming this Thursday.

    I was approached by teacher Kate Sugarman of Arise High School to do some kind of presentation for her class "Money Really Does Grow on Trees". Here is a description of the class:

    Since the beginning of time, people have been making household...
    Read now
  • December 27, 2007 Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC

    Korean/Japanese Household Items as Molds




    I'm lucky to live a stone's throw from Oakland's Koreatown, and I always enjoy shopping there -- especially when on the hunt for soap molds. I found two possibilities in my last expedition I wanted to share with you.


    This first one is called a "Kimchi Cutter". Kimchi is spicy, pickled cabbage eaten in Korean cuisine. But for soapmakersthis cutter makes a smart little loaf mold. It measures about...
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