This blog is for NE Bubbles and Blazes. We enjoy making soap, bath and body products and candles. We meet once each year to share our skills and come from NY, PA, the east coast and Eastern Canada. Join us!

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Woo hoo for 2022!

Posted by Beth Byrne on February 21, 2022 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally, we can plan a gathering! It's been a long time and it is time to get back to normal.

We have no idea of what Covid mandates will be in September when the gathering arrives, of course, but we are optomistic. We will follow any official guidelines in place at that time and do the best we can to keep everyone safe. This applies to any public health situation that may arrive. But, let's think optimistically.

To get more details about the gathering, go here:" target="_blank">http:// Once registration begins on March 8, the link to the registration form will be linked on the home page.

Can't wait to see you there!

Gathering 2019

Posted by Beth Byrne on February 3, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A number of attendees enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant the Friday prior. It was a good opportunity for attendees to get to know one another and for old friends to catch up. The food was delicious, too!

Zandra Cunningham conducted a fantastic workshop on making masks for various skin types. We all got to make a few to take home and enjoy. In the afternoon, she presented a talk on starting a business. We were impressed at her poise and her success in the business world!

In between Zandra's talks, we enjoyed a continental breakfast, full sit-down lunch, garage sales, door prizes and swag bags from our generous and wonderful suppliers, a soap contest, two swaps and two raffles! 

We appreciated the hospitality that the folks at Union Center Christian Church showed in allowing us to use their facilities. A sudden rainstorm ended our day, but most got out ahead of it.

If this sounds like a good opportunity to you,  join us in 2020!

2018 Gathering Review

Posted by Beth Byrne on September 19, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It was our first venture in Goshen, New York. The Senior Center was a lovely place to hold the event, with a large room to hold all of us, with plenty of room to switch activities. Our attendees, a mix of first-timers and veterans, were full of fun and enthusiasm for everything the gathering entailed.


We were honored to have Cathy McGinnis of Soaping 101 fame with us to teach a new method of liquid soapmaking that allows us to make and dilute the soap in one session. She also led a workshop helping those in business learn how to reach their customers. Cathy is an excellent speaker and held our attention with ease. We couldn't wait to get home to try it out!




The food was delicious, and prepared by none other than Michelle's husband, Franklin Sager! We were the best fed people in Goshen that day.

In addition to Cathy's workshops, we also enjoyed swaps, raffles, door prizes and swag bags, thanks to our AWESOME vendor partners!


Even though our day started off with an unplanned visit from the local fire department, after the fire alarm went off, we called it a success.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Peterson. Thank you, Cheryl!

Now, it is time to get ready for 2019. Get ready for the announcement!

2018 Gathering Registration Begins!

Posted by Beth Byrne on March 10, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Registration for the 2018 NE Bubbles & Blazes Gathering has begun! Don't miss getting your spot. Swag bags are filled in the order that you sign up;so the earlier, the better.

Gathering Cost:

$70 through June 1, 2018

$80 through July 25, 2018

$90 At the door (You may register online and pay at the door. Cash preferred.)

Don't miss Cathy McGinnis! Cathy is the founder and mastermind behind Soaping 101 and has been in the soap business for 15 years. She has been teaching others to soap for many of those years through Soaping 101. Cathy also took her 101 class to the HSCG conference for a several years, and has spoken on other topics, as well. She was elected to the HSCG Board of Directors and began her position in August of 2017. As if that were not enough, Cathy owns the Soap Deli, a trendy shop in Kentucky and runs the popular SoapCon in the autumn.

You will enjoy Liquid Gold, her presentation on liquid soapmaking, and her afternoon seminar, Where are Your Customers? on identifying your target market and acquiring them as customers.

In addition, you will get a light breakfast and catered lunch, garage sales (bring what you don't need!), vendors on site, product swap, games, raffles, door prizes and a fabulous swag bag. 

Meet Cathy, other soap/b&b/candlemakers, learn great ideas to take home and implement, meet other soapers and have a great time!

2017 Gathering a Foamy Success!

Posted by Beth Byrne on February 15, 2018 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2017 NE Bubbles & Blazes Gathering took place on two lovely summer days in July. Fortunately, the Moose Lodge was air conditioned!

A group of us met at a local restaurant on Friday night. It offered an informal time to get to know each other and a few prizes were given out. What fun!

Noted author of Make it Fizz, Holly Port, taught attendees to make bath fizzies and bubble bars, such luscious goodies for the bath!

We enjoyed a lunch catered by the ladies of the Moose and many other enjoyable activities such as garage sales, vendor sales, swaps and raffles. The day was full, but great fun for all involved.

Join us for 2018 on August 3 & 4!

2017 Registration Open!

Posted by Beth Byrne on March 27, 2017 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (8)

Registration is now open for the 2017 NE Bubbles & Blazes Gathering. Take advantage of our Exclusive rate of $60 until April 30 at 5pm, EST.

This is a jam-packed day of learning, networking, growing and even dining with new and old friends. See our Home page for information on our workshops speaker, and the What You Need to Know page for details of the gathering.

It's Time to Register!

Posted by Beth Byrne on April 28, 2016 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hurry, only a few days left to register before the price goes up! On May 1, the price will be $30.

Plans are coming along well for the upcoming gathering and we are looking forward to seeing friends, old and new. Well, not old. . .  :)

Meet like-minded people who love to talk shop. Shop garage sales (and skip the shipping); get fabulous door prizes and swag bags from our amazing suppliers. Get your ugliest soap ready for a contest, learn how to felt soap and how to use herbs in soap and more.

This is a full day that you won't soon forget.

Register here:" target="_blank">http://

NE Bubbles & Blazes 2016 Gathering!

Posted by Beth Byrne on February 6, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Come join us for the 2016 gathering!


Date: August 5&6


It will be held at the Fenton Town Hall,

44 Park ST

Port Crane, NY 13833


Dinner at a local restaurant on Friday; gathering on Saturday

The dinner is optional and not included in your registration fee


Time: Registration begins at 9:30 am

Ends 4:00pm


Demos, door prizes, goody bags, raffles, food, garage sales, ugly soap contest & more!

Registration pricing:

Early Bird - $25 by March 31

Early - $30 by May 31

Regular - $40 by July 29

At the door - $50 pay at the door after July 29 - cash preferred


2015: Another Successful Gathering!

Posted by Beth Byrne on August 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2015 gathering, held in McGraw, NY was a huge success! We had a large number of attendees from NY, PA, the east coast and Canada.

On Friday, a good number of us met for dinner at a nearby Cortland restaurant, Central City Bar & Grill. The food was delicious, and we had a great time. We were even able to dine outside. For the first time, we gave out prizes to a few lucky people.

Saturday dawned sunny and warm and remained that way all day, which we appreciated. Attendees were awarded amazing goody bags and coupons graciously donated by many gernerous suppliers. In addition to the goody bags, we had door prize drawings for everyone there. Be sure to check out the companies that donated by clicking on 2015 Donations on the right.

We were offered 2 of 3 demos to attend: 


  • Candle Making by Donna Pixton-Hacker
  • Shaving Soap and Marketing by Chris Cullen
  • Lotion Making by Beth Byrne

Attendees brought their garage sale items, in the hopes of finding them new homes. This of course, is always a highlight of the event.. We also held two raffles. One was a 50/50 raffle and the other, a prize raffle, where stick blenders and other useful items were won.

We enjoyed two swaps, a Product Swap and a Yankee Swap. It is great fun to see and use products others are making in the Product Swap and the Yankee Swap is just a lot of fun! 

Speaking of fun, the Ugly Soap Contest is fun. No pressure here making the most beautiful soap. No, it's the ugliest that wins and it's amazing just how ugly soap can be! It is all good quality otherwise, though, so it is donated to a local charity.

We were fortunate to have The Lye Guy on premises, as well, which saved attendees shipping charges!

As if all that was not enough, attendees enjoyed breakfast treats and a buffet lunch. We had so much delectable food!

We hope YOU will join us in 2016!


Preparation for the 2015 Gathering Underway!

Posted by Beth Byrne on March 23, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so excited about the upcoming gathering!

The location is near scenic Cortland, New York, a small college town nestled in a valley of the Finger Lakes Region. Should you decide to make a long weekend of it, you'll find no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy.

We will enjoy dinner together on Friday, July 24th at a local restaurant, and Saturday with garage sales, vendors, a delicious lunch, swaps and three demos: lotion and cream making, candle making and shaving soap.

The registration form will be up this week.

See you there!

Cheryl, Michelle and Beth