August 2014 My Maker Box Reveal: Handmade Products and Business Success Resources

As I shared a few days ago, the first My Maker Box shipped last week, and the unboxing videos are pouring in. If you missed that post, you can get it and watch some of the videos at this link. Today, I am excited to share a close-up look at all of the handmade products and success resources featured in the August My Maker Box, along with the stories behind Makers and creative consultants featured.

list thorstenson my maker box collage

Our theme was “Beach in a Box,” and the handmade products inside are designed to help you enjoy August's dog days of summer. Thanks to our member Lisa Thorstenson of Cloud Nine Soap Co. in Hartland, Wisconsin, for this beautiful collage of all of the products.

Our August box contained products and coupons valued at $152.25. Our August box price was $39.97.

That's what I call value!


Flip Flop soap from Sara's Soaps ‘N Such
Burgaw, NC
IBN Member since July 2011

flip flop soap

Your “Sun and Sand” flip flop soap is a great body care treat and a perfect momento of the final days of summer 2014. Whether it's a week at the beach or a day at the pool, you'll love bathing afterward with this reminder of sunshine. Made with colloidal oatmeal to resemble sand, all on top of a base of sky blue and ocean blue. The happy scent is a warm tropical fragrance that smells like a blend of sunscreen and sunshine. Sara's Soaps ‘n Such manufactures cleverly designed handmade soaps and luxurious body products for the whole family. Retail price: $10.

Personalized ear cuff from Charlene Sevier Jewelry
Norfolk, Virginia
IBN Member since July 2009

charlene sevier ear cuff

The personalized ear cuff was customized in a choice of silver or gold with a personalized initial. Gold is gold plated brass. Silver is metal with silver plating. This one is mine, hence the “d.” Just slide the ear cuff over your outer ear and adjust up or down to the look you prefer. Make sure the initial is facing outward so the person standing next to you can see it. Squeeze gently to hold in place. It's nice to have extra bling at the beach, yes? Charlene makes handcrafted artisan jewelry with a distinct ethnic, boho chic style. I have several of her pieces in my personal collection. Retail price: $7

Coconut Bliss lip balm from Liz's Body Products
Charlotte, North Carolina
IBN Member since July 2014

liz's body product coconut lip balm

Coconut Bliss lip balm is made with cocoa butter and shea butter, and is sweetened with stevia and all natural flavor oils, not only will it leave your lips supple with a bit of shimmer, but the delicious Coconut flavor will give you a taste of the tropics all month long. Liz's Body Products features paraben free and cruelty free body products like lotions, soaps, scrubs, and this wonderful lip balm! Retail price: $3.75

Bejeweled bookmark from Kat ‘N Drew


Perhaps nothing brings as much pleasure as reading a juicy novel during the dog days of summer. Dress up your poolside reading fun with this beautiful, handmade beaded bookmark accented with an adorable summer motifs. Which one did you get: flip flop, Mr. Sun, sunglasses, Hawaiian leisure shirt, beach shorts, or summer loafers? A delicate and colorful bead tops off the look. Retail price: $6.50

Sample soap from Music City Suds
Nashville, Tennessee
IBN Member since July 2014

music city suds soap

A sample of handmade soap from our member, Rachel Turner over at Music City Suds in Nashville, Tennessee. Rachel also hosts the annual Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering, at which I have had the honor of speaking for the past two years.

Creative Consultants

Kenna Cote at Modern Soapmaking
Overland Park, Kansas
IBN Member since July 2012

modern soapmaking coupon voucher

Kenna Cote runs Modern Soapmaking, “a soaper's best friend and business partner,” but not just for soapers. Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from all walks of life can enjoy a discount on Kenna's suite of exclusive tutorials, ebooks, online workshops and more! Value: $15

Lori Nova Endres, Ruth Esteves and Cassie Durant at The Nova Studio
Point Richmond, California
IBN Member since July 2006

nova studio coupon

The Nova Studio has been teaching creative people to make bath and body products since 2003. Owners Lori Nova Endres, Ruth Esteves and Cassie Durant make it all possible in a cozy space outside San Francisco. In addition to on-site classes, you can purchase a variety of online classes and e-Class handouts so you can learn virtually when it's convenient for you. Follow the instructions to redeem the enclosed coupon by December 15, 2014. Value: $10

Donna De Rosa at Donna DeRosa Coaching
Redondo Beach, California
IBN Member since July 2010

derosa coaching voucher

Donna will help you break down your goals into actionable steps, and hold you accountable to a specific timetable, ensuring that you reach your desired outcome. Enjoy complementary life coaching. Value: $100

Aren't they all awesome!?

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.