Anne-Marie at Otion the soap bar

Anne-Marie Faiola is a serial entrepreneur and passionate crafter. She is also a die-hard scuba diver and voracious reader. Anne-Marie currently runs a series of crafty companies, including the one she started at the age of 20, Bramble Berry. She sits on a variety of non-profit boards and loves to bake if she ever has any extra time.

SoapQueen.com is a collection of soap projects, personal musings, business advice from the trenches and the occasional family photo.

Anne-Marie lives in Bellingham, WA with her adorable entrepreneur husband (he runs an engineering firm) and a beautiful toddler and new baby sister.


That’s Anne-Marie’s story in a nutshell, want more? You got it!

Personal Ramblings

Soapy Social Media Roundup

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Summer Life is Good

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Give it all You’ve Got, and Then Some

I recently had a mentoring session with a smart woman named Kay. She had been out of work for a while but had finally landed a job. It was 50% […]

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