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

Don’t Forget to Play

“Life is more fun if you play games.” ― Roald Dahl Happy Easter Weekend =) We did an Easter Egg hunt with Jamisen. He was beyond euphoric about the whole […]

Happy Girls

“Happy girls are the prettiest.” — Audrey Hepburn Ah, isn’t that the truth? I recently was reminded that beauty fades but smart is forever. I’m hoping that happiness is forever […]

3 Things to Learn from Daily Candy’s Demise

Like many, I was surprised to learn that Daily Candy was shutting down after 14 years in business. The popular city guide / shopping guide service started with a small […]

Sun, Surf, Sand and Babies

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”  – Milton Berle We recently took a family trip to Hawaii with Grandma and Grandpa Faiola. My Dad had a medical conference and invited us […]

Cupid’s Arrow

I couldn’t resist dressing up Lily as a mini cupid for Valentine’s Day. This little girl has a straight shot into my heart, and thank you for being in ours […]

She Sits

Little Miss Lily has fully gained control of her trunk and can actually sit and play. It is amazing and delightful and so nice. Of course, we don’t leave her […]

Bramble Chili Cook Off + winning chili recipe

Competition was fierce at the Bramble Berry office for our first annual Bramble Chili Cook Off! The only requirements were to cook up the heartiest, spiciest, best possible pot of […]

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