Soaping …

It seems this soaping caper is somewhat addictive! I now have a number of batches under my belt and thankfully, no disasters to make mention of.
After the Orange Poppyseed I made this Gardener’s Soap with Cedarwood, Tea Tree & Lime Essential Oils
Gardener's Soap

Next came a salted soap with added French Clay and Activated Charcoal scented with Lavender & Vetiver Essential Oils
Lavendar, Vetiver & Salt soap

Next came a ‘blue’ request from Olivia so I created this Blue Energy Soap
Blue Energy

This was followed by a request for a face bar by our son … loaded with activated charcoal & scented with tea tree & lavender
DJ's face bar

Oh, then one of my favourites scent wise … Lemon, Basil & Sage, scent is very refreshing!
Lemon, Basil, Sage

Something purple-ish … my Cranberry Fig
Cranberry Fig

Then I felt the need to make another Orange Poppyseed, this time with no poppyseeds added into the mix, but rather sprinkled on top, again coloured with Paprika and scented with Orange, May Chang & Cinnamon Leaf
Orange Poppyseed  06.11.2015

I have more to share but will save them for another post … until next time

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Orange Poppyseed

When I ordered the goods I needed to make soap I didn’t take into consideration exactly what I wanted other than to make soap so I ordered some micas & ultramarine colours and fragrance oils.  Then I discovered this wonderful group on Facebook using All Natural Ingredients in soap. I got interested very quickly in what I could do to make my soaps all natural and it’s pretty easy actually. Replace the micas and ultramarines with herbs & spices and replace fragrance oils with Essential oils. Yes, Essential Oils will add to the cost but they also add a whole range of other wonderful properties to the soaps. So here is my very first all natural soap – Orange Poppyseed, coloured with Paprika and activated charcoal and scented with Valencia Orange essential oil. Made on the 14th October.  Very happy with the results!! Orange Poppyseed w-activated charcoal (1 of 1)

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Soap #2

Wow, miracles will never cease. 2 blog posts in a week 🙂 Hopefully I will keep up the trend.
Yesterday (5th October) I made my 2nd batch of cold process soap using the same recipe as last week, so again Palm Oil Free, however I used much less water, so the soap went to trace much quicker and I was able to unmould and photograph this morning 🙂 This soap contains some brown & red pigments for colour, oatmeal, milk & honey fragrance and a few rolled oats on top. I think I need to work on my colouring process and slicing process but otherwise I am very pleased with the progress thus far. Need to order more goodies (butters & oils and essential oils) now before I can make more
2nd batch POF 05.10.2015 (1 of 1)-2 2nd batch POF 05.10.2015 (1 of 1)

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Hmmm ….

I’m not a very good blogger am I? It’s not that I don’t want to share what I do in life or what I create but I get sidetracked or just forget and then I’m sure that there is a time thief out there who steals time, but anyway, here’s to a new start.
I’m still taking photos (2 x photography projects this year – P52 = a weekly project, with a weekly theme and P365 = take a photo every day but I’ve added a twist this year … I have to use a Lensbaby Lens! I’m also still making cards and … yesterday (29th September) I delved into the wonderful world of hand crafting soap. I want to keep a diary of what I create so I figure that here is as good a spot as any. Hopefully I’ll remember to keep this up as it’ll be a record of what I do!

1st Batch Palm Oil Free 29-09-2015 (1 of 1)

1st Batch Palm Oil Free 29-09-2015 (1 of 1)-2
1st Batch Palm Oil Free 29-09-2015 (1 of 1)-3
So here are a few of photos of my very first batch of soap. It’s still in the mould and I won’t unmould it for a few days. I didn’t use a recipe that I found online or out of a book, I created this recipe myself. It’s Palm Oil free, which is something I feel quite strongly about. I want to create beautiful soaps, but also try to be somewhat responsible about what I am putting into my soaps. This 1st batch uses Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Palm Free Fractionated Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Oil & Hemp Oil. Properties of the end product should have it as a hard but conditioning, creamy, bubbly, cleansing bar. As I used the maximum amount of water it will take a longer time to cure … 1st lesson learnt. This soap is fragranced with White Tea & Ginger and has a couple of handfuls of Calendula flowers both through the soap & on top.

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Where does time go …


I am at a loss for words. I know it has been a long time since I last posted anything here but I can’t believe that it’s been nearly 12 months. I really don’t know where the time has gone!

I have given my blog a fresh new look and hope to revive my blog over coming weeks.

Don’t give up on me yet!


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Love & Marriage



Love & Marriage … made this card just to add to my stash.
Stamps are Papertrey Ink, cardstock, ribbon & ink as always is SU. 
Off to create a card for our nephew Kyle and his fiancé Faye for a group gift so I think I might have to use this set again but make something like the Meander Book (tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers) for everyone to sign. The challenge is on!

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Working on next year’s Christmas cards …


I ordered some wonderful new Papertrey Ink products a while back but haven’t had much of a chance to play with them until now. In today’s card I’ve used Rustic Wreath in a very clean and simple design. After stamping in black I coloured the wreath with a white gel pen and then added some red dots using a clear red gel pen. Nothing too hard, just a little time consuming colouring the wreath. I think it would look great as a square card but if posting within Australia then the post office likes to charge extra for square cards, so I’ve kept it as a rectangle. 


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