No more soap sales + being copied

I have discontinued soap sales, at least temporarily. I have had a lot of fun over 18 years making soap and meeting so many other interesting people. Thank you everyone .
Maybe I will get back to it again later, but meanwhile I will be making only for personal use and gifting..

28 October 2017....Unfortunately someone has chosen to copy/paste huge amounts from my old web pages....product information, receipes, soap making methods eg...and place this on the domain name I let go a few months ago. They can buy the domain name but that does not give access to my copyright material or the use of my registered business name.
If you go to that page it is not me you might be dealing with. The person hides behind a "disposable" email address

Feb 18, 2018

I will make some soap soon for a fundraiser for the Golden Oldies Rescue at Mittagong . Gina and her team do an enormous job of saving old /older dogs. I have been fortunate to be able to foster the wonderful "Rocky" who needed quite  a bit of vet help before he could settle to his new life where he has decided he hates doors and cars . !
Which means he cannot easily get to the local dog park to meet other dogs which he is desperate to do.
I will probably advertise the soap here and on another couple of pages either with a buy now price or as an auction. Golden Oldies has an auction site so there is a choice

Hopefully the soap will be ready for Mothers Day at least .

Again i state that my soap, sold as

 "DianesNaturally Handcrafted Soap"

 has nothing what so ever to do with the woman who has stolen my soapmaking receipes and pages and pages of my old information. You have to wonder what motivates some people that they cannot get a life and information of their own.
At least I know how to make soap even if she does not.   LOL

 "Rocky" the dog who loves and wants friends

Jan 21, 2017

A new dog. A wonderful old soul . He  has been here now for 5 months and has gotten a lot smarter generally. "Ginger" is essentially 10 and is  another working dog cross  (is there any other kind ?!!) ...kelpie/cattle/rough collie. He loves his new home endlessly after way too long in rescue places.  He is both as rough as bags and as gentle as a baby. I guess his life has made him like that.  He has the saddest eyes and has vast amounts of fur to be removed for summer .  He loves and is loved

Sep 23, 2015


This was made with yoghurt after discussions with other soapmakers.
It feels great actually.
One is the inevitable lavender. It is just plain blue /purple with gold mica on top.
 The other is the last of a fragrance oil called *strawberry and cream*.

Apr 26, 2015

My beautiful *Shadow * dog has died

After a relatively short time being picky about her food, then not eating much and then eating nothing really......tests showed acute renal failure, amongst other things.
I chose to let her go peacefully and her vet came to our home on 24 April and she died with my son and I beside her.
We are bereft to have lost this beautiful, intelligent, loving dog. She amused us with her tricks, she loved to *work* and I will miss her picking up things from the floor and handing them to me. It sure saved my poor sore back.
She was just that one special animal that some of us are fortunate to own or meet in a lifetime.
The stories about her are legion, the memories endless, warm  and beautiful .
 she lives on forever.

She had had months of pain after a neck injury in late August 2014. Not being able to walk and being able to do nothing but lie around.
I nearly had her put down then but she finally suddenly got better and had some good weeks before the kidney failure. She was slow walking in the park in the last weeks... but still loved her social activities and knew what time it was when I should be preparing to take her out

The weird thing about her food on the last day was that I was eating an Anzac biscuit when she sniffed it and looked interested. I offered her a bit and she loved it and had a bit more. When my son came by with his chicken and ham sandwiches not yet eaten....she asked for some of that and looooooved it.
She had refused proper chicken, tuna, turkey, beef and her usual beloved dry cat food for the previous 24 hours

Our thanks to Matt and his team at Normanhurst Vet Practice. They care

 Here she is ready to go shopping a about 2 weeks ago. Looking very well

Wondering if I am ever coming back.

Here she is as she was recovering from the neck problems

Sitting with "her boy" waiting for the vet to arrive. 

Mar 8, 2015

The Working People

These are like pet rocks that you take to work. Two faces per rock . !!!
When you are worn out of working, when life becomes too much for the wages you are paid, when it is not time yet to take a break for a looooong lunch...... you can put out the misery side to give people a clue as to how it might be wise to approach you.
Howver if you have just done a great deal that seals your financial future, or even just gotten all that data set out right.......put the happy side facing clients or workmates . This will let everyone know that they can come and be happy with you. 


Oct 5, 2014

crimson rosella

they are busy eating the seeds from some left over grass weeds in the back of the yard
and playing on a dead pulled out citrus tree 

one is feeding the other...... but i dont know the relationship between them

Jul 8, 2014

A park in Hornsby that I take dog to occasionally

the grounds are that of the home of one or our great explorers........

Sir Edgeworth  David 

after whom a street has been named. 
I think, perhaps, that  many do not appreciate where that street name comes from.

the photos are not wonderful but it is simply a glimpse or a cool
shady park in a highly populated area that offers escape 

random spider catching lunch

could not leave dog out of a blog was a cold and windy morning!!!

Jul 7, 2014

Chromebook...well i bought one.

about two months ago i needed a new laptop unfortunately. a bit of research and  I decided i  couldnt resist the colour of the casing of one brand. it nearly matches my dogs fur!!
 i like to use chrome as a browser, am fed up with windows ,the chromebook  has a great keyboard and  the right sized screen for me. there are not a lot of 14 inch laptops to choose from right now. critically it has a power cord plug in that is at right angles to the machine.......unlike my previous costly and beautiful white machine which was dropped and finally had its power connection irreversibly damaged unto replacement.

there are good and bad things about chrome. for me the bad is that the first machine died aged 31 days.
it was replaced by the manufacturer with no fuss it should have been.
i dont think i appreciated how difficult it would be to get photos from cameras and phones to the laptop and then onto any web page. i know i have not mastered the art yet  for all devices and it frustrates me that what should be simple not really .
 i am off put that the manufacturers of devices are not making more effort to make things all gel together......without excuses over too long a time span.
never the less ..i am persistant, can out wait most on the phone when after information. thus i have made some progress.
with a chromebook laptop, a windows phone, an android tablet and a sony point and is a real juggling act to make everything work with everything else.
i suppose if it would not be a challenge and really i never did set out to be the owner of synching devices like the apple products e.g.

i have peeled off one lot of rhino photos and hopefully i can get another lot of photos  from elsewhere to also load here.


Yeeeesssss....after nearly tearing out my hair i think i have most, but not all, my photos together and available on the chromebook.
 none are corrected or resized....that is beyond my brain for today/tonight

These are random photos of houses mostly taken on a recent trip to the beautiful old suburb of
 Hunters Hill. 

I have always loved sandstone homes and this place still has some really beautiful ones.
Sadly for me some of the best are too hidden to be photographed

this is a fabulous watch and clock repairer.... and maker. one of those places where u have to knock three times, wait for the door to be unlocked and you enter slowly !!
beautiful antiques of all eras.
they repaired a watch and clock for me many years ago .
 when i phoned recently about one item.....they still had all the details there to discuss with me.
i loved that.