Thursday, January 30, 2014

[52-Week DIY Project] Week 4: Arm candies

For several years I have accumulated several strings of ceramic beads, wooden beads, and semi-precious stones in different colors and sizes. I also purchased some strings, charms, fillers, connectors, and the likes. Not to miss are the pliers I also bought. Why did I have to? Well, most of the bracelets I saw sold online do not fit my wrist. (One of the problems if you are on the heavy side. I have big bones, right?) 

So I always got bead shops in Quiapo to get some supplies when my time ad budget permitted me to do so.  Since then I make my own bracelets and dangling earrings. 
Some of the supplies I have in my case

With this I can customize what I want in a bracelet for a certain period. I can easily re-assemble mix and match each strand. So I went back to the table again to make few bracelets. Actually, I thought of making bracelets as a gift to a little girl celebrating her 7th birthday. And I was inspired to make for her aunt and for myself too. 

reassembled arm candies for me!

gift for the birthday girl's aunt who is a very good friend

a pair of arm candies for the birthday girl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Penne Arrabbiata Ala Big Lady

I saw it in one cooking show and since then I look forward to preparing my version of Penne Arrabbiata. 
According to Wikipedia, "arrabbiata sauce is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers in olive oil." 
Using ordinary vegetable oil, I sauted slices of red onions and minced garlic then I added slices of red and green peppers. I added slices of 500grams of cheese dogs and ham. I let it simmer for a few minutes. I added slices of red tomatoes. I let it simmer. I added a half cup of water and dash of dried chili flakes, ground pepper, and salt to taste. Then I let it simmer to thicken the sauce. Lastly I added the cooked penne pasta and mixed it to distribute the sauce evenly. 

The result? Yummy! I spent less on this recipe too. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

(52-Week DIY Challenge) Week 3: Cleaning Solution for Leather Bags

I have this bag for more than a decade now. Yes, consider it as one of my favorite bags and I have been keeping it since. It was expensive to be considered during the time that I bought it. It is a Sylvia Santos original bag. It may not be as expensive as an LV bag or Celine bag then, but this bag is a certified sturdy and helpful bag when I was juggling my time in work and in graduate school.
Imagine the loads of documents and books I put in there so that I won't miss a thing at home or at work. So now you understand why I have been keeping it. 
Over the years, it accumulates dirt and stains. Its handles are not as perfect as they should be. I admit that they need a little re-sewing. But my big concern was the dirt. 

The dirt and stains are too obvious. I do not want to give up this bag. ( Okay, I am being nostalgic but this is a memorable one. This was considered a big purchase when I was working as an entry level employee.)

Sending it to a bag-cleaner is not an option. I do not want to spend and I am out of budget. So I tried a cleaning solution using ingredients found at home. I mixed 1 teaspoon of Champion Dishwashing Liquid (Pomelo Scent) and a half teaspoon of Zonrox  Color Safe. I mixed the two thoroughly and using a piece of cloth, wipe it on a small portion of one side of the bag just to test what will happen. (I was not sure if it will ruin the surface.) But, thank God it did not. I noticed that some stains were gone so I continued on doing it evenly on the bag's surface. 

 Few more strokes on some of its parts and the change was really noticeable. It did work. It is not perfectly clean yet but few more cleaning session I am sure it will be perfectly clear from stains and dirt.