April 20, 2014

My Big Fat Handmade Diary - April 2014

April 20, 2014
Just came back home, and, I'm burned! ha ha ha :D




April 07, 2014
Cutting charcoal soap from block to logs, then from logs to bars.




April 06, 2014
I accidentally broke my square plastic box couple days ago, then I found this nice, heavy-duty and BPA-free round container at Dollarama. It doesn't come with a lid, but it's still a perfect container for dough to rise once covering it with food wrap.
See how excited Daniel was! Ha Ha!




April 05, 2014
Soapmaking day!
Going to make Activated Charcoal Detox soap from scratch later.
This is gonna be a huge batch that weights over 25 lbs.




April 02, 2014
Filling up lip balms for a wedding favors order.
Coconut, orange and rose, hmmm, my studio smells like tropical island!
 
 
 
 
April 01, 2014
Believe me, never wear tankini, not even one-piece,
when you go on tropical vacation.
I know, coz I tried. Ha ha
So this year, these cute bikinis are going with me to Cuba!


March 27, 2014

My Big Fat Handmade Diary - March 2014

March 27, 2014
Kitchen experiment of the day : No-churn Avocado Ice Cream. 

 There are only four ingredients -
avocado 400g, sweetened condensed milk 400g,
whole milk 50ml and lemon juice 1 tablespoon.
 
Mix everything together (I used vitamix blender)
and send the mixture to freezer until solid. 

 Quick and easy. Creamy and super yummy! My family loved it!
 



March 26, 2014
Oops, a puffer bread. Ha Ha!




March 23, 2014
I used the method from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" to make brioche dough and baked dinner rolls today. Oh my, I can't believe how easy it is and how good they tasted.
Thank You, Zoe and Jeff. You are the best!
http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/2008/09/24/brioche-dough-recipe-and-all-of-its-wonderful-uses





March 21, 2014
I am so in love with this quick and easy way to make a loaf of fresh bread everyday! :)
 

February 22, 2014

My Big Fat Handmade Diary - February 2014

February 22, 2014
Kids woke me up this morning and asked to bake these "breakfast cookies" for them.
This is a wonderful recipe from my friend J. No flour, no sugar, no egg,
just lots of oats, nuts, seeds, mashed banana, peanut butter and honey.
Pretty healthy and high fiber. We love it! :D




February 21, 2014
Packing 75 mini soaps for a baby shower order.




February 15, 2014
Nothing better than enjoying a Korean hot pot Kimchi-Budae Jeongol in cold weather! ♥




February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine! 情人節快樂! ♥




February 10, 2014
A super busy weekend.
A big Thank You to my lovely customers!
Xoxo Anita :)



February 06, 2014
So thrilled my Two-gether Sweetheart Monogram Necklace featured on Etsy Valentine's Jewelry front page. Thank you Etsy! :D




February 04, 2014
Nice cappuccino, yummy crepe and homemade black sesame ice cream.
What a lovely date with my girl friends! <3 (Gotta do more exercises)
 
 

January 30, 2014

My Big Fat Handmade Diary - January 2014

January 30, 2014
Wish everyone a healthy and successful year of horse!
祝大家身心安康! 龍馬精神! 馬年行大運!! 馬上要啥米有啥米!!





January 29, 2014
Happy 10th Birthday, Daniel.
Love, mom. <3



January 24, 2014
My soaping toy is finally here. So excited! :)




January 20, 2014
Working on an urgent order, 30 necklaces in a row.
 #lustremodernjewelry #etsyjewelry
 #minimalistjewelry #everydaynecklace




January 19, 2014
Kids made a cute snowman in our backyard.
Do you know what his nose is? ..... A little red hot pepper!
Kids said it can keep the snowman warm in the winter. Lol

 


January 15, 2014
Musical night with girl friends.




January 13, 2014
Surprise of the day! Sophie G. made this lovely video for reviewing my soaps.
I am so thrilled. Sophie, you made my day! :)  
 
 
 
January 11, 2014
T&T supermarket always makes me homesick.
 
 
 
January 02, 2014
New Mini Soap now available in the store!
This mini soap weights about 35 g / 1.25 oz,
measures approximately 6.5cm x 4cm x 1.5cm / 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 5/8".
It is just perfect for "grab and go"! 

 
 


December 31, 2013

My Big Fat Handmade Diary - December 2013

December 31, 2013
Keep Calm and Hello 2014!
Wish you a Happy and Healthy Year 2014! xoxo Anita :)




December 26, 2013
White but icy cold Christmas morning.
The trees in front of our house are all broken, four in a row...
This is definitely the Christmas I will never forget.




December 25, 2013
7-pound lobster!




December 24, 2013
What a surprise!
A secret Christmas gift was dropped at our front door by secret Santa!
Hahahaha THANK YOU JO & REX!!! :)




December 23, 2013
Took some soap photo shoots today.
Those little soaps are cute, aren't they? :)




December 22, 2013
Didn't sleep well last night.
After an ice storm, many trees around our house are damaged due to freezing rain.
Thanks God those broken branches didn't hit any people, cars and houses.

Huge THANK YOU to our nice neighbors helping to cut down the broken trees.




December 20, 2013
My jewelry shop is ending it's first year with a remarkable milestone, hit the 1000 sales mark! Hooray!!! Countless thanks for all of your support, love you all! <3
www.lustremodernjewelry.etsy.com




December 19, 2013
Kids early dismissed today, we decided to walk home. :)




December 17, 2013
Homemade pan fried veggie buns for our book club today.
J said we always focus on the wrong subject on our Book Club.
ha ha ha so true, we love eating more than reading!




December 16, 2013
Snowing day, perfect time to stay home
and working on the book for tomorrow's book club.




December 15, 2013
Wow, white out this morning. Hello, winter! :)




December 14, 2013
- 14c ! We may have 10~15cm of snow today... I miss the sunshine in Cuba.


Snowflakes flew in my car, cute!




December 13, 2013
Christmas shopping!




December 10, 2013
It's snowing outside now... I'm packing a face serum order.
They are going to the bay area of California,
the golden state with beautiful sunshine!
 
 
 
 
December 08, 2013
So excited that our organic face oil line is going to be available at Concept 47,
a nice beauty and cosmetic boutique located in Oakland, California.
If you live around there or plan a visit,
please stop by this beautiful shop and check out our organic facial serums. :)

Concept 47 by Beija-Flor Naturals
4727 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, California
+1 510-225-4088
http://www.conceptfortyseven.com/
 
 
 
 
December 09, 2013
Are we going to have a white Christmas?
 
 
 
 
December 06, 2013
Our calamondin oranges are turning yellow.
Almost time to harvest I guess.
Hm... what should I do with them?
 
 
 
 
December 04, 2013
Picked up an order today.
Those natural and very fragrant oils are turning to beautiful soaps soon!
 
 
 
 
December 03, 2013
Packing Merry Christmas gift sets.