Hey ladies! Got medium-length hair that isn’t long enough to twist into a chignon? Through the magic of hair donuts, you can fake this sweet updo (via ivonneblurbs).
She advises you don’t even need to buy a professional donut-shaped hair pad: “cut the toe end off a clean tube sock and roll it up.” Then put your hair in a ponytail, thread it through the hair donut, and wrap your hair around the donut, pinning it against your head.
Those playing in the US will be all, “God, who doesn’t know about horchata!” but here in Australia we are more likely to have heard about the refreshing Mexican cinnamon rice milk drink from that Vampire Weekend song.
Don’t wait for some expat vegan to expand your culinary horizons. Get in first and make your own horchata. It’s delicious with spicy foods. You’ll need:
1 cup uncooked rice 1/4 cup almond meal 6 cups water 1 cinnamon stick, or equivalent huge amount of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup sugar
Pulverise and combine the rice, almond meal and cinnamon. You can do this in a blender or a spice/coffee grinder, or with a mortar and pestle.
Add to the water and let it soak at room temperature for at least a few hours, preferably overnight. Some recipes use only half the water for the soaking and add the rest at the end, like diluting cordial.
Strain into a jug or jar through a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Stir the solids around to let the liquid pass through. This is crucial to get rid of any chalky taste.
Add the vanilla and sugar (and the rest of the water, if you’re using the dilution method). Serve generously dusted with ground cinnamon.
We see too many local Frankies buying vintage dresses and then slashing off the hems to that coltish mid-thigh length that’s popular among the youngs. Never mind that most full-skirted vintage frocks were designed to fall to at least the knee.
But if you are going to chop an op-shop skirt, consider a pretty scalloped hem. It will work best with crisp, woven fabrics such as cottons and linens, rather than soft or knitted fabrics.
Full instructions on making the skirt in the picture are here. You can draw the scallops freehand on the reverse of the fabric and then cut them out, however this tutorial suggests drawing the scallops on contact paper and then sticking that directly on the fabric to act as a template.
Alternatively, fold an A4 piece of paper in half vertically, then in half again twice horizontally. Arrange the folds like a concertina and then cut the paper into a scallop shape. Here’s one we just made in, like, thirty seconds from an old electricity bill. We are sure you can do better.
Pin that to the bottom of your skirt and use it as a template. If you want to do these things properly, quickly sew around the edges of the scallops to stop them fraying.
Uh-oh, your sink, shower, bath or toilet won’t drain! Looks like you have a clog!
If the drain isn’t totally blocked, try running the hot tap for five minutes, or pouring several litres of boiling water down the drain. This can melt any grease or soap coating the inside of the pipe.
You can also try a homemade drain cleaner: half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. As you’ll recall from primary school, this will create a foaming reaction; replace the plug to stop it going everywhere. Let the drain sit for half an hour then pour in a kettleful of boiling water.
If neither of these has worked, get out your plunger. If the shower, bath or sink doesn’t already have water in it, fill it enough to cover the head of the plunger. Then position the plunger so it makes a seal over the plughole and plunge it vigorously up and down. It’s working if you can feel resistance. Wearing gloves, pull the blockage out of the sink, then flush with hot water to make sure the rest is gone.
As a last resort, try poking a wire down the drain. Use a piece of wire from a coat hanger, with a small hook on the end. Insert the hook and wiggle it around, trying to break up any blockage. Pull it out to see if the blockage will come out too.
We saw this pic on IKEA Hackers – the hack is meant to be this light fitting, but what struck us were the little round pigeonholes on the wall in the background!!
We reckon you could make them by cutting lengths from a large piece of industrial piping and fixing them to the walls with L-brackets on the inside. You can then paint the bracket the same colour as the wall to camouflage it.
You could make a row of pigeonholes, or perhaps a honeycomb cluster, and use them to display knick-knacks, artworks or plants.
Create Big Macs that are better than the ones at Maccas! This blog has tweaked what is already a near-perfect recipe to make it even better. And as for re-creating special sauce… would you believe Vegemite is involved?
Last Saturday our skipping club (yes, skipping club) put in an appearance at a Converse-sponsored block party and we each got a free pair of Chucks (pictured). In the pic they’re laced European-style. But we’ve since altered that and are using the simplified straight-lace technique. We like the look of crisp white laces in neat, horizontal lines down a black shoe.
Here are 36 different ways to lace your shoes – some for aesthetics, some for performance, some for fit. Ian is the shoelacing expert.