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HOW TO: COINTREAU FIZZ IN A DIY PINEAPPLE CUP

Posted on December 30th, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

HOW TO: COINTREAU FIZZ IN A DIY PINEAPPLE CUP

The holiday season in Australia is something else. What it lacks in Christmas markets and mulled wine it makes up for in ample amounts of sun, sea and sand. Completely foreign if you’ve grown up in the Northern Hemisphere I know, but it turns out a warm Christmas is hard to shake. I mean, regardless of where in the world I am, I find myself making the pilgrimage back to the mother land every December. Who could resist long days spent on the beach eating, drinking and soaking up some rays? In ode to all that I love about this time of year in Australia, I recently got together with Cointreau to create one of my favourite summer drinks – a pineapple infused Cointreau Fizz in a DIY pineapple cup. Incredibly fun regardless of whether … Read More »


DIY VELVET CHOKER

Posted on December 29th, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

DIY VELVET CHOKER

Soooooooo… Have you recovered from Christmas yet? I’m pretty much rolling around with a knife, fork and spoon glued to my hand, that ham in the fridge aint gonna eat itself. The best part about this time of year is that once the 25th passes you’ve got the festivities of New Year’s Eve to look forward to – it’s the party that never ends. Ummmmm until you hit January first. In the event that you’re looking for a bit of a throwback accessory before we rush headlong into 2016, this velvet choker might be just the ticket. A little bit 90’s, a gold circle adds just the right amount of the two thousands.

You need

A 50cm (20 in) piece of velvet
Scissors
Glue
A large gold jump ring

How to

1. Cut your velvet in half.

2. Place the hoop on top of the opening of the velvet ribbon.

3. … Read More »


Must-have Power Tools for the Beginning DIYer

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Must-have Power Tools for the Beginning DIYer
As a beginner in the DIY world, you will need tools for cutting things apart, and putting things back together. In addition, you will need tools for finishing touches and clean-up. Cutting Things Apart Circular Saw A circular saw is a good investment. It’s good for long, straight cuts and will work faster and more accurately than a jigsaw. Look for safety features on this saw — paying a little more for your safety is worth it. Some circular saws can be adjusted to do a 45 degree angle cut, and are available in corded and battery type. As with…

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Must-have Power Tools for the Beginning DIYer


Must-have Power Tools for the Intermediate DIYer

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Must-have Power Tools for the Intermediate DIYer
Whether its restoring an old piece of furniture to its former glory or installing new flooring, the right tool makes any project go by that much smoother. In fact, not only will the appropriate tool get the job done right, but it will also save you precious time that you could use doing something else. With that in mind, here are a few intermediate power tools that every DIYer should have on hand in order to be prepared for the majority of projects around the house. Nail Gun A nail gun can really come in handy with projects that require…

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Must-have Power Tools for the Intermediate DIYer


5 Things to Do with a Router

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5 Things to Do with a Router
A router is a tool used to hollow out an area in a piece of wood, metal, or plastic. It can be used to cut fancy edges, patterns, and grooves, and is most often used for cabinetry and decorative moldings. The power tool form of a router consists of an electric motor-driven spindle. The use of a router bit transforms the router into a tool that can be used for a variety of projects. Given that there are literally hundreds of router bits available, many woodworkers consider the router to be the single most versatile woodworking tool available. There are…

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5 Things to Do with a Router


5 Must-have Tools for the Advanced DIYer

Posted on December 28th, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

5 Must-have Tools for the Advanced DIYer
Having the right tools for a job has often been said to be the difference between the amateurs and the professionals, but this is only part of the equation. The other part is that you have to have the knowledge and skill to use them and know what to use them for in the first place. If you’ve got that, then you have the power to accomplish any advanced do-it-yourself project. These five tools below are must-haves for the advanced DIYer. They’ll help get you through any project faster and easier with a high quality outcome. 1. Table Saw One…

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5 Must-have Tools for the Advanced DIYer


HOLIDAY DRINK IDEA: THE POMEGRANATE SIPPER

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HOLIDAY DRINK IDEA: THE POMEGRANATE SIPPER

A few years ago when we were living in London, Ben came up with this idea for a simple bellini style cocktail/mocktail using pomegranate juice. I’m not sure where the idea came from (possibly something we’d had while out), but either way it has become a tradition – our go to drink for Christmas day, regardless of whether we’re in London, Hong Kong or Australia. We found it hard to get our hands on pomegranate juice the year we were travelling in Thailand, but we made do. Enjoy the holidays guys!

Ingredients

1/4 cup of pomegranate juice
1/2 a cup of soda water / lemonade (if you want it sweeter) orrrrr prosecco/champagne if you want it a little more boozy
1/4 cup of cranberry juice (optional)
Dash of fresh lemon juice
fresh pomegranate seeds

All you have to do to make this simple drink … Read More »


QUICK DIY: WRAPPING WITH POLAROIDS

Posted on December 23rd, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

QUICK DIY: WRAPPING WITH POLAROIDS

In case you’re sitting in front of the tv procrastinating about all that gift wrapping you have to do (arrrggghhh sellotape burns), I thought I would share with you a quick wrapping idea to take your brown paper up a notch. Simply put a polaroid on it. In fact, any sort of photo would work in the event you’re sans the hipster version – write on the back for the best gift tag around. So quick, in fact, that you won’t miss more than a moment of Home Alone 3 (aside from the 25 minutes you’ll lose looking for that tape in your kitchen drawers).

Hope you’re enjoying the holidays! xx

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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QUICK DIY: WRAPPING WITH POLAROIDS


Becoming a DIY Landlord: Michael Boyer's Tips and Tricks

Posted on December 23rd, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

Becoming a DIY Landlord: Michael Boyer's Tips and Tricks
Thinking of renting out a property? It can be hard to know where to start from permits to maintenance. However, becoming a landlord can be a great step for an smart DIYer who is looking to supplement their income or to start a new career path. We sat down with Michael Boyer, author of Every Landlord’s Guide to Managing Property: Best Practices From Move-In to Move-Out to find out what actually goes into renting out a property. For someone just starting out, how difficult is the process? For example, what types of permits should a new landlord be expected to…

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Becoming a DIY Landlord: Michael Boyer's Tips and Tricks


Terms of the Trade: What Is a Rafter?

Posted on December 23rd, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Rafter?
A rafter is a vertical beam, usually with a slope, that supports a building’s roof; any building with a roof likely has rafters. Resting on a supporting wall, the weight of the roof is transferred through the rafter down to the building’s foundation. They are usually made of wood, but depending on the building’s architecture can also be made from concrete or steel….

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Terms of the Trade: What Is a Rafter?