The Morning News has been running a series of articles on men’s fashion. Part Four sums up some basics, and includes a link to instructions for the classic tie knots. The articles are humorous, but contain wise information a few souls could benefit from. Earlier in the series is suits, dress shirts, and pants.
Troutgirl is taking action again guys chinos which are too short. She offers the basics on how to determine length, measure and hem pants once and for all in her Pant-Hemming Algorithm.
Girl Hacker points us to Next Day Gourmet, specifically the potatoes carved into wooden Dutch shoes and pastry shells shaped like fish. Check out all the shapes for white potatoes and purple potatoes, flowers and pastry shells. They also offer equipment and supplies, pineapple cutter anyone?
Dealing with denim at Get Crafty comes one day after I was looking at my jeans and deciding they were too faded looking and needed a darker wash. Also talks about distressing, making a skirt, making a tote bag, antiquing and creating those whiskers.
Help! We’ve arrived at the new apartment and, for the most part, it is lovely. However, the fridge is stinky. Not terrible, but stale, and persistant. So far I have taken out all of the shelves, scrubbed the interior (we’re talking toothbrush detailing here) with Dr. Bronner’s, scrubbed all of the racks and drawers and such. I turned it off to give it a good airing out and it’s open now and I don’t seem to have made it any better. It’s stinking up the kitchen, actually. This thing was pretty grubby around the edges. Besides praying to my boxes of Flo-thru baking soda what can I do? Do you have any instructions on how to de-stink an old fridge? I will love you forever!
Ok, first the disclaimer: A] I have no idea where I learned this, although I suspect that it is one of the few useful things I took from college and B] I place no guarantee of any sort, and if it does not work at all and you end up feeling silly please don’t be angry with me, however to date it has never not worked for me (for me to cure other people, that is). Ok.
The idea is that you get the person’s attention, have them focus entirely on thier hiccups and indicate to you that they are about to hiccup. Usually the person thinks you are going to try to startle at a precise moment, but (here’s the good part) it’s the act of concentrating on the hiccups itself that makes them go away. I hope. I usually say something like “When I say to I want you to concentrate completely on when a hiccup is coming and move your hand to indicate that to me. Focus on your diaphragm muscle, you can tell a moment before it spasms. Ok? Now concentrate.” (Cheesy I know, but if it works they forget, and hopefully buy you a drink.)
So the person looks at you, poised and ready to signal, and they wait, and wait… and then the hiccups just don’t return (with any luck). I have a few happy customers so far, but I’ve never tried it twice on the same person, so I don’t know if the knowledge of what you’re actually trying to do wrecks the entire thing. It doesn’t work so well on myself, then again, I can’t get myself to concentrate on one thing for more than half a second.