Ok guys. I’ll level with you. I’ve 10 days left of this challenge. And I’m running out of ideas! We’ve got 10 more pleats to complete, so if you have any crazy ideas for bizarre hairsticks, or if there’s a pleat you like to see repeated or attempted, now is your chance!!
Meanwhile, I was thinking today of variations on the bun theme, and thought : “why not try a side-bun?!” So here we have an off centre sidebun. It’s held with a u-pin. While it’s technically fine, I just don’t think it really worked. Maybe it’s my hair or head or neck shape. Whatever. I’m not feeling the love for the sidebun. But you may have more luck, and it could be just the thing for you! If you try it, please let me know how it is for you.
And the biscuit jar behind me? Well let’s just say we are out of biscuits now. Elf on the Shelf and his friends appear to have eaten them all. And now they are stuck inside the jar and can’t get out. Sigh.
All out of biscuits.
So ta-ta for now, see you tommorow for more hair-brained pleat fun!
Do you remember that childhood game of pick-up-sticks? I think it’s also known as splillikins. (What a wonderful word! I think it would make a great name for a cat, or an elf, actually, don’t you?)
I remember playing a variation of this simple game ; jackstraws; which were little sticks that were shaped as farm tools; as a child at my grandparents home. The aim is to pick up as many sticks from a jumbled pile without disturbing any of the others. So simple, but so competitive! Lots of happy memories!
Anyway, this picture of my shiny Stonebridge Hair sticks remind me a bit of spillikins. Apart from their bright red and blue colours.
I tried another type of bun, a really high topknot, this time, held in place solely with the two hairsticks:
And look what has been going on over on the sofa, with Elf on the Shelf and his friends:
A revisit of the candy cane Christmas decoration from Day 83. This time I’ve tried a bun instead of a pleat. This bun was again inspired by the excellent, and very easy to follow instructive post by Clairestonebridge.
Using Claire’s technique, the candy cane was easier to position neatly through the bun than the pleat from Day 83, which was a bit wonky! As promised, though, I was particularly keen to try with the candy cane again, if only for the disposal method.
For full disposal of the (still wrapped) candy cane, you will need:
Hot chocolate powder (we like Sainsburys Taste the Difference Santo ( you say Santo, I say Santa!) Domingo drinking chocolate
Whipped cream (we like Anchor extra thick canned whipped cream)
200 to 250 ml warmed, hot but not boiling! milk per mug, depending on how large your mugs are.
Teaspoon, rolling pin and fork or small electric whisk.
Whilst the candy cane is still in it’s celaphane wrapper, crush using the spoon, a rolling pin or Elf Power.
Empty half the crushed candy cane into each mug, add 3 teaspoons of drinking chocolate powder, then add the hot, (but not boiling!) milk. Whisk using a mini whisk if you have one; a fork if not. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle on some drinking chocolate powder.
Sit back and enjoy it’s bracing minty yumminess.
Dr Experimentsinstyle would like to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!