I love pickles and can finish a jar off in one sitting, but then I’m always left with a bottle of brine that I end up pouring down the drain. While it’s not the end of the world to let that leftover pickle juice go to waste, I often wondered if it could be reused in some way and finally came up with a solution – use it to make pickled daikon! If you’re not familiar with it, pickled daikon is a popular Asian side dish/condiment (here is a recipe if you want to put some elbow grease into it and make it without the lazy man’s cheat I’m about to show you) that pairs particularly well with Bonchon chicken or other hearty dishes that could use a crisp, acidic bite.
Okay, so you probably guessed it by now, but all this DIY really entails is chopping up some daikon (to clarify, I used regular radish for this tutorial since that’s what I already had), tossing it in your leftover pickle juice and letting it brine for a few days. How easy is that? You don’t have to go through the trouble of mixing up a new batch of vinegar, salt, etc. and if you’re using a brand of pickles you already know you enjoy, you don’t have to worry about testing out the right proportions to get the taste you like just right. Plus this DIY would work with lots of other veggies like pickled peppers, pickled pearl onions or just pickles (sliced up cucumbers). They make great gifts too!
Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, but did you ever think about what it teaches little girls about shoes? First of all, instead of comfortable flats that could be worn every day, the protagonist is given a pair of totally impractical glass slippers that she would probably never don again – except perhaps on her wedding day (although from the looks of this pic, she wore white heels). Furthermore, the lost slipper is what allowed Prince Charming to finally find her, placing even more emphasis on the importance of footwear in a young woman’s life. And if you need yet more evidence of the central role of the shoe in the story, how about the fact that it’s also known as The Little Glass Slipper?
So where am I going with all of this? I’m not quite sure. But I do know that I have way too many shoes. Luckily, I recently found a smart, easy and cheap way to store some of them that’s a bit more elegant than simply piling them in a heap. Read on for the 30-second DIY.
You might think that if you live in an urban apartment or low-light space you can’t have a green wall or vertical garden of your own, but weve got a new DIY Ikea hack makes it as easy as 1,2,3. All you need to make a living room divider like the one you see above is a few (we used 3, but you can use less or more) Ikea PS 2012 plant stands, some potted plants and about an hour of your time. The best part about this DIY is that everything is modular so you decide how many stands you want to use, and you can make your vertical garden as long as you like – you could even make it span your whole apartment. Another great perk is that the stands are all easily moveable so you can take your plants closer to the window during the day if you like and move them back at night or you can use them to create different configurations depending on what you need – a verdant dining nook, a wall around where you sleep or an herb garden in your kitchen. Scroll down and click on the pages below for the full tutorial.
When I first moved into my tiny apartment, I knew that I really wanted a storage bed but had a lot of trouble finding one for cheap. Then I remembered that my old bed in my childhood home was not a real bed frame at all but an old bookcase with a mattress on top and thought hey, why not just do the same thing and build a DIY storage bed in my new place? This would work with almost any kind of bookcase as long as it’s sturdy and the right dimensions, but since Ikea Expedit bookcases are in abundance and can be gotten for super cheap second hand on craigslist, I recommend you use those. The Ikea Expedit also has a built in grid system that’s great for organizing all of your junk and is a nice height as well. On top of all that, it’s really easy to take this “storage bed” apart when you outgrow it so you can effortlessly return the bookshelf back to its original purpose or sell it. Read on for the full DIY tutorial.
Double eyelids, otherwise known as futaemabuta in Japanese or ssangapul in Korean, are pretty much exactly what they sound like. Basically, some people have a crease in their eyelid that causes it to “double” over itself and some people don’t. If you’re Asian, chances are you’ve heard about double eyelids all of your life, and if you’re not Asian, I would be interested to know if this is the first time you’re finding out about this. You might also be wondering who gives a damn about such minutiae. Whether or not you’ve got a fold in the small flap of skin that covers your eye hardly seems like it should be a big deal. Unfortunately though, at least in countries like Japan and especially in Korea, it is. For many women in those countries and women of Asian descent in general, having a double eyelid can increase your beauty by twofold – or at least that’s what we’re told from a young age by our parents, friends and the examples of attractiveness that we’re exposed to. It’s no wonder blepharoplasty, or double-eyelid surgery, is a common practice for many young Asian girls.
So why am I writing about this? To be honest, I didn’t care about the whole double eyelid thing up until recently. I didn’t care if my friends had double eyelids naturally, got the surgery (you didn’t expect us not to notice that you looked like a completely different person after you came back from Korea that summer did you?), or taped their eyelids to achieve the double eyelid effect. Honestly that’s your business and when it comes to beauty, I think women should make informed choices about what they’re going to do to their own bodies and faces. I like to say I’m a fan of natural beauty but hey, if getting your boobs done, donning a butt pad or wearing colored contacts makes you feel like you look great and gives you confidence, why shouldn’t you? As a person who augments her “natural” lashes by slathering them with 8 coats of mascara and curls them until they fall out, I’m not one to talk.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re in your office meeting with an important client when one of your buddies shows up with a six pack wanting hang out – for three hours. Of course it hasn’t! Unless, of course, you’re part of the small, coveted and highly misunderstood population of people who work from home. If you are, then the scenario I mentioned above is totally plausible and even quite common. You see, for some reason, we tend to perceive home-workers as, well… not really doing anything. I can’t tell you how many times my friends have asked me to go shopping with them in the middle of the day, and then when I tell them I’m working, they seem utterly baffled. “But you work at home, right?” True, sometimes (and by sometimes I mean pretty much everyday), we start our workdays in our pajamas with bedhead we wouldn’t be caught dead outside with, but that doesn’t mean we’re not just as busy if not busier than people who actually have to commute to work.
I thought I was alone in feeling very misunderstood by my friends about what my job entails, but the other day, one of the other editors on my team asked me (over AIM, which is how we communicate because she’s in Buenos Aires and I’m in Queens) “Do people understand what you do for your job?” We got to talking and decided that someone should clear the air about what us seemingly good for nothing work-at-homers are really doing. So if you’re interested in working at home yourself or you just need something to kill time while you’re being unproductive at work, read on for 10 things you should know about people who work from home.
Some women just have naturally large breasts and while the rest of us hate you, we still wanted to share this easy fashion DIY idea showing how to repurpose those extra bra pads that you clearly don’t need (again, damn you) with you. It’s pretty straightforward – just pop the pads out of your bra and stick them in your heels to use as shoe inserts. Not only will you save money by not having to buy shoe inserts – they’re not cheap, you know – your feet will be nice and comfy. Total cost for this DIY? $0.
Smart tip from Better Homes and Gardens to trick your family into finishing their chores. Make this Cluster Busting Game using ping pong balls, an erasable marker and whatever container/basket you have handy. Mark each ball with a chore that needs to be done and then tell them it’s a game where you choose a ball, complete the task on it and then move onto the next one. Whoever has the most balls at the end wins a prize! Plus it’s a way to reuse your old beer pong balls from college (or last Friday night).
Chalk this idea up to clever DIY design! You can make these easy chalkboard storage jars yourself to hold spices, art supplies, knickknacks or whatever else you can dream up. See the full DIY instructions here: ettestudios.com