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PIMP MY HAT

22 Feb

This summers biggest festivals are on and over the horizon and I’m sure you’ve already been dreaming of cavorting under the light of the moon in glorious fancy dress outfits! I know I have! And what every fancy dress wardrobe needs is some jazzy head adornments. These are especially useful on the last day, when your hair has started to dreadlock itself and you don’t want to waste your last energy reserves brushing it!! This hat is your secret to looking AWESOME all festival long! But wait! Why limit yourself to festivals alone?! Why not infiltrate everyday life with a bit of awesomeness? Try doing the housework in one, maybe walking the dog…transform mundane everyday tasks into a dazzling catwalk! Watch as people stare and gape in sheer wonderment! So heres a little class on how to craftily create a hat SO jazzy that passing children will spontaneously burst into flames, nuns will weep, satellites will change course and its sheet magnetic pull will rip open a black hole in your living room.You will need;

  • A hat; I like tophats for that gentified vibe…
  • Decorations; fake birds, faux flowers/foliage, feathers, sequins, ribbons, foam skulls, feather boas (Fake flowers are very useful, including the leaves)
  • A glue gun and plenty of glue re-fills
  • Needle and thread (darning needles are good)
  • A pumping soundtrack, I personally like this…http://www.mixcloud.com/bestimix/bestimix-76-crazy-p/

Step 1; Heat up the glue gun…maybe pour yourself a glass of fine wine, or a pot of tea.Step 2; Pump up your chosen soundtrack…this will set the mood for a seriously jazzy crafternoon. Step 3; Organize your items, have a play around and see what looks best. Its good to choose a main focal point, and then maybe select two smaller items. In this example I used the purple glittery fronds and then covered up the unsightly ends with the blue flower. The little bird was just a finishing touch.Step 4; Glueing. Choose the flattest and largest area on the item to glue to the hat, use a decent sized blob and hold it in place for a good 20 seconds. Don’t rush this stage.Once all the items are in place take a step back and have a look at your handy work. Now would be a good time to turn up your music and have a sip of tasty beverage. Step 5; Take your needle and thread and carefully sew the heavier pieces into place. Be sure to choose a thread color that wont show up.Step 6; cover up any unsightly marks or ends with some fake leaves or petals.Step 7; place hat on head, hold it down and get ready for flaming nuns and black holes opening up in your mind!!

 

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The ULTIMATE festival campsite guide

21 Feb

With the festival season in full swing i thought now would be a good time to give you my ultimate guide to luxurious festival camping. In my opinion a campsite shouldn’t only be regarded as a place to crawl back to, it should be a haven to escape to…for sleeps, eats, parties and simply rolling around on the floor when it all gets a bit much.

I have compiled a list of my ultimate dream-camp ingredients for your perusal! It is designed to not break the bank and still maintain total awesomeness.

Essential items…

  • Cheap tents, pillows, blow up matresses and sleeping bags. Having a pillow makes all the difference! A lumpy nights sleep is transformed into a luxury nights sleep!

Or if you REALLY want to splash out check this…it’s a solar tent by Orange, pretty awesome. It’s charges your phone and it’s own lights during the day using solar energy.

And this…These are bell tents made by Soulpad, also awesome! I spent one particularly ridiculous festival in a tent very similar to this and felt like I was in the most extreme luxury!! You can fully stand up and it sleeps around 5 people very comfortably. It’s amazing for after parties when the main stages have shut down and you’re feeling beastly!

  • A mini marquee is the perfect center piece to create your base camp, if you arrange your groups tents around it you get a bit of privacy, shade and rain cover.
  • A table; for preparing yummy food and drinks. If your coming as a big group its a good idea to each bring the ingredients for one amazing feast, that way everyone takes a turn to cook and nobody buys too much food. Obviously the chef never washes up…golden rule!
  • Gas cooker and cooking equipment. Standard.
  • Camping chairs…
  • An assortment of cushions are great for lounging around on. Check out op shops or just bring your own!
  • Rugs and blankets for the floor. Old rugs are better as they are more suited to having people stomping all over them! These can also be found cheaply at op shops or Spotlight stores.
  • Jazzy material, scarves, sarongs, wall hangings. Anything colorful is perfect to personalize your space and also add some privacy.
So…procure said goodies, steal your mums cushions, raid your local camping shop and voila! CONGRATU-BLUDDY-LATIONS! You have now created the ultimate festival campsite and this can be stored away and reused all summer long. Now all you need to do is find your people, name your camp and set sail for ridiculous fun-times!
Here are a few eye catching tents and jazzy sleeping arrangements to get your juices flowing! Maybe you don’t even need a tent?!
Burning man festival, Nevada, USA
Rainbow serpent festival, VIC, Australia
Burning man festival, Nevada, USA
Bestival, the isle of wight, UK
Unknown location. Rad Indian tea party
Happy camping!

STUFF AND THINGS…

Photos are mostly from Burning man festival in the Nevada desert and Bestival which happens on the Isle Of Wight in the UK. Also featuring Rainbow serpent in VIC, Australia. The first two mentioned are the greatest festivals i have ever experienced! I say this with conviction and for so many reasons; for the ultimate in mind boggling, sensorial overloading, awe inspiring good times. Awesome music, vibes and people and such great diversity and original ideas happening every year. I have to admit…I BLOODY LOVE FESTIVALS!!