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Feb 14, 2011

Pick Your Cupid

created at: 02/14/2011

In honor of Valentine's Day, New York Times contributer Ji Lee created this clever update on the classic cupid.

And… read more


Feb 14, 2011

Fastener Category Chart

created at: 02/14/2011

ManMade reader Sean sent in this cool link from Bolt Depot: an exhaustive chart of every type of fastener, including bolts, screws, nuts, and washers. It also includes a helpful description of drive and head types for screws and bolts.

This should be quite useful for anyone who regularly sorts through there hardware bins, looking for just the right piece, and especially helpful for… read more


Feb 11, 2011

A Workshop Gets a Scrub

Friends, I'm taking the day off to give my basement space a much needed cleanup day. My chip collector filled up, so my tools have been spraying chips and sawdust every which way, and it needs a bit of love. We'll be back Monday with all sorts of good, handmade content.

Enjoy your weekend. Tell someone you love… read more


Feb 10, 2011

100 Years of Times Square

created at: 02/10/2011

I've spent the last hour or so mesmerized by Lilek's vintage post card tour of Times Square since 1904. Gathering images of all the iterations of Broadway and Seventh Ave between West 42nd and 47th, its fascinating to see this tourist trap become the neon-coated New Year's Eve party it is today...and decide whether its always owned that role in the city's identity.

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Feb 10, 2011

Valentines Worth Hanging on the Wall

created at: 02/10/2011

Normally, I'm a Valentizer Scrooge, but this year, I've been thinking a bit differently. I dunno, I guess I just figure there's never a bad time to tell someone you care. 

Of course, I'll still never do roses and chocolates, but after whipping up my own Valentine's Day "card" that belongs on the wall, not in an envelope, I started paying attention to other thoughtful/not cheesy… read more


Feb 09, 2011

Dollargami : $1 Paper Art

created at: 02/09/2011

One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.

These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than… read more


Feb 09, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 09, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 02/09/2011

Photographer Jason Lee is the coolest dad ever

created at: 02/09/2011

Tyler gets a suitcase containing the only two things… read more


Feb 08, 2011

The Best Knitted Art You've Ever Seen

created at: 02/08/2011

Thomas C. Chung is a fine artist, and has come up with some of the best conceptual fiberarts I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of yarnstuffs.

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Feb 08, 2011

Making Perfect Cocktails: An Infographic

created at: 02/08/2011

Months ago, I featured "The Perfect Pour," an infographic of coffee recipes that I still look up all the time for reference.

This week, I found its new, very good friend: "Fancy… read more


Feb 07, 2011

A Single Guy Organizes His Closet

created at: 02/07/2011

Closets: A Logical Fallacy

Premise 1) Closets have doors that close

Premise 2) Normal human beings can not see through closed doors

Premise 3) It's not necessary to keep things clean that normal human beings cannot see

Conclusion :: P1 and P2 = mostly true; P3 = argument

It's not necessary to keep your closetread more


Feb 07, 2011

Shoot, That's Fun: Art Made from Bullet Holes

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/07/2011

Talk about the creative process...

Walt Creel creates original artwork with a deadly weapon. The Birmingham, Alabama-based artist uses a .22-caliber rifle to make pointilist portraits of southern wildlife onto 4x6-foot aluminum panels.

created at: 02/07/2011

"My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it."

Click through to… read more


Feb 04, 2011

Free Download: "Arrested Development" Paper Dolls

created at: 02/04/2011

Kyle Hilton got a bit distracted from an illustration project that was due soon. And by distracted, I mean he did what the best of us have: he started watching an entire season of Arrested Development. Inspired by his choice procrastination, he started another illustration project: paper dolls of the show's memorable moments.… read more


Feb 02, 2011

Make a Guitar Strap from a Necktie

created at: 02/02/2011

When I got my first guitar at age of 13, I was all over that mid-90s loudness that I thought went with rock and roll: alien faces on my guitar picks, vending machine stickers all over my case, and a loud, bold guitar strap.

As I matured, and realized there were other options than those offered at my local mall-based music shop, I went the completely opposite direction: black or neutral straps, plain picks, etc, etc.

And now, fifteen years later (wow...), I think I'd like something in the middle. Perhaps a handmade, subtle, yet… read more


Feb 02, 2011

Embroidery Fit for Fellows

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

created at: 02/02/2011

Understandably, you’ve traditionally thought of embroidery as a mostly feminine pursuit, but I've gathered some awesome examples to change… read more


Feb 01, 2011

Paul is a Serious Crafter

created at: 02/01/2011

Paul Einlyng is a serious… read more

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