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Feb 10, 2011

Adventures in Sous Vide: Adobo Rubbed 6-Hour Pork Loin

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So, my girl got me the best Christmas gift of all time this year: a PID temperature controller, vacuum sealer, and a copy of Thomas Keller's Under Pressure. Which meeeaans.... I can now cook sous vide!

Sous vide [French for "under vacuum"] involves cooking food in airtight bags in temperature controlled water for long periods of time...essentially slow-poaching everything at an exact temperature. Since the food never rises over the desired doneness, it can never get overcooked! Neat, huh?

Of course, I played around in the week between Christmas and New Year's, but since it involves so much gear, I put it away with the decorations. But in the last few weeks, with all the crazy snow and ice, I've been staying inside, and really learning how to do it well.

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Feb 07, 2011

How To: Make an Adjustable Bow Tie

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There are two kinds of bow ties: there's the fancy ones, that you actually need to tie every time and balance and fit perfectly in collar. And then, there's the other kind: the adjustable, pre-tied kind used in rental tuxedoes, restaurant server uniforms, Halloween costumes, and occassional forrays into Redenbacher-ness.

And unless you're a major bow tie officianado, the latter is most likely your best bet.

So, let's make one.   … read more

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Feb 04, 2011

All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.

But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:

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Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)

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Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)

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Envelope (Southern Living Magazine

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Stamp (Design*Sponge

You likes? Cool, let's make our own.

Materials and Tools

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Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

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You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

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Feb 01, 2011

How To: Turn Your Dining Table into a Ping Pong Table

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College spoils young adults in a lot of ways: the ability to live in the same community with thousands of peers and then being forced to interact by the RA, the illusion of financial "independence," or the notion that if you schedule yourself right, you only need to be accountable two days a week, and only from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

But for me, dorm living twisted me in another way: 24-hour access to a ping pong table. I've never lived in a home with enough space for such luxuries as a table tennis and billiard tables, save for those two great years in Swing and Morris halls. At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn't much, but buddy, by the time I was an upper classperson, my roommate Adam and I had that stuff down! … read more

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Feb 01, 2011

A Man's Introduction to Yoga

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I'm okay with admitting it: I'm getting older. Not old!...but, you know, older. I sleep differently, now. The gray hairs appeared about six months ago. And mostly, I feel it in my body. I started getting sore for no reason. I feel all twisty in my lower back.

So, I realized, I needed to get stretch-y.… read more

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Jan 31, 2011

How To: Make a Beard Box

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I decided to make all of my Christmas gifts last year. It’s really cool and personal, and, of course, saves money.

The only hole in my plan was my dad. He doesn’t do all of those traditional dad-ish things that you find in gift guides: He doesn’t hunt or fish or watch sports or even wear ties. To make things much harder, he’s an amazing craftsman and the best designer that I know, so I put off making a decision for a long time. (You know, fiddle-dee-dee and all.) One week before Christmas, I sat down to brainstorm. While browsing ManMade, I came across the Hierarchy of Beards. My dad has an awesome beard; I would probably classify it as a kitchen shelf.

I’ve never seen him without it, and I don’t really want to. I decided to pay homage to the greatness of his beard this Christmas, and create a bearded box to store all his goodies.… read more

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Jan 31, 2011

22 Creative Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

created at: 01/31/2011

The Altoids tin is an absolute gold mine. Not only can you get an awesome little metal box for less than a dollar, it comes filled with free mints!

And as any DIYer, maker, or crafter can tell you, they're an absolutely brilliant resource for all types of creative projects.    … read more

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Jan 28, 2011

Home Hacks: 10 Cool Things to Do with Your Toaster Oven

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A few weeks ago, we spied this awesome list of fun stuff to do with your microwave. This morning, we're back with an equally cool list of my all-time favorite plug-in kitchen appliance, the toaster oven.   … read more

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Jan 27, 2011

Make Super Easy and Delicious Doughnuts at Home

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I never had a real doughnut until I was eight or so.

Well, I guess by real, I mean "fresh, and from a bakery." See, my earliest doughnut memories involve 1) either those awful powdered sugary things that come in the re-sealable bag, or 2) those things my parents would cook in the crock pot..which actually had to be some sort of deeper fryer, but it lived in the lazy susan, and I wasn't allowed to touch it, so it was all the same to me.    … read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How to: Make the 5-Second DIY Standing Desk

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It's Workspace month on Curbly.com, so I've been doing tons of research into home offices studios, and all the desks, desks, desk, desks!

And I've learned something: sitting at a desk is really bad for you. It's bad for your health, bad for your posture, bad for your emotional wellness, bad for your muscles, and bad for your bones.

Rather, it is more ideal to be lying down flat (which brings along other implications), or preferably, standing up. As a person who makes his living online, I knew I needed to start changing my habits now if I didn't want them to affect me in the long run.

Thankfully, I came up with a no-cost solution that allows me to maintain a traditional desk with standing options. And by no-cost, I mean free. And healthy. Whatup.   … read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

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A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your own.    … read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Build a Mod, Floating Shelf

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I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.

The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves = awesome to me.… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Make Your Digital Photos Infinitely Better with 5 Post-Production Tips

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Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, and was fortunate to attend a workshop by Alma and Mike of Ollibird. They're amazing artists who are superwhizzes with digital tools, and who've dedicated themselves to teaching others how to tackle creative software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I learned a ton from their workshop, and even purchased their how-to books, which, for me, beat anything I've seen from big publishing companies.

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Recently, they created this super-helpful overview of five simple tips to make your I-tried-but-couldn't-really-pull-it-off photos something worth posting… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How to: Make Pantone Chip Cookies

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The cookie is typically a rustic goodie. There are fancy pastry chefs who create works of art out of pulled sugar, gels, and ring molds, but the cookie typically maintains a more rustic appeal.

Until now...   … read more

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