DO play with your food!
I do love a how-to that's so unique, it gets its own blog... Oh, and check the materials list:
- A lot of fruits
- Some extra time
- One piece of bread
- A very sharp knife
Vinyl LPs - records, albums, 12"s, whatever you want to call them - maintain a cult-like following, even in 2010. Audiophiles love to collect and actually play them, hipsters like to pretend they own them, hip-hop producers are still sampling them, and all kinds of artists are paying homage to the analog days of yesteryear.
Me? I like to listen to the good ones, and make stuff from the rest. And luckily, so do Anne and Todd. They made this DIY room divider out of used LPs, which sets two spaces apart while still allowing one to see through, maintaining the airiness the room already has.
They don't provide an exact how-to at… read more
Having worked on how-to publication over the last few months (win a copy here), I've been immersed in the world of DIY mid-century products. There's simply not a ton of these projects out there, and for good reason: The entire mid-century modern design movement emmerged from contemporary manufacturing technologies. These pieces are decidedly difficult to make by hand, in that they use factory techniques like bent plywood, fiberglass molding, and the like. which are innaccessible to most weekend warriors.
So, it's always exciting to see achievable mid-century inspired how-to projects. And these very atomic nightstands from… read more
A reader sent this to me in response to yesterday's spray-paint themed Handmade Haiku. I love how the colors and aesthetics match, but the pattern on each is just a bit different. There's no official how-to, but I'm thinking some empty cans and a few Hemma light cord sets are a great place to… read more
Tongue-in-cheek art site TheOatmeal wants to help you know the best times to use a semicolon, "the most feared punctuation on earth." From connecting independent clauses to super-commas and high-fiving dinosaurs, this is one grammar lesson you'll never… read more
January 27, 2010: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears.
Spray paint is the thing
when you want to feel like your
crafts are illegal.
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A proper aftershave does three important things post-razor: 1) it contains an antiseptic agent to keep your newly vulnerable skin germ free; 2) It helps soothe the skin and 3) it helps close the pores (openned from the warm water and the blade) to keep out dirt and oil.
And, like all good things - it can be made at home. Here's five options to check out, with lots variation in difficulty, complexity, and, of course, scent.
1. Bay Rum Aftershave - The Art of Manliness recently offered these two recipes for a classic Bay Rum. "West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its… read more
Hands down, this is the finest piece of recycled bike part art I've seen. Most just end up looking a bit, well, like hot glued dirty used bike parts, but this clever repurposing of a chain ring actually makes for some surprisingly high design.
Inspired by the Etsy shop 1 by Liz , April from The Hipster Home whipped this up for her mister as a holiday gift. Here's how she did it:
"The first challange was to find a free or inexpensive bicycle chainring. (Ok so the REAL first step was researching and figuring out exactly what the spiky circle that the chain goes around was called. NOW YOU KNOW TOO.) Since we’ve got a… read more
There's all sorts of geek crafts floating around the blogosphere, but for some reason, these by Sehr Patola stand out amongst 'em. Perhaps it's that the gray matches 1980s Japanese plastic perfectly. Perhaps its the perfectly resourced buttons that make the scale spot-on. But, I'm pretty sure it's that tiny little LED bead on the Gameboy.
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There aren't too many things I simply won't put in my mouth...but room temperature coffee is on that short list. So, I'm a big fan of reusable coffee sleeves that keep your hands safe and your drink warm.
And I'm a particular fan of handmade reusuable sleeves - knitted ones, felt ones, and corduroy ones with photos inside! The only thing better would be a way to stick it to light poles and fire hydrants and the side of my Vespa.
Alexandra Pulver has done just that - and I think it's brilliant. " [At first] I came up with this magnetic cup-holder. It is made out of polypropylene and folds flat for easy portability.
Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!
Dude, I don't know what it is.
I don't have a particular slant towards or against Michael Jackson... I appreciate him perfectly well.
I don't have an enormous interest in knitted celebrity softies...At least, I imagine it to be an average amount.
Perhaps it's the tiny little white socks.
Whatever it is, I can't stop looking at this knitted Michael Jackson doll, decked out in his infamous red leather getup from the Thriller video. (Recently added to the Library of Congress' U.S. Film Registry along with Dog Day Afternoon.)
Even if you're not a devoted Nikon disciple, they're offering some great free how-to videos that appeal to anyone interested in digital photography.
My three faves are these by Joe McNally, who's the kinda guy from whom you just wanna… read more