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Apr 10, 2012

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

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You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation; that being, why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.created at: 04/10/2012
It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.      … read more


Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

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Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

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Apr 09, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Barbecue Sauce

created at: 04/09/2012

With record temperatures in most of the U.S. in March, we're well into grilling season. Which means it's time to move beyond the "we're just thankful that we can fire it up again" stage to start trying new things for the season.

Enter: Guinness barbecue sauce. It's … read more


Apr 06, 2012

How to: Make Healthy DIY Fruit Roll-Ups

created at: 04/06/2012

Do you remember when you were a kid, and your friend's houses always seemed to have snacks that your parents never bought? For me, it was Capri Sun, frozen pizza, and Fruit Roll-Ups. I mean, yeah, I guess I appreciate my parents watching out for our health growing up, but boy, what I wouldn't have given for just one of those sweet, spiraly chewies after a day playing in the sun. Especially those ones that had the tongue tattoos! Oh man, remember?

In my late twenties, I still have a soft spot for those indulgences, and I've been known to sneak a box of Bagel Bites into the grocery cart. And my favorite thing to eat while on a road trip? Fruit leather, which is basically the grown-up version of a Fruit Roll-Up. … read more


Apr 05, 2012

How to: Make All-American Bottle Cap Wall Art

created at: 04/05/2012

On their own, bottle caps are tiny little works of art: circular canvases that conveys a beverage's message almost as directly as its flavor. It's no wonder that folks have been collecting these unique expressions for as long as crown cork cap has been around.

So, since its sort of a shame to throw them away, don't. Start saving them, get a few from your friends and family, make friends with a bartender, and resurrect them into some topographic wall art.   … read more


Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of thing you simply gotta see.  … read more


Apr 03, 2012

DIY Idea: Vintage Suitcase Drawer Dresser

Have you ever wanted to put your laundry away more? Designer James Plumb came up with this stylish, masculine dresser for the Salone 2011 at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. His frame is made from iron, but I'm thinking this design could easily be translated to a DIY effort.

To make your own, begin … read more


Apr 02, 2012

An Very Fine Introduction to Whiskey

created at: 04/02/2012

Ah...whiskey. It's mostly just grains, mashed up and fermented, then distilled and aged a bit.

But, when you think of all the different grains - barley, rye, malted barley, malted rye, wheat, corn - plus all these distinct flavors that occur during the fermenting proces and, particularly, the aging process, which results in the various kinds of whiskey - like bourbon, Canadian whiskey, single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, Japanese's a lot to get your mind around.   … read more


Mar 28, 2012

Beer for Dessert: 5 Tasty Beer Float Recipes

Root beer floats work for a very specific reason: they contain lots of complex bitter and aromatic flavors that balance not only their own sweetness but the creaminess of ice cream. Know what other drink has plenty of complex bitter flavors and aromatic notes? Actual beer.

Having just passed the St. Patrick's Day...season[? Is that a thing?], you know doubt saw all sorts of folks going on about a Guinness & vanilla ice cream float, which is actually pretty delicious. But with these five recipes, you'll be rocking variations on the combo all summer long.… read more


Mar 27, 2012

Roundup: 5 DIY Modern Easter Egg Tutorials

created at: 03/27/2012

It will come as no surprise that I'm not really into the imagery of Easter. In fact, I mostly hate it. I mean...I like spring (a lot), I'm into finding stuff, and I definitely like candy, but all the nauseating Paas (Paaseating?) chickens and bunnies, the pastel colors, and the bows (what about Easter recollects bows?) don't do much for me.

But...I absolutely love dying Easter eggs. Always have, since I was a kid. I imagine it's because my parents were both teachers that worked in the summer as well, so spring break was the only time we all had off, so Easter egg-dying usually happened while traveling and brought along its… read more


Mar 27, 2012

How to: Make Perfect Pork Belly in 3 Easy Steps

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For years, at least in the U.S., pork belly was simply understood as proto-bacon, that sumptuous, boneless cut from a pig's stomach that was destined to be cured, smoked, and sliced up for breakfast. And everything else.

But, we've finally caught up to the rest of the world, who've been taking advantage of this unique, tasty cut … read more


Mar 27, 2012

Colorful Typographic String Art by Dominique Falla (Plus a How-to)

Australian artist Dominique Falla is exploring the world of "tactial typography," in which she combines digital creation with an analog output for exhibition and publications. Most recently, she's been exploring the interaction between type and string, such as the negative space in the image above, or using string to fill the letters, as in this piece:   … read more


Mar 26, 2012

How to: Make 3D Papercraft Space Invaders!

created at: 03/26/2012

ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,

"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."   … read more


Mar 22, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Masculine Leather Watch Strap

I know. For many, the era of the cell phone has rendered the wristwatch useless for some. But not me. I'm an enternal watchwearer, forever doomed to feeling naked without that one accessory that must stay on me. I may be used to the weight, may just not like the look of my bare left wrist, or perhaps I'm just obsessive enough that I need not to have to pull something out of my pocket to know what time it is. (It's that one).   … read more


Mar 21, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Infused "Dirty Pirate" Popsicles

Popsicles are nearly the perfect food: they're sweet, they're frozen, they're a little messy, and, most importantly, they come on sticks. And not as a novelty, but by defintion.

The only thing missing? A little extra kick and fun from a bit of alcoholic spirits.

Enter the Dirty Pirate...   … read more


Mar 20, 2012

How To: Make DIY Lucky Charms Marshmallows

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Nobody doesn't like Lucky Charms. I mean, some of us might opt not to indulge in them as of late, but c' love them. They're freaking magically delicious! How can you not?

And, of course, the best part of Lucky Charms is the marshmallows...those seemlikethey'dbetoofirmbutarejustright perfectly bitable contrast to the oats, which are basically there only to play a supporting role and to line your stomach with something other than sugar so you can eat more marshmallows.

You can actually buy the marshmallows in bulk, so you can add them to your Grape Nuts and Bran Flakes and other grownup cereals, as well as to ice cream… read more


Mar 19, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Woodgrain Laptop Skin

I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPod.   … read more


Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the hardware store,… read more


Mar 15, 2012

How to: Give Your Wall a Total Textural Makeover with Pennies!

created at: 03/15/2012

ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever.  They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"

As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.

Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome project.  

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Mar 07, 2012

How to: Make an iPad or eReader Case from a Recycled Book

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This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader, then… read more

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