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Apr 30, 2013

DIY Idea: How to Make Your Own Color-Trimmed Mirror

created at: 04/24/2013

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the coolest of them all? Well, you of course.

Er, yikes... sorry about that one. But! This simple idea really will transform your - otherwise boring - full-length mirror into a legit accent piece, and it's super easy to pull off.

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Apr 25, 2013

Recipe Roundup: 5 Easy-To-Make Homemade Salsas to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

 created at: 04/24/2013

Ahh...salsas. From quick and fresh to spicy and smoky, they're packed with lots of flavor and I love every version. Whether you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with traditional Mexican flavors, or just want to up the ante on a weeknight meal, we've create five go-to recipes that can work for all kinds of occasions.  So grab your chiles, and a knife,  and join us in the kitchen.

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Apr 23, 2013

How To: Make an Inexpensive DIY Art Print

created at: 04/18/2013

So...you have a huge blank space on your wall staring at you everyday. You don't know what to do with it, but know that buying an original piece that size is way out of your budget. What do you do? Of course, you make your own.… read more

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Apr 22, 2013

The Louis C.K. Guide To Being A Gentleman In 2013

created at: 04/22/2013

Comedian Louis C.K. is known for his form-breaking television show, his inventive audience-to-artist direct payment release method, and for his consistent, tireless stage performances. One of the constant, overarching themes to his jokes is not mere observation, but a philosophical edict towards morality: he's trying to figure out what it takes to be a good person.   … read more

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Apr 22, 2013

How to Take Great Photos: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Artists

created at: 04/22/2013

Whether you make handmade goods to sell online, want to take great images of your creations to pitch to publishers and media, or just want to document your own creative life online, you simply can't get away with crummy photos anymore. In the age of visual-driven social bookmarking and publishing, artists and creatives must not only be comfortable with their own materials and media, but develop basic photography skills to capture their good work to share with the world.   … read more

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Apr 19, 2013

3 Books That Will Turn You Into a Cocktail Connoisseur

There comes a time in every man's life when, offering a rum and coke to your guests simply doesn't cut it. You may be able to fake your bar knowledge with a few recipes from Google, but that can only last so long. Like a scout needs a map to wander the world , a true modern connoisseur needs some solid cocktail books to guide his journey.

This roundup will take your bar skills to a whole 'notha level. Let's get to it!

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

created at: 04/18/2013

For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. … read more

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make Friends in a New City

I got married a few months ago, err...sorta. You can read the full story here, but the point is: my life has changed quite a bit since starting ManMade, and I'm steadily evolving into what - when I look back on it in a few years - will be remembered as the beginning of a new chapter. And in this new season, we're having some very serious discussions about going on an adventure and moving to a totally new city. … read more

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Apr 17, 2013

How to: Make an Egg Sandwich Like a Culinary Genius

created at: 04/17/2013

The awesomeness of the grilled cheese sandwich is not only confirmed internationally, as nearly every culture that eats bread and cheese has a version in their tradition, but also scientifically. University of Wisconsin food science professor Scott Rankin says,   … read more

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Apr 16, 2013

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails

created at: 04/16/2013

Some anthropologists argue that just one dominant feature separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom: we use fire and heat to cook our food. Like salt, smoking has long been a means of preserving food, and over time, we've learned that it also tastes pretty awesome as well. Those flavors are why we're still willing to use the grill and light fires when we have access to electric heating elements: the taste just can't be matched.

created at: 04/16/2013

Many drinks and spirits come with smoky qualities - lots of teas, coffee, beer, and whiskeys. But you can also smoke entire cocktails or mixed drinks to add a whole other level of flavor and complexity. As my friend Mike remarked after trying one of my smoked Old Fashioneds, "I don't know if I can ever drink a regular one again."   … read more

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Apr 16, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Wood and Leather Pendant Lamp

created at: 04/08/2013

The Konkret lamp by Danish designer Jonas Edvard has some serious potential to add that missing cool/Scandinavian factor to your space.… read more

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Apr 15, 2013

How To: Make Your Own DIY Remedy for Spring Allergies

created at: 04/15/2013

I love spring as much as the next guy, but I'm trying to write this post without sneezing my brains out. Are you too popping antihistamines as we speak? Don't worry - I feel ya. Spring might be your friends' favorite season to stop and smell the roses, but for some of us, spring means a whole lotta pain. And tissues.… read more

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Apr 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Outdoor Table with a Built-In Cooler

Last summer, I shared this cool photo from Sonoma winery Medlock Ames, which featured an old picnic table, into which a recess had been cut to accept a cooler to keep drinks cold. A great idea, but know what's even cooler? 

Building the table from scratch without a bunch of fancy woodworking tools, and incorporating the built-in cooler from the beginning.    … read more

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Apr 09, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Concrete Stool

There's a new blog by Ben Uyeda called "Homemade Modern," that's making quite a stir in the DIY-o-sphere. Ben and company are setting out to create modern and contemporary style furniture by hand, and… read more

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Apr 08, 2013

Whiskey 101: A How-To and Primer For Beginners

Recently, I was invited by DIY and creative lifestyle site Brit + Co to create an introduction post for those who were interested in learning more about tasting and enjoying whiskey, but never quite knew where to start. Since Brit + Co has a largely female readership, I wrote it in the style of "a woman's introduction to whiskey" (hence the lipstick), but it works equally well for any novice who'd like to have a little more info.

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Apr 03, 2013

How to: Have the Best Day Ever (Hint: It Involves Spending More Time Here...)

There are about 960 usable minutes in everyday, provided you get enough sleep, and a new study suggests there's a much better way to spend it. And the number one item on the list? If you wanna be happier, you should be having more sex.   … read more

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Apr 02, 2013

How to: Make an Easy and Secure iPad Wall Mount

Chances are, if you own an iPad or tablet, it's already spent plenty of time in the kitchen. A source for checking recipes and directions, watching your favorite series on Netflix while chopping broccoli, or just for listening to music or the news while cleaning up and washing dishes. … read more

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Apr 01, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Rolling Work Bench with Storage

created at: 04/01/2013

I chat with lots of ManMakers who would love to get started with bigger, more in-depth projects, but lack a dedicated place to work on them and the storage space for all the tools they'd love to acquire. So, here's a perfect project for them: a small-footprint workbench that's sturdy enough to do real work, and includes lots of built-in storage and plenty of accessories. … read more

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Mar 27, 2013

Bottled History: Crafting a Ship in a Bottle from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master   craftsman of ships in bottles.

created at: 03/27/2013

He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like this:    

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Mar 25, 2013

The Complete Guide to Suits: 57 Rules of Style

Sure, there are lots of these sorts of "everything you need to know about buying suits," or "X number of rules of men's style," posts all over men's blogosphere. They'll tell you that fit is everything, that gray is the most versatile color, and to never button your bottom button.… read more

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