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Dec 20, 2011

Holiday Hack: One Basic Dough Recipe, Endless Christmas Cookies

The stockings are hung, the plums are sugared, and you're well on your way to getting all those gifts wrapped. Now it's time for the real fun to begin, and by "real fun," I mean...cookies. 

Of course, "Cookie recipes are just about infinite, because almost anything can be shaped into a circle and baked... But the basic cookie contains three key ingredients: butter, flour and sugar. That combination has not been bettered, and it can be varied in so many ways that, really, it’s the only recipe you need."… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

Have Yourself a Paper-y Little Christmas: 14 DIY Paper Craft Projects for the Holidays

Okay, jingle bell-ers, you've got a week left. The tree is up, the presents purchased, and the fire aglow. Now, its on the really good stuff - cookie baking, gift wrapping, and watching the good Christmas movies.

And, of course, putting the final touches on the decorations. For this week is the week of adding just that extra bit of festiveness to your space. So, while you're munching candy canes, cracking up at Cousin Eddie's dickie, grab a pair of scissors, and add some comfort and joy to your spot with these easy paper craft Christmas projects.

   

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Dec 15, 2011

Gift Guide: Awesome, Handcrafted Gift Ideas for Guys

created at: 12/15/2011

My friend Brittni maintains an amazing handmade marketplace and blog called papernstitch, and while I regularly appreciate her updates and the amazing artisinal objects, the picks are unabashedly, well, girly.

Except for this week, where Brittni's prepared a great collection of handmade and independently produce gifts for guys.   … read more

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Dec 13, 2011

How to: Make DIY Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws

Last year, my favorite Christmas stocking gift (besides the candy) was a set of stainless steel drinking straws. I'm a committed straw user, and I love that I can simply wash these and use them indefinitely...plus the experience of drinking a cold beverage though a chilled, heavy straw is...I dunno, pleasant.

Many of my straw-hating friends and family even took to them, prefering the experience over the sensation of thin plastic in their mouths, so I looked into buying some more...and they're like $7.00 a piece.

So, I was quite excited to see this DIY version,… read more

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Dec 08, 2011

How to: Make DIY Spray Paint

I have fifty-four cans of spray paint. Seriously, I just went to the basement and counted. Years worth of specific projects, a couple of content campaigns with the awesome people at Krylon, and it's really become quite a collection.

And I still don't have all the colors I need. See, while spray paint is often the best tool for a specific task, your options are relatively limited. Compared to cans of wall paint, which you can get mixed in thousands of colors at the hardware store, and artist paints like oils and acrylics, the color of palette of spray paint is limited to those determined useful by the manufacturer.

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Dec 07, 2011

How To: Make Edible Shot Glasses

Originaly, the "shot glass" was a measuring device - a means to figure out a 1.5 oz. serving of a spirit. Nowadays, it's been reduced to a cheesy collectible, or worse, a tacky means of throwing down liquor way faster than necessary.

But that's not the shot glass's fault. Sipping 1.5 oz of a single spirit is a great way to learn about its flavor, aroma, and complexities. Especially if the glass contributes to the experience. So, bring back the shot glass. And, while you're at it, why not make it edible?   … read more

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Dec 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 7, 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.

The "taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my smartphone" trend gets a humorous update by replacing the camera with... a Pop Tart.   … read more

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Dec 06, 2011

How to: Make SpaghettiOs Pizza - A Culinary Mashup That's Just Crazy Enough to Work

created at: 12/03/2011

Some things seem so wrong that you just need to try them, and I think SpaghettiOs Pizza is one of those things. That's right…SpaghettiOs. So fire up the oven, break out the can opener, and get cookin'.  

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Dec 05, 2011

How to: Make a LEGO Millennium Falcon Ornament

Last season, artist Chris McVeigh offered plans for a very fine LEGO Death Star ornament, and this year, he continues the cheer with the Millenium Falcon!   … read more

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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!   … read more

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Dec 01, 2011

Knitting Battle: Gnomes vs. Snowmen! A ManMade Exclusive Interview with Anna Hrachovec

created at: 11/28/2011I was out at the American Folk Art Museum in Lincoln Center a few weeks back for their Make It Thursday event, and I got the chance to see Anna Hrachovec speak. For those of you who don't know Anna's work, she's been knitting tiny toys for five years and runs the website Mochimochiland.com.
created at: 11/28/2011
She was at Make It Thursday talking about her most recent exhibition, Gnomes vs. Snowmen. I took the opportunity to swing by the exhibition, and to ask Anna a few questions.
1) Do you have any metrics on how much material you used for Gnomes vs. Snowmen? Feet of yarn, or number of yarn balls?
Let's see.. I used about 64 skeins ofread more
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Nov 29, 2011

Free Download: Paper-Stachios - A Collection of Crafty Paper Mustaches

Okay...get this. Not only is paper artist Tommy Perez offering a collection of free, downloadble paper mustaches, but paper artist Tommy Perez is offering a collection of free, downloadble, crafting-inspired paper mustaches.

It gets no more ManMade than this, my friends. … read more

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Nov 29, 2011

DIY Idea: Turn a Vintage Camera into a Stylish Nightlight

created at: 11/29/2011

If you regularly visit secondhand shops, flea markets, and thrift stores, you've run across hundreds of those little plastic Kodak cameras - the Brownie, the Starflex, or my favorite, the Ansco Cadet. While they look great on a shelf, and, once filled with weight, make great bookends, and can produce some really interesting results using the "Through-the-Viewfinder" approach with a DSLR, they're also great fodder for making into other stuff...… read more

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Nov 28, 2011

How To: Make an "Industrial Chic" Plumbing Pipe Shelf

Who wouldn't wanna participate in a movement who dub themselves an "Open Source Laboratory for the Development of Sustainable Furniture?!"

Dosuno Design is a collective that maintains, "We as industrial designers have been privileged to recieve a great education, and we feel it is our personal responsibility to give back to the community. In this case the return comes in the form of our intellectual capital which we push forth to develop low cost furniture solutions that anyone can manufacture for themselves."

And give back they have! They've release a PDF including step-by-step instructions for creating three original pieces of DIY furniture from scratch. … read more

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Nov 17, 2011

How to: Make a Mod Holiday Wreath from Trash!

created at: 11/17/2011

Okay, play along. Take a look at this space-y, sputnik-y wreath above. It's made from stuff likely in your trash can. 

Figure it out? Got it? Good.    … read more

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Nov 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 16, 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.

I dunno what's going on, but for some reason, all the women on iStockPhoto are having a very hard time drinking water...   … read more

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Nov 09, 2011

How to: Add a Paper Texture to Vector Graphics with Photoshop

created at: 11/09/2011

Whenever I'm aiming tocreate an illustration or a graphic, I go straight to Adobe Illustrator. It is, hands down, my favorite program to design in. The only problem with Illustrator, however, is that the vector graphics you create sometimes look too clean and flat. Personally, I like a little bit of texture in my designs. Computers are great, but there's no reason no to mimic the amazing feel and appeal of paper or fabric.

So today I'll be showing you some basic tips on how to add textures to vector graphics or text using Photoshop. The thing about Photoshop, as you may know, is that there are 100 different ways to achieve the same effect. Some people may use completely different techniques to create textures, and that's just fine. My process isn't necessarily the best, but it's what I like to do. … read more

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Nov 07, 2011

How to: Make DIY Bottled Carbonated Cocktails

Some evenings are the sort of evenings for mixing cocktails. Grab your shaker, fill with ice, and make a big deal out of the whole thing. But then there are the other nights where you just wanna grab something out of the fridge, and have it ready to go.
And unless you're okay with Mike's Hard Whatever nastiness or a sacchrine pink wine cooler, your go-to beverage is likely a beer. Unless of course, you've whipped up some bottled cocktails, and stocked your fridge for occassions such as these.    … read more
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Nov 07, 2011

25 Basic Rules of Men's Fashion

created at: 11/07/2011

There are all kinds of men's fashion articles out there - such as which sportcoat or blazer to own if you're only gonna buy one, the most versatile shirts to own, and ten classic pairs of boots for any season. But, those are all based about specific items of clothing, or shopping advice on how to look sharp. Which are great, but what about some more basic knowledge about how to avoid looking goofy, or how to wear what you already own to its fullest?

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Nov 07, 2011

DIY Furniture: An Awesomely Inspiring How-To Book

created at: 11/06/2011

I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy ASAP.

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