Man Made DIY


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May 26, 2011

ManMade Joins the 2011 True Value Blog Squad

When the people at True Value got in touch with us about joining their DIY Blog Squad for 2011, we were psyched. Last year's group included some heavy hitters like DesignMom, DIYdiva, and The Lettered Cottage, so I knew we'd be in good company.

Chris and I have a list of fun projects lined up for the summer, including, but not limited to, so don't hold us to this list in court, ok?:

- A Nelson-inspired slatted bench
- Raised garden beds
- Etched copper plant labels
- A sloped garden re-lanscaping project
- Some other miscellaneous fixer-upper projects

Of course, if there's a particular project you'd like to suggest, please let us… read more

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May 25, 2011

World's Weirdest Looking Bike is Also the Fastest

The SplinterBike is made of nothing but wood - no screws, metal, gears, rubber, etc. It also kinda looks like a cow.

But, apparently, it's hella fast. The creator, Michael Thompson, "says that because some hardwoods are known to naturally excrete oils, certain components will effectively be self-lubricating. For example, the "metal bearings" are made from the naturally-oily ironread more

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May 25, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 25, 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 Neon Boneyard is where lighted signs go to retire. The photos are… read more

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May 24, 2011

Pencil vs. Camera

created at: 12/01/2010

It's been said that some of the best songs are those that sound like you've heard them a thousand times upon first listen. Reliable, fresh, yet totally familiar and I-wish-I-thought-of-that invoking.

Belgian artist Ben Heine's series "Pencil Vs. Camera" is sorta the visual equivalent. We've all played with subsituting objects in photos, but it's never been done like this, or thisread more

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May 23, 2011

Scott Allen Hill's Animal Alphabet

created at: 12/01/2010

I stumbled across Scott Allen Hill's Illustrated Animal Alphabet at the exact same moment the clouds broke and the sun came out.

It was magic. And a little bit Thomas Kinkade… read more

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May 23, 2011

How Spam Actually Works

created at: 05/23/2011

No one will argue that spam in your inbox is just junk, not because it never actually says anything, but because it's impossible to imagine that anyone can actually make money of misspelled words for medicine and penis-enlargers.

Turns out, that's not entirely true. People do click, send money, and actually get products.… read more

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May 20, 2011

Funny Hundred Dollar Bills

Meet Your Franklin seeks to be an "international, bearer of a cultural reflexion." As such, it invites you to re-create a symbol of modern society: the $100 bill, y'all.

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May 19, 2011

The Quarter Life Crisis?

It hits you hard. One day, you've realized those things you've clung to for the last decade aren't actually what you're going for. Perhaps, for previous generation, such enlightments really didn't come until middle age, when there are often kids, mortgages, and stock options involved.

But for an increasing number of young adults, mega-life changes hit in your… read more

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May 18, 2011

When the What? Hilarious, Clever Hand Drawn Timelines

When the What? is an outstanding collection of hand drawn timelines created by Jim Darlington. My fave? The Time-Traveling Fictional Bar… read more

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May 18, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 18, 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.

created at: 05/18/2011

Lexadecimal defines words made from hexadecimal color codes. I know, it's hard to explain, but just go there and check… read more

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May 17, 2011

The Cardigan Abides - The Dude's Sweater is Back

The Dude's Sweater

Remember the first time you saw The Big Lebowski, and all your friends hated it and thought it was boring, but you couldn't stop laughing? Remember how, two years later, in college, it was suddenly everyone's all-time favorite movie?

Yeah, me too. I also remember thinking, "Where can I get that sweater?" Well, now you can; the original was made by Pendelton Woolen Mills, and this year they're bringing it back:

Who is this dude?

Could they have chosen a less 'Dude'-like… read more

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May 17, 2011

Super Duper Sick

created at: 05/17/2011

Friends, I've worked my way through some serious sniffles, tummyaches, and flu bugs over the last few months, but today, the germs have gottent the best of me.

You don't want me writing anything today. Trust me.

Hopefully, I'll be back with you tomorrow. Enjoy your Tuesday!

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May 16, 2011

The 2011 World's Best Beards!

The 2011 World Beard Championships were held yesterday, and the winner was this one: Of course it features a Norweigan flag and a reindeer!

 Also, don't miss this other amazing beards,… read more

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May 13, 2011

Am I Wearing Pants?

created at: 05/13/2011

Okay...so, this is not necessarily for men. In fact, it's specifically not addressed to guys. But as passive observers of the crazy places that women's bottom-oriented clothing are going, it's a good 101 to learning about what in the world is going on.

And it's really… read more

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May 13, 2011

Depressing Tax Returns Become Beautiful Rolled Paper Art

Artist Nava Lubelski creates these organic, molecule-like rolled paper installations from tax return… read more

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