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Dec 02, 2011

A Peek at Manhattan's 2011 Holiday Windows

Every holiday season, there are some things you can always count on: Santa Claus will always wrap up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, some adult contemporary crooner will release another album full of the same ten songs, and the windows of Midtown's historic department stores will be decked out like the best of 'em.

If don't find yourself in NYC this December, the New York Times has some excellent photographs from Barney's, Sak's,… read more

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Dec 02, 2011

Scale Models of Neglected Buildings Made From Photographs

created at: 12/01/2011

Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal… 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… read more

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Dec 01, 2011

Past Presidents Kick Butt in Epically Patriotic Art

Sometimes, a dollar bill isn't enough.

Artist Jason Hauser decided to take a different approach to honor the founding fathers and other heroes of U.S. history...by depicting them in various stages of total badassery.

Teddy Roosevelt battles bigfoot, George Washington becomes a zombie hunter, and Abe Lincoln touts the Emancipation Proclamation atop a grizzly… read more

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Dec 01, 2011

Roundup: 9 Handmade Christmas and Holiday Cards for Men

created at: 12/01/2011

O Holy Night by A.Favorite

I've been thinking about it all morning, and I think I can safely say: I've never sent a Christmas card. Sure, I think about people I wanna connect to around the holidays, and have reached out to them in many ways, but as far as an assembly line of adding "Dear ____" to the top and "Season's Greetings! Love, Chris" to the bottom of a box of cards (which I'd then have to address!)?

Never done it.

Not that I wouldn't, of course. I'd just need to come accross the right holiday greeting cards. So, for help, I asked my buddy and stationery expert Carina Murray, of Crow + Canary, to help me pick out some of the best manly and guy-friendly holiday cards this year. And, boy, did… 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 30, 2011

A Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

created at: 11/30/2011

I couldn't even begin to assemble a comprehensive "ManMade Holiday Gift Guide for Guys," as I've found there's simply too much diversity among men to capture everything.

However, I always find it fascinating to see what other (read: female) craft bloggers imagine what guys will like under their tree, and I'm happy to pass them… read more

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Nov 30, 2011

Squash-Century Modern: Seasonal Reinterpretations of Design Classics

To celebrate the harvest season and all things Thanksgiving, Abstract Sunday artist Christoph Niemann created "Squash Modern," a collection of modern design classics reinterpretted with, well,… read more

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Nov 30, 2011

Minimalist Star Wars

Irish artist Keith Bogan gives some of pop culture's most iconic characters the minimalist treatment.

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Nov 30, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 30, 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.

Photographer Richard Mosse uses infrared film to capture this incredible images in the Congo. That's not a special effect...all that craziness happens in the camera.

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