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Nov 02, 2011

How to: Make an Easy, Vintage-Inspired Vector Graphic Banner

created at: 11/01/2011

Well, it's November and that can mean only one thing: the Holidays will be here before we know it. So to kick off the holiday spirit (I know, I know…we're all still recovering from Halloween parties…), I've put together a little tutorial explaining how to create a holiday scarf banner using Adobe Illustrator, similar to the one pictured above. If you don't have Illustrator, you can also use any of the number of freeware vector graphic softwares available for download.

So without further stalling, let's jump right in,… read more

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Nov 02, 2011

F*ck Yeah Snazzy Bastards: Fashion Inspiration from Seriously Well-Dressed Men

I didn't plan for it, but somehow, men's fashion and dress has become quite a popular topic on ManMade. I guess it makes sense - finding affordable ways to dress sharp as a guy is certainly a DIY pursuit. There are the extremes, of course: guys that simply don't care, and those who just hand their credit card to the guy at the store and say, "Go." And then there are the rest of us that fall in the middle of the spectrum - we who try to not be schlubs, but not get carried away.

And so, I submit a new… read more

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Nov 02, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 2, 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 "Senseless Drawing Bot" is a "self-generated drawing machine that draws abstract dynamic lines in real time using spray paints of different colors." 

It's pretty incredible; watch this video to see it… read more

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Nov 01, 2011

How to: Make a Double-Barreled Rubber Band Gun from Office Supplies

created at: 11/01/2011

I make routine visits to the hardware store. At least weekly, usually more. I'm at the craft store multiple times a month, and a regular at the fabric shop, art supply emporium, and every thrift store on the high street (Which, in my city, is actually called High St.) 

Doing what? Well, finding supplies to make stuff, of course. I'm constantly sourcing materials to cut out, slice up, reconfigure, then glue or sew back together to make something else entirely.

John Austin, on the other hand, takes a different approach, and heads straight to the office… read more

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Nov 01, 2011

Free Download: Printable Ron Swanson Mask

Yeah, okay, Trick-or-Treat may be over, and no one's likely to throw a costume party any time soon, but I don't see any reason not to download and print off this gem:

The Ron Swansonread more

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Nov 01, 2011

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

created at: 11/01/2011

As a creative person, as with any career or interests, there are lots of limitations: time, space, materials, connections, and all the other external stuff that can hold you back.

Then, of course, there are those other things that keep you down: playing it safe, not advocating for yourself, or having unreasonable goals for yourself.

Artist and illustrator Keri Smith has assembled a top ten list of what not to do, dubbed How to Feel Miserable asread more

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Nov 01, 2011

Incredible Upcycled Table Made from a Vintage Door

created at: 11/01/2011

I'm not gonna lie…I haven't been this excited about a table in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I am often excited by tables and other assorted pieces of furniture, but this one, which is made from an antique door, is different. It's something I could actually… read more

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Oct 31, 2011

How To: Make Seriously Tasty Pumpkin Doughnuts

created at: 10/31/2011

There's a somewhat famous pumpkin festival about an hour from my house, which came very highly recommended when I first moved to the city six years ago. It's standard fair and festival stuff: touring food trailers and games, local non-profits and faith communities fundraisers, student art, etc. It's kinda crazy and kitschy and pretty awesome, and certainly worth a visit. But, after a few years, my attendance slowed: mostly 'cause all we'd do is stand around and eat mediocre food that's really bad for you, look at the cloggers, get stuck behind the parade, and stand in line for forty-five minutes for some seriously tasty, piping hot fresh pumpkin doughnuts, the highlight of the festival if you ask anyone.

So, this year, we decided to skip the drive and the parking fiasco and the food-on-sticks, and just make pumpkin doughnuts at home.

And they were… read more

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Oct 31, 2011

Star Wars Skulls!

Society 6 artist RLHoffman has created this minimalist and mostly adorable series of Star Wars characters imagined as skulls.

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Oct 31, 2011

How to: Make DIY Pixy Sticks in Gourmet Flavors

Pixy Sticks are one of those nostalgic childhood treats - along with Lik-M-Aid/Fun Dip and Frankenberry - that I still turn to as an adult, because of the ridiculous fact that it tastes like nothing but sugar and citric acid. I figure, if you're gonna eat junk, eat junk. And, they're still crazy fun to eat. 'Cause, as it turns out, flavored sugar in a straw is a mostly brilliant… read more

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