Man Made DIY


Dec 14, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Infused Moonshine Marshmallows

As far as hot chocolate fans go, I'm among the biggest. Especially during December. I like it all kinds of ways - thick Mexican drinking chocolates with a churro, the powdered milk-cocoa mix from the stand at the holiday light show at the zoo, and the fancy versions from my local coffee shop. And marshmallows? I'm for 'em.   

Especially if they're homemade. Like lots of food crafts, the difference between a who-knows-how-old factory made 'shmallow and the pillowy complexity of a homemade version are simply incomparable. And while I like storebought marshmallows just fine, I love a homemade one. Especially when it's infused… read more


Dec 13, 2012

"Phrenology of a Gentleman" and Other Vintage-Inspired Manly Posters and T-Shirts by Maiden Voyage

A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.

The team describes their brand,

The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
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Dec 13, 2012

How to: Make Your Own LEGO Christmas Ornaments

LEGO artist and mastermind Chris McVeigh offers twelve original tutorials for making your own holiday ornaments from your favorite bricks. Perfect if you want to make some for yourself, or to give as a gift to your geekiest of friends. There are pop culture-friendly designs like the Death Star and Millenium Falcon, as well as seasonal trees, gingerbread houses, and a variety of bulb ornaments.

Chris says, "I love the challenge of building something fresh and unique with Lego. And when I come up with something I’m proud of, I’m happy to share the model files with fellow builders." 

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Dec 13, 2012

This Holiday Season, Me and Guinness are Gonna be Generous

To celebrate the holidays, Guinness is asking its fans to be generous this season. Alongside their special edition Generous Ale, the brewery is inviting everyone to "help make this season the most generous yet by giving the most valuable gift of all - your time." 

Guinness invited me to participate, in addition to  up to a hundred other bloggers and influencers to say thanks, donated $100 to charity for each of us. Seemed like a no brainer to me, so I wanted to pledge something out of my own strengths:

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Here's what Guinness has to say:

  • Alongside the release of its new holiday beer, Generous Ale, Guinness has… read more

Dec 13, 2012

How to: Make an Easy DIY Wool iPhone Sleeve

Sleek acrylic cases can match the thoughtful industrial design of your smartphone, but sometimes you need something a little more organic to warm all the metal and glass up. Something easy to work with, but that'll protect your device, keep it scratch-free, and look sharp wherever you wool.   

Marisa of Omiyage came up with this great project using inexpensive craft wool felt and a bit of thread. She uses a sewing machine, but if you don't have one, there's absolutely no reason this project couldn't be accomplished with a bit of needle and thread.  She says, "Simple to make, no fancy or expensive materials needed.  So… read more


Dec 12, 2012

6 Men's Style Essentials for Winter

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Cold weather is the best time to dress like a man. It's the season for bringing out the heavier, masculine fabrics and materials, layering up, and, generally, just look like a guy.   Our friends at Valet curated this great "Winter Wardrobe Checklist" where they offer six basic pieces that you can mix, match, and interchange for a serious style during these shorter days and cold winter's nights.   

They say, "As we head into the dead of winter, getting dressed can propose a series of challenges in order to look sharp and stay warm. Here are the six must-haves every guys should have in his closet to make it through the frigid days ahead in style."

Good stuff. Check it out at Valet: The Winter Wardrobe Checklist


[Photo by Mike Poresky. Licensed under Creative Commons.]




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Dec 12, 2012

How to: Handmade Crochet Hooks Carved from Wooden Sticks

I try to be well versed in the classic craft media, but I've never really taken to yarn work such as knitting or crocheting. It's too much counting and dexterity for me to ever get the hang of, and I've abandoned nearly as many projects as I've started. 

But this incredible handmade wooden crochet sticks have got me thinking it's time I mastered the fiber arts.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the original source for these amazing pieces and photos (they came from here and were credited to a dead link) but a little looking around led me to this great tutorial from Where I Bead, which shows you how to carve your own from… read more


Dec 12, 2012

Which Beers Should You Drink with Christmas Cookies and Treats?

There's an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that I think of every year around this time. Calvin is  in the kitchen, going on and on about what sort of milk and cookies he's going to leave for Santa, and there's a dialogue bubble coming in from the other room, where Calvin's dad remarks, "I think Santa might prefer a cold beer." (At least that's how I remember it from fourth grade. I looked for it online, but wasn't able to locate it. Can anyone help?)
And now that I'm an adult, I say choose whichever you want...or, in my case, both. Cause nobody says cookies only go with milk, or beer with salty snacks.

Michael Agnew from A Perfect Pint has done the (presumably very enjoyable) research, and offers his picks for the best beers to pair with sugar, ginger, chocolate, and fruity cookies. See his suggestions for both styles of beer and particular brews to check out at:

The Best Beers to Drink with Christmas Cookies [Serious Eats]



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Dec 11, 2012

How to: Make DIY Faceted Wooden Wall Hooks

created at: 12/10/2012A few weeks ago, my good friend and professional collaborator Capree was redesigning her home office, turning a third bedroom/junk room into a organized workspace, from where she and her husband can both work from home on their many creative projects. One afternoon, whether cause she really thought I'd say yes or just to keep us both on our toes during the long, isolated days of working at home by yourself, she asked me if I'd be willing to make her some faceted wood wall hooks for her new office. "Sure," I said. "Really?!" she replied, thinking I was joking. "Of course," says I. "What wood species do you want?"   See, for more than two… read more


Dec 11, 2012

The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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Recently, Rolling Stone magazine gathered thirty-three of some the most iconic MCs (Q-Tip, Nas, Busta Rhymes, AdRock and Mike D), producers (Pete Rock, Rick Rubin, Questlove) and music journalists (James Bernard, Nathan Brackett) in hip hop to select and organize the fifty greatest hip hop songs of all time.  What makes a great hip hop song? Questlove says, 

The greatest hip-hop songs have the power to pull energy and excitement and anger and questions and self-doubt and raw emotion out of you. It could be a song that sets your neighborhood on fire ("Rebel Without a Pause") or a song on your headphones that makes you rethink what… read more

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