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Sep 08, 2010

Revenge of This Nerd: Movie Character T-Shirts from Found Item Clothing

 

created at: 09/08/2010

If you haven't noticed already, I'm a bit of a movie freak. And my taste is not high-brow. Which is why I love the t-shirts from Found Item Clothing. These guys founded their business on this very simple idea: Why can't I have a shirt like that one guy in the movie? 

created at: 09/08/2010


Through utterly thorough re-watchings of fine films such as Revenge of the Nerds, What About Bob, and Real Genius, they've been able to re-create perfect replicas of shirts worn by characters in movies.

The world is on ironic t-shirt overload these days, but I think it takes a devoted fan to get super excited about wearing a shirt… read more

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Sep 07, 2010

Going Back to Flynn's Arcade: Tron Sock Pattern for Superfan Superknitters

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/07/2010

Even though the release of the Tron sequel is months away, I can feel the mania beginning already! Knitter Chris Wass has taken it to the next level with this pattern for a beautifully detailed pair of socks.

Making these would be a grand gesture for the Tron freak in your life, as they're a bit on the tricky side. But you've got until December to whip these babies up in time for the return of still-rockin' Jeff Bridges as our beloved Flynn. If you're unfamiliar with this 80's video game/sci-fi classic, here's a little taste:

 

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Sep 06, 2010

Happy Labor Day! TOAST the Hardworking Makers with a DIY Deluxe Campfire Roaster

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/06/2010

Alas, I'm not camping this gorgeous Labor Day, but if I was out in the woods, I'd be cramming as many marshmallows as possible onto this deluxe toasting fork. Thanks to the folks at Instructables, everyone can make their own deluxe campfire roaster, with no chance of a lost dog in the fire.

Here's the tutorial; may all your hot dogs and smores be perfectly cooked today!

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Sep 05, 2010

Please Welcome Guest Blogger, Polly Conway

Hi friends - I'll be away from September 4th - 12th on fine trip up and down the New England coast, and I'm excited to welcome my friend and maker Polly Conway to explore all sorts of mens and crafts and generall good times.

created at: 09/03/2010

So, get to know her a bit better, and say hi!

Polly Conway is a writer and craft dilettante living in Oakland, CA. Her current unfinished projects include a nearly done cross-stitch, a 1/25th completed afghan, and a quilt that currently exists only in her mind. Polly runs her own small crafty business, Pollyannacowgirl, selling the projects she can finish, and represents at shows all over California… read more

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Sep 03, 2010

How To: Make DIY Fruit Roll-Ups at Home, with Crazy Patterns!

Many thoughtful, contemporary parents are a bit wiser than ours were concerning the snack foods they give to their children. Avoiding processed food products, excessive amounts of corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, and overt amounts of sodium, these post-modern era parents have gone back to the snacks that their own grandparents might have served - homemade and much more healthful.

Which is great...except for one thing: contemporary kids don't get the experience of eating, well, kid food. Thrown in lunch boxes or crunched into pockets for consumption in the treehouse, there are certain foods that just taste like childhood.

And for… read more

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Sep 03, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Soldering

created at: 09/03/2010

For many creative men, "making things" often includes circuit boards, LEDs, microcontrollers, and the like. And while ManMade always argues that men should be encouraged to use their yarn skeins just as often as their soldering iron, it's still important to know how to actually use that soldering iron safely and effectively.

Enter the Ten Commandments of Soldering, a collection of Thous and Shalls for the wire connecting crowd. Even if you don't know how to solder, or what it actually does, it's a worthwhile… read more

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Sep 03, 2010

Business Cards for Fictional Companies - How Many Can You Name?

created at: 09/03/2010

We're both cracking up and inspired by this series of business cards for fictional companies from films, television shows, and comic books. "Day Jobs" by Fernando Rez "pays nerdy, Easter Egg-laden homage 'to the hard working men and women who keep our beloved fictional companies going.'

Printed on Rolodex-ready business card stock. Extremely limited run of 20 S+N 11” x 17” prints are available for $25/pop."

We can connect fifteen of the twenty-one to its pop culture origin; how many can you? Let's see if we can get them all down in the comments… read more

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Sep 02, 2010

How To: Transform Thrift Store Neckties into Stylish, Skinny Ties

created at: 09/02/2010

Gabrielle's son Ralph was turning thirteen, and asked for some au currant skinny ties, presumably because Ralph knows, as all ManMade readers know, that if you gotta dress up, you might as well do a good job.

Having a hard time finding appropriately priced and sized ties for Ralph, Gabrielle got creative and hit the thrift store. She came home with a pile of $1.00 traditional neckties, and got to work.

She says, "Of course, I forgot about the idea till 3 days before his birthday. At which point, I tried to rush and make it happen. I found 5 great ties at Goodwill and sped them to the tailor. There, I was told it would takeread more

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Sep 02, 2010

Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters!

NINJABREAD MEN COOKIE CUTTERS

These molded-plastic cookie cutters are sharper than a katana blade! The ninjas are snapping each other's legs off faster than you can bite off their heads! They're...well, pretty darn cool.  

People i know - Guess what you're getting for… read more

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Sep 02, 2010

File Under Awesome: Super Mario Bros. Office Cabinets

Super Mario Filing Cabinet Filing Cabinet 2   Super Mario Bros

I was gonna start this post with an "If I had filing cabinets like these, maybe I wouldn't let the piles on my desk get so high..." but I won't. Cause it's not true, and that's a dumb thing to say,… read more

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