Man Made DIY


Sep 13, 2010

A Fantastic Collection of Old-Timey Guy Supplies on Etsy

created at: 09/13/2010

Recently, handmade marketplace asked Brett McKay of ManMade's pal The Art of Manliness to curate a collection of tools, curios, and vintage ephemera from their vast collection of goodies.

The gathering ranges from collectables to hygiene products to vintage-inspired new handmade pieces. And we gotta say - we like it. Like it… read more


Sep 13, 2010

Make a Super Mario Bros. Warp Tunnel Pencil Cup

created at: 09/13/2010

What better to go with your Mario and Luigi-themed filing cabinets than a handmade warp pipe pencil cup?

Not much we can think of.

This design used plastic needlepoint canvas, which I haven't seen since the horrific Kleenex box covers my grandma had in… read more


Sep 11, 2010

Black Metal Cookies, Plus a Hardcore Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

I recently discovered this classic video and was enchanted! Real black metal plus delicious cookies: an unlikely but delightful pairing.

A hardcore autumn cookie recipe… read more


Sep 10, 2010

10-Minute Project: Framed Moustache Art

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/09/2010

I'm all for quick and easy projects, so when I visited my friend Derek in Portland last week, I couldn't help but notice some of the new art hanging in his bathroom. These framed moustaches remind me of Victorian hair art, a strange and wonderful fad during the mid-1800's when human hair was used to create jewelry and other mementos. 


created at: 09/09/2010

Derek has followed suit and used human hair moustaches for this project, which I think creates a really weird and awesome look. Often used for theatrical productions, they're not all that expensive; you can find a good selection at your local… read more


Sep 09, 2010

Pony Farts: Yo-yo How-To with Bay Area Renaissance Man Doctor Popular

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/09/2010

Doctor Popular, aka Doc Pop, is a true renaissance man here in the Bay Area. As a person with a lot of interests myself, I'm always excited to learn about other dabblers who have a laundry list of skills and pursuits. The good Doctor describes himself as a "game designer, illustrator, tailor, rapper, and super nerd." Excellent. I've also met the man and can attest to his niceness and enthusiasm about the yo-yo lifestyle. 

At my house, we're proud owners of a Doc Pop yo-yo, and while my own skills are questionable, my bf can walk the dog like a pro. I'd like to get my hands on the above… read more


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


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:



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!


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


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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