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Jan 31, 2011

The Best Picture Oscar Nominees...In LEGO

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The King's Speech

LEGO pro and film fan Alex Eylar has combined his love to recreate scenes from each of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

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Jan 28, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes: The ManMade Office Gets a Makeover

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Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.

Like a tour? Of course!… read more

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Jan 28, 2011

Home Hacks: 10 Cool Things to Do with Your Toaster Oven

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A few weeks ago, we spied this awesome list of fun stuff to do with your microwave. This morning, we're back with an equally cool list of my all-time favorite plug-in kitchen appliance, the toaster… read more

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Jan 28, 2011

The Coenfographic

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I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?

Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan… read more

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Jan 27, 2011

Make Super Easy and Delicious Doughnuts at Home

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I never had a real doughnut until I was eight or so.

Well, I guess by real, I mean "fresh, and from a bakery." See, my earliest doughnut memories involve 1) either those awful powdered sugary things that come in the re-sealable bag, or 2) those things my parents would cook in the crock pot..which actually had to be some sort of deeper fryer, but it lived in the lazy susan, and I wasn't allowed to touch it, so it was all the same to… read more

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Jan 27, 2011

Martin's Vintage Masculine Dreamhouse

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My buddy Kirsten spied the incredible home of Martin and Jenny in the Möllevången neighborhood in Malmö, Sweden.

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Jan 27, 2011

This Valentine's, Give the Gift of a Realistic Edible Bleeding Heart

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Gourmet cakester Lilli Vanilli is creating super-realistic edible heart cakes that are available for purchase to send to your Valentine this… read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How to: Make the 5-Second DIY Standing Desk

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It's Workspace month on Curbly.com, so I've been doing tons of research into home offices studios, and all the desks, desks, desk, desks!

And I've learned something: sitting at a desk is really bad for you. It's bad for your health, bad for your posture, bad for your emotional wellness, bad for your muscles, and bad for your bones.

Rather, it is more ideal to be lying down flat (which brings along other implications), or preferably, standing up. As a person who makes his living online, I knew I needed to start changing my habits now if I didn't want them to affect me in the long run.

Thankfully, I came up with a no-cost solution that allows me to maintain a traditional desk with standing options. And by no-cost, I mean free. And… read more

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Jan 26, 2011

Masking Tape Graffiti

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I'm a huge fan of street art, but I do understand the arguments that liken some of it to vandalism. Not the impromptu installations of sculptures, or even yarn graffiti, but no matter how awesome, spray paint can do damage. And most graffiti isn't really art at all, just immature tagging that can leave permanent and unattractive results.

So they idea of impromptu public art that doesn't actually hurt anything? Well, that's just about as good as it gets.

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BUFFDiss is a street artist who creates his works on walls, floors, and public spaces, but works exclusively in masking tape, allowing his pieces to be… read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

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A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Build a Mod, Floating Shelf

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I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.

The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves =… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

The United States of Shame

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Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Make Your Digital Photos Infinitely Better with 5 Post-Production Tips

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Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, and was fortunate to attend a workshop by Alma and Mike of Ollibird. They're amazing artists who are superwhizzes with digital tools, and who've dedicated themselves to teaching others how to tackle creative software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I learned a ton from their workshop, and even purchased their how-to books, which, for me, beat anything I've seen from big publishing companies.

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Recently, they created this super-helpful overview of five simple tips to make your I-tried-but-couldn't-really-pull-it-off photos… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How to: Make Pantone Chip Cookies

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The cookie is typically a rustic goodie. There are fancy pastry chefs who create works of art out of pulled sugar, gels, and ring molds, but the cookie typically maintains a more rustic appeal.

Until… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

8 Men's Fashion Essentials for Under $100

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Like it or not, yes, you need to own a suit. And a coat to wear over it. And some shiny shoes to… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Rubber Band Rifle

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I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm really uncomfortable with guns. I only shot one once, when I was 23, at a friend's farm. With all the proper safety precautions, he taught me a bit about shooting clay pigeons, launched one into the air, and I actually hit it.

And that was enough. I never want to shoot, or even touch, a gun again. 

And yet, I love to throw, fling, and launch stuff at my friends.… read more

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Jan 21, 2011

Emergency Weekday Meal: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

ManMade Spaghetti Aglio e Oglio Recipe

Your kid is sick; your wife has a late meeting; the two-hundred dollars in groceries you bought last weekend was ephemeral. Enter: spaghetti aglio e olio. Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. Sounds almost pointlessly simple, but if you make it right, it's deceptively good. Fast, easy, and you always have the ingredients on hand. Here's how:

ManMade Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • 1 lb. dried spaghetti
  • Olive Oil (the better, the better)
  • Garlic (fresh if you can; I always keep a jar of minced garlic around just in case)
  • Chopped Parsley (optional but makes a… read more
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Jan 21, 2011

Quick Tip: How To Shave the Back of Your Neck (w/out a mirror!)

How to shave your neckline without a mirror

Can't believe I never thought of this myself. I spent years buzzing my own hair (and asking for help on the neckline) before I finally consented to going to a barber like a grown-up. But that's for another… read more

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Jan 20, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Doggy Bed

Brian started out with a red vintage suitcase very similar to the one Chris used in Make It! Secondhand Chic:

But he ended up with a very different result!

A couple of 1x4s for reinforcement and some stylish cone-shaped legs give this dogged old suitcase a new leash on life (sorry):

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Jan 18, 2011

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Lamp from Pipe Fittings

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Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.… read more

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