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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:

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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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Oct 31, 2011

DIY Idea: Turn Cinder Blocks Into Art with Colorful Mortar

Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of… read more

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Oct 27, 2011

How to: Make Naturally Glow-in-the-Dark Punch!

This is no trick: no fancy chemicals, hidden glow sticks, or trick punch bowls. This is a punch, made from actual ingredients, that freaking glows in theread more

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Oct 27, 2011

This is Indexed: Life in Charts on Index Cards

On this dark, rainy fall day, I'm feeling all warm and gooey inside having spent the morning with This is Indexed, a project by Jessica Hagy in which she catalogs life, relationships, and culture in line graphs and Venn diagrams, which she draws each morning.

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Oct 27, 2011

Tim Burton Designs New Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years… read more

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Oct 27, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator

created at: 10/27/2011

Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

How to: Make a DIY George Nelson-Inspired Outdoor Slat Bench

created at: 10/26/2011

When my neighbor, Gina, moved in next door, a standalone porch swing appeared on our shared patio. The thing was at least thirty years old, and had been outside for just as long, and showed the wear of snowy winters, blazing hot summers, and all the rainy days in between. Not that it was likely much to look at when it was new.

It was, in every way, an eyesore. 

But, my goodness, if that thing wasn't useful. I'm sure I sat on it a good fifty times more often than she did. I took to enjoying my breakfast on it, and built a little morning routine around sitting outside, reading the week's New Yorker before I started my day. I used it to prepare for my bike rides: changing shoes, making adjustments, etc. And my friends and I would eat dinner out there, and watch thunderstorms. Boy, it was ugly, but it made me appreciate my patio, and got me out there frequently.

Then, Gina did the unthinkable: she got married, had a baby, and moved away. And, with her, away went the porch swing. And though I love my current neighbor (Hi Jillian!), she brought no shared furniture to the arrangement.

So, I figured it was time to make some outdoor seating of my own. For inspiration, I turned to the most iconic of mid-century bench designs, the Platform Bench by George Nelson (1946). It was created from easy-to-find 1x6" cedar decking, making it quite inexpensive to build, and safe for outdoor use. 

Wanna make one,… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

Fear.Less: Beautiful Wooden Art Examining Horrible Violence and Crime

created at: 10/25/2011

Daniel Ting Chong and Jordan Metcalf joined forces to create a playful, but sobering, series of objects that examines crime and violence in South Africa, committed both by criminals and law… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 26, 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.

2,000 suspended dandelions...just imagine both the kind and level of work that it would take to pull this… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

What Is Daylight Savings Time and Why Do We Observe It?

created at: 10/25/2011CGP Grey, the clever, educational movie maker that brought us What are Continents and How Many are There? video is back with an seasonal piece on Daylight Savings Time.

How did it start? Why do we do it? Does it make sense to maintain such a complicated system in the era of global communication and business?

Watch the video and find… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

Amazing Collection of Vintage Spray Paint Cans

Artist Roger Gastman has assembled a new book called, Tools of Criminal Mischief, which features, among other things, this amazing collection of vintage spray paint cans.   

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Oct 25, 2011

Extreme Typography: 160,000 Granite Letters Encased in Concrete

created at: 10/24/2011

If you've ever agonized over the precise kerning and leading of a few stubborn letters, just be thankful that you didn't have to do it with over 160,000 3-dimensional letters that are then embedded in concrete. For most people, such a daunting endeavor would be a one-way ticket to an acute case of typography-induced… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Fresh Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

created at: 10/24/2011

Aged cheeses are the products of artisans - years of tradition, techniques and cultures passed down through generations, carefully crafted environments that all the milk to become all it can.

Fresh cheeses, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. They're created from fresh milk, acid, rennet, and salt, and can be produced easily at home. They'll likely be tastier than supermarket brands, probably less expensive, and certainly way more fun.

A few days ago, ManMade showed you how to create your own fresh curded cheese at home (queso fresco, paneer, feta), and today, Ella from Make Cheese demonstrates an easy way for fresh, handcrafted and handstretched… read more

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Oct 24, 2011

The Coolest Pumpkins of the Year: Realistic 3D Carvings by Ray Villafane

created at: 10/24/2011

Each Halloween season, I allow myself one 'cool pumpkin carving' post. I've been collecting ideas all month, and they've just been sitting there at the end of my tabs list, hoping to be chosen.

Then, this morning, I saw the work of sculptor Ray Villafane, and I closed them… read more

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