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Sep 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Waxed Canvas "Brown Bag" Lunch Bag

The brown paper sack is iconic, and pretty cool looking, and waxed canvas is an incredibly durable material. Put them together and what do you got? This great DIY project from Anna Makes.… read more

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Sep 04, 2014

The Process: Take a Colorful Video Tour of the Crayola Factory

created at: 05/28/2013

Pop quiz: how many crayons do you think the Crayola factory produces each day? I'd have said something like: 500,000. 

Turns out, I was way, way wrong. The answer?    … read more

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Sep 03, 2014

How to: Make Nashville Hot Chicken at Home

To my mind, the hot chicken tradition of Nashville, TN is among the most amazing regional food traditions for three reasons: 1) it's amazingly local, native to a few neighborhoods in a single city, rather than a general area 2) it's amazingly (yet justifiably) spicy, and 3) the recipes have been amazingly secretive.

Moreover, it's incredibly, incredibly delicious, and I've never had anything… read more

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Sep 03, 2014

A Handmade Coffee Routine Can Seriously Improve Your Creativity

The act of making an intentional cup of coffee in the morning - not just pressing a button or grabbing a to-go cup from your neighborhood shop or street vendor - has, no doubt, benefits to the flavor of your coffee. But, like many good and simple things in life, it could have a positive impact on your creativity and productivity as well.… read more

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Sep 03, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 3, 2014

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.


Austin Beerworks has released an update on the multi-can beer container: the 99-pack. Yes, it's real.… read more

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Sep 02, 2014

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Bookshelf from Hardware Store Parts

One key to giving any room in your house a warm, masculine texture: clever use of materials. This DIY bookshelf project nails the multi-media look with basic iron and wood materials from the home center, but resulting in a storage piece greater than the sum of its parts.… read more

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Sep 02, 2014

Tip of the Day: How to Be a Better Reader

This morning, on my bike ride, I saw a sight I hadn't noted in a few months: dozens of kids walking down the sidewalk, new backpacks and lunch boxes in hand, waiting for the new year to begin. So, in honor of back to school season, why don't we all take a moment to learn how to be better readers. And by learn how to be better readers, I mean: avoid falling down the internet rabbit hole and ending up with thirty browser tabs every time you need to look something up.… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

How to: Make a Hanging Leather Strap Planter

The notion of a DIY hanging pot is nothing extraordinary - just do a Pinterest search and you'll find hundreds...maybe thousands.… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

Photo Essay: Slot Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Zion National Park, in Southern Utah, is one of the most incredible places in the U.S., and likely the world. Its awesomeness is also not a secret, so its super crowded in the summer. It's relative proximity to the Las Vegas airport and the Grand Canyon means its packed with tourists, so much that you can't even drive in the park - you must take the park's shuttle. (Which, by the way, is actually kinda… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Wooden Bucket from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Two summers ago, for my birthday, we took a trip to Bourbon country in Kentucky.

One of the highlights - among the distillery tours and great Louisville restaurants and sites - was a cooperage tour: viewing the factory that makes the barrels in which the bourbon… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

How to: Make Easy Large Scale Wall Art with Custom Frames

created at: 08/27/2014

This post could be titled: "who doesn't want a giant dinosaur print in a frame you made yourself on your wall?" Cause, that's what's a-happening here,… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

15 Modern Classic Books You Should Read Right Now

created at: 08/27/2014

I know "summer reads" are the cultural icon: books to be read on the beach, on long car trips, during a much needed week off work. But, I'm always more of a fall reader... Summers are for magazines and research for all the outdoor activities and bike trips and all-day grilling sessions and staying out during the long days and… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

DIY Typographic Clamps

You know those internet things where everything you love gets summed up in one place? This is one of those for… read more

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Aug 26, 2014

How to: Make "Swedish Coffee" Over a Campfire without a Coffee Pot

I tried "cowboy coffee" exactly one time. That's the method where you simply put the coffee grounds into hot water, and use a combo of careful cup handling and your teeth to keep the grounds out of your mouth. I thought it seemed like an old school method worth trying on a camping trip, and I did. I've packed a small press pot with me ever… read more

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Aug 26, 2014

Movie Quiz: Can You Identify These Film Characters Created in LEGO Bricks?

created at: 08/26/2014

Alright, pop culture people. Challenge time: Name the film characters in the image above. Or perhaps this… read more

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Aug 22, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Aug 22, 2014

Weekend Project: Make DIY Typographic Cocktail Recipe Coasters

created at: 08/22/2014

My pal Shauna from FairGoods came up with this clever DIY coaster project: some bold type on the front for visual interest, and your favorite cocktail recipes on the back for… read more

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Aug 21, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Lawn Game Set

Kubb (also spelled "koob") - sometimes known as Viking Chess - is a Scandinavian lawn bowling game that, like its brethern bocce, horseshoes, cornhole, and the like - involves two teams standing on opposite sides of a field throwing things at other things. And those things they throw - the game pieces - are some basic wooden shapes...meaning, it's a super easy DIY project you can make at… read more

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Aug 21, 2014

Apparently, Everything We Think We Know about Hangovers is Wrong...

You may have been told that the less desirable effects of alcohol - the disturbed sleep, the morning-after headaches, the drama in your gut - come from dehydration, or impurities from barrel aging, or mixing spirits, wine, and beer in a single session. I've always thought (or, um, learned) that it's the sugar in sweeter drinks that does the deed, coupled with the dehydrating effects...but, even if you DO drink water, or don't have multiple spirits, the effects can still be intense.

Turns out - we've got it all… read more

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Aug 20, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving.… read more

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