Oct 10, 2016

How to: DIY Large-Scale Graphic Wall Art for Under $25!

Party decor idea: simple masking tape wall art

Food for thought: there's an actual small business behind everything you see here on ManMadeDIY (yeah, crazy, I know). And we're pretty little; just three of us: Chris (Portland), Alicia and me (Minneapolis), plus some great regular contributors, David (Redding, CA), and Justin (Los Angeles). And this summer, we passed a really big milestone: we moved into an honest-to-goodness, grown-up office space here in Minneapolis. It's not the Googleplex, by any stretch of the imagination, but to us, it's pretty amazing. 

So, we wanted to we throw a big party to inaugurate our new studio. Our purpose was twofold; we wanted to share the new space

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Sep 23, 2016

What's Good for September 2016: What We're Reading, Wearing, and Thinking About This Month

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Hey ... welcome back to What's Good. We're switching things up a little bit this month. I think you're going to like it (I know I did). In case you're new here, What's Good is our monthly series where we (the ManMade guys) get to talk about what we're currently into. This month, it's media, clothing, and wonderment. Yeah, you read that right. Wonderment is a thing too. Read on to get your monthly dose...

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Sep 07, 2016

Join us for a Photography Workshop (Minneapolis)

Photography workshop

We're really excited to announce that Curbly (the company that publishes this blog and Curbly.com) is putting on our first ever photography workshop! We'll be bringing in one of our all-time favorite ManMade contributors, Gabriel Cabrera, for an intensive two-day course on styling and photography. 

You've probably seen some of Gab's photos here on ManMade; he's super-talented:

Gab Cabrera

Christmas gift tags

If you want to learn how to take stunning, professional-looking photos like Gab's, head over to the information page for our Fall Photography Workshop to see how you can sign up (hint: there's an early bird registration discount going on this week only!)


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Aug 29, 2016

What's Good for August 2016: What We're Reading, Watching and Listening to This Month

What's Good - August 2016

We're back with some of our favorite media for you to devour as the summer draws to a close. Here's what's good:



I'm about two-thirds of the way through A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. It's a fictional exploration of the shooting of Bob Marley in December 1976, and the following decades of political, social, and criminal aftermath. I won't lie - it's intense. It has 50+ characters (and one of those little dramatis personae keys at the beginning, which I reference about every three pages). It feels like reading Joyce's Ulysses ... Biblical in scale, and I'm looking up some fact or reference (or rocksteady

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Aug 03, 2016

Why We Meditate (and We Think You Should, Too)

Why we meditate

This year Chris and I both started meditating, independently of each other. We got into the practice for different reasons, and with different approaches, but the thing we definitely both agree on is this: meditation is great. Since we're both newbie meditators who are getting a lot out of it, we thought we'd share a little about our experiences in hopes of encouraging a few of you out there to give it a try.

How did you start?

Bruno: I actually have tried meditation a few times over the last ten years or so, but never stuck with it for more than a couple of days. A few years back I picked up a copy of Mindfulness in Plain English (which

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Jun 28, 2016

What's Good for June 2016: What We're Reading Watching and Listening To This Month

Guys. The Fourth of July's just around the corner. The solstice has come and gone. You may not know it yet, but we are sliding inexorably downhill toward bleakest winter. In these moments of utmost despair, I find comfort in a good book, song, or bleary-eyed binge Netflix binge session. 

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Here, without further melodrama, is What's Good on ManMade this month:

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Jun 23, 2016

Two of the Biggest Cookbooks of the Year: Should You Buy Them?

Franklin BBQ and The Food Lab

I was talking to my brother yesterday (he's 24), and he said something that struck me: "I don't like cooking." Why cook, he said, when you can go out and buy something better for $10? 

Oh brother. If you are a 24-year-old male without an older brother, let me fill in for a moment, as your older, wiser, sibling, with three supremely important words of advice: learn to cook. 

love cooking. It's the perfect combination of right and left-brainedness (that's a word, right?). When you cook, you have to follow directions carefully, measure things meticulously, and then throw it all out the window and problem-solve creatively when you run out

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Jun 21, 2016

We Thought These $12 Aviators Might Be Perfect for Summer. They're Not.

Cheaters Tomcat Aviator Sunglasses review

A few weeks ago, we recommended the Gamma Ray Cheaters Wayfarer-style sunglasses, saying they would become "your new pair of standard, inexpensive sunglasses". We liked the Wayfarers because they fit well, looked good, and were reasonably well-made (for a $10 pair of shades). So when I noticed the same company offers an aviator-style set of sunglasses for $12, I decided to try them out. Could they possibly be as good, cheap, and solidly-built as their wayfaring cousins?

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May 27, 2016

What's Good for May 2016: What We're Reading Watching and Listening To This Month

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Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to. 

Here's what's good this month ...



I mostly recently finished Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. If you're wondering if you really can fill two hundred pages on the subject of firewood, the answer is an absolute yes. The felling and chopping aspects are definitely interesting, but what most compelled me was the exploration of what building and stacking of these wood piles each year means for these cultures. It's a fascinating look that I suspect most

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May 20, 2016

Please Stop Making Margaritas Wrong - Here's How to Do It Right, Just in Time for Summer

How to make a really good margarita.

Have you hit 90 degrees yet where you live? We have (yep - 92 on May 6 in Minneapolis, crazy), and I loved it. After months of snow and cold and slush and sweaters, I absolutely revel in the warmth. Maybe later in the summer I'll be crouched down inside next to the air conditioner, but not now. Right now, when it's warm out, I want to soak my bones in it. 

Summer warmth

The warm weather also means a change in the beverage seasons. Out with the heavy, comforting drinks of winter, and in with the light, bright, refreshing stuff. As part of our series of posts celebrating tequila (one, two), we've teamed up with Olmeca Altos to show you how to perfect the perfect drink for summer: the margarita.

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