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Mar 30, 2010

Garden Gun 5.1

Squirting someone with the garden hose will: 1) never stop being fun, and 2) never stop being funny. The mantra "its only water" can aid in getting away with a lot, no? Imagine how much MORE fun it would be to soak your mates with a water pistol with an infinite reservoir and gusto for days.

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Mar 29, 2010

Free eBook: The Type Classification Handbook

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What exactly is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gothic? What's the relationship between Didot and Bodoni? And, for goodness' sakes, how DO you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial.

To answer these, you can do a four-year degree in graphic design. You could purchase a copy of the excellent "Font. The Sourcebook." or "Designing with Type." Or you could head to Just Creative Design, and download their free 27-page eBook, "The Type Classification Handbook."

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Mar 29, 2010

Who Needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing Pictures of Earth Captured by One Man, a Balloon, and His Compact Camera

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Robert Harrison loves space.

And, like anyone with a DIY-bent and a passion, he wanted to do what he could to participate in space exploration: so he made a space craft, and then took pictures of the Earth with it.

The materials? Some styrofoam, duct tape, a Canon CyberShot, a big ole helium balloon, and GPS/radio transmitter combo so he could find it once the balloon burst and it returned to earth.created at: 03/29/2010

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Mar 25, 2010

Lego Star Wars Foosball Table

Lego Star Wars Foosball Table

Well folks, this is the last day of my visit to ManMade, and I thought we should end it the way we began it--with Star Wars. Seriously, how is it possible for someone not to have seen at least ONE of these movies? At least one of the first three, or last three...whatever....you know what I mean. 2x4, the flickr member who made this Lego Star Wars Foosball table would be equally flummoxed, to be sure.

Lego Star Wars Foosball Table

The players, made out of Legos, are mini-figures from Star Wars, and the table itself is play-able. The only thing that would make it cooler is if, when the Empire side scored it played The Imperial March (Vader's Theme). And when the Rebel

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Mar 24, 2010

How to: Crochet an RSS Feed X-Stitch Pillow

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Whip up an RSS Feed Pillow to show your love of technology and pillows! The colorful and cheeky design is my own, and I'm happy to share it with ManMade-ians everywhere. 'But, Maven', you might be saying, 'I don't know how to crochet!' Oh....poo. Crocheting is easy to learn. (My grandma taught me when I was 8!) Of course, if you don't have a crocheting granny, not to worry. Crafty Daisies has superior FREE crochet tutorials on their website. As for x-stitching, that's even easier. (Here's a quick illustration.) Other than that, all the information you need to make the pillow can be found at this post on my website, diymaven.com.

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Mar 24, 2010

StarTrek TNG Fan Turns Apartment into Transporter Room

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StarTrek fan Tony Alleyne used his love of arts & crafts and science fiction to turn his 500 square foot apartment into a replica of the Enterprise's transporter room. Two years after he completed his StarTrek makeover, Tony started his own design company, 24th Century Design, hoping to help others bring their sci-fi fantasies to life. Reports suggest that Tony paid about 100K British pounds outfitting his pad with such things as voice-activated lighting. (I hope you have to say 'computer' first.) To see more images, follow this link. And to take a virtual of Tony's TNG creation, click here.

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Mar 22, 2010

Five Very Soothing, DIY Shaving Recipes + Alternatives

Tom Moore Examining Results of His First Shave, Necessity for Which Only He Could See Photographic Print

A while back Chris hooked you up with Five Very Manly, DIY After Shave Recipes. Now we take a step back in the process to help you make your shaving experience even more soothing. 

  1. Calendula and Lavender essential oils are the essential ingredients in this Soothing Shave recipe from Bath and Body Recipes.
  2. This easy DIY Shaving Cream from Thrifty Fun requires very few ingredients.
  3. Life123 offers another fairly Easy Shaving Cream Recipe.
  4. If you prefer a gels, check out Towards Sustainability's Homemade Shaving Gel offering.
  5. And if you want to go old school, this Shaving Soap recipe from Teach Soap is a best bet.

For those of you not

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Mar 19, 2010

Death Star Watermelon

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Hello ManMade-ians! I am honored to mind the store as my buddy Chris is off galavanting the world doing good deeds. But now that he's gone, let's talk about him behind his back, shall we? Chris has never seen Star Wars. As a matter of fact, he's never seen any of the Star Wars films. How does that happen?? A man of his age, in this day and age? I don't get it. (Shakes head.) So, just to bust his chops a bit--and to goad him into finally seeing the films--I thought I start my stint on ManMade with something those of us who have seen the films would appreciate: A Death Star Watermelon. It was lovingly made, I'm sure, by flickr user

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Mar 18, 2010

ManMade is Going to Mexico...So Please Welcome Guest Blogger JoAnn Moser, the DIY Maven!

Hi everyone,

By the time you read this, I'll be off to the U.S./Mexico border to get my hands dirty, flex my service learning muscles, and get crazy constructive with an excellent group of college students. While I'm gone, my friend JoAnn Moser will be keeping her eye on ManMade, and providing some excellent guest blogging posts!

JoAnn is super maker, DIYer, and a master of all things crafty. She inherited the DIY gene from her parents, and was a total tomboy growing up, and still has some latent tomboy tendencies - she'll take tools or photography or electronic equipment over jewelry any day, so she surely gets the spirit of ManMade.

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Mar 18, 2010

How To: Embroider a Necktie

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It's my hope that, one day, I'll be able to make every necktie I own, from scratch. Until then, I'm digging on this idea I tripped over at the always awesome Doe-C-Doe: adding a little custom embroidery to a store-bought tie, creating lots of handmade flair and plenty of personality.

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