The internet is wonderful thing. Ten years ago, if you wanted to learn how to do something, you'd have to go the library to research, or take a class, or (gasp!), call someone!
Now, all you have to do is hop online, and you can get step-by-step instructions and tool reviews so as to make nearly anything.
But, of course, anyone can get a website, and so you need to plow through all the options to find the most helpful, reliable sources.
Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."
It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.
Click play to watch the latest episode and see the tutorial:
One day, I will own a lathe, and I will turn my own handmade chess set from maple and walnut. Or, perhaps I'll learn how to carve wood, and whip up a handcarved buncha trolls and goblins taking each other on.
Until then, I think this rolled paper chess set is pretty brilliant. Oh, and FYI - I suck at chess.
I really like stuff that's made out of other stuff. Especially when it's super mod, sharp-looking stuff that are immediately practical and made from other stuff that I always have on hand.
That's the best stuff.
In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westing Game.
Call it a fractal, TriForce-inspired, or just plain geometric, this triangular upcycled fruit bowl is straight up awesome. Made from only recycled magazines and isosceles triangles, this guy'll have you rocking your 9th-grade math class and your glue gun skills all at once.
Using a push pin is sort of a visceral experience - the tack is sharp, and the corkboard is just resistant enough to get a satisfying squish as you impale your document to the wall.
Really...just try it.
So I say, embrace it, and whip up some push pins that resemble something using for serious sticking. You know, like a samurai sword.
I got my name on the board one time in elementary school. Once! I was no rascal.
I'd had an allergy attack, and there was a substitute teacher who wouldn't let me get out of my chair to throw away my used tissues. It was just sitting there on my desk, all soiled, and I had to get rid of it. So I had the brilliant idea to stash my tissue into a paper airplane, and then send it soaring towards the trashcan six feet away.
What can I say? I was eight.
As I'm sure you've noted my lots of my original projects on ManMade, I'm a fan of projects with clean lines, but that were still made by hand. So, I'm big on printmaking, as it allows for a well-organized, consistent look on a piece that's still handmade.
And, of course, we're huge fans of craft projects that are handmade from start to finish, so the ability to print your own fabric, and then create an awesome project from it. Be still my crafty heart... (I, of course, never actually say things like that, but I'm trying some new stuff out. Whatcha think?)
I'm the only person with whom I regularly dine who likes to use straws. None of my friends, family, or other associates ever reach for that brilliant scientific breakthrough that is the drinking straw. I mean, it's less work, and when you're done, you get a perfect, ice-free mouth fulla beverage. But, at least it means I've gotten really really good at that blow-air-in-your-straw-and-wrap-it-around-your-fingers-then-have-your-friend-flick-it-til-it-pops-game.
The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...
Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "
Amy's artist statement says:
My quilts are influenced by
Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy.
But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's ridiculous.
The situation is easy to imagine...some young, talented crafter decides to have a go at selling some of her handmade wares, and starts whipping up knit caps en masse. She finishes each piece, then realizes that hats look good on heads, not tables, and so must enlist the help of her man. He's no model, of course, but he loves her, and is willing to cooperate, however hesitantly (as so many of my own lovely friends have leant theirs hands [literally] to step-by-step photos).
And thus: Sad Etsy Boyfriends.
Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)
Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "
The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...
You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.
Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.
So what's left to do? Make your own.
You've probably seen them: tiny zippered pouches, big enough to carry business cards, or a to use as a small wallet, printed with photorealistic images of hamburgers, vinyl records, etc. And you've probably thought, "kinda cool idea, but I'd rather a cassette tape I actually like, or a camera from own collection."
Okay, no problem. Just make your own.
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