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Dec 17, 2012

Video: Wakeboarding Through a Cranberry Bog

Along with egg nog and fruitcake, cranberries are amoung the most divisive holiday foodstuffs. Those who like 'em like 'em, and those who don't will likely not change their mind.

But nobody not nobody won't dig on this mesmerizing video of professional wakeboarders Ben Horan and Brian Grubb being pulled through the flooded bogs of Wisconsin, filmed in all its high-speed, colorful wavemaking, undulating goodness.   

A crew from RedBull visited "[traveled] to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing wakeskating sessions you will ever see. Watch what happens when some of the world's best wakeskaters take

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Dec 14, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Infused Moonshine Marshmallows

As far as hot chocolate fans go, I'm among the biggest. Especially during December. I like it all kinds of ways - thick Mexican drinking chocolates with a churro, the powdered milk-cocoa mix from the stand at the holiday light show at the zoo, and the fancy versions from my local coffee shop. And marshmallows? I'm for 'em.   

Especially if they're homemade. Like lots of food crafts, the difference between a who-knows-how-old factory made 'shmallow and the pillowy complexity of a homemade version are simply incomparable. And while I like storebought marshmallows just fine, I love a homemade one. Especially when it's infused with holiday

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Dec 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Atomic Wreath

created at: 12/04/2012

This season, I was excited to team up with DIY Network to create a series of original how-to projects with the theme of "Christmas at The Jetsons." The rest of the

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Dec 03, 2012

Gift Guide: 27 Stylish Gifts for Men

created at: 12/03/2012

While we don't publish any official "gift guides for him" during the holiday season, I'm always super excited to

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Dec 03, 2012

Thumpety Thump Thump (I Made This)

created at: 12/03/2012

Last weekend, I made these faceted wooden gems from American rock maple.  

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Nov 30, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Wood Dowel Holiday Wreath

This easy wreath project is festive and inexpensive, with warm woodtones and

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Nov 29, 2012

The Scandalous and Surprisingly Bloody History of Nutmeg

created at: 11/29/2012

Fall has its cinnamon and cloves, Thanksgiving its sage, but in my mind (nose?), the smell of the winter holidays is nutmeg. Baked into sweets, sprinkled over winter vegetables, and, most importanly, grated over real egg nog, it's the thing that invokes my sense memories the most.

And, apparently, its presence in North America holiday traditions? That's "one of the saddest stories of history," whereby sad means super violent and, really, kinda nuts. 

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Nov 27, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah

created at: 11/27/2012

There are two of us here at ManMade. There's me, Chris, and I handle the content of the site, publishing the daily posts and projects. The other half is my compadre Bruno, who works behind-the-scenes keeping everything running smoothly. It's a great team, and we compliment each other well. I'm a dedicated Christmas fan, and Bruno...well, his last name is Bornsztein. Guess which winter holiday he grew up celebrating...

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Oct 31, 2012

How to: 3 "Dexter"-Inspired Blood Splatter Cocktails to Make for Halloween

Whether you've a fairly stocked bar to draw on, or you need to make a pit stop at the store before the Trick-or-Treaters arrive in a few hours, make sure whatever you'll be enjoying tonight is seasonal, tasty, and just scary enough to be festive...like these three "blood splatter" cocktail recipes that can be as eerie as you want 'em. A "Trinity" of Dexter-inspired drinks, if you will. (Get it?)

   

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Oct 31, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: Special Halloween Edition - October 31, 2012

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.

Designer and artist Michael Pippo created a series of posters for everyone's favorite

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Oct 24, 2012

How to: Carve a Pumpkin Skull with an Exposed Squash Brain

Artist and designer Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day provides a detailed tutorial for carving this clever take on the Jack-O-Lantern.  

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Oct 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Pumpkin Keg

Over the summer, Jaclyn and Melissa spied the watermelon keg project right here on ManMade, and immediately made one for themselves. And when fall rolled around, they figured out a way to adapt it to this seasons', um, giant, round, open on the inside thing: the pumpkin.  

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Oct 02, 2012

Free Printables: Vintage Poison Labels for Halloween Libations

While these free downloadable labels certainly aren't the only take on pretend poisoning your Halloween (or, if you've a sense of humor, anytime) potent potables, they're among the most believable and well-designed I've run across.

And with that,

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Jul 02, 2012

Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Hot Dogs for Grilling

created at: 07/02/2012

The humble hot dog has been experiencing a renaissance lately: chefs are adding gourmet toppings and custom sauces, creating entire composed dishes in one bite. But, at home, it doesn't always make sense to make braised short ribs, three different purees, and a pickled slaw or two just to put on top of some store bought hot dogs.

So, if you wanna make your home-grilled hot dogs extra special this summer, opt for a physical, rather than a recipe change: spiral-cut it.  

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May 30, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Design-y Gifts for Dads

created at: 05/30/2012

There's not much help out there for poor souls seeking advice for Father's Day gifts. Stores and advertisers haven't really gotten over the golf and/or grilling card, the necktie, the crummy multi-tool set, or the everpresent aftershave.

Your dad does not want these for Father's Day. I promise.  

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May 03, 2012

Roundup: 15 Awesome Handmade Mother's Day Cards from Etsy

created at: 05/02/2012

Let this be a reminder: If you weren't yet aware, Mother's Day is less than 2 weeks away! We don't want you to be that kid who buys mom a last-minute Garfield card from the gas station (she doesn't like that...I know from experience). How about this year you get mom a nice, handmade card? No time to make a card yourself? No big deal, because we've compiled a roundup of 15 great handmade cards from Etsy that mom will surely love.  

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Mar 30, 2012

The Best of the 2012 Peep Diorama Contest

created at: 03/30/2012

Every spring, the Washington Post hosts a Peep diorama contest, and every spring, I get all excited about it and then regret not entering. This year's entries play with some of the most iconic cultural images of the last twelve months: the Republican debates, the royal wedding, Occupy Wall St., Downton Abbey. Like it or not, this is how Spring 2011-Winter 2012 looked, and will be remembered. In marshmallow. With sugar.

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Mar 27, 2012

Roundup: 5 DIY Modern Easter Egg Tutorials

created at: 03/27/2012

It will come as no surprise that I'm not really into the imagery of Easter. In fact, I mostly hate it. I mean...I like spring (a lot), I'm into finding stuff, and I definitely like candy, but all the nauseating Paas (Paaseating?) chickens and bunnies, the pastel colors, and the bows (what about Easter recollects bows?) don't do much for me.

But...I absolutely love dying Easter eggs. Always have, since I was a kid. I imagine it's because my parents were both teachers that worked in the summer as well, so spring break was the only time we all had off, so Easter egg-dying usually happened while traveling and brought along its excitement. I

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Mar 15, 2012

How to: Make Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots for St. Patrick's Day

created at: 03/15/2012

It's March 15th, when means you've plenty of time to prep for proper St. Patrick's Day celebrating. And while everyone's gonna show up in thrifted green cardigans and plaid golf pants, Guiness (or, hopefully, Bushmill's) in hand, you can show up in whatever you want, and ain't nobody gonna pinch you:

because you've brought chewable Irish Car Bomb beer bites.

The Irish Car Bomb is a boilermaker cocktail variation, in which Jameson's Irish whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream are dropped into a nearly full pint of Guiness. The milk solids in the Bailey's will begin to curdle,

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Feb 14, 2012

NPR Valentines: Expressions of Love for Public Radio Fans

Nothing says "I love you" like a clever pun or an esoteric reference to something you and your sweetheart enjoy together. So, NPR is offering a collection of public radio-themed Valentine's. If you haven't secured a greeting yet, and your Valentine will get any of these, then you're good to go with just passing this along. Trust me.

   

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