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Dec 05, 2011

77 Essential Holiday Gifts for Artists and Creatives

created at: 12/05/2011

Design überblog Core77 are sharing their holiday shopping recommendations, featuring, not what else?, seventy-seven creative tools and design gifts for makers and artists.  

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Dec 02, 2011

How to: Make a Geometric Holiday Garland

created at: 12/02/2011

Heads up, cool kids: Math is way hip. Particularly, geometry, facets, and gem shapes have been everywhere designy for the last two years, and there's no reason the holidays shouldn't be included in the trend.

Case in point: this geometric garland. It looks nice and handmade, is holiday-neutral, and the colors are winter-y enough that you could leave it up through February.

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Dec 02, 2011

A Peek at Manhattan's 2011 Holiday Windows

Every holiday season, there are some things you can always count on: Santa Claus will always wrap up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, some adult contemporary crooner will release another album full of the same ten songs, and the windows of Midtown's historic department stores will be decked out like the best of 'em.

If don't find yourself in NYC this December, the New York Times has some excellent photographs from Barney's, Sak's, Bergdorf's

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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!  

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Dec 01, 2011

Roundup: 9 Handmade Christmas and Holiday Cards for Men

created at: 12/01/2011

O Holy Night by A.Favorite

I've been thinking about it all morning, and I think I can safely say: I've never sent a Christmas card. Sure, I think about people I wanna connect to around the holidays, and have reached out to them in many ways, but as far as an assembly line of adding "Dear ____" to the top and "Season's Greetings! Love, Chris" to the bottom of a box of cards (which I'd then have to address!)?

Never done it.

Not that I wouldn't, of course. I'd just need to come accross the right holiday greeting cards. So, for help, I asked my buddy and stationery expert Carina Murray, of Crow + Canary, to help me pick out some of the best manly and guy-friendly holiday cards this year. And, boy, did she ever...       

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Nov 30, 2011

A Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

created at: 11/30/2011

I couldn't even begin to assemble a comprehensive "ManMade Holiday Gift Guide for Guys," as I've found there's simply too much diversity among men to capture everything.

However, I always find it fascinating to see what other (read: female) craft bloggers imagine what guys will like under their tree, and I'm happy to pass them along.  

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Nov 30, 2011

Squash-Century Modern: Seasonal Reinterpretations of Design Classics

To celebrate the harvest season and all things Thanksgiving, Abstract Sunday artist Christoph Niemann created "Squash Modern," a collection of modern design classics reinterpretted with, well, squash.  

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Nov 29, 2011

Roundup: 10 Creative Books for Your Holiday Reading List

created at: 11/28/2011

Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques & Truly Original Projects
By Christine Schmidt  [$13.59]

One of my favorite things about the holidays is having a few lazy days where my only real responsibilities are eating cookies, possibly shoveling some snow, and curling up in a chair with a good book. Granted, my idyllic view of Christmas vacations to-come may not be as carefree as I hope (someone needs to fix my parents computer after all!) but I definitely intend on catching up on my reading list.

After paring down my own reading wish-list, cross-referencing it with recommendations from Chris, and peaking at the bookshelves of all my creative friends, I've compiled a roundup of 10 inspiring books that will get your creative juices flowing and put you in the mood to start some new projects in the new year. 

Perhaps it might even give you a few ideas to reply to that incessant question, "What would you like me to get you for Christmas this year?"

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Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from ManMade and Debbie Downer!

created at: 11/23/2011

Hello, hello, friends. I'm happy to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. This year, I'm struck by how thankful I am to have a job that I love, exploring the handmade and design scene, making cool stuff, and sharing them with the ManMade and Curbly audiences.  I was able to make my dream come true before I even hit thirty, and I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful.

So, thanks to all of you for reading our sites, and for allowing me to do this full time. 

Here's an old favorite of mine; enjoy it, and be grateful that all of your friends and family aren't so negative. (Hopefully!)

created at: 11/23/2011

   

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Nov 23, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 23, 2011

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.

The Monster Workshop's Stitches and Glue makes these amazing, slightly terrifying, and surprisingly adorable "monster skin rugs".   

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Nov 22, 2011

30 Great Tech Gifts Under $50

There's nothing like giving somebody something awesome that also helps streamline their life, help them be more productive, or enjoy what they have just a little bit more...and those, friends, are (say it with me) tech gifts!

Of course, most standard issue popular technology - your smartphones, laptops, iPods, Xboxes, etc - are often pricey, and more than you want to spend on the average gift recipient.

Enter this great roundup - thirty tech gifts under $50!  

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Nov 21, 2011

Free Music Alert: Songs for Stuffing - A Thanksgiving Mix

Yeah, the grocery stores and commercials are full of standards for that other upcoming holiday, but this week, if you're not quite ready to jump to sleigh bells and mentions of misteltoe, try rocking out to NPR's "Songs for Stuffing," a collection of jams for Thanksgiving.

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Nov 21, 2011

Christmas Stocking-Shaped Blood Donation Bags

Check out this brilliant idea that Martin shared on CMYBacon - stocking-shaped blood donation bags.

As he remarks, 'tis the season for giving!

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Nov 17, 2011

How to: Make a Mod Holiday Wreath from Trash!

created at: 11/17/2011

Okay, play along. Take a look at this space-y, sputnik-y wreath above. It's made from stuff likely in your trash can. 

Figure it out? Got it? Good.    

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Nov 09, 2011

How to: Add a Paper Texture to Vector Graphics with Photoshop

created at: 11/09/2011

Whenever I'm aiming tocreate an illustration or a graphic, I go straight to Adobe Illustrator. It is, hands down, my favorite program to design in. The only problem with Illustrator, however, is that the vector graphics you create sometimes look too clean and flat. Personally, I like a little bit of texture in my designs. Computers are great, but there's no reason no to mimic the amazing feel and appeal of paper or fabric.

So today I'll be showing you some basic tips on how to add textures to vector graphics or text using Photoshop. The thing about Photoshop, as you may know, is that there are 100 different ways to achieve the same effect. Some people may use completely different techniques to create textures, and that's just fine. My process isn't necessarily the best, but it's what I like to do. 

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Nov 02, 2011

How to: Make an Easy, Vintage-Inspired Vector Graphic Banner

created at: 11/01/2011

Well, it's November and that can mean only one thing: the Holidays will be here before we know it. So to kick off the holiday spirit (I know, I know…we're all still recovering from Halloween parties…), I've put together a little tutorial explaining how to create a holiday scarf banner using Adobe Illustrator, similar to the one pictured above. If you don't have Illustrator, you can also use any of the number of freeware vector graphic softwares available for download.

So without further stalling, let's jump right in, shall we?

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Oct 27, 2011

How to: Make Naturally Glow-in-the-Dark Punch!

This is no trick: no fancy chemicals, hidden glow sticks, or trick punch bowls. This is a punch, made from actual ingredients, that freaking glows in the dark!

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Oct 27, 2011

Tim Burton Designs New Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years ago.

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Oct 24, 2011

The Coolest Pumpkins of the Year: Realistic 3D Carvings by Ray Villafane

created at: 10/24/2011

Each Halloween season, I allow myself one 'cool pumpkin carving' post. I've been collecting ideas all month, and they've just been sitting there at the end of my tabs list, hoping to be chosen.

Then, this morning, I saw the work of sculptor Ray Villafane, and I closed them all.

   

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