This year, I've watched a total of twenty-one Christmas movies and Christmas specials. So far. There are still three essentials to come in the next few days.
I don't normally watch that much TV in three months, but there's something about seasonal specials that turns me into a couch potato, with a candy cane in my mouth, festively lit by my spinning light wheel.
I guess like I feel it's okay, cause I presume everybody does it.
So, I'm hoping you'll prove me right, and I wanna give you something to say thanks. So, between right now and 11:59pm on December 25th, 2010, just tell us your favorite Christmas movie or television special, and you'll be entered to win one of five free copies of one our publications, Make It! Hardware Store Decor.
It's true - it isn't easy to find cool gifts for guys. Roundups and wish lists are generally reduced to practical clothing items (the standard tie), video games and media (which are cool, but expected) or tools and gadgets. And handmade items? Even more difficult.
But, if you know where to look, there are lots of cool items out there, all of which can still show up at your house before Christmas Eve. Tomorrow's free shipping day for plenty of places, so make those decisions quickly!
This year, I promised myself I wouldn't make an official ManMade gift guide for guys. Not because I don't know about all kinds of cool stuff that a fellow might want this Christmas, but because presuming that you can suggest what to buy someone based on their gender goes against the reason ManMade exists in the first place.
Christmas card update: Nativity scenes or snow covered farms have been outdated for decades, and even thoughtful phrases like "peace on earth" or "comfort and joy" have grown a little tired over the last few years. But now? Now, non-plant producing Christmas cards are so 2009.
The "Seasons Greetings" PostCarden: "Once opened and unfolded into its log cabin, pop-out the skaters and simply sow the enclosed seeds and add water. In a few days your card will start to grow into a festive forest and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks."
Check out the video of it in action:
A brief look at my local movie showtimes indicates there are currently nine films available in 3D format in my neighborhood. Nine. This craze, for some reason, has no indication of stopping.
So, it's interesting to see some inventiveness beyond $13.00 ticket prices and disposable glasses. "i3DG is a playful analog extension to an iPhone or an iPodTouch, converting its 2D display into a layered 3D view. Using the old technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, in a new context, the project extends upon 3D displays and iPhones. As a peripheral gadget, i3DG can support a wide range of different applications, from 3D videos and animations to accelerometer-based games."
As the cold season inches even closer, we're moving straight through jacket weather into heavy-duty winter wear. We happen to think that a scarf is an essential piece of gear for the dashing guy in winter, and love them even more when they're handmade.
A scarf is often a first project for beginning knitters or crocheters, and understandably so - it's straight, repetitive, and inherently practical.
So, here's a list of our favorite knittable scarves that'll suit the modern man, all of which come with free patterns:
Only the most virile of haters would be opposed to adding a little seasonal festiveness to your Thanksgiving table. It's just that most of us with tastes that lean towards contemporary have a hard time finding cool, modern-looking Thanksgiving decor items. Even the master crafters at Etsy haven't really been able to translate the aesthetic...Most of its harvest-y, country, or just straight dated.
So, this cool collection of modern, free printables from Hostess blog is a breath of fresh air. Yep, the orange and brown still abound, but do so in geometric stripes and dots. Includes: place cards, buffet labels, drink tags, dessert toppers, napkin rings, and bottle labels.
At ManMade, we've always argued that the DIY approach should extend into all areas of our life, including what we wear. Several well chosen, long-lasting pieces can be transformed into a multitude of appropriate looks, and will always beat a preassembled, off-the-rack deal.
And, as the seasons change, "fall is now upon us, and with winter around the corner, we’re bundling up and breaking out the cold-weather gear. Fortunately, with the recent resurgence of high-quality heritage menswear, there’s never been a better time to invest in classic frost-battling essentials that are built to last. From warm woolen knits to sheltering coats, we’ve rounded up our picks for sustainable garments that will help you withstand the worst that fall—and winter—have to offer. So suit up, boot up, and hit the jump for the greatest green gear to weather the cooler months to come."
Oh, wow, twelve-year-old Chris would have been over the moon about this thing. Twenty-eight-year-old Chris is pretty excited about it, too.
Twenty-five bucks and some source material will get you (and anyone you know) as many guitar picks as you could ever need for the rest of your life. Or at least until it breaks...
The clever team at 37Signals came up with a cool, free browser-based productivity and art app called Chalk. Rather than messing with the App store, you can just go to the webpage, draw stuff on a virtual chalkboard, pass it around, do what you will, then save it into your photos library.
It even works without internet access. Check out the video below to learn more.
ManMade readers really seemed to dig on this collection of free desktop wallpaper for creative folks, so we figured we'd rustle up a few more.
And boy, did we ever. This time, we're focusing on the beauty that is type-design, and the amazing things that letters can communicate.
The nighttime is the right time...for cocktails that is. "As twilight descends and drinks are poured, add bite to your beverage with the Cold Blooded Vampire ice cubes. Perfect for Bloody Mary and other spine-tingling drinks fit for the vampire lovers in your family."
The tray's even shaped like a coffin!
There has been a particular trend lurking about the last few years. We refuse to say it out loud, but it has to do with automobiles, namely pickup trucks, and male body parts. Not the armpit hair convertible cover; no, not the y-chromosome scented air fresheners. The other one. You know what we mean.
We, and everyone who doesn't partake in such assaults to common sense, would like to see that trend change. So, as a replacement, might we suggest the Carstache, the global leader in automotive facial hair?
To celebrate the launch of their new eyewear site Framegeek, the team at EveryGuyed teamed up with Glenn Manucdoc of Moxy Creative to create Framework, a series of posters celebrating iconic men's eyewear from the last century.
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