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Oct 18, 2018

Let's Talk: What are You Reading This Fall?

Okay. It's time to call it. The long days of summer are gone, and with them went the endless opportunity to take on a new project or adventure, no matter the time. For the next few months, the daylight hours will be spent mostly at work, with our free time coinciding with the dark, crisp nights of the season. The perfect time to do a little whittling or carving by the fireplace, or perhaps time to start a pot of your famous chili and cast iron cornbread. Or, when you just have a few spare minutes to yourself, read a great book. 

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Oct 26, 2017

How to Make: Crazy Tasty Spiced Pumpkin Butter in Your Slow Cooker

created at: 10/19/2015

You know those little pumpkins you practically trip over in the supermarket this time of year? It turns out: they're good for more than just Instagram props. With, like, no work, they make a really tasty pumpkin butter you’ll want to have in the fridge all year long. I’m talking about pumpkin butter with the magical spice flavor of pumpkin pie, but simple, less sweet and much more, well, pumpkin-y.

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Sep 17, 2017

Okay, Let's Talk: What's Your Favorite Stephen King Novel?

So... I realized something over the weekend. I was listening to a podcast that had intended to have a conversation about the new Dark Tower movie, but since it was, apparently, completely boring and not worth discussing, they decided to chat about their favorite Stephen King books, movie adaptations, mini-series, etc. And it hit me:    

I have never actually read a Stephen King book.    

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Oct 08, 2014

Free Download: The Periodic Table of Unspeakable Horrors

A little bit of slightly spooky fun for October - Cartoonist Adam Koford of @ApeLad has created a 

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Oct 30, 2013

Amazing Pumpkin Arrangements at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

That there triceratops? Made totally of pumpkins. Well, and some welded steel armatures, I'm sure, but the body and details? All actual squash. It's one of several pieces from this year's "The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze" in

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Oct 30, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: October 30, 2013 [Halloween Edition]

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


Engineer, artist, and all around cool mom Cory Newton-Smith converted a $25 secondhand kid's pushcar into Delorean for a complete pint-size Marty McFly costume, red puffy vest and all.

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Oct 29, 2013

How to: Make a Terrifying Zombie-fied Teddy Bear

Halloween Teddy DIY

If you're the kind of person whose sense of humor tends towards the dark and creepy, this DIY undead teddy bear project'll do nicely (terribly?...)

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Oct 23, 2013

How to: Make DIY Typographic Pumpkins

Fairgoods.com offers this typographic take on the painted pumpkin technique. The trick? 

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Oct 21, 2013

How to: Fold an Origami Paper Skeleton Hand

A fun, easy project to create while you eat a bunch of candy and watch scary movies this Halloween: fold a papercraft skeleton hand!   

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Oct 14, 2013

How to: Easy DIY Skull Bookends

Halloween decor and projects are a pretty mixed bag, but one thing is certainly true: during the month of October, you can find some pretty unique novelty goods at discount store, craft shops, and those short-term Halloween stores that pop-up in old Border's and Pier One storefronts. You know, stuff like

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Oct 09, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: October 9, 2013

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.  

Photographer Nordin Seruyan captures these macro photographs of insects and other small-scale creatures

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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

Our Favorite Pumpkin of the Year: The TMNT Krang-O-Lantern

I haven't carved a pumpkin in years. I didn't really like doing it as a kid, and I especially don't like doing it now. Will I clean a sugar pumpkin out and cook with it? Absolutely. But a decorative job? For some reason...not for me.

created at: 10/31/2012

Which is why I'm especially appreciative when some inspired home squash

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Oct 30, 2012

How to: Make a Killer Bloody Mary

Here's your word of the day: catoptromancy. What's it mean? It's the

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Oct 30, 2012

PUMPKTRIS: A DIY Playable Game of Tetris Inside a Pumpkin

Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."

Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the joystick.  

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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 16, 2012

The World's Most Mysterious Buildings

Rather than trotting "out clichéd write-ups of the Bermuda Triangle and the Egyptian pyramids, [or] the usual suspects of PR-pushed “haunted hotels,” Travel+Leisure sought to explore and profile some actual mysterious buildings: those of unknown origin, unlikely architecture, and general, legit creepiness. created at: 10/16/2012"These peculiar structures are original, lesser-known, and often arcane. Mystery after all, must be authentic."   

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Oct 15, 2012

How to: Melt and Form Your Own DIY Cheese Shapes

To get revved up for Halloween, Beth from Hungry Happenings came up with this clever trick to make DIY skull and crossbone-shaped mozzarella cheese slices. Really - that's cheese, and you can make them at home.  

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Oct 11, 2012

Surprise Me

Brock Davis, creator of the banana peel hat and the broccoli treehouse, plays with more produce in this creep-free Halloween illustration

     

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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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