Just (barely) in time for Father’s Day, here’s a Live By the Book style guide inspired by Made By Dad: 67 Blureprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford. Scroll down to check out our list of 17 awesome gifts for dad (neckties not included!), including one free downloadable one.
FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: 17 Gift Ideas for Awesome Dads
1.FREE Printable Father’s Day “My Hero” Badge: Just download, print, color in, and cut out! 2. Makey Makey: Only the coolest thing ever. All creative, musical, and engineer minded dads deserve this gift. With just the tiniest bit of coding you can make sounds out of anything. Banana pianos. Video game controllers out of carrots! 3. Baseball Glove Oven Mitt: This potholder looks just like a broken-in, traditional leather baseball glove! Perfect for the sports fan-chef dad in your life. He’ll feel like you’re catching a pitch so fast that it’s on fire. 4. FitBit FLEX: From timing a nap to counting calories and steps on a run, this band will help get Dad in motion; he’ll be amazed at how many steps it takes to just chase after the kids. 5. Custom Guitar Pick: A sweet, personable note for each time he strikes a tune. 6. Pixel Geek Glasses: Fake specs, for the goofy, geeky, gamer father. 7. Protective Eyewear: Safety first! Let your DIY dad know that you care about him–and his eyesight. 8.Zombie Air Shark: Let Dad patrol his man cave or workshop with his very own remote controlled air shark. Just think, it could be Shark Week every week! 9. Skateboard Chair: Is Dad in need of a new workshop seat? Made out of old decks for the skater boy at heart. 10.Mustache Mug: A little more of a classic father’s day gift, quirky and cute, he’ll think of you whenever he takes a sip. 11. Arduino Starter Kit: For the mad dad scientist, this is the hobby of the future! 12.Sugru Hacking Putty: From Arduino projects (see above) to creating container seals and marking tools and power plugs, this is like advanced duct tape-only way stronger and more permanent! 13.Handmade Shaving Kit: Let’s (ahem) face it, Dad is the one responsible for sporting the majority of facial hair of the family, let’s get him shaving in style. 14. Beer Making Kit: Tried and true, this gift will have the beer drinking DIY dad giddy as a college kid at a kegger! 15. Bare Conductive Card Kit: Give him a card that will really light up his smile, with this conductive card kit, you’ll learn about basic conductivity through use of conductive paint, LEDs, and simple batteries. A fun educational project to do with the kids! 16. Sharpie Pens: For the dad who wants to make a mark–like this guy. 17. MADE BY DAD: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: For dads who want to hang with their awesome kids and make cool stuff together.
If we are a bacon nation (oh, we are!), the T-shirt on the upper left provides an excellent state of the union for this week’s Bacon Nation-themed Live By the Book feature. Our country’s bacon mania is so broad-reaching that not only can you taste bacon in many forms (see the aforementioned cookbook by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama), you can bathe with it, dress in it, pick your teeth with it, ride on it (yes, that’s a bacon skateboard), and even wrap yourself in it (see the bacon bandages). See, bacon does make everything okay.
This week, in celebration of Easter (or at the least the commercial version with bunnies, eggs, and chirpy little chicks) and in anticipation of spring (sweet, sweet springtime!), we’re back to our Live By the Book series with some egg-cellent offerings from The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson.
Egg potholders, egg flower pots, a chicken purse (I saw someone wearing this bag — twice! — in the past week), the egg barbecuing machine (shaped like, not for), a heart-shaped egg frying “stencil,” and the best in farm-to-sidewalk fashion: a pair of good, old-fashioned rubber galoshes. Could we be any more egg-cited?!?
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This week in Wednesday Cute: slippery seal babies!!
Here is a seal pup trying to wriggle its chubby little body up onto a surfboard! It’s almost four minutes of baby animal goodness. (via)
A highlight begins at 0:37 (did someone grease the board?!), and it only gets better when the little guy gets its face all up in our business (1:28, 2:16, 3:24!!). We’d say we wish the poor pup’s buddies would be more helpful, but then we wouldn’t get to watch him slither and wiggle all over the place.
And hey, if you’re feeling down or frustrated, just take your inspiration from this resilient fellow: He didn’t give up in the face of adversity, even when it looked like the whole world (or at least the surfboard) was conspiring against him. Go get ‘em, champ!
–Avery, whose feelings about baby seals can be summed up as follows: <3
With St. Patty’s Day around the corner, today’s Live By the Book is inspired by The Good Luck Book by Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Stains. From head to toe, from suspenders to bow tie, and from here to the end of the rainbow — it’s oh-so-easy being green! Or, of course, you could just Leprechaun Yourself.
Guys! Guys! Hey, you guys! It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for some Wednesday Cute!!!
My Modern Met has assembled a collection of animals and their mini-mes! That’s right: There are animals that are adorable in their own right, accompanied by their adorable, smaller doppelgangers! Folks, we’ve got proof positive of Cute Overload’s Rule of Cuteness #7: A thing, accompanied by a smaller version of that thing, is always cute.
And a bonus item: From the Huffington Post come these adorable kids’ letters to the Tooth Fairy, in which they express their hopes, their fears—and their desire for more cash. Dream big, kids!
—Avery, who thinks the ultimate pairing would be a tiny turtle with its even tinier turtle twin. 2 cute 2 handle!!!
Are you tempted to stay inside this weekend? To curl up with a good book? Well, you’re in luck, because, after a particularly dreary week, we thought it would be a good time to round up some hibernation fare for you. Oh, my little lambs, hunker down and get these books read, for soon we will be roaring into Spring!
The world was all atwitter when Joe went shopping at Costco before the holidays. Workman was all atwitter because we spied a copy of Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg in his cart!
We also spied stacks of The Miracle Ball Methodby Elaine Petrone and the 10 Button Book by William Accorsi on the table he shopped at (along with that copy of Arlo that’s headed for the cart!). Do you know someone who got to unwrap a copy of Arlo last month? (These kiddos certainly had fun with Arlo recently!)
Have you spied any Workman books in action? Tweet or Facebook a picture to us, and you could win a new book!