Giveaway — Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

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Makers unite! Alabama Studio just released a new book with easy sewing guides to customize fashion. A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe, the latest from the Alabama Chanin library provides tutorials in adapting existing wardrobes and patterns so they fit perfectly. We sat down with Natalie Chanin get the scoop on the new book. Read on to see what’s in store for Alabama Studio this spring and for a great giveaway

DIY Roundup — Chicago

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Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a wallet made out of bike inner tube or luggage repurposed into side tables, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY shop that might just have everything you need.

This week, we’re exploring a few DIY Shops in Chicago. If you’re a native or just visiting the area, these are the go-to shops for your DIY needs.

A DIY Kitchen Cabinetry Update for Book Lovers

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Updating the kitchen is always a major project—a messy, time-consuming and expensive endeavor. I work with clients who are often unhappy with their existing kitchens. After a few questions and an assessment, sometimes we realize that all the room needs is a cosmetic makeover. If the layout works and the cabinets are in good shape, there may be no need to rip everything out and start over.

Unique Ways to Spruce up Your Garden

Photo: The gardenglove.com

Photo: The gardenglove.com

If you’re bored of growing your plants in standard planters and garden beds, but can’t seem to figure out what to do, we’ve got you covered. You can upcycle basically anything you have into a secret garden worthy structure. Don’t have anything you’re willing to part with? Hit up a flea market with an open mind and you’ll be sure to go home with something eye popping. From bathtubs to cupcake tins, you can grow any size garden you want! Check out some of our favorite ways to introduce personality into gardening!

Critical Decor — Mad Men’s Pete Campbell at Home and at Play

With the premiere of the final season of AMC’s Mad Men last night, it got us thinking about some old favorite episodes. The Jon Hamm directed episode, “Collaborators” is one of the many memorable episodes in the series. Between Pete’s indiscreetness and Trudy’s vicious words, there’s a lot to take in. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the vintage decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of Don Draper and Co.’s interior design drama

Collector’s Corner — Grayson Garlington and His Penguins

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Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!

Today, Grayson Garlington joins us to discuss his collection of Penguins, how it all started and his rarest penguin in the collection.

Learn Some Basic Knife Skills for the Kitchen

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Photo: Eatmarketplace.com

If you’ve ever nicked, sliced, or otherwise cut your finger, then you know just how imperative knife skills are in the kitchen. The proper skill set can help you pull off a fabulous meal without sacrificing any of your digits! Yesterday, I decided to attend a Basic Knife Skills class hosted by a local grocery store chain and boy, am I glad I went! For a cool $50 (I’ve seen Knife Skills classes for cheaper), I learned how to slice, dice, chop, and mince an assortment of vegetables all while preparing 2 easy dishes. Just two hours later and I felt way more confident in the kitchen than I had ever been before. Just goes to show how the right instruction can make a world of difference.

Have a Drink at a Hidden Speakeasy

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From 1920 to 1933, America deprived it’s citizens of our national past time, drinking alcohol. It was to not be served or consumed in the states anymore. But for every one saloon that was shut down about a half dozen speakeasies popped up. Al Capone was providing alcohol to the states and making a lot of people very happy.

Luckily, nowadays we don’t have to sneak around for our booze but we still have some hidden gems. It’s the best way to feel like you’re getting away with something illegal without actually breaking any laws. Here are some of our favorite hidden speakeasies around the country. Now you’ll know just where to hide in case Prohibition ever comes back!

April Fools’ Day Favorites

Photo: Hoaxes.org

Photo: Hoaxes.org

The History of April Fools

April Fools is a day where you find yourself doubting everything, never knowing if even your beloved grandma is ready to make you look like a punk. While it’s well-established now, how did this tradition of deceit start? As it turns out, there’s no solid answer as to where April Fools’ Day came from. Possible theories date back centuries, and include tying the event to religious festivals, the vernal equinox, and issues with a new calendar.

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home.

This week we’re checking out our favorite taxidermy, some repurposed and functional art, and a fallout shelter water storage can. Let’s go

Get the Look — Garden Essentials

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Photo: Theseasonedhomemaker.com

It’s finally time to spruce up the garden! After a winter season that has felt like it has dragged on forever, the spring has finally arrived and we’re ready to tackle our soon to be green outdoor space! While there is still some time before we get to plant our favorite flowers, now is a good time to start prepping for the season.

I Want This — “Close” Illustration

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Nothing catches my eye like a rad art piece. Rose Wong’s contribution to the Cravings group art show at the Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn, was a 4″ x6″ illustration called “Close”. And for only a $100, you can score this one-of-a-kind artist original graphite and acrylic drawing on mylar paper. Plus this piece comes pre-framed so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy! Wong, a Brooklyn-based artist and graduate from the Pratt Institute, has a knack for combining organic and geometric designs in a minimalist way. For more information on the artist, take a look at her profile for Grumpy Bert. If you love art as much as me, you need to check out Rose Wong’s illustration “Close” and all of the other rad art pieces on the Grumpy Bert’s corner.

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Chrissy and Lauren show you how to cheaply and easily dye eggs for easter. With a few objects you can find around the house, you’ll have beautifully dyed eggs in no time!

Spring Giving — Get Involved in Community Projects in Your Neighborhood

Spring Giving — Get Involved in Community Projects in Your Neighborhood

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Mark your calendars—April 12 to April 18 is National Volunteer Week this year. Originally established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, this week of service is a way to celebrate and encourage volunteer efforts. This year, resolve to make an impact on your local community. Join forces with neighbors to increase your efforts. Here’s where to go in your city

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