Holiday Gift Giveaway — Original Yarn Art

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Yarn Paint Wall Art

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 18th to enter for this gift below.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably not the biggest fan of mass produced art. Your wall hangings should be used as pieces that represent you and your character, so skip the cliche prints and find something truly unique to your space. This handmade yarn painting by Krrb member Lorena Masterson will give any empty space a whole new vibe and happens to be today’s gift giveaway! The colors and texture used here will definitely add a warm element to your home this season (even though as I write this it’s a sunny 62 degrees on the East coast) and will get you ready to cozy up all winter long

Get the Look — Cozy Guest Rooms for the Holidays

Get the Look — Cozy Guest Rooms for the Holidays

Photo: Momondesign.com

With the holiday season upon us, guests and visitors will be coming in and out of our homes for dinners, get togethers and all sorts of parties. If you have family members or friends staying with you – whether it’s for one night or an extended stay – it’s important to make them feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. You don’t necessarily have to buy new items to put in the room for them, but instead you can just temporarily relocate things from other areas of your home

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Porcelain Lidded Box

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Porcelain Lidded Box

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 17th to enter for this gift below.

One Christmas, I managed to score a porcelain piece during a pottery sale my local college hosts yearly. I make it a point to visit the pottery sale every year because there is nothing quite like fired clay handmade by local artisans. Take a break from all of the mass-produced gifts this holiday season with a unique porcelain lidded box by Krrb seller Dorothy. Quaint and full of charm, this small glazed porcelain container is a perfect landing spot for all of your important keepsakes. And when the time comes to tidy up, just pop on the cool notched lid to hide the mess inside

Embrace the Season with These Peppermint DIYs

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

One of the biggest flavors and scents associated with the holiday season is none other than peppermint. Since December 1st I’ve been living it up with peppermint everything, from candy canes to my chapstick. There’s a variety of ways you can introduce this refreshing mint into your daily routine, and we think you’ll be very pleased with the outcome! Check out some of our favorite ways to get your home smelling of holiday cheer

DIY Christmas — A Moroccan Wedding Blanket Tree Skirt

Photo: Toppixgallery.com

Photo: Toppixgallery.com

I never saw a Handira blanket while living in Morocco, though our Western obsession with the Moroccan Wedding Blanket might lead you to think otherwise. I worked in a women’s care facility in a rural village, and some of the women and their children were Berber, the Moroccan pre-Arab culture responsible for these beautiful blankets, while most were Arab. Nevertheless, the Moroccan Wedding Blanket, as the name implies, is a gift to the bride, and none of these women were brides. Furthermore, these blankets are not mass produced in the Berber villages of Morocco like they are in the United States. To own one, a real one, is to own a part of someone’s wedding, a mother’s good memory and a piece of one-of-a-kind art.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate family and love in this country, and I found and nurtured both forces while living in Morocco. Instead of adhering to the red and green color palette of Christmas this year, or depending upon big business for a plastic-enveloped Christmas tree skirt, I’ve decided to make a Moroccan Wedding Blanket for the tree. Though I never saw one during my time in Northern Africa, and certainly never saw one draped around the bottom of a tree, the blanket reminds me of experiences to celebrate and remember. If you, too, are interested in switching up your Anglo-Saxon traditions and making a DIY Moroccan Blanket for the tree this year, here’s how to do it

Holiday Gift Giveaway – Vintage Serving Utensils

Holiday Gift Giveaway - Vintage Serving Utensils
In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 16th to enter for this gift below.

The Smithsonian once published an article on how our brains find certain shapes more attractive than others. Apparently, we have an affinity for curves. Round and oval shapes attract us whereas the boxy ones are just there, existing. This study seems relevant in the context of my family’s holiday dinners, when the salad is passed slowly, from seat to seat, as each person struggles to stab another cherry tomato. To get one more spinach leaf in exchange for this bit of romaine that rode on a prong is imperative. Meanwhile, people are getting antsy. Your uncle slights your personhood in some funny way, and the little kids whom you forgot had been born announce that someone must be dieting. After all, it’s just a salad.

The perfect combination of beauty and utility, these Mid-century serving utensils solve all problems. Working together, the two utensils will allow you to snag that one leaf of arugula, round up a few scarce olives and cage those cherry tomatoes in a single attempt

How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel

How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel

One of the most requested items on the home buyer’s wish list is a fireplace, especially in northern climates. Who doesn’t like to curl up by the fire on a cold winter night? As the focal point of the living room, we orient our furniture around the fireplace even when it’s hot out. Whether you have a traditional wood and brick setting, a full stone fame or a simple mantel, see how to decorate it for maximum appeal

10 Indulgent GOOP-Style Holiday Gifts over $10k

Photo by William Helburn

Photo by William Helburn

Finding gifts for someone who has everything might call for a GOOP-like shopping experience. In case you’re unsure of what we mean by GOOP, note that the word here is not to be confused with the informal noun /ɡo͞op/: a sloppy or sticky matter, typically something unpleasant. Au contraire, GOOP is the name of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand and website on which the most expensive items, services and gifts collide.

At Krrb, we love GOOP. We want GOOP. We can’t afford everything (anything?) we’ve found while GOOP-ing around on Krrb this week, but we believe you might have a loved one who deserves the best. Here’s our roundup of some of the most indulgent gifts that will take the person who has everything by surprise

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Thermal Carafe

Holiday Gift Giveaway —  Vintage Thermal Carafe

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 15th to enter for this gift below.

I have to admit, I’m a bit routine when it comes to the seasons. In the spring and summer, I like to have full pitcher of hibiscus tea in the fridge. I mix it with fizzy water and cut up fruit for an alcohol-free sangria that’s refreshing. In the fall and winter, I crave something more spicy that warms the insides. We usually have a gallon or two of apple cider in the fridge so I like to bring it up a notch with chai spices. The easiest way to do this is to steep a chai teabag in some hot apple cider but when I’m not rushed for time, I mix the spices and top it off with fresh whipped cream. Use this Kitchn recipe to prepare “Chaider” and keep it hot in a cool retro thermal carafe

Get the Look — Modern Christmas Tree

Photo: Jubiltree.com

Photo: Jubiltree.com

It is theorized that our tradition of decorating Christmas trees started in the 16th century as a way to mimic the evergreens lit up amongst the starry night sky. Those first trees were decorated with small candles and later became more elaborate with the addition of homemade ornaments. We’ve definitely come a long way since then, but for those of us who celebrate Christmas, our sentiment for the Christmas tree remains the same. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it

Seen and Heard — Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota’s Installation and More

Seen and Heard

Photo: Longwoodgardens.org

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week, we’ve looking at old yearbook photos and found an artist whose rebelling quietly on logo-plastered athletic apparel. Don’t wait—check it out now

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Glass Serving Plate

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In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 12th to enter for this gift below.

He made a list, he checked it twice and he’s already determined if you’ve been naughty or nice. There is a way to skew his decisions though and it involves cookies. Beyond just the cookies, you need to make sure you present them nicely so Old Saint Nick doesn’t scramble right back up that chimney, leaving you a plume of smokey coal. This vintage depression era serving plate is exactly what Santa is looking for this season (I just got off the phone with the North Pole so I know this for a fact). Plate your favorite treats on this 1930’s gem for Kriss Kringle’s arrival

What’s Cooking — Holiday Cookie Recipes

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/sweetjessie

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/sweetjessie

I love everything about the holiday season. I love family gatherings, elaborate light displays, lit-up trees, pretty wrapping paper, ice skating, glitzy sweaters, the whole thing. But what I probably love most are the treats. I could eat sweets for every meal and really, the holidays are the only time when this is a somewhat socially acceptable choice. So I really embrace it.

And while I love giving gifts—I can’t afford to buy things for everyone on my list. So every year I make a million batches of festive cookies, wrap them up in glittery boxes from the Dollar Store and make the rounds around town with cookies in tow. It’s a tradition that I’ve made my own. Perhaps it could be yours as well

Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Your Presents in Style

Photo: Localmilkblog.com

Photo: Localmilkblog.com

Let me start by saying that I love wrapping presents. Nothing beats putting on some Christmas tunes and turning the dining room table into Santa’s workshop with my favorite elves (my cats) excitedly playing with ribbon and bows. The holiday spirit flows through my body and out of my fingertips to create thoughtfully wrapped presents for all of those who are near and dear to me. While I love the feel of seasonal paper folding over boxes, it’s hard not to think about how wasteful it is to wrap so many things. Let’s be real here- we see those gifts and tear through them without even thinking about how our environment is affected by our not-so-Grinchy actions. Luckily for us, there are tons of great alternatives to wrapping gifts that are eco-friendly while also serving up major holiday style

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of 4 Vintage Cameras

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of 4 Vintage Cameras

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 11th to enter for this gift below.

For many kids, your Sweet 16 is when you ask for a car; I took an alternative route and requested my own DSLR (shoutout to the Hannels for delivering!). After years of classes and even some time assistant teaching in college, photography has consistently been a passion of mine. The “entry cost” of this hobby can be pretty expensive, so that’s why I was excited to see Krrb seller Jeglova put this great set of vintage cameras up for grabs

Collector’s Corner — Graphic Designer Guillermo Brotons’s Business Cards

Photos by Krrb

Photos by Krrb

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!

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Photos by Krrb

Graphic Designer Guillermo Brotons studied design at Eina School in his hometown of Barcelona. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication and received the Fabrica Fellowship at the research center of communication in Treviso, Italy. One would expect Guillermo, an über-talented Art Director at AREA 17, to discriminate between Chinese take-out menus and Vitra, but he doesn’t. Well, he does, but there’s something nostalgic about his mixed business card collection

Christmas Stockings for You and Me

Christmas Stockings for You and Me

Photo: Massdrop.com

No one really knows where the origins of the Christmas Stocking came from, but legend says that this holiday tradition may have arrived by accident! Saint Nicholas of Myra (yes, that Saint Nick) came across a poor merchant with three beautiful daughters. Seeing the man unable to provide for the dowries required for his daughters to wed, Saint Nicholas decided to help him without casting shame to his family. Later that night, he threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney and they landed in the stockings pinned up by the fireplace to dry. This fortuitous twist of fate has resulted in a Christmas custom that brings joy to kids around the world.

Nowadays, Christmas stockings are filled with candy or small toys and usually come in many different styles to choose from. Whether they are knitted or made from felt, modern Christmas stockings are designed to be stuffed with gifts. If you are fresh out of mis-matched socks you can use, take a look at this round-up of unique Christmas stockings you can still pick up in time for December 25th. Whichever Christmas stocking you choose—don’t forget to hang up your sock because just exactly at 12 o’clock, Santa Clause will be coming down the chimney

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Bavarian Teapot

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Bavarian Teapot

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 10th to enter for this gift below.

I didn’t know to like hot tea when I was young, having grown up in the South and being offered black coffee by default and iced tea when the weather was so hot we slept above the sheets with the windows open. Hot tea wasn’t an option until later, when I was old enough to visit my grandmother in Munich, Germany, during the summer months. From age nine on, my breakfasts abroad consisted of Weißwurst, a mustard that’s often called “Weißwurstsenf,” fresh rolls, local jams, sometimes Pflaumenkuchen, and always tea for breakfast. The meal was so beautiful, the company so good, that the brewing of a pot of tea became – and still is today – a daily breakfast ritual.

My grandmother loved making childhood memories for me as much as she liked her little teapot from which they were served. In honor of her, I’m giving away a Gareis Waldsassen China Teapot from Bavaria, my grandmother’s hometown

Alternatives to the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

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The year was 2002. The place was Kalamazoo, Michigan during my stay home on winter vacation. The friends were Robby and Ben. The party was “Ugly Sweater”. Little did I know, paging back (yes, pagers) “yes” to their invitation would begin an almost decade long affair with the Ugly Sweater party

Six Places in Chicago to Take Your Holiday Guests this Year

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/mmmchoco

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/mmmchoco

There is really nowhere else in the world that does the holiday season better than Chicago. It’s not bitterly cold at this point in the year, and you still can enjoy the beauty of the few snowflakes that may come. The city is lit up green and red, and street performers fill the streets with the sounds of Christmas.

If you are anyone like my husband and me, you will have guests visiting you who might like to step outside of your house during this time of year. Post gift wrapping and unwrapping, ice-skating in Millennium Park and the SkyDeck tour, you may feel like you’re coming up short on other fun activities to do with your guests. Worry no more! Here are some festive ways to make their stay in Chicago unforgettable