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

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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

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

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 9th to enter for this gift below.

I’m a big believer that the right accessory can make an outfit. It’s why I love these hammered gold hoop earrings from Krrb seller KrisP. Simple in design, these can feel a bit plain at first glance. But don’t let the uncomplicated style fool you, they can transform ratty jeans and a t-shirt into an outfit you can go out on the town in. These earrings have a marvelous effect on confidence making you feel as polished and shiny as the earrings themselves

Get the Look — Holiday Splurges for a Steal!

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Photo: Diynetwork.com

What do you want for Christmas?” I’m sure many gift-givers have felt a moment of fear waiting for that answer; can you successfully fulfill a holiday wish-list and earn the mark of an Excellent Gifter, all while on a realistic budget? If you’ve checked out the last installment of this series, you should hopefully trust me. I’ve done seasonal sleuthing to try and match gifts with their Krrb dopplegangers, and your gift recipients (and bank account) should be pretty pleased this year

10 Great White Elephant Gifts under $30

Finding gifts for a white elephant party can be challenging. Based on the legend of the King of Siam who gifted rare albino elephants with pricy upkeep costs to those who had disappointed him, white elephant parties have morphed into a playful free-for-all to get the best gift. If you’re participating in a white elephant exchange (or a Yankee Swap as it’s known in some parts) you want bring a gift that’s nice but not too nice and will get the crowd fighting over it. After all, that’s part of the fun. Krrb’s Holiday Gift Guide has some great items that fit in the usually nominal price range

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Toolbox

Holiday Gift Giveaway —  Vintage Toolbox

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 8th to enter for this gift below.

I have always been of the mindset that holiday gift giving is less about the gift and more about the sentiment. Give me a sappy Christmas card over a trendy new purchase any day. Gifts that resonate with you on a personal level are never truly forgotten. Helen Keller said it best when she spoke these wise words, “the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” That is why I chose to gift the Vintage Toolbox from New Jersey seller Re-Store. This is a gift that comes with a story

All Aboard — Holiday Train Shows to See Around the Country

All Aboard — Holiday Train Show to See Around the Country

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For me, train shows are as much part of the holidays as hot chocolate and watching A Christmas Story. I love watching the electric “Polar Express” trains weaving in and out of tunnels and through the snow-topped mountains. Part of the fun is seeing all the tiny, intricate details of city landmarks and cute vignettes of winter fun. This holiday season, make way to a local holiday train show in your neck of the woods. I’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of where and when to go

Seen and Heard — Higher Education Emails, Sushi Art and Bamboo Cities

Seen and Heard

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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’re getting educated in all sorts of stuff. Here’s to higher intelligence, stress-free travel when you’re in the friendly skies and sushi art

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of Amber Drink Glasses

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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 5th to enter for this gift below.

‘Tis the season to engage in merriment! One of my personal favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is to literally dive into those holiday spirits. Wink wink. Get cozy, sit in a beautifully Christmas-tree-lit room, put on a favorite holiday movie (Little Women, anybody?) and have a peppermint-infused cocktail that will help anyone’s Grinchy heart grow a few sizes. These vintage handblown glasses from local seller Chip Cordelli will be the perfect addition to any table or bar this holiday season

Be Merry — 3 Tips to Staying Stress Free during the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a whirlwind of events, to-do lists and obligations. Don’t fall prey to the hustle and bustle. Here are three tips to keeping this season full of cheer and merriment

What’s Cooking – Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

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Photo: Giantbomb.com

At church, the Twelve Days of Christmas marks the period between Christmas and Epiphany. In song, it’s a celebration of gifts that steadily increase in grandeur as each day passes. In this roundup, at the bar and in your kitchen, the Twelve Days of Christmas is the time to try twelve different holiday cocktails that steadily increase in ingredients, heaviness or, well, a jolly-ole good time. Avoiding the traditional eggnog and mulled wine this year, here’s to twelve days of holiday cocktails that put a very merry Christmas in your cup

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Copper Ice Bucket

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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 4th to enter for this gift below.

One of my personal landmarks of “Official Adulthood” is being able to host an event. Currently I’m living that tiny bedroom life, but rest assured when I do hit that milestone, high-quality barware will be my first investment. With this goal in mind, and continuing the trend of being obsessed with everything Yellow House Collective sells, I was immediately drawn to this beauty: a copper ice bucket with gold lion trim and handles

The Only Christmas Music Playlists You Need this Holiday Season

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Photo: Liveloveguitar.com

Christmas time is here again and with it comes all our favorite Christmas songs. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are bound to be at least a few holiday inspired tunes that you can’t help but hum along to. In preparation for these next few weeks until December 25th, I have created the three Christmas music playlists you’ll need. Whether you want a fun happy song to help motivate you to do your Christmas gift wrapping or a soothing, classic jam to get you through the cold winter nights, I’ve got you covered. So grab your loved ones, choose a playlist and get into the Christmas spirit. You can see the full song list on my Holiday Mixtape after the jump. Also, I should note, there is extra Christmas cheer for those of you who listen to these playlists on a loop

Krrbside Questions — How To Take On the Holidays, Creatively

Don't know what to do with your curbside finds? Jett does! Photo: Flickr.com/photos/beigephotos?auto=format

Don’t know what to do with your curbside finds? Well never fear, Krrb is here! Photo: Flickr.com/photos/beigephotos?auto=format

We’re excited to introduce Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answering your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands.

From Your Backyard to Your Front Door: A DIY Christmas Wreath

Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath

Nature-Inspired Christmas Wreath

There’s more than one way to decorate for the holidays. Is your style traditional with red and green? Or do you prefer gold and gilt? Maybe back-to-nature suits your home and lifestyle. When I plan my decorating theme for the holidays (I change it up every year!), I choose a color or item, such as a star, snowman or angel, and repeat it throughout the house. Regardless of the theme, I always start with the wreath. And although a wreath on the front door welcomes guests, you’re not limited to the entry. Learn how to make Christmas wreaths from items gathered in your backyard, and hang one on a mirror, fill in an empty wall or decorate a closet door

Get in the Spirit — 5 Festive Instagrams for Holiday Inspiration

Get in the Spirit — 5 Festive Instagrams for Holiday Inspiration

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For most of the year, Instagram is where we go to envy things other people have (Guilty as charged!). The magical thing about the holiday season is that once you’ve finished your Thanksgiving turkey, the site becomes a mecca for wonderful wintertime ideas. Decor, tasty dishes, gifts and more…and we’ve saved you the hassle of digging through the seemingly endless #Christmas tag to find the best of the best. These well-curated feeds will cover your every want and need this season

20 DIY Projects For Your Pets

20 DIY Projects For Your Pets

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If you have any pets, then you’re well aware of the fact that you’d quite possibly do anything to make them happy. Pet necessities can get pretty pricey though, so why not dive into the DIY world of pet goods and give your furry pal something that has been specially made for them. From healthy snacks to scratching posts and cozy beds, we have rounded up some of our favorite projects that you can do for your pets

Enter to Win — Krrb 2015 Holiday Gift Giveaway

Enter to Win — Krrb 2015 Holiday Gift Giveaway

Join us for our 12 Days of gift giveaways! Starting on December 3rd, you have one chance a day to win one of 12 fabulous gifts, so make sure to check in every day for a chance to win. And don’t forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for even more great handmade and vintage gifts from local sellers

How To — DIY Leftover Concrete Table

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Usually when you hear “leftovers” (especially the week after Thanksgiving), you think of food, but not in this case. I’m talking about the the Leftovers project by Klemens Schillinger in the book DIY Furniture 2: A Step-By-Step Guide, a popular follow-up to its predecessor DIY Furniture. Leftovers, in this case, means the use of inexpensive materials usually found left over on construction job sites, like plastic buckets, wood and concrete mix. Using those three materials, Schillinger created a unique contemporary stool. I decided to take it a step further and make a small side table using the same technique.

The result of this weekend project is a very cool industrial side table with clean lines and rough texture. It’s a perfect fit next to my platform bed, but it could also work outdoors. Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to make my take on the Leftovers project