5 Easy Pieces – Gardening

5 Easy Pieces – Gardening

This fine looking watering can will get the job done.

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Make Your Mark With Moss – An Earth Day DIY

Make Your Mark With Moss   An Earth Day DIY

Adorned on the wall of a secret spot Garforth found in London behind locked gates, a disused plot awaiting the arrival of new flats.

In honor of Earth Day, we’re giving heaps of good loving to London-based artist, Anna Garforth, who uses moss, food and other natural elements in conjunction with her design and illustration chops to make art with social commentary. In addition to edible posters made from cookie dough (mmm…) and recycled newspapers, tweaked and twisted, Garforth has sprouted a new method of graffiti art that involves covering buildings with moss in different patterns and statements

32 Simple Ways to Love Your Mother This Weekend

32 Simple Ways to Love Your Mother This Weekend

Lovin' Our Mother this Weekend. Photo: Markatomy.tumblr.com

Listen up! If you didn’t already know, it’s Earth Day this Sunday, April 22nd. What’s Earth Day you ask? Well, here you go:

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Sounds hard. But you know, it doesn’t have to be. Making a real change is all about many small, individual sacrifices adding up to big differences. With that in mind we’ve put together a few simple suggestions to help you get your green on this weekend in honor of everyone’s collective Mother!

Photos – The Secrets Inside The Dekalb Market Containers

Photos   The Secrets Inside The Dekalb Market Containers

Get lost in the back lane.

Only a couple weeks in and the Dekalb Market and their awesome maze of shipping containers, standout vendors and mouth-watering foods are just the begininng of what makes this market the go-to for chilling and shopping. We’ve visited the back lane of the market and grabbed some shots for you, so check them out and then go visit – tell ‘em Krrb sent you. And here’s a secret tip: The weekends are great for running into everyone and their mother but drop by during the week for some serious shopping when the browsers won’t get in your way

Weekend Wanderer – London, Paris, New York

Weekend Wanderer – London, Paris, New York

Find art in unusual places this weekend. Photo: Capecentralhigh.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

The World is a Big Refrigerator, Let’s Learn to Use the Leftovers

The World is a Big Refrigerator, Let’s Learn to Use the Leftovers

A giant refrigerator presents a lot of options. Photo: Ge.com

Recently, I was invited to speak at a conference about sustainable design. I was planning to talk about designs that improve our quality of life, but instead, at the last minute, I decided to prepare something that would more effectively illustrate my philosophy that “green is good, but common sense is a lot better.” Of course, I respect LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and other similar organizations, but I believe designers should do more than just belong to associations. They should use common sense when they design something.

Don’t Miss – Free DIY Upcycling Workshop at Dekalb Market

Dont Miss   Free DIY Upcycling Workshop at Dekalb Market

Bao Khang-Luu showed viewers on The Nate Berkus Show how to make his upcycled lights and now you're next. Photo: Thenateshow.com

Earth Day is a few days away and we’re doing everything we can to Listen to Our Mother. But who says you can’t save the earth with a little style? We’ve teamed up with Bao Khang-Luu of Relevé Design for another go at upcycling. This time around, the more the merrier. The designer will be at the bustling Dekalb Market on Saturday to do a free workshop of his DIY version of his gorgeous $300 lamps. Be prepared to light up with a pendant lamp that reuses six-pack plastic rings, takeout containers and twist ties. If you want in on the action, be at the Krrb Container at 2pm. First come, first serve.

So get there early and check out the vintage spread curated by Krrb member Jane Borock at the Krrb Container!

Dekalb Market is open 7 days a week at 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Full schedule at Dekalb Market.

I Want This – Bike Planter

I Want This – Bike Planter

How cute is this little guy? Photo: Blog.eleanorsnyc.com

It’s time to dust off the old bike and get it ready for a season of trips to the beach and picnic lunches in the park. Aside from a tune-up, I’m thinking my bike needs some sprucing up. What better way to give my hybrid some personality than with a cute ‘lil planter?

This planter ($48) attaches securely to the bike’s front tube with an elastic nylon cord and comes with soil and plant. It’s just one of many items on my wish list from Eleanor’s, a popular shop for stylish bicycle accessories for women who like commute on two wheels. You can also check out these in-demand goods (and more!) at the Dekalb Market.

Want to give your bike that lived-in cozy feel, pick up this bike planter on Eleanor’s Krrb corner in Downtown Brooklyn.

The New Green Kids on the Scene – Join us for Earth Night in Brooklyn

The New Green Kids on the Scene   Join us for Earth Night in Brooklyn

SM&KK Studios, ImpactDash & Sprout Skincare invite you to a night of networking with eco-friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals at the Yard in North Brooklyn. This is a unique cross-industry opportunity for small businesses, entrepreneurs and people who share similar core values in any industry to network with each other. Meet the new green kids on the scene, share your challenge and success stories, discover a new partnership opportunity, or simply find out what your favorite local businesses are up to!

Enjoy green cocktails, sample great products, and connect with

5 Easy Pieces – Eco-Friendly Travel

5 Easy Pieces – Eco Friendly Travel

A nature inspired photo album is perfect for cataloging your travels. Find it on Krrb.com/catg.

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

[CLOSED] Come On Down Cat G, We Like You!

[CLOSED] Come On Down Cat G, We Like You!

Clockwise, from upper left: Over-sized candle, vintage Archie Comics collection, free guest passes to the Y and a lady's coat, all available on Cat G's corner. Get 'em while they're hot.

We’ve got a whole new version of the Krrb iPhone app so we decided to celebrate with a contest and dare you all to sell everything. Some of you took the challenge quite literally. But really, there can only be one winner of the brand spanking new iPhone 4S plus 50 free Krrb credits. It wasn’t an easy task, but after sifting through all the posts and dozens of Krrb corners, we were able to choose one lucky winner

Weekend Wanderer – Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco

Weekend Wanderer – Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco

Get a little dirty this weekend. Photo: Iamtonyang.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

Vegan Shop-Up Serves a Full Plate of Goods – Brooklyn, New York

Vegan Shop Up Serves a Full Plate of Goods – Brooklyn, New York

There will be so many vegan treats on Sunday that you won't know what to do! Photo: Cinnamonsnail.com

There’s no better place than the Vegan Shop-Up to spend your refund on Tax Day Sunday. The flourishing pop-up market is at it again this month with gluten-free chocolate coated cake truffles,  cran-mary (cranberry, rosemary, lemon zest) baked pretzels, chai nut Brownies, and more. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, check out the stylish eye candy from Hudson and Bleecker with their chic travel bags.

To get your appetite raring for Sunday’s smorgasbord, we chatted with Vegan Shop Up’s founder Sarah Peltier, a 10 year vegan, about her favorite bites to eat around town and more

The Hot Corner – Alisha, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

The Hot Corner – Alisha, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

Alisha Miranda (center) and her friends saw potential in Bed-Stuy's bars and restaurants as way to connect the community. Photo: Flickr.com/photos/ultraclay

As part of the series called The Hot Corner, we’ll be featuring Krrb corners that catch our eye with their well-curated inventory. Whether it’s upcycled, secondhand, vintage or handmade, be sure to see for yourself why we think these Krrbsters have it going on.

I Want This – Mad Men-era Cocktail Set

I Want This – Mad Men era Cocktail Set

Can someone make me an Old Fashioned?

After a long hiatus, Mad Men is back with its fifth season. And while wiggle skirts are out, a stiff drink is always in fashion. I’m eyeing this beautiful cocktail set ($125) for our living room. The chrome and wood caddy is a perfect blend of the changing times in the 1960s.

I’m thinking this set (complete with ice trays and original glass stirrer) is ideal for our Mad Men viewing party. We’ll stay up in the late hours of the night discussing Matthew Weiner’s take on Rolling Stones, the race riots, and the Vietnam War over vodka gimlets.

If you’re also looking to add some history to your home, pick up this cocktail set on Park Slope Vintage’s Krrb corner in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

From the Shelves of a Children’s Book Author – Oliver Jeffers

From the Shelves of a Childrens Book Author – Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is a kid at heart. Photo: Timeoutnewyorkkids.com

From the Berenstains Bears to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the art of storytelling is really about reaching to the inner child in all of us. On the most basic level, children books break down the life lessons that shape who we become – the good ones at least! Read over and over again, certain childhood books fuel the fire on inspiration and curiosity. We asked children’s book author and friend of Krrb Oliver Jeffers for the five children books on his required reading list.

Keep an eye on Oliver Jeffer’s Krrb corner to see his latest projects and read on for Oliver’s favorite reads below

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