Get the Look — Springtime in Austin

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With an average 300 days of sunshine per year here in Austin, Texas, it’s no wonder people in this city start to lose their minds during those rare-but-still-depressing multi-day stretches of cold, rainy, grey weather. I have no problem speaking on behalf of all Austinites when I say these last couple of weeks have been especially rough—many of my friends have remarked without a hint of sarcasm that they don’t remember what sunshine is—and I like to think it’s because we’re in the final stretch leading up to the glorious weather that always comes back around mid-March.

With blue skies, cool breezes and tons of sunshine so, so close, I can’t help but look ahead to the greatness that is spring in Austin. Here are some of my favorite picks on Krrb to help you ditch the gloomy winter blues and put together a cheerful, bright, and fun living room this spring.

How To – Get Your Bike Ready for Spring

Three definitive tools for DIY bike fixing: air pump, grease, wrench.

Three definitive tools for DIY bike fixing: air pump, grease, wrench.

If you’re pulling your bike out from its winter hibernation, it will most definitely need some sprucing up before you’re jetting off to the market or the park. And we’re not talking about adding fancy streamers to the handles (but that would be awesome). We’re talking about a thirsty chain, loose breaks and deflated tires.

Here are some easy DIY tips to keep you handy and thrifty. You’ll need three basic things: grease, wrench, air pump. Easy

Love It or Leave It — Bold Wallpaper

Photo: Instagram.com/howaboutorange

Photo: Instagram.com/howaboutorange

Here at Krrb we’re constantly immersed in the latest design trends and we’re not mad about that! Often times there are some trends that we come across that we can’t seem to agree upon. Today Chrissy and Lauren check out what creative people are doing with bold wallpaper and decide if they love it or leave it.

Shibori — the Trendy DIY You’re Dyeing to Try

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Shibori fabric has hit the mainstream design market big time this spring. You will see designer dresses, pillows, bedding and scarves all for sale for upwards of hundreds of dollars. Many of these items are beautiful and artfully made, but you can definitely get the designer look without the price tag with this DIY tutorial!

I Want This – Midcentury Modern Bed Frame

Like most people starting out in New York, my sleeping situation is less than ideal. Specifically, it’s a tiny daybed, which (despite adding a mattress pad) feels like a close brush with death.

That’s why I’m lusting over this gorgeous midcentury modern bed frame. It has clean lines, beautiful wood, and amazing detailing on the headboard. I’m not even considering the mattress – I would fill the thing with crumpled newspaper and still be satisfied. Here’s to hoping that this is still available when I finally move into a bigger apartment, because I would gladly swap out storage to fit this bad boy in my life.

 

DIY Roundup — Dallas

DIY Roundup — Dallas

Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s learning to knit a scarf or rewiring a lamp, 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 head south to the lone star state. We’re exploring DIY shops in Dallas that are sure to satisfy your urge to get your hands dirty. Whether you’re a native or just visiting the city, check out these interesting communities and get to work

What’s Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

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Ginger is a staple in my kitchen. You’ll find ginger spice and crystalized ginger in the pantry, fresh ginger in the freezer (it freezes surprisingly well!) and both Morris Kitchen ginger syrup and Barrow’s Intense ginger liqueur in the fridge. This root is unfussy in appearance but it packs a serious punch of flavor to whatever you add it to—be it food or drink. Read on for refreshing cocktails featuring the robust spiciness of ginger

Strategize Your Garden — How To Prep for Spring

Varna Leeks seedlings starting to sprout. Photo: Cubitsorganics.com

Varna leeks seedlings starting to sprout. Photo: Cubitsorganics.com

If you’ve got a green thumb, chances are you’ve spent the long and hard winter daydreaming about the potential of your garden. During gusty winds and blizzardy nights, you’ve wishfully thought about picking heirloom tomatos off the vine, tearing basil leaves directly into your salad and canning bright berries into jam. Perhaps you’re hoping for at least one stubborn tomato and a few handfuls of chives if your track record isn’t as great. We still have a few more weeks of winter to go, but it’s not too early to start strategizing and preparing. We’ve wrangled in a few expert gardeners to help you make the most of your spring season

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 a bunch of art including; a human anatomy wall hanging, a teddy bear painting and a golden giraffe. Let’s go

How To Recycle and Get Crafty With Secondhand Bike Parts

Photo: Shanghaiist.com

Photo: Shanghaiist.com

Let’s talk about a dark place that we all know exists, but don’t necessarily bring up in day to day conversations. Bike graveyards. There, I said it. Where neglected, unridden bicycles go to retire. By being the savvy and environmentally friendly people that we are these days, these bikes and bike parts get second chances. There’s a variety of different ways that bicycles can come back to life- from getting refurbished to being turned into art projects or education movements. Find out what you can do with your old bike and others that have been left.

Katie Fisher Day is Coming Up Quick

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Every year on March 12th we take some time out of our busy schedules to celebrate Katie Fisher Day. Now what is Katie Fisher Day all about, you might ask? The answer: cookies! Well alright, that might be the underlying theme of the day but the real celebration is for the ones you love. It’s all about showing someone you care by sending them a batch of their favorite cookies! Sounds like a delicious holiday, huh?

Collector’s Corner — Ramsey Ess and His Presidential Figurines

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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, Ramsey Ess joins us to discuss his collection of Presidential Figurines, his most valued piece and his love of cartoons.

Couch Surfing Across the Country

Photo: Roadtrippers.com

Photo: Roadtrippers.com

Road trips! They’re great to take at literally any time of the year. Want to escape the winter tundra that New York City has become (can you believe it snowed again!?!)? Road trip. Want to go visit a bunch of friends scattered across the country in an extended trip? That’s literally the definition of a road trip!

Worn Stories — The Chronicling of Clothes

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For me, it was the delicate silk blouse from J Crew that cost me $200. It’s more than just a shirt, it was what I bought with my first real paycheck as a reporter after moving to New York. It was how I knew I had made it. And while it’s seen better days, I still wear it occasionally and it still hangs in my closet, 9 years after I moved to the city.

What’s Cooking — Spiralize your Veggies!

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With up to 13 servings of vegetables recommended daily, eating the same vegetables, the same way every time can get awfully tiresome. I should know…as a primarily raw foodie, I go through my share of fruits and veggies. But recently, I’ve been wanting to update my go-to meal, the salad. That is where the spiralizer comes into play. A unique little kitchen gadget that shreds vegetables into curls. With a crank of your hand, in goes boring chunks of raw veggies and out comes beautiful spirals of perfectly proportionate vegetable. Most spiralizers even have optional settings to alternate cut styles from corkscrew to angel hair pasta. So from potatoes (curly fries) to zucchini (spaghetti squash), the spiralizer can handle it all.

Local Everywhere – Our 5 favorite CSA’s and How to Find Yours

The Temple-Wilton Community Farm in Wilton, NH

The Temple-Wilton Community Farm in Wilton, New Hampshire.

You can’t get much more local and handmade than a CSA (What is Community Supported Agriculture Anyway?), which is why we are big fans of them in general here at Krrb. Just thinking of another season filled with overflowing baskets full of freshly harvested produce, brought to us weekly by farmers who we have come to know, makes us salivate with excitement

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