11 DIYs to Warm Your Winter Up

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Photo: Deliciouslyyum.com

As a byproduct of the Great White North known as Buffalo, New York, I can handle my cold weather. But I’m no polar bear, and there are always days where I can’t seem to fight the frost that’s sneaking it’s way in.

Rather than cranking your heat up to hellfire levels, we’re gonna beat the cold like DIY pros! Here are some essential tips and tricks that everyone should know for when it comes time to show Jack Frost who’s the boss. So listen up, it’s about to get toasty in here

Celebrate — Ringing in the New Year Around the World

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Photo: Mytripolog.com

The start of a new year is definitely something to celebrate. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning with more unbound hope and limit-less potential than the previous calendar year. And what better way to show our excitement for the next chapter in our lives than gathering together all across the world to mark this important date with some festivities and surrounded by our loved ones. So how do the locals do it? Read on to find out

Celebration — 5 Cocktails to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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Photo: Nopatternrequired.com

We’re hours away from 2013. If you’re working on those resolutions, we have a few ideas to get you started. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s focus on tonight’s festivities. Here are five cocktails you’ll want to toast the new year. Read on and then raise your glass to celebrate

The Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Jewelry Shopping

Photo: Elizabethdorney.com

Photo: Elizabethdorney.com

Are you a fan of the shiny, the sparkly and the glitzy, but find yourself strangely unsatisfied with contemporary offerings? Do you long to revisit the styles of your youth, or wish to emulate what’s hot off the runway with a vintage twist? Buying old pieces can be a fun way to expand your jewelry collection and complement an outfit in a way that nothing else will. Also, while a new necklace or pair or earrings drops in value as soon as you exit the store, its vintage cousin will likely gain value over time

Krrbside Questions — How To Regift Properly and Decorate Brick Walls

Photo: Elle.com

Photo: Elle.com

We’re excited to introduce Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer 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. Be sure to check out the first column in the series. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands.

Last Minute Holiday Prep – Eat, Gift & Be Merry

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Photo: Peanutbuttered.com

It’s two days until Christmas, and I’m sure there are some of you who aren’t feeling so ho-ho-hopeful about pulling off everything that needs to be done. We’ve all been there: just because you started playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you remembered to actually act on all of your holiday spirit. For all of my fellow procrastinators who’ve been caught up in the jolly rush, don’t panic. Here are some great jumping off points via Pinterest to tackle all of your gifting, decorating and snacking needs this season

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

We love movies as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.

My favorite holiday movie from my childhood is The Apartment directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. If you’ve seen this movie, you may be questioning the holidays of my childhood if my favorite Christmas movie includes a suicide attempt by one of the main characters. But fear not, the film’s story is as funny as it is melancholy.

And if you really want to know about my childhood holidays, clear your schedule for four hours and give me a call. That should get us through the mid 1980s

Holiday Gift Guide — Give a Cheery Pop of Color

Holiday Gift Guide — Give a Cheery Pop of Color

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In the design world, the phrase ‘pop of color’ is cliché. The professionals don’t believe in painting one wall red. Having an accent wall is like having a sulking sibling in the house. It belongs, but it could use a major attitude adjustment.

Rather than betraying a lack of original thought with that single colored wall, interior designers will introduce color to a room with transient details. A bowl of clementines on the living room table, a yellow apron handing on the kitchen wall and a 1950’s baby blue kettle on the stove all do the trick at pleasing the eye and spirit. These gifts offer more than just a pop of color in your life. They bring character and history as well

Global Gifts that Help on a Local Level

Photo: Local + Lejos

Photo: Local + Lejos

If you haven’t already gotten your loved ones a present, skip the mall this year and give them a gift that will make a difference in our world. There are countless companies who focus on doing good and bettering local communities around the world, and you can help too! From local artisans in Africa to organizations that provide animals to families on the other side of the globe, your support can improve a life. This season take some time out of the hustle and bustle to remember others and find a cause that you’d like to contribute to

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

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Some of us are still stuffed from Thanksgiving and before we begin to draft the next big holiday menu, how about we take some time to revitalize and re-stabilize? Here are five green juice recipes that will keep you feeling good through the next batch of holidays. So, put down those snowflake cookies and eggnog (just for a minute?) and check out some detoxing recipes that will keep you feeling jolly

Seen and Heard — Cute Cat Treats, Gifts for the Naughty List and More

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!

It’s 10 days from Christmas and we’re drinking the peppermint-sweetened water! On our radar this week are international holiday traditions, locally sourced coal for those who made the Naughty List and a visit to the themed parks

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Inspirational Banner

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Inspirational Banner

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 19th to enter for this gift below.

Seeing the writing on the wall is not usually a positive thing, but Krrb member liv+work’s listing for an inspirational banner is just that. The clever phrase—Do More, Love More—may be what you need to motivate yourself to finish the next task on your to-do list or even get into the yuletide spirit. If you are need of some meaningful influence, sign up today for a chance to win this Krrb Giveaway prize

What’s Cooking — Raw Vegan Holiday Desserts

Photo: Thisrawsomeveganlife.com

Photo: Thisrawsomeveganlife.com

For some of us, the holiday season is a time to celebrate food babies and sugar comas. For others like myself, it’s a time to recall that your annual appointment with Dr. Endocrinologist is just around the corner, and you should keep a close watch on blood sugar levels.

A raw dessert is my way of experiencing the best of both worlds, and I bring one to our family dinner every year. With a list of whole, unprocessed ingredients that include healthy fats and live fruit, raw desserts do not affect your health negatively like those made of flour, butter and a few cups of refined sugar. Nevertheless, you’ll find that they taste just as sweet! It’s my experience that even your loving, senile grandfather who refuses “to touch anything vegan with a ten-foot pole” will find the following five raw vegan desserts unusually delicious (Shhh, he doesn’t need to know you used dates instead of sugar to sweeten the deal).

Holiday Traditions — Krrb Team Shares Their Favorite Memories

Holiday Traditions — Krrb Team Shares Their Favorite Memories

Photo courtesy of Edward Mundy

The holidays tend to get us a little nostalgic and rightfully so. It’s a time for family and traditions and of course, spending quality time together eating! The Krrb team shares some of their favorite memories so join us in reminiscing

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

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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