What’s Cooking — 20 Easy Holiday Appetizers

Little baked cranberry and brie bites. Photo: Wellplated.com

I won’t speak for everyone, but my favorite part of any holiday gathering is mindlessly nibbling on appetizers. Whether you’re avoiding conversation (it happens) or just fighting off hunger pangs before dinner, appetizers are an essential part of any gathering! That being said, no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen when the entrees are already taking up a lot of time. Keep reading to find easy and healthy hors d’ourve options for you to feed the crowds

Blue Zones — Influencing Communities Around the World

Blue Zones — Communities Around the World

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So it turns out that Ponce De Leon went looking for the fountain of youth in the wrong place. It’s actually in Ikaria, Greece. Then there is Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica; the Sardinian mountains of Italy. These communities, or “Blue Zones” as they’re called, are pockets of society where people live well into their 100s and are healthy all the while

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Nature-Inspired Fashion Accessories

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Photo: Homeedit.com

Lord Byron said it best when revealing, “I love not man the less, but Nature more.” It’s a good point. If you consider how often nature inspires art, home decor and fashion, you realize that nature is inspirational in and of itself. In fact, we all know that bringing in natural elements can instantly liven the overall mood of a space. And with your #OOTD (Outfit of the Day), it’s no different. With this said, I scoured the internet for five interesting takes on nature that are available today. Keep reading to check out this round-up of the coolest nature-inspired accessories

How to Set the Perfect Budget-Friendly Table

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Photo: Greenweddingshoes.com

Special occasions unfolding between the months of November and January require a more formal table than the daily place setting. However, the essentials of a well-set table come at a cost. From food to flowers, there’s always the worry that there won’t be enough to go around, the table will appear a bit bare and everyone will notice where corners were cut. This is not what the holidays are about, and so Krrb has come up with a few tricks to gloss over your minimal effort. Your Great Aunt probably will think you outdid yourself, and she will tell you so.

Here are our simple, chic tips for making it all happen while setting a party-ready table on a savings-ready budget

A Week-by-Week Guide for Your Holiday Home

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I don’t think any time of the year brings such strong and yet simultaneous feelings of anticipation and total dread as the holidays. On one hand, you’re excited to spend time with friends and family and food, but there’s also the fear of getting your home guest-ready. That’s why we’ve found some fast and affordable updates to refresh your home for entertaining. Now, you can plan ahead, relax and (most importantly) enjoy the season with those you love

Vintage Rental Sources for a Memorable Thanksgiving Meal

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Photo: Mrspeasy.com

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to finalize all of your plans! Whether you’re hosting family, friends or both this time around, you may find yourself scrambling to pull out all the stops for your guests. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is marked by a delicious, calorie-heavy meal served around a table with all of your cheerful loved ones. Furthermore, this ensemble of food generally gets served on that “use just once a year” type of tableware.

It’s November already, and you’ve discovered that you have more guests than plates. Also, none of your plates resemble those you’ve been eyeing and desiring on Pinterest. Don’t panic – there are plenty of resources for renting the perfect tableware to use this coming holiday. Keep reading to find your local party rental

Collector’s Corner — Erin Bradley’s Fondness for the Golden Girls

Collector's Corner — Erin Bradley's Fondness for the Golden Girls

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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!

Traveled down the road and back again. Part of the lyrics for the popular television show catchy theme song, these words also hold true to Erin Bradley’s willingness to collect Golden Girls memorabilia. Based in Seattle, Erin has amassed everything from the show’s costume jewelry to a tattoo stating her love for the sitcom. Read on to see how her interest began

Quality Over Quantity — A Brief History of the Danish Furnituremaker’s Quality Control Stamp

The Flag Halyard chair and its creator, Hans Wegner. This design from 1950, intended to mimic sitting comfortably in the sand, is produced to this day by its original manufacturer, PP Mobler, in the little town of Allerod, Denmark. Don't be fooled by imitators.

The Flag Halyard chair and its creator, Hans Wegner. This design from 1950, intended to mimic sitting comfortably in the sand, is produced to this day by its original manufacturer, PP Mobler, in the little town of Allerod, Denmark. Don’t be fooled by imitators.

The demand for quality vintage furniture is at an all-time high. A new generation of design enthusiasts have started to kick the particle board cabinets and bed frames to the curb and are choosing to incorporate strong, sturdy keepsakes into their personal interior design schemes as they make that awkward transition to adulthood.

But when you’re not buying from the big box retailers the question has to be asked: what exactly are you buying? When furniture is being sourced from all over the world, and sold by small, private vendors, one has to wonder of provenance. Quality (of design, of material) becomes a bit harder to ascertain. Plenty of sellers are eager to cash in on the demand for original, mid-century pieces so buyer beware — what you see is not always what you get.

Seen and Heard — Paint by Fingers, Natural Food Dyes 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!

Ever wanted to learn how to maximize your tape measuring skills? We got you covered. While you’re at it, see vintage photos of eating contests and the latest photos of the sun’s surface

Tips for Being the Perfect Host by Sara Syrett

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I’d heard of Sara Syrett, an interior designer, stylist, and baker, from friends who speak unequivocally about the richness of living in a small town. Her blog Twelve on Main supports their ideals, exhibiting how the farmhouse life requires nothing more than a bit of creativity in doing what you want. In case you haven’t met Sara yet, and you find yourself in the midst of planning this year’s Thanksgiving dinner party, you’re in for a treat. She stepped away from her full life on the farm for a couple of hours to share her tips for being the hostess with the mostess, and Krrb was all ears. Here are Sara’s seven tips and everything you need to host the perfect party this holiday season

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Used Clothes

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Photo: Ushabellebongo.wordpress.com

Want to have a Free People wardrobe on a Forever 21 budget? Can’t stand the thought of cramming your beleaguered calves into yet another pair of skinny jeans? It might be time to hit the used market. Whether you’re flipping through the racks of a celebrity-owned vintage clothing store or digging through the dollar bin at the back of your local Goodwill, these tips will help you avoid common mistakes.

Remember: just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth it

What’s Cooking — Elderberries, Nature’s Flu Medicine

What's Cooking — Elderberries, Nature's Flu Medicine

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This time of year is a celebration of family and friends with holiday parties and extravagant dinners, but you could be missing out on all of the cheer if you have the flu. Elderberries are full of antioxidants that improve immune systems, battling the flu virus as well as coughs, colds, and bacterial and viral infections. Bioflavonoids found in the elderberry juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. This go-to folk remedy has been shown to help people sick with the flu to feel less severe symptoms and heal faster. Whether you find fresh or dry elderberries, these recipes are ideal for consuming the therapeutic berries during these colder months

“How I Thrift” Featuring Patrice J. Williams

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Photo: Whitneynicjames.com

If you’re already an avid thrifter, you know that the art of thrifting comes first, and the act of buying comes second. Anything you desire can come from a thrift store. All the things that you need are available at thrift stores. Yet, it’s the experience of discovering a one-of-a-kind item that is cherished by those who’ve turned their backs on retail. Being there at the right time is key, which means going to thrift stores often is imperative. Patrice J. Williams, author of book and blog Looking Fly On A Dime, has made a career out of visiting the right thrift stores at the right time. An artful shopper and stylist, Patrice took a New York minute to catch up with one of our favorite thrift store critics and reveal a few secondhand-fashion secrets and finds. Listen in on their conversation below

Learn How to Layer Your Rugs Like a Pro

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Photo: Mydomaine.com

If you find yourself looking for a quick trick that can completely transform your space, look no further than the art of layering rugs. You can use this technique to add depth to your room, to make your small space look bigger or just to add more texture and personality to the room in general. No matter what your style is, you’ll be able to mix and match rugs with different patterns, colors and materials to give your living space a new focal point

Blacksmithing: Bending Metal at Will

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Blacksmithing is, by all means, labor-intensive. Working with metal, fire and brute force, blacksmiths operate under intense conditions to produce intricate, hand-tooled works of art. It takes hundreds of whacks with heavy hammers and hot temperatures of 1300°F for metal to become pliable and change shape. And it takes years of experience to apply just the right technique with 100% accuracy to forge something beautiful in the end. Always curious, I decided to check out the Blacksmithing class at the Dallas Makerspace. For only $10, I learned how to start a forge with coal, the varying types of blacksmith hammers and the ins-and-outs of the anvil. And lo-and-behold, a few hours later, I’d made my very own decorative steel leaf. Keep reading to see how

Collector’s Corner — Travel Writer Emily Grosvenor’s Love of Globes

Collector's Corner — Emily Grosvenor's Love of Globes

Emily Grosvenor’s favorite globe is a Cold War-era turquoise globe given to her by a schoolteacher friend.

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!

With a never-ending case of wanderlust, travel writer Emily Grosvenor naturally has a love for globes. Spinning them and lazily running a finger as the continents speed by, dreaming about what could be. Emily lives in Oregon with her husband and two sons and proudly displays her collection in her home office where she writes about places far and wide. See how the love affair began

Top 20 Scariest Stories to Tell on Halloween. Muah Ha Ha Ha.

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Halloween is 1 day away and what better way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year than a round up of the 20 most blood-curdling, hair-raising, spine-chilling stories of all time. We must warn you though, these chilling campfire tales and haunting urban legends aren’t for the faint of heart. We won’t judge you if you have to leave the lights on…

Seen and Heard — Pint-sized Photographers, Los Angeles Gets a River Race and More

 Seen and Heard — Pint-sized Photographers, Los Angeles Gets a River Race and More

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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!

Halloween is tomorrow so we’re sharing a Buzzfeed parody that’s a real treat. Also we’re still reeling over the news of a child photographer with a book coming out called Cowboys Indians Hobos Gamblers Patriots Tourists and Sunsets. What a time to be alive

The Resurgence of Tintype Photography

The Resurgence of Tintype Photography

Actors Elijah Wood and Selena Gomez. Photos: Victoria Will for Esquire, Esquire.com

Tintype photography is making a comeback. Considered the great equalizer of photography because it opened up the medium to everyone, this cheaper alternative to daguerreotype and albumen printing has become quite popular again.

At first, photography was a newfangled invention that allowed people to document their existence. Photographers would travel from town to town and take daguerreotypes of folks who saved their whole paycheck to get a single portrait taken. When tintype photography came on the scene in 1856, however, it changed everything. Not only were the metal plates more economical, but also the process was easier and more efficient. That is, a photographer could prepare, expose and develop a portrait in a matter of minutes

What’s Cooking — Raw Vegan Cauliflower Mash

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With the autumn season comes an amazing assortment of hearty vegetables just waiting to be enjoyed. While spaghetti squashes and sweet potatoes fly off the shelves, consider grabbing the versatile cauliflower. Cauliflower is freshest in the fall months and usually costs less than a bag of your favorite potatoes. As a member of the cruciferous family, cauliflower is packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and anti-inflammatory qualities. So when you make a batch of this delicious cauliflower mash, take solace that this autumnal meal is not only good for your soul, it’s good for your body, too