Collector’s Corner — Jen Hillman and Her Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collection

Collector's Corner — Jen Hillman and Her Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collection

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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!

The impact of television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is massive. The cult favorite show based on an early 1990’s film went on to resulted in Angel, a spinoff show and in Whedonites, the fandom community for Buffy’s writer-director Joss Whedon. But it didn’t stop there, “Buffyverse”, the fictional universe for Buffy and related stories is so vast, it includes official and unofficial books, comic books, games and other memorabilia. Print artist Jen Hillman became hooked on the show and built a collection around it

5 Vegan Pumpkin Spice Recipes with a Spooky Twist

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Photo: blog.al.com

Tis the season for all things pumpkin flavored! For Krrbies who are fully savoring the season’s influx of pumpkin-spiced options out there, here is a list of five delightfully vegan recipes to keep you going through autumn. And in the spirit of Halloween, why not add a fright factor? It might just scare off lingering hands long enough to enjoy these goodies yourself

Seen and Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen and Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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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!

Who knew security could be so cute or that homes could be so scary? Find out this and more on this week’s Seen and Heard

How to Make a Creepy Halloween Hologram Mirror

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Halloween is almost upon us! In some communities, the whole month of October has turned into a Halloween extravaganza! It’s such a fun time to decorate and celebrate. Do you host a big party and go all out decorating your home inside and out? Do you like to scare your family and friends?

I like to create an unexpected surprise—something that causes guests to do a double take. An altered mirror does just that

5 Healthy Halloween Candies – No Fruit, No Tricks, All Treat

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Photo: Selvabeat.com

Nothing is scarier to a five year old trick-or-treater than that apple you just dropped in his basket. It doesn’t matter if an orange ribbon and ghosts made of tissue paper adorn the stem. “That’s disgusting,” and anything raw always will be on October 31st.

The problem, mom and dad, is that you want to avoid refined sugar, preservatives and chemicals that no one can pronounce. Krrb understands and has created a list of heathy, alternative candy recipes to guide you in the kitchen this Halloween. Disguising magnesium in seeds like raw cacao, antioxidants in peppermint oil, vitamin E in raw almonds and zinc in pure maple syrup, these ‘candies’ boast a longer list of vitamins and minerals than your average cafeteria plate at lunchtime

Critical Decor — Back to the Future

Critical Decor — Back to the Future

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The future is now. Well, today to be exact. In honor of Back to the Future day—October 21, 2015, when Marty traveled to the future—we’re taking a look back at the sets of this popular trilogy to see how it impacted our lives and our homes. So get into your Delorean and buckle up, it’s one heck of a ride through the space-time continuum

Get the Look — 6 Splurges for a Steal!

Photo: Interioridea.net

Photo: Interioridea.net

We all try to save money whenever possible, but sometimes it hits you — a must-have find for a steep price. You justify buying it by saying, “There’s no way I could find something this nice at a lower cost.” Not to make fun of your past self, but oh how wrong you were. It turns out all you need is a little secondhand-hunting ambition to really hit it big with discounted finds. From home decor to high fashion, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite examples on the site to kickstart your treasure hunting experience

Spooky Traditions — The Origin of Halloween Costumes

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Photo: Nationalgeographic.com

We’ve tackled already the traditions of jack-o’-lanterns, and now we’re ready to dive into the history of halloween costumes! On Halloween you see costumes ranging from spooky monsters to Hollywood icons and everything in between roaming down the streets. From the tiniest of babies in their first pumpkin costume to puppies donning wigs to resemble Dorothy from Wizard of OZ (being Toto would be too obvious), October 31st is a day of dress-up celebrations. Where and when did this spooky and sweet tradition start? Let’s find out

3 Favorite Fall Dishes that Begin at Chicago’s Wicker Park Farmer’s Market

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Photo: Nytimes.com

This fall, the Wicker Park Farmer’s Market in Chicago is overflowing with an abundance of joy and delicious seasonal produce. Carts piled high with heirloom apples of all varieties, tables brimming over with freshly baked pastries and the scent of a smoky grill cooking up breakfast sandwiches all combine to create one of Chicago’s most beloved gems. But how much do you know about the people who work and shop there every season? I spent my weekend at Wicker Park Farmer’s Market getting to know the makings of three favorite fall recipes from three of Chicago’s finest locals. Check out what they had to say about their Chi-Town farmer’s market and the dishes that start then and there

How To — DIY Furniture’s Lampada A Stelo

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When I first came across the Lampada A Stelo project by Keung Caputo in the book DIY Furniture: A Step-By-Step Guide, I knew that it would be a great Saturday project. All I’d need were a few pieces of lumbar, a standard light kit and some woodworking tools that I have readily accessible… easy! Little did I know that the original design for the oversized floor lamp was actually commissioned to be a part of the easy-to-assemble furniture exhibition in 2009. In other words, the Lampada A Stelo project was in many ways the perfect DIY project for me to do. The result of my weekend is a modern, elevated-take on a floor lamp that could work for both outdoor and indoor areas. Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to make my version of the Lampada A Stelo

Hand Me Down — Katherine Hysmith of The Young Austinian

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Photo: Youngaustinian.com

We’re foodies around here, and there’s no denying it. Our hearts melt for all things melted, baked and sugared, and when we come across fellow food enthusiasts like Katherine we get super excited. Katherine Hysmith is a Boston resident who has some serious food credentials to talk about. At every chance you get, try out her recipes on her blog, follow her drool worthy Instagram feed and follow along on her nesting journey as she prepares for her first child. We even had the chance to check out Katherine’s cast-iron collection that has been passed down to her and will continue, of course, to be passed down to another

Pinterest Picks — Budget-Friendly Halloween Decorating Ideas

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Photo: Life Magazine via Latco.com

Halloween is the gateway for holiday decorating. From October through January, we’ll happily set out themed trinkets around the home and indulge in kitchy decorations. Our popular Pinterest board “Every Day is a Holiday!” is always chocked full of entertaining ideas, recipes and decorating inspiration around the latest holiday. Here are a few that won’t break the bank

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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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!

Learn more about the great hula hoop photography project, how much of your wardrobe you actually use and where to find a pawpaw. Your Friday starts now

Matt Alexander on the Business of Living Local in Nashville, Tennessee

Photo by Rebekka Seale

Photo by Rebekka Seale

The heavy sun stalls over golden farmland as traffic dwindles in town. Spices are warmed in neighborhood kitchens, the smells rising up and onto the streets. In Lascassas, Tennessee, a man stands in front of his storefront, locking up for the day. An old shop for such a young fellow. Inside, there are miscellaneous objects placed on shelves: lanterns, chipped antlers, and pieces of wood to be transformed into one of HollerDesign

11 Ways to Use Every Part of Your Pumpkin

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Photo: Halloweentrickortreat.tumblr.com

Along with the candy, costumes and spooky times comes a lot of excess during Halloween. Rather than using pumpkins for decoration and then kicking them to the curb, we suggest taking their leftovers and turning them into so much more. Hollowing out your pumpkin and turning it into a glowing jack-o’-lantern is only the beginning. And the list doesn’t end with scooping out all of the seeds to toast and enjoy! Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for turning pumpkins and pumpkin junk into festive treats

Back to Basics — DIY Halloween Costumes from Your Favorite Films

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The only part of the Halloween experience that shouldn’t be scary is the process of finding your costume. There’s a reason why they say the best solution is often the simplest. A few key pieces can be all you need to pull together something great! We’re getting inspired by classic movie characters and secondhand finds, so check out these great starting points for your soon-to-be favorite (and simplest) costume yet

Made in America — The Midwest

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Photo: Amber-marie-photography.com

When you’re ready to buy, try and buy local. Buying local stimulates local economies and the welfare of our favorite towns. We understand that it’s sometimes tough to know exactly where products are coming from when you’re unfamiliar with the area, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some local makers. Our trip across the country has highlighted some of the best American-made shops in the Northeast and South, and now it’s time to check out the Midwestern perspective

A Homemade Life — DIY Nontoxic Pumpkin Glitter that’s also Edible

Alex eating everything.

Like a puppy and maybe even your toddler, I was that baby who ate everything. For a significant period of time broccoli and bottle caps were fair game. This type of child doesn’t discriminate between warm and cold, and emotional eating is done without connotation. Food intake is simply sport, and outtake is, well, pure discovery.

The fall is when your little ones aim to roll like the big kids, and for many families this just can’t happen. That is, knives, toxic paint and glue can’t happen, but brushes, sugar and egg whites can. Krrb’s natural approach to pumpkin decorating has everyone covered. I’m going to show you how to use sugar “glitter” to decorate pumpkins this Halloween season

Tea Time — Where to Enjoy a Proper Afternoon Pour

Tea Time — Where to Enjoy a Proper Afternoon Pour

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Whether you take take your tea with mini, crustless sandwiches or a biscuit—your afternoon tea is meant to be enjoyed leisurely. While tea rooms in America don’t actually serve the traditional British High Tea (also known as dinner), you can however find an assortment of cakes, cookies and jam. We’ve search high and low for the best spots to enjoy a few hours over a teapot. So grab a seat at one of these teatime spots

Reducing Consumption — Lessons from My Year-Long Shopping Ban

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Rudey in third grade. She was in a Madonna phase.

It’s not an easy task to live a minimalistic lifestyle. Since the day we’re born, we’re raised to rely on belongs. It’s human nature to consume but we can be mindful about it. By reusing, shopping secondhand and repurposing, we can make the most of what we already have—what already exists—and make it easier on the planet.

Blogger Rudey of Rudey’s Room actually stopped shopping for a year. She challenged herself to break the habit of mindless consumption, of purchasing items just for the sake of buying. For 365 days, Rudey only shopped her home and wrote about her experience. Using creativity to look at her belongings in light, Rudey learned a few things about herself along the way. Check out her article below