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

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Almost too pretty to eat. Photo: Instagram.com/desserted_in_paris

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!

This week we’re talking whale sighings, lunchboxes and a whole lot of food. Let’s get started

Honey — Check Out Localized Versions of this Natural Sweetener

Check Out Localized Versions of this Natural Sweetener

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I’m sweet on honey. Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting jars of honey habitually from visits to various towns in the northeast. As a result, I’ve come across some interesting flavors harvested by local bee farmers. In Phoenicia, New York, I picked up one spiced with chai. While in Martha’s Vineyard two weeks ago I discovered a nectar infused with cranberries from the local Cape Cod. What I find most intriguing is that these honeycombs really are the ultimate local food. Made by local bees with pollen from local flowers, these honeys are then blended with flavors representative of the region. To find honeys available near you, pay a visit to Local Harvest and see these interesting honeys to add to your pantry

What’s Cooking — Score With Healthy Tailgating Favorites

Photo: Wingwire.com

Photo: Wingwire.com

Football season, for a big chunk of the country this is serious business. Whether you’re tailgating for hours in the parking lot or casually hanging out with friends at home, everyone can agree that snacks are just as critical as the game itself. We’ve found the following recipes to bring a healthier twist to your game-day favorites, meaning you can fuel up…without over-inflating

Spooky Traditions — Pumpkin Carving

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Photo: Annstreetstudio.com

There are certain traditions that we find ourselves doing every year, season after season, never knowing why we started doing them in the first place. For example, let’s talk pumpkin carving! Every time October rolls around, we push up our sleeves and take a carving knife right to a pumpkin. Sure, it looks pretty when they’re all a-glow on the front stoops of tree-lined streets, but why did we start turning pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns in the first place? We decided to dig deeper and learn about how this tradition started and why it became the intricate art form it is today

Your Holiday-Selling Crash Course: 10 Tips to Increase Sales and Get Prepared

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We’re still in the month of October, but the time to get started selling your wares during the holidays is now! For years I’ve hosted last-minute holiday sales locally to great success and learned a lot along the way. Check out my 10 tips to increase sales and get prepared for selling this holiday season

To the Happy Couple – 5 Gift Ideas for Fall Weddings

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Here’s the thing about fall weddings. It’s my experience that the decision defines the couple in one of two ways. Either the newlyweds share a deep love for the outdoors, which can be for aesthetic or sentimental reasons – doesn’t matter, or they are concerned with how everyone appears eternally in photographs. My husband suffers from face-altering allergies during the spring and summer, and my family doesn’t drive in the snow. He and I fell in the latter camp; our friends from California belong to the former one. Regardless, it’s getting chilly outside, and the following five gifts are ideal for two love birds enamored with their fall wedding – for one reason or the other

Play Like a Kid — 5 Cool Playgrounds Around The World

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Archdaily.com

Now that the summer heat has dissipated, its time to get outdoors and enjoy the cool weather. And with the kids excited to get a break from the classroom, playgrounds are the place to be this season. While there is most likely a playground at the nearest park or elementary school, I’m curious about those playgrounds around the world catering to a child’s imagination and sense of wonder. No sand boxes or monkey bars here; these playgrounds are unlike any others. From Japan to New York, it’s time to live it up like a kid at the top five coolest playgrounds around

Hand Me Down — Susan Brinson of House of Brinson

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If you aren’t already a fan of the blog House of Brinson, then I suggest you start checking it out. We’ve been slightly obsessed with following Susan and William Brinson on their Instagram account as they share the renovation process of their house (those windows are giving us some serious design envy)! We were lucky enough to catch up with Susan Brinson recently to chat with her about a special item that was passed down to her. Check out the interview to see where it is in her home now

New to You — Focus on the Details to Transform Your Fall Wardrobe

Bundle up with retooled threads. Photo: Streetetiquette.com

Bundle up with retooled threads. Photo: Streetetiquette.com

The weather is changing and as we pack away our cut-offs and pull out our cardigans, let’s take a minute to focus on clothing. Fashion trends these days usually end up being disposable but over here at Krrb, we believe in making do with what you got. Why buy new clothes when you have a closet packed full of possibilities? Here are some tips and tricks on how to revitalize your older but favorite duds in time for fall

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!

This week we’re talking flying cows, frightening makeup tutorials and ding-dong, parties are dead. Let’s get to it

What’s Cooking — Mastering the Crust for All Kinds of Pies

What's Cooking — Pies of All Kinds, Mastering the Crust

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Let’s talk pies. When it comes to fillings, boy oh boy, you’ve got options. But you’re also free to experiment with the crust as well. Today we’re covering a variety of ways to make your pie and eat it too

Buying into the History of Woodcut Art

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Photo: Tugboatprintshop.blogspot.com

Woodcut art is created by gouging out a design on wood to create a relief painting. Similar to screen printing, this process is often repeated several time to add layers or colors. Throughout history, variations of woodcuts were the premiere way to create multiple images of the same design. From textiles to books, wood cut art has been transformed by different cultures and movements. Keep reading to find out more about the history of woodcut art and to see modern options you can buy

What’s Cooking — Local Food at Its Peak in October

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Photo: Look-what-i-made.com

The leaves are changing, the temperature’s dropping: fall’s here and our appetites are ready for it. Each region of the country has different dishes that are hitting their peak this month, so it’s prime time to let the flavors shine. We explored the best that spring and summer have to offer, and now it’s time to enjoy the heartier tastes of October! See what you’ll be digging into this season