IG Costume Contest – Win a $100 EB Gift Card

[Contest has now closed. Stay tuned for a winner announcement!]

Using an Earthbound Venetian or Day of the Dead mask for your Halloween costume? You have 4 days left to enter our Instagram Costume Contest! Tag your Instagram pics with #ebcostume and #earthbound and YOU could win a $100 EB gift card! Contest ends on November 3, so get those Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Weekend After Halloween Party pictures in for a chance to win!

Win $100 gift card in the 2013 Earthbound Costume Contest!

[Submissions accepted until 11/03/13. Winner announced 11/04/13. Earthbound does not sell online, so winner must redeem gift card at a physical EB location. Under 18 must have parent or legal guardian permission to participate. Prizes not claimed by 11/30/13 will be forfeited.]
Check out some of your competition!

@kmwojcik @zsnyder2290 @gypsymothsol

@annamohammed3 @wmknight32

@martitaromo
Thanks for entering, @kmwojcik, @zsnyder2290, @gypsymothsol, @annamohammed3, @wmknight32 &@martitaromo!

National Cat Day!

Did you know that today is National Cat Day? Well, it is! To celebrate, we’re sharing photos of some of the kitties near and dear to our hearts here at Earthbound HQ. If you’re ready to add a feline to your family, we recommend checking out the listings for adoptable cats at shelters in your area on the ASPCA website.

Jade - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Izzy - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Jade || Izzy

Keefer & Petunia - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!  Calypso - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Keefer & Petunia || Calypso

Boris & Big Kitty - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Boogins - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Boris & Big Kitty || Boogins

Allie - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Snoop - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Allie || Snoop

P.S. Fact: Cats are awesome.

Earthbound in Lawrence, KS!

This month we’re chatting with Caitlin, the First Assistant Manager at our Lawrence, Kansas location about all of her favorite places and things to do in and around Lawrence! 25 miles from Topeka and 41 miles from Kansas City, Lawrence is a college town with just under 90,000 residents. Home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence hosts a slew of fun activities, as well as breathtaking rural beauty.

Greens & Golds by Patrick Emerson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license

Q: Is there any cuisine your city is known for? Where’s the best place to get it?

A: The Kansas City area is known for its tasty BBQ. Here in Lawrence, we all go to Gran-Daddy’s Q for the best pulled pork around! Have some slaw on the side (or stuff it on your sandwich like me) and you are in BBQ heaven.

Q: What’s the music scene like? Where do you go to catch a concert or go dancing?

A: Lawrence has an outstanding history of musicians and the music scene is thriving! Bands like White Flight,Fourth of July, Appleseed Cast, and Mates of States all hail from our town and play at the many venues located on our main strip. Venues and bars like The Granada, the Replay Lounge (decorated like the inside of a pinball machine), and The Jackpot (which still hosts holes in the ceiling from Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, when he decided it was a great idea to bash his mic stand into said ceiling) all host a spectrum of emerging and seasoned bands.

Megafaun by Helena Price, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivates license Lawrence, Kansas by Ross Griff, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Q: What’s something fun to do with children in your town?

A: Lawrence is a family friendly town with lots of outreach programs, festivals, playgrounds, and parades. We have an educational medicinal garden that grows only plains plants, a healthy 4-H program, and a super popular LEGOLAND in Kansas City. Not to mention yoga groups for the youngins’, The Americana Music Academy to teach them claw-hammer banjo and make-the-devil-dance fiddle playing, homemade ice cream fromSylas and Maddy’s, and the Growing Food, Growing Health program that has started gardens at most of the schools in the area and provides fresh, super local produce for their cafeterias and income from their farmer’s market booths!

Legoland Discover Centery by supercooper, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license Sylas & Maddie's Board by Chris Jackson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license

Q: What museums, theatres, galleries or other cultural activities do you recommend?

A: Lawrence is an artistic oasis in a state where the arts commission was cut completely. The Lawrence Arts Center has a rotating roster of classes for kids and adults alike such as letterpress, ceramics, and jewelry making. Lawrence is also home to the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!) which boasts an impressive number of museums on its campus, such as the Museum of Natural History. Downtown, you will find Liberty Hall, a theater and music venue that was recently restored to its original 142-year-old glory. You can really find something to do every day of the week in our little college town. Don’t miss Art Tougeau– it’s like a gallery on a bike, put into a parade. The Open Air Cinema shows a classic movie every week projected onto the side of the Lawrence Arts Center. Every last Friday of the month, we have “Final Fridays,” where every shop on our main street, Massachusetts, turns into an art gallery and serves out a little nosh and vino.

Lawrence Art Center by FHKE, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license Wheels by David DeHetre, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License

Q: Where’s the best place to be after midnight in your city?

A: Ride your bike over the river and park on the levy. Listen to the train whistling by, the river rushing over the dam, and look up at the stars. Bliss!

Perseid by David DeHetre, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Q: What’s the best time of year to visit? Why?

A: In the Midwest, the Summer is blistering and the Winter is unforgiving, but in the Spring and Fall, you might feel like you are visiting some Provençale town in the south of France! Late Summer and Fall are the time when all the “U-Pick” farms open and the farmer’s markets are booming. We have fields of organic lavender, local mushrooms, peach orchards, and tractor rides to the largest pumpkin patch you’ll lay eyes on. Sure, you could go to the grocery store and get out of season asparagus from California, or you could put the family in the car and spend the morning picking and eating all the bush-ripened blueberries you can handle!

Zebra Swallowtail In Flight by jennifernish, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license

Prairie Flowers does produce, too! by Lawrence Farmer's Market, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License

Q: What’s one unique thing about your city that a visitor absolutely should not miss?

A: Lawrence, believe it or not, hosts the biggest horse-drawn carriage/buggy/cart/wagon Christmas parade in the nation. The parade always starts off with an homage to the Buffalo Soldiers of the Civil War, just so we don’t forget our roots as the original “Free State!” It’s not to be missed!

Three Paints in a Row by Stephen Hinton, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license

Lawrence Christmas Parade by Kansas Tourism, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license

Don’t forget to stop by our store location on Massachussetts Street while you’re in town!

Earthbound Trading Co. in Lawrence, Kansas

Photo Credits:
“Greens and Golds” ©2010 Patrick Emerson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license
“Megafaun – Lawrence, KS.” ©2009 Helena Price, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivates license
“Lawrence, Kansas 1” ©2011 Ross Griff, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“Legoland Discover Centery, KC” ©2013 supercooper, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license
“sylas_maddies_board” ©2006 Chris Jackson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license
“Lawrence Art Center” ©2009 FHKE, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license
“wheels” ©2011 David DeHetre, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License
“Perseid” ©2012 David DeHetre, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“zebra swallowtail in flight” ©2013 jennifernish, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license
“Prairie Flowers does produce, too!” ©2008 Lawrence Farmer’s Market, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license
“Three paints in a row” ©2008 Stephen Hinton, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license
“Lawrence Christmas Parade” ©2012 Kansas Tourism, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license

EB Team Spotlight: Hannah at Gretna!

We’re overdue for another EB Team Spotlight! This time we’re chatting with Hannah, the rockin’ store manager at our location in Gretna, Louisiana at the Oakwood Center. If you’re vacationing in New Orleans, be sure to hop over the Mississippi and go see Hannah and her crew in nearby Gretna!

EB Team Spotlight: Hanna at Gretna

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:

A: A messy, yet happy collaboration of eccentricity and enthusiasm.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?

A: Honestly, everything. I love the products and the customers; I learn something new every day. I love the atmosphere and the energy that is infused into all of my staff; I smile fifty times more when I’m at work than I do anywhere else.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

A: Sleep? I’m actually a pretty big geek. I love playing video games, shooting pool, and watching old movies. I’m really into food; I love trying new restaurants with friends on my off days.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?

A: Anything by Lana Del Ray. I love the bluesy, smoky feel of her music.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?

A: My greatest dreams are to travel around the world; I love to learn about other cultures, to explore other places that feel like they are a world away from what I’m used to, and to eat. Eat all the food!

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?

A: My dog, of course. I would be extremely lonely without her! Taking a few liberties, and praying to every deity that solar powered energy is available to me, I’d bring my salt stone and my iPod. I don’t think I could survive without music.

DIY: Painted Sugar Skull Pumpkins

DIY: Painted Sugar Skull Pumpkin with Free Template

We couldn’t get enough of those carved sugar skull pumpkins so we thought we’d try another round and another tutorial – this time for painted pumpkins!

We made paint-friendly versions of our stencils. Click the links below to download your stencils!

Set of 3 Large Templates (7.5″x7.5″)
Set of 3 Small Templates (5″x5″)

Tools-
1- pumpkin – we used a large one, but small ones are super cute too.
2- acrylic craft paint – white plus 3 other colors of your choice. We used red, blue and green but the possibilities are endless! What about neon, or glow in the dark?
3- black paint pen.
4- sponge brushes – you can find these cheap at any hardware or craft store. We used one for each color of paint.
5- clear tape – nothing heavy duty, you just want to hold your stencil down lightly.
6- x-acto knife or fine-tip scissors – just pick whichever you will find easier for cutting fine detail.
7- stencil (and access to a printer) – there are many to choose from online, or you can print one of ours!

Procedure-
1- Print out the stencil you need according to the size of your pumpkin – We printed ours on cardstock so it would be a little more sturdy.
2- Cut out white areas on the stencil with x-acto knife or scissors.

Cut out your sugar skull stencil with an x-acto knife

Tape your stencil to your pumpkin

3- Paint a general skull shape on pumpkin in white paint – You can use the stencil as a guide, but note that black sharpie will show through the white acrylic paint, so you don’t want to outline in sharpie. You will need two or three coats of paint. Be sure to let the paint dry between coats; wet paint will just wipe off on your brush!
4- Tape the stencil over the (dry!) white acrylic skull. If the edges of the skull extend beyond the stencil edges that is ok, but make sure you put a little paper under the tape to protect the painted area from contact with the tape. The adhesive on the tape will pull acrylic paint off the surface of your pumpkin.
5- Paint the cut out areas in the stencil in various colors – Since you’re using a flat stencil on a round surface you may need to hold your stencil down wherever you are painting.
6- Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely.

Remove the stencil and let your paint dry

Outline the painted areas with a black paint pen

7- Use the black paint pen to outline the various colored shapes or freehand additional details.

 

We made some of our own at home too, freehanded just for fun. Make your own, with our stencils or freehanded, and send us pictures! Post them via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #earthbound and #ebpumpkins! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Freehand Painted Pumpkins

DIY: Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Here at Earthbound, we love the idea of repurposing. With a little inspiration from EB lover @modmodesty, we decided to put together a simple “how to” on turning an old skirt into a pair of funky Palazzo pants. So get those pins and scissors ready!

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants by @modmodesty  DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants by Earthbound

What you will need:
-Maxi skirt
-Pins
-Measuring tape
-Scissors
-Sewing machine*

*Note: with a little more time and patience, this DIY can easily be done by hand with a basic needle and thread.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 1:
Measure your inseam with a measuring tape, being sure to leave a little extra room at the crotch seam. Make sure you try the skirt on with your inseam pinned together. Adjust as necessary. Remember: you can always bring the seam up more to fit, but once you have cut too high you can’t go back.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants 

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 2:
Pin down the center of your skirt, making sure to keep the line completely straight.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 3:
Carefully cut along the length of the pins.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 4:
Turn inside out and pin down both sides of the pant legs.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 5:
Now you are ready to sew! Be sure to test drive your machine on a piece of scrap fabric to ensure all settings are correct. Sew up one pant leg, rounding at the crotch seam. Our fabric was quite thin, so we were sure to reinforce the crotch by backstitching a couple of times, then continuing down the other pant leg.

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

Step 6:
Rock your new pants and brag to everyone that YOU MADE THEM!

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

DIY Skirt to Palazzo Pants

DIY: Carved Pumpkins, Day of the Dead Style!

 

We’re getting excited about fall weather and fall holidays here at Earthbound! In typical EB fashion we’re celebrating not just Halloween but the Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. On November 1st and 2nd, many families will visit churches and cemeteries to remember their lost loved ones. They will make traditional gifts of sugar skulls, candied pumpkin, and pan de muerto (bread of the dead).

Follow along with our Do-It-Yourself sugar skull pumpkin carving project and celebrate with us!

Set of 3 Large Templates (7.5″x7.5″)
Set of 3 Small Templates (5″x5″)

Tools-

1- pumpkin – After carving our small pumpkins we concluded that larger pumpkins are easier for this project!

2- pumpkin carving kit or set of tools – We used an x-acto knife and linoleum carving tools ($7.42 from Dick Blick art supply) but there are many (many!) cheap pumpkin carving kits with mini saws and hole punches at your local grocery or party supply store.

3- black sharpie.

4- clear tape – nothing heavy duty, you just want to hold your stencil down.

5- x-acto knife or fine-tip scissors  –  just pick whichever you will find easier for cutting fine detail.

6- stencil (and access to a printer to print it) – there are many to choose from online, or you can print one of ours!

7- tealight candle.

Procedure-

1- Prepare your pumpkin! Cut the top off and scrape out the guts and seeds. We found it looks best to have the edge of the “lid” as far from the carving area as feasible, rather than being centered on the stem.

2- Print out the stencil you need according to the size of your pumpkin – We printed ours on cardstock so they would be a little more sturdy.

3- Cut out black areas on the stencil with x-acto knife or scissors.

4- Tape the stencil onto your pumpkin. The design will be more visible at a distance if the face is higher, rather than lower on the pumpkin.

5- Outline the cut out areas in the stencil in sharpie – Since you’re using a flat stencil on a round surface you may need to hold your stencil against the surface of the pumpkin as you trace.

6- Remove the stencil and begin carving! Remember that your sharpie lines were all drawn in the inside of the stencil holes, so you can carve just outside of the sharpie lines. Otherwise follow any specific instructions on your carving kit. Thinning the wall of the pumpkin where you are planning to carve from the inside may be helpful for thicker pumpkins.

7- When you are finished carving, light your tealight candle and lower it into the pumpkin. Tongs may be useful for this!

8- Turn off the lights, oooh and ahhh.

EB Fashion Blogger: U LA LA

Our newest guest blogger post comes from the fabulous team of ladies at U lala.  U lala is a fashion and lifestyle blog focused on the college-aged girl. They put together a fall look that is at once perfectly Earthbound and perfectly college-chic.

In their own words: “At U lala, we celebrate the kind of girl who oozes individuality, who lets her style tell her story, and who wears clothes as one-of-a-kind as her free spirit. In short—a girl who is decked head-to-toe in Earthbound Trading Co. She’s so adventurous, spirited and worldly that we can’t help but be reminded of the powerful women of the 1960’s. For our shoot, we were inspired by the blossoming trends of fashion’s most revolutionary decade and the confidence of the women who wore them. For the look we chose a swingy tie-dye tunic we styled as a dress, fit for any field-frolicking flower child, a felt hat that just screams Janis Joplin, knee-high leather boots with DIY lace socks and two oversized stone rings for a nod to mother nature. Matched with long-flowing locks and a fresh-faced glow, our model Emily encapsulates the casual-glamour of the 1960’s decade that we adore so much.”

U lala Guest Blog Post

U lala Guest Blog Post

U lala Guest Blogger Post

We’ll leave you with a few more shots from U lala’s look.  We love what they put together!

U lala Guest Blog

U lala Guest Blog

U lala Guest Blog

Earthbound Office Style

Yesterday, we caught several ladies in the Earthbound office wearing past or current Earthbound styles. It’s always fun to see how our garments and accessories get worn in the “real world”! These seven ladies each purchased much of her outfit from the same store and wore it to the same place on the same day, but every one has her own sense of style that shines through.

Can you tell by their attire that Fall weather hasn’t quite struck Dallas, Texas yet? Still, it’s no longer quite Summer, so boots and layers are beginning to make an appearance!

Earthbound's Accessories Buyer Office Style

Earthbound's Payroll Assistant Office Style

Earthbound's Photographer Office Style

Earthbound's Recruiter Office Style

Earthbound's Accounting Office Style

Earthbound's Recruiter Office Style

Earthbound's Clothing Buyer Office Style

Thanks to these Earthbound chicas for showing off their style on the blog! How do you wear your Earthbound attire? Show us on instagram with the tag #earthbound!