Behind the Scenes: Spring Dream

In February, our creative team got together to produce the photos for our Spring Dream apparel collection. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t get the memo that we were channeling Spring, and we caught a freak Dallas snow storm. Our set was a vacant brake shop in Deep Ellum, and central heating is not one of its amenities. We made do with propane heaters and chilly models, but we got great photos for the collection despite the weather! Major props to our models for toughing it out in the cold. Be sure to check out our behind the scenesSpring Fling video too!

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot     Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot      Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot  Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

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Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot    Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot    Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot   Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Earthbound's Spring Dream Collection Photo Shoot

Check out the Spring Dream collection here and then head to your nearest Earthbound to shop!

EB Spotlight: Kat at Charleston & Boulder

Before Kat transferred to Charleston, South Carolina, we interviewed her when she was in charge of our store on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. You might remember that she helped us out with our Guide to our Favorite Places for Boulder! A great new manager has taken the reins at Boulder, but Kat is still rockin’ it for Earthbound as the store manager of our location on King Street in Charleston. We’re finally featuring Kat’s interview, and we’re excited for you all to get to know her a bit better!

Earthbound Team Spotlight: Kat at Charleston

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Love, Laughter, and the Pursuit of Glitter

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: There is so much! I love everyone I work with from my team all the way up through store support; it is so great to actually enjoy coming to work and interacting with my co-workers. I also love the merchandise we sell, as anyone could tell if they walked into my home. Another aspect I love is being able to travel and see the different parts of the country and our company. However, the most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the people I have trained learn, grow, and succeed.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: Hands-down favorite thing to do is going to concerts and festivals, which is great with Red Rocks nearby. I also have a 7-month-old miniature longhair Dachshund puppy named Luna, and she’s one of my favorite things too…most of the time.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: Oh I hate to narrow it down! I listen to everything from bluegrass to rap, but I’m really into Wild Belle right now. I just love that brassy instruments are becoming more prevalent in today’s music.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: Backup dancer for Beyoncé??? Maybe a more achievable dream of mine, though, is to someday live in Scotland. But, after I have retired from backup dancing of course.

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: LUNA! I need a companion; she can be my Wilson. I would also bring a Swiss Army knife because I’m sure it would come in handy; maybe get the deluxe version with the solar panel. From Earthbound, I would bring the Tree of Life tapestry beacause it’s so soft. I could make a tent, a blanket, a dress, a hat, a puppy bed, just so much out of it!

Tree of Life Tapestry

Thank You for your Heifer Donations!

Through our Peace Pipes donation program, our customers have donated thousands of dollars to Heifer International, a charitable organization working with communities to end world hunger and poverty, and to care for the Earth.

Gulu Women Dairy Farmers Project, courtesy of Heifer International

Next time you’re checking out at Earthbound, drop your spare change in the Peace Pipe by the register. It’s a super easy way to donate and support Heifer’s efforts around the world.

Koh Svay Village; photo by Matt Bradley, courtesy of Heifer International

Coffee Farm Workers' Families, photo courtesy of Heifer International

Mae Come and Klon Mai villages, photo courtesy of Heifer International

Learn more about Heifer International on their website. Explore other ways to help Heifer transform lives.

Diarrere, Senegal — Kady Sarr, photo by Geoff Bugby, courtesy of Heifer International

Photo Credits:
“Gulu Women Dairy Farmers Project”, courtesy of Heifer International ©2011
“Koh Svay Village; 39 families”, by Matt Bradley, courtesy of Heifer International ©2010
“Improving Food Security and Nutrition of Coffee Farm Workers’ Families”, photo courtesy of Heifer International ©2012
“Mae Come and Klon Mai villages umbrella project”, courtesy of Heifer International ©2009
“Diarrere, Senegal — Kady Sarr” by Geoff Bugby, courtesy of Heifer International ©2008

DIY: Homemade Bird Feeder

Birdfeeder 1

We’re ready for Spring and sunshine and iced drinks on the porch, listening to birds sing and watching squirrels frolic! We want to get the bird singing started, by making a bird feeder to attract a backyard show!

Materials

Materials:

-Birdseed – go for a mix with smaller particles, with no peanuts still in their shells; sunflower seeds, millet, & corn bits are all good.
-Gelatin – 2 packs, ¼ oz each (the box usually comes with 4 packs).
-Cookie Cutters – large, simple shapes work best.
-Straw – cut the straw into 2”-3” sections, a little longer than the depth of your cookie cutter
-Twine
-Aluminum Foil
-Non-stick Cooking Spray
-Hot Water

Procedure:
1 – Add 2 packs of gelatin to ½ cup of cold water. Stir it and allow it to sit and dissolve for a little while.

2 – Add ¾ cup of hot water to the gelatin + water mix.

3 – Add 2 cups of birdseed, then stir to coat the birdseed in the gelatin mix.

4 – Spray the cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray, and place on a sheet of aluminum foil. It worked best for us sitting in a shallow bowl or small plate.

Birdseed Mix Birdseed Cookie Cutter

5 – Pack the birdseed into the cookie cutter fairly firmly. You want enough liquid to act as a glue to hold the seed together, but you want the majority of the content to be solid material.

6 – Use the straw to clear a small hole in the birdfeed. You’ll leave the straw in to displace the seed so it will pop out easily later.

7 – Put the whole shebang in the freezer for a few hours (this is where having the foil in a bowl or on top of a plate helps).

Insert Straw Put in Freezer

8 – Remove the bird feeder from the freezer so it will thaw. When it’s thawed, the cookie cutter and straw will easily slide off the solidified bird feeder. You may need a toothpick or pen tip to pop the remaining seed from the hole made by the straw.

Thawed Tie on Twine

9 – Tie a loop of twine through the hole, and hang somewhere the birds can perch and enjoy!

Voila!