DIY: Summer Succulent Garden

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Whether you have a naturally green thumb or you just got some green paint on your thumb, this project combines gardening with crafting to make the perfect summer windowsill eye-candy!

Materials

succulent garden materials

1 – Cacti, succulents or other low-watering plants. It’s best not to mix plants from different types of environments –  for example mosses, which need a moist environment vs succulents, which live in an arid climate.

2 – Terra Cotta Pots  – look for ones with price tag stickers on the bottom as the stickers leave a residue.

3 – Cacti and Succulent potting mix.

3 – Painter’s Masking Tape – It’s best to look for good quality painter’s masking tape, as it will block paint and peel off most easily.

4 – Acrylic Craft Paint

5 – Foam Brushes

6 – Scissors, Ruler, Pen

7 – Accessories – plastic toys, doll house or train table accessories

Procedure

1 – Cut tape into thin strips, chevrons or simple pictures. See below for some examples-

patterns

2 – Place tape on pots. Painter’s masking tape can be easily peeled off and adjusted as needed. Press down the edges firmly to block paint.

3 – Use foam brushes to paint 2-3 coats of acrylic paint over the entire pot. It’s easiest to hold the pot upside down over one hand. When painting, lay down thin layers and allow them to dry fully. Thick layers of paint can be too goopy and take longer to dry. If you paint over damp layers, the brush can pull of the existing paint.

4 – Allow the pot to dry fully, about an hour. Paint your accessories while your pots dry.

painting accessories

painting the pots
5 – Using a finger nail, pen tip, or other fine tool, pull back on the edge of a piece of painter’s tape. Remove each piece, careful not to peel off the paint.

peeling the tape off
6 –Fill pots ¼ full of cacti potting mix, then place cacti or succulents in pot and fill in area around plants with more mix.
7 – Place painted accessories in strategically cute places.

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Earthbound + Dog for Dog

treats!

We’re super excited about our new line of pet products, arriving in select locations!*

We’re particularly excited to be working with Dog for Dog, a California based company that, for every bag of treats sold, donates a bag to dogs in need. Check out their website, DogforDog.com, and learn more about their project!

Many of us bring our dogs into the office on Fridays (affectionately called Dog Day Fridays), and we’re happy to report they very much enjoyed taste testing our new doggie products!

Cappy   Scout

Nixie   Olive

Look for our line of pet products in all store locations.

Inside the Daily Life of an Earthbound Buyer

Being a Buyer isn’t just about fun and games…well, ok actually it is! However, it entails a lot of hard work as well. We love our customers and continuously strive to provide them with the best, which means a lot of thought goes into our operation process and how we choose our products.

Now we figured since we can’t give you a tour of our secret lair (for now), we thought you’d enjoy hearing a few of our tips and tricks, and getting a quick peek into the daily life of an Earthbound Buyer. Take a look…

Buyer Bulletin Boards

Often some of our manufacturers will send our buying office swatches of fabrics. This helps us to decide if we really love the feel, color and overall look of a material. It also helps us to better picture how the product will look once it hits stores. With that being said, our office has bulletin boards everywhere!  It’s totally ok though. Having the colors and key images for the season easily accessible is very beneficial, so that when a vendor calls or emails, we know what we’re looking for.

Men's Inspiration Board

This is just a snippet of an inspiration board put together for our Men’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Line. We will be using it for our upcoming India trip. Inspiration board are great because it helps us to truly visualize the type of look we are going for, and what kind of products we want to offer in store next season.

Pantone swatches

We do a wide variety of product design here in our buying department and its always great to have Pantone color swatches nearby. That way, we can pick out what we love easily! Using a well know source like Pantone also helps us to make sure that there aren’t any communication errors when talking about what colors we hope to have in stores.

Ideas

We have noted that huge blown out artwork and digital prints are going to be a big thing for spring. This collage is great in giving us inspiration for some great prints and designs of our own.

pinsperation

Can someone say PINspiration? We absolutely love Pinterest. It’s really an awesome tool to spot new trends and find out what is popular among the masses. Knowing what your consumer is interested in and looking for, helps to create a exciting and positive collection for the upcoming season!