Lovely Leather: Get the Trend

Whether you’re in to the real thing or prefer the faux stuff, leather is definitely a trend we’re seeing throughout fashion and home.

Check out some of our favorite leather finds this season, from hair wraps to plant hangers!

Olivia Brown Leather Hair Wrap

Margot Black Leather Hair Wrap 

Leather Magazine Rack

3′ X 5′ Leather Two Tone Brown Rug 

Grey Faux Leather Fringe Arm Cuff

Dark Brown Faux Leather Crossbody Purse

Black Wool Tiller Hat

Dark Brown Leather Harness

Leather Waves Plant Hanger 

Leather Cut Out Basket 

 

Touch A Life X EB: Empowerment Through Batik

50% of sales from the Batik Fabrics (and Mud Cloth Bags) go directly back to the students at the Life Academy’s Sewing Collective in Accra, Ghana. When you buy a handmade Batik Fabric or Mud Cloth Bag, you’re doing more than just getting a textile. You’re giving a young student the opportunity to do something with their life, to become something.

 

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Get Creative with Wood Block Ornaments!

Wood block printing has been around since ancient times. There’s just something about the raw, organic look of using a block stamp by hand. The result is an imperfect design with plenty of character. Each one leaves behind a unique imprint with its own personality.

This season we have four Wood Block Ornaments from India! They can be hung on a tree, OR you can create your very own wrapping paper and cards by using it as a stamp.

Let your imagination run wild like an elephant and get creative!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite Wood Block Ornament
  • Kraft paper or other sturdy, blank rolled paper
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
  • Foam paint brushes OR Speedball® Rubber Brayer (roller)

Wood Block Print Ornaments and Paint

1. Add a small amount of paint to the tip of your brush.

2. Take your Wood Block Ornament and carefully dab the paint on the white, raised edges of the stamp.

3. To create an ombre look, paint half the stamp one color and the other half another color. Slightly overlap the colors in the middle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

PRO TIP: Avoid getting paint in the recessed (brown) areas of the block.                    If this occurs, the excess paint will distort the design when you                    stamp it.

4. Firmly press the stamp onto the paper, and rock it back and forth to make a solid imprint of the design.

Note: When you wash the acrylic paint off the ornament, the original white paint on the edges will probably come off. If that bothers you, don’t use it as a stamp! Otherwise, enjoy your ornament’s new look. 

DIY Wrapping Presents with Wood Block Print Ornaments

To hang or to stamp? Let us know how you plan on using these versatile, wood block beauties!

Wallpaper for Nomads

We nomads have a hard time staying in one place for too long, let alone committing to a permanent style of décor. So how do we express ourselves on our walls when paint and wallpaper are just that—permanent? EB’s Hailey has the ultimate solution for the spontaneous soul: a starched tapestry. This simple yet impact DIY project works best with a partner. Hailey and teammate Alex hit the studio to show us how it’s done.

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Día de los Muertos

When we think of death or about relatives who have passed, our automatic reaction is to often be sad and/or to avoid the topic all together. It’s understandable to feel down when talking about a deceased loved one but many Hispanic cultures take the opposite approach. Every year on November 1 & 2, known as “Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”, families prepare an altar-like set up in their home or town with offerings orofrendas for the deceased. The day is more of a time to celebrate the character qualities and personality of those who passed than to mourn. It is believed that the spirits come back to visit their living relatives and take time to enjoy their favorite earthly treasures, like tequila and tamales.

Instead of preparing for one of our own relatives, we decided to honor Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter known for her self portraits. Photos of the deceased are placed at the altar to help honor and remember their life.

           

Pan dulce, which means “sweet bread”, is a classic Hispanic pastry often eaten for breakfast. We picked some up at a local panadería for our altar. Many people leave their favorite candy, like de La Rosa, as a sweet treat for their loved one. After the long journey, the spirits will definitely be hungry and need to refuel. Although they don’t actually eat the food, the spirits remove all nutritional value from the offerings. It’s also important to leave a bowl of water to cleanse themselves with. After all, who knows how long their travels took and what they encountered along the way.

Incense and candles are always seen at an altar. The spirits follow the aromatic smoke of burning incense and use the candles to guide themselves to their destination.

          

Look, we all seem to enjoy a drink or two and we’re ususally craving one after a stressful roadtrip or flight. How do you think the spirits feel after WHO KNOWS how long without some libations? Tequila is a popular spirit (no pun intended) found throughout Mexico and is found at an altar.

          

Vast majority of Hispanics are Catholic and many families incorporate their religious beliefs into their Day of the Dead altar by placing a crucifix. All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday, actually coincides with Day of the Dead and many Mexicans view it as the same holiday.

Flowers, specifically marigolds, are placed around the altar so the spirits can find their way into the home. The vibrant colors and fragrant scent lure the spirits in and remind us how fragile life truly is.

        

Tamales are a staple in Hispanic culture and are often made during big holidays and celebrations, like Christmas, and Day of the Dead is no exception. Many families put out other traditional foods like mole and even pumpkin. However, if grandma hated tamales and preferred a greasy hamburger, then that is what you would leave out for her. The offerings don’t always have to be traditional and can definitely be something more modern.

          

Even if you don’t come from a Hispanic background, you can still celebrate the day. Honoring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive is a universal tribute we can all get behind.

Artist Collection: Canvas Art

We are thrilled to introduce our first Artist Collection of canvas art, featuring Dallas based artist Jermtek, Jeremy Reynolds. Beautifully reproduced on canvas and ready to hang in your home, these pieces feature a variety of media and a distinctive style. Alignment is probably our favorite, with the bold line quality over vibrant dripping colors. Which pieces are you most in love with? This canvas art collection was printed in a limited run and will not be reordered. They’re in stores now, so head in soon to claim yours! Check out the whole collection below.

Roots by Jermtek

Roots by Jermtek – $34.95 (20″ x 24″)

One Line Drawing by Jermtek

Owl by Jermtek

One Line Drawing by Jermtek- $59.95 (24″ x 36″) | Owl by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 18″)

Alignment by Jermtek

Alignment by Jermtek – $79.95 (46.5″ x 31.5″)

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek

Disection by Jermtek

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek – $19.95 (10″ x 13.5″) | Disection by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 24″)

Le Male & Le Femme by Jermtek

Le Femme and Le Male by Jermtek – $24.95 each (11″ x 17″)

Drawing 26 by Jermtek

Drawing 26 by Jermtek – $49.95 (31.5″ x 23.5″)

Untitled by Jermtek

Untitled by Jermtek – $34.95 (24″ x 20″)

The Pets of Earthbound

We’re super excited about our new Pet Portraits line of 18″ x 18″ canvas wall art! Of course, these are the pets of 4 of us here at the Earthbound office, so we might be a little biased. There’s a bit of a running debate over whose pet will end up on the most walls across the country. What do you say? Which dog or cat is heading home with you on canvas art? Read more about Scarlett, Snoop, Trajan and Cappie to help you pick! At $14.97 each, why not take them all home?

 

Scarlett - Chihuahua Canvas Art

Scarlett - Chihuahua

Scarlett is a nine-year-old Chihuahua living in Texas, but she’s originally from Florida. She is named after Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind”. Most people call her Scar-Jo, Chi-Chi or Chuppy (short for Chupacabra).

Scarlett loves to show off her toy collection by taking each toy out of its home and then parading it around for all to see. Look but don’t touch though, because she doesn’t do “fetch”! She also loves laying in the sun and rolling in anything that smells bad. Her absolute favorite thing to do is snuggle, especially when there’s a blanket!

Scarlett grew up idolizing the greats like Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, and Ren, from Ren and Stempy. When asked what it meant to her to be part of Earthbound’s canvas wall art collection and to potentially gain Chihuahua stardom… she paused, gazed up to the heavens, shed a single tear and said, “I guess dreams do come true.”

P.S. Yes, she’s aware she has a giant tooth that sticks out. No, you cannot use it as a bottle/can opener.

 

Snoop - Cat Canvas Art

Snoop - Cat

Snoop (a.k.a Snoop Doggy Dogg) is an American Shorthair hailing from Austin, Texas. He currently weighs in at 17 lbs and maintains his fighting weight with frequent laser pointer chases. He is 0-4 and his next match is August 1st with the cheeky Russian Blue two houses over.

When not in training, Snoop enjoys the finer points of furniture design and is well-known for his unique, upholstery shredding technique. A Taurus with Capricorn rising, there is nothing better to Snoop than a relaxing night at home with a little catnip.

Snoop is very happy to be featured in Earthbound’s cool, new line of Pet Portraits. On the question of which will sell better: cat or dog portraits, Snoop was quoted as saying, “Plz cee tha internetz. Kthxbai.”

P.S. As you may have already deduced, Snoop Dogg’s name is somewhat misleading. In reality, his favorite rappers are Sir Dzl and Q-Tip.

 

Trajan - Great Dane Canvas Art

Trajan - Great Dane

Trajan is a middle-aged, blue Great Dane, who would like it very much if you would stop trying to cuddle with him while he sleeps on his twin size mattress. Sleeping is serious business where Great Danes are concerned. Trajan originally hails from Missouri, and his name hails from Rome. At about 150 pounds, Trajan outweighs most of the residents of his home in Suburbia, Texas. He loves resting all 150 pounds on the back of his humans’ legs, and seeing if they’ll collapse.

Trajan spends his days sleeping, waking the humans up very eagerly, having all of his toys stolen by a bully Great Dane/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Gus, sleeping, playing tug-of-war with Gus, sleeping, staring at the very harried cat who stays out of his reach, playing tug-of-war with a human, sleeping, conning the humans into providing belly rubs, barking at potential threats like people walking on the sidewalk, eating, sleeping and grooming his duck stuffed animal (the only toy he won’t allow Gus to steal).

Trajan was asked for a comment on how he feels about his canvas art debut, but he rolled over and went back to sleep. His humans are undeniably excited though.

 

Cappie - Pekingese Canvas Art

Cappie - Pekingese

Ms. Caprica Liu Chu, aka Cappiechu, aka Cappie is a three year old Pekingese living in Dallas, TX with her owners Joey & Justin. She is quite the happy, fluffy, perky little peke. Her day pretty much is dominated by napping, playing with stuffed toys that look like mice, and chewing on her rawhide bone. She loves to grab the toy mice by the tail and throw them around in the air. It’s really quite entertaining to watch.

We believe Cappie was a cat in another life. She enjoys sitting in the window sill watching everything go by and of course playing with “mice”. Bath time is a real treat because she gets the hair dryer afterwards. That’s pretty much the highlight of the week for her…letting her luxurious hair blow around. You can follow Cappie on Instagram @cappiechu where she is pretty much a big deal.

She is quite proud to be immortalized on canvas by Earthbound Trading Co. and cannot wait to be hanging in every home in America!

Curiosity Shop: An Interview with the Buyer

“Eclectic, quirky and unique” is how our home decor buyer, Justin, describes the newly launched Curiosity Shop. We’re in love with this collection so we couldn’t wait to ask Justin how it came to be!

Q: Tell us how you came up with the Curiosity Shop collection!

A: “About two years ago we were finding items on our buying trips that we loved, but did not know how they would necessarily fit with our ‘hand crafted / hippie home decor’ vibe we always try and bring across. These items presented a quirky, sometimes dark and mysterious vibe to them that I could not get out of my head. I knew I NEEDED to bring these to our customers.

The idea of a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is certainly not a new idea, and that was the description that popped into my head. We finally launched our first Curiosity Shop in May of 2012 to very positive results. We then continued with a second round that October that presented the same quirky vibe, but with a dash of Halloween thrown in to the mix. This latest round of curiosities I think is definitely the most successful to date, as well as my personal favorite.”

 Curiosity Shop Window Display

Q: What about this new story makes it your favorite?

A: “This was the first time we really tried to bring strong colors into the mix. The three colorful globes were one of the initial inspiration pieces when putting this third story together. I absolutely love these globes!  From there everything fell into place so easily it was scary!

I also wanted a strong presence of octopus motif. This had been a growing customer request and I knew this was the perfect story to go octopi crazy.  The bird claw metal candle sticks are another personal favorite. And that pewter jelly fish?!? I mean come on!”

Curiosity Shop Jellyfish & Octopus
Q: What do you hope customers take away from Curiosity Shop?

A: “I want customers to feel like they got lost for a second within the ‘cabinet of curiosities’. I want them to do a double take more than a few times. The products echo this feeling and at such a great value and quality.”

Q: What’s next for Curiosity Shop?

A: “Great question! I think there are new stories to tell within the shop. We will continue with our core items that everyone must have always, but will continue to bring in new and intriguing treasures. My personal theme is ‘Expect the Unexpected’.  This is most definitely true for Curiosity Shop! You never know what may show up at your local Earthbound!”

 

Thanks Justin! Everyone, be sure to check out the result of Justin’s hard work on our Curiosity Shop collection! You can also go behind the scenes on the collection’s photo shoot, or learn more about Deep Ellum, the Dallas neighborhood that was perfect for the shoot!