Touch A Life X EB: Empowering Together

It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month

That’s why on Monday, January 9th, 20% of all online sales at earthboundtrading.com benefit Touch A Life. It doesn’t matter if you buy a bag, a salt lamp, or new canvas art!

20% of your online purchase goes directly back to Touch A Life, so they can continue to improve the lives of formerly trafficked children.

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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.

Curiosity Shop: An Interview with the Buyer

It would not be summer at Earthbound without Curiosity Shop! In its 4th incarnation, this summer’s story is catching everyone’s eye as they pass by the store. We sat down once again with home décor buyer Justin to find out what curious happenings have been popping up!

Curiosity Shop

Curiosity Shop

Q: What makes this 4th installment of Curiosity Shop different from previous ones?

A: The core of Curiosity Shop is composed of items that make you want to do a double take. Unique, eclectic, strange are just a few words we have used to describe this story over the years. This year is certainly no different!

With this 4th installment I wanted to bring a color pallet of metallics and blues. I have been obsessed with gold all year and knew I had to bring it to Curiosity Shop. That gold skull is one of my favorite pieces! The choice of bringing in different shades of blue was sparked from the love of the octopus. As a motif the octopus has continued to do well for us so I thought it would be great to see some ocean inspired colors brought in to help round out the story.

There also is a small theme of scale. Taking the same item and doing it in a small size and an extra large size. Science and geometric themes play a role as well. From the Galileo thermometer and Fitzroy Storm Glass barometer to those AWESOME geometric candle holders!  Also check out those globes with the metallic finishes! Very cool!

Finally I was excited to throw some textiles in to the mix this year. We are offering four pillow styles that are super unique and that will add some serious curiosity to any sofa!

Curiosity Shop  Curiosity Shop

Q: How do you decide what theme or color pallet to use with this type of product story?

A: The majority of time it only takes one item to set the wheels in motion. This time the metal octopus candle holder provided a great starting point. The color and the motif was perfect! From there my obsession with gold and anything metallic really got the ball rolling.

Q: Now for the question that is on everyone’s mind. What is NEXT for Curiosity Shop?

A: Hahaha. Hmmm…well for next year’s story we will see Curiosity Shop take a trip with Mother Nature. And that is what I will leave you with! Expect the unexpected!!!

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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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!