Category Archives: Get Crafty

Getting Crafty for the Holidays | Airplant Wreath

The holidays are in full swing, and we are getting crafty with ways to decorate your home for the holidays. As some of you may know, our shop is well known for the varieties of succulents and airplants we carry. This year we decided to take a bit of an unconventional approach to dressing a your holiday wreath…..with airplants!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1. A basic wreath purchased at your local craft store or nursery – we used a grapevine wreath.

2. A selection of airplants, you can find at a selection of airplants at Pigment year round.

3. Any accent items – in this case we chose a stag horn and a pretty lil’ twig we found during a morning walk.

4. Reindeer moss – for a pop of color and texture, also available at Pigment.

The best part about this craft project is that it requires little-to-no tools, making it is pretty mess-free. We just tucked the butts of the airplants into the wreath and using twine tied the accents to the body of the wreath.

Our in-house planter wizard, Shelby, started out by placing her accent piece.

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Then she worked around that to and put the airplants in place.

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Since we didn’t need to use glue to keep anything in place, there was a lot flexibility in arranging the airplants, a super PLUS when doing this for your first time.  So you can create any kind of look you like; very ornate or keep things nice and light.

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…..a bit of moss for a pop of color and texture.

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And voila! You have an a holiday wreath that is unique, easy to care for and can last beyond the Holiday Season. Airplants and reindeer moss can be watered directly while attached to the wreath; just run the airplants under the water facet to moisten once a week. The reindeer moss needs even less water to keep its texture soft and fluffy; you can water the moss while watering the airplants every other week or so. Let dry before replacing on the wall or door.

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Feeling inspired?  Join us at our Tillandsia Trunk Show on Saturday, December 14th and or hop onto our mailing list to get all the details and to keep up with future events.

Happy Holidays – Pigment

Getting Crafty for the Holidays

We were so excited to host a book-binding workshop put on by local creatives Urban Craft Camp, which is headed by some pretty talented ladies: Ana of We Love Citrus and Jenn of My Three Sons. They’ve joined forces to put together creative workshops  and events to inspire the maker in all of us.  And with the Holidays in the air, it is the perfect time to get crafty for holiday-gift-giving.

Here is a list of basic materials you’ll need to get started on book binding:

  • healing mat
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • a straight-edge or ruler
  • bone folder
  • book binding needle and thread
  • paper

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There are a number of ways to get crafty with book binding. Pinterest has some pretty helpful tutorials to get you started.

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If you’re looking for some pretty paper to use as a cover, we love the colors and prints of Rifle Paper’s wrapping & decorative paper.

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 Go get your craft on and start creating for the holidays and the new year!
And if you’re ever in San Diego, keep an eye out for more upcoming crafty workshops with Urban Craft Camp.

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Simple Succulents…

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentOver here at Pigment, we have been doing quite a bit of planting. Succulents are our favorite plants to make an array of awesome and unique planters. Succulents come in so many different shapes and sizes and are pretty easy to care for, so kinda the best plant friend you can have. Here are some tips on how to care for them once they’re home with you and some inspirational photos of some of the plantings we’ve been creating.

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While succulents have a reputation for being low maintenance, these species still need some caring for – they need protection from scorching sun in the summer, and freezing temperatures in the winter and prefer dry environments to those that are rainy or humid. So pretty perfect for Southern California! Planting your succulents in pots and keeping them indoors during hot hot day and super chilly nights gives them a little protection from those elements.

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Did you know that cacti can serve as a fire break? In “Succulents Simplified” Debra Lee Baldwin recalls her father planting cacti around the perimeter of their family ranch to serve both as a fire break and a security fence. Who needs barbed wire when you have prickly pears?

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentIf you find that your succulents have distorted growth at it’s leaf axils or you see cottony bits in the centers of the rosettes, the cause is more than likely Mealybugs, a common critter that attacks many indoor plants. To get rid of these annoying pests, remove or isolate the affected plant(s) and spray or wipe with diluted isopropyl alcohol and improve the air circulation.

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentHow can you tell if you have been overwatering your succulents? Succulents retain water in their leaves, so they like to almost completely dry out between their waterings. So overwatering can be done easily. If they have a squishy stem or trunk, that’s usually a sign your succulents are a little too wet. Their roots are super soaked! You can remedy this by taking cuttings from healthy tissue and replant. Remember to discard the old soil with the plant.

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentWhat about under watering?
Yes, succulents are meant to be drought tolerant plants, but they still need to be watered. If your succulents have lost their sheen or are shriveling at the tips, then it’s a sure sign that they are thirsty. Be sure to water your plant thoroughly and that the soil is about as moist as a wrung-out sponge.

You can read more about succulents and how to care and maintain them, and find tips on basic designs in the wonderful and informative book “Succulents Simplified” and here’s a video from the author Debra Lee Baldwin on making your own succulent container garden.

Happy planting! – Pigment

Pigment Pretty Plantings

Ever since we got a new batch of amazing-looking cacti and succulents for our Plant Lab we’ve been going “planting-crazy!” I mean….

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One of our favorite little guys, the Thimble Cactus, gathered with a blooming Echeveria. 

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More Echeverias in bloom planted in scalloped vintage pots. 

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The little purple cactus is aptly named the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus. 

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A southwestern themed planting with the Bones cactus in a vintage terracotta pot. 

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String of Pearls are perfect for draping over a hanging pot. The Black Prince Echeveria sits atop its throne in the middle of this organic planting. 

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This fuzzy little cacti is sweetly named Angel Wings, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still prick ya! 

All these lovelies are available in-store only. Get them while they’re hot!, because they’re going fast.

For those of you who are’t in San Diego, we also carry some varieties online here (with more to come): http://www.shoppigment.com/succulents/

Plant away!! – Pigment