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Paletas Please

There is almost nothing better than a home made popsicle on a hot summers day. With the funky Zoku popsicle molds and Fany Gerson's Paletas book on hand, we thought it was time to whip up a sweet treat!

Paletas de Yogurt con Moras 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups plain unsweetened Greek-style yogurt 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, or the berry of your choice
  • Rinse the lemon, then peel it. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon peel, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, then refrigerate until chilled. 

    Put the yogurt and honey in a blender, add the chilled syrup, and blend to combine. Pour a bit of the yogurt mixture into each of the molds, to a height of about ¾ inch. Freeze until the mixture begins to set, about 40 minutes. 

    Divide the berries among the molds, then pour in the remaining yogurt mixture, dividing it evenly among the molds. Freeze for 8 hours and enjoy!

     

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    Calligraphy Workshop with Monvoir

    We had so much fun hosting a Calligraphy Workshop a few weeks ago with the lovely and talented Jenna Rainey of Monvoir. {Follow up post on Jenna - coming soon!}

    The class included refreshments and a starter kit with:

    • Pen Holder
    • Beginner Nib
    • Practice Sheets
    • Black Ink
    • Alphabet Guide 
    • Examplar Sheet
    • Plus a bonus succulent

    It was a morning filled with good company, homemade snacks, and refreshing cold brew coffee, thanks to the guys at Coffee & Tea Collective!

    Thanks to Jenna's creative guidance, we all left the workshop feeling like we were hand lettering naturals.

    A follow up class is in the works, or if you missed this one, stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

    Thanks again for a great morning ladies!   xo- Pigment

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    Succulent Flower Crown in 5 Steps

    Succulents and San Diego go hand in hand. The same can be said for Pigment and the fleshy plants that we love so much. These sun loving beauties are the backbone of most of our creations at Pigment, and we think they deserve to be the star of your floral masterpieces. Join us as we take a closer look at what it takes to include succulents at your special gathering.

    Making a Flower Crown

    Materials:

    • Succulents
    • Floral Wire
    • Flowers (Ranunculus, Dahlias, Thistle, Astilbe)
    • Floral Tape
    • Twine

    5 STEPS

    • Cut a base wire almost to the circumference of your head.  Prepare succulents by removing all soil, excess roots and dead leaves. Thread another wire through the base of each succulent so that you can fix this to your base wire at a later stage.
    • Prepare your florals by cutting them to 2-3″ in length and carefully thread wire through the base of the flower as your did with the succulents.
    • Now is the exciting part… Start on one side of your base wire and work your way around by attaching succulents and flowers to it with the floral tape. We recommend mixing fillers and succulents next to your bigger blooms.
    • End off with wrapping both ends of your wire with twine or ribbon, this will not only be aesthetically pleasing but also more comfortable.
    • Tie your twine together to complete your headband.

    Other succulent decor ideas that are just as easy to do...

    Learn how to build your own Macramé hanger or get it here!

    Don't forget to replant your succulents so that they can stay with you for long after the "I do's"...  Wishing you all the best for your big day! 

    Visit Exquisite Weddings to win your very own Pigment flower crown.

     

    xo - Pigment

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    DIY | Macramé Plant Hanger

    Add a 70's touch to your home with a simple macramé hanging planter. It may sound like you need to be super-crafty, but once you've mastered the basic knot there is no limit to the masterpieces you can create. Stick around to see how to make your very own hanging planter.

    Materials: metal ring | wood beads | measuring tape | cotton rope | scissors | pot & plant | dowel (not pictured)

    Cut four pieces of rope: two that are five yards long, and two that are three yards long.

    Learning the basic knot- a Square Knot.  Let's practice...

    • Lay out four strands. (We have used one pink and one green for instructional purposes)
    • Cross the left cord, currently the pink cord, over the middle cords, and under the green making a figure "4".
    • Bring the right cord, currently the green cord, behind the middle ones, and over the pink cord as shown. Tighten your knot all the way up to the top. This is a half-square knot.
    • Starting on the right this time, we'll repeat the process. Cross pink over the middle strands and under the left most strand, currently the green. Then, cross the green behind the middle and over the loop made by the pink. Pull evenly throughout to secure. Now you've made a square knot!

    • Slide your metal ring to the center of your dowel.
    • Stabilize your dowel at a height that is comfortable to work from, bearing in mind that your hanger is going to get quite long.
    • Find the halfway point of each of your four cords and fold them, creating eight strands. Thread them through the ring, positioning your ring at the midpoint of each strand.

    • Find two of your longer cords and, just as you did above, make a square knot. This time, you are going over six cords not two.
    • Using these same longer cords, separate one to the right side and one to the left and tie six more square knots.  Tip: Tug to tighten, it helps to make sure the cords aren't twisting when you tie.

    • Continue by making six half square knots, always starting with your the left hand cord. This series of half square knots will slowly create a spiral.
    • Once you have completed your spiral, separate your cords into two groups. Each group should have two short cords, and two long cords.

    • Separate cords in to two groups
    • Take one grouping of cords and move down about three inches, then make a square knot.
    • Slide a wooden bead on the two middle cords and make another square knot to secure it.
    • Skip another three inches down the cord and repeat the sequence we started with – six square knots and six spiraling half square knots.
    • Repeat on the other group.

    We're almost there | Grab your planter

    • For the location of your next knot, consider the height of your planter. If it's six inches tall, as ours was, your next knot will be three inches down the cord.
    • Looking at your two groups of cords, take centermost cord from each group and pair them up. Make a square knot (unlike your other square knots, you will not have cords traveling through the middle this time).
    • Now that we have a knot connecting our two groups, let's focus on one group at a time.
    • Starting with the left, create a square knot from the two centre cords. Repeat with the other group.
    • Finally, you will see your outermost strand of each group remains. Complete your basket by knotting these cords together.

    • Pull your cords around your planter, you might need an extra hand when doing this.
    • For the final knot, join the cords at the bottom of the pot with a series of square knots.
    • Plant a beautiful plant in it and enjoy in your home or outside!

    We would love to see your beautiful pieces so please tag us @shoppigment on Twitter or #pigmentdiy on Instagram. If you loved this project keep an eye out for a Macramé workshop coming soon.

    Happy crafting!   xo - Pigment

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    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

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    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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    Pretty Plantings...

    We're at it again, planting away to our heart's delight. We got our hands on some amazingly beautiful and colorful vintage pots. There's nothing we love more than adding great pops of color to the soft and organic texture of succulents and other plants! Our vintage pot collection is one of a kind. The perfect gift for a friend!

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    You can find these pretty lil' plantings and much more in store at our Plant Lab, and some hand select Plant Lab goods online.

    And be on the look out for some of our more famous vintage collections of Haeger, Bauer and McCoy pots, available only in store.

    Happy Planting!

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    Simple Succulents...

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    Over 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?

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    If 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.

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    How 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.

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    What 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

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    Wedding Wishes

    The air is warm (maybe too warm in some places), but that means it's the time for weddings. In Southern California, the Summer weather is perfect for outdoor occasions and that means you're either in a wedding, attending a wedding or working for one (or avoiding one). Whatever the wedding occasion may be, we've rounded up some special items for all you brides, grooms, event planners, friends, parents and the like. Planning a wedding this season.....coordinating decorations, seating exes away from each other or just looking for some special extras that will make the couple's day that much more perfect?....well here are some lovely accoutrements we think might do the trick. Tillandsias are great for decorating, but whether you're a guest or one of the happy couple counterparts - you get to take them home when all is said and done! Multi-use!!

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    More tillandsias (this Xerographica is one of our SUPER favorites) and some great items for the couple that likes to get "dirty" in the kitchen. The Chef's Special candle smells like Heirloom Tomatoes and Fennel, perfect for burning in the kitchen.

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    A touch of pink, but not just for the ladies. This set of gifts speak to the couple that enjoy a flavorful cocktail (they'll need it after the wedding - if not during!). A touch of gold always adds class and these perfectly packaged sparklers will really "fire" up the night.

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    So cheers to elopements, engagements, getting hitched, running away together and a lifetime of happiness. Congrats. Enjoy the wedding! *Items are currently available in store, and coming soon to our online shop.

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    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 aren't in San Diego, we also carry some varieties online here (with more to come): http://www.shoppigment.com/collections/plants

    Plant away!! - Pigment

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