6 Nov 2014

Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

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Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

The Blue Gold. That’s how many referred to the plant-based dye, Indigo, for the hundreds of years in which it was one of the most valuable trade commodities moving from India to Europe. Indigo puts the “blue” in your blue jeans. But not true indigo — around the turn of the century, a synthetic version […]

22 Oct 2014

Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

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Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

They call it the Pineapple Express — not the Judd Apatow comedy film, but rather the flood of rain that hits the Pacific Northwest this time of year. Known as an “atmospheric river,” the Pineapple Express has its origins in the typhoons of the Pacific islands, where a combination of warm temperatures, high humidity and […]

15 Oct 2014

Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

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Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

We’re fascinated by Kokedama String Gardens, those mystical floating moss balls that somehow contain live, growing plants. Sitting on a coffee table, hanging in a sunny kitchen window, or cascading above a clawfoot tub, we love Kokedama for their simplicity and versatility: they’re ideal for small spaces, live for years, and never have to be […]

2 Oct 2014

Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

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Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

Fall is in the air. Here in Portland, that means it’s cool and damp, and we’re bringing out our coziest wool flannels and sweaters to keep warm. As the leaves are changing outside, your indoor garden is feeling the onset of fall as well. Just as you’re changing your wardrobe, so too do you have […]

25 Sep 2014

Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

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Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

For most, fall conjures images of colored foliage and falling leaves, of crisp winds and gentle rains, of hot tea and cozy couches–everything but gardening. However, while spring is certainly a great season for gardening, fall provides a surprisingly ideal time for planting. Why Fall Container Planting? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fall brings the […]

10 Sep 2014

Favor Jewelry Trunk Show: Meet the Maker

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Favor Jewelry Trunk Show: Meet the Maker

Portland is a city of makers. From music and fine arts, to textiles and crafts, our city is rich with locally-made alternatives to mass-produced goods. In the realm of Portland-made jewelry, one of our favorite lines is Favor, who’s work we’re happy to carry in our mercantile. We’re pleased to invite you to come meet […]

4 Sep 2014

Tracking Tropical Plants: A Trip to Southwest Mexico

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Tracking Tropical Plants: A Trip to Southwest Mexico

Ever wish you could see how your favorite tropical plants grow in their native environs? Jesse, Pistils’ resident tech guy and self affirmed plant geek, recently had the opportunity to do just that on a trip to southwestern Mexico. Based out of the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the highlands of […]

1 Sep 2014

Web Shop Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

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Web Shop Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

It was 90 degrees, the sun was blaring, and all hands were on deck for our two-day web shop photoshoot. In response to enthusiasm over our web shop, and requests for more product availability, we’ve decided to greatly expand the breadth of our online offerings, and what better way to celebrate great products than with […]

8 Aug 2014

Grow Mushrooms at Home: Meet the Maker

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Grow Mushrooms at Home: Meet the Maker

The Pacific Northwest is famous for mushrooms. From the golden, aromatic Chanterelle, to the elusive, honeycombed Morel, to the fiery red Lobster Mushroom, Portlanders have unique access to some of the most prized culinary ingredients on earth. But mushroom foraging doesn’t have to end in the woods. Thanks to some dedicated fungiphiles and excellent product […]

24 Jul 2014

Hot Weather Gardening: Landscape Design Tips

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Hot Weather Gardening: Landscape Design Tips

It’s been HOT here lately! With temperatures in the upper 90s, and nighttime temperatures rarely dropping below the mid- 60s last week, we noticed drooping plants everywhere. The dog days of summer don’t mean it’s time to give up your garden. With a little extra care and planning, you can learn the tricks to hot […]

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