Monday, July 18, 2011

Terrarium making

Making a terrarium

Here I have the foundation all set. A 2" layer of pebble and rocks for drainage, thin layer of activated charcoal to prevent rot and purify water, and sphagnum moss to keep the soil out of the rocks.

Completed terrarium

And here is the finished terrarium with a scale horse I bought just for this mini project! I used moss, polka dot plant, and I can't remember the name of the third tree-like plant.

**Since making this, I have closed the lid on container and it has been self sufficient with the water condensation watering the terrarium everyday. The only care I have had thus far is pinching the plants back from overgrowth! This is the best part of having a completely closed terrarium versus the popular open terrariums, no watering needed!**

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Back from Paris

la case de cousin paul
While walking back to our hotel from Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, we passed by La Case de Cousin Paul on Tardieu and saw these beautiful lighted orbs made of string. It looked like thick cotton string wrapped around and you can see through the tiny gaps. Unfortunately for us, the store was closed and I didn't get the chance to go in and get a closer look. I really want the big ball for my home! The best part of the store front was the color scheme, my favorite color combination: gray and yellow.

Glass cloche, or bell jar, was in the main palace of Versailles. One of my favorite pieces, along with Marie Antoinette's bedroom and hamlet. She had such impeccable taste!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elliot the Elephant

Now that I am back from our Europe trip and awake from being in and out of consciousness from post vacation cold, I have a minute to spare to post pictures of my nephew's finished gift!

Elliot the Elephant

Eliot the Elephant

Meet Elliot, the cutest organic handmade Elephant! I love him now and wanted to keep him for myself and add to my menagerie of amigurmi safari animals I've been attempting to make. He is made of 100% organic cotton, which is harder to crochet than acrylic blends. Elliot is all ready to meet his new owner and ready to get his trunk chewed on!
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