Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspiration and The Copy Cat Challenge

Isn't "blogland" great ?
Between "blogland" and Pinterest there is no shortage of inspiration.
Today one of my favorite bloggers Cathy from My 1929 Charmer posted a link on her FB page for DIY terrariums.
That lead me to Jacky's blog Small Garden Love.

DIY terrariums

Jacky's blog lead me back to something on BHG that I had pinned awhile back.

Top Plants for Terrariums

I had wanted to participate in Debbie Doo's Copy Cat Challenge but had no idea what to post about about, now not only did I know what to post about , but I was PUMPED !

I had these three little plants that I have been nursing along since fall.

They were starts from one of my favorite annuals that I like to use as filler in mixed planters.
I don't even know what they are.
If you know me, you know that is unusual.
I know plants AND plant names.
Can't remember numbers or what I left the room to get , but I remember plants.
Go figure...

I gathered the rest of my supplies.

I picked these awesome dishes up at the thrift store, had no idea what I do with them , but you know how that goes....

Some rocks , fake moss , glass pebbles, and  a couple little ceramic mushrooms , again from the thrift store and again I had no idea what I was going to do with them , I just thought they were too cute !

If you read Jacky's post ( and you should ), you will see she used some vases she had around the house. They were really great, but I have my cloche collection, so I figured why keep them packed away when they will be PERFECT for the terrarium project.

I think it took me longer to gather all my supplies that it did to actually create.
Have I mentioned before I'm not very organized?
Well, I'm not.
If I would keep all my craft stuff in one place it might not take me as long to find things.
I know this, but do I do anything about it ?
Um... that would be no .....

Let's begin.

Put some pebbles, small rocks , or in my case glass stones ( cause my rocks were too big ) on your plate, dish, etc.
Take a small amount of moistened soil and place it on top of the stones.

Then add your plant and cover the roots with more moist soil.
Now this is where Jacky covered her soil with moss.
My moss is under 6 inches of snow.
So I used polished stones and fake moss.
I added one of my cute little mushrooms.
Misted the whole thing and topped it with a cloche.

You can see condensation started forming right away.

Here it is in it's new home.
My mini botanical garden :)
This one I actually left in the little Shawnee pottery pot it was in.
I collect vintage flower pots, mostly McCoy but also Shawnee and Roseville.
I love these little pots but they don't hold enough water and my plants dried out too fast.
That's why my little plants were struggling so much.
Under the glass , with the moisture held in , I am anticipating rapid growth :)
We'll see.

Here are the other two.

They are on the dresser in the bathroom.
Weird , I know, but I have a great south facing window I think they will love.
Plus the dresser was looking kinda bare since taking the Christmas decorations down.

I think I may be obsessed.
I know , it happens a lot and often :)
I can see one with Irish Moss mixed in with St. Patrick's day decor.
Or some grass or a fern with bunnies at Easter.
OMG I could go on and on ...
If you're not really sure which plants work best ( succulents and cactus DO NOT ), check out this article at .

Thank you Cathy, Jacky, and BHG for inspiration for this gardener in the dead of winter.
It really made my day :)

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  1. Hi, Love your terrariums they came out great!! The glass covers and dishes look like they were meant to be together, very pretty. I know what you mean about the organization, I also have craft stuff all over the house too. :)

  2. they look really nice. i really like the last few pics, they look good with he chair. hehe

  3. Wow, how sweet to know you like my blog. The feeling is mutual. I love you terrariums, and you did a rather great job in the copy cat challenge. Love the colors of the pebbles you used. Looks so pretty. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best party!
    PS I FB this on my FB page,and of course, Pinned it!

  4. I like how yours turned out, I've always wanted to do a terrarium and my house is so hot during the summer months I'm not sure if they will last. Perhaps I should give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh I looooove the mushrooms! I am totally bonkers for mushrooms lately. Such a great idea to use them in your terrariums, which came out beautifully by the way :)

    Stalking back from Scissors & Steam :)

  6. That's a great idea! I hope they grow well for you!
    Thanks for visiting my blog too!

  7. I think the dresser in the bathroom makes perfect sense! I believe these little gardens like lots of humidity. I think it's kinda cool that you have a dresser in there to display them. Thank you so much for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday. This was a great post!



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