Building a terrarium

I built a terrarium and have been doing a fair amount of research on the subject recently. Terrariums are the perfect way to bring nature into your home in a clean, creative and unique way. No terrariums are alike and every person who makes one can add their own personal flair and details.

A very common and easy plant to use is the tillandsia (aka – airplant).The tillandsia hails from the bromeliad family and is known for its’ distinct ability to survive on a very small amount of water, hence the pet name ‘air’ plant. In most climates the ‘air’ plant will need  some light misting to simulate its’ natural humid environment. In Florida, these plants grow everywhere and need nothing but the air outside to survive. Pretty humid place, especially in the summer.

Once a week you need to mist your plant trying to aim the stream down towards the base of the plant. The terrarium should have drainage so sand or fine stone is your first layer, then larger rocks for your second layer.

The fun part is adding your own unique touches. You can add elements based on the rooms’ theme. I have put a picture below of the terrarium I made sitting on a window ledge and then hanging in my daughters washroom. When I decided to have it be part of my daughters area I found some cute inspirations to add to the piece. I added an artificial orchid and put a jack inside as well. I also added her favorite ‘pet’ rock and can’t wait to see her reaction when she sees the addition to her room.

Here are the step by step pics I took to building a terrarium.

Assemble items: container, plant, rocks, sand, dry elements such as moss and decorations

Pour sand into bottom of container.

Place rocks over top of the sand.

Position your plant in the container and add dry elements (moss, branches)

Lightly but thoroughly mist your plant aiming the stream towards the base of plant.

Place your plant for viewing!

Add your own unique touches like an artificial orchid, pet rock, toy jack!

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Wax out – plant in!

So if you have a candle obsession like me you have probably come across the same question as me regarding what to do with your beautiful candle container that no longer has a candle in it. I’ve never tried to attempt to get rid of all the wax although I know there are plenty of tips on how to do it! (http://www.makingthishome.com)

I have been saving two Voluspa candle containers for a while now. They are so pretty and I couldn’t think of what to do with them. I had two indoor plants that needed a home and voila, they fit perfect! Since the candle containers don’t have a hole for drainage the best thing to do is keep the plants in their containers and put some small rocks at the bottom for drainage.

My girls love their new home!

El Segundo Plaza – festive arrangements and cool iron art

Maybe it’s just me but I have noticed cyclamens being used a lot this year for holiday botanical displays. Recently, at El Segundo plaza I noticed the beautiful displays of red a white cyclamens in the concrete pots outside the shops. Once I had taken the pictures I decided to stroll around the rest of the plaza to capture the unique iron art they have displayed throughout the property. 

Designed by world-renowned father and son sculptors Phillip and Chad Glashoff.

This piece of art truly amazed me. I have gone to The Veggie Grill countless times and never noticed that this wasn’t a real tree. It blends in so well. My daughter kept on playing with the reeds around the base of the tree and something made me look up. When I did, I noticed that this tree is made entirely of iron. Right down to the small leaves. What a beautiful piece of art, and outside of my favorite restaurant too!

Moss art – Chapter 1

So as I’ve discovered, moss can be a key component in visual art. I have spent some time compiling images of some interesting mossy art.  I’ve picked images that use moss on a very grand scale such as the image below and then on a really small scale such as the lightbulb terrarium.

What I’ve realized is that there really is a whole world of art out there dedicated to moss. I am intrigued. So I decided to  change this post from just Moss Art to Moss Art Chapter 1. Meaning, more chapters  to come…

The Mudmaid

Oh how I love to look at this image. It evokes such peaceful and soothing emotions. She looks so comfortable under her mossy blanket!

The Mudmaid – The Lost Gardens of Heligan – www.heligan.com

 

 

I fell in love with this image as soon as I saw it. The clever people at Terrain (www.terrain.com) have made this beautiful holiday terrarium. A nice mix of real/live botany   with a whimsical flare. The purple cyclamen unusually capture the holiday spirit in a sort of modern way don’t you think? Now where is the cute little elf hiding?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how cute is the lightbulb terrarium? The little alligator, the piece of moss, the little legs to hold the bulb upright. People truly are amazing with their creativity.

This image comes from the cool site the hipsterho.me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image is from the artists at mosstika.com. Two moss chandeliers and several living moss embellishments on the pillar. Pretty cool.

Thanksgiving herb display

Today I got my weekly basket of organic fruits and veggies delivered from Fresh Farm To You. As usual, the produce is amazing and has so much flavor. I love how the selection is truly representative of the season here in California. 

I unpacked it and assembled it so you can see it’s contents: butternut squash, celery, bok choi, beets, leeks and herb sprig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They included a beautiful sprig of traditional Thanksgiving day herbs: thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano. I assembled them and put them in this square table top vase from Floral Art. Then I added 3 fresh cranberries staked. Lastly I added a small pumpkin from the pumpkin tree branches I have.

Last picture is the beautiful cranberries and Bosc pears that were included in the box.