love in a terrarium

Ever since I took photos at Mich and Drew’s house I have been thinking about making a terrarium.  Because Mich’s terrarium was so fun.  Pimarily because of the scene it depicted …  if you’ve forgotten, or missed it, you can read it here.

So I was super happy when my friend Wendy gave me nearly all the bits and pieces to make one myself.  She found a round glass fish tank at the op shop for herself (I was jealous) and then chased around and bought activated charcoal, sphagnum moss and gravel and made her own.  And she had lots of supplies left over at the end, so she gave them to me.

I have been consciously on the look out for my own second hand bowl ever since.  But then I found a first hand one in Kmart for $9.  So I bought it.  Given that the supplies were free and I had been cultivating some succulents in the garden along with an orchid (that looks a bit tired but will hopefully revive itself) for when I found the perfect vessel, I didn’t think it would break the bank.



Here’s the activated charcoal sitting at the bottom of the terrarium. Then I added potting mix and planted the plants before adding sphagnum moss and small stones to cover it all up.  I hope I did it right?


And ta-da, now I have made it … my very own version of love in a terrarium.  And my story goes like this …

See the princess with the long hair dancing on the podium at Retro Nightclub (at the St Frances Hotel in the city)?  That’s my uni friend Katrina (although actually she has blond hair, but never mind). See the other princess dancing on the other podium?  That’s me (although I was wearing an aqua blue chinese top that night, details, details)!  See the handsome prince on the dance floor wearing a tux … that’s Clive.  He was wearing a really tatty ‘stop the embargo … something about Cuba blah blah blah’ t-shirt the night we met so a tux isn’t exactly right, but he does have short brown hair!

So, what happened next?  Well Katrina knew Clive, and introduced him to me.  And it was love on the dance floor (so early 20s) … and a wedding … and three babies!

So beautiful!?

I raided the kids toy box for the tiny figurines.  I might recreate the scene with smurfs next …

It’s so fun … I am loving my terrarium.


making some little flags with material scraps

I am using up some of the material left over from other projects, and some material I bought at op shops and making these little flags.

You can put them in with flowers or foliage to add a bit of character, or stick them in with your pot plants.


They are quite handy at my house because I mainly have a native garden, and it often doesn’t have very showy flowers.  These little flags add a bit of zing to the flowers I pick.


I have made a  whole heap of them.  I might sell them at the  makers market at Christmas.  The orange one is old sheet material (I have an interest in collecting sheets with nice patterns) and the blue and green fabrics are left over from Hughie’s quilt (mostly I think).  And the pink material is left over from when I made baby slings for the kids when they were little.


The black and white fabric was an impulse purchase from Spotlight (every time I go there I impulse shop, keep me away!) the other week … it was on sale.  And it does look good.

time wasting … (halloween)

It’s not really time wasting.  It is just so much fun that I don’t do other things.

I am trying to get a couple of ‘important jobs’ done each day for Scarlett’s party.



So India and I built a cobweb in the grape vine outside, and installed a giant spider. The party food will be on the table under this giant spider web (fingers crossed it doesn’t rain).


And I have made the lolly bags – pretty boring, just some lollies, a halloween sticker and some orange tinsel to tie them up.  If kids are going trick or treating as well they won’t need an overload of lollies from me.


And I cut out some more bats from that black cardboard and strung them together on string. They look pretty good all together. I am not sure where they will go exactly, maybe around the front door on the porch I think.


And I went to Northland and checked out the full array of halloween fun.  I found the eyeballs at The Reject Shop. 8 for $2.50. Don’t they look super in raspberry cordial? I am definitely going to do this for the party.

And I also found a 40 pack of spider rings for $3.  I can’t decide what to do with them.  I put some in cordial (see the back jar has spiders floating in it – yuk!), and they are OK, but I think I might find out how they look if I freeze some in ice blocks (that was my original plan).  And I might use some as napkin holders (given that they are rings and all).

What important job will I do tomorrow?