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Lately, I've been watching some people make the prettiest terrariums. And of course, I decided to make one because why not. The opportunity came with a walk. We were going to find some cupcakes at LikitySplit (if you are in Chi, you need to try their custard and their cupcakes!!) and I happened to notice the graffiti in one alley. Lo and behold, we ended up walking up the alleys, eating cupcakes and taking pics of the fantastic graffiti. Everything was going perfectly fine until I noticed a fish tank that somebody had thrown out. No, I do not want fish (I once had a Betta and when it died I was traumatized) but I thought it would make a great terrarium.

So we ended up carrying that fish tank (it's not big, maybe ten liters?? I have no idea) for blocks and it ended up in my car's trunk. I remembered all the terrariums I had seen people make on YouTube and decided it was time I had my own. I find it infinitely relaxing watching someone create a terrarium (they make fantastic stuff, that looks like they ripped a tiny piece of nature and put it in a glass container!) and I decided to give it twirl. I already have some air plants living in their own little environments, so adding more plants was a no brainer. I think it has to do with the pandemic and being home so much.


I already have some air plants in what could be considered a terrarium. I think I posted about them awhile ago. I love air plants. You spray them once or twice a week and give them a bath once a month and they thrive. They are difficult to kill and that's my kind of plant.


I've had these in this container forever. They used to have a chess piece instead of the little gargoyle (Maddie thought it was a dildo when she saw it in a pic I posted awhile ago) and now they live there with some moss we got in a nursery. I really like it. 


Now, this is what the fish tank ended up looking like. It's been planted for a while now and it seems to be doing fine. The pretty stones are from a trip to Arkansas. I wanted to dig up diamonds, but settled for these pretty rocks. Hey, I can compromise.


This little guy lives in what seems to be a big light bulb that I got at the Denver Art Museum. It was on clearance and I cannot resist clearances. I put that air plaint in there and then realized I cannot take it out. It's going to live there for a long time, I hope. 


And this is the fisht tank (now terrarium) from the top. I feel it's like I have a tiny garden I can take of when the weather sucks. It's also super relaxing, taking care of it. I am nervous because I put in some moss I found outside in the woods and I fear it's going to fuck everything up. My one friend found a fantastic piece of wood at the beach and put it in his terrarium. One day he found out it had little bugs crawling all over and had to get rid of it and basically redo his terrarium. Fingers crossed i did not fuck it up.



My ex's mom gave me this air plant. It's like seven inches tall. It used to live in a tree in her backyard, close to her pool. She lives in Hollywood, FL and these guys apparently just grow on trees. I've had it for about six or seven years. I cherish it. 


Now, this is part of my collection of indoor little plants. During winter (and during the pandemic) I gained like five or eight new plants. This one came with me from my last apartment. I grabbed one of the plants I had outside my door and put it in water. Then I stuck it in a container with several other orphan plants and now it's a mini garden and it's flowering! Yay spring!



This is one more of the air plants. This one is also like six years old. They grow very slowly and are practically indestructible. They are the perfect plants for me because I can sometimes forget to water them and then they die. I've gotten better at it, though. What with all this time at home now.



This is the other side of the fish tank that became a terrarium. It has three kinds of gravel and two kinds of rocks (I know, but it looks pretty!). It was a chore to find the plants because they all needed to be on the same page with watering and I know nothing about house plants. Thank goodness for google! These all seem to grow slowly and they're pretty. Win/win. That little glass ball was a gift. Somebody made it for me when they were taking glassmaking classes. 



This last little guy was a total surprise. It's part of a quartet of cacti that I got at either Ikea or Trader Joe's about a year ago and that live in my plant corner now. They don't require water often, so I sometimes fail to see how they're doing. And then one day, voilà! This one had flowers. I had to take a pic and post it here because of course I had.

So this whole thing started with cupcakes and it ended with a tour of some of my plants. And I forgot to include two little moss terrariums I just made. Oh, well. Maybe some other time. And you, are you a #plantparent? You may end up with a terrarium, too!

XOXO

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  1. My gosh you’ve got a talented green thumb! I’m glad you have more space for all of this. It is surprising when the green plants all of the sudden sprout some color! Sometimes it may come after years of only being green and you think “where have you been hiding that?”

    Alas no living plants for me. The cats have a penchant for eating them and then throwing up.

    XOXO 👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨

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    1. he has all green fingers!

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    2. Hahaha
      Well, I choose plants that are difficult to kill, that's all. And I used to have these same plants in the apartment. Not the new terrarium, but I also have more windows.

      XOXO

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  2. I have a lot of succulents, mostly in the kitchen and the bedroom. There are also a lot of plants in the aquarium. In fact, I'm going to have to cut them back very, very soon.

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    1. Succulents are fantastic. Love them.
      And I have some Marimo moss balls living in two glass containers. Have had those for a long time. Would love to aquascape but then I'd want fish. Not happening.

      XOXO

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  3. My dad used to have several terrariums, but then he got the Green Thumb, and then passed it to my sister. Plants cringe when they see me coming. Luckily, Carlos has the plant gene in our family. I'll have to show him this post and see what he comes up with.

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    1. Ohhh I see.
      Well, I'm sure Carlos would be intrigued by the terrariums then. There's videos of one and a million ways to make them. They're super relaxing to work with. It's like mini-gardening.

      XOXO

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  4. Very attractive! Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Aww thanks!
      You're welcome. You know I'm the king of oversharing LOL

      XOXO

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  5. First, who is 'we' going for a cupcake?

    I remember terrariums coffee tables from the '60s and '70s. They were the rage! Air plants are very common down here. They do bloom! The species bloom isn't much but people have hybridized them and the bloom can be very bright in a few colors. There used to be a very large nursery (complete with restaurant) that has a section for air plants just west of Hollywood which is nextdoor to me.
    You are very creative!

    No plants inside my house. Pseudomonas.

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    1. Well, that's me and my one friend, who's in my bubble.
      And I cannot believe there were terrarium coffee tables! Googling that right after this.
      I love air plants! Have had them for years! I hope one of mine blooms sometime...
      So at one point and time we were almost next door to each other? I brought that air plant with me from Florida.

      And that's too bad about the pseudomonas !

      XOXO

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  6. Try as we may...they don't make it in this place for some reason. We've got brown thumbs, I guess. Yep. Even air plants have died on us. Love your collection and the new terrarium! XOXO

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    1. Oh no! Even air plants??
      You should try succulents or any dracaena. They are super resilient!
      And I'm totally into the new terrarium. I'm freaking out because of that moss, but we'll see.

      XOXO

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    2. Did you rinse the moss before you placed it? That may have helped clear out any bugs. Though, maybe you shouldn't listen to the guy who can't sustain an air plant! XOXO

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    3. I did not. Hence my freaking out. I should have washed it with tap water and go from there. I did spray it with tap water afterwards and it seems to be ok. Fingers crossed!

      XOXO

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  7. no plants in this house cause the cats like to chew on them. but I will admire your creativity!

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    1. Hahahah
      Like Huntley, huh? Kitties. They own the houses where they live.

      XOXO

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  8. They're all so beautiful! 💚💚💚

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    1. Thanks!
      I really enjoy them. Especially during the winter months.

      XOXO

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  9. You have so much patience and so focused. No. So not me. I want my nature outside where it's not my responsibility. I used to try 'plants'. What a disaster. And you? Good luck with the terrarium. I remember there was a period in the 1970's when they were THE THING. Around the same time macramé plant hangers and chairs were all the rage. I remember attempting one in an old fashioned glass cookie jar... the kind that sat on bakery counters. You really had to know what you were doing. They get too wet and they die. They get too dry, they die. You put the wrong things in there or layer the dirt and pebbles wrong... meh. I remember they would steam up with condensation and then eventually find their way to the trash. Very sad. Like flora road kill. That's my memory of it. It was one of those earth mother/post hippy things. Good luck with yours. I'm sure all that green helps lift your spirits! Kizzes.

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    1. LOL Yeah, I can be slightly obsessive.
      I have gotten much more into plants during this last year. I had some, but they were not as plentiful as now (I have managed to kill a fair share of 'unkillable' plants). I usually stick to the low maintenance ones.
      And you will not believe this, but I was just thinking about macramé plant hangers. They're the rage on Instagram! There's also seven million terrariums there. I think the thing with terrariums is finding the right plants. I went to google to try and find mine. And if they steam up with condensation you were doing it right! LOL
      And you have no idea how the plants cheer me up during winter. *sigh*

      XOXO

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  10. Very nice, after the incident with the cactus, I am prohibited from possessing live plants

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    1. Hahaha
      I think I remember you talked about that. Between us, I've killed many of those 'unkillable' plants. Yep.

      XOXO

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  11. That is a major score....and it turned out very nice Sixpense! Which one has the pot growing in it?

    I mostly only do cut flowers in my place, but do have a few succulents in the kitchen. Apparently the only thing I can grow to new heights are cocks.

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    1. And you don’t need fertilizer 😎

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    2. Aww Thanks, Maddie!
      And you will not believe that I've tried to grow pot indoors but you need those horrible lights and I was like, NOT happening. But I've thought about it! LOL

      I love flowers. Love, love, love flowers. During spring and summer I usually have some around. And honey, the ability to grow cocks to new heights makes one immensely popular. Now, that's better than a green thumb.

      XOXO

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    3. More like sticky thumbs, luv!!!!!!!!

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  12. Your terrariums are just lovely! I haven't watched the video yet because I got so carried away with each new terrarium photo. Your new one looks great, but my favourite is the one with the gargoyle (trust Maddie to think it was a dildo!).
    I hope you will enter some of these in the Garden Photos Event later in the year? (Whoever ends up hosting it)

    P.S. Hello!

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    1. Hi!
      And welcome! And yes, Maddie, you know her.
      I'll try to take better pics for the Garden Photos Event, then!!!

      XOXO

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