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getting green: terrariums

27th February 2013

It’s that time again. Pinterest Challenge (hosted by Sherry and Katie) – time to stop pinning and start doing.


During my recent trip to Vancouver, one of our days was dedicated to crafting. The craft? Terrariums. Check out my DIY Dreams board on Pinterest to see the terrariums I’ve been pinning.

First stop was to make a trip to West Elm and buy some glassware, to a garden centre for supplies (plants, earth, sand, etc), and to a funky crystal shop for some extra special rocks to up the style factor of our terrariums. West Elm actually has a whole step-by-step guide to making terrariums that is super helpful (we loosely followed it).

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We laid out the supplies on the coffee table and started some strategizing…. with Dragon’s Den playing in the background, obvi. These are two of my best gal pals, miss marianne and miss alana.

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Here were some of the fun rocks we grabbed at the crystal store. We thought they would jazz up the usual earth + sand variey.

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Basically the idea with terrariums is to start by layering in your base – some earth, sand, and/or rocks – along the bottom of your glassware. Step 2 is to place your plants on top. You will want to chat with the folks at your local garden center about which plants will work the best (we used mostly dry plants and had some recommendations on which soil to use, etc).

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Last step is to add any stones or other decor you want at the layer beside your greenery.

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And the result? These sweet beauties! terrarium 8

The small round ones are actually meant to be hung at some point. We just placed all of the creations along the window sill for now. Can you spot the little gold buddha in this guy?

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We used a variety of glassware and plants, so it really shows the diversity of what you can create.

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terrarium 14All in all, a really pretty easy project with such sweet results. I’d say the whole process took about 3 hours. Thanks to alana and marianne for creating these beauties! Sadly, this little craft wasn’t particularly portable to fly with me back to Ontario… so these guys are happily hanging out with the girls in Vancouver!

Check out the rest of the Pinterest Challenge projects at the hosts blogs: Young House LoveBower PowerThe Remodeled LifeDecor & The Dog.

Have you guys ever made any terrariums? Got any tips or tricks? What type of plants have you used? 

loved up with young house love

14th November 2012

So on Monday night I met John and Sherry (the bloggers behind the fabulous Young House Love). And it was awesome. Seriously. After reading along with their adventures and misadventures in renovating and decorating their homes since 2007, I feel like these two are neighbours of mine. I laugh along with their funny posts every day, and get tons of inspiration from their we-can-tackle-it-ourselves DIY attitude. When I heard they were coming to Toronto as part of their book tour, I planned a Toronto weekend visit (we go down every 2 months or so to visit with our family and friends there).

West Elm hosted the book signing, which meant lots of browsing and oohing and ahhing at their lovely displays while waiting for J&S to arrive. There were tons of people, but since the store is so big the line just sort of wrapped around and no one had to wait outside (good thing, since it was rainy and chilly!).

The line might have been long, but the yummy hot cocoas, cookies and chitter chatter of everyone made it super enjoyable. Plus I was there with my sister-in-law Alexandra, who is totally fab (seriously, I got so lucky in the brothers and sisters-in-law department). Actually, you may remember me mentioning her when I crashed her place here.

Anyway, back to the book signing. John and Sherry were so gracious and genuinely excited to meet and chat with everyone. I kept feeling like they must have been so tired from all of their recent travel, but they were all smiles and laughs.

See what I mean? If these expressions don’t help demonstrate the enthusiasm of these two, I don’t know what will. Ha ha.

Once we snaked our way up to the front, it was finally our turn to say hello to my I-feel-like-they-are-my-real-life-friends, John and Sherry. I actually painted a watercolour worm for their little gal Clara, who had a worm-themed birthday party (the painting was similar to my hippo, elephant, whale, and others in my etsy shop). J+S seemed to think it was cute and even took a picture of me with the painting… so I didn’t feel quite so dorky when I asked if we could get our picture taken with them! I was a happy gal.

We were supposed to write out what we wanted Sherry and John to inscribe in our books, but since I didn’t know what to write I just wrote <<insert picture here>>.. which ended up getting me a Sherry original of Burger. Who looks a little like a cat. Haha. Love it, Sherry!

They also had a book tour guestbook, which I happily signed. Such a fun momento that they will be able to look back on for a giggle and warm heart.

Oh, and the Young House Love book? If you haven’t gone out and snagged a copy yet, do it. It’s packed with project ideas and tips and tricks to show your pad some love, all written with classic J&S’s sense of humour.

Some of my fave projects?

No. 001: Faux wallpaper the back of your bookcase (p. 24)

No. 029: Painted detail to paneled doors (p. 60)

No.60: Branch candleholder (p. 102)

No. 073: Weathered-wood headboard

No. 165: Chalkboard Bottle vases (p. 223)

No. 229: Two-tone desk (page 303)

…and tons of other great ideas (door decals, etched glass containers, tin ceilings, etc etc). If you haven’t already, go grab yourself a copy and be inspired.

My signed book is now adding a happy touch of teal and love to our living room.

Congratulations John and Sherry! Thanks for making your way up to Canada, and for putting a laugh into my everyday!

I’m sure there are tons of Young House Lovers out there. Any of you make it to a book signing? Have you had a chance to browse through the book yet? Have a favourite project? Dying to try something in your own pad?