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Since it’s Valentines day, and I’m not too into the whole lovey-dovey pink and red hearts thing, I thought that I would share something else that I love.  And that is…terrariums!   I’m living out here in the desert and I can try to fill my house with succulents and other things that I can’t kill but part of me secretly yearns for moss and grass and a little relative humidity.  I was going to use terrariums for centerpieces at my wedding last year, however, I was quickly vetoed (though I still think it’s a good idea).  It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm!

A variety of choices...

A variety of choices...

It’s amazing the different configurations and designs that you can come up with.  There are so many awesome jars and glass bottles out there, you could fill your house with tiny terrariums.

domes

domes

I like the idea of displaying several of them in a grouping for maxiumum visual impact.

Esque Terrarium

Esque Terrarium

This one is super swank.  It’s made of recycled glass and created using wind energy.  How green!  Find it here at Velcocity.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

This one may be one of my favorite compositions.  It’s literally oozing with moss!  Oh, how I have dreams about this…

If you’re super excited about making your own, you can find a great tutorial here at Domino.  Happy crafting!

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Wallblank is a great new thing that I don’t know if everyone has heard about.  Perhaps I’m just behind the curve.  One of my craft friends’ work was featured on there a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been excited about checking back every day to see what they have come up with.

The premise is simple.  They post a new artwork every day, and keep it up for a week or until it sells out.  It’s that simple.  They usually have some wonderful work and it’s really quite affordable, plus they do the hard work of actually finding the awesome artist for you.

I’m particularly enamored with this piece:

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Some days I just can’t concentrate on actually making anything or doing anything productive.  Today was one of those days – all sorts of things are going on, situations are being managed, etc. and I just cannot pick one thing!  I bought a new desk for my studio – it’s still stuck in the back of my car, so no pictures today, but I’m really excited about how it’s going to fit in with my existing asthetic. There aren’t too many good shops in this town but the thrift shop that I discovered on the army post was pretty rocking!  In addition to the big desk I got a little side table that I’m working on spiffing up (pictures to come) and an awesome little plant.  I keep killing things down here so I’m hoping that I can keep this one alive.

Since moving to the Southwest I’ve remained pretty adamant that I won’t start decorating with Navajo blankets and statues of cacti and wolves, but I had a hard time avoiding this.  I had seen some beautiful lanterns around town and went on an expedidition to find one.  It’s my one conession to southwest style, but considering that it’s a Mexican import, I think that I can get away with it.  It’s pretty Mexican punched tin, and I love that it’s vaguely ethnic – it’s hard to tell if it’s Mexican or Moroccan.  I still haven’t gotten it wired up or figured out a place to hang it but I thought that I would at least show it here.  If anyone’s ever in Tuscon, I would stop at a little shop called Borderlands.  They have some really beautiful stuff.  And, as a bonus, guess who I saw there the last time?  Ty Pennington!  Yes, of Trading Spaces/Home Makeover fame.  We’re both in the know.

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