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As far as house plants go, I’m all for easy and low maintenance.  ‘When was the last time I watered the plants?‘  Let’s be honest, if you were a plant in my house, you might think you were living in the Sahara Desert…I rarely turn on the ac and it could be weeks before you see a drop of water come your way.  So it should come as no surprise that I do pretty well with succulents.  Lately, I’ve been hearing a little about ‘air plants’ too.  Air plants require no soil, just indirect light and water on their leaves.  Seems easy enough.  Then I came across the Etsy shop, Tortoise Loves Donkey, and now I’m completely hooked.  Making teeny terrariums with succulents and air plants is officially on my very long to-do list.

From the petite concrete planters to the botanical science experiments in narrow glass tubes, I’m head over heels for Tortoise Loves Donkey.  What inspiration!  The shop even offers terrarium and air plant wedding favors.  And the shop owner is funny too.  Just read any of the product descriptions.  Take the Hunky Chunky Corked Set of 3, for example…

“Some days, you just need a little zen in your life. To stare at dial-tone-in-the-brain-like*. For a long time. These are great for that. You know how I know? I’ve had a few days like that. And I can’t guarantee it, but it’s quite possible that these are better for your soul than coffee. That’s saying a lot from a chick whose coffee makers (types, alone) outnumber her, oh, 6 to 1.

But seriously. Zen.

One awesome terrarium with its own little (no fuss easygoing) air plant. And cork…I’m looking at you, cats-who-knock-things-down-from-ledges. And care guide (it’s short, and easy, we swear). Measures about 2 1/8″ high and just over 1″ wide.

Set of 3 (some things are just better in threes).

*Do cell phones have dial tones? I never noticed. Are the young folk gonna be like “you’re so old you know what a dial tone sounds like”??! *sigh* I’m going back to staring at my wee plants.”

I like humor.  Especially on Fridays.  Anyhow, I think it’d be fun to try my hand at something similar: small concrete planters or itty bitty terrariums.  And if I fail, I can always buy from this Etsy shop, right?  I do love supporting small businesses and starving artists.

Speaking of DIY terrariums, did you happen to see this tutorial for terrarium magnets?

It hails from none other than a wedding planner’s website/blog called Ruffled and I think it’s fantastic.  Must do it.  The tutorial was created as a DIY wedding favor idea but I could see it making its way into mainstream DIY decor.  Terrariums must be all the wedding favor rage right now.  Man, I feel old.  Back in the day, we just gave our wedding guests some matches and sparklers to play with and called it a day. Nothing says, ‘thank you for sharing our special day’ like singed dress clothes and burnt fingers.  Do you ever wonder what your wedding would be like if you had to do it all over again now?  Of course, that’s a question for people who have been married for nearly a decade like Handy Hubby and me.  Hmmm…that would be a fun blog post.  Not that my wedding was lame.  It wasn’t.  Especially since I ended up with a Handy Hubby.

Okay, wow.  It must be Friday.  My brain is all over the place.  Now, what was I talking about?  Oh, right, the Sahara Desert.  I think I hear my house plants begging for water…

T.G.I.F!!!!!!

images:  1) Picnik collage by Dana Miller using Tortoise Loves Donkey images  2 & 3) Ruffled

8 Comments

I bought a few air plants from Tortoise Loves Donkey. She’s super nice and they’re hanging out in my house being totally carefree. I just run them under the tap about once a week, place them somewhere shady until they dry, and then put them back in the sun. I prefer succulents and regular plants though for that feeling of lushness they give. Right now I’m lusting over the idea of a cute little moss terrarium.

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27.May.2011

Absolutely LOVE succulents; I, too, have a black thumb and can never seem to keep any plants alive. I might have to undertake the DIY terrarium magnets – it’s the perfect solution to out-smarting my plant-hungry cat!

Thanks for sharing this!

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27.May.2011

Those DIY terrariums look so cute! What a great idea.

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27.May.2011

These are super cute! I’ve been looking for some small planters and these are right up my alley! And who doesn’t love to support an etsy seller?! :)

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27.May.2011

Awesome find! I love succulents (they seem to be the ONLY thing I have success with) — maybe the air plants would be able to survive my black thumb, too. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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Thanks for those great ideas. I’ ve been meaning to try these and now I will.

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02.June.2011

These new-fangled magnet terrariums are definitely jazzier than the air-plants-in-the-shells magnets my mom had on her awesome brown fridge when I was a kid. Everything comes back again, I suppose.

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05.June.2011

I love your great ideas! thanks for sharing!

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