Dreary day terrariums (DIY)

Remember when I wrote about terrariums the last time? Well, I finally got a chance to make some in April! The irony is, I made a few right before the tornado came rolling through Norman and literally scrambled to clean up right as the eerie sirens went off.
My “tornado-terrariums”: little fairy homes made of collected acorns and twigs.

Terrariums always felt a little delicate so prior to my terrarium ventures, I tried out growing wheat grass and keeping my two air-plants alive:
Seeing that my wheat grass and air-plants succeeded, I dragged a few other girls along the weekend before and had a mini-terrarium party! It was the perfect activity for a dreary Saturday afternoon:

Here are the results from that party:

Terrarium follow-up:
The advantage of blogging waaay after the fact? I can tell you that 3 out of the 5 terrariums are still alive and well. I think that I over watered one of them and “squished” the roots of the other during the “potting” process. Aside from that, I hear from my friends that narrower containers made it difficult to take out fallen leaves that lead to decay and mold.

I noticed that my open, dry, and desert-terrariums did the best, so that’s where I’d start.

left: a “fantasy terrarium”, used some old book pages and maps to make the little house and tossed a skeleton key in there, can you see it?  There’s also a little toadstool hiding in there, too!
right: my “dry” terrarium from the terrarium party

My “fantasy” terrarium is made of sheet moss, reindeer moss, twigs, on a slab of wood.

–this one is perhaps my favorite, plus I used a paper napkin to make the toadstool!

I’m looking forward to being able to make these little worlds with Emmy, someday! She does love peering in them and pointing at the little trinkets I throw in : )

if Emmy could articulate her thoughts…

I’m confident she would tell the entire world about her amazing Dad!
She would talk about how her dad juggles his roles so well–working full-time, starting the coffee business, and the many ways he is intentional within the home (quality time, cooking, cleaning, providing…) she’d also tell him how much she loves him! And……how much she loves it when he tosses her in the air.
…how much she loves swinging with him.…how she loves to snuggle with him (especially, in the mornings! She’s 9 months above).…how she loves lunch dates with him at yummy spots like, Forward Foods.…how she’s just tickled to build forts and play with him.

…how she loves it when he reads to her (Yep, that was her last June at 5 months!).

…how she loves adventuring with him in the everyday, from exploring new places (and spaces!) to roasting coffee beans.

It’s kinda crazy how quickly sweet Emmanuelle is growing! The pic below was from our Father’s Day project last year (with help from Meg Walsh :)
Our Father’s day project this year wasn’t nearly as elaborate as last year, but hopefully still just as meaningful!

…getting a toddler to make little heart shaped thumb prints was a bit of a challenge, but fun!

One thing’s for sure, she loves her Dad more and more each day!

left: Father’s day 2011 right: Father’s day 2012—Hooray for a fantastic Dad!!!