How to Make a Terrarium


I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring.  Don’t get me wrong I like winter… I like snow… I like being cozy by the fire…but ENOUGH already!  These last few weeks have been brutal!  It’s been so cold that I don’t want to leave the house unless absolutely necessary. I’m longing for sunny days and flip-flops.  If I’m looking for a bright side, I have had time to work on a bunch of house projects over the last few weeks.  I feel like the house is far from feeling like home…it’s getting there but it’s lacking in decor and furniture for that matter.  Going from an apartment to a house we have rooms that are pretty much sitting empty…but I am having fun filling them up little by little.

This terrarium was quick and easy to put together and I love bringing nature into the house.

You will need:


First, put a layer of rocks into the bowl.

DSC_0855Next, cover the rocks with a layer of charcoal.

DSC_0859Then, cover charcoal with a layer of soil and add your plants.


 I also added some larger rocks I found on the beach and this little buddha I got at a the Jade Market when we went to Hong Kong a couple of years ago.




Daisy approves.



It makes a great addition in our living room.



Man vs. Ivy

DSC_0618We have a lot of ivy on the property….a lot!  One of the first things we wanted to do was get the ivy off of the house, patio, and deck because it can cause a lot of damage.  The ivy was growing up the side of the house and under the siding. It actually cracked the siding in some spots. There was even some ivy I saw coming into the basement through the windows.  Bad news!  Steve got right to work ripping it out by the patio.  This stuff is crazy hard to get rid of because it breaks apart in little sections and has these little roots that look almost like fingers that stick to everything.  It also has some really thick roots that grow very deep into the ground.





 Some of the roots were thicker than our garden hose!


Getting rid of this stuff was an epic battle.DSC_0600


And I mean epic…


Steve pulled all the ivy out of the patio area.  It looks much better now.  We’re going to have to figure out some type of spray, preferable something organic, to keep this stuff from growing back.




We still have to do the other side of the fence and under the deck.  There’s also other areas on the property where the ivy has taken over.


Anybody else have issues with ivy? Any tips on getting rid of it?