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14 Sep, 2015

One of my favourite things

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!

Terrarium with a small house

This terrarium is one of two that was given to the girls by Laura Daub, a local artist and former blog patron. Once upon a time it contained two plants, but one shrivelled and died. The other one flourished after we remembered to water it a little more. ;)

I recently removed the dead plant parts and added some small stones I’d collected during our camping trip to Algonquin Park this past summer. Is it just me, or are decorative rocks a little more special when they don’t come from the craft store?

The little house is one of Laura’s creations.

This one, along with its twin, sits on the windowsill in our family room where I can see it every day. It makes me happy and is thankfully low-maintenance, which is exactly the kind of plant life we need around here.

3 Responses to "One of my favourite things"

1 | Anne Walzak

September 14th, 2015 at 1:57 pm


No craft store rocks at this house on Roosevelt Ave. I have 4 boxes of rocks in our basement one for each family member. All collected on the shores of Lake Superior over the years. They are all very special. When my mom died and my father was moving out of our family home I had to have 3 of the rocks from their garden. Dan showed his true love for me getting them out and transported to Ottawa each only weighed about 150lbs. I love my rocks!

2 | Katie

September 14th, 2015 at 7:51 pm


I continue to collect rocks, their value completely personal to me alone. Most live in a box under my bed. Now I need a terrarium! What a lovely idea.
Thanks for sharing.

3 | Laura Daub

September 15th, 2015 at 9:32 am


Oh, what a great way to start my day seeing this! I am so glad it is one of your favourite things and what a great photo… I have changed mine up several times myself. My site is down at the moment, but hope to get it up in tip top shape again soon!!! Thank you and please say hello to the girls!

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