A friend at work has a birthday this week, so I made a terrarium for her. I’d gotten the idea from another coworker’s terrarium that she keeps at her desk, and all the “fairy garden” goodies for sale at the craft store (note the miniature garden gnome in the pictures). Terrariums are cute, low maintenance, and (as a bonus) cat resistant when the lid is on. Cats munching on houseplants seems to be a pretty common problem… though I’ve seen pictures of what my friend’s cats get up to, so I’m not about to declare anything cat-proof, even with a heavy glass lid!
I did some poking around on Google and Pinterest the last few days for how-tos and ideas, and got a basic idea: gravel, activated charcoal (like for aquarium filters), soil, plants, moss, and knick-knacks. I honestly didn’t look far enough to figure out why the charcoal is important, but every tutorial I found listed it, so it must be important! I found a one gallon jar with a lid easily (Wal-Mart, though I hate to admit it). The little plants were a little difficult to find, but I managed to find a few cute, small plants at a hardware store that should work just fine. Hopefully my friend doesn’t want to know the varieties – the little pots just said “assorted 2 in”! I also picked up some moss and a gnome at the craft store – this moss isn’t living, but is supposed to help hold moisture in – and came home and made a mess in the kitchen. Once the weather warms up more, and I’ve got more daylight, I’ll stop using the kitchen sink as a potting bench…
Two weekends ago – has it really been that long since I’ve done a proper blog post?! – we ended up with a gorgeous Saturday. Rather than spend the day around the house doing chores, we headed off to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium… along with half the county, judging by the state of the parking lot! It was still a little chilly, but it felt good to get out and walk around in the sunshine. Not all of the animals were out, but one of the tigers was out, making crabby-kitty noises like Monkey does, which was quite funny to hear from a tiger instead of a 9 pound tuxedo cat.
The wolves were out and easily visible – not always the case – but the meerkats were one of my favorites. They’ve got an indoor/outdoor enclosure where they’re visible in both areas, but only the indoor area was in use that day.
I noticed a few meerkats looking out the window at a person taking their picture from the outside. Perhaps they wanted to go out and enjoy the sun, too!
By the time I wandered out to look at the meerkats up close from the other side of the window, a few more had joined in the party. Cute little critters! After the zoo, we went out for dinner – it was a fun date 🙂
There was also a Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds (now officially the “Washington State Fairgrounds”) where I met up with my mom and one of her sisters and I had too much fun. I’ve been in the market for a new serger, as the model I’ve been using is about 25 years old and isn’t working entirely well anymore. The newer sergers have so many more options, now, too – cover stitch, rolled hem… There was a good deal a the expo on the model I’d been looking at, so I ordered a Babylock Diana. I haven’t fully explored what all it can do now, but I really like it so far. I’ll have to post some photos later once I’ve figured out more of what it can do.
On a crafting front, I’m still behind – and falling further behind – on my crochet-along. I’ve been distracted by sewing machine projects at home. I’ve bought a bunch more fabric for making canvas bags for my Etsy shop, and in the last two days I’ve sewn eight bags, other than adding handles. I have fabric cut out for eight more, and many many yards of fabric that still needs to be ironed, cut, and sewn! The craft store had an amazing sale going yesterday, so I may have gone a little nuts. I did manage to get all of the newest fabric pre-washed yesterday, and one of the fabrics I like so much I may have to keep one of the bags for myself. Soon, I’ll have eight new prints available for my canvas bags, with multiples of each bag. The quantities I make of each print tend to vary depending on how much I like the fabric, and how much is left on the bolt.
I had planned on getting a lot of the new fabric cut today, since Destin would be home and using a rotary cutter can be a questionable thing to do home alone – I think everybody who sews knows somebody that has had some level of accident with one! Instead, I ended up dealing with vertigo shortly after getting out of the shower this morning. I ended up spending several hours napping in bed, which both cats were fully supportive of. Mia spent the entire time snuggled up against my hip, and even Monkey joined me for a few hours after I let her burrow under my blanket and curl up between my feet! I’m finally up and moving about, listening to the wind blasting through the trees, but my head still doesn’t really feel right. No fun!