It’s a small world after all…

Glancing at the date of my last post explains the interior resistance when it comes to putting word to screen.  Let me be the first to welcome myself back to the world of the writing.  Being the cool kids that you are I know it’s not news that creating or owning a terrarium is where it’s at.  If you’re in Portland, Oregon sign up for one of Artemisia’s workshops or just descend on the S.E. shop. This popular retail venture is exclusively about terrarium varietals.  If you’re not so close to the Pacific Northwest order up a kit or even trust your own instincts with a decadent array of supplies, decorative and live.  If just in the research stage you might want to check out this book.

There’s also no reason to leave the sofa if that’s more your style.  Rowanberry 128 on Etsy has this deer and mushroom delight.

That said, something crossed my consciousness that will appeal both to those who like to garden in a small tight space (terrarium) with perhaps a master of the universe mindset and whom also might have a small technology addiction.  Hello to the Samuel Wilkinson designed Biome Flora Terrarium.  Get this, the delicate balance of this petite eco-system is monitored, controlled even by your iPhone or IPad. The designer refers to this as a “live Tamagochi” whose environment can be anything from tropical to desert.  This piece was part of a ‘Slow Tech’ show so no details on production or retail that I’m aware of.

Sprout this….

Several weeks back I made a run to the Seed Bank.  It’s the Petaluma, housed in a historic bank building West Coast retail locale for Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  I may have been on a retail high because as I was checking out after I’d already eavesdropped on the Novato gardener’s Tomato growing secrets involving plastic bags the clerk made the observation that I must have a really large garden.  It’s not tiny but really large, not so much.

I’m thinking this is my first Tomato sprout.  I’m going to have to wait a bit because not having Martha’s staff or enough of an organizational bent to motivate I did not label any of my starts.  I’ve got a vague idea, know the Tomato seeds were in the compostable trays versus the plastic seed trays (with seventy-two slots) that I also picked up at the Seed Bank for about $1.50.  In the meantime while I wait I’ve got clay and access to two kilns so I’m going to get creative and come up with some sort of plant signage.  Signage large enough to have a small gnome, at least that’s the plan.

Black Krim, possibly

If you want to go for a more generalized gardening sentiment there’s signage to be had from the Etsy shop Garden Designs in Clay found at,

from Designs in Clay, Etsy

It’s easy to get lost…

It’s easy to get lost in the world of Etsy on a rainy Thursday morning.  What you find on the site runs the gamut from “Why didn’t I think of that?” to “What were they thinking?”.   I’m liking the shop “happyfamily” and their “Grow Your Own Food” pillow.  You can get the same graphic on a t-shirt.

from "happyfamily" on Etsy

Go directly to their shop from here,

Etsy or Regretsy…

Cruising around on Esty can be rough on the checkbook, inspiring and sometimes cringe worthy which is where Regretsy comes in.  I’m entertained by Snew’s Shop although her masturbating dinosaur wall art did land her a spot on Regretsy.  But isn’t any publicity supposed to be good publicity?  Debatable but I’m entertained by the hybrid “Horse Cock.”   “Now you can tell people you have one and actually be telling the truth.”  states the artist.  Now that’s good marketing.

Horse Cock