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Thursday
Apr052012

how to: create a terrarium chandelier

8-12 colored electrical wires, cut 4-5’ in length
8-12 hanging glass terrarium
assorted plants and pebbles*
wire cutters and hanging hardware**

Directions:
1. Create a 4” loop on one end of each wire, group the wires into sets of 4, then start braiding in a traditional pattern—or gather all together and twist to look like rope. As you get towards the end, separate the wires slightly.

2. One at a time, thread each through the loop at the top of a hanging glass terrarium, secure by twisting it back up and around the length of the wire, and clip sharp ends clean with wire cutters. Continue with each strand until all are secured—if there are extra, twist those ends up and around the ‘cord’.

3. Carefully and safely hang the chandelier as recommended—twist the wires to point terrarium openings outward—and plant each terrarium as desired.

*plants: consult a local nursery for the best advice when selecting terrarium inclusions.
**hanging hardware: as always, we strongly recommend consulting a local hardware store for the best advice.

Friday
Jan282011

spring flower show, 2011

Towards the end of January, the days are getting longer but it still feels like winter will never end—and when its sunny in Chicago, that means its especially cold.

Which makes it the perfect time to visit the Garfield Park Conservatory for some humidity to soothe chapped lips, to bask in the sunlight for some vitamin D, and to visually feast on colorful spring blossoms for a nature fix.

Once inside, the beauty of nature creates a picture perfect view from any angle. The Victorian architecture of the conservatory is not only piece of local history, the ‘oversized greenhouse’ is inspiring to recreate on a small scale as a terrarium in glass cylinder vases. Search out your favorites plants, check their viability in a terrarium, and get your hands in the dirt. Once complete, these mini ecosystems are virtually carefree.

If you don’t have a green thumb, how about photography? The Spring Flower Show starts this weekend so consider investing an afternoon there. Get recharged and come home with some vibrant images that can be artfully cropped and frame favorites to display in your office or home.