Last Monday night I met my friend, drank wine and made a terrarium.
Boom. Take that normally-boring-Monday night!
When my friend Ali told me about her friend who had started a business making terrariums I got really excited, doubly so when I went onto her website and saw how tasteful and well um cool (I'm just too old to say sick), she makes them look.
And not only does she make them - she runs Indytute lessons on how to make them too and so it was that we found ourselves in a plant filled library at the Hoxton Hotel.
Side Note: Indytute have quite a few quirky courses that look interesting... and also are doing loads of things at Battersea power station over the summer, including lots of Mum things with the lovely Jenny from Mothers Meeting... scooter painting
Alyson from Botanique provided all the bits we needed - although some people bought along their own glass objects - the girl opposite me made a load of test tube terrariums (I might have to stalk her on twitter to find out if they survive).
This is Alyson - she was a very gentle teacher and had a couple of good terrarium facts up her sleeve.
First up we had to make our own tools - basically 'things on sticks' - spoons, sponges (for cleaning your glass) pokers for pushing down soil etc. My vessel was nicely open at the top but next time (yes, there is going to be a next time) I'm going to try doing something more enclosed.
The first layer of slate in the bottom of my terrarium... before I had to put the camera down and really start concentrating on what I was doing.
Gorgeous, spongy, moss.
This is my friend Ali's terrarium, she managed to nab one of the orchids - thats her pushing-down-soil tool
We had to choose between either tropical plants or sedums as the soil you put them in is slightly different... of course as soon as I committed to tropicals I was eyeing up the sedums wondering if I'd made the wrong decsision... but I got to add moss and I really like moss.
Ta-da! My first terrarium (which up until Monday I was calling teraniums...)
And here it is at home... I've yet to find it's place. So far I've been shifting it around... next to my desk, on the kitchen worktop or here in the spare room hanging out with some random crystals and marble eggs which seem to survive every home-cull I do inexplicatable... maybe they can go in a terrarium!?
For more information on Botanique - Alyson's business visit www.botanique-boutique.com (you can contact her direct about courses).
Or for more inspired courses check out Indytute - Alyson will be doing another one I think... and I might be there again when she does!
(This post isn't sponsored by the way - all genuine recommendations here!)