I had this great idea to make terrariums out of stuff I'm long on, mainly baby food jars, but somewhere it went horribly wrong. I thought I'd meditate on what would make them better, other than a house fire, but then I realized I have YOU to tell me off.

Here's what I did:

1. I found a length of birch in a ditch. it drew me in from miles away, the lichen is just right. I pulled over, crossed traffic and grabbed it. It's been waiting for a purpose since then. That was a year ago.

2. I have baby food jars everywhere. I have a hard time parting with them, as they are cute and useful.

3. I put a little soil in each jar and topped it with fresh moss (with roots) from a good florists'. It's not that easy to come by, I'm sure. But I realized that I bet it's pretty easy to fake a terrarium with all the great dried mosses that are out there... What is the worst that could happen? It rots?

4. Then I topped each one with something dumb before I capped them up and strung them. One has glitter, one has a bakellite cake ornament (it tipped over), one has pink PEZ and one has a Cheap Trick guitar pick. It's not like it matters because they all promptly spin to face the wrong side once I hung them.


Ok, why is it lackluster? Would it have been better if I had used wire? More jars? Bigger jars? What's the deal? Is it a bad idea from the beginning?

Let me hear your suggestions, even if you just hate the color of my living room...


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