Tuesday, January 31, 2012


On a recent visit to the local antique and flea mart, I saw this little terrarium.  I say  little, but it is a perfect size tabletop piece.


It is not made with real glass {I think it’s plexi-glass} , which is probably just as well, but it definitely caught my eye and I kept coming back to it.  For $8.00 I had to get it!


Each side of the top flips open and the whole top is removable.


After a clean up, I wanted to play with it a little bit.   A faux Maidenhair fern that was sitting nearby.


Some faux boxwood tucked into a creamer, two stacked brown transferware cups and saucers and a little ceramic bird, all sitting on one of my ruffled runners.



Changed out the teacups for a book stack wrapped in stamped muslin.


Creamer removed and I just laid the boxwood on the bottom, the same books and my battery operated monogram candle.


Another faux arrangement taken from another room and a small green and pink cabbage leaf teapot.


I know that terrariums are known for plants, so I am going to look for some small plants to put in it.  Then I just need to find a place for it in my sunroom.  Here are some terrariums that inspired me.


Debra from Common Ground


Country Living






Pottery Barn

I know we all just put Christmas away, but I can see this will be especially fun to decorate at Christmas!

Linking up with

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground



sissie said...

Hi Kathy,
I love your little terrarium and how you use it for so many vingettes.


Decor To Adore said...

What an amazing deal! I love it.

eleven-o-one said...

What a great find for just $8! So many possibilities... (love the pink cabbage).

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a great find! You are going to have fun playing with that!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Wow! This is amazing! I love each vignette! This is the find of the year for only $8! I love it!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Kathy,

I love your terrarium! It's almost like a cloche. I love the candle and the books in it the best!


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a asteal deal- $8!!!

OH how I would love love love to have found that!

If you do real plants violets especially love terrarium life. They require very little water and nearly none in a terra - and they hate a chill, so it keeps them warm in there and they will make the prettiest flowers for you in their happy home.

I think you need to rub some Annie Sloan dark wax on it to make it less bright white and give it an aged look - otherwise, wow wow wow!


I like all your samplings of vigniettes, too, such eye candy!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love it Kathy..great how you can transform it for many occasions/seasons...i had a large one before I moved and gave it to my sister..miss it..but it has a good home now..I enjoy it when I visit!...Have fun with it!!!

Gail said...

What a great find Kathy and I loved all your little vignettes you created with it. You're going to have so much fun playing with that. Now you've got me on the lookout for one! Have a wonderful day, Gail

Debra from Bungalow said...

What a great find. It's such a versatile piece too. You can use it for every season.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a fabulous piece. I love all the different vignettes you've worked into it. So versatile and so pretty. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, that looks great and so many different displays will look good in it. congrats on a fab new treasure.

Nezzy said...

You definitely live up to you name sweetie, you are most creative!!!

'Just lovely sweetie.

God bless ya and have a fantastic day!!! :o)

xinex said...

What a great deal! And what fun to play with it. ..Christine

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

That was a great buy and you made it look great! Love all your vignettes with it. You won't believe what I just put together! Yep!! I am working on a posting for mine!! LOL

Denise said...

What a bargain! Terrariums are so much fun. I can't wait to see what kind of cute things you do with it.

Okio B Designs said...

So cute! Love it with the teacups!


Pamela said...

Super cute Kathy!

Anita said...

Kathy, that is the cutest thing!! And I love it with the tea cups inside, what a lovely idea. I have not seen anything like that around here. Thanks so much for stopping by:-)

Sue said...

Yeah..... great minds and friends thinking alike and posting a terrarium a day apart! LOL
And guess what- I found the exact little white terrarium at a yard sale last summer for a dollar! Not to make you feel bad or anything! tee hee However, I made the mistake of leaving it outside. It isn't wood! Can you say pressed paper swelling and coming apart? oops....
Keep yours pretty and inside,ok?

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love this terrarium! Wish I had one too :)

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Karena said...

So darling Kathy! I love that you can virtually use any wonderful design in it!!

PS I hope you will join my Valentine's Giveaway!
Art by Karena

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, Love the new terrarium! I need to get mine back out. I STILL have not put my house back together since Christmas. That's why I haven't posted any decorating pics lately. Just been working on this craft room and orders...

I have one wall to the left of the curtains I am going to put a small bookcase on to house my frames. There will a little bit of space on that wall. I really like the basket idea! It might work for some of the flowers. I have never ordered this many before =0 Since I'm busier I need to have enough stock so I'm not running around town trying to find something. That happens alot! I do have some room in my closet for some of them too, but I know they are not all going to fit. I am definitely going to keep your idea in mind. Thanks for the imput!! Kristen

Poppy said...

Wow! What a sweet find for $8!

I'm really enjoying your blog! I'll be back again soon!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Cute piece Kathy. Your little vignettes are adorable.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I see you are enjoying playing with the terrarium! My favorite was with the tea cups! It has endless possibilities! I have four and I change them with each season!


Deserae said...

What an amazing deal you got on it! I love that you can do so many different vignettes with it...the possibilites are endless!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Great find!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a good find! As you've shown you can do so many things with it.

Kathleen said...

It is sweet! I think you will get great use from it!

Kimberly Glesenkamp said...

Oh my gosh, I love that thing! I really love the simple yet elegant look of the potted greens.

My mom gave me one shaped as a triangle with a shabby finish and no glass. I put a resin cross inside it that has a verse about thankfulness and then I added some greenery. Perfect for the kitchen table!

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