DIY/Crafts Life

Bid on my terrarium at the 2015 Edmonton Home + Garden Show!

I am not overly crafty. Most of my creativity / work involves a computer / The Internet / a smartphone, etc. But I always love trying more crafty, artsy, hands-on DIY projects (even if it’s few and far between), so I was really excited when the Edmonton Home + Garden Show asked me to create a terrarium that would be auctioned off during the show (March 19-22, 2015) with proceeds going to support the Edmonton Public Library’s Welcome Baby early literacy program!

I was very humbled when I participated in the Home + Garden Show Pallet Challenge two years ago, and the other participants had the most amazing creations – pallet playhouses, wine coolers, coffee tables, and more. I knew this year I wanted to step up my game!

For the terrarium challenge we were asked to bring a few small items that would help make the terrarium “ours.” I decided to team up with Jennifer Izquierdo of Little Day Miniatures food art/jewellery to decorate my terrarium. I went with the food theme because I thought that represented me well, and it went hand-in-hand with the incredible tiny sculptures that Jennifer creates. She happily donated a few pieces so we could a create a whimsical forest-y picnic theme for our terrarium!

Whimsical Forest Picnic terrarium - up for auction at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show March 19-22!
Whimsical Forest Picnic terrarium – up for auction at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show March 19-22!

Justine made super adorable picnic tables, baskets, tea (with lemon inside – the detail is amazing!), bread, book, little garden gnomes, ladybugs, butterflies.

Amazing food art by Jennifer of Little Day Miniatures!
Amazing food art by Jennifer of Little Day Miniatures!
Amazing food art by Jennifer of Little Day Miniatures!
Amazing food art by Jennifer of Little Day Miniatures!

We were provided with the terrarium case, succulents or tropical plants (I chose succulents – they like being dry and I think are easier to take care of), and other rocks and moss.

Go bid on this! March 19-22 at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show!
Go bid on this! March 19-22 at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show!

It was so much fun!

So much fun working with these creative people on terrariums at Little Brick Edmonton!
So much fun working with these creative people on terrariums at Little Brick Edmonton!

Please go bid on mine or any of the other amazing terrariums that will be on display at this year’s Edmonton Home + Garden Show March 19-22!

All proceeds from all terrariums will go to support an amazing cause (the Edmonton Public Library’s Welcome Baby early literacy program)!

And here are some of the other great terrarium creations!

So many terrariums to choose from!

If you want to win your way into the show, you have until Saturday night to enter my blog contest giveaway for tickets!

P.S. As the event was hosted at the new Little Brick cafe/store in Riverdale – which hasn’t opened to the public yet – our group was lucky enough to get a sneak peek/tour, and it’s a beautiful space in a beautiful neighbourhood that I just know is going to be wildly successful. You can see some of the sneak peek photos of Little Brick here! What a lovely, inspired night!

The new Little Brick cafe/store/event space in Riverdale is such a cool building in a such a cute neighbourhood!
The new Little Brick cafe/store/event space in Riverdale is such a cool building in a such a cute neighbourhood!

Thanks to Jenny, Kassey, Cory, Nate + Jay (and the Little Brick team), and the Edmonton Home + Garden Show for inviting me to be a part of this!

And big thanks to Jennifer from Little Day for partnering with me to create our terrarium!

Go Like her on Facebook and check out her amazing store!

Linda

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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