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January 13
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Jan 13, 2014, 5:29:45 AM
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Baby shoe terrarium/planter by lupagreenwolf Baby shoe terrarium/planter by lupagreenwolf
I am a huge fan of upcycling, and I couldn't resist buying this little baby shoe on a stand at a thrift store a while back. It had been covered in bronze-colored paint which had cracked and flaked badly, so I repainted it not only in bronze, but also splashes of copper, green and gold acrylics, and sealed the paint to keep it from chipping or cracking again. Around the shoe I placed three Western hemlock cones I gathered a while back from private land, and a bit of secondhand dried crafting moss that I had gotten from a thrift store, and above it a little metal stag charm. More of the moss went into the shoe itself, and in it I nestled a pair of Tillansdia, probably some species of Ionantha. Many hours and details went into getting this little planter just right, and I chose the plants from a highly respected shop here in Portland.

This little terrarium is incredibly easy to care for. No daily misting, as this could potentially cause mold to grow in the dried moss. Instead, all you have to do is soak the two Tillansdia in water for 2-3 hours every two weeks, and add a bit of organic plant fertilizer to the water during spring and fall. Let the plants air-dry on a towel, and then place them back in their mossy nests. 

This terrarium measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" x 4" and will be shipped completely assembled in a medium-size flat rate priority box. Live plants may not be shipped outside of the U.S.

Price: $25

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pieladyUSA Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might nudge the hubby to get this as a Valentine's Day present, if no one buys it before I show him. XD  Also, how long does Tillansdia live for?  This would be great for what I want it for, but I would like to know how long I can keep the original plant before I have to replace it. 
I don't know the exact length of time they're supposed to live, but the sources I researched said "many years with good care". Also, they reproduce like spider plants, making little versions of themselves, so you'll have even more air pkants over time!
pieladyUSA Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty cool!  I'll definitely show the hubby and see if we should get it.  I'm setting up the nursery in our apartment for the baby, and the walls here are pure bland white with no life in them at all; some plant life should definitely give an atmosphere to the place. 
sweet; I'd be glad to know this went to a good home.
pieladyUSA Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh, sadly, we won't be able to buy it. :P  But would you be willing to make one on commission similar to this terrarium later on?  I know it won't be the same, but your little terrarium idea fits perfectly for what I would like once we can spare the money.
Aw, that's okay. And yeah, I'd be happy to make another one for you.
pieladyUSA Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  I'll be sure to get right back to you once we can spare the money. :)
Taigas-den Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this is just wonderful. The baby shoe is very cute and the plants go very well with the colors you chose. I'd love to have something like this in my home made out of my own baby's shoes!
Noble-Gryphon Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice work
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