When I was a kid we used to get a lot of catalogs in the mail, and for some reason among them was the Smithsonian catalog. Not sure why, because we'd never been to the Smithsonian. But I used to read through it and circle all the things I wanted. Along with a Roman garnet ring and Chinese silk scarves, one of the things circled was a terrarium. I thought they were really pretty, like a little miniature fairy world inside a glass container. The years passed, and I continued to admire terrariums every time I saw one, but never bought one for one reason or another. Then I got the current issue of Mary Jane's Farm and, along with lots of interesting articles and recipes, found an article on how to maker a terrarium. Well, I knew I was doomed; I had to make one.
I went to a thrift store looking for curtains, but instead found the perfect glass bowl for my terrarium. Of course, my next stop was Home Depot and I came home with all the plants and supplies I needed. The terrarium was very quick to make and pretty easy, except for sticking myself on the cactus spines. But other than sore fingers, I was quite happy with the result. I grew up in a desert, and every time I'd see the cactus and succulents at Lowes or Home Depot I'd get a little homesick. Now I have a little bit of desert on my coffee table.