Thursday, December 31, 2009

Father-Daughter bonding...

While I was home (Cincinnati) over Christmas, my dear old Dad said he wanted to learn how to make a terrarium! Though retired, he works part-time at a recreation center and wanted a new activity to try with the kiddies.

It's a pretty snappy process and within 20 minutes or so, we had 2 terrariums. Can you tell who's is who?

I must say, I applaud his use of found objects! He literally walked around the house and found things to throw in his.

I added a little lady bug that they sold at Michael's. Normally, I'm not a fan of cutesy-poo things anywhere, terrariums included, but I figured I was in Ohio and should play to my audience.

And apparently, these killed at the rec center so there ya go...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

All Stars Helping Kids

The other week, I got a call at 11:45pm asking for "emergency terrariums" for the following morning.. After an initial panic I figured it was totally doable seeing as how the flower markets open at 5am. Did I mention it was a Monday? And that I had a shoot the next day as well?

It was for a friend who's organization does great work (see title of post) so I was in. The outcome, while not traditional terrariums (I used primarily cuttings, branches, and even some raspberries), still evoked the spirit and provided a beauty that lasted well beyond the luncheon they were created for.

Now although, you and I aren't close personal friends, you should still contact me for your next event. And, uh- I generally like more than a days notice!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Miller Time

Last night was the debut of House of Miller, an exciting new lifestyle design firm created by Heather Miller. I met Heather my very first time out at the Brooklyn Flea. She invited me to be a part of her showcase and last night was the night! I've attached a few pics of including some Before and After. The champagne flowed, the African drummers drummed, and there were even live birds. Recipe for a good party no?

The room I was set up in was in the theme of 'African Restaurant' so I made the terrariums in that style.

They started out here:

and ended up here:

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just so you know...

I will be selling terrariums at Task in Williamsburg. Owner Anne Seally is hosting a pop-up trunk show on Saturday, December 12th.. many brooklyn based merchants will be featured.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

almost famous

So as mentioned, I attended a Martha Stewart taping today with two of my friends. I took along a small succulent with moss and a lavender sprig to see how far I could get.

Surprisingly, no one seemed to mind the strange box I was hauling around and I breezed through every check point. As we were being seated, I asked one of the producers if it was possible to have it given to her as a present.

Although they don't usually do that, she said she'd see what they could do. I thought, "yeah right", until a few minutes later, she did in fact come take it from me. Wow! Who knows if it will ever really grace Martha's presence but it least it's in the building...someone may like it right?!

Anyway, Thomas Keller was there and everyone got a copy of his new book, ad hoc at home; which I'm already reading and salivating over.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Martha may I?

Tomorrow I'm going to a taping of
The Martha Stewart Show with some friends. A few weeks ago, she was at the Brooklyn Flea but I missed her. A wise woman suggested I bring her a small terrarium as a present. Not sure if they let you do that sort of thing but I'll certainly give it a try! Think she'll like this one?

hello there...

Hi everyone! Welcome to Small World Terrariums... or s/w/t ... or even "sweet" if you like. I've so enjoyed meeting you all over the past couple of weeks. You've really made me feel right at home at the Brooklyn Flea; too bad the season is over! That's okay, you can reach me right here via this blog. I haven't quite decided if I will be joining the gang at the indoor markets. In the meantime, you can place custom orders with me directly at:

And remember.. s/w/t is a great sustainable choice for weddings, events, and gifts!

Tanesha Smith-Wattley