Friday, April 2, 2010

More Spring Fun!

Hi, everybody! I'm in a fantastic mood right now, because I'm getting very close to being done with this internship and GRADUATING COLLEGE!! I honestly never thought I'd get here, but I will have a degree in elementary education in a little over a month. I'm not 100% sure how I will use that degree, because the job market is not looking so hot right now. But I'm just hoping and praying that the right doors will open for me so that I can fulfill my purpose in this world, whatever that may be. After a long week of parent/teacher conferences, I've got a day off. So I thought I'd use this time to update my blog and see what my lovely readers are up to.

You might be really sick of hearing about my terrariums by now, but I've got more to show you so I hope you'll bear with me. First, I thought I might jazz them up a bit by using hemp twine to embellish the rims of the jars with vintage and antique keys. It seems to add a nice touch. But if you look closely at this photo, you might notice another little surprise.

I guess terrariums provide a perfect habitat for not only moss, but also families of tiny mushrooms! In my head, I set up the scenario that this was a Mama shroom and her two babies shyly peaking out from behind her.

I spotted a psychedelic snail in another one of my terrariums, but I may have played a role in putting her there whereas the mushrooms popped up all on their own.

I bought a tiny shadowbox at a local antique shop, which I filled with little treasures. There are mushrooms and cupcakes that I made from clay, as well as fossils, shells that I gathered during my trip to Jamaica in 2002, a skeleton key, and an antique soda cap. I didn't know if these things would complement each other very well, but I actually like the contrast of the bright colors paired with the more rustic objects.

The lovely spring weather has inspired a few trips to local parks, where I am still excitedly jumping on any opportunity to observe signs of the coming season.

And at home, my daffodils have finally bloomed!

I love how happy and sunshiny daffodils are. One of my students picked one for me yesterday, and I wore it in my hair all day. The kids seem to get a kick out of their quirky, flower-child student teacher.

Since these photos were taken, I've found a lot more interesting things around the yard that I'd like to show you but they will have to wait til the next post. What's blooming in your yard right now?


SheezKrafty said...

Those little mushrooms are so cute! And in my opinion, you can put ANYTHING in shadowboxes and it works! I have an old printing press drawer that I have hung which has ALL sorts of tiny knick knacks I've accumulated and I LOVE to reflect over all of the items I've amassed!

Congrats on almost being done with school!!!! You won't know what to do with yourself once you're done! But I'm sure you'll find something ;)

Christie Cottage said...

Yay for being almost done!

Cute shadowbox!

Pili said...

Those mushrooms are so totally cute!!

AND BIG CONGRATS for being done with school or almost! I'm sure you'll do great as a teacher, if you can find a job!

YAY for spring being almost here or being here already!

apparentlyjessy said...

Wow! How amazing are those mushrooms! I love that you made the snail out of polymer clay to live in there too. I don't think I will tire seeing your terrariums, they are pretty and so interesting.

Congratulations on almost finishing college! I bet it is exciting and scary at the same time. I do hope you get a job quickly, what school wouldn't want you as a teacher?!

The shadow box is so lovely with the little trinkets, I really love your polymer cupcakes...I think we need to do a swap perhaps, cause I want some!

Rose said...

Hi Holly

How magical those little mushrooms are! They are so tiny :) I really love what youve done with the terrarium.
And the daffodils look lovely. How lucky you are to have all the spring flowers.
A big congrats on almost finishing your internship! I remember how exciting it was last year being almost finished my degree, and it already seems like forever ago now.

Hope you have a nice weekend :)


Princess Caitlin said...

Fun!! Those little mushrooms are just adorable.

YAY for daffodils! Ours are all gone now. :( I went out to cut some the other day, and all of a sudden they were just gone!

And the boys mowed the lawn the other day, so now all the pretty clover is gone too. All we're left with is the big bush with HUGE bright pink flowers that has been blooming all through the winter. :D

And Congratulations!!

Margaret said...

:O :O the terrarium is SO SO cute!!!
made my day :)
love little things like that, making me smile :)
thanks for the sweet comment!
glad you like the blog xx

Brian Burke said...

I love the terrariums, could never get enough, what a great idea especially if someone lives in an apartment or just wants to small scale garden.

Congrats on your upcoming degree, no doubt you will find just the right job!

Audrey said...

LOVE the flower pictures!! It will be another 2 months till we have any flowers here. Got a little snow during the night, but thankfully it's gone already :)
Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

devonrose said...

Congrats on almost being done with school and your internship, YAY! I showed Devon your little mushrooms and she said "AWWWWWWW!"

SmallTownGirl said...

Oh daffodils, I used to pick my moms to take to my grandma. My mom would get so upset that I was destroying her flower displays haha.
The mushrooms are so cute! I started pulling up some weeds in the backyard and found a tiny spot of moss growing with tiny mushrooms too. So I left them alone. =]
Yay for almost being done! Your going to be such a great teacher! I still remember the story you told us of having to hold your classmates hands and sing "hey jude.". Now you get to be that teacher! haha
good luck

Amy Perrotti said...

Congrats on your upcoming graduation!! And I have to say I love your terrariums. Keep the photos coming. Very cute mushroom!! You are super duper sweet! Happy Spring to you newly weds! :)

JUST ME said...

First of all, your clay things are adrobs. Second, I see psychedelic snails at least once a week. ;) should mail those terrariums out because I want one!!

alexkeller said...

congrats! yay!
those mushrooms are so adorable & i love your little shadow box! i have one that i've kept out of my vintage shop because i want to dress it up all for myself :)

cabin + cub said...

oh that little mushroom family is so cute! am loving your spring photos too... all the flowers and blooms always put me in such a good mood! ;)

Kristin said...

Congrats on your impending graduation. That's awesome!

Patty said...

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!! I still have like a zillion years left :( Love the little mushrooms!

Glam Girl said...

Nice pictures! I love the last one, I have that flower in my garden

lolo said...

The little mushrooms are so cute Holly! I love your terrariums. It looks fantastic. It's like to have a little garden in a dream. I think I'm going to have one. I have no idea where I can find it. I'm so happy your are getting soon your degree. Congratulations! Good luck searching for a new teacher job. The pictures of the flowers are really nice. I love the yellow color of the daffodils.

Lolo :-)

babalisme said...

I'm a mushrooms freak! Well, aesthetically for sure, not interested in eating poisonous ones.. I love terrariums too!

Good luck on your final race in college! You must be really nervous by now, or are you excited? If I were a headmistress of a school I'll take you in...congrats!

icandy... said...

OMG, I love your terrariums, girl! They are like a sweet, little wonderland and yes, those mushrooms are amazing!! :) It does look like a momma and her babies peeking out from behind her!

Anonymous said...

Hey sweetie! Things are growing in our yard nicely too, and I LOVE that you have little baby mushrooms in your terrarium, how cute!

Big huge congrats for being almost done with school, I am so proud of you girl! You are an amazing woman!


Nicky said...

Great shots! Mushrooms have some kind of mystical goodness! Why are they so cute?

Peggy said...

wow LOVE the terrarium!!