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Welcome spring with a diy terrarium

At this time of year, I just can't get enough green, and although it's a still too early to plant outdoors a miniature garden under glass is a fun and easy way to add a little greenery to an indoor space. All that’s required are a few materials from your local garden shop to create a stylish tabletop garden. 


Step 1: Gather your supplies

You'll need ...

  • Glass containers - you can even upcycle jars, look for vintage oversize pickling jars or pick up a glass container from the thrift store. There are usually shelves of glass planters and vessels typically used in flower arrangements.
  • Plants- select plants with similar needs for care including sunlight.
  • Activated horticultural charcoal to help deodorize and prevent bacteria and mould
  • Soil - potting soil mix appropriate for tthe plants
  • Small stones or pebbles 
  • Sphagnum moss is also a nice addition although we didn't include it here. 
Step 2: Add a layer of stones to the container.

Add a 1” layer of stones or pebbles to a clean, dry glass container. The stones will help provide drainage. 

Step 3: Add a layer of charcoal to the container.

Add a ½” to one inch layer of charcoal on top of the stones. This will help keep the soil free from mould. 


Step 4: Add soil to the container.

Add enough soil to the container to allow your plants to fit comfortably. 

Step 5: Add plants to the container.

Place your plants in the soil. Add a little extra soil to cover the roots and cover the plants evenly. Place the terrarium in location that gets indirect light. Water lightly, a mister works well.



I love a grouping of terrariums on a coffee table or console table.

How to care for your terrarium. 

Lighting: Terrariums tend to thrive in a well-lit space with indirect light. Although it will depend on the plants that you choose. Be sure to select plants with the same kind of water, light and soil needs. 

Water: Don’t over water! If the plants look a little droopy or the soil is dry it is time to lightly water. Pick yourself up a moisture meter to get an accurate reading of the moisture level. The probe on a moisture meter is placed approximatly 3/4 the depth of the pot and gives you a better sense of whether your plant needs water instead of relying on sticking your finger in the soil. 

Pruning: You may want to prune back plants once they start to grow.

Holiday mood - A festive glow that looks good well into the new year

Copper Pinecone Ornament via Oliver and Rust / Eucalyptus wreath via Wills & Prior / Schlage Hobson Glass doorknob and Camelot Trim in Satin Brass / Dried Flower Cloche via Euclid Farms / Antique Carved Chakki Grinder Table via The Gerdu / Wool blankets via June Home Supply / Beeswax Candle Stubbies via Euclid Farms / Flora Fete Candle Holder via V de V / Matches in Smoked Cloche Bottle via Spruce Toronto / Printable Winter Painting via Heirloom Print Shop / Mason Velvet Lumbar Pillow, Golden Hour via Tonic Living / Copper String Light via V de V / Natural Bottlebrush trees via Oliver and Rust /


When it comes to holiday decorating there are no rules, especially this year. After all, some people started decorating as soon as the pumpkins were put to the curb, while others (like me) wait until just before. But with a long winter before us, we might want to leave the twinkly lights up longer than usual. If the rest of your holiday decor makes you feel good, leave bits of it up - just de-Christmasfy a little.

I've partnered with Schlage Canada to create a mood board with ideas for holiday decor and share some tips about how to decorate for the holidays focusing on all the cosy vibes that look good well into the new year. So add a little holiday bling with a golden glow in its tones of gold, brass, copper and warm palette and then, it's all about warmth including lots of wool blankets, twinkly lights and flickering candles plus a warm colour palette that celebrates the quietude of this very different holiday season. 

Start with fresh greenery

I always like to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. The most obvious choice at this time of year is a fresh tree - and is there anything better than that fresh scent? I love adding a fresh mixed greenery wreath to my front door, but if you can't get your hands on a wreath, get yourself a bunch of mixed greenery and make your own or simply gather a bunch of branches and turn it into a swag to hang on the door. Eucalyptus is also a great choice that won't look Christmas-y when the holidays are over. Pots of grocery store herbs like rosemary can look festive looking too and are useful long after the holidays are over.

Tip: Don't forget your doorknobs! Tie a small bunch of boxwood or pine with a velvet ribbon to a doorknob. The classic look pairs perfectly with brass and would look great with Schlage Canada's Hobson glass door knob with satin brass trim - brass bells would look great too.

and flowers ...

I love Euclid Farm's Flower Cloches. You could also DIY your own using their dried flowers paired with a vintage cloche or one from Ikea. I'm going to try this with some flowers I dried this summer. The cloches also look pretty filled with fresh greenery or Christmas ornaments. Make winter feel brighter with fresh flowers - treat yourself to a fresh flower subscription from a local florist.

It's the season of light

Do twinkly lights even need a season? Enjoy them all winter long. Copper or gold wire lights look so pretty in cloches, jars and vases. I love to add some to my oversize demijohns. 

Light candles every day. Trust me, and just use the good candles. There's something about their flicker that just makes even the coldest winter day feel warmer.  

Colour palette.

For some, Christmas isn't Christmas without red and green. That's fine, just be sure to clear out the traditional decor for a more neutral palette in January. I love the look of green and neutrals paired with warm metals like brass and copper. The quiet palette is something that you probably won't tire of and can feel right well into winter. That's why I love Schlage's Custom door hardware. It's easy to swap out door handles and trim when you feel the need to change things up. There are lots of great door handles - knobs and levers plus great looking trim all available at Home Depot Canada. The Hobson Glass door knob paired with the Camelot trim in satin brass is a classic, but looks equally as great with more modern decor or even the boho vibes of the fabulous carved Chakki grinder table from The Gerdu. These tables were traditionally used as household tables for grinding grains for cooking.

Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Satin Brass Combinations


I often like to swap out the art on my shelves for something seasonal - like a winter scene. Antique markets and thrift stores are a great source for this but (sob) Covid has put a damper on treasure hunting. While they are still lots of amazing vintage shops online, as well as brick and mortars where you might find the perfect vintage landscape, if budget is an issue than try experimenting with print your own art, like the piece above from Etsy shop Heirloom Print Shop. 

You can never have enough blankets & pillows 

Am I right? Layer them on. Swap out some of your cotton or linen throw pillow covers for soft velvet ones. They look luxe and feel that way too. Stack blankets in pretty baskets to have on hand or lean an old ladder against a wall and hang them from the rungs, to show them off.


Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own. 

Made in Canada Holiday Gift Ideas from Etsy

**Affiliate links have been used in this post

Handpainted ornaments via Melissa Mary Jenkins / Rose Quartz Earrings via Vemtl / Porcelain lid via Art et Manufacture / Candle via Jolis Cossins / French rolling pin via AF Fine Wood Turning / Linen masks via Shibang Designs / Lavender eye pillow and makeup pads via La Petite Leonne / Linen Cafe Apron via Lost in Linen / Hand blown test tube vase via Brook Drabot Glass / Ceramic colander via Looks Like White / Box Tote via Bookhou Design /

Over the years I've had the privilege to talk with many Canadian artists, designers and makers for stories I've written for The Toronto Star. Whether it's art, decor, food or the practical made pretty - the handcrafted object is something I'm passionate about. We are lucky to have a thriving maker scene not just in Toronto but across the country and you'll find their wares in small shops, markets and online. 

Many got their start selling on Etsy, so I thought what better place to browse and put together a holiday gift guide of some of the objects I love on Etsy right now. All the shops are Canadian so you can feel good knowing your gift is supporting a local artist. 


In the spring, I wrote a story about what to do with botanicals from your garden and interviewed Melissa Mary Jenkins about her handcrafted inks made from plants, flowers and materials she collects on her rural property near Erin , Ontario. You can read about it here. You can her handcrafted inks and art, including these charming hand-painted holiday ornaments. Melissa Mary Jenkins on Etsy $24 CAD.


I love linen so when I spotted this cafe apron made of linen by Lost in Linen in Toronto, Ontario I knew I had to include it here. So chic. Lost in Linen $41 CAD.


When it comes to jewelry, I'm usually a bit of a minimalist. These gorgeous rose quartz earrings from Vemtl in Montreal, Quebec are so simple and pretty. The perfect everyday earring. Vemtl $55 CAD


Is anyone else obsessed with collecting jars? It's a bit of a thing. Whether it's jam jars - Bonne Maman is my favourite or yogurt jars from Canadian brand Riviera, they rarely end up in my recycling bin. Finding a way to re-use things and prevent them from going in the recycling bin or landfill is one of the best things you can do for the environment. Now you can turn it into a gift and gift wrap. I think these handcrafted porcelain lids combined with the Riviera yogurt jars would make a great gift packaging idea. Just add a small gift inside. Art et Manufacture  $9.55 CAD Photo credit: Mélissa St-Arnaud


Another upcycling idea I love, repurposing a mug as a candle. These hand-poured soy candles are made by another Quebec based artist Camille Trempe for her Etsy shop Jolis Cossins. $22 CAD.

If you're a baker a french rolling pin might be on your wish list. Made in Alberta, these hand-turned, tapered style rolling pins are made from maple by AG Fine Wood Turning. $58 CAD.


I have one of these handcrafted linen masks and I love it.  Made by Shibang Designs in Kelowna, BC.  They are so comfortable and well made.  Set of 3 linen masks, Shibang Designs $42 CAD. 


These hand-dyed cotton make-up pads and lavender eye pillow would make a great self-care inspired gift. Hand-dyed using natural dyes by La Petite Leonne. $38 CAD.


Another botanical inspired gift idea - a hand-blown glass test tube vase that can be hung on a wall. You don't need a bouquet of flowers, just one will do when it's displayed in this charming on on-trend vase made by Brook Drabot Glass. $23 CAD.


I'm a little obsessed with antique French colanders, but this handmade ceramic colander by Looks Like White will do nicely. $81 CAD


For the knitter, sewer, mender, punch needle enthusiast or other textile crafty type on your list also makes a sweet little carry-all from the talented Arounna of Bookhou Design in Toronto. I interviewed Arounna about her punch needle book a couple of years ago. She's incredibly talented. Go check out her Instagram. She also has a new book out now called Visible Mending. Another things to add to your shopping list. Box tote, Forage, Bookhou Design $75 CAD.

Be sure to check out Etsy's Gift Guides - full of great suggestions! One of my favourites right now is The Jo Jo Fletcher X Etsy collection

*This post contains affiliate links to Etsy.