Driftwood, Sunshine + a Terrarium

Tuesday, February 7

I awoke to sunshine.  In February.  In Seattle.  The day was looking promising!

I went about my morning steadily, trying to deal with all the little things that often go wrong in the morning as one readies 4 children for the day; all the while thinking about Mara's advice on choosing happiness in this poignant essay, which is technically about infertility, but it encompasses so much more.  A few hours later, the sun was still shining gloriously in the sky, continuing to lift my spirits.  I finished preparing the lunch that I would later share with a couple of new friends, and then slid it into the fridge before donning my walking shoes.

Sunglasses in hand, we left to explore a little more of Discovery Park.  In the back of my mind I thought about the terrarium on my dining room table that was in need of one more "ingredient" to look complete.  During these typically dreary months, it is so vital to a space's overall energy to bring a little of the outdoors inside and I find that terrariums do the trick! (see more here, here and here). 

Well, it turned out that this particular beach was full of driftwood--all shapes and sizes (we've even seen people snag large pieces for furniture here before); and finding exactly what I needed took only a few minutes.  And now my terrarium is complete...and the day is over.  If there is one thing I've learned this past year, it is to appreciate beautiful, sunshine-filled moments when you have them!


images by Stephanie Brubaker

12 comments:

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

A lovely, well-written read. Sunshine always helps to bring a smile I feel. Hugs from London!

Tulips & Tulle said...

Love the vase!

Come drop by my blog at Tulips&Tulle!

brooke field said...

I couldnt agree more. Your terrarium is beautiful!

Creole Wisdom said...

Beautiful. Aren't mornings the most poignant times of our days?

That terranium is beautiful. I would love to create one.

kalanicut said...

Four things I loved from your post: 1) Sunshine - 2 gray days in SoCal & I am going a little loopy. Woke up to sunshine today. Hooray. 2) Love driftwood. Need to venture out to farther flung beaches. 3) New friends, I need some. Everyone seems to have moved. 4) Love & drink up the good days, oh yes, what a lesson that's been the past couple of years. Thank you for reminding me of all these good things and to enjoy them.

Josh Leo said...

Selaginella, Fittonia and.... Asparagus Fern?

Stephanie said...

Will, I hope you have a little surprise sunshine yourself! I think we probably have similar weather...

Brooke & Tulips, thank you! The "vase" is technically for candles and rocks (per Pottery Barn 5 years ago), but I always use it for terrariums instead :)

Katie/CW, You're so right about mornings...we all think clearest in the morn'. If only they lasted longer. Maybe that's why there's the whole "early to bed and early to rise" ditty? :)

Kalanicut, your comment totally made me smile. We are on the same page today it seems :)

Josh, you seem to know more than I! I know the bright/chartreuse-y green is selaginella (spelling?) and I think you're right on the fern too. Heck, you're probably 3 for 3! I'll pay better attention next time to the actual names. Usually I choose plants based on color, texture, etc.

I appreciate all the comments guys! Thank you for taking the time to drop a note.

mikky said...

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks so much for the link to your pie boxes in your etsy shop, I don`t need any at the moment, but I will definitely keep the link for the future.
You did a great job on your terrarium. I`ve always loved terrarium`s, I especially like how thick you made the earth. It looks great. You are one talented lady!

:)
mikky
www.todaloos.com

Emily Peck said...

I'm so happy for our February Seattle sunshine....and Discovery park....and terrariums. :)

Lisette said...

Three cheers for sunshine in Seattle!!! Hip, hip, hooray.

Emily said...

I now am obsessed with wanting to do a terrarium! So pretty. How tall is that jar? Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Emily, Lisette, right on fellow Seattlites! We are all on the same page :)

Emily, my jar is actually a vessel for candles. I purchased it at PB several years ago. It's about a foot tall I'd say. Keep your eyes peeled for vessels that aren't necessarily "terrariums" per se, but can act as one. Good luck!

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