Still some summer left...
so make a terrarium!
I started making these little ecosystems a year ago and have some nicely established moss in the ones that I have kept. The rest were sold on etsy.
Caring for Your Terrarium Alien Eco
Rinse charcoal and place in jar first. Add gravel as the next layer. Carefully arrange moss and plants inside jar. Add ceramic figure and water.
Display your terrarium in a window, on a porch or patio where bright but indirect sunlight will reach it. You can keep the terrarium outdoors until freezing temperatures arrive in your area.
You may want to initially add a few ounces of water to your terrarium if it seems dry. Water lightly! Mist the terrarium with a spray bottle to add water. It is vital to keep the lid on your terrarium in order to sustain a humid environment for your plants.
Notes: Moss has a shallow root system that does not penetrate deep into the soil. Moss grows slowly so do not expect to see anything happening over night. Remember you often find it growing on rocks and trees. Moss thrives in low-nutrient environments! Warning: The more sun that directly hits the terrarium the hotter it will become inside. Essentially it is a mini greenhouse where plant life is sustained in a controlled environment.
Paths in Clay, a novel
Paths in Clay is a coming-of-age story about Jack, Allan, and Miller; three friends who return to the “palace”, a place where they studied Koh Loh ceramics, an ancient clay tradition passed on from an extinct culture.
When finished with studies, one must depart from the palace and venture out, not returning until they have established a direction or "path" as a clay artist.
Ten years have passed since they left their great Koh Loh Master Potter. Reminiscing about their days as students, Jack, Allan, and Miller embark on their anticipated return to the palace, during a ceremonial kiln firing and celebration - a time when the Master Potter’s former students, their students, friends, and friends of friends all come together to fire their pottery in several wood-fire kilns.
The journey takes them far from their humid tropical region home of the lower peninsula and delivers them to the bitter season of the snowy highlands. When the three men arrive, Jack is face-to-face with his palace-time girlfriend, Kirsten. She informs the three men that their master has grown ill. Amidst a celebration, among old friends, Jack, Allan, and Miller will discover the true nature of their friendships and complete one cycle of their lives and enter the passageway to another. The choices they make will forge ahead a renewed purpose as their roles in clay traditions confirm their paths; passing on Koh Loh clay to the next generations of potters.