Giveaway: Vintage Terrarium Book

14 Jul

When I was a little girl I used to love visiting my Papa and Nana’s house. We went there often but it seemed to have an ever-changing array of interesting things to look at. Their house was modest and quite small but when my dad was in grade school they built a large living and dining room addition. It housed the baby grand piano, lots of Depression-era glass, and an old TV that the cousins and I would gather around to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles every day after school. Under the piano, near a large, light-filled plate glass window stood this jar filled with the most amazing terrarium.

Only later in life did I find out these containers were called carboys and were intended for homebrewing, not terrariums. When the time came to move my grandparents out of their house, I took the long-defunct terrarium container home and hoped to fill it with plants and rocks and a tiny ecosystem someday.

I also inherited their vintage terrarium guide that my grandparents used to make the terrarium that so fascinated me as a child:

Recently, longtime flickr pal Mia sent me another awesome vintage terrarium guide she found at a book sale:

And now, Little Big readers, I have some good news: I found an extra copy of Terrariums & Miniature Gardens while thrifting and I’m going to give it away to one of you! To enter this giveaway, simply leave one comment below.

You can earn an extra entry on twitter if you tweet about this giveaway, but if you do, be sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet. Additional comments will be deleted.

This giveaway is open to all readers, not just those in the United States. In addition to the book, I’ll also send along some fun miniature items to stick inside your terrarium and give it personality. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Good luck!


25 Responses to “Giveaway: Vintage Terrarium Book”

  1. booksNyarn July 14, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    Hooray for terrariums! I think they are gorgeous. I currently have just plants in my office, but would love to set up a terrarium also.

  2. Natalie July 14, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Haha this is so awesome!! Yesterday I was watering the plants around my house and realized I have enough succulents to start a terrarium, but have no idea where to begin. Driving in to work today, I decided a great place to start would be searching your archives, and then I saw this post. So timely! 😀 I hope I win, but even if I don’t I’m looking forward to making a little terrarium or two.

  3. Audrey July 14, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Since you first brought up the terrarium thing..I went to the libary and checked out “The New Terrarium”. I haven’t made a terrarium yet, it seems more bent to pretty and unusual stylings than real instructions, but I hope to! (Just as soon as I know my son won’t break it, anyway)

  4. Tracy Krieg July 14, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I have never done a terrarium, but reading your blog has made me want to try. They are so beautiful. I’m sure it’s something my daughter, who’s six, would absolutely love. Maybe even my older son, who knows? Thanks for the chance!

  5. Erica July 14, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Adore. I love this. I also RT your post.

  6. jenn July 14, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Yay terrariums!!! Some of our succulents need new homes 🙂

  7. TheBlackStar July 14, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I’m going to just start taking my lunches at your place so I can slowly read through your library, ok? 😛

  8. Sarah July 14, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Awesome!!! I was at Safeway yesterday and what should I find? Terrariums for sale! And they had kitshy minis in them too! Maybe they read your tutorial? 🙂

  9. Tristina July 14, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Oh yay! I’ve been wanting to start one of these lately.

    Also, do you ever watch Sid the Science Kid on PBS in the mornings? He has one in his room. I noticed it the other day and immediately thought of you.

  10. Dan July 14, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    My first thought upon loading this post was “Hey! A carboy!”

    If I were to tell you that you should find another terrarium container and use the carboy to start homebrewing, would you throw something at me?

  11. Dizzy Goddesski July 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Count me in! I’d love to try this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Natalie M. July 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I love the idea of these, and have been wanting to try them out for awhile!

  13. jsh0608 July 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Interesting. This looks cool. Please count me in the drawing. Thank you.

  14. laurenhahs July 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    We made some terrariums when I was in middle school. It was probably my favorite science project! We made it a contest to see which groups would survive on its own the longest and the winner got to have a pizza party during class one day. My group won!! Brings back good memories!

  15. laurenarnsman July 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I would love this! I’ve really wanted a way to have greenery in the house without the cats hacking up a mass of leaves.

  16. Library Makers July 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Is that a Terrarium or a moon shine bottle? Nice book!

  17. laurenarnsman July 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Im in ur internetz, postin bout terrary… terair… glass worlds!!/unrealsnow

    • Library Makers July 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      You don’t get double entries for double posting. #lauren

      • LittleBig July 21, 2011 at 11:42 am #

        Actually, she’s totally allowed to since she tweeted it, #STEVE!

  18. SaritaFajita July 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Nice! Count me in! 🙂

  19. Pen July 15, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    This would be a great activity with my kids. Fingers crossed we win

  20. Heather Tsosie July 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    I would love the book as I love the terrariums.

  21. Bailey Tann July 16, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I’ve been playing with this terrarium idea in my head for a while, it would be so cool to bring it to life.

  22. Mollie Katie July 19, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    Very cool. I’m in! And a link back to Twitter:


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