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Normally, this week would be my vacation time. It's been my vacation, the time when I took care of house repairs and winterized my house - with only a space heater and an electric blanket as a heat source, it's kind of essential that I do this.
But this year, a co-worker wanted this week and Christmas off, and because I'm the lowest ranking employee, I had to give up my vacation to her.
I got most of the winterizing done anyway.
I even had time to make these:
This is a little glass ball terrarium, steampunked up, as a birthday present for my sister:
And this is a cup pond I made for my brother-in-law's birthday. I actually made 2, the other one is for a friend living near by sister's house:
Top view of the cup pond:
I found the clear glass cups at the Dollar Store. The plants are aquarium plants I harvested from other friend's aquariums, along with a half a cup of aquarium gravel split between the 2 cups. Some distilled water and a tablespoon of potting soil and 2 mini terracotta pots, and voila, a still pond for a desk.
The plants are an umbrella plat, some micrograss, and a pink grass whose name I don't know. I'm debating adding a betta or a couple of tiny tetras.