I’m a sucker for the layered worlds of dioramas and Joseph Cornell boxes. So when I happened upon the mini ecosystems with figurines held captive in glass created by Twig Terrariums, I couldn’t resist. Co-founders Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow specialize in what they describe as “the easily maintained, easily contained life”. The titles alone of these mossy worlds like “Grazed and Confused” with its sheep wandering the fields of an apothecary jar and “Namaste” featuring a super yogi in a headstand while reading, made it hard to choose just one.
With the array of scenes––from the idyllic to the flat-out bizarre––you’ll find the right sentiment for every occasion. The science class beakers, antique jars and salvaged glass containers are just as quirky as the situations that play out inside of them. They also have DIY kits for crafty types to build their own green scene. The low maintenance landscapes of succulents and mosses have more staying power than fresh flowers and are harder to kill than your average plant, so you can gift something green to even the blackest of thumbs.
Laura House is the founder of the new site Good House Guest (a must to check out!).