dewgardencrafts is a store dedicated to the enjoyment of little dew gardens. The Gnome Home Builder herself dropped in to have a bit of a chat.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I developed allergies to mold/mildew a few years ago and was so sad to give up my house plants. I started reading about terrariums as a way to bring mother nature back into my household. Terrariums were perfect....they didn't make me sneeze and my cat couldn't eat them. My husband inspired me to start adding miniatures to my gardens. After talking to me about how much he wanted to go to England....it clicked for me. How wonderful would it be to create a miniature stonehenge on a mound of moss? My first creation was really to give my husband a "cheaper" retreat to England but then I thought maybe others would derive pleasure from a dew garden.....and thus my little business started.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I really enjoy imaging something and then creating. It takes me a long time to find vintage glasses that I want to use for terrariums so I like to hunt too. Sometimes the shape of the glass leads me a certain way. I create when the inspiration hits me. When I am in my groove I can play for hours creating by hand mushrooms/owls/birds, you name it.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The biggest challenge is to not stress myself out. I may go a few weeks without creating any gardens and I have to remind myself it's o.k.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The coffee tea or me terrarium is just so beautiful to me. I love the older coffee servers and the bright green moss on the dark soil is so rich looking. I have had this terrarium on my kitchen table for awhile. I love how it looks classic but modern at the same time.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always thought I would be a musician.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I am really getting into vintage clothing....
Also, vintage jewelry....
I run a vintage shop myself as well.
What does your future hold?
I hope to continue to sell on etsy for a long time. Right now I am brewing some ideas in my head for another store. As if, two isn't enough!