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First Friday Find — Night Owl Terrariums

Night Owl Terrariums

While strolling through Old City on Friday night, I was kind of surprised to see street vendors on 3rd Street. It’s embarrassing to say that this was my first First Friday in Old City. The vendor that really caught my eye was Night Owl Terrariums. They use thrifted, vintage, and found glassware to make a huge variety of terrariums.

Night Owl Terrarium DSC06755 Night Owl Terrarium with Elephant

Some of the terrariums come with animal figurines. I thought this elephant was super cute. I also spied a rabbit, a bird, and a chipmunk in other terrariums.

Night Owl Terrariums Moss Necklace

They also make and sell premade and custom jewelry. I’m tempted to order a custom mini terrarium necklace. They don’t have a website yet, but you can stop by their Facebook page or sign up for their email newsletter for more info.

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View of the Valley

A few weeks ago, Chad and I went back to the farm to spend Easter weekend with my family. My little brother really wanted to go on a hike, so we went for an easy one on the Back Mountain. It was just finally starting to get a little warm. It was warm and sunny on the gasline when we got there, but there was still snow on the way there.

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Lisa Yoder, Lauren Yoder, Mark Yoder on top of Back Mountain, Belleville, PA

Sibling Love

Belleville, PA

Belleville, PA, otherwise known as “Home.” If you look real close, you can see the farm where I grew up.

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30 Days – Days 11-12

As documented by my last post, I was home this weekend. When I talk about “going home,” I’m generally referring to Belleville. The reason why I went back this past weekend was to host a bridal shower for a dear friend from home. We’re scattered in different cities now, but it was fun to get the Eleven (mostly) all together again.

Planning a bridal shower is a ton of work. So, I’m counting the bridal shower we threw as my Day 11 creative thing. Here are the invites I made for it back in May.


I printed out the invites with the text, then stamped them with slices of lemon and lime, in lemon, lime, and orange colors. It was quite a process, but I enjoyed it.

I drove back to West Chester super late Saturday night, had a slow Sunday morning. Chadoh and I went on a walk, where we found this interesting thing. Even though I didn’t create something on Sunday (time for relaxation, and then helping during church ate up my time, which I am more than ok with), this photo represents one inspiring anonymous knitter! Sometimes, instead of producing, it’s helpful to take time to explore and notice the creativity around you.

It’s the third instance of urban knitting I’ve seen in the borough. I’m excited to find more!

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30 Days – Days 3-5

I took a bit of a break over the weekend. Friday night, the Kittens played a benefit show for the Barnabas Project, a fundraising effort to help our church start up a community center, complete with community garden, skate park, after-school programs, a GED class, and other interesting and much-needed things for the community.

We also had friends from afar come to see our show and then hang out all weekend. It was wonderful.
So, even though I didn’t have a chance to post for 30 Days of Creativity, I tried to work in the 30 Days projects unobtrusively, organically.

The Kittens use this jingle shoe for percussion purposes. Consider it a visual representation of Day 3, when the Roaring Kittens played some fun music for some old and new friends.

On Saturday, we took our lovely visitors to an abandoned train bridge. I’m not sure if climbing around on it was totally legal. In our wanderings, I collected some pictures as well as a tick, which I had promptly removed.

Abandoned train bridge
It was a lovely day, not too warm, not too sunny. A pleasant sort of overcast.
This strange creature seemed pleased with the weather.
So, I’m going to count these pictures toward my Day 4 count.
I took many other pictures on Day 4, but my Day 5 was consumed with sleeping, brunching, meeting, and helping at church. Perhaps I can count this picture toward Day 5?

These rocks were shinier in real life.
To some degree, I feel like taking pictures (especially since I am not a photographer and mine are far from wonderful) is a bit of a cop out. It seems like an easy way to meet a 30 Days quota, but I hope I continue to make things. I want to really be able to work it into my day seamlessly. Maybe by Day 30 I will have figured out the secret to seeing the creativity in everyday stuff, and have worked out how to make production a part of my day, so it doesn’t feel like a separate project to tackle.