For some time it sat like this on the dining room table. I felt a little guilty every time I saw those tiny plants just sitting there, especially since they fell victim to my forgetting to water them very quickly. The tiny pots they came in didn't leave much room for error and they dried out quickly, so before they died I started trying to figure out how to plant them.
I tried several different things out, but nothing was deep enough for the plants, yet low enough to look right inside the terrarium. That was until I saw the plastic shoebox sized container that was sitting empty in the laundry room. I filled the bottom couple of inches with gravel and filled the rest with potting soil. I then used moss from the craft store to cover the sides. The plants showed signs of new growth within a week. I still plan to do a little more with the "decor" but haven't decided what yet.
Which brings me to this guy. I'm not against gnomes, in fact there are some that live in our back garden hidden under shrubs. Actually I don't really get why some people are so against them, really when you have young kids they have fun looking for them. But I'm not sure they belong in a terrarium. This little guy seems to have something for the fairy inside the terrarium and even brought her this little flower.
You can see the fairy of his dreams just inside the terrarium here, but I'm just not sure a fairy and a gnome would be safe together trapped inside a terrarium.
I tried to get a picture of the terrarium from the side, but the lighting was tricky and the only picture that turned out was this one, with the gnome.
So whether you're pro-gnome or anti-gnome I think for now this guy will need to find another place to live. I just can't bring myself to have one in the terrarium.