What do you enjoy doing on Monday nights? I enjoy drinking wine and crafting—terrariums, specifically.
Well, not normally, but it may just become my new hobby. With my two full-time, lady-boss gigs, I am perhaps the last person who has time for a hobby, which is exactly why I need it most.
In December, I was shopping with my friend Emily at Salt & Sundry in Union Market when we met Holley Simmons, who was hosting a pop up for Sill Life, her terrarium business. Holley is the dining editor at Washington Post Express and, like a few lady bosses as of late, has turned a creative passion into a successful side hustle.
Holley makes the cutest dinosaur terrariums for sale by Sill Life. I’m literally obsessed; I’ve purchased four for gifts in the last month. My friend Emily is equally enamored by the succulent creatures. So, we decided back in December to sign up for one of Holley’s terrarium-making classes.
Holley teaches the classes at the Lemon Bowl, a shared artist space she founded in Petworth. The Lemon Bowl is home to several female crafters and makers, including graphic designers, tapestry makers, and more.
The classes will run you $60, which covers an hour of instruction and the products needed to make your terrarium, which you take home with you. There are classes once a week and you can see the schedule here.
In addition to the excitement of leaving with my new terrarium (#nerdalert), I really enjoyed learning from Holley—she was bashfully charismatic and passionate about her craft in a fun, friendly way. It was truly a treat to spend an evening with Holley—I would have enjoyed her class even if it hadn’t been something as cool as dinosaur terrariums (but I’m glad it was).