I make these plants because I love doing it and not necessarily for the money. Ebay was the place where I was in the beginning and have earned a 100% positive feedback rating consistently. Joined Etsy in 2010 and have maintained a 100% positive feedback rating as well,
I’ve been a lover of tropical fish and reptiles for along time. Through out the years pursuing this hobby, I have always been turned off by most of the “choices” available for aquarium interior design. It’s safe to say most people spend a lot of time, money and energy making their personal living space comfortable and attractive. Do most fish or reptile owners spend that much time on their tank? Probably not, which is why many tanks interiors are not all that appealing to look at.
I think aquatic design decisions should get an equal share of your attention to personal style with their natural needs and “familiar” surroundings. Face it; we get into fish & reptiles for one big reason…to watch them! They are graceful, beautiful to look at, and very unpredictable. With just a few minutes spent staring into the tank, all the stress of the day is gone.
Most Big-Box store plastic plants are bland in design, available in minimal number of species, and often the colors aren’t natural looking. Until just a few years ago, plastic aquarium plants were our only option. Silks and latex blended materials have opened many new avenues of style & theme. The current silk plant manufactures have clearly spent time researching and designing incredible “life like” looking plants. Though, again, the choices are still limited.
So here’s an alternative — my designs! My primary focus is on the life-style…the habitat interior you create and the space they flourish in.
I love what I do and enjoy creating, desiging and thinking “outside the box”. I operate in a very calm, relaxed mode; I don’t rush my art out!
I use non toxic products (as stated by the original manufactures) on all my designs.
For the aquarium plant designs:
Leaf styles/stem samples are always pre “dip tested” in fresh bottled water (that’s 80 degrees) then soaked for 7 days, to check for possible color bleeding or fading and stability.
For the reptile terrarium plant designs & succulents:
Unless otherwise stated, within each products description, the reptile terrarium plants & succulent designs can not be submerged in water. Risk of color’s (paint or dyes) bleeding and or fading possible when submerged in water. On very rare occasions, the original manufacture of the plant materials may have experienced dye lot issues during production that I am not aware of.
I buy from a variety of suppliers both locally and online. Since supply and demand are always changing, when one is out of stock I will pursue other suppliers. Unfortunately, there are times when I can only get a particular plant stem or bush from one supplier forcing me to wait. Lastly, since each design is done by hand, no one design is exactly like another. For example, if you ordered 6 pieces of one particular style #, not all the leaves would point in exactly the same direction. The overall quantity of the product duplication would be the same though.