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Message in a bottle is an inspirational craft project which hopes to promote the rethinking of under utilized everyday objects.
28 backers pledged $517 to help bring this project to life.

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Message Sent

Posted by Aaron Fleury (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

After some rough moments I'm excited to say that Message in a Bottle has been shipped out. I apologize for the delay, plants can be a tricky thing when put on a time schedule. After some exploration and a little luck I have managed to keep several terrariums alive and well. The guide reflects all of the little tips and tricks I learned during my failed attempts. I hope you are able to put it to use when building your own terrariums. Hopefully USPS has no issues with the kits and that your packages reach all of you safely. I am very interested in your feed back once you receive your guides. I will be posting the guide in a few days once everyone receives their copy. I hope everyone enjoys the work and attempts to create a bottled ecosystem of their own. Good luck and thank you for your awesome support!

~Aaron

Please look for updates of my terrariums and other projects at https://www.facebook.com/AarovertexDesigns

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There's still much to learn.

Posted by Aaron Fleury (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

Its been a few more weeks and I wanted to give update everyone on the progress of the project. I'm falling a little behind schedule due to the miscalculation on length of time it would take to study and properly incubate the first few bottled terrariums. I've currently built 8 terrariums in 3 rounds of plantings since the kickstarter ended. Overall I've had great success with growing moss in all of the terrariums, but I've been having difficulty maintaining rooted plants. This is likely a result of both error in learning the techniques of making and bottled terrariums as well as not finding quite the right plant suited to thriving in the vintage bottle. Hopefully the third times the charm and this last round of plants stay as happy as they look now. The supplies for the kits have been all rounded up in preparation for being sent out. I would like to wait till I can guarantee that I have just the right combination to insure that the terrarium kits have a high likely hood of success.

 

This brings me to the guide. So far I have the basic steps for building bottled terrariums flushed out. I posted this preview on AaroVerteX Designs' Facebook page several days ago. Like the kits, I would like to wait to print and send out the guide till I know I got it right. I believe that many tips and tricks to bottling and maintaining the terrariums can be layered into some of the white space on the guide. I would like to know if anyone is interested in participating in helping me experiment and learn all the quirk to this process both currently and down the road. I'm sure that after the guide is finished and delivered that there will be many things people will learn from their own experiences in making these ecosystems. These findings can be updated onto future versions of the guide in order to help more people successfully build bottled terrariums. I think it is also good to think of each terrarium as a science experiment in bottling nature, as there is much that can be learned from building and watching them. I hope everyone is enjoying what I've been working on so far. If your interested in testing your own experimental ecosystem let me know. Please if you have any questions or feed back I am excited to respond. Good luck everyone.

~Aaron

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Bottles of Life

Posted by Aaron Fleury (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to update you on the progress of the project. I've been making and tending to several terrariums over the last few weeks. I've had some success and some mishaps. I would like to say that the process of making a terrarium is very simple. This however doesn't make mean that keeping them alive is by any means easy. Not every plant wants to live in every bottle. It takes the right amount of knowledge, some experimentation and a little bit of luck to match the right plant to the right bottle. These experiments have greatly helped me in developing the illustrated guide. Which leads me to this.

I'm happy to present to you Message In A Bottle. This is the heading banner for the guide and is in dedication to everyone that backed the project. Thank you all for your help in making this project a success. I will be previewing the eight steps to terrariums through out the next two weeks. Once the guide is done it will be sent out for printing and then shipped to you. I hope every one enjoys the work so far. If you would like to follow the work please look for photo updates on Pinterest and Facebook. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks again!

~Aaron

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Recap And Things To Come

Posted by Aaron Fleury (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

I'm extremely excited at the success of the project funding, 517%! This amazing and wouldn't have happened with out all of you, I am greatly appreciative of your suport. Looking at the recap of the final numbers it appears that none of the backer achievements I proposed were fully met. The project ended with 28 of 33 backers need for the first achievement. Being so close I promise that every backer will receive something from me, regardless of their pledge amount. The project also ended with 56% of the total funding coming from the Kickstarter community. This is amazing, only 10% less then the goal and much higher then I had anticipated. I give my sincerest thanks to the backers who discovered me via kickstarter. If there is interest I would like to make an exclusive kickstarter avatar to show peoples commitment to this project and to the kickstarter community. Thank you all again!

Moving forward I plan on spending the next few weeks doing additional research on terrariums and drafting the first versions of the guide. I will do my best to keep everyone informed on the progress of the project on a weekly bases. If anyone has any questions about the project or has a question about terrariums please let me know, I'm excited to answer them or find answer for you. I would love to begin a conversation about the work and its impact on promoting the use of reclaimed materials and diy terrariums. Suggestions and comments are welcome. Thank you all again and I look forward to hearing from you.

~Aaron

This is a picture of one of my bottled terrariums in the process of being built.

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Coming to a close and All Sold Out!

Posted by Aaron Fleury (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to update everyone in the last few hours. I first want to let everyone know how excited I am right now. I never imagined that I would reach the point where I would run out of bottles to send to people, but that time has come. All thanks to you! I've add two new reward tiers to offer additional kits given its popularity. These kits will not come with the same snazzy bottles found at the Resource Exchange, but will be a suitable substitute. If everyone would please share the project on their social media site it would help immensely. Only a handful of backers before we reach the ReClaim achievement, where every backer will receive a personal project update post card.  Thank you all for your wonderful suport!

~Aaron

This is my DIY window garden in Philadelphia. The terrarium that inspired the project (right) along side the first terrarium in the Bottles of Life Series (left).

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