We have a friend who can't go hiking without bringing back little bits of nature. Tall dry grasses, interesting stones, seed pods, driftwood. (Our friend shall remain nameless, since her proclivity for shoplifting from the environment violates the leave-no-trace ethos.) This friend lived in SF for many years, and after a few seasons of outings, her collection needed containment. So she found a bunch of glass test tubes, mounted them all over a blank bedroom wall, and used them to display the smaller of her specimens. Visiting this room was like hanging out in the atelier of a 19th century botanist: a little macabre (since everything was dead and brown), but also weirdly beautiful. When our friend left San Francisco and moved back to NYC, her collection of twigs and seeds was so dry and crackly that moving any of it an inch caused it to dust, so she said a reluctant goodbye to all that and moved on, which was part of the point of the move, anyway. Now she lives in a downtown Manhattan loft, not a tree in view from her tall windows, and hangs out at Dean and Deluca when she needs to connect with Nature. So when we saw the lovely Pebble cutout vase, by local ceramicist J. Mendicino, we immediately thought of dried-plant lovers like our friend. These holey vessels are perfect for plants that no longer need water, and for small spaces. Available in grey, blue, white, speckled egg and dark salmon in three sizes, for $35 - $55 at Artist XChange.