Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring has Sprung..............

Winter was long and the snow it fell,
but Spring has sprung and it sure is swell,
now the sun is shining and all is fine,
because to me it's Fairy Garden Making time!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February Mini Gardens.......

February is the beginning of the show circuit for us. While most of our plant material is still asleep we still gather enough to build gardens for each weekend show. Winter seems to be hanging on with extra vigor this year but the last weekend in February brought customers to a show in force. Folks are anxious to garden and were ready to begin gathering supplies to do so. The mini/fairy gardening phenomenon is steadily growing and it is our aim to do everything possible to fulfill our customers wants in that department. First we build the containers then we fill them with our signature little gardens. Both the gardens pictured above found new homes over the weekend. Time to build more!! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Class........

We will debut a new class for our papercrete students in 2014. The new class will be using the same recipe as our basic class but will include a shell mold and hints on advanced molding and finishing techniques. We began making these bowls in the Fall and they were an instant hit on the craft show circuit. We have had fun building some fairy gardens in a few and always get compliments on the finished product.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In the Snow..........

The most frequently asked question is, "How do they hold up in the water?" After shoppers find that paper is one of the ingredients in the recipe of our product I find that it is a fair question. The paper is just a fiber source that is encased by portland cement and along with the filler perlite make up the product we call papercrete. I cannot say how long the product will hold up but we have had some of the pots in ground contact for several years without any deterioration. What we build each year once dry gets placed outside on pallets to suffer whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Containers built in the Fall are built for sale the following year so they are subjected to rain, snow, sleet, hail, and ice throughout the Winter. How do they hold up? About the same as the sidewalk in front of the house!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Fresh Batch.........

A fresh batch of containers with ready made patios just out of the studio. What began as an experiment was in short supply as soon as we offered them to gardeners. Made in our signature papercrete pots they are the perfect start to a fairy garden or miniature landscape. With the addition of a feature plant, a ground cover, and a couple of accessories even a beginner can create a professional looking arrangement. 

We like to infect as many as possible with the 'mini garden virus' and this is a great avenue to get someone started. Whether they are beginners or well versed in the art we advise our customers to create multiple containers, group them together, and connect them all with small bridges, sets of steps, or ladders. If you catch us at an event I will tell you how to build the patios.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Small Succulent Gardens...........

Winter time is a hard time for us when we need gardens for shows. Most of our plant material has gone dormant so we resort to using small succulents for the green in our gardens. While these small gardens are not among our favorites we seldom bring one home from a show. 

I vote for enjoying the holidays then telling Mother Nature to bring on Spring and warmer weather!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ahead of Schedule..........

It is November 30 and the weather is beautiful in Southwest Missouri. We normally wait until the cold blustery days of Winter to begin building our inventory of papercrete containers for the Spring/Summer show season but the demand for our containers has been great all Fall. I was suffering with a sore back so Peggy began to sell on the craft show circuit and has been well received. Increased sales has caused us to concentrate on working ahead of our usual schedule to maintain an inventory.

Show exposure with a unique craft item results in lots of invitations to additional events. Our 2014 event schedule is filling rapidly. Between the new events and finding groups to host our papercrete classes it seems that the coming season will be hectic yet fun. We had a goal of completing 1000 pieces to be ready for the '13 season. That goal was met and we expect to double that for '14.