Pots on stands! I was sitting at a show just listening to customers compare notes about their gardens when a couple of ladies were discussing pots on their decks. One lady was complaining about water spots left on the deck from pots placed against the wood. Both ladies agreed that plant saucer under the pots took away from the display. But the juicy tidbit to come was that one lady said she liked to use plant stands under the pots which allowed any moisture that ran through when watering to dissipate naturally. We will now offer plant stands at each show and pass along the hint.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We began out papercrete journey to fulfill a need for a specific type and size of pot. Journeys begin with a destination in mind but the side trips along the way provide all the fun! While loading the truck for an event this morning I ran across these two containers and decided to do a little planting. I think they will add a little spice to the booth this week.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
A week ago today Peggy and I had an inventory of zero. Knowing that we had two well attended events to vend at this week production went into overdrive. It was a blessing that we had plenty of pulp already soaking and ready to use. I just finished sanding the last pieces and put them on the pile this morning. I will be vending at the University of Tennessee's Summer Celebration in Jackson, Tennessee Thursday July 10th and Peggy will be vending at the Butterfly Festival in Springfield, Missouri on July 12th.
We have presented our product at events in eight states since the first of March. We always have our ears open to what customers might want and those conversations have given us lots of ideas for new designs. Looks like it will be a fun few weeks away from the vending circuit before the Fall craft show circuit starts. The rest of July will be spent drinking sun tea and sitting in the shade trying out new things.
One new event of note was an invitation to come to Fort Worth, Texas for the Tarrent County Master Gardener's Yard Art Extravaganza on October 25th. Peggy and I will be teaching the "Art of Papercrete" and vending at the event. Watch our Upcoming Classes page for more info on the event!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
When we have building time and sometimes when we do not a request for something custom made is called in. A majority of the time those requests are made during our busiest times of the year and we just say when we have time but this one was for a special customer and I'm sure it is a project that might open lots of doors in the future.
I found the metal stands in a flea market some time back and liked their looks. At the time I did not have a purpose for them but that changed quickly when someone needed a tall display. The bowls atop the stands are to be planted with miniature landscapes for display and the customer wanted something taller than normal to make the presentation a little closer to eye level. I was quite pleased with the results and I hope the customer will be also.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
We had hundreds of pieces ready for sale in February and thought we had a good start on having enough ready for Spring sales. It's nearing the end of April and demand again has exceeded our inventory. While I'm pleased that folks like our product I'm again overwhelmed with my lack of ability to manufacture product fast enough to meet demand. We are popping pieces out of the molds daily in hopes of having enough to at least satisfy most of our customers wants!
Part of our problem is that we keep finding new molds to play with. When one has thirty plus different shapes and seven colors to play with the offerings can be as varied as the weather here in Southwest Missouri. Then we started making some items with two colors of mix which compounds the variations drastically! My latest project was a hanging basket and it sold before I had a chance to capture an image.........
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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!!