Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Papercrete Trough.........

Winter is almost non existent as of late yet it is our off season. Off season recreation for us includes days spent in thrift stores, flea markets, and even an occasional yard sale. While shopping last week my wife ran across a long low Rubbermaid brand storage container. It had no lid and was probably utilized to haul a shelf load of what-nots to the thrift store. A two dollar price tag enticed her to see what a long low trough might look like coming out of this mold.  

We were both pleased with the results of her labors on this one. Planting season is just around the corner and I am anxious to fill one of these troughs with an assortment of small sized plant material. I suggested she try building a few in different colors. Her response was "you will have to mix me some"! Well I guess I asked for that one! ☺

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year..............

Starting 2017 with a growing inventory. It is always a scramble to have enough ready to accommodate our customers throughout the sales season.  January and February will be spent doubling our supply and experimenting with some new ideas.

Monday, September 26, 2016

That time of year.........

If someone on Pinterest can dream it up my wife will try to recreate it! Autumn began on September 22nd so it getting to be 'Halloween' time very soon. We will have some papercrete Jack-o-lanterns to offer our customers this year!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Papercrete Hands.............

My wife has been experimenting with different things and here is the results of her latest efforts. After trying several ideas and not being happy with any of them her assessment of this set of hands is "almost" there. I was very pleased with her progress. She has several sets drying as I write. It will be fun to plant each of them!

Today I planted her set of hands with sedums and sempervivums. I'm sure this arrangement will not last long on our sales table!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Shapes.................

One of our fun things to do is to shop the Flea Markets, Thrift Stores, and an occasional yard sale for items to use as a mold for our papercrete containers. My wife will experiment with almost any shape just to see the results. This year she has found several ceramic bowls in the shape of leaves which she lines with dry cleaner bags and molds the containers pictured above. These containers have been a big hit with customers.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Before and After........

What our pile of inventory looks like at the beginning of a sales season!

A picture of that same place today after selling from the pile all Spring and Summer!  We are taking the month of August away from events to somewhat restock our inventory and rest a little!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rustic Trough............

This time of year we have a little extra time to experiment. A "rustic trough" has been an idea I have wanted to try for a while. Peggy came back from a walk in the woods a few days ago with some sections of curved grape vine to use as a handle so I built a mold to fit the handle. We will play with this idea until we get the finished product up to our standards. Considering the amount of grapevine growing on our property we should have handles to experiment with for some time!