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!

Friday, December 4, 2015

A Pallet Full of Smalls..........

I just took the last few "smalls" we had built during the last two weeks of November out of the cold frame, sanded them, and put them on the finished pile outside to weather until it is time for the Spring sales season. One pallet stacked three and four deep is now ready for market. We sold out of the little ones early last year so I vowed to build enough surplus this year to keep a good inventory available. All these containers are priced from two to four dollars each and sell like hotcakes. Just five more pallets of smalls to build before mid March '16.

Monday, October 12, 2015

On The Road............

After spending a month on the road it is time to stay home for a few days, clean up a mess or two, and relax just a little. Our papercrete inventory is down to the nubbins due to good demand for our product but my notepad is full of new ideas to try. Our time spent vending, speaking, or teaching is also the time we have to listen to customers and students who come up with some great suggestions. Show vendors always gather to compare notes, discuss trends, and share their experiences and we relish the opportunity to meet new folks and occasionally meet someone who inspires us to try a new technique or presentation. 

This is the latest idea and though they are not in papercrete containers they will be for the 2016 sales season. We are at the end of our horticultural season and our plant supply for 2015 is almost exhausted. We have been buying lots of flea market containers to repurpose without a firm idea as to how they were to be used. With a pile of accessories and a box full of containers the gardens just seem to flow together. We will come up with something unique in papercrete to hold this type garden over the Winter I'm sure.  Fun, Fun, Fun!