In no specific order, here are the sorts of questions we usually get asked, and their answers!
* Do you wholesale?
As we are a small company, we can only wholesale certain products. Get in touch with us with your requirements and we'll see what we can work out.
* Will you make something for me?
Sure, why not. Get in touch with us and tell us what you need.
* When is your next market?
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* Do you have a shop?
In a word, no. But we do have all our awesome products stocked up at home, and you are welcome to come and buy directly from us there. Just get in touch with us to arrange a convenient time. We also have a small online shop which sells some of our smaller items (to keep courier costs down).
* Can I put your products outside?
Generally speaking we make our home decor products for interior use. However the garden products we make can be put outside. Bear in mind that South African weather is intense, so the wood will weather and turn grey over time.
* What wood do you use?
All our wood is reclaimed, gathered from various sources and lovingly restored to a beautiful finish. In the case of pallet wood, we only use heat treated wood. We don't make use of pallets treated with Methyl Bromide or any other chemical, so the wood is safe to use in your home.
* What is the process?
It's time consuming and laborious ;) But we believe it's worth it as we are taking what has been thrown away to breath new life into it, thereby actively decreasing environmental waste and helping the planet at large. Generally speaking, for our wood products we have to scour far and wide looking for reclaimed wood, transport the suitable wood back to us, de-nail, de-staple, de-screw, de-cement, de-paint, de-varnish, and de-gravel the wood, plane it to consistent thickness, mill it to size, make our products using a wide variety of woodworking tools, then carefully sand and finish with shellac where appropriate. For our other recycled products we are constantly on the lookout for materials to create innovative products with and make frequent trips around town and surrounds to that end.
* I kill all my plants. Help!
Our airplants and succulents are wonderful plants which require very little maintenance, so they are quite hard to kill (unless you are hellbent on doing so). Our airplant stands and succulent boxes are made for indoor usage so these instructions apply to that specific set of conditions. With a minimum of effort to keep the plants happy they will last a long time and give you something magnificent to look at and enjoy during that time.
Airplants like bright, filtered light. You can run them under the tap once a week and shake off any excess water before returning them to their stand. A good idea is to keep them in your bathroom so that when you shower they can absorb any humidity generated.
Succulents also like bright, filtered light. Do not leave in direct sunlight as the leaves can scorch (you will see them turn brown or white). An underlit succulent will begin to stretch for light, so a plant with elongated stem needs more light. In hot weather, water with a tablespoon of water every other day. In cold weather, once a week will suffice. If you see water running out the drainage hole in the bottom of the succulent box you are overwatering. Overwatered plants are soft and discoloured (yellow, white or colourless). Underwatered plants tend to stop growing and shed leaves.
Where our hydroponic succulent displays are concerned - just keep the glasses topped up to where the roots are covered. If the plant outgrows the glass, simply plant outside and propogate another to replace in the glass. Easy peasy.
* Your fabric pots don't have any drainage holes?
They don't need any. A standard 11cm diameter nursery pot will fit perfectly inside - you can see some examples here. This has drainage for the soil, and excess will drain into the pot which can be emptied out easily. Bear in mind that if you find you are having to empty out water you are generally overwatering, so ease back on the amount watered as per the instructions above.