Some Garden Shopping Buzz from The Mid-Atlantic Home and Garden Show!

 
Blue watering can by xxx, Photo by Britt Conley

Blue watering can by Margaret Krogman, Photo by Britt Conley

One of the great things about participating in a show is getting the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests.  I was wandering the aisles and saw these fantastic watering cans and had to stop.  The work is lovely!  Bringing flowers to floral related hardware is a great idea!  The company, KMMK is the brainchild of Margaret Krogman.

Watering cans by KMMS.   Photo by Britt Conley

Watering cans by KMMS. Photo by Britt Conley.

The name KMMK has a very special meaning to Krogman who revealed to me, “It’s the first letters of my husband’s, son’s, mother’s and my last name….two Kens and two Margarets”

Watering Can hand-painted by Margaret Krogman.  Photo by Britt Conley

Watering Can hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

Margaret, who does ALL the artwork herself, started her company KMMK a year ago.  She, “decided to start the business because people would see some of my work at my house and would ask where they could purchase similar items.  When we opened the business, we (my family and I) wanted to provide
items that people could actually “use” and not have as yet another dust collector in their homes.” she explains.

Margaret Krogman

Watering Can hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

The process is complicated.  She doesn’t just start painting.  There is a lot of prep work. “We start out with cans that have a baked  on enamel base coat or a plain silver galvanized can.” she continues,  ”All our paints  are outdoor paints that have UV protection to aid in the life of the  artwork. Once the cans are hand painted they cure for three days at  which time we apply outdoor sealant so our cans can be used outdoors.  This second sealant adds another two days to the process” she continues.

Iris glasses hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

Iris glasses hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

KMMK makes more than watering cans.  They also have a delightful selection of painted glassware.  ”The most unique aspect of our glass products”, Margaret explains, “is that they can  actually go in the top rack of the dish washer! We take the extra  step and bake our paint onto the glass, a process that adds approximately seven hours to each piece so that all these pieces are  user friendly.”

Orange Flowers by xxx, Photo by Britt Conley

Orange Flowers by Margaret Krogman, Photo by Britt Conley

“…We also wanted to offer our patrons  the opportunity to mix and match different pieces for their table
settings that were hand painted. Many of our designs were created to  compliment other items. We offer wine glasses and beverage glasses,  dinner and dessert plates, trifle bowls and pitchers and carafes.”

Lilly Flowers by Margaret Krogman, Photo by Britt Conley

Lilly Flowers by Margaret Krogman, Photo by Britt Conley

“Bright colors of our fish line and flower lines use the same colors so people are not locked into one look with their tableware.”

Fish glasses hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

Fish glasses hand-painted by Margaret Krogman. Photo by Britt Conley

If you want to order some items you’ll have to go straight to the source. KMMK is still working on getting their website up.  Until then you can contact Margaret directly at 757-430-4436 or email mkrogman@cox.net I’m going to have to order some of the wine glasses!  I’ll be posting some other great vendors from the show as well in the coming weeks.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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3 Comments

 
  1. Melissa
    2010-02-11
    18:57:12

    These are great! I have a friend who has painted some wineglasses for me with a seasonal theme (one each for each season) but the watering cans are amazing and I would love to get one for a client. I will e-mail Margaret right away. Thanks for giving her talent a spot to shine!

     
  2. Britt
    2010-02-15
    13:14:03

    That rocks Melissa! I'm going to have to order some as well. I have my eye on those iris wine glasses!

     
  3. Laura Moss
    2015-10-03
    09:01:14

    Margaret Is a fabulous person as well as artist. Discovered her a short time ago - And well my cabinets are full of her glasses - pitchers - Besides beautiful work - It is durable - Each glass has a meaning - and Christmas - Christmas trees-snowmen- Gifts- A company gift basket-put a couple of her glasses with a bottle of wine- Big Hit-Watering Cans oh my -Everything is OUTSTANDING- Love her - Did I say she is the Nicest Kindest Warm Person - Winter-Spring-Summer-Fall- She is with me-

     
 

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