When my green thumbed 87 year old Grandad came to visit the Sow 'n Sow studio, along with my talented photographer cousin, I knew this was an opportunity for some lovely pics! Luckily cousin Duane was happy to oblige and took lots of beautiful shots. These demonstrate how our packets open and what you get on the inside - a little plant label to mark out where your seeds have been planted. You can see how the sowing instructions are included on the inside of the packaging as well.
Welcome to our re-vamped website! Now that our blog is displaying properly again it's time for a few catch up posts.
We are very excited to now be based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast. Our new studio is a part of a 5 acre property that used to be an avacado farm. We are surrounded by Avacados, lychees, beautiful pecan trees and rolling green hills, perfect for getting the dream garden organised.
The Sow 'n Sow studio is in a renovated shed at the front of the property. After laying a new slab, replacing the roof, swapping garage doors for large sliding doors and adding a window to the East for light, we now have a beautiful, bright airy studio with room to grow. After moving from Melbourne to Castlemaine to Brisbane before Maleny, it's great to be all set up in a permanent location which we have full control over.
We’re back at Life Instyle again this August in Melbourne! This time we are lucky to have a space downstairs at the Royal Exhibition Building, stand 1458.
We are currently busy finalising our new Gift of Seed designs and I can’t wait to launch them at the show.
If you’re a current stockist please pop by! We’d love to see you, have a chat and show you our newbies. If you’re interested in becoming a stockist then please also stop by! It would be great to show you our range in person.
For appointments or more details feel free to email me on ua.mo1493200441c.wos1493200441nwos@1493200441elleh1493200441cim1493200441 or phone 0413 899 695.
Sow ‘n Sow is now officially a Brisbane based business!
Family and warm weather has lured me, my family and the business back home after 10 years abroad and interstate.
It was a difficult decision to make, especially leaving our amazing studio at The Mill in Castlemaine and our wonderful team there. But it felt like the right thing to do and the right time to do it.
We are now all set up and operating as normal from our new studio in Graceville in the South West of Brisbane. It is a temporary location while we figure out where in this amazing green part of the world we decide to put down more permanent roots.
After a busy Mother’s Day period we’ve now got our heads down, planning & working with Dany on our new designs. We will be exhibiting at Life Instyle in August so everything we’re doing at the moment is in preparation for the show and all the new goodies we will be launching there.
Oh and I’m excited to announce that in a few weeks we’ll have 2 beautiful new Gift of Seeds designs for weddings! They are customisable wedding seed favours with the seed type able to be chosen and the design able to be personalised. I can’t wait to see them once printed and to share them with the world. They’ve been a long time coming!
Below are some pics of my recent seed germination tests. The beauty of the weather here in Queensland is that the soil is warm year round so perfect for germinating seed. And finally, a shot of our new studio, all set up as if we never moved.
It’s the 9th of Feb and finally really feels like the new year. We had such a big end to the year in 2015 with moving our studio to Castlemaine, attending Life Instyle for the first time in years, 6 new staff members, many custom design orders and more orders being shipped for Christmas than ever before. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being completely exhausted by the end.
Nearly a month spent holidaying in Queensland set me back on track and now I’m fully in work mode again. I’m currently dreaming up new designs and seed types for launching in 2016. The hardest part is always deciding what to do as there are so many beautiful flowers & herbs you can grow from seed and many occasions to celebrate in a year.
Just a short update from me, but I leave you with this lovely quote & image which Melisa shared via instagram @coffeepaperyarn
Cultivating}: a deeper connection with mother nature. ‘A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entiretrust.’ ~ Gertrude Jekyll. Gardening has certainly taught me a lot. Thank you @coffeepaperyarn
We are now closed for holidays. We re-open on Monday the 18th of Jan. Orders placed while we are closed will be shipped on Monday Jan 18.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We ship orders from our studio in Castlemaine, 3450 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For delivery in time for Christmas with free shipping, if you are outside Victoria, please place your order by midnight on Tuesday the 15th of December. This excludes remote areas, please check your location against ours (Castlemaine, 3450) by using the Australia Post delivery estimator here.
If within Victoria, place your order by midnight on Thursday the 17th of Dec.
Express shipping is optional and can be chosen at checkout. For express shipping please order by midday on Monday the 21st.
Our last day in the studio is Monday the 21st of December. Orders received before midday on the 21st will be shipped before we close.
We will be closed until Monday the 18th of Jan.
If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.
I’m feeling quite warm and fuzzy this week. We met a lot of beautiful customers on the weekend at The Big Design Market where lovely things were said about our products. It’s great to be face to face with customers at one of the only opportunities we get each year.
The organic linen label Oh Mabel are generously gifting their customers a pack of our seeds and flower presses with orders placed in December, and Sarah the clever lady behind Oh Mabel said some very nice things about us on instagram this week.
Fetch Lane did a feature on our brand, Gardening Australia featured 2 of our products in their Christmas Gift Guide and we’ve done some awesome custom designs in the last few months including one for Blackmores, one for Stem Organics, one for Open Table and one with Stephanie Alexander’s face on the packet, more on this one to be revealed :).
I also feel very lucky to have a great team working behind the scenes here at Sow ‘n Sow. Christiana who’s been working 2 or 3 days a week since we moved to Castlemaine, Mia, Rose, Teagan, Yasmin and Anna who’re all amazing and great company to have in the studio. And I’m still loving our new studio space at the Woollen Mill.
So, I’ve decided it’s time to give back. From now until we close for the holidays, we’re including free gifts with every purchase in our webshop. We always include a few free gift tags anyway, but now for orders over $35 we’re throwing in a cute little blue trowel, and for orders over $60, a free Sunprint kit. (While stocks last, we only have 12 trowels so best get in quick!).
As always, we have free shipping in our webshop, free gift wrapping and free writing of personal messages.
For delivery in time for Christmas, if outside Victoria best place your order by Wednesday the 16th of December.
If within Victoria then by Friday the 18th. Our last day in the studio is Monday the 21st so last orders will be shipped then and we do have express shipping options which you can utilise for last minute orders too. We will be closed until Monday the 18th of Jan. Yep, a nice long, much needed break!
It’s sowing season and almost Christmas time which means our studio is a hive of activity as we ship lots of eco friendly greetings to grow all over Australia.
We are also busy preparing for The Big Design Market and looking forward to seeing lots of customers face to face at the only market event we participate in each year.
Proof you can grow our Australian Natives in England. I received this beautiful email last week, my favourite kind!
“I was given 4 packets of seeds last year by a kind lady visiting Devon in England and this summer was successful in getting all 4 to germinate. I have since lost the Golden Wattle – they just weren’t happy – but the Everlasting Daisy is flowering at the moment – the Kangaroo Paw is O.K. but not doing much and the Wisteria is climbing round sticks – and could take over the house soon. I’ve had to bring them all indoors (taken up a lot of space) to protect them from our forthcoming winter – but thrilled to have got them to this stage – even if they don’t survive – I’ve had a go.
Many thanks – love the packaging – it makes a lovely gift for those of us who love gardening.”
From Mrs Rose Hitchings, Devon – England
It has been a busy year so far and things just got busier. Last Thursday the 13th of August we moved our studio from Fitzroy North to Castlemaine.
It was a little sad leaving the wonderful artist studios that we had been a part of for nearly 3 years, but also super exciting to be moving to our new home in the wonderful Wollen Mill opposite the Botanic Gardens in Castlemaine.
We now have a lovely north facing window and we are neighbours to Earth Garden Magazine, the wonderful new Austrian inspired ‘Das Kaffeehaus’ cafe and coffee roastery by Coffee Basics , Boomtown Winemakers and lots of other Castlemaine based businesses.
Just a couple of weeks prior to our move we exhibited at the boutique trade event Life Instyle for the first time in around 4 years. It was wonderful to take orders for new stockists all over Australia, and to see the familiar and friendly faces of our existing stockists. We were completely overwhelmed by the response and the number of orders we received.
We are now frantically hiring new staff to help us in our new studio, as well as trying to keep on top of all of the orders. Please do bear with us if we don’t get back to you as quickly as we normally would.
We set up online wholesale ordering a few months ago which is up and running now. We introduced a new wall hung display stand, and we have new designs for our boxed Gift of Seed sets which I’m yet to photograph and add to the webshop so they are coming soon. And we gave our Flower Press a lovely little calico bag with matching gift tags!
I have left the best part for last, our beautiful new Gifts of Seeds which join our Australian Native collection, Swan River Daisy and Billy Buttons. The photos above were created by the stylist Emma Duckworth. We couldn’t be happier with these beautiful shots as well as the new designs which bear the stunning illustration of Daniella Germain as always.