Studio Snaps

We recently had a local photographer Elliot Swanson from Ground to Kitchen come by the studio to take some snaps for us. Here are a few of my favourites including some lovely snaps in our studio garden.

It’s always lovely  to collaborate with local people and we look forward to shooting more with Elliot in the coming months.

We’re busy preparing for the Gift and Homewares trade show Life Instyle which we’ll be exhibiting at in early August. I can’t wait to share the new products we’ve been working on!

A new Gift of Seeds for Mother’s Day

Introducing Snapdragons!

A classic cottage garden annual with bright colourful blooms which are great as a cut flower.  We picked snapdragons because they’re easy to grow and are exactly the kind of flower we would like to give to our Mothers on Mother’s Day.

Usually our packets have a brightly coloured top band with a colourful illustration on the kraft background. We decided to switch things around for this design, instead having a plain kraft top band and the illustration sitting on colour below. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, all thanks to Daniella Germain our amazing illustrator & designer as usual.

A gorgeous, eco-friendly gift that grows featuring stunning illustrative artwork that mums of all ages will love.

Order in time for Christmas

The year is drawing to a close and we are counting down for more than one reason this year as Michelle is expecting a new baby around Christmas!

Order by this Thursday Dec 14 for delivery before Christmas
with standard FREE SHIPPING Australia wide.
After this date you can select ‘Express post’ at checkout for a flat rate of
 just $5 for our regular retail customers, right up until Thursday Dec 21.

We are also giving away 3 Christmas Gift Tags with every $10 spent or Gift of Seeds purchased in our webshop this week for our retail customers. A little gift from us to you, perfect for decorating all the thoughtful presents you’re curating.  Use code XMASTAGS at checkout.

We will be closed from Dec 22 until January 22, slightly longer this year due to the new arrival. Orders are welcome right up until we close.

Introducing the ‘Edibles’ mini collection

We are very excited to announce that our gorgeous new ‘Edibles’ mini collection is now available for purchase!

It was certainly time for us, 7 years in, to add some more edibles to our collection. And after realising recently that one of our best sellers is our ‘Trio of Herbs’ Gift of Seeds I feel more confident that people are keen to gift seed that is useful and delicious!

Leafy Greens contains a mix of Lettuce, Rocket and Spinach seeds. A very easy to grow mix that if picked regularly just continues to give. We’ve had a patch of these growing for months on end at my place, supplying a constant supply of fresh & crispy greens for our meals, which looks lush in the garden too. (those greens in the pics below came from my garden!)

I chose watermelon as the other variety to kick off the edibles range as it is just such a darn cute fruit, is sweet and juicy, easily grown from seed and who doesn’t love watermelon! Great for kids or anyone who loves to grow & harvest their own produce.

I hope you like them, and can’t wait to show our stockists these gorgeous new designs at Life Instyle in Melbourne next week.

We are at stand 1458 and looking forward to it! And thanks to Rikki Lancaster for the gorgeous pics 🙂

Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne

We’re exhibiting at Life Instyle again this August in Melbourne over 4 days from August 3 – 6. Visit us at stand #1458 and register your visit at lifeinstyle.com.au/register.
We’ll be launching a few new Gifts of Seeds which we’re really excited about and which are absolutely stunning thanks as always to the illustration skills of Daniella Germain.
We look forward to seeing our existing stockists, catching up with everyone and meeting new stockists or anyone interested.

Inside A Gift of Seeds

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.

Sow ‘n Sow’s new home in Maleny

 

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.

Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle

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 michelle@sownsow.com.au or phone  0413 899 695.

New State New Studio

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.

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Hello 2016

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

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