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Welcome to the vibrant world of Sow ‘n Sow! Explore our blog as we delve into the art and joy of gardening, sustainable living and the beauty of nurturing seeds to bloom. Discover insightful tips and inspiring stories that celebrate the journey towards a greener, more vibrant world.

Christmas Shipping & Holiday Closure Dates
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Christmas Shipping & Holiday Closure Dates

The weather is heating up, the Christmas parties have started and the last minute mad rush of gift purchasing has begun! We have received our last delivery of Flower Presses for the year and there is still stock available but it won’t last long so be quick if you would like to secure some. For delivery in time

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Seeds 'n Greetings, A Gift of Seeds
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Seeds ‘n Greetings, A Gift of Seeds

New for Christmas is our Australian summer inspired Gift of Seeds for wishing with a little Aussie humour, ‘Seeds ‘n Greetings’! Containing a mix of seeds to create stunning summer bouquets, with easy to grow white Cosmos, red Zinnia and fragrant Dill as a useful and beautiful filler. Australian made and designed, printed on 100% post consumer waste recycled card and hand packed in our Sunshine Coast studio. Available to

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Mini Flower Presses by Sow 'n Sow
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Mini Flower Presses by Sow ‘n Sow

Sow ‘n Sow are thrilled to introduce our new Mini Flower Presses. Although we have had these for a while now, we have been unable to promote the product due to high demand and not enough stock! These beautiful presses are available in two designs, Golden Wattle or Posy. Beautifully illustrated, each press is hand

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2018
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Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2018

We’ll be there! We’re in a different spot this time, stand 1334. We’ve got 3 new Gifts of Seeds to show everyone plus some exciting new Flower Presses! And a few other new things. We look forward to seeing our existing stockists and meeting anyone interested in stocking our products.

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We love Precious Wings
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We love Precious Wings

Just a quick note to put light onto the incredible charity Precious Wings. Sow ‘n Sow has proudly provided our Everlasting Daisy and Forget Me Not Gift of Seeds in support of the charity since 2013, when Kerry first contacted Michelle. Precious Wings is a not-for-profit organisation who’s generosity and compassion is touching the lives of

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Sow 'n Sow Studio Snaps
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Sow ‘n Sow 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

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A new Gift of Seeds for Mother's Day
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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

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Order in time for Christmas
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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

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Order in time for Christmas
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Introducing the ‘Edibles’ mini Gift of Seeds 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

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne
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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Christmas Delivery

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

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Feeling blessed & Free Gifts with Orders

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

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Seeds for the Silly Season

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

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Growing Australian Natives in England

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 –

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    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

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Life Instyle Melbourne, August 2015

    We’ll be at Life Instyle in Melbourne this August, upstairs at stand 2019 (trade only). We will be launching some exciting new products at the show! If you’d like to make an appointment, email michelle@sownsow.com.au I look forward to seeing you there.  

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We’re moving

Since I moved to Castlemaine last year I have been commuting to Melbourne to the Sow ‘n Sow studio in Fitzroy North. But a fabulous space in an old wool mill in town has become available so we’re getting ready to move our operations to Castlemaine in the middle of August.  We will be leaving

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GPO Melbourne Makers Feature

The lovely Lucy Amon from Melbourne’s GPO came to the Sow ‘n Sow studio on a Saturday morning to take some pics and interview me for the Melbourne Makers series. I was a bit hung over having spent the previous night out on the town (the first since having Bonnie!) so I was a little

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Studio update

Welcome to our new website! We decided it was time for a refresh, a modernisation and a technical upgrade of our online presence so we spent a few months tinkering away in the background before launching the new site in late April. I hope you like it! Other things keeping us busy include Mother’s day

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Studio update: The BIG Design Market!

It has been a busy few months here in the Sow ‘n Sow studio; Michelle has recently made a huge leap and moved to the countryside (- it’s beautiful, we are all very jealous) and Cat has just finished her exams! We’ve been celebrating the recent launch and success of both the Enchanted Garden and

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A Gift of Seeds for Kids

  Spring has arrived and with it our shiny new Enchanted Garden and Bug Wonderland Gift of Seeds! Designed for creative & adventurous little souls, we decided that gardens aren’t just about pretty flowers but are about all the wonderful bugs, butterflies and little habitats they create in the garden. Some of my fondest memories

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A Gift of Seeds Display Stand

We’re very excited to introduce our new Gift of Seeds display stand! We worked with the wonderful Jeremy at Prototype Laser who created & makes the stand locally in Melbourne using sustainably-sourced bamboo. The stand very cleverly packs flat and can be assembled without glue or tools.   Update: March 2014 – we now also

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Mother’s Day

With Autumn well on it’s way, we are incredibly pleased to announce the arrival of our newest Sow n’ Sow team member, Bonnie! Congratulations Michelle & Bish! Bonnie was born on the 6th of March, 2014, and is already the heart of the Sow n’ Sow studio – she’s a smile maker, and quite possibly

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In the Studio

My sister Madeleine Brady came to hang out at the Sow ‘n Sow studio late last year and while there she tidied up the place and took some photos, lucky me! Maddie is an artist and works for Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney. She manages and curates Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and

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Looking back, looking forward

Hello 2014! It’s always nice to do a bit of reflecting in January of what our previous year looked like. 2013 was an exciting year filled with achievements and growth for Sow ‘n Sow, here are a few of the highlights:  Launching our Australian Natives collection Designed in collaboration with Daniella Germain (who’s stunning illustrations

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Australian PlantBank Gifts of Seeds

These fully custom designed Gift of Seeds were created for The Australian PlantBank, a new science and research facility for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Located at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, PlantBank officially opened on Friday October 11 2013 and our Gifts of Seeds seeds were a part of the opening

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Leaving for the Country

On the very cold and grey Friday the 13th of September (what a date for a momentous occasion?), my partner Nick and I signed our lives away on a block of land in Chewton, near Castlemaine in country Victoria. For years we’ve been searching for a block where we can create our dream – building

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Henry Hudson Blog

  The lovely Amy Nardi of Henry Hudson took this gorgeous photo of our Happy Birthday Sweet Pea Gift of Seeds and posted a lovely article on Sow ‘n Sow over on the Hunry Hudson blog! Such a pretty pic, I couldn’t resist sharing it here. Thanks very much Amy!

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Sow ‘n Sow’s Spring Celebration Giveaway

We’re just a few days in to spring and the weather here in Melbourne has already become warm and sunny. All we can think of doing is being outside, absorbing the sunshine, picking flowers and sowing lots of seeds! To celebrate the arrival of this glorious season Sow ‘n Sow is offering a selection of

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Custom Design for Audi Australia

A growing gift from Audi Australia. These custom designed seed packets were made for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. A ‘Trio of Herbs’ was gifted to each guest at the ‘Chiswick’ dinner presented by Matt Moran on Saturday the 17th of August.

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Billy Buttons, a Gift of Seeds for Christmas

I’m excited to announce that our first ever Christmas Gift of Seeds is now available to purchase through our webshop and via our stockists Australia wide. Billy Buttons are a gorgeous Australian Native which flower with beautiful bright yellow balls on long stems, perfect as a unique and stylish cut flower. If I do say

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The Natives

While the Australian Native collection has been available for a few months, I thought it was about time I wrote a little about them. Since launching Sow ‘n Sow about three years ago, the question of native seeds has been asked many times. So late last year I decided to create the Australian Native Gifts

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Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the City of Sydney

Sydneysiders keep an eye out for the City of Sydney’s Green Villages branded Gifts of Seeds. These will be used as part of the city’s partnership with Grow It Local, encouraging residents to grow their own food and live more sustainably. This is our second custom design for the City of Sydney (see the first

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Greening Laneway Festival with wheat grass

Here are some snaps of the Wheat Grass trays I created for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Melbourne. These went into the artist’s area as table centre pieces. The venue is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, a fabulous modern art gallery space. The simple, lush green trays looked great against the white walls and funky

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Creative Theming for Big Day Out Melbourne

Last week was an odd one, we threw ourselves into a last minute creative theming job for Big Day Out’s Wine Bar. Check out our “nest” and pallet creations which came together in 36 degree heat. Thanks so much to Imm, Caja, Mike & Bish for all your help, you’re the best, couldn’t have done

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Project Time

It’s been a year and a half since my sister Maddie and I threw ourselves head first into a massive creative theming project for South Bank in Brisbane (see here and here and here). I’m excited to say that I’m now back in the creative theming driving seat, this time dressing a bar in an

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Happy New Year

Me with fish in hand, doing it tough on Moreton Island, December 2012. After a divine 2 week holiday in Queensland I am now back in the studio and enjoying the relative quiet. We were incredibly busy throughout November and December which was invigorating and wonderful, but left us with little chance to do a

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Studio inspiration

We have just moved into a wonderful, light filled studio in Fitzroy North and I’m dreaming up ways to transform the space into a plant-filled oasis. Like any professional procrastinator, I turned to pinterest to while away a few short hours and here’s some of the highlights. Studio neighbour Lauren McIvor wants a swing. How about

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Mathilde Roussel

Amazing organic installations by French artist Mathilde Roussel. Exploring nature and physical life, Mathilde is interested in the cyclic metamorphoses that transform organic matter, whether vegetable, animal or human.  Another incredible example of living artworks which I find incredibly powerful!

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New from Sow ‘n Sow

 We’re incredibly excited to launch Sow ‘n Sow’s beautiful new Gifts of Seeds and Paper Garden Gift Tag collections! And to do justice to these stunning new ranges, we’ve made some changes to our branding and we’ve created a beautiful new website, where we’re also stocking some of our favourite organic-inspired designer products! A few notes

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Moss Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garthforth is an installation artist known for her incredible typographic moss installations. Her ‘Grow’ moss typography is a pinterest/ blogging world favourite – I’m sure many have seen that one before (pictured below). I contacted Anna to ask her permission to post photos from her website and she kindly sent me these photos of

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