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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.

Sow ‘n Sow Airiums at Spacecraft!

I am very excited to share some insight into the other things I’ve been working on as part of the Sow ‘n Sow product range. Whilst the Gifts of Seeds are by no means done and dusted (three new ones will be available in just over a week!) I always had plans to develop other

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Joost’s Greenhouse

I am pretty stoked to have caught Joost Greenhouse in Sydney over the weekend. The modular, recyclable construction is made out of an innovative steel framing system where the steel is printed and cut on-site, reducing waste and minimising transport emissions. Straw bales are used for insulation, the floor is made out of car tyres and

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Sowing seeds all over town

Sometimes I am so busy working away doing things that I hardly notice what I have achieved. That is until I open up a new blog post and start typing! We have just donated one of each of our Gifts of Seeds to Craft Relief, a non-profit online store created to raise money for those

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Sunflowers around town

I’ve spotted a few sunflowers around town lately and they are just so bright and happy and beautiful. The pictures at the top are of sunflowers at a house in Northcote and the ‘Look at the spirals’ sunflower was on the corner of Smith and Gertrude St, under the big billboard. I wonder who wrote

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Fift earrings

What a great idea! A simple little earring clip that allows you to make your favourite leaf of twig or flower or anything else into an accessory. I would wear basil leaves, my favourite herb and hopefully wafts of sweet basil would fill the room! This little clip earring is made by Fift, a Japanese

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Custom Gifts of Seeds

Sow ‘n Sow specialises in custom designed Gifts of Seeds which are ideal for corporate promotions. A gift of seeds encourages your guests or recipients to grow a plant which will cement the memory of the occasion for many years and generations to come. We can also tailor the seed type to suit the meaning or

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Beautiful Vegetables by Rus Anson

These dreamy photos are the work of the incredible fashion and commercial art photographer Rus Anson. Born in Barcelona, Rus (short for Rosanna) studied art in San Francisco. Her photographs are often inspired by imagination and daydreams. Those vegetables look so beautiful! Please Rus, won’t you photograph my products?! I offer seed, lots of pretty

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Le Petit Pois

I just stumbled across these amazing La Fille du Consul jewellery pieces. They are created by the lovely Parisien Delphine Roche de Montgrand.  “I make small “sculptures to wear”, “3D trompe l’oeil”. My work plays with the spectator’s sight who wonder if it is old or current, real or false, if it is eaten or

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Christmas wrap up

We would like to thank all our stockists and customers who made our ‘Gifts of Seeds’ a part of their festive season. A special thanks to hardtofind for featuring ‘My Basil’ in their gift guide for stocking fillers under $40, Mandrake and Willow for featuring us in their christmas gift guide and Susan Parsons for

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2010 inspirations

This year I’ve spent a lot of time collecting pictures which inspire me in the development of products for Sow ‘n Sow. With the new year fast approaching us and hopefully many more inspirations yet to come, I thought it might be nice to share a snippet of the pictures i’ve been hoarding on my

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With christmas fast approaching it is indeed time to get presents organised! Our Gift of Seeds make lovely little stocking fillers or send them to loved ones around the world as a christmas card and gift in one. We also now have a ‘Children’s Garden Gift Set’ available on hardtofind. A best seller at the

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Charm me with Chilli

Sow ‘n Sow is excited to introduce a new variety to our Gift of Seeds collection. ‘Charming Chilli’ is now available! It can be purchased in our online store and will be with most stockists soon.  I had a lovely time at the North Melbourne Market yesterday. I was very lucky to be positioned beside the

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Market Time!

We’ve just completed a mammoth custom order which has kept us very busy. ‘Us’ because I’ve had some wonderful helpers including Tossie who stayed up till 2am with me on a Saturday night!, Caja who glued the most basil packets in the most perfect way, sticker fingers packaging expert Mike and Bish who put up

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Sprouting new things

Well I’ve been really busy! Which is awesome. I’m very excited to announce Sow ‘n Sow’s new (or soon to be) stockists: The Local Shop, 262 High St, Northcote Little Salon, 71 Gertrude St 
Fitzroy and Shop 1/353 Little Collins St 
Melbourne http://www.littlesalon.com.au/ Ramona Tienda, 113 Errol St, North Melbourne http://www.ramonatienda.com/ Biome, 215 Adelaide Street,

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Mel Balkan

Mel Balkan is my very talented hair stylist and is now stocking Sow ‘n Sow’s Gifts of Seeds! I’ve been seeing Mel ever since moving to Melbourne. I heard about her through my friend Jules who used to work at The Black Cat on Brunswick St. Mel’s amazing studio was just behind the Black Cat so

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Tassie Treasures

Finally back to reality after a long break in a campervan in Tasmania. Here are some of the inspirations found along the way. A windowsill at Battery Point, Hobart. A store at Hobart’s Salamanca markets selling cut trinkets with plants Beautiful poppies at Port Arthur.

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Living Display Stands

I’ve been thinking a lot about innovative ways to display the ‘Gifts of Seeds’ in shops and florists etc. Today I gave a few of my ideas a go and am pretty happy with the results. It’s all about living display stands – what better way to portray the product than beside the seedlings themselves. I’ve

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At Ceres and our seeds are blooming

Great planter boxes at Ceres new restaurant ‘Merri’. A basil sprout! Nice planter tags from Ceres Sunflower seedlings Our organic basil and sunflower seeds are doing well – the sunflowers are growing really fast! I’ll have to transplant them into the ground soon. I found some great raised garden beds at Ceres the other day

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100 Million Sunflower Seeds

I’d love to be in London at the moment because the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is covered in replica Sunflower seeds for an exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The seeds are intricately hand crafted and there are 100 million of them! The funny thing is that it was supposed to be the kind of

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Shops!

I am very excited to announce that the gorgeous boutique Orlando and Ivy are now stocking our seed packets! The lovely Ming-Zhu has taken us under her wing and added our lovelies to her shop which is full of local and sustainable art and design. Orlando and Ivy is one of the friendliest places around and Ming-Zhu

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Gardens aren’t made by sitting in the shade

Preparing for the photo shoot with Emily tomorrow… pulling together props and preparing a bunch of finished seed packets. Hopefully we’ll get some lovelies and it should be fun! Will hopefully have all new pics for the website by Monday.

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Furry Forests

Had a lovely weekend in the country out around the Otways and found some furry, creature-looking ferns and things in the rainforest, they’re super funky. Photography by Victoria.

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Sow ‘n Sow – The Website

It’s taken me a long time to get my head around building websites but I think I’ve finally done it.Having explored all the various online tools and straining my mind back to university days where I did a subject on the topic, I can now with confidence say that I have something up, and it’s

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Kew inspirations

I have started a gardening book collection and definitely need to add these lovely titles. Nice seedling trays and GIANT WATERLILIES! Excellent.. photos courtesy of Papa, taken at Kew Gardens in London. Can’t believe we didn’t go to Kew Gardens when we were there. Thanks Dad xx 

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And sow it begins!

Sow ‘n Sow proudly fulfilled its first custom order last week, Golden Wattle seeds for Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) a consultancy specialising in green buildings. Having just re-branded, SBE were holding a birthday party/ brand launch celebration and invited me to produce 200 seed packets to give out at the event. Golden wattle seeds were

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Weekend dining

Restaurant pretties – lavender creates a delightful wall piece in the bathrooms and old olive oil tins serve as clever plant pots in the courtyard – both at Helenic Republic, East Brunswick, taken last weekend. 

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New Things

The artwork for the seed packets is going to print! So in about 2 weeks I’m going to have the little thing we’ve been working on since March in my hands at last. I have also just received my first bulk order of organic sunflower seeds with organic sweet basil on its way. The plan

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Seed packets are coming!

It’s time to start introducing Sow ‘n Sow the business! The designer seed packets are well and truly on the way now – just in time for spring. There are a few minor design tweaks to make, and a couple of quotes to be sought before we go to print but the packets look gorgeous.

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Inspiration Pictures

I’m inspired by design from all over the world – much of which is discovered through the world of blogging (which I only really discovered earlier this year). My posts have been few and far between lately so I thought I should start posting some of the things I come across which are very ‘Sow ‘n

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Julia Wood

The beautiful photos by my wonderful friend Julia.  Featuring Amy, Caja and Josie, Melbourne city and surrounds. 

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Twoone Hiroyasu

‘Hiro’ as he’s known to locals is a Melbourne Based artist who I met on Monday. Born in Yokohama Japan, Twoone moved to Australia when he was 18 and quickly became a prominent part of the local street art scene. The artworks above are a small selection of some new and old pieces… beautiful lines,

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Alidra Alic

The divine contemporary jewellery of Alidra Alic. ‘The jewellery pieces are statements of art and are worn by those who dare’. Thanks to Catkin and Teasel where I stumbled upon this incredible artist. 

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Ink & Spindle

These are just some of the prints from the very talented ladies at the boutique screen printing studio Ink & Spindle. I’ve been keeping an eye on these ladies through their blogging and they’ve been a great inspiration. Ink & Spindle design and produce their own range of ethical and sustainable textiles. Tegan Rose and

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Haim Organic

Click on the above and below pictures for the growing animation  Yes you’re looking at a font that grows! Haim Organic is a project by Israeli artist Tirza Ben Porat which was influenced by Gaston Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space” in which it is stated that “inhabited space transcends geometrical space”. Tirza decided to check

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Boskke Sky Planter

Suggestions from beloved friends are proving very fruitful! Thank you to Katy from Francis Leon for letting me know about Boskke – the kind of product which fits perfectly into the Sow ‘n Sow ethos. Boskke is an easy way to use plants creatively in your home. Not only are these planters very appealing on

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Wall decals by Blik

These guys have taken a simple idea and made it work really well. Blik create removable wall graphics. They are unique, affordable and you simply stick them to the wall and peel them off when you’ve had enough.They have an extensive collection of designs to choose from, and you can DIY if custom is your

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Mikael Hansen

One Way Structure 7 Horizontal Lines One Way Structure Horizontal Verticals Organic Highway Memorial Grove for Elm Trees Mikael Hansen is a Danish artist whose body of work includes sculpture, paintings, indoor installations and mixed media. The photos above however are so called ‘earth-art’ or ‘landart’ installations at outdoor settings in Denmark, other parts of

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Wilkinson Residence

I have discovered the house of my dreams! Wilkinson Residence is in Portland, Oregon and was designed to feel a part of the natural landscape whilst also addressing the flow of music as the owner was a music lover.  Completed in 2004,  The house reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater which I had the privilege of

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The Crossing of Species, by Bob De Graaf

Bob De Graaf has created a new order of species by combining animals and objects. Displayed in the style of a scientific catalogue, the work draws parallels between nature and mundane household trinkets, creating a witty effect. “This is a catalogue of different parts of animals and objects that I found in my surroundings. My

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MyPotholes

MyPotholes is a clever photography concept which came about after the artists – Claudia Ficca & Davide Luciano, had a ‘sudden collision with a canyon sized crater of a pothole’ which cost $600 in repairs. MyPotholes turns a useless pothole into a source of humour and creativity. I love the gardening one as pictured below.

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ASIF KHAN

The furniture collection below is by London based designer Asif Khan who used freeze-dried flowers from a common plant found around London – Gypsophila. The collection is called ‘Harvest’ and it was a part of the Designers in Residence program at the Design Museum London.

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A day at the Flower Show

Where can I get these bottles? So many succulents in one place My living room is starting to resemble this one… especially since I got home from the flower show.This floral display was a bit left of centre, not as pretty as others but so much more interesting. Now to find out more about Ceclia

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Grow – Karin Nussbaumer Photography

Karin Nussbaumer’s photography is about creating stories. “My imagination takes me to places that are not easy to find in real life so I create them”. His work is often a collaboration with Frank Visser from studio IJM – the creative collective based in the Netherlands where I found Fedor’s String Gardens. The dreamy photographs

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String Gardens

String Gardens by Fedor van der Valk started two years ago as an IJM project (a creative collective based in Amsterdam). The beautiful objects below are a variation of Kokedama – a Japanese art where plants are covered with moss and placed in a bowl. The objective of Fedor’s String Gardens is to bring plants

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