How to Press Flowers!

Jess and I have had fun the past few days making this little Flower Pressing video! We hope you like it. We’ve included some Flower Pressing instructions in the post below the video.

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Pressing Flowers is a craft that has been around since the Victorian era when it was used for preserving plant specimens. 

Our Flower Presses are hand crafted here in Australia by our very own craftsman! We have four beautiful Flower Presses available, check them out in our shop here. 

You can press flowers which have special meaning such as blooms from wedding bouquets, flowers from grandmas garden or flowers given to you from someone special.

How to press flowers 

  1. Pick your flowers and leaves!

The best time to pick is during a warm part of the day when the blooms will have the least amount of moisture.

Remember that you are flattening the flowers, so avoid flowers with big thick cores such as roses as these won’t flatten so well.
You can cut thicker flowers like roses up into sections, or even just press the petals on their own.

2. Cut some paper (optional)

We like to use sheets of paper between the cardboard layers in our flower press. The press will work beautifully without them, but the paper will keep the cardboard clean for many years of pressing, and it will help with absorbing the moisture in the flowers. Pick clean paper, preferably one that is slightly absorbent such as craft paper or paper from a drawing pad. 

3. Collect your flowers and arrange

Trim your blooms and arrange them between the layers of cardboard and sheets of paper. You can fit as much as you like between each layer. Try not to overlap any of the petals or leaves to avoid them sticking together. 

4. Put the press back together

Put all the layers back together and screw the wing nuts back into place. You might have to push down on the press to get the wing nuts back on! Make sure the press is screwed down nice and tight.

5. Done!

Keep your press in a cool, dry place for at least 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you can have a look but if the flowers aren’t fully dry then leave them for a while longer. 

Flower Pressing is a craft and one that will produce varying results each time you do it. Sometimes the flower colours are vivid and stunning, sometimes they’re more muted and soft. Some flowers will come out perfectly, others may not be worth keeping.  

Try to put as many different flowers and leaves in the press each time so you have lots to play with when they’re ready.

The joy is in the experience so take your time, enjoy picking the blooms, arranging them in your press and then revealing the pressed beauties when you remember to check on them. 

What to do with your pressed flowers? 

My favourite thing to do is make greeting cards with them! Fold a piece of card in half then arrange the flowers on the front with a little bit of craft glue. 

Another lovely idea is arrange them in a picture frame for a beautiful artwork. 

Really it is totally up to you, get creative! 

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 order now alongside our other Christmas themed Gifts of Seeds,
our year round floral and edible seeds, our Australian made Flower Presses, 100% recycled Gift Tags, and our other gifts!

 

 

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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 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.

The Natives

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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 of Seeds.

Together with designer and illustrator Daniella Germain, we developed a new look and feel for this collection which was inspired by botanical illustrations and an overall earthier aesthetic.

Picking the seed types was the most difficult task, finding seeds which are easy to grow, long lasting while being well known certainly wasn’t easy. As we had tourism in mind, I couldn’t go past Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem. Everlasting daisies were chosen as they’re so pretty and much loved, Kangaroo Paw because it is such an iconic and unique native plant and Australian Native Wisteria because it produces a stunning purple flower and is easy to grow from seed.

The photos below document the development of the collection, Daniella getting started on the Kangaroo Paw illustration, the original Golden Wattle illustration which is my favourite, and Marcel our photographer perfecting the seed arrangement for the product photo shoot.

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Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in Sydney is one of the most well-known gardens in Australia and as such we were honoured and thrilled to create a custom designed RBG Gift of Seeds. The packets are currently being placed in hotel rooms at the Four Season Hotel (Sydney) as an innovative way for guests to support the Gardens and in doing so, help to protect Australian plant species in threatened habitats.

Paper Daisies were chosen as they are one of the most popular features at the Gardens in Spring and are easy to grow from seed. The design of the packets was created with Karen Rinkel, the Garden’s graphic designer, who applied a vintage botanical illustration of the paper daisies (Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea ‘Rosy Everlasting’) combined with the layout and a few elements from our retail packets.

The Royal Botanic Gardens raise half of their funding independently which contributes to maintaining the gardens, conservation and heritage projects, science, research, education and outreach. If you would like to show your support for the gardens by purchasing one of these lovely packets, pop over to the Gardens Shop.

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 furniture.

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 it without you!


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 ‘organic’ way for Big Day Out Melbourne. The above image is a mood board that sort of captures what I’ll be creating between now and this coming Friday. Wish me luck!

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 a plant swing?!

I need to find a fiddle leaf fig!

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