The lovely Andrea Lind from @heartofblooms_ on instagram has been documenting her Flower Pressing journey using our Giant Flower Press.
We can hardly believe how beautiful these photos are, or how she achieved such fantastic colour retention in her pressed flowers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I think these are just perfect, and really appreciate Andrea sharing her journey with us.
Andrea and I were messaging each other after she posted these, and we discussed the lines which have come up on some of the blooms. This certainly does happen with delicate petals but if you’d like to avoid them, be sure to use some paper between the sheets of cardboard, and try not to tighten the press too much – a firm hold does the trick, with a check and possibly a little more after a week or so 💗🙏
Create memories and instill a joy of gardening with our new vintage inspired ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘Wildflowers’ Gifts of Seeds.
A greeting card containing a mix of three easy to grow seeds, Secret Garden contains Marigold, Sunflower & Zinnia while Wildflowers contains Californian Poppy, Cosmos & Alyssum.
Designed to promote a connection with nature and enjoy simple pleasures, these Gifts of Seeds are plastic free, Australian made and feature original, nostalgic illustrations by Melbourne artist Daniella Germain.
Pop Up Pots are something that I have had in mind for many years. It started as an idea to find a way to easily post a pot. One reason our Gifts of Seeds have done well is that they’re a gift that is so easy to post as a letter. I always wondered how I could create a pot that is also able to be posted as a letter to compliment the Gifts of Seeds. I trialled a laser cut flat packed pot at one time but found that it went horribly mouldy when planted with soil, so that idea was binned. Years later I came across an environmentally friendly, flexible material that had me thinking. Surely with a bit of origami and paper science I could create a pot that folds flat but still looks great?
About a million hours of cutting, folding and research followed and eventually a form came together. Then I parked the idea again. With a 6 month old baby on my hips, a 4 year old and a busy little business, the timing just didn’t feel right.
One year later, Daniella our wonderful designer was visiting us in Maleny and she asked me about it, having heard me talk about it before. She said, ‘I think you should just go for it, I think it is a good idea’. Which was the little push I needed to set about making it happen again.
Dany and I did some brainstorming on the designs that could go on the pot and I set about finalising the shape. Then Dany started doing the watercolour artworks and a little while later we had Pop Up Pots in production!
Designing the packaging was next so I spent what felt like another million hours playing around with cardboard and scissors and researching packaging until I had something I felt would justify the product. Daniella helped with the illustration, layout and hand written fonts as usual, and after many late nights and hours of me trying my hardest to be a graphic designer, I got the design done and off to the printers.
We launched Pop Up Pots at Life Instyle and it was received with a lot of interest and lots of orders taken which was a relief! It has been a while since we’ve launched something completely new to the market so I was quite nervous about it. We are very excited that it is now being shipped out to stockists around the country 🙂
Here is the Press Release we put together, which sums up the product quite nicely so I’m just going to leave this here 🙂
Pop Up Pot is a stylish foldable pot ready for planting. Available in two beautiful watercolour designs, this flat-pack planter assembles with a quick pop and a push.
Designed for direct planting or as a pot plant sleeve, this is an exciting addition to the plant lover’s wish list. Pop Up Pot is designed and made in Australia from 100% recycled and carbon neutral polypropylene.
Pop Up Pots feature landscape watercolours by Melbourne artist Daniella Germain. One artwork is inspired by the Glasshouse Mountains, iconic landmarks of Sow ’n Sow’s Maleny-based operations. The second design is inspired by the Victorian coastal landscape, home of the artist.
Sow ‘n Sow’s foundations are firmly rooted in eco friendly, waste-free gifts for garden and plant lovers. The brand’s founder and Creative Director, Michelle Brady says her own burgeoning indoor plant collection was lacking affordable pots to house them.
“I love my indoor plants but I was finding it hard to find stylish and affordable pots to house them in. When I discovered the recycled polypropylene sheet I spent many hours playing with origami to create a pot that folds flat as well as being a design element in my home”.
With online shopping growing year on year, Sow ’n Sow also saw the opportunity to create a product which is simple and cost effective to ship. Pop Up Pots can be inserted into an C5 envelope and posted anywhere in the world for the cost of a letter.
Pop Up Pots will be available from early August online and in boutique gift shops, florists and eco retailers Australia wide with an RRP of $16. Not only are these flat-pack pots a stylish and affordable gift or addition to any home, they are perfect for under $20 Christmas gifts.
AT A POP:
Innovative: A folded pot that assembles instantly. Plant directly or use as a pot sleeve
Ethical: 100% designed and made in Australia
Eco: Made from 100% recycled, waste material
Original: Features original watercolour artworks by artist Daniella Germain
Affordable: $16 per piece, posts in a C5 envelope as a letter
When I started Sow ‘n Sow 9 years ago, being an eco friendly business was at the forefront of my vision. I wanted to produce products in Australia with a low carbon footprint, using recycled materials where possible. Our Gifts of Seeds are printed in Australia on 100% post consumer waste recycled card and we produce everything within Australia. But more recently there has been something that I knew we could do better with.
Back when we started, we used paper envelopes to package our seeds within our Gift of Seeds packaging. They actually came from China, and the quality was less than impressive. The seeds literally slid out through the cracks in the folds of the envelopes! For fine seed like Poppy this was especially problematic, so we switched to little plastic zip lock baggies for poppy seed. With on-going issues with the paper envelopes, we ended up deciding to switch all of our seed types to the little zip lock baggies. I liked how the seed was visible, and also that the package was water proof and re-sealable so you didn’t have to use the seed all in one go. But this has had me increasingly feeling uneasy. Especially with the plastic bag bans across many of Australia’s states and territories, it seems that everyone is now focused on reducing waste and reducing the use of single use plastics which is so awesome! So those little zip lock baggies were really starting to weigh me down. It was time to switch, but the decision on what to switch to wasn’t an easy one.
We looked at heaps of different options, including getting a machine to package our seeds with. We might still do this down the track, but I wasn’t satisfied with the eco credentials of the packaging available for the machines, and the outlay was going to be significant.
In the end we decided to go back to the paper envelopes, but this time we’re having them produced locally in Australia by a family run envelope manufacturer. This factory is literally located behind the business owners home, and they make beautiful, high quality envelopes. The cost? It is literally 10 times more than we were paying for the plastic zip lock bags. But it’s a cost that we are willing to wear in a bid to be more eco friendly.
All of our seeds are now packaged in a lovely white recycled paper envelope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sow 'n Sow A Gift of Seeds ~ beautiful, eco friendly greetings to grow. Australian made Flower Presses. Available online & at stockists Australia wide.🌱🌸
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