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! 

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!

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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Mini Rooftop Garden by Bengamin

Here’s a cool little rooftop garden created by Melbourne designer Ben Osborn-Macpherson. Ben always wanted a rooftop garden but only has a 1x3m balcony, so he made this mini version out of one of his stencils. It looks great doesn’t it! Mainly I think because the stencil is really good, so you have a great piece of artwork combined with some growing, a winning formula if you ask me! Ben, could we sell these in our webshop please? Lets talk! More of Ben’s stencils are featured below – I assume they’re all old Melbourne buildings Ben?

The Garden of St Erth

On a lovely, cool late summer’s day my parents, partner and I visited the historic Diggers Club Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria. These gardens had been on my to-do list for years and as a Diggers Club member I’d heard a lot about it. It was also St Erth’s Autumn Festival so we enjoyed a guided tour of the gardens and a free worm farming workshop after a very picturesque picnic in the gardens!

 

 

Children’s Gift Sets and Christmas Orders

Christmas is fast approaching and we’ve been flat-out with orders – it is wonderful to know that our Gifts of Seeds will be bringing joy to many households this Christmas.

We’ve also finally added our Children’s Garden Gift Sets to our online shop which make a gorgeous little set for budding young green thumbs. They include our ‘Sunflower’ Gift of Seeds because they have big, easy-to-handle seeds and they grow quickly to ensure the kids get excited about growing beautiful things. They also come with some great little tools that even I use in the garden – they are sturdy and colourful with wooden handles.

If you didn’t catch our latest e-newsletter you can still read it (click here) we have set up a little Christmas discount for all orders in our online shop, grab the coupon code from the newsletter and use it before December 16th! Don’t forget, all our products have free shipping too.

To ensure your goods reach you before Christmas day, we’ve put together a few dates below which can be used as a guide. The safest bet is to place your order before the 14th, however if you are shipping to an address in Victoria then you have a few extra days and our Garden Gift Sets are couriered so there are a few extra days for those too.

Delivery for Christmas day
December 14th – Regular Gift of Seeds orders
December 16th – Gift of Seeds shipping to Victoria and Children’s Gift Sets.
December  19th – Children’s Gift Sets shipping to Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Launceston.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries, info@sownsow.com.au or call me on 0413 899 695.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Michelle

Children’s Garden Gift Set Small (Above)

Contents of the large Children’s Garden Gift Set (+ a terracotta pot!)

 

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