How to Make a Pressed Flower Frame

If you’re wondering what to do with all of your gorgeous, delicate pressed Flowers, here’s an idea. Arrange them in a picture frame so you can admire them every day.  We made a little video to show you how easy it is. 

 To create this you will need pressed flowers! Check out our ‘How to Press Flowers‘ blog post  for a demonstration. Our Sow ‘n Sow Flower Presses are available for purchase here.

Happy crafting!

1.  Source an old frame – see what you have at home or have a look at op shops/$2 dollar stores to see what you can find.
The frame we used is from Kmart.

2. Pull the frame apart and clean the glass

3. Arrange the flowers and foliage however you like. If necessary, you can use a small bit of kraft glue to keep them in place

4. Put your frame back together

Flower Press

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!

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 a more recent moss installation. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the ‘King’s Cross Picnic’  was created for people to enjoy at a neglected space in King’s Cross. The moss creation was installed on a railway wall and provided a backdrop to the picnic. Images of the picnic in full swing can be seen here! I have included a few pics of Anna’s other great works below, but more can be found on her website here. She also has a cool blog!

Florist – Pomp and Splendour

On Saturday I dressed up like a lady and set out for High Tea at the Windsor Hotel to celebrate a friends impending elopement! There I met the lovely florist Petra from Pomp and Splendour whose work is far too beautiful not to share with you here! Petra does flamboyant floristry for events, photo shoots and of course stunning weddings using seasonal and environmentally friendly blooms. There are many more gorgeous photos over on her blog.

 

Artist Patrick Dougherty

I’ve been a big fan of this kind of artwork since starting Sow ‘n Sow and discovering the book Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca. And I have previously featured the amazing work of Mikael Hansen, one of the other artists featured in the book. But here’s some more incredible works, this time by Patrick Dougherty.

Patrick weaves tree saplings into incredible structures and he’s made over 200 massive site specific installations all over the world since the 80’s. This amazing man even lives in a handmade house made from old barn timber, fallen trees and rocks in North Carolina USA.

Patrick kindly sent me the link to this cool time lapse video of a recent work, well worth a watch!


Na Hale ‘Eo Waiawi, 2003. The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI. Photo Credit: Paul Kodama
Sortie de Cave/ Free At Last, 2008. Jardin des Arts, Chateaubourg, France. Photo Credit: Charles Crie
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Closer Ties, 2006. Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo Credit: Fin Macrae
Call of the Wild, 2002. Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA.
Photo Credit: Duncan Price
Trail Heads, 2005. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Patarick Dougherty at Max Azria Melrose Avenue Boutique, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credit: David C. Calicchio

Blog – Flyerverteiler

My sister Maddie has a very nice blog going on and it is updated daily with design inspiration from around the world. Although Maddie, like me, was born and raised in Australia with no German heritage to speak of, unlike me, she thinks she is part German. She’s been living in Germany for the past 5 years while studying fine art at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, thus the German headings!

Not surprisingly I totally love these planters, and all the other cool stylings on the blog. Her website is also super impressive!

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!

 

 

Gardening books

My collection of gardening books is growing and I’m starting to spending more time with them now that it’s too hot to be in the garden! They mostly consist of second hand finds, especially those with gorgeous vintage stylings which serve as references and inspirations for our products, have gorgeous illustrations and look very cute on the bookshelf. I’m lucky to have dear friends who are always thinking of me when they stumble across titles of the garden kind, nearly all of the books pictured here were in fact gifts. I’d love to know of other titles that people have in their collections, please leave a comment with some of your favourites, and any other resources such as blogs too!

 

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