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

About us & how it all began

We are now 9 years into Sow ‘n Sow’s life and what an adventure it has been. I realised that there may be many new members in our community that do not know me and I wanted to introduce myself as well as explaining why and how Sow ‘n Sow came to be.

First of all, hi! I’m Michelle, and I live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny with my partner Nick, our 2 young daughters, fur baby Maude some chickens and a hive of bees.

Sow ‘n Sow is my little business, started back in 2010 which keeps all the cogs turning in our life. We currently run the business from an old shed that has been converted into our studio. Garage doors were swapped for sliding doors and a new floor, roof and wall lining transformed it into a beautiful light filled space overlooking the garden.

Sow ‘n Sow is run by myself and Jess who’s my main wonderful employee! Jess does most of the day to day running of the business now which allows me to juggle being a mum whilst also focusing on new product development, marketing and dreaming up awesome ideas for my garden! We employ other casuals as needed including Jordan who puts together most of the seed packages and Flower Presses, and Louise who steps in when we need another set of hands to get through the day or the week. Nick is chief of payroll & book keeping amongst other things!

The Sow ‘n Sow team, from left Jess, Nick, Jordan, Michelle, Freya and Louise.

Our main line of products is our Gifts of Seeds – a greeting card and gift that grows in one beautiful package. We started with just 2 Gift of Seeds varieties back in 2010. We now have 26 seed packet designs and more on the design table at the moment.

In 2014 we added one Australian made, hand crafted Flower Press to our collection and we now have 4 styles including our gorgeous mini Flower Presses.

We sell bright recycled kraft gift tags which have the illustrations from our seed packets and compliment our range of gifts.

And we distribute a few other products that relate to plants and gardening, such as our Plant Animals which are sourced from the UK that clip on to your plants which are very cute!

Our core business is wholesale sales into Gift Shops, Eco Retailers, Book stores, Nurseries and Florists. We sell directly to customers through our website and phone, and we have a custom design service where our Gifts of Seeds can be fully customised for corporate promotions and special events. Over the past 9 years we’ve done custom designs for some amazing clients including the City of Sydney, Stephanie Alexander, Blackmores and Audi Australia to name a few.

We’ve always strived to be an eco friendly business, producing products using sustainable materials and producing a minimal amount of waste. Our Gifts of Seeds are printed in Australia on 100% post consumer waste recycled card. The production of our products is all based in Australia, even the envelopes provided with our Gifts of Seeds and the plant labels enclosed are made in Australia.

How did Sow ‘n Sow come about?

The initial inspiration came from the fact that I wanted to be in control of my life, not being restricted by the standard 9-5 work life. I started working full time when I was 20 years old, working for Channel Nine in Brisbane and then the ABC, before moving to London and working in branding and advertising for a few years. I enjoyed my career but I wanted to be in control of my daily movements. I knew I wanted to have kids so I set about creating a life where I could have an income as well as complete flexibility day to day.

Initially it was hard to come up with a business concept – there are so many beautiful products that it seemed overwhelming to come up with something original and with purpose! I have always been creatively driven and have a passion for design. When living in England I found comfort in the small green courtyard we had outside our bedroom and began buying flowers and plants to fill it with. This is where my passion for gardening really began. There I discovered the joy of watching a seed grow into a plant and I found that truly amazing and very fulfilling.

Nick and I moved to Melbourne where the gardening interest grew in our little Northcote courtyard. I began gifting my friends packets of seeds as gifts to share my own joy of gardening and by this point I had been trying to develop a business concept for some time. When I realised that they were all loving the seeds I thought there could be a business concept there. I sat on the idea for a while then dismissed it as being silly, mainly because I’m not a graphic designer and also because I was afraid that it wouldn’t work.

A while later I came back to the idea and decided to just give it a go anyway, resigning to the fact that if it failed I’d surely learn something along the way and at least my desires to do something would be fulfilled for the time being. I literally knew very little about gardening, hardly anything about seeds and absolutely NOTHING about the gift and homewares industry. But I did know a fair bit about design & printing having worked in creative advertising agencies for a few years. So I teamed up with a friend, Rochelle Sanko who’s design work I admired, and her business partner Jodi Shepherd and together we produced the first 2 Gift of Seeds designs – Basil and Sunflower. I had these printed then started dropping samples into gift shops around Melbourne and that way found my first few stockists. These old designs had to be hand glued and each packet required the application of 3 labels, so they were very labour intensive! We ended up with 6 varieties in the original range of seed gifts.

Working with Rochelle and Jodi on the first Gift of Seeds design

 One of the first Gift of Seed designs we produced ‘My Basil’.


Forget-me-not in the first design style we took to market 

With help from my sister Madeleine, I did my first trade show in Melbourne where were took about 30 orders – which at the time felt huge! With a growing list of stockists and some experience in the industry I felt that the product needed some impovements, so I put an advertisement out for a designer and that’s how I met the designer and illustrator Daniella Germain.  I loved her work, especially her beautiful cook books published by Hardy Grant. Daniella and I started working together on a big redesign of the Gifts of Seeds which we launched a few months later. That was back in 2012 and we’re still selling those exact designs today. We still work closely with Daniella and she’s become a dear friend too.

Michelle & Daniella with son Henry visiting the studio in 2016.

A lot has happened since 2012 of course but that’s enough for one post…
If you’ve come this far and have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to hit me up! I can be contacted by email on info@sownsow.com.au or send me a DM on instagram 🙂

Xmas Shipping & Holiday Closure Dates

The weather is heating up, the Christmas parties have started and the last minute mad rush of gift purchasing has begun!

We have received our last delivery of Flower Presses for the year and there is still stock available but it won’t last long so be quick if you would like to secure some.

For delivery in time for Christmas, for Australian metro areas with regular shipping, please order by Monday the 17th of December.

Express post is available right up until Thursday the 20th of December.

We are taking a break and will be closed from Friday Dec 21 until Monday January 14. 

Sending massive thanks to all of our wonderful customers & stockists for a fantastic & very busy year. We hope everyone has a safe and fun filled Christmas & New Year.

xx Michelle & Jess

Mini Flower Presses by Sow ‘n Sow

Sow ‘n Sow are thrilled to introduce our new Mini Flower Presses. Although we have had these for a while now, we have been unable to promote the product due to high demand and not enough stock!

These beautiful presses are available in two designs, Golden Wattle or Posy. Beautifully illustrated, each press is hand crafted in Melbourne out of hard-wearing materials to ensure stable pressure & long-lasting use. Flower Presses are used to eternalise the beauty of flowers and foliage and are sure to inspire creativity.

We are proud to provide long lasting, eco-friendly products that are made in Australia.

Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2018

We’ll be there! We’re in a different spot this time, stand 1334.

We’ve got 3 new Gifts of Seeds to show everyone plus some exciting new Flower Presses! And a few other new things.

We look forward to seeing our existing stockists and meeting anyone interested in stocking our products.

Order in time for Christmas

The year is drawing to a close and we are counting down for more than one reason this year as Michelle is expecting a new baby around Christmas!

Order by this Thursday Dec 14 for delivery before Christmas
with standard FREE SHIPPING Australia wide.
After this date you can select ‘Express post’ at checkout for a flat rate of
 just $5 for our regular retail customers, right up until Thursday Dec 21.

We are also giving away 3 Christmas Gift Tags with every $10 spent or Gift of Seeds purchased in our webshop this week for our retail customers. A little gift from us to you, perfect for decorating all the thoughtful presents you’re curating.  Use code XMASTAGS at checkout.

We will be closed from Dec 22 until January 22, slightly longer this year due to the new arrival. Orders are welcome right up until we close.

Introducing the ‘Edibles’ mini collection

We are very excited to announce that our gorgeous new ‘Edibles’ mini collection is now available for purchase!

It was certainly time for us, 7 years in, to add some more edibles to our collection. And after realising recently that one of our best sellers is our ‘Trio of Herbs’ Gift of Seeds I feel more confident that people are keen to gift seed that is useful and delicious!

Leafy Greens contains a mix of Lettuce, Rocket and Spinach seeds. A very easy to grow mix that if picked regularly just continues to give. We’ve had a patch of these growing for months on end at my place, supplying a constant supply of fresh & crispy greens for our meals, which looks lush in the garden too. (those greens in the pics below came from my garden!)

I chose watermelon as the other variety to kick off the edibles range as it is just such a darn cute fruit, is sweet and juicy, easily grown from seed and who doesn’t love watermelon! Great for kids or anyone who loves to grow & harvest their own produce.

I hope you like them, and can’t wait to show our stockists these gorgeous new designs at Life Instyle in Melbourne next week.

We are at stand 1458 and looking forward to it! And thanks to Rikki Lancaster for the gorgeous pics 🙂

Inside A Gift of Seeds

When my green thumbed 87 year old Grandad came to visit the Sow ‘n Sow studio, along with my talented photographer cousin, I knew this was an opportunity for some lovely pics! Luckily cousin Duane was happy to oblige and took lots of beautiful shots. These demonstrate how our packets open and what you get on the inside – a little plant label to mark out where your seeds have been planted. You can see how the sowing instructions are included on the inside of the packaging as well.

Sow ‘n Sow’s new home in Maleny

 

Welcome to our re-vamped website! Now that our blog is displaying properly again it’s time for a few catch up posts.

We are very excited to now be based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast. Our new studio is a part of a 5 acre property that used to be an avacado farm. We are surrounded by Avacados, lychees, beautiful pecan trees and rolling green hills, perfect for getting the dream garden organised.

The Sow ‘n Sow studio is in a renovated shed at the front of the property. After laying a new slab, replacing the roof, swapping garage doors for large sliding doors and adding a window to the East for light, we now have a beautiful, bright airy studio with room to grow. After moving from Melbourne to Castlemaine to Brisbane before Maleny, it’s great to be all set up in a permanent location which we have full control over.

Feeling blessed & Free Gifts with Orders

I’m feeling quite warm and fuzzy this week. We met a lot of beautiful customers on the weekend at The Big Design Market where lovely things were said about our products. It’s great to be face to face with customers at one of the only opportunities we get each year.

The  organic linen label Oh Mabel are generously gifting their customers a pack of our seeds and flower presses with orders placed in December, and Sarah the clever lady behind Oh Mabel said some very nice things about us on instagram this week.

Oh Mabel

Fetch Lane did a feature on our brand, Gardening Australia featured 2 of our products in their Christmas Gift Guide and we’ve done some awesome custom designs in the last few months including one for Blackmores, one for Stem Organics, one for Open Table and one with Stephanie Alexander’s face on the packet, more on this one to be revealed :).

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I also feel very lucky to have a great team working behind the scenes here at Sow ‘n Sow. Christiana who’s been working 2 or 3 days a week since we moved to Castlemaine, Mia, Rose, Teagan, Yasmin and Anna who’re all amazing and great company to have in the studio. And I’m still loving our new studio space at the Woollen Mill.

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So, I’ve decided it’s time to give back. From now until we close for the holidays, we’re including free gifts with every purchase in our webshop. We always include a few free gift tags anyway, but now for orders over $35 we’re throwing in a cute little blue trowel, and for orders over $60, a free Sunprint kit. (While stocks last, we only have 12 trowels so best get in quick!).

Gifts

As always, we have free shipping in our webshop, free gift wrapping and free writing of personal messages.

For delivery in time for Christmas, if outside Victoria best place your order by Wednesday the 16th of December.

If within Victoria then by Friday the 18th. Our last day in the studio is Monday the 21st so last orders will be shipped then and we do have express shipping options which you can utilise for last minute orders too.  We will be closed until Monday the 18th of Jan. Yep, a nice long, much needed break!

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