GPO Melbourne Makers Feature

The lovely Lucy Amon from Melbourne’s GPO came to the Sow ‘n Sow studio on a Saturday morning to take some pics and interview me for the Melbourne Makers series.

I was a bit hung over having spent the previous night out on the town (the first since having Bonnie!) so I was a little rough around the edges. Hopefully you can’t tell and hoping Lucy didn’t notice either 😉

We had a lovely chat and Lucy took some gorgeous pics of the studio. If only the studio was always this tidy!

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Corinella Country House

Pretty little forget-me-not flowers

We went to Kyneton on the weekend to see some open gardens which were a part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.

Corinella Country House is about 10 mins from the centre of town and had a most magical garden filled with daffodils and bursting with Forget-me-nots! They also had the most beautiful, friendly baby lambs who came over for kisses…

This installation reminds me of Alice In Wonderland. A little cookoo yet fun and pretty at the same time.

String gardens display, ‘inspired by ‘(or copied!) Fedor’s String gardens.
A beautifully crafted tree trunk, one of the installations at the Flower and Garden show

These terrariums house ‘good bugs’!

With the three new Gifts of Seeds launched it has been a busy past few weeks and I’ve been quite slack on the blogging front! Of course here I am finally sitting down to write a blog post and I have way too many things to mention and too many photos to share! I think a lesson should be learnt here – keep the blog posts shorter and more regular. Discipline Michelle! Someone to prod me would be great, does anyone have a good prodding stick?

I had my annual visit to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show last week which I like to think of as ‘work’ or ‘research’… it’s a tough job sometimes, especially when the sun is shining and Carlton Gardens are covered with flowers 🙂 The show is a great place for inspiration with oh so many colourful floral and garden installations! Photos of some of the more interesting bits from the show are above.

Last week I was in Brisbane where I visited some new stockists, caught up with beautiful old friends, soaked up the warmer weather and spent some quality time with Ma and Pa. Yep… more hard work. And I wonder why my friends sometimes assume I don’t work at all!?

I am excited to be the featured seller on Ethikl at the moment which is very exciting. Check out my interview and be in the draw to win some Gifts of Seeds here.

We’ve got some wonderful new stockists coming on board including Five Boroughs in East Brunswick, Nook in West End (Brisbane) and Just Plain Gorgeous in Bulimba (Brisbane).

An early heads up that I will have a stall at the North Melbourne Market on Sunday the 17th of April so I have lots of packets to make before then!

And I had a wonderful weekend just gone in Sutton Grange and Castlemaine with cousin Georgie and sister Phoebe, (Can I call you guys that?) sleeping in a Teepee! We weren’t cold because we had a fire in the middle to keep us warm. Cool huh!?  The Castlemaine Festival was on so there were lots of festivities happening in Castlemaine, including some cool dudes with all sorts of awesome bikes including that penny farthing replica in the picture below.

Ok can someone please prod me in a few days to write about my visit to the Healesville Glass Blowing Studio? please?!

Autumn gardens




Last week was filled with garden inspirations, especially because the weather was incredible over the long weekend. On Friday I visited the Metlink Edible Garden in City Square which was a part of Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival. The edible gardens were set up by the Digger’s Club (which I’m a proud member of!) who created a green oasis in the city centre. Corporate types were coming down in their lunch break to enjoy the blossoming surrounds and I’ve never seen so much wildlife in the city centre before – birds and butterflies were hanging around soaking it all up the same as all the city slickers. The Digger’s Club hosted a bunch of free talks including how to grow garlic and sowing seeds, and there were free cooking demonstrations. It was really very festive! (Oh and Costa was there, he’s the coolest!)

Then over the weekend we visited my friend Victoria’s Aunty and Uncle’s beautiful Mt Eliza paradise. Created over a life time of devotion in the garden, Aunty Kate has created a little piece of heaven with a massive vegetable patch (which mostly fed us the whole weekend), chickens, beautiful big fruit trees and loads of other cottage garden plants. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good pictures of the garden except of us all having breakfast in the garden in our pj’s…

Aside from frolicking in gardens which is my favourite pastime, I have been busy busy getting my new products organised! But more on that next week when I should have photos of the new lovelies.

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