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My travel filming kit

1 day ago

How to draw like Andy Warhol: Studio Club Private Blog

2 weeks ago

Setting intentions with the new moon

1 month ago

How to draw a holly wreath

how to draw a holly wreath for a hand made Christmas card

2 months ago

The herbarium project

inspiration vintage herbaceous on my eco printed textiles

3 months ago

How to pick sprays of autumn leaves for decoration

how to make autumn leaves last in an arrangement.

3 months ago

Making an embroidered pincushion.

handmade pincushion from plant dyed velvet and freehand machine embroidery

4 months ago

Viv Groskop on Wild swimming: Studio Club Private Podcast

Studio Club private podcast with Viv Groskop about wild swimming and how it improved her mental health

4 months ago

The Natural Choice: Why You Should Make a Herbal Balm.

Why you should make your own herbal balm

5 months ago

Kat Goldin on running a small regenerative business: Studio Club Private podcast

Kat Goldin of Gartur Stitch Farm podcast for The Studio Club

5 months ago

Dyeing a silk camisole with fresh indigo leaves

How to dye a vintage silk camisole with fresh indigo leaves using the salt rub method

5 months ago

Harvesting dyer's chamomile from the dye garden

harvesting anthemis tinctoria, dyer's chamomile in the dye garden and planning new craft kits in natural dyeing

6 months ago

How to create colour with fresh leaf indigo

how to dye silk with fresh leaf indigo

6 months ago

Hannah Nunn on Creating a Sustainable Business: Studio Club Private Podcast

Hannah Nunn designer talks about creating a sustainable business

6 months ago

Make a knitted loop scarf from your stash

free knitting pattern striped scarf

7 months ago

Botanical Dyeing Press workshop, Fodder and Farm

eco printing with foraged plants, sweet Cicely, rosebay willow herb

7 months ago

Becky O'Cole on being a family herbalist: Studio Club Private Podcast

Becky O Cole author of The Garden Apothecary in conversation about folk remedies, small business and family life

7 months ago

Love Letters to the Land; Gartur Farm

a tour of the exhibition "Love Letters to the Land", Gartur Stitch Farm, Port of Menteith

8 months ago

Hanging the Love Letters to the Land exhibition at Fodder and Farm

quilt making exhibition at Fodder and Farm, Scotland

8 months ago

Simple crusty no knead bread

making simple no knead bread

11 months ago

How to grow sweet peas from seed

How to grow sweet peas from seed in UK

1 year ago

How to transform the way you plan out your time

free four part planning course to plan your year 2023

1 year ago

Make a fuss free table setting

making a sustainable seasonal festive table setting for Christmas

1 year ago

Making a knitted coat hanger

make a striped knitted clothes hanger beginner knit

1 year ago

Collecting acorns at Loch Lomond

a walk to Loch Lomond to collect acorns for natural dyeing

1 year ago

Natural Dyes: Fig leaves

natural plant based dyeing with fig leaves ficus

1 year ago

"Birch leaves in a bottle" embroidery part two

embroidered and appliqué picture of birch leaves in a bottle by Jane Lindsey of Snapdragon Life

1 year ago

Natural Dyes: Dyeing wool with Plum bark

how to dye wool with plum bark, natural dyeing, sustainable clothes

1 year ago

"Birch leaves in a bottle" embroidery part one

mindful sewing, slow stitch embroidery made from plant dyed and vintage fabrics

1 year ago

Eco printing on paper with Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw

eco print course in Scotland eco printing with garden plants

1 year ago

Mindful sewing project - Patchwork Christmas stocking pattern

Patchwork Christmas stocking pattern

1 year ago

Visible mending on a knitted jumper

creative visible mending of jumper, wool darning, sustainable fashion

1 year ago

The joy of a sitooterie

Making an outdoor space for working during the winter sitooterie

1 year ago

A revolt against capitalism

Running an anti capitalist business in a period of degrowth

1 year ago

Can a sense of belonging save the world?

A Seasonal Way course How a sense of belonging and empowerment can connect people to the natural world

1 year ago

Dyeing wool with dahlia flowers

dyeing wool yarn with dahlia flowers, flowers for natural dyeing

1 year ago

Blackcurrant and miso ice cream

blackcurrant and miso ice cream recipe

1 year ago

On being social - Instagram changes and virtual coffee breaks

Instagram changes 2022 and the way that social media has shaped my life

1 year ago

Dyeing wool with bracken - an experiment in changing the pH

Dyeing wool with bracken to get a range of colours by altering pH and modifying with iron

1 year ago

Making time (or swapping it)

time management and creating a slower life

1 year ago

Natural Dyeing: Flag iris root part two

dyeing wool with flag iris roots historic dye

1 year ago

Miss Willmott's Ghosts

Miss Willmott's ghost book

1 year ago

Getting the Best from your Sweetpeas

tips on how to treat sweet peas to get the most flowers

1 year ago

Pickled garlic scape recipe

recipe for pickled garlic scape

1 year ago

Why we keep the edges wild . . .

leaving the edges of the garden wild we are an ark

1 year ago

Mingun Tomato Salad Recipe

Burmese Myanmar tomato salad recipe

1 year ago

Getting started with birdwatching and binoculars

beginning birdwatching

1 year ago

Broad beans and garlic scapes on toast

recipe for broad beans and garlic scapes with whipped feta

1 year ago

Late bloomers: lessons from nature

being a late bloomer in life

1 year ago

Rose and honeysuckle syrup

recipe for rose and honeysuckle syrup

1 year ago

Bracken folklore and history

History and folklore of bracken

1 year ago

Buttercups as cut flowers

Using buttercups as cut flowers

1 year ago

A new definition of wealth

a new definition of wealth Charles Eisenstein

1 year ago

Allt y Bela garden

Tour of garden at Allt y Bela

1 year ago

Natural dyeing: Sweet Cicely

Plant dying with sweet Cicely myrrhis odorata, step by step how to tutorial

1 year ago

Cow parsley freehand embroidery

learning how to do freehand machine embroidery

1 year ago

Dyeing with bloody dock (Rumex sanguineus)

1 year ago

House Martins

nature notes on house martins

1 year ago

The Hawthorn Tree - Magic and Ritual

hawthorn tree celebrations Neo paganism Beltane

1 year ago

How to Rescue Flopped Tulips

how to rescue drooping tulips, cut flower care

1 year ago

What to look for in April

1 year ago

Spring celebration lunch

spring celebration seasonal lunch rhubarb cake and kale frittata

1 year ago

Bring spring inside - lesser celandines in pots

growing celandines and spring plants in pots indoors

1 year ago

Getting back to making clothes

starting to making your own clothes, freehand machine embroidery

1 year ago

Bringing the outdoors in: February bulbs

growing iris reticulata bulbs indoors

2 years ago

The joy of snail mail and how to send more letters

sending proper letters slow mail

2 years ago

Rainy days in December

2 years ago

Foraged Wreath

2 years ago

Making preserved lemons

how to make preserved lemons recipe

2 years ago

Alignment and making things easy

how to create aligned brand values for a small business

2 years ago

What is your idea of a simple Christmas?

2 years ago

Wrapping with tiny dogwood hoops

ideas for sustainable foraged gift wrap and table decorations

2 years ago

Radicchio and hazelnut pesto

radicchio and hazelnut pesto recipe

2 years ago

Making an honesty garland

how to make foraged decoration honesty garland decorate party

2 years ago

Getting started with overdyeing

using overdyeing in plant dyes natural dyes

2 years ago

Natural dyeing: Flag Iris root on linen

using flag iris roots to create a black dye

2 years ago

Gaps and Fire Breaks - simple tips for when life is too busy

how to reduce overwhelm

2 years ago

Nant y Bedd Garden, Brecon Beacons

Garden at Nant y Bedd in Brecon Beacons

2 years ago

Dyeing with Hopi sunflower seeds (Tceqa' Qu' Si)

dyeing with hopi sunflower seeds, natural dye

2 years ago

Scampston Hall Gardens

Tour of Scampston Hall Gardens, Yorkshire, Piet Oudolf

2 years ago

Fig Leaf Ice cream

recipe for fig leaf ice cream

2 years ago

Tour of the Studio and Meadow

2 years ago

Five good things I've learned from having a chronic auto immune disease

living with a chronic illness Addisons disease

2 years ago

Nettle pasta

recipe for nettle pasta

2 years ago

Baby chicks

baby chicks in Snapdragon's garden

2 years ago

Making a Midsummer Wreath

making a grass wreath, everlasting flower wreath

2 years ago

Making calendula tea

making a calendula tea

2 years ago

Dyeing cotton yarn with nettles

How to dye cotton yarn with nettles, natural dye

2 years ago

In the garden with Xanthe Gladstone

Xanthe Gladstone has kindly shared her recipe for radish and carrot kimchi

2 years ago

Dyeing wool with nettles

Dyeing wool with nettles, natural dye

2 years ago

Growing and Drying Calendula

growing and drying calendula flowers for herbal balms

2 years ago

Forcing spring branches

How to force spring branches

2 years ago

Making a peg bag

making a linen peg back step by step

3 years ago

My first nature table

3 years ago

Making daisy balm

How to make a soothing daisy balm for bruises

3 years ago

Dyeing wool with onions

Dyeing wool with onions

3 years ago

How shrinking my business increased my income.

The minimal viable number of customers, slow business

3 years ago

Make a gilded oak wreath

gilded oak leaf and willow wreath simple make for Christmas

3 years ago

Make Sumayya Usmani's Attock Chana Rijai

Recipe Sumayya Usmani's Attock Chana Rijai

3 years ago

Bowl of Paperwhite Narcissi

planting up a bowl of bulbs

3 years ago

Choosing the most eco friendly gift wrap options

eco gift wrapping

3 years ago

The Studio Club - Roots and Wings

Snapdragon Studio Club

3 years ago

Using pressed leaves to decorate gift wrap

pressed leaves decorating natural gift wrap.

3 years ago

Overwintering Dahlias - What I do

overwintering dahlias in the garden UK

3 years ago

How to force fritillaries

How to force fritillaries

3 years ago

How to practice gratitude

simple ways to practice gratitude

3 years ago

Making an honesty wreath

how to make an everlasting wreath from honesty seed pods tutorial

3 years ago

Introducing a pay what you can option for Studio Club membership

disruptive business models

3 years ago

Solar dyeing wool

how to set up a solar dye jar to natural dye wool

3 years ago

Tansy - its history and use

Tansy history and use, natural plant dyes

3 years ago

Making healthy herbal vinegars

making herbal and floral vinegars

3 years ago

Making bath soaks

making herbal bath soaks

3 years ago

Dyeing wool with dahlias

dyeing with dahlia flowers, natural dye

3 years ago

Making calendula oil

Making calendula oil from fresh flowers

3 years ago

Getting to know Anja Dunk

Interview with cook Anja Dunk Dumplings

3 years ago

Fiona Barrows and the joy of the allotment

Interview with Fiona Barrows about her allotment

3 years ago

The Studio Meadow

making a perennial meadow in Scotland

3 years ago

Interview: The Laughing Cactus

Interview with the Laughing Cactus sustainable making

3 years ago

Visible mending with Flora Collingwood-Norris

visible mending with Flora Collingwood Norris, decorative Manding

3 years ago

Interview: creative mending with Flora Collingwood-Norris

Interview with Flora Collingwood Norris, decorative mending

3 years ago

Interview: The Bright Blooms

Interview with The Bright Blooms sustainable making

3 years ago

Everyone has a right to learn how to cook: Kaleyard Community Kitchen

Kaleyard Community Kitchen, interview with Sumayya Usmani

3 years ago

Xanthe Gladstone's radish and carrot kimchi

interview with Xanthe Gladstone, radish and carrot kimchi

3 years ago

Growing winter salad

how to grow winter salad

3 years ago

Warm rose petal and roast tomato harissa

A delicious homemade rose and roast tomato harissa recipe

3 years ago

A note on wild swimming

Kat Goldin on wild swimming in Scotland

3 years ago

Mint, Ginger and Lemon Refresher

Blow away the cobwebs with a mint, ginger, and lemon refresher

3 years ago

The history of Scotland's kelp industry

3 years ago

Where selkies swim: meet Alison Moore

Alison Moore on sea swimming in Orkney

3 years ago

Making a rose lip balm

make a rose lip balm

3 years ago

How to make cut flowers last

how to make garden flowers last in the vase. Get longer vase life from flowers

3 years ago

Plantain and nettle balm

Plantago lanceolata history and use, ribwort plantain, balm recipe

3 years ago

The good foraging code

good foraging code

3 years ago

Scotch broom as a dye plant

dying wool with scotch broom Cytisus scoparius

3 years ago

Poppies as cut flowers - how to make them last

how to arrange poppies as cut flowers

3 years ago

Foraging for wood sorrel

Foraging for wood sorrel with recipe

3 years ago

Grow your own salad leaf mix

growing salad seeds in pots

3 years ago

Make your own box loom

how to make a box loom

3 years ago

Ideas for greening when you need to stay indoors

how does being in nature help with chronic illness. Tips for chronic health problems Addisons disease

3 years ago

Making a jam jar 'terrarium' of crocus

Make your own terrarium of crocus

4 years ago

Grow your own cup of snowdrops

how to grow your own cup of snowdrops

4 years ago

The lotus weavers of Myanmar

Lotus weavers of Lake Isle, Myanmar, Burma. Tour of weaving workshop

4 years ago

Make your own felt Christmas tree

how to make a felt vintage Christmas tree decoration

4 years ago

It's not about the bread

slow down simple living and making sourdough bread

4 years ago

Making Simple Festive Table Decorations

tutorial to make simple seasonal Christmas table decorations

4 years ago

Seeing yourself

seeing yourself through other eyes and friendship

4 years ago

Make a pretty honesty heart

making a heart decoration

4 years ago

Making a dogwood wreath

making a heart wreath with dogwood prunings and dried flowers

4 years ago

Radical Self Compassion - Should we begin?

Radical compassion and loving ourselves.

4 years ago

Knit your own mug cosy

knitting kit free pattern for mug cosy

4 years ago

Simple beeswax wraps

make your own beeswax wraps instructions

4 years ago

Dyeing socks with acorns

4 years ago

Create your magical life a little bit at a time

How to plan your year and find time for the things you love.

4 years ago

Natural gift wrap - autumn leaves

4 years ago

Five ways to step back from overwhelm

5 ways to get over overwhelm

4 years ago

Making a Knitted Soap Saver

free patterns for making a soap saving mitt

4 years ago

Perfectionism and making do

how to get over perfectionism

4 years ago

Natural Gift Wrapping 1 - Pressing Leaves

making zero waste gift wrap tutorial pressed leaves

4 years ago

Making Pineapple Weed Ice Cream

making foraged pineapple weed ice cream

4 years ago

Peri-Menopausal Tea?

making clover tea for menopause and peri-menopause

4 years ago

Un-paper towels tutorial

making your own kitchen towel alternative tutorial

4 years ago

The Productive Garden part two

growing a hardy annual productive patch

4 years ago

Making produce bags for zero waste shopping

making your own produce bags for zero waste shopping

4 years ago

The Perennial Meadow 2019

perennial meadow planting

4 years ago

The productive garden

Snapdragon's garden visiting

4 years ago

How to grow wallflowers

how to grow wallflowers from seed sunset apricot

4 years ago

In search of the simple life

looking for the simple life

4 years ago

Myanmar salad recipe for flowering salad leaves.

recipe for Myanmar Burmese salad with crispy shallots flowering kale

4 years ago

How to force small spring bulbs indoors

growing flowering bulbs indoors spring snowdrops crocus

5 years ago

Indoor bulbs - the cheats version

growing hyacinth bulbs inside

5 years ago

Traditional small scale agriculture

air BnB experiences finca visit

5 years ago

Planting tulips

planting tulips in heavy soil. how to get repeat blooms from tulips.

5 years ago

Store Cupboard Lentil Soup

store cupboard lentil and tomato soup.

5 years ago

Decorating squash for Autumn and Halloween

decorating a pumpkin with pen and ink

5 years ago

Overwhelm and the fruit harvest

how to deal with overwhelm in your business - my 3 techniques for helping with small business overwhelm

5 years ago

Making Calendula Balm or Salve

making natural remedies, calendula salve and balm, calendula oil, calendula bath soak

5 years ago

Making dried apple rings with a dehydrator

how to make dried apple rings in a dehydrator

5 years ago

Drying honesty seedheads

making things, honesty wreath, do it yourself honesty wreath decoration

5 years ago

How to collect seeds from your garden

collecting seeds from flowers in your garden

5 years ago

Foraging for flowers

foraging for wild flowers and making arrangements from grass

5 years ago

The windowsill flower arrangement - white

tips for arranging flowers in bottles

5 years ago

A walk by Loch Lomond

walking loch lomond national park, Scotland

5 years ago

How to keep a tidy house (sort of)

how to have a calm house when you are a messy person

5 years ago

Sweet cicely, rhubarb and ginger compote

sweet cicely and rhubarb compote recipe with downloadable recipe card

5 years ago

Just a little posy of flowers . .

making tiny flower arrangements for bedside tables, weddings and guest bedrooms.

5 years ago

The accidental foraging expert (my tv appearance)

recipe for foraged nettle risotto

5 years ago

How to make your flowers go further

how to make a bunch of flowers last longer

5 years ago

How to pick hellebores for the house

how to cut and condition hellebores

5 years ago

How to make spring flowers last longer

how to make spring flowers last a long time in a vase

5 years ago

Peak Yellow - seasonal musings

yellow is the colour of spring.

5 years ago

Gluten free, sugar free (but still delicious) brownies

gluten and sugar free beetroot brownie recipe

5 years ago

3 ideas for getting into the flow

3 ways to increase the flow in your life

5 years ago

Goats cheese with edible flowers recipe

making floral goats cheese with edible flowers

5 years ago

Seasonal living - why I left my great job because I didn't see Spring.

why Snapdragon is all about seasonal living

5 years ago

Snakeshead fritillaries - my favourite spring meadow plant

growing a fritilaria meleagris snakehead fritillary meadow

5 years ago

Aiming for analogue - switching off my phone

phone addiction and how to stop it.

5 years ago

How to deter slugs from seedlings

Organic control of slugs in garden and poly tunnel

5 years ago

Making hyacinth napkin rings

making hyacinth napkin rings to decorate table for easter

5 years ago

The Perennial Meadow Experiment

creating a perennial meadow

5 years ago

Designer Spotlight - Hannah Nunn

hannah nunn lighting design botanical wallpaper

5 years ago

Sourdough banana bread saved us from the snow

best recipe for sourdough banana bread

5 years ago

How to store seeds

how to store seeds long term for successional planting

5 years ago

Making the cutting garden part 1

how to make a cutting garden snapdragon's garden

5 years ago

Learning about fermentation at Gartur Stitch Farm

fermented food at Gartur Farm Stirlingshire sourdough bread workshop

6 years ago

The magic of the alder tree

The alder tree, superstition, history, folklore

6 years ago

Rosemary Napkin Rings

making rosemary napkin rings as sustainable Christmas table decorations

6 years ago

Drawing a Christmas wreath

How to draw a Christmas wreath with a finaliser pen - free tutorial

6 years ago

Making dried leaf rings

Making a pressed autumn leaf ring decoration for Christmas

6 years ago

Where we are - Loch Lomond National Park

Have you ever wondered where Snapdragon is based? Read my blog post . . .

6 years ago

Collecting seeds from your garden

Collecting seeds from your garden diy seedpackets free pattern

6 years ago

The magical machair

Photos of Machair wild flowers in the Outer Hebrides

6 years ago

Broadwoodside Garden, Gifford

A tour of Broadwoodside Garden, Scotland

6 years ago

Iris chrysographes

iris chrysographes

6 years ago

Naturalising alliums.

growing alliums in meadows

6 years ago

Making Embroidered Pillowcases -

making an embroidered cacti pillowcase

6 years ago

Scannography

scannography

6 years ago

A Room of One's Own - .

making a workspace

7 years ago

Taking a lesson from Barbara Hepworth.

7 years ago

Jane's house is in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month!

25 beautiful homes snapdragon

8 years ago

Great Glen Charcuterie

Great Glen Charcuterie

8 years ago

Common Farm Flowers -

common farm flowers

8 years ago

The meadow gets better and better

Snapdragon Online planting a meadow

9 years ago

Snapdragon's meadow in August -

making a meadow in Scotland for Snapdragon Online

9 years ago

June in Snapdragon's Garden

Snapdragon's garden transformation

9 years ago

The new meadow - garden transformation June

planting a meadow

9 years ago

My top tip for avoiding droopy daisies.

top tips for cutting garden flowers

9 years ago

Romantic table flowers

flower arranement for wedding tables

9 years ago

Vitamin central - green herb and yoghurt soup

green vitamin soup

9 years ago

We didn't buy a house . . .

blue bell wood in Scotland

9 years ago

Garden Transformation - May

tulip fire in the garden

9 years ago

Rhubarb, carrot and ginger soup

rhubarb, carrot and ginger soup

9 years ago

The nature table windowsill.

nature tables, flower arranging on a budget, arranging garden flowers

9 years ago

My top 5 spring flowers for cutting

spring flowers cut flower tips

10 years ago

On being called lazy

18 years ago

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