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'Just Breathe' Self Care Gift Set'Just Breathe' Self Care Gift SetOur price: £27.50Or just £17.20 for our members!View Sometimes we all need a little bit of self care. I designed this little box of things as something that you can give to a friend or someone in your family when they are going through something difficult.A Seasonal Way MagazineA Seasonal Way MagazineOur price: £9.50Or just £5.75 for our members!ViewA Seasonal Way is a magazine that gathers together people and places that have inspired me along with recipes, patterns and glimpses behind the scenes. Alpaca bed sock blank for natural dyeingAlpaca bed sock blank for natural dyeingOur price: £14.95Or just £8.95 for our members!ViewStart a new hobby and dye your own luxurious alpaca bed socks - perfect as we go into Autumn and allo great as Christmas gifts.
Autumn Embroidered BadgesAutumn Embroidered BadgesOur price: £12.50Or just £7.00 for our members!ViewI embroidered these little badges with autumn seed heads to use up some tiny scraps of wool suiting fabric that I had left over.Decorative mending starter packDecorative mending starter packOur price: £20.00Or just £12.50 for our members!View This starter kit has everything to begin decorative mending. It is designed to go with the decorative mending e-course that is part of Snapdragon Studio Membership.Embroidered Meadow Wool CushionEmbroidered Meadow Wool CushionOur price: £80.00Or just £40.00 for our members!ViewThe cushion is made from fulled wool, woven for us in Yorkshire, and is embroidered by Jane with a meadow design.
Graphite stick marking pencilGraphite stick marking pencilOur price: £1.20Or just £0.80 for our members!ViewA chunky hexagonal stick of graphite that is perfect for writing on wooden and plastic labels - it doesn't fade like pen.Grow Your Own Jam Jar of FlowersGrow Your Own Jam Jar of FlowersOur price: £16.00Or just £9.61 for our members!ViewMy favourite kinds of flowers are simple ones, picked from the garden or from a verge, arranged without pretension in a jam jar and placed by a bedside or on a desk.Leather organiser notebook with refillsLeather organiser notebook with refillsOur price: £60.00Or just £40.00 for our members!ViewI wanted to make a notebook that would last a long time, years and years, maybe a generation.
Meadowy Cut Flowers - Scatter varietiesMeadowy Cut Flowers - Scatter varietiesOur price: From £1.65Or just £0.95 for our members!View These are the seed varieties that I scatter on open ground in September - very much as nature would itself. They are mainly varieties which dislike root disturbance so are happiest germinating where they are going to flower. Monochrome meadow mini cushionsMonochrome meadow mini cushionsOur price: £15.00Or just £7.00 for our members!View These embroidered lavender cushions are part of our upcycled collection where I use reclaimed fabrics to create new things. Plant dyed alpaca socksPlant dyed alpaca socksOur price: £27.50Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewHouse socks. A kind of cosy luxury, perfect for padding about the house, curling up on the sofa, keeping warm by the fire or when at your desk. Great as bed socks or when you just need a bit of comfort.
Plant dyed linen washbagPlant dyed linen washbagOur price: £35.00Or just £20.00 for our members!ViewBeautiful Scottish linen wash bags dyed in tiny batches with dock leaves and roots from the garden.Plant dyed tote bag - Dock & TansyPlant dyed tote bag - Dock & TansyOur price: £25.00Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewNaturally dyed organic cotton canvas tote bags.Simple cut flowers - Autumn sowingSimple cut flowers - Autumn sowingOur price: From £1.65Or just £0.95 for our members!ViewThese are the hardy annual seeds that I sow in September every year to give me fresh looking posies from late Spring*.
Solar dyed wool kit (now with alpaca socks option)Solar dyed wool kit (now with alpaca socks option)Our price: From £28.00Or just £17.50 for our members!ViewNow with alpaca bed socks optionSweet pea - individual varietiesSweet pea - individual varietiesOur price: £1.65Or just £0.95 for our members!View If you are looking for specific colours or varieties of sweet peas then this is the place to buy them.Sweet Peas Seeds Set with BookSweet Peas Seeds Set with BookOur price: From £14.00Or just £7.75 for our members!ViewThese are the packs to get if you really want to luxuriate in your sweet peas next year.
Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 20g mini skeinsUndyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 20g mini skeinsOur price: £1.80Or just £1.25 for our members!View Mini 20g skeins of undyed wool for natural dyeingUndyed organically grown cotton canvas toteUndyed organically grown cotton canvas toteOur price: £9.00Or just £6.00 for our members!ViewThese organically grown cotton canvas totes have been pre-washed but will need to be mordanted before dyeing unless you are using dye material very high in tannin.Wildflower Seed SetWildflower Seed SetOur price: From £1.65Or just £0.95 for our members!ViewIf you want to bring more wildlife into your garden, to soften the edges and begin a gentle rewilding, then this selection of seeds is a good place to begin.
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Engagement, connection, community, regeneration, celebration, magical, possibility.⁠⠀
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Words matter.  Words matter so much. ⁠⠀
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Yesterday I walked around a new local community garden that I am to be involved in.  I walked the site with Lauren @herbal_homestead (who looks after @katgoldin ‘s market garden at the Gartur Farm School) who is the permaculture consultant for the project.⁠⠀
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The words at the top of this post were the words that were tumbling about as we walked along the stream that edges the plot and discussed the contours and what the potential is for this new space.⁠⠀
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I have missed those words a lot.⁠⠀
Elderberry vinegar, a brilliant natural immunity booster and treatment for sore throats, is steeping in my cupboard at the moment - the colour is so vibrant it is obvious that it MUST be good for you.⁠⠀
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It is one of the things you learn to make in the Simple Herbal Apothecary course in the Studio Club. ⁠⠀
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It is really funny how having a Pay What You Can option for membership has made me feel that I can talk about what you get in the Studio Club without feeling all 'exclusive' (I hate that word because, when you think about it, it actually means that some people are excluded and that we are fine with that).⁠⠀
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The Pay What You Can option has been really popular - second only to the Full Membership - which makes me very happy. ⁠⠀
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I've had a lot of emails from people who had been looking at joining the Studio Club for a while but couldn't justify the cost - because unemployment or illness or caring for others restricts their budget - but who have now been able to join.  So if that sounds like you the details are all on the front page of the website - snapdragonlife.com.⁠⠀
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Time.⁠⠀
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Yesterday I asked a question about luxury and the thing that came up again and again in answers was 'time'.⁠⠀
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Time to just be.  Time to do things for ourselves. Time to be creative or read. Time to focus.⁠⠀
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It made me think - that if we see time is our greatest luxury, why do we squander it so?  I know I do.  I scroll.  I dither. I catch myself almost deliberately doing nonsensical things that waste time to the point that it completely disappears.⁠⠀
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Give me an unexpectedly free evening and my natural tendency is to waste half of it deciding what I want to do MOST.⁠⠀
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(This is why I created the Plan your Dream Life workbook for myself - just so that I would have a list of things that I knew I had chosen to do when time appears - if you don't have this workbook already you can get it by signing up to my newsletter list Snapdragonlife.com.)⁠⠀
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What is your idea of luxury?⁠⠀
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I stumbled across a discussion about luxury on a post the other day. It was about whether you could crave luxury in your life if you were also set in “overthrowing the capitalist systems our world is based on”.⠀
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In some ways it was hilarious, and shows what a muddle we get into, but It really made me think about what I count as luxuries in my life  They certainly aren’t what the commenters on the original post defined as luxury - the fancy sports car, the designer brand names, expensive toiletries. ⁠⠀
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Rather, my idea of luxuries are things I want in my everyday life.  Proper coffee, clean sheets for the weekend, tomatoes still warm from the sun - perhaps most importantly, the luxury of time to do nothing more than stare upwards through bright leaves . . .⁠⠀
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What about you?⁠ what are your luxuries?⠀
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Messy edges.⁠⠀
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Pretty much everything in the House Garden and Studio Meadow will stand until Spring now.⁠ I will leave it alone. ⠀
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For in my head I'm not really growing teasels, I'm growing gold finches. 
Yesterday, as I headed down through the meadow to light the studio stove, were dozens feeeling atop the teasel heads.
It is the time of the year to embrace the beauty in decay.⁠⠀
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To look at the soil regenerating.⁠⠀
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The appreciate the beauty of a good compost heap -even when it is composting the cosmos that you had hoped would bloom for a couple of more weeks.
Yesterday the doors of the Studio Club opened up to new members again. ⠀
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If you want to engage more with the natural world, live a more seasonal life, learn how to grow things, make things and also hear good news about inspirational people making a positive difference to the world - then this is the Club for you! ⠀
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There are now three ways of becoming a member - a Full Membership which includes physical products, a Digital Membership and a Pay What You Can Membership. You can find out more about them by clicking though my profile or at Snapdragonlife.com. ⠀
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In less than 24 hours over half the Full Memberships sold out - so if you are thinking of signing up for one of those then I would do it sooner than later. ⠀
Nettles and docks and tansy and meadowsweet. ⁠⠀
Heather and willow and onion skins.⁠⠀
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The journey through plant colours this year is coming to fruition.  Out of frame is a striped jumper on my needles.⁠⠀
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I am hoping to have enough yarn to make something for a newly arrived baby - all the energy of the Scottish hills in something to wear.
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At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

 

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