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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: £13.95Or just £7.95 for our members!ViewA pair of Alpaca bed socks made in the UK for natural dyeing.
Alum mordant for woolAlum mordant for woolOur price: £2.00Or just £1.00 for our members!View A small pack of alum mordant - (Aluminium Potassium Sulphate) - from a specialist natural dye supplier.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.Dried lavender - 100g boxDried lavender - 100g boxOur price: £5.75Or just £3.00 for our members!View100g high quality dried lavender buds in a Kraft card box.
Epsom Salts - 750gEpsom Salts - 750gOur price: £5.95Or just £3.75 for our members!View A Kraft card tub of Epsom salts - high in magnesium - great for a relaxing and detoxing bath.Hand drawn cardHand drawn cardOur price: £3.00Or just £0.00 for our members!ViewAt a time when many of us can't get to physically see our loved ones, especially elderly relatives, I am posting out cards.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.
Make Your Own Bath Infusions KitMake Your Own Bath Infusions KitOur price: £37.50Or just £18.50 for our members!ViewThis kit contains everything that you need to make your own herbal infusions for the bath and create a spa like experience.Organic dried chamomile flowersOrganic dried chamomile flowersOur price: £2.00Or just £1.00 for our members!ViewA taster sized pack of organic dried chamomile flowers.Organic dried hopsOrganic dried hopsOur price: £2.50Or just £1.20 for our members!View A taster size packet of organic dried hops - the packet is approximately 12cm square.
Organic muslin - 25 x 70 cmOrganic muslin - 25 x 70 cmOur price: £1.30Or just £0.90 for our members!View Piece of organic cotton muslin, suitable for straining oils, making bath tea bags and covering jars when making herb oil.Plant dyed linen threadsPlant dyed linen threadsOur price: £1.75Or just £1.25 for our members!ViewThese linen threads are dyed by The Mulberry Dyer for me. Plant dyed tote bag - DockPlant dyed tote bag - DockOur price: £25.00Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewNaturally dyed organic cotton canvas tote bags.
Solar dyed wool kitSolar dyed wool kitOur price: £28.00Or just £17.50 for our members!ViewStart experimenting with natural dyeing with this easy kit which harnesses the power of the sun to dye wool. The whole process takes place in a jar on your windowsill, no messing about with pans in the kitchen.Soy wax pelletsSoy wax pelletsOur price: £4.75Or just £2.40 for our members!View100% high quality soy wax pellets made in UK. Undyed Aran weight Blue Faced Leicester WoolUndyed Aran weight Blue Faced Leicester WoolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of aran weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.
Undyed Aran weight Organic Merino woolUndyed Aran weight Organic Merino woolOur price: £9.00Or just £6.00 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of aran weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.Undyed DK weight Bluefaced Leicester woolUndyed DK weight Bluefaced Leicester woolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!View An undyed skein of double knitting weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.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 dyeing
Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 50g hanksUndyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 50g hanksOur price: £3.50Or just £2.50 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of worsted weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.Undyed Double Knitting weight, 100% Merino woolUndyed Double Knitting weight, 100% Merino woolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!View A 100g skein of undyed 100% merino wool.
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I took my spring flowers out of the press to make way for summer ones.⁠⠀
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I intend to make ones for each season if I can and then frame them as a set - sweet peas and nasturtiums went in yesterday.⁠⠀
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To press flowers all you need is strong boards and absorbent paper - though you can use paper interleaved in heavy books the result is better if you are pressing down evenly rather than like a hinge. ⁠⠀
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I would therefore use the books either side of the paper, chopping boards work well (if you have any you aren't using).⁠⠀
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You can even put the sheets of paper with their interleaved flowers under a heavy rug. ⠀
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Celebrating the seasons. ⠀
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The garden and meadow are full of circles at the moment - beautiful flowering heads of teasels and globe thistles. ⁠⠀
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They are covered in bees which go round and round visiting each tiny flower, working steadily, following the rows.⁠⠀
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I love this season - the sun a little lower, the evenings a little warmer, the long shadows and sweet hum of the insects. ⁠⠀
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Poised before harvest. ⁠⠀
It is tansy time again.⁠⠀
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For me the wonderful thing about seasons is that they go round and around.  They may move onto something new but I always know that they will come around again.⁠⠀
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A lot of what I have been working on for the past few years is learning how to settle myself exactly where I am, in the place where I am, in the season I am in. ⁠⠀
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To resist looking backwards or hurrying forward - to just be where I am.⁠⠀
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And where I am at the moment is in tansy time.  It marks a year since I began experimenting with using natural dyes.  A time of bright yellow alpaca socks and bags and yarn.
Hattie's pincushion.⁠⠀
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I love the common names of plants. ⠀
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Astrantia grows so happily in amongst the grasses of the Studio Meadow - it has been flowering since May and seems full of intentions to carry on.⁠⠀
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It is probably not surprising really as it grows wild in the sloping meadows at the foot of mountains in Central Europe.⁠⠀
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The perfect plant for a textile obsessed person.
It is the time of year when you can pick sweet peas every day.⁠⠀
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I love my sweet peas best with light and space - like a flock of butterflies caught mid-air.⁠⠀
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These are 'Mrs Collier' - presumably a woman known to the breeders Dobie (or Dobbie) & Sons back in Edwardian Edinburgh. ⁠⠀
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You would think that having a popular sweet pea named after you would guarantee immortality, but seemingly not.  I couldn't find out who she was.⁠⠀
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So as these fill the studio with sweet perfume, I am imagining Mrs Collier into life.⁠⠀
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If anyone has hard facts on her please let me know!
Each month or so, as part of Snapdragon Studio Membership, I put together an e-course.  It is a different topic every time and the lessons go out each Tuesday.⁠⠀
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The idea is to encourage people to try new things.  This month's course is about decorative mending - and this week I am designing a project that will form the last couple of lessons.⁠⠀
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It is a pocket patch, embroidered and appliquéd from scraps of linen and cotton. ⁠⠀
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It has been a new thing for me to try too - a project to use all the precious scraps I have been squirrelling away, not quite sure how to use them.⁠⠀
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The base is a 1950s tray cloth with holes in it, the appliqués from a tattered nightdress, the bag that it will go onto is one I dyed with dock flowers.⁠⠀
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Membership is closed at the moment - but I shall be opening the doors back up for the last week of September. If you want to be the first to know sign up to my newsletter list.
Years ago, actually maybe just last year, I saw a display of ferns in glass laboratory bottles. ⁠⠀
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It may have been at Jupiter Art Land, it may have been somewhere else *. ⁠⠀
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This is my homage. ⁠⠀
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*I think my brain may be broken, so many things seem to have fallen out the side.⁠⠀
Boxes and boxes of A Seasonal Way magazine arrived yesterday and are sitting in the hall here. 
That means that it is the last day to get it at the pre-order price of £8. 

I had this all ready to go to the printers in the second week of March but pulled it - and have then worked for the past few months to make it better. 

It feels good that I can begin packing up Studio Members copies on the day that shielding stops in Scotland.
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About Snapdragon Life

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.

Through my communities, both free and paid for, through my writing on the blog, through carefully hand crafted activity kits, and through my online and in-person workshops I aim to bring people back in touch with the rhythms of a seasonal life.

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