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'Just Breathe' Self Care Gift Set'Just Breathe' Self Care Gift SetOur price: £35.00Or just £25.00 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.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 Winter and also great as Christmas gifts.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.
Anti-slug copper tapeAnti-slug copper tapeOur price: £5.55Or just £3.65 for our members!View Deter slugs and snails without harming them this self adhesive copper tape.Copper plated fork and trowel setCopper plated fork and trowel setOur price: £24.00Or just £17.50 for our members!ViewI love the idea of using tools which will last for years and years, so when I buy hand tools I am looking for wooden handles, good quality metal, something that fits my hands comfortably.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: £85.00Or just £40.00 for our members!ViewThis is the largest embroidery I do - each is done in several layers of embroidery over a few days - a tangled meadow of poppies, cow parsley, honesty, teasels and daisies.Embroidered peg bagEmbroidered peg bagOur price: £35.00Or just £20.00 for our members!ViewI originally made this peg bag as a commission and then loved it so much that I made another for myself and a few for the shop.Glass and brass frameGlass and brass frameOur price: From £14.95Or just £8.90 for our members!View These glass and brass frames open at the top on a hinge - which makes them perfect for displaying small embroideries, ephemera or pressed flowers.
Glass and zinc frameGlass and zinc frameOur price: £5.00Or just £3.50 for our members!View Teeny, tiny glass and zinc frames - these have a hinge and are glass both sides so are great for tiny photos, stamps and pressed flowers as well as embroideries.Materials to make peg bagMaterials to make peg bagOur price: £9.50Or just £6.50 for our members!ViewThe materials needed to make the peg bag in this blog post. Monochrome meadow mini cushionsMonochrome meadow mini cushionsOur price: £15.00Or just £8.00 for our members!View These embroidered lavender cushions are part of our upcycled collection where I use reclaimed fabrics to create new things.
Paper pot makerPaper pot makerOur price: £12.50Or just £7.00 for our members!ViewDitch plastic and make your own eco-friendly pots with these wooden pot makers.Plant dyed alpaca socksPlant dyed alpaca socksOur price: £27.95Or just £18.50 for our members!ViewThe cosiest of house socks. Set of three 20g mini skeins- Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland woolSet of three 20g mini skeins- Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland woolOur price: £5.40Or just £3.55 for our members!View A set of three 20g skeins of beautiful undyed wool that are perfect for natural dyeing experiments.
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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The packing bench in the studio.⁠⠀
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Sometimes I turn around and things just look so pretty together.⁠⠀
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Labelling pale pink socks with the plant they were dyed with and the date they went into the dye pot.⁠⠀
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The perfect almond glue for sticking paper, jute string for tying things up.⁠⠀
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Amazingly I didn't even have to tidy up to take a photo - though it is quite a tight crop and the background is a blur.⁠⠀
For the past year the bedroom windowsill has been neglected. It has had stones and bones and the blue speckled pot of bird food, but no flowers.⁠⠀
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I couldn't really work out why.⁠⠀
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Then, as soon as I got the urge to line up my vases again,I realised what the problem had been. ⁠⠀
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In March last year - as I was shielding and Euan is a front line worker - I moved to the spare room. ⁠⠀
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I was very, very bad at it - despite the room being very nice - and huffed and moped and felt I was being punished. I eventually slunk back to my own bed after two months. ⁠⠀
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The deal was that if Euan thought it was a risk he would phone from work and I would move my things back to the spare bedroom.⁠⠀
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I kept expecting - despite all the precautions, the scrubs, the showering - that I might have to go back. ⁠⠀
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Last week I had my second jab, the numbers look good, and, though Scotland is behind England in opening up, I can see the country beginning to relax. ⁠⠀
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It felt safer, I went and found a jug for the cherry blossom.
I began doing freehand embroidery when my daughters were tiny - a deliberate wiggle and flourish when hemming seemed preferable to my wobbly attempts at keeping the needle straight.⁠⠀
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Then, when I began to sew commercially to have some income in the winter months, it seems like the perfect technique.⁠⠀
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Getting the chance to exhibit at the Country Living Fair in 2005 got me speeded up and it certainly felt like my thousands of hours were put in then.⁠⠀
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Today I start teaching an e-course to Studio Club members which will hopefully enable them to begin drawing with they sewing machines.⁠⠀
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The module that will arrive with them today is all about machines and materials - with the message that the simpler the machine the better.⠀
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It gave me a chance to tidy my sewing desk.
Today is the last day to sign up as a member of the Studio Club.⁠⠀
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So if you are ready for more connection and creativity in your life . . . .⁠⠀
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If you could do with a bit of calm and gentle joyfulness . . . . ⁠⠀
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If you want to find out more about the living things around you . . . to slow down . . . to feel more 'at home' . . .⁠⠀
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Then head over to my website snapdragonlife.com to find out more.⁠⠀
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There is a 'Pay what you can' option -  it is always the most difficult to get people to sign up for, and yet I know if would be perfect for so many.
It has been a joy this week to see the bantam hens all out enjoying their freedom.⁠⠀
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It is the one point in the year when we have an abundance of eggs - they are late starters and then hide them all as soon as the weather warms up.⁠⠀
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I have been spending time sitting watching them peck around the orchard - feathers ruffled by the wind, heads down eyes trained for tasty morsels.⁠⠀
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I decided to make a hen embroidery the last part of the 'freehand machine embroidery' e-course that starts on Tuesday. ⁠⠀
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The aim is to break downtime the processor freehand embroidery into very simple steps - with a different exercise each week, building skills and confidence until you can draw with a sewing machine by week 5.⁠⠀
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The course is included in the Studio Club membership - if you want to take it live, week by week, you have 24 hours to join up.  Details on snapdragonlife.com
This week I have been drawn to white and bright and light.⁠⠀
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In the flowers I picked for the Studio Window.⁠⠀
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In the cool white Scottish linen I've been embroidering.⁠⠀
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It's a clean feeling, a throwing off - probably because I've been stuck with a dragging, draining fatigue for a few weeks.⁠⠀
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It's that wondrous clarity that you get when you realise that you can open your eyes wide again.
If I could persuade people of two things they would be . . .⁠⠀
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1. to seek alternatives for domestic cut flowers until their local field flowers are blooming (which is almost now here in Scotland ).⁠⠀
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2. to pay attention to the daily changes where you live.⁠⠀
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These are snippets of hawthorn and hornbeam hedge arranged in test tubes - but they could also be in bottles or small vases and they could be any kind of deciduous tree or shrub. ⁠⠀
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Every day they emerge a little more, every hour they catch the light in a different way.  All week they have made me smile.⁠⠀
Last year I dumped a load of finished tulips from pots into a metal box, intending to plant them out in the garden.⁠⠀
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I completely forgot and all summer the box looked as through it was just a heap of used compost.⁠⠀
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Most days I walked past it - always intending to take it to the compost heap - until last month it began to sprout.⁠⠀
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This is some of the 'free' (if rather mangled) tulips from the box.⁠⠀
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I have replanted them into the old terracotta pots and propped up the wayward stems with bits of hedge.⁠⠀
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Then - I promise - I shall plant them out properly when the finish flowering this time.
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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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