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Beeswax - extra suppliesBeeswax - extra suppliesOur price: From £6.20Or just £3.10 for our members!ViewExtra beeswax for all your projects.Candle wicks and glue dotsCandle wicks and glue dotsOur price: £5.00Or just £2.50 for our members!View 6 pre waxed candle wicks 80mm and 6 glue dotsDraw your own Watercolour Meadow Gift BoxDraw your own Watercolour Meadow Gift BoxOur price: £35.00Or just £25.00 for our members!View"It totally inspired me to paint again and also to look carefully at our garden which is full of things to sketch and paint!" - Lynn Wilkins
Dried Calendula FlowersDried Calendula FlowersOur price: £3.10Or just £1.52 for our members!View 15g dried Calendula flowers for making calendula oil and balm.Eco Beauty knitting KitEco Beauty knitting KitOur price: £18.50Or just £10.50 for our members!ViewLearn to knit your own cotton facecloths and make up removing pads with this simple but useful knitting kit. Embroidered Wool Summer Corn Meadow Needle CaseEmbroidered Wool Summer Corn Meadow Needle CaseOur price: £15.00Or just £7.00 for our members!ViewI always think that embroidered needle cases make lovely gifts - that little luxurious detail in a sewing drawer or basket.
Grow your own Calendula Balm KitGrow your own Calendula Balm KitOur price: £17.50Or just £8.60 for our members!ViewThis kit contains ingredients to grow and make your own calendula balms and oils. Calendula is naturally soothing and useful for maintaining healthy skin and treating minor stings, blemishes and grazes.Kraft cover Notebooks pack of 5Kraft cover Notebooks pack of 5Our price: £5.00Or just £2.50 for our members!View We are getting rid of these Kraft notebooks at an amazing price.Make your own beeswax wraps kitMake your own beeswax wraps kitOur price: £38.00Or just £27.00 for our members!View We have put this kit together for anyone who is trying to use less single use plastic in your life.
Make your own candles kitMake your own candles kitOur price: £35.00Or just £25.00 for our members!ViewSnapdragon Life is all about helping people try new things and acquire new skills. We have put this kit together for anyone who would like to try their hand at making their own essential oil scented candles.Make your own flower pressMake your own flower pressOur price: £35.00Or just £25.00 for our members!View Make and decorate your own flower press with this unique kit which contains everything you need, along with simple instruction cards.Paint your own bird house personalised kitPaint your own bird house personalised kitOur price: £28.00Or just £15.25 for our members!ViewThis children's activity kit contains everything that you need to decorate a wooden birdhouse for your garden - all stored in a sturdy and practical drawstring bag.
Soy Wax suppliesSoy Wax suppliesOur price: £4.00Or just £2.00 for our members!View100% high quality soy wax pellets from sustainable US source. Studio box - Quarterly subscription boxStudio box - Quarterly subscription boxOur price: From £25.00Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewCreating these subscription boxes has become a real passion project for me - I believe that making things, being creative, being in tune with the seasons, are all so important in living the best lives possible.Snapdragon Studio Box is our quarterly subscription box - this is box 7 and it contains everything that you need to learn a new practical skill and make four projects. It dispatches in mid August and early pre-orders get an extra little gift in their box.Summer Dahlias Fabric by lengthSummer Dahlias Fabric by lengthOur price: £10.35Or just £5.16 for our members!ViewAn exclusive cotton poplin fabric with a dahlia design from Jane's watercolours.
Watercolour Postcard PadWatercolour Postcard PadOur price: £5.00Or just £3.00 for our members!ViewCreate your own postcards.
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The bees aren’t enjoying this cold damp weather any more than I am. 
I keep finding them clinging to the leeward side of flowers - especially the big bulks of globe thistles, teasels and sea holly. 
They look like they are clinging on desperately to the rigging as the plants are buffeted about in the wind. 
What are you up to this weekend?
This is one of the photographs from a new course that I am writing at the moment about growing your own annual cut flowers.⁠⠀
It is a course based on my practical experience of growing flowers in a fairly tough climate, up a hill in the middle of Scotland.⁠⠀
It will be my first course written exclusively for members of Snapdragon Studio - membership costs £10 a month at the moment but for people joining after 18th September it will be £15 a month. ⁠⠀
The price increase is to reflect all the extra things that you get now in comparison to when I first launched the membership - I have been adding in exclusive e-courses, a hard copy magazine, a private community where you can ask advice and share expertise.⁠⠀
I am freezing the cost of membership for everyone who joins up by 17th September at £10 a month until the beginning of 2021 as a thank you for supporting me and allowing me the space to develop the membership.⁠⠀
If you want to join us - and it is a very good time to join as there are embroidered badges in the Welcome pack - you can find out more by clicking through my profile.
Are you a city break person or a lover of the open road? 
And what do you think of caravans? Are they a symbol of adventure or something slow moving you get stuck behind on the motorway? 
This mug, printed with my watercolours of vintage caravans (including my own, very stationary airstream) probably shows my own allegiances.  It is now up on the website, click through my profile to find it.
I am currently embracing the frou frou fun of dahlias - in much the same way as I do my Staffordshire cow with its tiny milk maid. 
I may even have found a dinner plate dahlia I like - indeed love. 
Fairway spur - pretty much the colour of Heinz tomato soup - it has a beautiful bursting out shape and longish stems. 
By longish I mean about a foot between flower and next big bud. Perfect to put on its own in a stoneware bottle. 
By a cow. In my office.
Did you all survive the weathery weather? 
One of my jobs today or tomorrow is to go and see if I can rescue the sweet peas. 
A couple of weeks ago they reached the top of the tunnels that divide the beds - 10 feet tall, way beyond my reach for tying in and I was relying on their tendrils keeping them up there. 
That worked for a while - but the winds over the weekend got under the sheets of flowers and whisked them off the grid. 
Fortunately I had picked some before they fell - a windowsill of candy colours.
Yesterday I took a duvet day. My first ever I think. 
I woke and I thought of all the things I had to do- Re-write a blogpost, write & send a newsletter, edit photos & write instructions for the Studio Box.
Then I rolled over and went back to sleep. 
I had a long bath, I took a nap, I went hunting antiques - I did no work. 
I have never done this before - I mean I’m a great bunker off, I truanted right through my 5th and 6th year at school - but it was productive truanting with a bag of history books and an essay on the go. 
I’d love to say it felt like self care and that I am full of energy today but sadly that isn’t the case! 
Maybe I need more practice. 
Are you a taker of duvet days?
‘Be canny with the sugar’

When I was in my final year at school I volunteered with the National Trust for Scotland - helping to put together educational packs which put objects into context. 
I worked on the sugar loaf - a paper wrapped cone of sugar in the kitchen. It was an unpicking of the history of wealthy C18th Edinburgh’s connections to slavery, the abolitionist boycott of cane sugar (the sugar cone was probably from sugar beet), the deathly triangle of slavery that relied on sugar to power it and which built so many of our elegant cities. 
I think of all that when I see this sugar bowl - a personalised sugar bowl for an aristocratic lady, a pretty large sugar bowl. 
And I wonder how much she thought about anybody who made her commodities, or if it was unknown, suspected but easily dismissed .  Or was she a trendy liberal, the feel good boycott, the buying of sugar beet, the washing of hands, the feeling of having done her bit. 
And yet - I type this out on my phone - aware that the chance that modern slavery powers it is high. The children in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining cobalt, others elsewhere mining elements I haven’t even heard of. The deliberate untraceability that Somehow allows us to turn away. 
Our technology, more ubiquitous even than sugar. 
I’m not really sure where I am going with this caption, it was going to be about sweet peas. 
Just probably to say awareness being the start and a googling after facts and ways to change. But only a start. 
The lowest estimate of the extent of modern slavery today is 20 million people.
Pineapple weed ice cream. 
There seems to be two camps in the foraging world at the moment. 
One evolves from back when found foods were an important everyday part of our diets - from wild spring greens to hedgerow brambles - the other from a very high end cheffy chasing of flavour. 
I am usually firmly in the first camp, with my basket of nettles and my billhook, but last week I took a little detour into weird flavour hunting and made Pineapple weed ice cream - from a type of very common wild chamomile that (kind of) tastes of pineapple. 
The recipe is on my blog and is delicious- you can get to it by clicking through my profile. 
What is the weirdest flavour ice cream you’ve ever eaten?

About Snapdragon

At Snapdragon we 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 our communities, both free and paid for, through Jane's writing on the blog, through carefully hand crafted gifts and activity kits, and through our online and in-person workshops we aim to bring people back in touch with the rhythms of a seasonal life.

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