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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.Child's Drawing Personalised MugChild's Drawing Personalised MugOur price: £15.00Or just £7.50 for our members!ViewHelp your children connect with someone they can't see in person by sending them a mug with their drawing and message on it.Decorate your own bagDecorate your own bagOur price: £8.00Or just £4.60 for our members!ViewDecorate cotton bags with Pentel fabric pastels. Simply draw on the bags (or any other light coloured natural fabric - t-shirts and pillowcases work well - and then iron to set)
Decorate Your Own Stationery SetDecorate Your Own Stationery SetOur price: £16.00Or just £9.50 for our members!ViewMake your own hand decorated meadow themed cards and postcards with this little craft kit - a lovely mindful activity which you can then send to friends and family when finished.Embroidered seed head pocket mirrorEmbroidered seed head pocket mirrorOur price: £14.00Or just £7.50 for our members!ViewEmbroidered mirrors were one of the first things that I ever made to sell, and I'm delighted to bring them back. They make the perfect little gifts to give as a token of affection, something small to pop in a handbag or make up pouch.Embroidered Seed-head BadgesEmbroidered Seed-head 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 we had left over.
Fabric decorating crayonsFabric decorating crayonsOur price: £3.95Or just £2.83 for our members!ViewA box of fabric crayons which can be used to decorate any natural light coloured fabric. Simply draw your design on the fabric and then place a tea towel or setting sheet over and iron to set.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.Little Boat at Sea Big Bone China MugLittle Boat at Sea Big Bone China MugOur price: £15.00Or just £8.85 for our members!ViewWhen friends are going through tough times you want to show them you are thinking of them, even if you live far apart.
Scrapbook journal setScrapbook journal setOur price: £11.00Or just £6.50 for our members!ViewKeep busy putting together little jotter style scrap books. Write a diary, make a scrap book of plans, record what is blooming day to day in the garden.Sweet pea postcard setSweet pea postcard setOur price: £6.00Or just £3.50 for our members!ViewI love sweet peas - they are such a delicate flower and yet their scent travels right through a garden. Because of that I think, they are one of those flowers that take people right back to their childhoods.
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Between the plum trees and the studio is a sloping space that was created when we flattened a patch of land to build. It is a mix of subsoil, rocks and odd seams of rich pasture land. ⠀
As grass began to grow there about 7 years ago,  I sowed a perennial meadow mix, I planted lots of random plants from the cutting beds, I worked without a plan, without knowing what would thrive and what would gently vanish. ⠀
Now there is minimal gardening involvement - I try and keep the nettles from taking over, we dig out brambles - and in the autumn and winter I lure the chickens there to scratch out patches of bare soil for the wildflower seeds. ⠀
It’s a patchy space, caught on the cusp of abandonment - but it is the most beautiful space in the garden, buzzing with insects, rustling with birds. ⠀
Low light, bright petals, setting sun. ⠀
A couple of days ago I got a message from a friend asking what I thought about all the 'picking wild flowers' photos on here and the fact that a country style magazine was promoting it as a
My Gran had hangers like these.  Knitted from odds and ends of wool, hanging softly squashed together in the big dark wardrobe in her bedroom.⁠⠀
My cousin and I would take the fancy silky 1960s dresses from them and transform ourselves into glamorous detectives, spying on passers-by from behind the net curtains, making notes.⁠⠀
Now the hangers are my favourite things to make from wool scraps - each takes 37 grams of wool and you only need to be able to do a plain stitch to make it. ⁠⠀
As well as being chock full of nostalgia for me, they are also the most practical kind of hanger, as the garter stitch keeps even the flimsiest of straps in place so clothes don’t end up on the floor.
This week's business improvement was deciding to make the postcards that go in with orders more useful, getting Kate Stockwell to turn them into activity cards for me. ⁠⠀
This is the first, going out with orders from today.⁠⠀
I’m always amazed at how many plants from sunnier climes take to the garden. ⠀
Sicilian honey garlic - Nectaroscordum siculum - is one of the plants that grow in rows in the orchard - ghosts of the flower field, buzzing with bees, happy in grass, a strong whiff of onion as I pass. ⠀
This month I’ve been experimenting with solar dyeing- using plants and sunlight and a jar to dye wool on the windowsill. 
I was amazed at what bright shades were possible and at how easy and self contained it turned out to be. 
It was part of the Studio Membership mini “Introduction to plant dyes” course but I’ve also put together a kit in the shop with full instructions and everything you need to get started with solar dyeing wool (there are mini skeins in the kit). The photo is my drying rack on the dye deck - part of the studio where I used to prep flowers when I sold them. 
The wood rack used to be for shoes and wellies.
Inspired by @josephinepbrooks I’m still using this time for some serious decluttering of my business - looking hard at which parts have descended over the years into one of those drawers stuffed full of things.  Which bits are muddled, useless, impossible to open without everything falling out. 
Last week was the turn of the blog - so many out of date things, so many broken links, pretty much impossible to browse. 
Now it’s been sorted out - David and @fuzzyjill at Fuzzy Lime helped me divide it into sections and now it’s all easily accessible from the navigation bar.

So if you are looking for tutorials, nature notes, gardening, recipes or musings on life you can find them without scrolling through hundreds of pages. 
And - as always seems to happen when you  declutter - I’m suddenly full of ideas for things to write about, so that I can fit them nicely into my new space! 
The poppies are from Friday’s blog about how they make wonderful cut flowers.
Another week. Another new morning 
I was chatting to a friend yesterday about what was the best thing about running my own business - and I decided that it was probably being excited about each day and all the things I want to do. ⠀
That I now rarely need to force myself. ⠀

Today it’s finishing off this week’s Studio Members lesson about solar dyeing and putting together these activity postcards which I am getting printed to go out with orders. ⠀
What are you looking forward to doing today?

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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