A safety spell for badgers for Halloween

31/10/2018

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This is my final drawing for #mabsdrawlloween club.  It combines a few of the prompts and a spell for the badgers – with herbs of protection, healing and invisibility at the bottom. Here’s a Samhain wish for the safe passage of badgers, ravens, monsters and other misunderstood creatures that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween 🙂 xx

Halloween badger spell by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Happy Badgerween!

31/10/2018

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Happy Badgerween! 😀 thank you so much to all the awesome members of the Badger Sett who have made something so far, and to everyone who’s been supporting us and shopping! We are fundraising for @badgertrust’s badger vaccination project. I’ll be giving a total raised so far really soon. 🐾 Badgers should be going bump in the night in our woods and fields, not being caged and shot. I don’t want the beautiful badgers in our art and stories to be the only badgers left. The science behind the cull to stop the spread of bovine TB is shaky. I love @badgertrust for keeping the fight going and doing as much as they can to help these stripy creatures. 🐾 It’s been really fun and so positive creating badgers and seeing what other lovely crafters make, and there’s more to come! #badgerween #happyhalloween #halloween2018 #gobadgersett #stopthecull #savethebadgers

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The hard working members of the Badger Sett have been releasing all sorts of new and exciting things to celebrate Badgerween.  We are helping to fundraise for the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination programme through crafts and creativity.

Our black and white stripy celebration of Halloween has seen a flurry of beautiful badger-inspired work.  This not only helps support our wild badgers through fundraising, we’re also raising awareness about the cruel and unnecessary badger cull here in the UK.  AND we’re reminding people what they are in danger of losing.  We don’t want the badgers to only exist in our art; we want them safe and protected in our fields and woodlands, where they belong.

Here’s a bit of a showcase of badger-y crafts (spoiler alert: there’s more to come!).

There is just one of these beautiful bags from Edelweiss Blossoms left in her shop and it won’t be around for long!  You can get your paws on it here.

Ann from Busy Pottering has already sold lots of her lovely woodland bags, and her collaboration with Scruffy Dog Eco Yarns sold out really quickly, raising £150 for badgers!  There are a few of her lovely bags left in her shop here. 

Amanda of Maysie Daydreams has two of these gorgeous textile art badgers for sale in her shop here, along with some other lovely wildlife-inspired creations.

Brockley the Bunny from Green Rabbit Designs sold super fast!  You always have to be quick to catch one of Vivienne’s beautiful bunnies.

This scrummy Truffle Hunter yarn really captures the lovely colours of badgers.  I adore the flecks of browns and greys (I’ve got to get better at knitting!).  Truffle hunter is still available for pre-order here.

I didn’t manage to keep up with every single prompt for Mab’s Drawlloween Club on Instagram, but I have a lot of fun trying!  A lot of the spooky prompts actually really made me think about badgers and why it’s so important to me that we try and help them.

You can find the Badger section of my shop here.

And if you would like to donate directly to the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project, you can hit the button below 🙂

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More lovely badgers for Badgerween

17/10/2018

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badgerween logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Badgerween is a black and white stripy celebration of Halloween from the Badger Sett – a group of compassionate creatives fundraising for the Badger Trust.  We are supporting their badger vaccination project, a positive alternative to the cull which is being increasingly rolled out across the UK.

How gorgeous are these textile are badgers from Maysie Daydreams?

The badgers are available in Amanda’s online shop here.

And you can pre-order some of this scrummy Truffle Hunter Yarn from Mad Scientist Yarns:

You can get your hands on some Trufflehunter yarn here.

And there will be lots more coming soon, including project bags from Annie at Busy Pottering, who has found the cutest fabric!

I’m also still busy drawing things,and have been following some of the prompts for #mabsdrawlloweenclub on Instagram.  I wanted to draw something that touched on why the Badger Sett exists – so drew some ghost badgers, a haunted badger cage and a laboratory…

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These drawings for #Badgerween and #mabsdrawlloweenclub have turned into a little story about why I started the Badger Sett, a group of creatives fundraising for @badgertrust 🐾👻🐾 1. The #ghost badgers haunt the silent fields in their thousands. The wild landscapes they used to call home bereft of their digging paws and soft sounds. Uprooted and lost, they search for their old setts, crossing roads and drifting through supermarket car parks, meandering through dead grass where bees used to buzz. 🐾 2. If only each badger trapped and shot could warn the next badger not to enter the cage… #hauntedobject. 🐾 3. In the #laboratory, scientists plot and plan and explore less deathly ways to deal with bTb and keep our badgers safe…

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and I’ve added some colour to my mushroom badgers and they’re now available as a print:

You can find my Badgerween collection here.

 

Welcome to Badgerween!

08/10/2018

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badgerween logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Badger Sett are celebrating a black and white stripy Halloween this year, fundraising for the Badger Trust.

We are a collective of creatives making things to support the badger vaccination project and help end the badger cull, and the first few items for sale have just gone live.

There’s a little and growing collection of black and white and badgery things in the Samdrawsthings online shop…

And I am really excited to announce that MAD Scientist Yarns have just launched a Badgerween colourway!

This beautiful hand-dyed yarn is Trufflehunter, and it’s available for pre-order now:

Other members of the Sett are busy developing ideas for Badgerween (and Badgermas!) so I’ll keep you posted as more creations are unveiled.

I’m also attempting to keep up with the drawing prompts for Mab’s Drawlloween club over on Instagram, adding a badger theme to each prompt, and will be developing these into prints and things…

Happy Badgerween!  🙂

 

 

New project to help badgers

28/09/2018

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Badger Sett logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This week I’m launching a new fundraising initiative with a collective of other creatives to help fundraise for badgers.

The UK’s badger’s have had such a spectacularly awful time at our hands, I am sometimes amazed that we have any left.  These black and white stripy mustelids have a long history of persecution, and were finally granted legal protection from killing and injury to stop things like badger baiting and fighting.

When I lived in Cornwall in the early 2000s, the government started a scientific trial badger cull in the South West, to see if it would stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows.  It was a heartbreaking time and so strange to think that these protected animals were now being legally killed.   However, the results came back that this was not an effective way to stop the spread of bTb and help cattle farmers protect their herds.

But.  The government then rolled the badger cull out to other areas anyway, and they keep rolling it out further and further, with very little science to prove that killing badgers does anything to impact bTb.

After a flurry of petitions and donations when the big culls started, I had to tune out of badger news because it was just too depressing.

Last week though, I got an email newsletter from the Badger Trust.  Among all their amazing work (what do you do when your own government wants to destroy the animal you were set up to protect?!) they are running a badger vaccination project and it sounds really promising, for all sorts of reasons.  One reason is that it costs £1,000 to cull a badger but £200 to vaccinate one.  You can read all about this hopeful project on the Badger Trust website here.

So I did a bit of a call out on social media…

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We need to talk about the badgers… 🌳 I couldn’t make the #peoplesmarchforwildlife today but I was there in spirit for all our wildlife but especially badgers. 🖤 They started the trial badger cull when I was living in Cornwall in the early 2000s, and it broke my heart. But the results came back saying it didn’t work as a way to help control bovine TB. And then the government widened the cull anyway, despite the scientific evidence. And they’ve just widened it again. @badgertrust have been working tirelessly all this time to stop the cull, to run legal challenges, to protect badgers, to find a better solution. 🖤 And they have. It costs £1,000 per badger to cull them, but £200 per badger to vaccinate them. 🙌 I’d love to do something to support them and help fund raise, so I’m hatching a plan of some things to make and sell to raise donations. If you make things too and you’d like to help, do drop me a message. 🖤 And watch this space!

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And the Badger Sett was born 🙂

We are a group of creative people raising funds and awareness for the badger vaccination programme.  We are going to be celebrating Badgerween and Badgermas by making all sorts of lovely things and donation a percentage of all our sales to the Badger Trust.   You can read more about it here, and sign up if you would like to join in too!

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Baby name nursery art: new in the Sam draws things shop

19/09/2018

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A recent commission from a friend has lead to a new product line in my shop that I am really excited about: baby name prints!  I’m growing my nursery art collection as babies LOVE my work – the high contrast and black and white I use basically hypnotises small people, making it quite a handy distraction tool for a grouchy or distracted baby.

My son Tristan spent a long time gazing at my work around the house, and as he’s growing and recognising the animals he’s still getting a lot out of it.

Little Percy was the recipient of my first baby name print.  He was born in June and has one of the best birth stories I have ever heard – he was caught by his mum’s best friend in the kitchen!

Baby name print by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Each letter on the name prints is a different animal, and there’s the option of adding the date of birth underneath.   I think they make lovely birthday presents for older little ones too.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

I’ve found someone making really nice frames in the UK that are purple, which coordinates really nicely with the colours in the print, and you can add one on as an option when you order.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can order your print in my online shop here.

You can include a message with the name and date of birth, or I’ll get in touch with you to check the details.  I’ll send you a preview of the print before popping it in the post to you.  I offer gift wrapping and can also post straight to someone else if you are buying it as a gift.

A new botanical illustration for the Flower Power Fund

17/09/2018

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Wow.  September is here.  At the same time as feeling like it’s been a really long summer this year, I also can’t quite believer we are now heading into autumn.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve been a bit of a mess as my little boy starts a new preschool (he’s absolutely fine of course).

We are also into month 9 of the lovely Flower Power Fund, and onto our 12th flower already!

Every month, new indie dyers and makers create lovely things for cratfers on a flower theme, with a % of all sales going to Marie Curie.  This month, it’s all about Love-in-a-Mist, with a beautiful new yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns , a bag from Betsy Makes (both of which have sold out already!) and a new print from me:

You can find the print and everything Flower Power Fund related in my online shop here. 

 

Marie Curie Sock Quest Bits & Bobs

28/08/2018

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Marie Curie Sock Quest logo and banner by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This is the original #slightlybonkersidea from the wonderful Sarah Holmes:

“I am a doctor working at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford, and in my spare time I am also a knitter.

Last year, I decided to knit a pair of socks in limited edition Marie Curie yarn for every one of the patients in Bradford Hospice at Christmas. When I posted about it online lots of kind knitters offered to help, and the project grew. Hand knitted socks came in from all around the world, including U.S.A, New Zealand and Dubai. In the end, we collected over 229 pairs of socks, enough for EVERY patient in EVERY Marie Curie Hospice in the UK to have a pair of hand knitted socks for Christmas.”

Isn’t that amazing?  Sarah is also the lady behind the Flower Power Fund.  And this summer she also ran a marathon!  She’s one of the most inspiring women you could hope to meet, and you can find her JustGiving page here.

This year, The Marie Curie Sock Quest is running again, and there are lots of people knitting already!

There is a special yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners that’s available from City Knits here.

And there’s a sock pattern by Sarah you can try here.

I’ve created a couple of downloadable things to help – a wrapper to go around the socks and a little card that you can fold up to go with them.  You can add a note or just let the recipient know who their socks are from.

You can download them both to print at home by clicking on the buttons below.

They are both A4 sized.  The card folds down into quarters, and the sock wrapper has a green line so that you can cut it down the middle.  You can then stick the back together to fit it around the socks.

(If you find that you lose bits of the edges due to the margins of your printer, try again and using the ‘scale to fit’ option.)

Happy printing!  I’d love to see any pics of your socks and wrappers 🙂

You can find me on Instagram here.

The finished socks need to go to Sarah at the address below before the 7th of December 2018:

Dr Sarah Holmes
Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
Maudsley Street
Bradford
BD3 9LE

UK

 

 

 

Charity collaboration news

14/08/2018

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I used to work for a charity, and so am really aware that fundraising can be really, really hard.  It takes a lot to get people on board with a cause, and we are so often asked to give that we can just get fed up and burnt out.

So it’s been fascinating to have been involved with two big charity projects this year that have done some really magical things.

The #titsoutcollective ran throughout July, with creatives all over the world making and buying things inspired by the amazing Countess Ablaze.  She started it (accidentally) with a knitting yarn that the she created in response to an approach from a business to get lots of things for free in return for ‘exposure.’  She raised £3,000 for charity the sale of. that.  Then in July, she rallied 287 people to make were making things and donating a portion of their profits to their favourite charities.  You can find out more about it all at the Countess Ablaze website here. 

By the end of the month, a staggering £55,219 had been raised for those charities, including a whopping £8,000+ just for Mind through a raffle!  It was all a bit overwhelming to be honest.  The community buy-in and the way everyone was able to so quickly pull something together was inspiring.  And the Countess herself, with her huge community of Instagram followers, fans and her general all-round kick-ass presence meant that something huge came together almost instantly.  You can read about my contribution to the project here.

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THE DONATION TOTAL OF #TITSOUTCOLLECTIVE IN GREAT BRITISH POUNDS! 13 days to launch. 31 days to sell. 287 official participants. 22 countries. £55,219 donated to charities across the world in July 2018. €62,029 EURO $71,975 USD $93,520 CAD And for a laugh, if I was a Nigerian Prince in your inbox and this money was for me, I'd have a whopping ₦25,645,857 And you know what? That equates to approximately £350-£400k of products sold whilst the northern hemisphere has been basking in a heatwave. Never underestimate the power of people when they come together. So next year, yes? THANK YOU! _____________________ #countessablaze #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout #craftivism

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Meanwhile, the Flower Power Fund, a year-long project which was started by knitter Sarah Holmes in January with a goal of £1,000, has been smashing its target over and over again.  Also based in the knitting and crafts community, every month there are new goodies for sale that donate a portion of their proceeds to Marie Curie.  The engagement and supportive vibes that are involved in this project are so lovely, and I’ve made so many new friends.  It’s awesome!

By the end of June we’d raised £9,121.63 😀

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At the start of this year I came up with a #slightlybonkersidea that I hoped might raise some money for @mariecurieuk whilst also giving some yarny loveliness to all the wonderful people who helped with my #mariecuriesockquest last year. I hoped it might perhaps raise £1000 by the end of the year. I have just totted up the total raised until the start of this month, and it is a whopping £9121.63 – far more than I ever imagined!!! Every penny raised goes to @mariecurieuk who are working every day to support people living with terminal illness and their families. I am overwhelmed with your ongoing generosity and continuing support for the project so this post is here for me to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in and supported the #flowerpowerfund – you are all utterly WONDERFUL 😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I keep thinking about both of these projects with my charity hat on and pondering exactly what it is that makes them so successful, and in a way it’s something that charities themselves would struggle to replicate because it starts at the community level.  Although Sarah works for Marie Curie, its not on the fundraising side and she’s managed to connect with a ready made big and quickly growing audience of enthusiastic and bought-in people.

I am absolutely LOVING working this way, and would love to here from you if you would like any help from me for your charity or fundraising projects, do say hello :

 

Cherry wood pins and pendants

24/07/2018

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It’s been an exciting day – I’ve designed some cherry wood pins and pendants which have arrived and I’ve been busy sticking them together and taking lots of photos!

We started with a drawing of a pair of Great Tits, and with lots of help from my partner Josh and Steve at Clear Cut Creation, I developed a design that Steve laser etched onto 35mm disks of cherry wood.

The pins and pendants are part of the #titsoutcollective, a brilliant fundraising initiative by Countess Ablaze that you can find out more about here.

I’m fundraising for Together Rising, an inspiring charity responding very fast to humanitarian issues around the world.  £2 per pin and 20% of each print sale goes to them.   You can discover more about their work here.

And you can find all of these goodies in the Sam Draws Things online shop here.

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