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When the badgers took over Halloween…

Posted on: November 1st, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Happy Badgerween! I hope you had a good one.  I sent a toddler to nursery dressed as a dinosaur, then spent the afternoon making badger masks and a music video, before picking up the small dinosaur to come home for a little Badgerween party.

I’m so grateful for all the members of The Badger Sett and everyone who has bought something from the Badgerween collection to support out stripy friends.  I’ll be adding up the total soon but in the meantime, there’s a little sale on in the shop to give the badgers a bit more of a booth before I have to put my maths head on!  You can shop Badgerween here. 

 

 

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With a special musical guest (reuploaded in full length) #Badgerween #Halloween2019 #SaveTheBadgers #CanTheCull

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Welcome to Badgerween 2019!

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Badgerween is a black and white stripy celebration of Halloween.  We celebrate the UK’s wildlife, we fundraise for badgers and we get a little bit spooky.  I am joined in my weird little party by the other members of The Badger Sett, a group of creatives making beautiful things to honour Badgerween 🙂

badger in the woods by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Browse our selection of badger-themed goodies, supporting the Badger Trust through fundraising with every purchase.

legwarmers by The Crimson Rabbit

You can knit a pair of legwarmers with this lovely pattern from The Crimson Rabbit, and then dance like a badger in the moonlight…

Badger in legwarmers by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Keep your knitting needles safe in a Hand Made by Jayney double-pointed needle (DPN) case.

Badger DPN case by Hand Made by Jayney

 

If you’re not a knitter yourself, you can still keep cosy in this stripy hat and wrist warmer set from The Badgerfly.

You’ll look very Tim Burton-esque (my inner goth girl loves these!).

You can find them in the Badgerfly shop here.

Badger-striped hat and gloves by the Badgerfly

Find a selection of Halloween decor and beautiful badger art for your walls in the Sam Draws Things shop.  I’ll be adding more prints and creations throughout the month, and following the drawing prompts for Drawlloween over on my Instagram. 

Badgers in the pumpkin patch by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The UK’s badgers need us.  These stripy creatures belong in our woods and fields.  After a long history of persecution, they were granted legal protection.  But then they were made scapegoats for Bovine Tuberculosis and now are being unnecessarily culled.

According to the Badger Trust: “Currently, culling badgers costs the taxpayer approximately £1,100 to cage trap and kill a single badger. On the other hand, vaccination only costs an average of £200 to cage trap, vaccinate and release a single badger.”

I want a landscape full of badgers, and other wild creatures, all wandering free and safe.  Not an empty world, haunted by the ghosts of trees and spirits of wronged animals…

Ghost badger and skeleton by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Welcome to Badgerween

Everything sold for Badgerween throughout October donates a percentage to the Badger Trust, to support their hard work protecting our black and white friends and keeping our fields wild.

We’ll keep sharing more badger-inspired treats, getting spooky and raising funds.

  • If you’re a maker, why not join in?
  • If you love badgers too, support us with a purchase or a donation to the Badger Trust 

Unicorn & branding for a respite care business

Posted on: September 2nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m so excited about my latest branding project, it was such a joy to create 🙂

Little Bursts of Respite Branding by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.co.uk

Claire is a magical lady and I love the uplifting vibe I’ve captured for her in the logo and branding.

You can find her on Facebook here

Branding for Little Bursts of Respite by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.co.uk

and Instagram here:

Thanks so much for trusting me with your branding Claire!

If you’d like some help magical-ising your marketing, get in touch 🙂

 

Pintastic: lots of new enamel pin designs

Posted on: June 11th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Wow, it has been a busy week at Samdrawsthings HQ, with lots of deliveries going in and out.

The pins arrived for my collaboration with Dye Candy, and they have all been packaged up and posted now.  Hutch gave me a sneak preview of the yarn that she has dyed to go with them, and my jaw hit the floor.  It’s just beautiful.  I know she was feeling a lot of pressure due to it being a mystery yarn, and to the huge number of orders we’ve had, but she has totally knocked it out the park.  The first pics of people sharing their pins have started to pop up; I cannot WAIT to see the reactions to the yarn and fibre as it starts to arrive!

The pins have the slogan ‘Drop the stigma, not the stitch’ in reference to mental health stigma, and how much fibre crafts such as knitting and crochet can aid people with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  It’s a cause close to both mine and Hutch’s hearts.  I find my drawing is a huge therapeutic tool in dealing with anxiety, and since taking up knitting last year that’s really helped too.  There’s something about the squishy softness of the yarn running through my fingers that’s really grounding.  It’s also a great mindfulness exercise…

You can still get your hands on these pins in the Samdrawsthings shop here. 

Then the pins that I have designed for MAD Scientist Yarns arrived too!  These are my first ever rainbow finish pins and I am just delighted with how they came out – they are so SHINY.    They feature the scientist from the new logo I designed for them, with some extra yarn and sparkly bits.

Both of these pins are fundraising for mental health charity Mind, which makes me feel so happy.  They are doing a lot of important work supporting people with mental health issues, and their website is a very helpful place for information and advice.

You can order your MAD LAB pin here. 

And if you would like to collaborate on a fundraiser or commission a pin design, do get in touch 🙂

Looking back at the Flower Power Fund

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

The 1st of January saw the announcement of the grand total raised by the Flower Power Fund.  I posted on Instagram about it on New Year’s Eve, with a bit of back story as to how I became involved in this brilliant community fundraiser…

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Feeling philosophical and thinking about the amazing @flowerpowerfund😀 Last New Year’s Eve, my partner Josh & I wore these amazing 🦊 masks to a party. It was super last minute (we don’t get out a lot these parenting days) and my mum whipped up these masks on her sewing machine. I had to dash into town to get some more threads and a thing happened… ⭐️ I walked into the haberdashery department and had this really strong feeling of returning home. 🏡 The yarn and threads, the fabric and buttons, the patterns and all those ideas in waiting… my creativity has always been about more than drawing. My dad can make pretty much anything from a bit of wood, my mum, from fabric. I’ve almost trained as a sculptor and a costume designer. And I didn’t really know what it meant that day in the store but it was a lovely feeling. It reminded me I was more than just an illustrator… ⭐️ I’d also done a little bit of work with @begentlekel on my business plan and had this big ‘I’m a social enterprise!’ revelation. Kelly is fab 😘 Again, I didn’t know what that meant yet, just that I wanted to do good. 🌈 @sherlock_knits emailed me about @flowerpowerfund on the 20th of December last year. By the 15th of Jan, we had the logo all sorted and approved by Marie Curie. I’d casually suggested I could also draw each flower from the year of flower-inspired yarn and give a donation from the prints…I didn’t expect anyone to buy them! But they did. And I had to get my packaging act together. Then we decided I should try and design a pin, and the last 2 sold just before Christmas. 💐 This year, I’ve made the loveliest new friends, I’m learning to knit, and have a yarn stash to be proud of. I was a proud part of #titsoutcollective and my designs have raised money for Marie Curie, the Badger Trust, Together Rising and Care4Calais. 🙌 2018, you’ve been magic (as well as hard work, scary and a bit of everything else). I’ve got some exciting ideas percolating for the New Year, but I also just want to sit with this lovely feeling for a bit… Happy New Year old friends and new. Loads of love 🥳 #happynewyear #goodbye2018 #flowerpowerfund

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Honestly, when Sarah first got in touch with an idea to raised funds by asking independent dyers to create flower-inspired yarns, she thought she might raise £1,000.  She also involved other crafters, ran a MARATHON and had regular raffles (all while working as a Doctor for Marie Curie).

Sarah had an existing network of lovely creatives, which just blossomed and really got behind her (self titled) slightly bonkers idea with such enthusiasm.

£22,628.91 raised for Marie Curie!!!!

A new yarn was released every month (sometimes more than one) with the dyers donating a percentage of the proceeds.  A lot of the yarn sold out almost instantly, and dyers were frantically trying to keep up with orders.

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Thank you doesn’t seem quite enough but it’s the best I have! This time last year I was hoping that we might sell about 10 skeins a month and perhaps raise £1000 if we really tried. When @edencottageyarns said she’d dye 50 skeins for me I panicked and worried that I might be sending her hurtling towards certain bankruptcy!! But month on month you have ordered yarn in your hundreds, and the £1000 grew quickly to £10,000 and then nail-bitingly I began to hope for £20,000. To smash that target utterly and reach over £22,000 is beyond my wildest dreams, and all to help @mariecurieuk support more people living with terminal illness and their families. So thank you to all the dyers, bagmakers and other fabulous crafters who made products to sell each month, or who donated raffle prizes. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me or donated to the fund, or who bought raffle tickets month on month. Thank you to all the people who listened to my #slightlybonkersidea in the first place and told me I wasn’t being ridiculous. Thank you to all the people who knitted socks for my patients this year and smashed that target too. And thank you to @samdrawsthings who listened to my idea and utterly embraced it becoming my partner in crime over the past year. What shall we do next?!? 😉 #flowerpowerfund #slightlybonkersidea

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I did the branding for the project, and then drew each month’s flower and sold the prints.  I also designed my first pin.  A percentage of all my sales was part of the grand total.  My initial thought was that I might raise £50…

But I raised £1082.12!  I really hadn’t sold that much via my online and Etsy shop this time last year.  I’d had a couple of really depressing attempts at craft shows and felt quite dispirited.  So it was amazing when people started to buy the flower prints, and the 200 pins sold out!

I am still feeling a bit reflective and looking back at last year, thinking about what worked and what didn’t, what rocked and what flopped, so that I can put some really solid plans in for the coming year.  My little social business is still in the early stages in a lot of ways and I am excited about helping it to flourish in 2019.   There are a few things in the pipeline, and if you have a project or idea you think I could help with, do get in touch 🙂

Flowers for the Flower Power Fund by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Gift ideas that give to badgers too

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

The Badger Sett has a really lovely new collection of badger-inspired crafts and goodies that make perfect gifts for Christmas.  We also all donate a percentage from these sales to the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project – a positive alternative to the badger cull.

The brilliantly talented Amanda of Maysie Daydreams has some very special Christmas decorations:

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EVERYONE, I finally made it! The Limited Edition Badger Hearts are here! They are £10 each and made to order, you can choose if you want wool felt, or vegan ecofelt, you even have a choice of ribbon. You could use them as a Christmas decoration but I might leave mine up all year round! There will only be 5 available and every penny will go to the @badgertrust . (PS I've only made this available to the UK but if you are from elsewhere and you are ok with the fact that it might not arrive in time for Christmas let me know and I'll open the listing to you!) #badgertrust #stopthecull #animalwelfare #wildlifeconservation #consciouschristmas #thoughtfulgifts #vegan #vegangifts #animalrights #handmadechristmas #christmaswithlove #handmadehome #feltcrafts #slowstitching #ooakgifts

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And some beautiful brock textile art pieces that are just adorable!

MAD Scientist Yarns still have their gorgeous Trufflehunter colourway, as well as two new festive badgers too…

This special Badgermas colourway can also be ordered with an exclusive print from me!

The Crimson Rabbit is busy writing up a pattern for some leg warmers, which look just stunning in the Trufflehunter yarn.  Do follow Debbie on Instagram for news of when the pattern is released.

And I am really excited to add some new things to the Sam Draws Things shop!

The Yarn Badger very kindly donated 5 Goose Eye hat kits in different colours (with a name like that, they had to get involved).  100% of the sale price of each kit is going to the badgers!  They include yarn and instructions, and are selling quick, so do order soon if you want one.  You can find them here.

My lovely and talented friend Jane Brumwell made beautiful Stirling silver and copper progress keepers.  They are each rolled with the impression of a skeleton leaf, and are so delicate.  Each one is unique! You can find them in the shop here. 

And there are also badger prints and Christmas cards 🙂 You can see the whole collection here. 

Huge thanks to all the super creative members of the Sett, and to everyone who has bought something so far.  It’s so wonderful how the craft-y community gets together for good causes.

 

Badgermas is coming :)

Posted on: November 18th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Following on from Badgerween, the hard working Badger Sett are busy making creations for our next celebration: Badgermas!

You can read all about the Badger Sett here.

We are fundraising for the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project through crafty loveliness, and we’ve raised over £300 so far.

 

£352.80 raised for badgers!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m so excited to announce the total raised by the Badger Sett for Badgerween….

You can find out more about the Badger Sett and what it’s all about here.

A safety spell for badgers for Halloween

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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

More lovely badgers for Badgerween

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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.

 

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