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How can we keep the cosy vibes going after Christmas…?

Posted on: December 18th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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I find winter hard.  I’ve written on my Instagram about how much I prefer Halloween to Christmas…. although this year does feel easier.  My mental health is much better, AND I’ve created the HiberNATION to celebrate the cosy, dark vibes of this time of year.  So I’m feeling a lot more chilled out about the Christmas part of winter (you can read about the Christmas I stayed in bed and ate pizza here!), but I’m wondering how we can create some intentional rituals to fight off the post-Christmas blues….

join the hibernation illustration by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.co.uk

Christmas day comes so close to Solstice; here in the UK it’s bang in the middle of the darkest time.  We’re celebrating the returning of the light.  But it’s a slooooow return, and still a way to go before hibernation time is over.

Once the decorations come down on Twelfth Night, it can feel kind of bleak, can’t it? We been collecting and doing things that helps us survive the winter and lift our spirits – pretty lights, evergreens, socialising, exchanging gifts, eating comfort food – and then at New Year BAM! We give them all up again, even though there’s a lot of winter left.  Astrologically, Solstice marks the START of winter!

I used to work with a lovely lady called Mel, who would countdown to Valentines Day, because from that point she knew she could pretty much always drive home from work at 5.30pm without her headlights on.  It’s a nice measure of when the evenings begin to get lighter again.

So, what can we do to look after ourselves and each other as we wait for the light to come back…?  Here are some ideas:

  1.  January Decorations! Apparently, the tradition of taking the Christmas decorations down to avoid bad luck is a Pagan one, linked to the evergreens and their foliage – you could deck the halls, but you had to get them back outside by the 6th of January or the tree spirits would start to get antsy.  So last year we made sure we got the tree outside, then kept some of the fairy lights, and jiggled around some of the not-to-festive decorations.  It definitely helped the house to feel warm and welcoming.  Other years, I have purposefully made January decorations to replace the Christmas ones, to brighten the place up and celebrate the New Year.
  2. Join the HiberNATION.  Recognise that it is still winter, all the things that helped us before Christmas ARE STILL ALLOWED!  Pyjamas, chocolate, snuggling, catching up with friends, bingeing on box sets, knitting and/or wearing all the warm knitted stuff… keep making time for the cosy things that nurture your heart and soul.  This is the best time of year to enjoy this stuff!  You don’t have to stop just cos it’s not December any more 🙂
  3. Look for the beauty.  Right now, my garden is a muddy quagmire.  Every time the dog comes in, we gain some indoor mud too.  Sometimes I have to search out the beauty of this time of year.  But it’s there.  The resting quiet, like the pause in between breaths.  The silhouettes of trees against pastel winter skies.  Ice, frost and snow.  And then slowly, the tiny signs that start to creep in of returning life and noise, like snowdrops and little shoots of green bursting up from the mud…
  4. Do some reflecting and look to the future.  I’m not one for full-on, high-pressure New Years Resolutions, but there is a ton of advice out there about setting intentions or themes for the year.  This year I think I will do a little bit of journalling to reflect back on the previous year, create a list of things to look forward to in the next year, and list some of the qualities I’d like to call in to my life for 2020.  (If you need some help, my friend Alice is doing a mini-course that could be just the thing!).
  5. Allow your feelings.  Winter is by nature a darker time, for slowing down, reflecting and planting seeds.  You don’t have to be ‘jolly’.  It’s ok to feel whatever you feel.   I think we can sometimes make things harder for ourselves if we fight what we truly feel.  I’m working on welcoming my emotions and seeing what they are here to tell me. And a lot of the time in winter, they’re saying ‘go slow, be gentle, plant seeds.’

And, as ever, allow time for self care 🙂

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⭐️message from the Comfort Fairy⭐️ . Step up your self care. . I’m learning about leaning in to opposites. Gently breaking my behaviour patterns by doing the opposite of what I use to do. The times when I have the most to do and that ‘busy busy busy’ vibe is ramping up are the times I need to claim some of that time for me. . The times when I am giving the most are the times I need to up my self care. . The times when I feel the most triggered and anxious and flighty are the times I need to slow down, feel and breathe rather than rush and run. . And it’s strangely hard; it’s like my inner martyr just kicks in and is ready to take the world on her shoulders until she breaks. But what’s the point of that?! Who can I help if I’m in a puddle on the floor? . I’ve been that puddle more times than I care to admit. It’s been a pattern for me; the hurtling followed by the crashing. . So I’m learning this new way to navigate. . I’m here to serve, I’m here to help. My calling to magicalise is powerful and exciting. But I’m remembering I can’t serve anyone from the puddle! . . . . . . . #ComfortFairy #StepUpYourSelfCare #SelfLove #MentalHealth #Recovery #FairyDog #FaeriesOfInstagram #Faeries

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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.

Marie Curie Sock Quest Bits & Bobs

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

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

 

 

 

Launching my new collection

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

A new collection from illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

I delighted to announce the launch of my magical new collection which will be happening online and in person at:

The Witches, Fairies and Hippies Fair

Sunday the 29th of October 2017

11am – 4pm

West Totton Community Centre, Hazel Farm Road, Southampton, SO40 8WU

Check out their event page here for all the info.

There’s a £2 entry fee and a fab raffle with loads of other wonderful stalls.

Come along and find the Sam Draws Things stand for illustrated goodies like cards, prints and original artwork as well as some gorgeous new gift ideas.

I’m busy working away on things to sell, including a range of things inspired by the Comfort Fairy 🙂

The Comfort Fairy by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

There will also be a collection of unicorns ready to find their new homes, and this will be the first time they will be out in public. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait.

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The new collection will be available in my online shop too, but this is a great chance to see things up close and fall in love, so pop along and say hello 🙂

You can see my page for the launch on Facebook here.

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Feeling festive…

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I popped to the opening of the lovely Winchester Christmas Market with my mum on Friday night, and it really helped us both start to get in a festive mood.

I have added quite a few things to the Sam Draws Things Etsy shop recently, including some prints that could make perfect presents, and some Christmas Cards.  Do pop over for a look!

You can also sign up with Give as You Live and then shop – it’s a really clever way to support charities whilst shopping online.  Etsy will donate 2.5% of what you spend on Etsy to a charity of your choice, without it costing you a penny.

Christmas Cards by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Fox print by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Sexy illustrations in new online shop

Posted on: November 1st, 2014 by samdrawsthings No Comments

OK, I am maybe overusing the word ‘sexy’ a little bit at the moment…but as I added the original illustrations to my new online Etsy shop, it was interesting to remember that so far, they are all a bit…sexy.

This is due to the fact that the first items in the shop are the original illustrations of a variety of animals from ‘Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction’ by Jules Howard.

I’ve given each item in the shop a little description explaining a bit about the reproductive life and habits of that animal. Some of them are pretty intriguing/weird/wonderful – which is why they are in the book.

My favourites are Carlos and Fernando, the gay flamingos successfully rearing young at a wetland nature reserve:

flamingos by Sam Taylor - ww.samdrawsthings.com

 

And this lovely duck belies the…rather aggressive sex lives of the animals, which has lead to some amazing adaptions:

 

Duck by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

 

You can find the Sam Draws Things Etsy shop here.

 

 

More Froglife cards…

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Getting ready for Christmas at Froglife with a new design and some reprints.  You can find them at www.froglife.org/shop

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