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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 

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.

Happy Badgerween!

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

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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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Welcome to Badgerween!

Posted on: October 8th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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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Tristan meets a tree

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Drawing Inspiration: Here Be Dragons…

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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 Dragons?  Living in London…?  And not just the Kimodos in the zoo?

Well, yes.  Kind of.  There are a whole cast of cute* little dragon-y characters living in parks, gardens, nature reserves and weird scraps of land, and they very much need our help.  Last Friday I went to a very special event hosted by the Garden Wildlife Health Project at ZSL London Zoo to hear more about them (not a Kimodo in sight unfortunately).

Froglife’s London Dragon Finder Project has been running in all boroughs of the City for the last 4.5 years, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (with extra support from a range of other funders).  The premise is that amphibians and reptiles are our Dragons – bright eyed, scaly and warty little creatures hiding in ponds, log piles, woods and long grass and undetected by many of us.

Technically, amphibians and reptiles collectively are known as Herpetofauna.

You can see why they were a little in need of rebranding, right?  It always sounds a little… yeah.

And the animals themselves are SO amazing; magical and mythical weird species with wonderful life cycles.  They deserve a name that captures that better, and being so in need of our help they really need a collective name that draws people in rather than repels them.

Dragon Finder holds a special place in my heart as its one I helped to develop, and it was wonderful to hear how things had gone.  HLF funding is brilliant for not only supporting practical things that need doing to conserve our heritage (and the my favourite thing is that they don’t define ‘heritage’ for you but leave it open for applicants to convince them), they also put a huge emphasis on involving people in that work in the deepest way possible.

At the Celebration Event for the project, Alan from Froglife went over the highlights of what the staff and volunteers on the project had achieved with a real sense of pride and love for the areas they’d worked in and the wildlife they had benefited.  I doodled during all the talks as a way of taking notes.

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The project also involved the creation of a Dragon Finder app to help you identify and then record your sightings of amphibians and reptiles anywhere in the UK.  There is a real need for more data on where these dragons are found, the sites that are important to them, and how they are doing.  Although most of them, with a couple of exceptions, are widespread, numbers are dropping.  Froglife’s latest research shows a whopping 68% decline in Common Toad numbers in the last 30 years.

Becki Lawson introduced another project using citizen science to help nature – the Wildlife Garden Health Project, based at ZSL and involving vets and researchers there working with the British Trust for Ornithology, Froglife and the RSPB.  This is another project mapping animals – this time with regular recorders letting the project know what wildlife they see  in their gardens, with an added slightly gruesome (but really important) element.  You can also use the GWH website to record any sightings of dead or dying birds, hedgehogs, amphibians and reptiles to help map disease outbreaks and figure out what is contributing to the declines in many species.  If they want your specimen for a post mortem, the team will contact you to arrange it to be sent and let you know what happened to the poor animal you found.  With hedgehog numbers really plummeting, bird disease outbreaks leading to some big population drops and diseases being the biggest threat to amphibians on the global scale, this is really crucial stuff.

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Laurie Parma from the University of Cambridge filled us in on another area of research relating to humans and nature, and how good it is for our wellbeing.  She cited the well known study that simply being able to see some greenery from your hospital window increased recovery speed by 1.5 to 2 days, as well as sharing lots of other researching showing just how good nature is for our health.

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Froglife’s co-patron Jules Howard wrapped up the event with a heartfelt talk about toads.  He used a site near his home as a great example of one of the issues facing these noble and magical animals.  Over 10 years a pond that had been full of toads was surrounded by development –  destroying winter hiding places and summer foraging land, and cutting through spring migration routes at breeding time.  The toads are gone.  “Death by a thousand cuts” was how he described the toads’ decline, but ended on a positive note by saying how much of a difference projects like Dragon Finder can make: by improving and creating habitats, and crucially charging up local volunteers to fight for the areas toads (and other wildlife) call home.  2017 is Froglife’s Year of the Toad, to raise awareness and funds to help save these charismatic, beautiful, strange little animals. You can find out more here.

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*Yes, adders can be cute.  Not cuddly (PLEASE DON’T TRY), but beautiful and very keen to stay out of our way as much as possible.

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