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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.


More lovely badgers for Badgerween

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

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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!

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

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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!  🙂



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

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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. 


Lovely Lupins!

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Woah, this year feels like it’s going really fast!  We are just over half way through the wonderful Flower Power Fund project (which looks like it’s going to happen again next year) and there have already been 9 lovely flower-inspired yarns, created by talented independent yarn dyers from all over the UK.

It’s been a gorgeous way to practice my own take on botanical illustration as I’ve created matching prints for each month.  Here they are so far:

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This month feels like a really special one, as it’s the turn of Jane from Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane and I have been friends for a long time and had some lovely adventures together, and it was doing her branding that lead me into the wonderful wooly world that I’m now part of!

Jane’s yarn is STUNNING.  Inspired by pretty country garden lupins, it’s just so subtle and beautiful.  You can find the Lupin yarn in her Etsy shop here, and my matching print here.



Cuckoo Flowers and Daffodils

Posted on: March 3rd, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

The latest prints that I’m selling to support the wonderful Flower Power Fund are available now!  You can find them in my online shop here.

There are two flowers this month, to match to lovely yarns from Beth at Beehive Yarns  –  Cuckoo Flower and Vintage Daffodil.


Sun and Moon Nursery Art

Posted on: November 4th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m busy adding all sorts of new things to my online Etsy shop at the moment – over the summer I have been working on a new collection of art for babies and children including a really cool collection of prints.  The idea is that you could get the whole set and arrange them together, or you can pick your favourites 🙂

Since having my little boy (now a whirling toddler of 17 months) I’ve felt extra inspired, particularly as he really loves my drawings.  When he was really small, like all babies, he was mesmerised by black and white and would go into a bit of a trance gazing at my monochrome work.  He was a few weeks old when Goldilocks and the Waterbears was published, and loved looking at it!

The Sun and Moon art cluster is designed to capture the attention of small babies and to grow with them as they discover the world of colour and start learning about the sun, moon and the weather.

They are printed onto a lovely archival quality paper made from bamboo, and it’s made the colours really vivid and deep.  Each print is also mounted in a slightly flecked white board with a black inner frame – all designed to add more details for baby-hypno purposes (they would look extra hypnotic in black frames).

Here are the prints all together:

Sun and Moon art cluster by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

And here are some more detailed pics of them individually:

The Sun by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

The Sun by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

The Moon by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

The Moon by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Cloud by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Cloud by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Rainbow by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Raindrops by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Raindrops by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Stars by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Stars by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

You can find them in my online Etsy store here, or drop a message to if you have any questions or would like to place an order 🙂

When your mum is an illustrator: decorating our nursery

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

One of the things I’m working on at the moment is a collection of nursery prints.  Inspired by our sky-themed nursery, they feature moons, stars, clouds and rainbows.

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Creating Tristan’s nursery was so much fun and really therapeutic.  It was a great way to displace any antenatal anxiety – I would just go up there, move things around, suss out storage, play with paint and add to my nursery Pinterest board.  You can have a look at my Blue Sky Thinking nursery decor mood board here.  It was also really healing when I got a bit of time (thank you grandparents) not long after Tris arrived to finish some of the things I’d been too pregnant to work on.

Our nursery is a converted attic room, and I created some fluffy ombre paint effects to play with the angled walls and corners and fade from sky blue into brighter and darker colours.  Even if Tris hadn’t been a boy, our nursery would have had sky blue as it’s base colour, it’s just what I could see in my head from the very beginning.

I painted and drew a sun and a moon in different corners of the space, and added clouds onto the walls and blackout blind.

Nursery mural and decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

The rocking chair and stool my dad found on eBay, and my mum made new covers for them as a Christmas present.  The hammock and most of the other furniture were also eBay finds.

Nursery mural and decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

The cloud lampshade and murals look really lovely at different times of day.

Nursery mural and decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Nursery mural and decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Nursery mural and decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

Post c-section, we actually set up camp downstairs for a couple of weeks, and then Camilla our wonderful doula helped me to get back upstairs and get the nursery in use, and took the photo below when we were all settled.   Shadow the dog loves the cloud rugsThe useful drawers with baskets are from B&Q, and we have them in the bathroom too where they are the perfect size for nappies.

Nursery decor by illustrator Sam Goodlet. Photo by Camilla Moore.

It’s very much an evolving space, and with Tris now almost a toddler, things have completely been moved around.  From use every night, the cushion on the chair is looking pretty well loved.  The nursery is the only room in the house that looks this pretty or gets this much attention!  In the beginning I guess it was very much about us, but as its evolving it’s becoming more Tris’s space.  The first time he noticed the sun and moon and the lampshade was magical.

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One of the things that made me really happy in the beginning was how much Tristan loved my black and white illustrations.  Babies are fascinated by black and white and high contrast imagery for a surprisingly long time, even as their sense of colour develops.

Tris loved my frog print – I think because out of the artwork I had around the house to show him, it was one of the more complex images.  The first time I showed him he stared at it transfixed, and then it made him smile.  We could use it to hypnotise him a bit, and he would spend ages staring at our black and white curtains.

Frog print by illustrator Sam Goodlet -

You can find some baby-friendly artwork in my Etsy shop here, including the frogs.  And I am really excited to be developing more prints and images to hypnotise small people. They are going to have a mix of pure black and white with splashes of colour.

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