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A little bit of art therapy

Posted on: July 22nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

One of my missions this year has been learning how to use Procreate, a really amazing piece of drawing software.  One unexpected bonus has been that it’s also provided a new way for me to have fun with drawing and reintroduce a bit of PLAY into my life!

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!

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Aaaaaah they’re HERE!! 💊 🧶 This enamel pin collaboration with @dyecandy has been so much fun! They are so sparkly and shiny it’s hard to take a pic 😍 • If you’ve preordered, they will be with you soon 😃 There was a little mix up and they are actually BIGGER than we thought (35mm instead of 30mm) so you’re getting a wee bit more sparkle for the same price❇️ • Aren’t they ace?! The green glitter is making me so happy 😀 • The link to order is in both of our bios 🤗 thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive of our mission to #dropthestigmanotthestitch and help us to fundraise for Mind so far 😀 Now to get them all packaged up and ready to post!!! • #shinyshiny #pingamestrongaf #enamelpins #madeintheuk

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#dropthestigmanotthestitch 🧶 cos mental health stigma needs to go… • I’ve been packaging up lots of these babies today and the first few should be hitting doormats soon! Thank you SO much to everyone who has supported this collab with @dyecandy – we’re fundraising for Mind and opening up conversations about mental health. It’s a cause close to both of our hearts and it’s amazing how we’ve really touched on something that you all care about so much too. Here’s to a world with better mental health, and the space to chart about it and ask for help when we are suffering 🙌 • Link in both of our bios to get your hands on a pin and some yarn/fibre in the most beautiful colour way from @dyecandy • #PinGameStrong #EnamelPins #YarnLover

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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 🙂

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