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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.

 

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!  🙂

 

 

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. 

 

Charity collaboration news

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I used to work for a charity, and so am really aware that fundraising can be really, really hard.  It takes a lot to get people on board with a cause, and we are so often asked to give that we can just get fed up and burnt out.

So it’s been fascinating to have been involved with two big charity projects this year that have done some really magical things.

The #titsoutcollective ran throughout July, with creatives all over the world making and buying things inspired by the amazing Countess Ablaze.  She started it (accidentally) with a knitting yarn that the she created in response to an approach from a business to get lots of things for free in return for ‘exposure.’  She raised £3,000 for charity the sale of. that.  Then in July, she rallied 287 people to make were making things and donating a portion of their profits to their favourite charities.  You can find out more about it all at the Countess Ablaze website here. 

By the end of the month, a staggering £55,219 had been raised for those charities, including a whopping £8,000+ just for Mind through a raffle!  It was all a bit overwhelming to be honest.  The community buy-in and the way everyone was able to so quickly pull something together was inspiring.  And the Countess herself, with her huge community of Instagram followers, fans and her general all-round kick-ass presence meant that something huge came together almost instantly.  You can read about my contribution to the project here.

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THE DONATION TOTAL OF #TITSOUTCOLLECTIVE IN GREAT BRITISH POUNDS! 13 days to launch. 31 days to sell. 287 official participants. 22 countries. £55,219 donated to charities across the world in July 2018. €62,029 EURO $71,975 USD $93,520 CAD And for a laugh, if I was a Nigerian Prince in your inbox and this money was for me, I'd have a whopping ₦25,645,857 And you know what? That equates to approximately £350-£400k of products sold whilst the northern hemisphere has been basking in a heatwave. Never underestimate the power of people when they come together. So next year, yes? THANK YOU! _____________________ #countessablaze #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout #craftivism

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Meanwhile, the Flower Power Fund, a year-long project which was started by knitter Sarah Holmes in January with a goal of £1,000, has been smashing its target over and over again.  Also based in the knitting and crafts community, every month there are new goodies for sale that donate a portion of their proceeds to Marie Curie.  The engagement and supportive vibes that are involved in this project are so lovely, and I’ve made so many new friends.  It’s awesome!

By the end of June we’d raised £9,121.63 😀

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At the start of this year I came up with a #slightlybonkersidea that I hoped might raise some money for @mariecurieuk whilst also giving some yarny loveliness to all the wonderful people who helped with my #mariecuriesockquest last year. I hoped it might perhaps raise £1000 by the end of the year. I have just totted up the total raised until the start of this month, and it is a whopping £9121.63 – far more than I ever imagined!!! Every penny raised goes to @mariecurieuk who are working every day to support people living with terminal illness and their families. I am overwhelmed with your ongoing generosity and continuing support for the project so this post is here for me to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in and supported the #flowerpowerfund – you are all utterly WONDERFUL 😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I keep thinking about both of these projects with my charity hat on and pondering exactly what it is that makes them so successful, and in a way it’s something that charities themselves would struggle to replicate because it starts at the community level.  Although Sarah works for Marie Curie, its not on the fundraising side and she’s managed to connect with a ready made big and quickly growing audience of enthusiastic and bought-in people.

I am absolutely LOVING working this way, and would love to here from you if you would like any help from me for your charity or fundraising projects, do say hello :

 

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