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Cherry wood pins and pendants

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It’s been an exciting day – I’ve designed some cherry wood pins and pendants which have arrived and I’ve been busy sticking them together and taking lots of photos!

We started with a drawing of a pair of Great Tits, and with lots of help from my partner Josh and Steve at Clear Cut Creation, I developed a design that Steve laser etched onto 35mm disks of cherry wood.

The pins and pendants are part of the #titsoutcollective, a brilliant fundraising initiative by Countess Ablaze that you can find out more about here.

I’m fundraising for Together Rising, an inspiring charity responding very fast to humanitarian issues around the world.  £2 per pin and 20% of each print sale goes to them.   You can discover more about their work here.

And you can find all of these goodies in the Sam Draws Things online shop here.

Ponderings: Maternal mental health

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Last week (the first week of May) was Maternal Mental Health week.  My social media newsfeed was full of all kinds of things raising awareness and offering support.  I’ve had a picture in my head for a while now about my own journey to motherhood, and it finally popped onto the page.

What I thought being a mum would be like part 1.  Just me, with a small human in my life.

What I thought being a mum would be like part  2 - a completely rebuilt and reprogrammed version of me with a cosmic maelstrom by my side

⭐ my motherhood journey⭐

It’s not that I thought it would be easy, and it’s a terrible cliche to say that nothing can prepare you for becoming a parent… but I think whatever your route to parenthood, it changes you in ways you cannot imagine.

And maybe in ways we’ll never understand.

Being pregnant in itself is such a transformation and perhaps I thought once Tris was born I’d go back to who I was before…

But I haven’t, and I can’t.

And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a bit unsettling… here in the uk its #maternalmentalhealthawareness week and this was one of my #100daychallenge drawings for better mental health

My Dog Stole my Photo Shoot

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Me: I’ve got this idea for a little photo shoot to get some new pics to use in my social media. It’s inspired by Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love album pic..

Josh: Who’s a what now?

My partner and I have a lot in common, but knowledge of Kate Bush album art is kind of my specialist subject.

Some Googling later we found this wonderful article about the Hounds of Love photoshoot which includes a couple of amazing behind the scenes shots, and Josh kind of knew what I meant.

The idea I had was to print out some of the flowers I’ve drawn and kind of lie down in them with my hair all spread out.

So, we printed out the drawings, the light was great and we got some nice pics.  I hate having my picture taken, but these turned out reasonably ok.

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An in-progress shot from the shoot

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One of the nice shots that I’ll start using on social media and things

Then we thought we’d bring Shadow in, our prima donna rescue dog.  Adopted from Woodgreen 5 years ago, he’s alledgedly a Jack Russel X King Charles Spaniel and he’s very pretty.

Mostly spaniel with shiny fur and big brown eyes.  He’s hard to photograph because he’s actually brindled but it often comes out just dark brown.

Not today.  The light was perfect and he looked gorgeous.

Maybe a little too gorgeous….

Shadow the Dog by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Shadow appears on the scene looking fabulous

Shadow the Dog by samdrawsthings.com

Shadow the Dog by samdrawsthings.com

Shadow the Dog by samdrawsthings.com

Shadow the Dog by samdrawsthings.com

We didn’t manage to get a snap of us together (a la Kate) because Shadow kind of took over. He was the Hound of Love.

I think it’s time to just have to accept that my dog has better hair than I ever will…

And he just knows how to work a camera.

A little Cornish escape

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Sketchbook Peek: Shadow and the Unicorn

Posted on: September 24th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

The Comfort Fairy: Work in Progress

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

 

The Award Winning Ethical Carnivore :)

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I am so excited that the wonderful Louise Gray has won TWO Guild of Food Writers Awards for ‘The Ethical Carnivore: My Year of Killing to Eat‘!

Her brilliant and fearless exploration of the meat industry and alternatives won the Food Book Award and the Investigative & Campaigning Food Work Award.  I am so proud to have illustrated this thought provoking book and to have had a really inspiring wild camping trip with Louise where we chatted about some of the issues she was uncovering.

Rabbit on a bookeshelf by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The book has unsurprisingly caused a real stir – with brilliant reviews and a lot of media coverage including The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail and The Spectator.

Go Louise! 😀

 

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Ponderings: One year of motherhood

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Well, I can’t quite believe it, but yesterday we celebrated my son’s first birthday.  Words can’t really capture the intensity of this journey/rollercoaster/whatever cliche fits…it’s been simultaneously magical and terrifying, and I wouldn’t’ change a thing 🙂

We have learnt so much, lost so much sleep, laughed a huge amount and it just feels like the biggest privilege to watch a human grow.

We enter the world so helpless compared to other animals (like those foals that are up and about so quickly after birth) but my goodness, those giant human baby heads are filled with brains that just have the most incredible potential for growth and change.  It amazes me to think that my tiny son, who is on the cusp of getting the hang of speech and walking, will one day be able to drive a car…and it amazes me that this is how we all started.  It’s also made me realise how much we take for granted the things that many of us can do – things like eating, drinking, movement, speech – these are all really complicated, they take ages to learn and it’s really not surprising that they can go wrong and any of us could lose those abilities.  I’ve become so much more conscious of what it means to be human, and how adaptable, clever and vulnerable we are…

Tristan was born on a New Moon, 17 days after his due date. It’s another cliche to say that my partner and I were reborn at the same time, but it’s absolutely true.

mama moon by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

papa moon by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comI am still working on some illustrations inspired by the things I’ve found about birth and breastfeeding along the way, but in the meantime I wanted to share this gorgeous comic by Molly McIntyre which beautifully captures some of the issues breastfeeding – do go check it out on the Everyday Feminism site.

 

 

Ponderings: What becomes of the broken hearted

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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A new project has started taking shape.  I’m not sure where it’s going yet, but there’s something lovely gathering momentum.

I am asking people for the advice, tips, songs and quotes to help those moving through heartbreak and the end of a relationship.  After creating a few illustrations about love a while ago, I felt called to do some more drawings that aim to help in difficult times, something that signposts people to positive, helpful and inspiring resources and organisations, and shares common experiences.  It might turn into a book like Dive Down

Heart tree by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Some of my followers have already shared some gorgeous comments and messages and I would love your thoughts too.

What songs, quotes, poems, websites, films, books helped you to heal and inspired you to keep going when things were tough after a break up?

Is closure something someone else can give you, or is it something you have to find yourself?

Do you have any tips for heartbreak insomnia (which is a thing even if that’s not quite the right name for it)?

What did you learn?

You can comment below, contact me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr or here

I can’t wait to hear from you.

P.S.  I’m not personally heartbroken right now, but I have navigated my share of break ups and know that it’s hard and horrible, and also that healing is possible

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Ponderings: Some more fairies…

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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After my last post, I thought I would upload the rest of the fairies I’ve been sharing on social media so that they have a more permanent home over here.

They’re all qualities and things I have been thinking about bringing into my life the beginning of 2017, when things in the wider world have been feeling a bit less than magical…

The Adventure Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Adventure Fairy⭐️

Pack your bag. Just a small one. Travelling light is the best way to go. Follow your heart and open your eyes to all the magical sights the world has to show you. This fairy calls you to take a new path, both close to home by being a tourist in your familiar haunts and by wondering far and wide. Get a little dusty. Try something new. Engage your senses and reinvigorate yourself….

Solace in Grief Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Solace in Grief Fairy⭐️

When you are heartbroken, numb, grieving. When you are in shock. This small and gentle fairy brings comfort through moments of sleep, the kindness of others, the beauty of nature. She cannot interfere with the process of grief, but she can soften and ease, inspire you to ask for help and bring people to your door unbidden. Her heart hurts with yours. You are never alone. She holds the knowledge that you can survive with your scars, even when you forget. She holds the magic of the life-death-life cycle and asks you to remember that there nothing ends; but everything changes…

Hard work fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Hard Work Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you need a bit of grrrrr. Sometimes you just need to graft. Get stuff done. This amiable fairy thrives on sleeves-rolled-up vibes. He’s at your side whenever you slog or sweat, doing it cheerfully with a glint in his eye for he loves to earn his rest. He loves to get muddy so he can get clean. Sweaty so he can sip a cold cider that’s all the sweeter. He brings strength and resolve when you have to dig deep…

Sleep fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Sleep Fairy⭐️

Oh how I miss this fairy. She can be elusive, especially for parents of young people. She can also fly away in times of stress or upheaval. But. She *can* be tempted back. She loves ritual, hates caffeine. She likes meditation and mindfulness, and of course exercise. She asks if you have checked your sleep hygiene before you wonder where she has gone… She wants your brain and heart to be quiet so that she can make her home there. And if you are a parent… she hopes to see you again soon, in the moments you can steal to let her in…and on that note, I must go to bed…

Warm water fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Warm Water Fairy⭐️

Hot water is magic, you know that right? This mini mermaid haunts natural sources like hot springs but she can be found anywhere there’s a hot tap. She has lazed in Roman baths and Icelandic lagoons. She is drawn to the power of warm water to cleanse, restore, heal and invigorate. Those of us lucky enough to have boilers, showers, sinks and bathtubs experience her magic regularly. She also loves human ingenuity-solar showers, old fashioned fire and steam, any creative solution to summon her magic. Guardian of copper pipes and thermostats. Make sure your plumber treats her with respect…

Small celebration fairies by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️Small Celebration Fairies⭐️

Sometimes you need a fanfare to accompany something that may seem little to others but is in fact a huge thing. It could be getting out of bed today, having a shower, achieving something despite a phobia or anxiety making your heart race. Sometimes the seemingly easy, everyday things are hard, hard work. These small but powerful fairies get it. They see your awesomeness. They squeak with joy, throw confetti, shake pom-poms and blow trumpets. They give tiny high fives. Go you. You rock.

Naive optimism fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Naive Optimism Fairy⭐️

This little guy has been hovering around my sketchbook for a few days before I realised who he was. He’s actually been pretty much a lifelong companion of mine… the voice that says: try it, it will be ok, why not do something new? And I’ve had all sorts of adventures with him at my side and his voice in my ear. Life would be tidier, less chaotic, and a whole lot more boring without this little fairy. I promise to keep listening.

Witness fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Witness Fairy⭐️

This super cool character has a number of names from different spiritual and psychological practises that aim to entice him in. He is very helpful to call on when The Mirror Fairy is playing tricks on you. He helps you to take that all important step back, to see and notice your thoughts and feeling as they arrive and ideally before you act on them. Friendly and helpful, he can be evasive, but so worth courting and looking for again. He calls on you to put on your own fairy wings and be your own witness fairy.

Impermanence fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Impermanence Fairy⭐️

Oh this fairy can seem cruel sometimes. And then kind at others. Really tho, she is neither…she just *is*. 🌸Queen of ‘this too shall pass.’ Cherry blossom goddess. She is the beauty in both birth and decay. The wondrous newness of spring and the rich beautiful mutability of autumn. If we can bear to listen, her message is that everything changes, but nothing ends. It’s just change. Don’t hold on too tightly, but love the things in your world while you have them.

Get up and do it fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Get Up & Do It Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you just need someone to poke you with a stick and tell you to pull your socks up. And he has spectacular long luxurious socks. Lover of To Do Lists and Important Jobs. He knows when you are procrastinating. Strangely enough, he is good friends with the Sleep Fairy, for although he is often the one to rouse you to get to work in the morning, he can also help you do The One Important Thing that is playing on your mind so that, afterwards, you can sleep. He may seem a little cruel at times, but this spiky fairy has your best interests at heart…

Sleep deprivation fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Sleep Deprivation Fairy⭐️

Unlike the other fairies, this sketchy being isn’t one you really invite into your life (although sometimes she turns up as part of the fun after an amazing party or night of dancing)…she more just kind of…appears. Bleary eyed she blinks from her owl mug. And she doesn’t really do much, other than keep you company when the sleep fairy has abandoned you. She might be at your side on a long dark night of soul searching, or sit with you in a too early morning and recommend more tea/coffee. She is definitely responsible for that slightly spaced out feeling during daylight hours when you haven’t slept… She and I are firm friends right now due to a teething little boy, and every so often she pats me on the shoulder and tells me it’ll be ok…

Go slow fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Go Slow Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you need to move fast, and sometimes you really don’t, or can’t, and that’s ok. This fairy and her companion remind us that Slow and Steady can win the race, but often there is no race and we can just calm down and do things at our own pace. Patron of the Slow Food movement. Savourer of tastes and experiences. Owner of her own destiny. You can’t rush this one…

Magical snapshot fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Magical Snapshot Fairy⭐️

I was sitting in the car in the drive waiting for the baby to wake up when I spotted this really lovely branch with illuminated leaves catching the setting sun behind them. I grabbed my sketchbook but couldn’t do them justice. But later I realised this fairy was dancing around them, and he dances around all sorts of small beautiful moments during our days, catching our attention and encouraging us to notice. Sometimes this can be at the strangest of moments, when we are busy or bored, or even when we are unbelievably sad or stressed or struggling. He sparkles in the corner of our vision and helps us capture a snapshot of loveliness.

Resist fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Resist Fairy⭐️

2017 on the micro scale has been overtaken by that pesky sleep deprivation fairy. She makes it hard to focus on other fairies, the bigger picture or anything other than getting through the day. On the macro scale tho, 2017 seems to need a lot of this. Resistance. Protest. Challenge. So I’m pondering what I can do to help #bethechange. And I might need to focus on the micro right now, but I’m sure there are things I can do to make a difference.

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