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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

Marie Curie Sock Quest Bits & Bobs

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

Marie Curie Sock Quest logo and banner by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This is the original #slightlybonkersidea from the wonderful Sarah Holmes:

“I am a doctor working at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford, and in my spare time I am also a knitter.

Last year, I decided to knit a pair of socks in limited edition Marie Curie yarn for every one of the patients in Bradford Hospice at Christmas. When I posted about it online lots of kind knitters offered to help, and the project grew. Hand knitted socks came in from all around the world, including U.S.A, New Zealand and Dubai. In the end, we collected over 229 pairs of socks, enough for EVERY patient in EVERY Marie Curie Hospice in the UK to have a pair of hand knitted socks for Christmas.”

Isn’t that amazing?  Sarah is also the lady behind the Flower Power Fund.  And this summer she also ran a marathon!  She’s one of the most inspiring women you could hope to meet, and you can find her JustGiving page here.

This year, The Marie Curie Sock Quest is running again, and there are lots of people knitting already!

There is a special yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners that’s available from City Knits here.

And there’s a sock pattern by Sarah you can try here.

I’ve created a couple of downloadable things to help – a wrapper to go around the socks and a little card that you can fold up to go with them.  You can add a note or just let the recipient know who their socks are from.

You can download them both to print at home by clicking on the buttons below.

They are both A4 sized.  The card folds down into quarters, and the sock wrapper has a green line so that you can cut it down the middle.  You can then stick the back together to fit it around the socks.

(If you find that you lose bits of the edges due to the margins of your printer, try again and using the ‘scale to fit’ option.)

Happy printing!  I’d love to see any pics of your socks and wrappers 🙂

You can find me on Instagram here.

The finished socks need to go to Sarah at the address below before the 7th of December 2018:

Dr Sarah Holmes
Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
Maudsley Street
Bradford
BD3 9LE

UK

 

 

 

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 :

 

My first enamel pin :)

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It’s been a real delight to design my first enamel pin in honour of the Flower Power Fund.  I translated the branding I created for them into a simplified version using  Adobe Illustrator, learning along the way how to translate my scribblly, wobbly style into something that would work on a pin…  I am absolutely thrilled with how they came out, they are so shiny and lovely!

They’re available for pre-order now for £7 each, and £2 from every pin sale will be donated to Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

You can find them in my Etsy Shop here, and my online shop here 🙂

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🌸 designing the @flowerpowerfund pins has been such a lovely process. I love learning new things and I’ve had to get my head round minimalism (not my strong point) to translate my drawing style into enamel. @badgeplus have been super helpful. 😘 I’ve got lots of ideas for other pin designs now… 😀 this one will be up for pre-order at 10am tomorrow. It’s going to be quite a limited run, there will be 175 up for grabs on the preorders and I’m hoping we make 100 orders pretty quick so I can make the full order to manufacture them next week! Then they’ll take a few weeks to be made and shipped and ready to pin 🌸 #soexcited #illustration #enamelpin #drawing #flowers #learning #snowdrop #flowerpowerfund #fundraising #madeintheuk

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Happy Hellebores

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

Flower Power Fund logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The latest print and yarn for the fabulous Flower Power Fund are live now, and they are SO pretty.

There is a new knitting yarn launched every month inspired by a different flower, and I’m creating a limited edition print to match.  All of the sales are helping to raise funds for Marie Curie.  This awesome fundraising idea is all happening over on Instagram and its so lovely to be part of.

This is Hellebore, February’s hand-dyed yarn from Down Sheepy Lane in all its yumminess (available from their shop here):

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It’s live!!!

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And this is my matching print (available in my shop here):

And they look fab together 😀

A Pretty Snowdrop Print

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m really excited to launch the first in a range of 12 new botanical prints.

An elegant A5 print of a Snowdrop on lovely archival paper

An elegant Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. The first flowers to appear after winter in the UK, I love to see them break through the ground and remind us all that spring is coming. Their delicate heads are like little fairy skirts, and their simple white and green hues are so elegant.

A close up of the delicaet head of the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet. www.samdrawsthings.com A close up of the dA close up of the text on the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet. www.samdrawsthings.com

The Snowdrop is carefully drawn in pen and ink. I’ve added the the shades of green and and text digitally to create a limited edition signed A5 giclee print on lovely archival paper.

This is the first in a series of 12 artworks for the Flower Power Fund, fundraising for Marie Curie. 40% of the sale price of each print will be donated to Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

The prints are to tie in with the 12 beautiful hand-dyed knitting yarns that are also being released for the Fund, one a month over the course of 2018. Each yarn is inspired by a different flower and I am going to draw each of them to create more lovely prints. You can find out more about the Flower Power Fund on Facebook here  and Instagram here.

You can find the gorgeous Snowdrop yarn by Norah George Yarns here.

You can find the Snowdrop print in my online shop here.

The Flower Power Fund goes live

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

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EDIT: available to purchase NOW! link in profile! SO happy to be part of such a wonderful cause raising money for Marie Curie. @sherlock_knits is undertaking the most wonderful task of organising a year of flowers for all you yarn fans out there! 12 months, 12 dyers, 12 flowers. I’m honoured to be first up, dyeing up yarn for January. My flower is “Snowdrop” and it is in the dye pots right now! It will be available on 4 bases (Super Sock, Gold Sparkle, BFL Sock and MCN Sock) and will be on a Ready to Ship and Pre-Order basis. Photos of the yarn will follow later when it’s dry.! It will be available in the shop to purchase tonight at 8pm GMT, with £3.50 from the sale of each Skein being donated to Marie Curie. Artwork by @samdrawsthings #crochetersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #operationsockdrawer #norahgeorgeyarns #mariecurie #flowerpowerfund

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An exciting new project launched on Wednesday at 8pm – raising funds for Marie Curie, 12 independent yarn dyers are creating 12 beautiful knitting yarns inspired by different flowers.  A new yarn will be launched every month in 2018.

Hand-dyed yarn is the designer end of knitting – the beautiful coloured skeins are generally created in small batches that often sell out reeeeeally fast.  I’ve had a little glimpse into this wonderful woolly world through created the branding for the gorgeous Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane’s scrummy creations sell out in minutes!

And following on from that bit of loveliness, I was commissioned by the wonderful Sarah Holmes to create the logo and branding for The Flower Power Fund.  You can find them on Instagram here and Sarah’s Just Giving page with more info is here.  Sarah is doing all sorts of awesome things to raise funds this year, and it’s not the first time.  Last year she ran a campaign that meant that everyone in a Marie Curie hospice got a beautiful pair of hand-kintted socks for Christmas, and sold a sock knitting pattern to raise almost £600.

The Flower Power Fund first yarn was Snowdrop by Norah George and it’s so pretty!  There is a limited batch ready to ship, and luckily this time they are also going to be made to order when that sells out.  They were snapped up really quickly on Wednesday after they launched 🙂

You can buy Snowdrop online here.

And if you NEED to know when all those lovely yarns are being launched and set your Yarn Alarm, you can sign up to join the mailing list and keep up with the news here.

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