Shoshy Cadoodle

Shoshy Cadoodle is an illustrator & artist. Here you'll find her work plus other interesting bits & bobs.


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Christmas Gift Guide – New Parents Edition – Shop London Local

The London Local Team is full of inspiration. Here’s a quick gift guide for what you could get for new parents and/or their newborn babies. Just in time for Christmas but will do for anytime of year!

Sentimental Initial Bangle

Treat a new mum to an ecofriendly, minimalist silver bangle. What we love about this option is that you can ask Emma from Wild Fawn to stamp an inital on it… So why not ask her to put the first letter of the new baby’s name on it for a really thoughtful gift?

The Cutest Matching PJ Set for Mum and Baby

How adorable is this PJ Mamma set? Perfect for when you want to buy something for the baby and the mum. They’re super cosy, soft and 100% organic cotton too!

For Baby’s Room

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Made By Aiza Nursery Print. Photo Credit: Made By Aiza

Graphic designer, Aiza’s print is a brilliant way to give a home and baby gift in one. Another great thing about this gift is you can ask Aiza to print it in a number of size options and you can choose the background colour. So convenient!

For New Dads

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JALALDesigns Unisex Messenger Satchel. Photo credit: JALALDesigns

When you’re a new dad and you’re out and about, you suddenly have a newfound need for a bag. Whether you’re carrying emergency changes of clothes; bibs; toys – you name it, you need a place to store it. Treat a stylish dad to this gorgeous, strong, dark leather bag with two pockets. One for baby, one for dad, perhaps? Jalal’s bag is unisex – this could be a perfect present for a mum too!

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Christmas Gift Guide – Necklace Edition -Shop London Local

Since last weekend was the Etsy Made Local London event, I’ve put together some gift guides of a few of my favourite things. This one is all about necklaces! So, even if you didn’t make it to the event you can still support independent makers and designers while doing your Christmas gift shopping.

For your quirky, timeless (!) friend

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Watch Movement Pendant on Silver Plated Chain. Photo Credit: Rodology

 

Roderick from Rodology painstakingly collects watch parts and then turns them into beautiful handmade jewellery. We love this necklace and the fact that it is a subtle, pretty way to rock a vintage piece, re-born.

For your fashion-ista sista

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Primary Collection Base Line Concrete Necklace. Photo Credit: Rhiannon Palmer Jewellery

If you have a sister who’s just so cutting edge, you never know what to buy her, this necklace could be for you. Made by Rhiannon, a sculptor and jeweller, this is a hand-cast concrete necklace with a hint of brass, for that minimalist, industrial look.

And a cheeky gift for yourself!

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Grey Tassel Necklace. Photo credit: SlinkyLinks

You really can’t go wrong with this grey tassel necklace. It looks amazing on its own as a simple classic piece worn to work or at the weekend, or you can boho it up with layers of other jewellery. This is the necklace that will take you through the cold winter months right into the sunny summer festivals! Made by Melodie from SlinkyLinks, who specialises in upcycling leather.

Stay tuned for more Christmas gift guides from the London Local Team.

 


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Etsy Made Local: It’s A Wrap!

Etsy Made Local took over cities all over the UK last weekend. It was an incredible event and I was so excited to have been asked to organise the Wrap Party at the event’s flagship venue in London. The Etsy head office staff did a fantastic job in co-ordinating so many aspects of the event, it was pretty mind-blowing to witness! Shoppers told me all weekend how lovely the atmosphere was; from the yummy hot chocolate to the live music; getting to meet all the talented makers/designers and free gift wrapping. Win! It was very different to manic Oxford Street and even Carnaby Street.

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Photo credit Yeshen Venema.

Louise, from Super Duper Things having a good old chat!

One of my favourite things about it was that it felt like a carefully curated exhibition but without all the pretentiousness that the fine art world can occasionally emit. It was wonderful to see all the shoppers having a giggle with the makers/designers and even a cute little pooch having a mosey round!

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“This is woofin’ amazing!” Photo credit Yeshen Venema.

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Me, getting into the swing of gift wrapping! Photo credit: Yeshen Venema.

The whirlwind of a weekend started off with a press preview on Friday. I was excited to wrap up Lucie Ellen’s design your own bunting necklaces; Jo Heckett’s gorgeous ceramic decorations and the other lovely items the press snapped up. It was also a pleasure to get to meet some awesome bloggers and magazine editors!

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Lucie Ellen’s Design Your Own Bunting Necklace concept was very popular. Photo credit: Yeshen Venema

Once we opened on Friday afternoon to the public we had an AMAZING team of wrap party volunteers from the London Local Team.

(Photo credits: Yeshen Venema.)

Pictured just a few of the amazing team of wrap party volunteers:

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Photo credit Pluck’d Designs.

And another special thanks to my BFF, Saima (from LDN Shopaholic) and my wife, Meredith who were so supportive and energetic all weekend!

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Meredith made her famous American mac ‘n’ cheese on Sunday night to celebrate the awesome weekend – I am SO lucky!!!