Shoshy Cadoodle

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

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London Local Pop Up At The Hackney Shop

From 2nd – 14th of August, 2016, I’ll be featured at a pop up shop run by The London Local Team at The Hackney Shop.

The store will be full of London based designer-makers’ goods, carefully curated by the team’s leaders and captains. (It was a very tough choice, as our team has now grown to 850 amazing members!)

To celebrate, I made this illustration, highlighting just a few of the many talented designers that will be discoverable at the pop up.

*Edit 3/8/16* Our opening hours have been changed to 12-6pm everyday, except Thursdays when we open 12-8pm.

shoshy cadoodle illustration for pop up

Donut cushions – The Cute Quipster, Concrete planter – PASiNGA, Dog’s bowtie collar – Hiro + Wolf, Spiky three footed planter – Kabin Shop, Knitted top – Pluck’d Designs, Necklace – Mustard and Mint. Illustration by Shoshy Cadoodle

If you’re not already following me on Pinterest, hop on over, click the follow button, and check out even more of the local artisans that you’ll see in The Hackney Shop, on this brand new board I’ve created.

Hope you’ll pop by!


The Hackney Shop
99 Morning Lane

London E9 6ND

Nearest rail: Hackney Central (5 minute walk)

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 12-6pm
Thurs: 12-8pm


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Quick Update! Giveaway Competition: Win a Shoshy Cadoodle® card or gift tag

Hello there!

Fancy winning a card or gift tag of your choice from Shoshy Cadoodle®?

modern calligraphy envelope

Well, you’re in luck, because we are super excited to announce that we’ve just launched our first ever competition. More details of how to enter are in my guest post over on London Local Team. I’ll give you a hint though, the competition involves snail mail and instagram… Two of my favourite things!

There are also tips on how to get started with Modern Calligraphy in my guest blog post, so that you can make cards/envelopes to your family and friends extra pretty and extra special!

Good luck! (I can’t wait to see your entries.)

PS. I have given you a head start if you go over directly to my instagram feed @shoshycadoodle

You’re welcome!

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LGBT Homeless Youth and News About Shoshy Cadoodle

An alarming percentage of homeless youth are LGBT – a whopping quarter of them. They are much more likely to end up living on the streets than their hetero peers. Almost 70% of those LGBT homeless youth were forced out of home by their own families. Shocking, isn’t it?

homeless lgbt youth stats

Albert Kennedy Trust Statistics

The Albert Kennedy Trust provides much needed support and shelter to 16-25 year olds who are either homeless or living in a hostile environment where they are often physically and/or emotionally abused.

Since this charity is doing so many amazing things for homeless LGBT youth, I’d like to tell you about absolutely everything, but that would mean we’d be here until next year! So I will limit myself to listing just three fantastic things they do:

  • making sure the youth have food and clothes
  • helping with exam fees that couldn’t otherwise be afforded for a person suddenly in crisis
  • maintaining and improving mental health of those struggling by providing mentorships

After being so inspired by the Albert Kennedy Trust, I’ve decided to donate 10% of profits made on all Shoshy Cadoodle cards. You can buy them here.

a Shoshy Cadoodle card

Emoji Card

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If you’d like to know more about the Albert Kennedy Trust, information is available here:

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Three Amazing Israeli Ilustrators You Need to Know About Right Now

Inspired by my recent trip to Israel, here are three amazing Israeli Illustrators you need to know about right now.

  1. Noa Snir
    Noa Snir
    Noa was born and raised in Jerusalem but now lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Berlin, Germany. Her inspiration comes from looking at older art rather than contemporary art. Outsider art  – art by people who don’t necessarily see themselves as artists, is particularly important to her. She loves colour and often has to restrain herself not to use every single colour that exists! A problem I can completely relate too as a fellow colour addict.
  2. Asaf Ben Harroch
    Assaf trained as an animator but found himself drawn to the world of illustration (excuse the pun). His work is often influenced by his experience of the environment of growing up on a kibbutz in Israel – the silence and the wide open spaces. He says he often uses colours inspired by the light in Israel – as if he is looking through the world with a sandy golden filter.
  3. Sari Anne Cohen
    Sari is a bit of a wild card, because she was born in France and grew up in America, but now lives in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv in Israel.
    Sari says, “When I moved to Israel suddenly writing didn’t have the same communicative power anymore (since I couldn’t write in Hebrew) and I naturally started drawing more and more. After a few years I decided to go back to school to study illustration, which is a thrilling mix of narrative and visual.”
    I agree that communication is a huge part of illustration and it’s definitely one of the things that makes me adore it so much. Sari’s mix of bold colours, interesting patterns and crisp edges go beautifully with the stories told in her work.


UPDATE: Tears of Joy/Fear + Online Shop Opening!

Where on earth have I been recently?

That’s a very good question! Well, I’m about to share a few things that have been going on in this post. Are you sitting comfortably?

I’m not going to lie – a lot has been going on in the last two months! This included a big move out of our flat into a lovely house; discovering a whole plethora of work that needed doing to that house to ensure it didn’t fall down etc… and cue tears of joy about the move/tears of fear about the massive refurb project we were about to endure (and are still enduring!)

Monkey Pup hiding under the duvet, terrified of the new house.

Monkey Pup hiding under the duvet, terrified of the new house.

Mer re-painting the ceiling section where a builder fell through.

Removing decking that was caving in!

Removing garden decking that was caving in. Eek!

Monkey Pup finally getting used to and enjoying the new house!

Little Monkey Pup finally getting used to and enjoying the new house.

Enjoying the beauty Spring has been bringing to our garden.

Experiencing the beauty Spring has been bringing to our garden lately.

But in other news, as well as just freelancing for clients, I’ve opened my online shop where you can buy Shoshy Cadoodle™ designs directly delivered to your door!


I had spent a lot of time trying to work out the best way to open my online shop and after a lot of debate, I finally I concluded I would sell my work through

Two huge deciding factors of choosing Etsy were:

  1. Etsy celebrates handmade goods and the crafters/designers/makers/artists behind these goods. Being an illustrator/artist, I really appreciate that. I love finding out the different stories behind each shop and the processes and people involved.
  2. Community. Etsy prides itself on creating a sense of community and I love how supportive and encouraging that feels. I’m now part of a London based Etsy team and loving it.

In the time between first deciding to choose Etsy as the place to set up my shop to actually opening my shop “doors”, I joined a London Etsy team that was just getting itself started. The timing was perfect for me, because I was fortunate enough to go to it’s first ever meeting and there’s no denying how special it feels to be part of something growing from seedling to big, bold, beautiful tree.

We are definitely still in the seedling stage and that in itself is thrilling. I have a feeling this is the start of something tremendously magnificent and I can’t wait to watch our friendships and creative businesses develop and blossom.

I’m ridiculously excited for our next team meeting planned in May. Why not have a browse of our shops until I post the next team update?

I’ve compiled a little list of links of the people mentioned in this team so far:

Mine: ShoshyCadoodle

Sarah’s: BlueZinniaVintage

Tot’s: BrillAndBen

Keith’s: PopArtCity

Melodie’s: SlinkyLinksJewellery

Becky’s: PJMamma

Emma’s: WildFawnDesign

Stephanie: LittleObservationalist

I’m sure I’ll be lucky enough to meet more creatives in the team as time goes by and I’m thrilled about the prospect of all the new, interesting discoveries I’m about to make! So stay tuned.

It's now safe to say Monkey Pup is very comfortable here!

It’s now safe to say Monkey Pup is very comfortable here in the new house. I think that’s her saying, goodbye for now!

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My Handmade Wishlist

There are some beautiful handmade items in the world, created by some very talented and clever people. Since I’m planning to start selling my own handmade goods online soon, I decided to make a blog post celebrating the wealth of beautiful things out there already available to buy online. Here’s my wishlist of all the pretty things I’d love to give a good home if money was no object. However, since it is, I’ve broken my list down into sections for clarity, starting with the lowest price, going up to the highest. I hope you enjoy looking at these creations and that it offers you some sort of inspiration… maybe inspiration for a gift for someone, a treat for yourself, or inspiration to try making something by hand yourself!

My Handmade Wishlist

Under £10

Typography Poster, Get It Girl by The Motivated Type on Etsy: £8.54

get it girl

I love this light hearted inspirational poster, and could definitely see it being a fun motivational booster in my studio… Its minimalism monochrome theme is very appealing and I can equally picture it looking great in a bedroom gallery wall, amongst other prints and pictures.

Grey Scallop Coin Purse by Emma from Mabel And Bird on Folksy: £9.50

grey scallop pursecoin purses

This screenprinted little purse is so sweet, Emma has lined it with a grey triangle print (not pictured, but I imagine very lovely, I always appreciate a different kind of lining – a bit like having your own little secret!) The light pink zip is such a nice touch, and it also comes in black… which is very confusing because now I can’t decide which version I love more!


Coffee First, Human Later mug by Alicia & Christina from Sea & Lake on Etsy: £10.70

coffee first

Now this mug deserves a place on this wishlist, even though I have it already (you may have seen me posting it on the Shoshy Cadoodle facebook page or Shoshy Cadoodle instagram!) I just couldn’t resist its charm (and truth) and it has quickly become my new favourite mug. It was made by a Canadian wife and wife team, Alicia & Christina. The talented team also have backgrounds in photography, just in case you were interested.

Ms. Betty’s Original Bad Ass Bitch Candle by Scott & Margi Higdon on Etsy: £12.30

bad ass bitch

What a fabulous candle! Such a great gift for the right kind of person, and apparently that’s how Scott and Margi’s business started off. They made a candle like this one for their friend Betty because “any scent I f’n want” and “bad-ass bitch” are the type of phrases she’d comfortably slip in to casual conversation. Mind you, now I’m imagining the scents that this soy candle can be made in, I’m wondering whether it’s a gift I’d really want to give away! This bad-ass bitch will have one in brown sugar & fig please, thank you very much.


Floral Embroidery Hoop Wall Art by Rebecca from Rehabbed Handmade on Etsy: £15.03

floral hoop

So in love with the pretty colours and tactility of this item. I’m not big on needlework myself, but if I was, I’m sure this is the kind of thing I’d aspire to make – beautiful! She also has some very unique jewellery in her shop, definitely worth checking out. Pizza or taco earrings, anyone?

Misty Forest Scuba and Suit Fabric Desk Basket by Glenis from Department of Calm on Etsy: £15.85

department of calm

The name of Glenis’ business conjures up something amazing for me, and I get that feeling when I look at this soft storage solution. It’s reversible and made out of upcycled materials from London’s fashion and interior designers fabric excesses… I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cooler desk tidy, cooler than this!

Glitter and Mint Envelope Clutch by Katie from This Loves That on Etsy: £16.40

glitter mint

Such a lovely envelope clutch, so simple yet so pretty. Katie also takes custom requests for different colours (and bridesmaid sets!) If I’d known about Katie’s clutches last year, they’d have been perfect little presents for Meredith’s and my sister on our wedding day.

Watermelon Canvas Tote Bag* by Wainu on Etsy: £17.08

wainu watermelon

This juicy looking bag made from organic cotton would be great for shopping, but if I had one, I’d probably want to take it everywhere with me! You can also ask for a personalised message to be written inside the bag, so it could be a very thoughtful gift.

*Dog not included


Yew Wood Wall Clock by Paul and Dawn from Woodland Clocks on Folksy: £29.95


Each of Paul and Dawn’s clocks are one of a kind because the raw wood is sourced from the wood yards of Dorset, and Somerset timber merchants. Each clock is cut, shaped, drilled and then triple sanded before the finishing touches are added, maybe with a wax or a varnish, or maybe left in its raw form. The whole process sounds so incredibly meticulous and the results are SO beautiful.

Necklaces by Abi from Rock Rose Jewellery on Folksy: both £50

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pencil necklace

These necklaces are both divine! The bow and arrow necklace is remarkably delicate and pretty, while the HB pencil necklace is just so stylish and fun. I could envisage the bow and arrow necklace being a very special valentines or anniversary gift. Abi studied fashion illustration before making her own jewellery. Interestingly, she says that she loves the timeless quality and the stories behind individual jewellery pieces, compared to how quickly fashion moves along.

Well, that concludes my wishlist (for now!) I’m sure I’ll be doing a post like this again at some point, as I had so much fun discovering these amazing people with their independent businesses and breathtaking creations.

Would any of these pretty things make it to your wishlist?


NEW VIDEO AND REVIEW: Turpentine, Creative Hub in Brixton

Turpentine began as a pop-up craft market run by three friends; Amber Rogers, Alice Waters and Jude de Berker. Three years later, Turpentine has found itself settled down, in a cozy, cute permanent home in London’s Brixton. It still offers a wonderfully created selection of beautiful (and affordable) goods made by local young artists, designers and makers; but now it’s also able to offer workshops too, making creativity more accessible to London’s dwellers.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Saima, asked if I fancied attending a jewellery making workshop she’d been invited to by StreetHub (StreetHub is great for discovering independent shops). Of course I said yes, despite not really knowing much about what it would entail but nonetheless excited at the prospect of learning something new, working with materials I’ve never worked with before, being creative and meeting some other bloggers!

The workshop turned out to be an incredibly uplifting experience, hearing the story of how these three friends’ dream turned into a reality; how Jude runs every single workshop herself and getting to try our hands at silver necklace making.

Jude was a brilliant teacher, very patient and fun, making sure we understood every step of the process. If we got confused, she was able to enlighten us by drawing diagrams or offering hands on help. The workshop left me wanting more and I’m looking forward to going back, whether it’s to buy something special for our new home or to try out one of the other workshops, I can see myself growing very fond of Turpentine, indeed.

Em, Jude and Emilia

Left to right: Em, Jude de Berker and Emilia.

Em runs a blog all about trying something new every week of the year (wow, what an incredible task!):

Jude, a qualified art teacher who studied Jewellery making at Central Saint Martins, is one third of the amazing Turpentine team.

Emilia is an “art director come graphic designer, photographer and illustrator”. Her beautiful blog can be found here:

Saima and ShelleyLeft to right: Saima and Shelley.

Saima runs a London based blog on all things wonderful, including, fashion, style, beauty and lifestyle: She also has her own youtube channel, which is fantastic for beauty, hair and fashion tips:

Shelley runs an arts and crafts blog with lots of really inspiring DIY projects:

 We all sketched out some ideas before we got started. In the end, I went for a bow tie design, as I liked the idea of something a bit fun and a bit tongue in cheek.

We taped our drawings to a piece of silver before using the piercing saws to cut out the designs. The saws are very delicate and easy to break… which I did manage to do. I’m sure you witnessed my big “WOOPS” moment in the video I made. I reckon it’s a bit like ice skating; you have to fall at least once, to get over the fear and to learn how to stay firmly upright!

Drilling the jump ring hole

I found drilling the holes for the jump rings slightly scary, but Jude was very reassuring by teaching us the correct method to be totally safe.

my little bow tie

Removing the blue protective film from the silver was an exciting moment, as it was just moments away from creating the finished piece of jewellery.

sanding away for smooth edges

Filing the silver pendant to achieve smooth edges was a lot less intimidating than the sawing and drilling!

our finished necklaces

Walking out of Turpentine that chilly evening, heading to the Brixton tube station, wearing my brand new bowtie necklace, I felt a very warm glow of achievement. What a buzz! Turpentine, I’ll be back!

For more info about Turpentine, check out their website or if you’re why not go to the shop in person?

It’s 3 minutes walk from Brixton station: Turpentine, 433 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN