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.

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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!

Details:

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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Micklefield Hall Wedding Venue Open Day

On Sunday 10th April, 2016, Shoshy Cadoodle will be paying a visit to the Micklefield Hall Wedding Venue’s open day. I’ll be exhibiting there from 11am – 3pm.

Micklefield Hall is a dream venue, with the most stunning views of the English countryside, yet it’s close to London. One of my favourite things about Micklefield is the fact that you can get married by a gorgeous little pond with all your friends and family seated around it in a kind of arc. It’s such a special feature of the venue, but I also adore the great barn with its immensely high ceilings. Despite the extremely well kept, pretty gardens and beautifully restored interiors of the venue, a place with a rich, colourful history; Micklefield feels like the kind of place you can fully relax and feel at home.

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Photograph by Jack Ladenburg

At this Spring’s open day, I will be showcasing a selection of Shoshy Cadoodle wedding stationery and hosting a competition where you can win up to 100 bespoke save-the-dates! Do come and say hello to me if you’re there, I’d love to meet you and I’d also love for you to have a chance to win the competition!

There’s also going to be lots of other wonderful people at the open day, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick introduction to a few of them.

Kalm Kitchen

Their food is just as beautiful as it tastes. And believe me, it’s stunning! Have a look at their gallery for a sneak peek at the amazing yuminess.

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Kalm Kitchen creations photographed by Jackson & Co

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They do classic and modern wedding cars. I have to admit, I don’t know much about cars at all but even I am in love with their vintage cars! I’m not a “car person”, but I love them all, especially those 1960s Jaguars!

Revival Rooms

Stephanie and Sian are the luxury wedding planners behind Revival Rooms and they do floristry too – how handy is that?

John Bulleid

John’s a magician and part of the Magic Circle, an exclusive, members-only association for the very best magicians in the world. I bet he’d be an amazing addition to your wedding reception to surprise your friends and family.

The Cake House

Sherry Hostler is a true creative and makes totally bespoke cakes, so you can let your imagination run wild and have the cake of your dreams created.

Andre Catering

Andre will be hosting a barbeque at the open day, which I am very excited about!

Titanium String Quartet

This quartet have performed with Beyoncé, Kanye West, at Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and The Royal Albert Hall. WOW. They can do chart music and film soundtracks as well as classical music.

Others that will be there, not to be missed, will be:

You can read more information about the event on Micklefield Hall’s website and book your tickets by emailing Abby abby@micklefieldhall.com or Julie julie@micklefieldhall.com or call them on 01923 778 898

The address of the event is:

Micklefield Hall, Sarratt Road, Sarratt, Nr Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6AQ

Look forward to meeting you there!

Shoshy xo

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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!!!


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Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

Weddings are beautiful, happy events. And while some grooms may relish in rose-covered-cakes and lace encompassing every corner, for many, this look simply won’t cut it. This post is for all the grooms out there who want to keep their wedding stylish and masculine.

Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

1. Skip the Flowers

Instead focus on foliage. Greenery can give your wedding a chic and modern edge, incorporating nature into your big day without going waaaay overboard on pink peonies and frilly lilies.

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Photography by Christian Oth via Adorn Magazine.

2. Put Your Own Twist On Tradition

We LOVE this cake inspired by a Mark Rothko painting, brought to life by The Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia.

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Gorgeous Mark Rothko Wedding Cake by Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia

We also love the idea of not having a cake at all and instead having a stack of delicious artisan cheeses!

This one is beautifully presented and by The Cheese Market.

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Those are just two examples of how you can take a tradition and put your own twist (and personality) onto it.

3. Invitations + Stationery

Whether you go clean and minimalist or add a bit more colour into your stationery, invitations and stationery are always a great way to set the tone of the day and show off your own styles.

Shoshy Cadoodle does stationery that is either ready-designed and customisable or can be totally bespoke and unique to you.

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Minimalist, monogram, monochrome wedding stationery invitation set by Shoshy Cadoodle

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Wedding Stationery / Invitations by Shoshy Cadoodle. Natural Henna Design Inspired

What do you think of these ideas? Would you incorporate any of them into your big day?


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NEW WORK: Mini Masterpiece Placecards

When placecards are needed, sometimes it’s fun to do something different. So I decided to make 60 individual placecards – all with a unique design. I think they look so cute on these mini easels!

I haven’t yet photographed every single one, but here are a few to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to…

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mr evans

jessica

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isabelle

chloe

ella

grace

liam

ryan

The fun thing about them is they can double up as favours for your guests to take home and keep… A friend of mine told me he’s put his on his desk at work, I thought that was such a cute idea and a way for them to live on beyond your party/wedding/bar mitzvah/dinner etc!

Which one is your favourite? (I’m finding it hard to choose…)


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DIY BEAUTIFY: Copper Vessel Centrepieces

DIY BEAUTIFY: Pretty Copper Party Centrepieces

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Today I’m sharing a little DIY trick I did for a party recently, to beautify an event and make it special… without going overboard by hiring florists or stylists… something easy enough that you can create at home!

What you’ll need:

  • Spray paint (I used the copper chrome colour from the Montana Gold collection. You can find it at the London Graphic Centre.)
  • Clean empty glass bottles and jars (you can reuse beer bottles, wine bottles, jam jars etc…)
  • Something to protect the area you’re spray painting on
  • tea cups + saucers (or espresso cups as I used)
  • A bunch of pretty flowers bought or cut on the day of the event
  • Tea lights + tea light containers (I reused shallow glass pots)

A few weeks before the event:

  1. Start collecting the bottles, jars and tea light containers.
  2. Ask friends to help if you like, your collection will increase and vary more!
  3. Containers in a variety of shapes and heights will be more interesting for centerpieces than all of the same type.

What to do a few days before the event:

  1. Cover the surface you’re spraying on… (which should be an outside space.)
  2. After shaking your spray paint can vigorously, spray all of your clean bottles.
  3. Leave to dry for about 30minutes, then repeat, adding another layer.
  4. Repeat step 3 two or three more times.
  5. Leave to dry as long as possible, if you have to take them indoors, be careful transporting them… use tissue paper if you’re worried your fingerprints will show. I’d recommend letting them air dry for at least 24-48hours. When transporting the containers to the venue, wrap them up carefully in tissue paper, because as well as the chance of them breaking, you don’t want them to scratch the paint off each other!

On the day:

  1. Choose your flowers. I bought a generous sized bouquet which was plenty for three tables. You really don’t need a huge amount though and it will depend on what containers you’re using. For example, I only put one stem in the bottles with very narrow lips, but I put about five or six stems in the mini mason jars which had a wider lip. So if you have less budget for flowers, perhaps you’ll want to collect bottles with small lips, to make them go further!
  2. Remember to keep those blooms happy and hydrated! Fill all your containers with water. It sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it could be something you forget, unless of course you’re a florist and this step would be almost blasphemous to skip.
  3. Have fun arranging! For the espresso cups I bought very small, dainty potted plants, but for the painted containers I used a varied mix of cut flowers with interesting shapes and colours, cutting them to appropriate heights.
  4. Don’t forget to light your tealights if you’re using them! (Also, word to the wise: don’t use the highly flammable spray paint on the tealight containers.)
  5. I added Shoshy Cadoodle menus and place cards for each place setting, with a pretty floral theme to match!

Extra tips:

  • You can have a lot of fun with masking tape! If you use it to wrap around a mid-section of a bottle before you start the spray painting, you will be left with a “naked” area of the bottle. This can look quite pretty as you’ll be able to see the stem showing, through the beautiful bottle in a really clean, precise way.
  • I used a copper colour, but you could create whatever colour theme you like. You just need to find the right spray paint! I bet pretty pastels for a outdoor spring wedding would be gorgeous.
  • So, I did do this for a party… but you know what? They’re also lovely little vases you could make for your home, either with flowers in or without… They might even make a nice homemade gift!

Here are some photos of the event I did, so you can see how it turned out. Hope this leaves you feeling some inspiration:

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This mini mason jar is one I applied masking tape to, for that peekaboo stem trick I talked about!

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The tealights really add a nice warm glow to the copper jars.

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I fell in love with these adorable little espresso cups, but vintage tea cups and saucers could look super pretty too.

Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s the first DIY post I’ve ever done, so let me know if I should post more like this!

Also, let me know if you’d find photos documenting the process along the way helpful. I tend to be a visual learner, perhaps you are too? Maybe even a video could work too for these types of posts, for you audio (and visual) learners? Feedback is always welcome, so leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.