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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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!!!


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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!

SO EXCITING!

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 Etsy.com

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

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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

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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!

£10-£15

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

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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

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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.

£15-£20

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

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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

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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

£20+

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

CLOCK

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?