Shoshy Cadoodle

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

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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®?

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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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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.

Artisan Cheese

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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Gay / Lesbian Wedding Planning Tips | Love Wins

When same-sex marriage finally became legal in the whole of America (thank you Supreme Court!) on June 26th 2015, my wife and I decided to make a video to celebrate the amazing news. In this video we share three essential wedding planning tips for any engaged gay or lesbian couple.

Do you have any wedding planning tips to share? Share them in the comments!

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xo

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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?

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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.

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If you’d like to know more about the Albert Kennedy Trust, information is available here: www.akt.org.uk


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Lesbian Wedding Planning: 3 Reasons To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties

Lesbian Wedding Planning: 3 Reasons To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties

So as many of you know, Meredith and I got married last year. It was the best day ever and yet we continue to have amazing days together and are filled to the brim with excitement about our future.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming at times for anyone and there are lots of blogs out there to help. I absolutely love wedding blogs myself and especially loved them when we were planning our wedding. I’m a sucker for pretty things and romance… However, there aren’t too many lesbian, gay or LGBT wedding blogs around, so I thought I’d start a new series, still within the Shoshy Cadoodle blog. I hope this series can help others but I’d love to hear your thoughts and learn from you too. So, please always feel free to chime in, down in the comments section.

To start with, I’m going to dive right in and hit you with 3 reasons why you should have a seperate hen do (or bachelorette party) from your bride-to-be. It seems to be a bit of a lesbian trend to have joint bachelorettes / hens. While I’m all for creating new traditions and going against heteronormativity, I think there may be something to be said for two lesbian hen dos, one each!

3 Reasons For a Lesbian Couple To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties:

  1. You’re both two separate, individual people.
    Yes, it is tempting to want to do everything together… after all, you adore spending time with your fiancée – that’s one of the many reasons you’re marrying her! However, it is healthy not only for yourselves, but for your relationship, to maintain your separate personal identities. You are each beautiful in your uniqueness – hold on to that, cherish it and nurture it with some independence every now and again. What better time to celebrate your individuality then on your hen do / bachelorette?

    I was lucky enough to have a surprise 1920s themed hen night out as a part of an incredible hen weekend. My girls also surprised me by taking me out for a gorgeous afternoon tea the next day. What lovely and kind friends and family I have!

  2. You have different friends.
    Old friends, new friends, maybe family members you consider friends too… While you’re bound to have a good handful of mutual friends between you; your individual friendships are very important too. Hen parties and bachelorettes are wonderful times for your different circles of friends to come together and get to know each other better. Granted – it is fantastic to be friends with your fiancée’s friends. However, just because you’re in a lesbian relationship, doesn’t mean you have to have one big giant united bachelorette party! There’s something tremendously special about hen partying individually amongst your very closest and oldest friends… it’s that all about feeling the amazingly strong bonds you’ve created over the years, and celebrating you and the huge life step and journey you are about to take.

    My wife, Meredith, has a wonderful personality, set of talents and friends that adore her. We're both creative, but we're both different and I love that about us!

    My wife, Meredith. She has a wonderfully bright and bubbly personality; her own personal set of talents, (including her amazing ability to make people giggle) and friends that adore her. We’re both creative, but we’re also both very different and I love that about us. Her bachelorette was a super relaxed, fun night out with her favourite food and some very silly costumes!

  3. You’re about to start a life together.
    While you’ll still do things separately at times in the future, marriage really turns you into one little super team. Why not take this chance you have to celebrate that in your own separate ways? Aren’t you interested to hear what kind bachelorette party she had? And aren’t you excited to be able to create your own memory with a unique-to-you hen do?

    Having a separate hen do doesn't mean you won't share tweny million billion gazillion smiles with your wifey before and after the wedding!

    Having separate hen dos doesn’t mean you won’t share twenty million, billion, gazillion smiles with your wifey before and after (and of course during) the wedding!

    Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of these 3 reasons, whether you agree or disagree. Maybe you’re planning a joint hen do right now… I’d love to hear the flip-side to all this, whether you’re lesbian, gay, bi or straight; don’t be shy!


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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
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    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.


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WHY MAKE US FEEL AWKWARD?

Everyone likes receiving cards, they’re more personal than email or text and they show you’ve gone to so much more effort. Plus, they can contain pictures and phrases that really represent the giver/receiver in a way that modern communication like email and text has limitations on.

So if everyone likes them, why am I focusing on developing cards for specifically for LGBT people? Isn’t that a bit silly?

Well… uh… no, not at all.

The problem is, when I go to a card shop on my local high street and I look at the collection, I’m struck by the lack of choice, and often there isn’t really a choice or any options at all. I don’t want to give a “Mr & Mrs” card to my gay friends getting married… I don’t want to give an anniversary card to my wife with a picture of a man and a woman on it! That would just be weird. I want to feel represented and I want other LGBT people to feel represented too.

We struggle enough as it is feeling accepted and valued in society sometimes… So why does it have to be this way on really special occasions when we want to go to the effort of finding the right card and celebrating with people we care about?

So, that’s why I have made Shoshy Cadoodle with the intent on developing more and more, worthwhile LGBT cards and will continue to do so. This journey is just getting started. I’m curious what kind of cards would you like to see in the future?

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