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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?
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:
If you’d like to know more about the Albert Kennedy Trust, information is available here: www.akt.org.uk
Inspired by my recent trip to Israel, here are three amazing Israeli Illustrators you need to know about right now.
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!)
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 Etsy.com
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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
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.
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?
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…
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…)
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
Today is thanksgiving and I’ve been thinking the whole day about all things I am thankful for. One of those many things is how beautiful the world can be…
The quote says it all – it coveys so much about the beauty in laughter and the beauty in the earth. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating! What are you thankful for? xoxo