Shoshy Cadoodle

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

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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.

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: www.akt.org.uk

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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?

a Shoshy Cadoodle card


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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!

NEW VIDEO: Self Image 2014

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Self Image Video 2014

What is this?

So, over on my wife and my youtube channel we have just made these new videos entitled “Self Image 2014”.

They are little time capsules of how we see ourselves at this time. The goal is to make them every year.

Where did the idea come from?

It’s a viral project started by a youtuber called “Eric’s Every New Day.” We discovered it through a youtuber called Ashley Mardell, who leaked her secret playlist of personal inspiration. On that playlist was a video by Emily Diana Ruth who made one of these Self Image videos and the rest is history! That’s how we got inspired to make these mini time capsules.

Why is it on your blog?

I’ve included it because I have featured some of my Shoshy Cadoodle work in it. Also, though, I wanted to share it to see if any other creative people could relate. It is hard sometimes to feel confident labelling yourself as one thing or another. It’s so nice to find that you’re not alone with your little quirks and people can connect to you! So fingers crossed, I’m not the only odd one out.

If any of what I said in the video rang a bell, in the present or the past, I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below.

Also, if you want to see more videos go to our youtube page to click the subscribe button so you can stay updated:

https://www.youtube.com/user/shoshandmer

[The subscribe button is in the right hand corner, near the top, under the cover photo/channel banner!]

Hope you enjoy this… don’t forget to leave me your thoughts.