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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Good Wednesday, World!

Well life is just one of those fun little things right now I can tell you! If it's not one thing it's the other and then you push yourself to get all happy and buzzy and something out of your hands decides to pop round and take that little bit away from you.

Oh my it's fun right now!

But on the brighter side! The love for this bear gal has been insanely awesome!

I'll admit she is one of my favourites, I'm currently wearing my t-shirt with her design on it right now as I write this! 
I've sold a variety of sizes this past week and it's been awesome so thank you to everyone who has wanted one of these on their walls!
You can get your paws on them over at my Etsy Shop!

So of course there has been an abundance of packaging recently which has been lots of fun, I've recently introduced a few more fun additions to packaging and I love them!

I'm definitely going for a bright summery look so far... is it bad that I'm also currently planning our Christmas packaging!
It may seem far away for a lot of you but here at the badger den it's all hands on deck coming up with festive cards and products for the winter season. 

In fact getting these designs sorted is even in the to do list for this week... I expect to find myself listening to christmas songs with a cinnamon candle lit beside me as I try to come up with some cute sparkly designs.
Because when it comes to Christmas I can't hold back on the sparkles!

Yesterday involved me clearing out my entire desk and going through everything, I was surprised to find left over stock from a while back now so these may end up going up on Etsy or Folksy later this week if I can get my head around things.

To be fair there is so much to do right now and so much life stuff happening and so much therapist moments that I'm feeling completely out of my depth so I'm starting to struggle to keep up with things. I currently have a commission that I'm working on which will hopefully be completed this week and a few jewellery projects that are also trying to happen and oh there are so many product uploads and ugh... yeah, I'm completely swamped and throw in some migraines and anxiety to the mix and I am a mess :P 
But we're getting there!

I don't want to sound like I'm whining and woe is me-ing which I'm really not. I just like to make sure I don't sound like the happiest person in the world all the time as I've had so many people think that way and I am human just like everyone else and I have life problems along with everyone else... I just like to draw cute things to make it feel better and at the same time as making me feel better I hope it makes other people feel better.

The biggest high I get at the moment is the happy customer reviews that I get left, each and every one leaves me feeling so happy which makes everything I do worth it. So thank you all for being so wonderful and awesome.

And now I must be off to dive in to ideas and plans for the rest of the week!
Have a great one!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Mixing Things Up

If you follow me on Instagram you will have probably seen that I'm planning on making a few changes to Silly Badger Designs. Not bad changes of course but changes none the less and I thought I should elaborate slightly on here from my small little blurt of facts yesterday.

Before I get in to things I also want to say a huge thank you to the amazing support I've already received on this decision. It's given me so much confidence knowing I have some awesome people supporting me!

To put this very simply, illustration is starting to drain me. I love doing commissions and pet portraits but when it comes to designing greeting cards I'm starting to struggle, somehow in the past year I've become a card maker and that wasn't my original plan. I love what I do but I just feel like something is missing.
After joining Folksy and looking around at the amazing craft shops on there I kinda realised that I missed creating things like that.

I've always been creative, I was that weird kid who sculpted things out of baby bel wrappers at school or made wacky gifts for people. I never stopped creating. It's just something that always happened and I miss it. My main reason for stopping is that I got wrapped up in illustrations and our little house is way too small to contain my creativity and creations!
But the idea struck me that I can expand on my illustration work and add something different to Silly Badger Designs.

This doesn't mean I'm going to stop art work, my illustrations are the heart of my business and always will be and I am still an illustrator.
I just want to add other elements to my artwork.

And I know this can be a weird move for a business like mine but the awesome positive response I've had so far has been so amazing I'm just going for it.
This will just be another adventure to add to my already awesome business.

And as you know I'm all about the adventures!

So throughout this month I'm going to be working on some new products, annoyingly I can't start just yet as I'm waiting on supplies to turn up but I can at least get some designs ready for when they do.
This might be a bit new but I'm extremely excited by it which has given my business head a well needed boost!

But for now I will be updating both Etsy and Folksy with some new products I already have once I get round to getting some good product photos... probably the worst part of this job for me!

So let the adventure begin! I can't wait to get started!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Folksy Fun

Well yesterday was our last craft fair of this season, it's been lots of fun and we've met some wonderful people and the positive comments from people about my work has been fantastic. If I was ever doubting what I do before I now know for sure that I'm doing this right.
That's a huge confidence boost for someone who has never done a business course or an art degree!

But due to low funds and a slow summer I'm going to have to slow down a bit on the craft fairs, not to mention time to actually prepare for them is getting slim as other commitments are cropping up all the time! And if I'm to be honest, after the past couple of months I'm close to burning out. Not that I haven't enjoyed it because it has been such a fantastic experience and I've loved it but I've forgotten how to balance things so I think I need to take a couple of months out before getting back in to fairs.

So if you came and saw us, a huge thank you to you and to the super people who bought from me, you're amazing and you made me do a happy dance!

In other news...

                                                       Folksy, Modern British Craft

I now have a Folksy shop to go with my Etsy shop! I've ignored Folksy for some time but recently have been wanting to expand my audience a bit so I started looking around at what was available... I was shocked to find Folksy being rather awesome!
So, putting my hatred for prouct descriptions aside I joined there and then and I have no regrets. I don't have too many products available so far as I haven't had the time to properly sit down and get organised what with the craft fair happening and then Etsy orders cropping up but so far I've had a fantastic reaction and I'm really enjoying it.

You can find my Folksy shop by going here

I'm hoping to add more to the shop soon and potentially add some little one of a kinds up like the odd needle felted item or original paintings, there will be some different listings to what's on my etsy shop from time to time which I will advertise here or over on my Instagram

I've also been playing with my shop packaging lately and giving it a few little twists, I now have a thank you card to send out with orders, something I've been wanting to do for a while now and I also have a little fun project involving confetti! Don't worry, there's not much in there but it adds a little fun like receiving a gift through the post.

This week there are a lot of life things happening which is of course very bleh... I have to be very tidy which for a creative can be fairly difficult!
I also have an art trade going on which is lots of fun, I can't wait to get working on it more! I have lots to keep me busy!

So for now that is all, as before thank you if you came down to the craft fairs and said hi, it's been awesome and thank you to everyone who has been supporting me lately. It keeps me going on the dark days that make me want to give up!

And as a final note,go check out Lemon's Lovely Loot you can find lots of awesome, shiny, fun items! Go check it out!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Glorious Sun and Our 2nd Craft Fair!

Well here in the UK it's been glorious sun! Lots of hot days and sticky fed up people everywhere... I can be smug as for once the heat isn't affecting me and with my job which basically has me stuck to my desk or hunched over a sketch book working all hours possible I'm determined to actually get and and enjoy this weather for once!
I tend to end up stuck inside working throughout the summer months and by the time I go out the leaves are changing and autumn has arrived but not this year. This year I'm determined to get out in the glorious weather and soak up that vitamin D!

I've been a bit quiet on here again, I tend to forget to write about things and with everything else going on at the moment I'll admit... I completely forgot! But then again I write so badly at the moment it's probably a good thing!

But first things first!

The badger team are going to be at Kingdom's Family Craft Fair once more at Warminster Town Park this Sunday 25th June and we are super excited!
This is going to be our second craft fair and our second time at this particular fair itself and I'm very happy that we were accepted back for another round of fun in the park.

It's looking like it's going to be a good day full of fun activities, good food and fun stalls to buy from! So if you're in the Warminster area this weekend get down to the park and maybe come and say hi!

In other news, I've been working on a few new paintings, they're a bit more realistic than my usual style but I'm really enjoying them. I've also been making a few new fun designs like the little guy above. This weather just makes me really miss the sea. It's one of my favourite places to be and I haven't been to see any of it for a few years now and oh I miss it so badly!
I miss the smell of salt water and even the drying seaweed, the calls of the seagulls as they're flying around hoping to find someone with chips, the sand beneath your feet...

Yeah, I need a holiday.

I'm hoping if all goes to plan that I can have a lot of these designs done by the end of the week, ready to share and ready for products!

I'm also working on some new packaging for the business. My current packaging is fine but it's not super fun which is what I want it to be, I want people who order from me to have a nice fun package through the door that will make them happy before they've even broken in to it.
So I'm trying to jazz things up a bit with some colours and fun things. I'm just waiting on some extra funds to be able to do this so if anyone wants to order something from me that would be appreciated! :P

So fun things are happening and hopefully if you're in the Wiltshire area I might even see you at the craft fair!

Enjoy the sun! :)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Bear Cushions

As many of you know, I'm an artist on Redbubble where I sell most of my designs, you can get them printed on many products from clothing to phone cases to notebooks and cushions and many many more!

A while back when I first finished my moon and sun bear designs my mum wanted them on cushions for her bedroom so bought one of each.

And here they are!

I meant to make a post about these when they first arrived but I had so many other things come up that I completely forgot.
Now I want to say I am not being payed or bribed to say anything good about redbubble themselves. I have been a member/artist on there for over two years now and it's been a fantastic experience for me.
But if there was anything crap I wouldn't be against letting the world know.

Firstly these cushion covers are printed on both sides, something redbubble don't make very clear but they really should as it's a big selling point for me. I was shocked at the double print and at the quality of the fabric. They're not rough fabric but it's sturdy enough to take a beating.
The designs themselves also came out beautifully, much better than I was expecting as at the time I was seriously doubting whether I'd done these well enough. They are however fantastic and I had nothing to fret over!


The bright greens and blues came out perfectly on Moon Bear, she is also perfectly clear and really does look like a painting on the fabric. I've given them both a faint lilac tint for their backgrounds and it really seems to make them pop.


And of course the bright yellows and oranges on sun bear really showed up well giving her a bright yet calm look, again looking like I'd done the painting straight on to the fabric.

I will admit... sun bear is actually my favourite of the two! Shush, don't tell moon bear!

It was so nice to see this design come to life and printed on something other than an art print, not that the art prints are bad but they aren't as much fun as something you can squish and cuddle up to whilst reading a book or watching a film.

All in all I can highly recommend redbubbles cushions as they're a good quality and a good price with reasonable shipping and delivery.

If you're interested in either of these designs you can go to my Redbubble shop here to find them on a variety of fun products. 

Or you can go directly to my Etsy shop here where you can get your paws on art prints and bookmarks with this design.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Our First craft Fair!

I've been a bit quiet this week as it started out a bit rough with us losing our little Bumble Bear.

He was such a special hamster to us and went through some big changes with me, we moved out together nearly a year ago and he became a very important member of our little wacky family. From waddling around in his wheel in the most lazy way possible to trying to play guitar. He was my gorgeous little ham and made such a big impact on my life for such a little animal and I miss him dearly. I still go to talk to him every time I walk past where his cage was and I can't bear to look at the empty space he left behind.

But he lived a very long and happy life and made it to 2 and a half years old which is pretty good for a little syrian hamster who tried to kill himself by jumping out of his cage at 6 months old! He truly was a little adorable miracle and we will never forget him.

So that along with a few other life stresses kinda got in the way of me being too up to date with things. On a lighter more happier subject! The craft fair was lots and lots of fun!

And here my goofy self is with our freshly made stall! I absolutely l absolutely LOVED setting it all up and making it look fun. It was also great that all the hard work I put in to get everything redy and organised payed off nicely and I couldn't have been happier.
Unfortunately due the the weather being so wonderful and being a bank holiday weekend it was a bit on the quiet side but I spent the whole experience with a huge grin on my face. Okay the two cans of energy drinks may have also helped towards that but oh it was such a wonderful adventure and I am ready to do it all over again!

So much so I'm hoping that I can go to the next Kingdoms Family Craft Fair this month on the 25th of June! So fingers crossed I get accepted and get my badger butt there for another round of fun times!

This week is also going to be filled with some shop updates! There are a few new products I made for the craft fair that I still have stock of and I want to get them listed and ready to go as soon as I have the packaging for them! SO this week is going to be filled with new fun things!

I've also updated my site and I'm hoping to give Etsy and my Redbubble shop a nice clean up over the next few days. It's not my favourite thing to do but I'm actually enjoying it so far!

I hope to be a bit more active and colourful in future and hopefully life will start to settle down a bit rather than being all over the place!
Thanks for all of the support and to everyone who has left me kind messages lately. 

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

10% Off This Bank Holiday Weekend!

Get 10% off every order over £5.00 this weekend until Tuesday! 

Just use MAYBANK10 code at the checkout in my Etsy Shop

To celebrate the bank holiday weekend and our first ever craft fair this Sunday we're offering a 10% discount off all orders over £5.00 when you use code MAYBANK10 at the checkout!

This includes everything in the shop including pet portraits!
So if you've been eyeing anything up or have a favourite you've been wanting to get now's your chance!

So head over to Silly Badger Designs and take a look at what you can get your paws on!

Here at Badger HQ we're getting the finishing touches done for tomorrow with some last minute packaging, checking off lists and generally being exhausted! Hopefully if the gloomy weather fades we can also enjoy a good BBQ this afternoon as a reward!!

Thanks for all of the support and have a fantastic weekend!