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Friday, 12 January 2018

It's Nearly That Time Of Year Again!

Yes, the love hearts are out!

I'm currently in the middle of making a few new designs but for now here's a peek at some of the lovely gifts I have available that would make a great valentines card or gift!

1. Bentley the Bear Heart Brooch! £4.50

2. Lovebirds Art Print from £5.00 - £12.00

3. Wolfy Love Greeting Card £2.50 (Art prints also available)

4. You Make Me Boggle Greeting Card £2.50 A great inside joke for the rat lover in your life!

5. I Labr-Adore You Greeting Card £2.50 (available in Yellow, Chocolate and Black)

There's something for everyone over at Silly Badger Designs and it's not only about the love although that is important, there's nothing wrong with a good dose of love hearts and romance, every one needs a bit of that every now and then!

So go check out some fun products whilst I get back to working on some new ones that will be available from next week! There will be an update to announce their arrival!

In the meantime I'm also planning a month blog post focussing on my experiences as an Etsy shop owner/small business owner/freelance illustrator. It's a work in progress, what can I say! I think I'm just looking to do something light hearted and fun and to give a bit of an insight in to my life and my job which seems to cover three things at least!
I can promise you most of the experiences I have in mind to write about are rather amusing and very silly and they're those things that just happen.

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year as I don't believe I have said that yet!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Goodbye 2017

I'm gonna admit, 2017 has been both super amazing and the worst year of my life... I don't really know how that can happen apart from there have been two sides.

Silly Badger Designs has gone above and beyond my wildest dreams! At the beginning of this year I made some business goals that I was really unsure about... I had little hope that I would actually achieve them.

These goals included:-
- Reach 100 sales
- Reach 100 orders
- Attend a craft fair

Well... I not only reached 100 sales overall, I made over 100 sales alone this year! The moment I hit 100 sales during the summer months I had no idea that I would also be hitting 200 sales in the same year! There are so many other sellers out there who achieve this much quicker than myself etc but to me this goal has just been so incredible. 200 sales had me in tears of shock and joy because it felt like someone was telling me I was getting things right.

Reaching 100 orders was one of those awkward ones... sales are items that are bought so these go up a lot quicker than individual orders from each person. So I was desperately hopeful to hit 100 orders this year... again... I hit that and then went on to make nearly 150 orders alone this year! Now that one had me staring in shock at the screen for a long moment.
I'm not an overly confident person so I tend to go in to things with a slightly negative attitude to myself so hitting these things were like my positive side giving my negative side a good slap in the face!

And lastly, attending a craft fair. Something I was terrified of and when I looked in to them I got very nervous. "We only accept THE BEST." was plastered everywhere and for someone who had never attended one before this was insanely daunting and left me feeling like I would be laughed at or shouted at. How dare I even apply for such a thing that I am not good enough for!
But I was lucky to be approached by a lovely lady who was starting a new craft fair and was looking for local sellers. I ended up attending 2 craft fairs here and although they may not have been the most successful fairs ever they were such good experiences and I was left feeling proud that I'd managed to get through everything and even sell a few items.
A kid spending her pocket money on one of my colouring pages was probably the highlight.

So, yes. 2017 has been filled with happy and success and I am just so completely overjoyed with my little business.

Aquarium visits, pet portraits, beach and wood adventures, good food, new friends, fun family moments, love, getting gerbils are a few other highlights of this year.

Okay so there were bad parts too, this year has been full of stress and ended up with me falling back in to my anxiety and depression pretty badly but at the same time there was good and that's a good reminder that even in the darkest of times there is light.

We can't control every aspect of our lives and shit does happen. But it's how we deal with it that counts.

I'm looking forward to 2018 however as Silly Badger Designs has got a lot of new adventures happening!
I'm actually getting these ideas down on paper and in the new year I'm looking forward to exploring new options! Lots of new products are involved ;)

Thank you for a fantastic 2017 and I'll see you in the new year!
Have a great one!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Opening Info

Sorry I've been so quiet on here! Life has been so hectic I've barely had time to sleep let alone write.

I'm here to say that tomorrow is my last posting date for Christmas orders (UK only) so if you're super last minute you need to order from me TODAY. I will still be sending out any later orders until Friday 22nd December which will be my last working day of the year!

Orders posted after tomorrow will not arrive for Christmas, not to mention the postal service has been... interesting as usual in how long it takes for things to arrive!

So after the important stuff I just want to say a great big thank you to everyone who has kept me so busy this festive season. I know I may grumble at times and it may seem like I'm flustered but like any job at this time of year, it happens.
But I am definitely not grumbling about people ordering from Silly Badger Designs! Every single order has left me filled with joy and has been such a great help during a time of year where I struggle. 

So a great big thank you to you all! To everyone who has supported me and my little business this year. Thank you for letting me realise and live my dream job.

So, from me and all the helpers at Silly Badger Designs I wish you a very merry Christmas and a super fantastic new year!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Etsy Sale and Last Posting Dates for Christmas!

Etsy Sale

There's a sale going on over in our Etsy Shop with 10% off all items excluding pet portraits! No need for a coupon as all discounts have already been made so if you're looking for something fun and quirky with a good dose of animals then go check out the shop and all the offers!

Christmas 2017

Below I have posted the latest recommended posting dates for Christmas delivery this year. If you're wanting any goods from me for Christmas please place your order BEFORE these dates to have the best chance at Christmas delivery.
Please also note that this time of year can be busy and I cannot dispatch larger or international orders over the weekends.


Sat 2 ~ Africa, Middle East
Wed 6 ~ Asia, Far East, Cyprus, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
Thurs 7 ~ Caribbean, Central and South America
Sat 9 ~ Australia, Greece, New Zealand
Wed 13 ~ Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thurs 14 ~ Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Fri 15 ~ Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Sat 16 ~ France, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg
Wed 20 ~ UK

Please note that custom orders need to be made by Saturday 25th November if you're wanting a guaranteed Christmas pet portrait! Pet portraits take time so this needs to be taken in to consideration along with final posting dates.

Orders can still be made after these dates but I can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery.

Thanks for your patience around this time and thank you for keeping me busy!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Gerbil Portrait

So you're partner is turning 30... you want to make him something special but have no idea what to do... so you draw your gerbils!

Yes, I even do pet portraits for people I know, it's good I know so many animal lovers!

Our gerbies are named after Guardians of the Galaxy characters so I decided to draw them in character! It was a complete challenge and took a lot longer than it should have!
Apparently I work a lot better and quicker when I'm working on pets other than my own.

This portrait went through three sketches before finally becoming the painting it is today.
I had fun with getting the sizing wrong to start with making them much too big for the frame they were going in, so then I decided to make another sketch but this time keeping to the correct sizes.
This went well, I even got to the inking stage and then I was stupid... I normally use very light, hard pencils to work on sketches so that they are almost invisible.
I was so tired the day I worked on these guys that I used a very dark, soft pencil that would not erase from the paper!
Sometimes you really shouldn't be working if you're that tired, trust me, tiredness can lead to some very silly mistakes! Like drinking paint water, putting a paint brush in your tea, knocking over paint water on to the painting, dropping a dirty brush on to the painting... the list goes on and I've done all of them!

My worst has been falling asleep face down on a painting, I was in my teens and going through exams which is my excuse but waking up stuck to the paper is never a fun experience!

So back to the gerbils, I then made another sketch using the lightest pencil I own and finally got it how I wanted.
The painting was also fun as I just couldn't decide on the colours to use so of course that took longer than normal and then the words... oh the hand lettering that I absolutely hate!

Hand lettering is something I admire and something that I truly cannot do! I tend to try to hard and mess things up, hopefully this is a skill I can gain soon but for now with the gerbils... it's a little bit lacking but it's mainly all about the gerbils in character!

So here they are, after all the insanity of the past two weeks getting them done!

And of course the gerbils had to get in on the photos too, Drax in the bottom right posed perfectly!

So now I just get to give it to the boyfriend and hope he's amused by it.

Remember pet portraits are still available from me. I will be posting last Christmas order dates on Monday so keep an eye out if you're planning on making any orders from me for the festive period!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Goals, Goals, Goals

At the beginning of this year I made myself a few fun business goals for Silly Badger Designs. I didn't obsess over them as I had no idea whether they were actually achievable.

One of these goals was to reach 100 orders this year.

I thought this might be a bit of a push as I didn't even make it to 40 orders last year so being able to reach 100 in another year seemed a little bit hopeful.

Although I hit that goal a few months ago, and then today I look at my stats and find out that I've had 100 orders exactly this year so far!!

For a small business who struggles at times this is a huge celebration for me.

This past week has seen me hit rock bottom with confidence, feeling as though I'm doing everything wrong and that I'll never make something of this. I really was in a dark place and was losing all hope for my little business and my art skills.
Luckily I pulled myself out of that and got back to work but reaching this goal has also given me a reality check.

Sure I'm still in the growing stage, this is only my second year and I have absolutely no training or experience in any of this!

Last year I made 36 orders for the whole year and this year a whopping 100 orders and we're only in November!

Definitely time for celebrations in the Badger Den!

So I want to say a great big THANK YOU! To everyone who has supported my little business over the past year and for helping me to achieve my silly little goal :) 

You're all amazing and to celebrate I'm doing a special coupon for anyone who follows me here and on social media, just use code THANKYOU17 at the check out on any order over £5.00 to get 10% off!

Go to the shop and take a look around!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Early Festive Discount!

From now until midnight on Sunday the 5th November (GMT) you can grab yourself 10% off all Christmas products in the shop!

This includes cards, gift tags and decorations for all you early birds out there!

No code is needed as the discount has already been applied! So go enjoy and get super organised unlike myself...

Have a great weekend!