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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Garden Birds Colouring Book

Well it's taken a while and has been a full adventure filled with fun, excitement, frustration and finally ended with the biggest buzz I've ever had.
I've made quite a few books over the past few years, I love doing it even though it's usually a lot of work but this colouring book has taken the gold place for being the most difficult and testing.

But here it is!

Every part of this book has been made by myelf, I drew the line art, did the writing, designed the layout everything down to the tiniest detail and then I print them out myself and bind them myself and phew it's been a fun filled couple of months work! But here we are and it's looking blooming brilliant even if I do say so myself! :P

I have a few little touch ups to make and I'm considering changing the binding from staples to maybe thread binding to make it less stiff but we're pretty much done and I'm hoping to have them up on my Etsy shop at the beginning of May.

I'm also going to be at the Kingdom's Family Craft Fair in Warminster on Sunday May 28th (I will be healthy this time!) and will be bringing a few of the books with me there!

In other news there is also the chance that I may be a stall holder at a Summer Fair run by The Willow Tree shop in Cheltenham this July. I'm not 100% sure if I'll be applying as I need to work out costs as unfortunately it's a bit of a trek for me to get there but we shall see!

I'm also getting a desk! Yes a real desk! My awesome dad agreed to making me a custom built desk so I finally have a place to work and stash all of my paperwork and artwork! And pack orders and make books and package products and oh yes I am that excited! It's also starting to look awesome after I covered the top with some fun paper and painted the rest with grey paint filled with glitter... I may have a thing for glitter!

It's also my last day as a 27 year old today! I'm kinda loving that I finished off this year with an awesome bird project and I'm looking forward to what the next year might bring!
It's seeming like it's going to be a fun filled explosive year of creations, craft fairs and at the beginning of May I'm going to be doing a massive overhaul of both my site and my Etsy shop as well as Redbubble if I can find the motivation... I'm not such a big fan of the computer based parts of my job... I still use a book to keep track of my in and out goings!
So if all goes to plan there's going to be a lot of changes happening, prices are also going to have a bit of a change (in a good way, I'll be lowering a few!) and there will be a few new designs and products popping up very soon!

So I'm now going to go and enjoy my birthday and not do any work this weekend! I'm not even going to think about it, I plan to just chill out and have fun!
I hope you all have a great weekend!

As always thanks for reading and for supporting my little Silly Badger Designs!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Birds Everywhere

I've mentioned a couple of times that I've been working on a little project making a bird colouring book, this little project is a lot bigger than I'd originally anticipated but is coming along nicely at last!

Goldfinch line-art 

Strangely enough I've enjoyed drawing the plants more than the birds which is extremely unlike me, normally I tend to have trouble with plants of any kind but this project has really opened my eyes to the world of plants. I've even gone and bought a book on plants so I can play around some more in future!

I've nearly completed the entire book now, I'm just waiting to get my head around some writing, do a little additional line work for the goldfinches and to add a little bird doodle to show their true colours... it wasn't sounding like much until I wrote it down like that! Well it should be a days work if I get my head down and get to work.

I'm finally feeling healthy again, something I was starting to worry about never feeling again, ever. It's mad how when you get ill you start to feel like it's never going to end. I did take it to the extreme though as it's nearly a month of illness and recovery for me now! However, I am better, I have my energy back and I've stopped having to have naps every few hours and I'm eating real food again! Woohoo!

I'm hoping to get this book finished and looking fancy this week, it's a slow start back in to work but at the same time it's also something I've been wanting to get finished for a while now and if illness hadn't hit it would've been finished already!
So once this is done, I will be happy.

Next on the list is another zine, this one featuring my lovely mutt. I'm still toying with ideas on what to base it on, currently there's the life of Riley, his name is Riley and he lives a full doggy life but then I also have a few other ideas like things I've learned from my dog among others so once I finally decide on a theme I can get to work on that one. Apparently I'm in a zine/book making zone!
I'm insane for this as making these isn't fun and is actually full of hard hard work and it's so draining! I think I'll have to go back to drawing cute animals soon, if anyone wants to commission me to paint their pet please step in to give me a break! :P

Well that's all for now, I will leave you with another peek at the new book!! :P

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Illness Sucks

No, really. It does.

I have spent the last two and a half weeks suffering from various illnesses starting with a virus and infection and lastly a horrible cold virus that has left me feeling super depressed.

I had to cancel going to Kingdom's Family Craft Fair due to being so ill and unable to actually get everything done as well as actually attend! I was devastated as I'd been really looking forward to this all month.

It's just been one thing after the other lately and it's making me extremely grumpy. I feel like no matter what I do, something gets in the way.
I don't mean to sound so down, this world of social media and being in everyones face is meant to be happy even if it's false but I'm not going to do that.
I'm human just like everybody else and I have good and bad days, I feel all the emotions available.
And right now, everything is not okay and I am struggling to keep my footing.

I can deal with stress and situations but when my health is the cause of problems it drains me because I know there's not a lot I can do...

So okay, I'm now eating a bit healthier, taking vitamin and mineral supplements, being more active... I guess it's got a bright side but I'm just in this constant analytical mode of judging whether my body is okay or whether it's going to throw a spanner in the works and knock me off my feet again.

It just tends to trigger all of my panic and anxiety and then pulls out the depression card! Ugh!

I'm determined not to let this get to me and I'm not giving up. The lovely organiser/owner of Kingdom's Family Craft Fair has offered me to go to their next event on May 28th and I've jumped at the opportunity! I'm so excited to attend my first fair, I've planned and worked so hard for this and I am not giving up now so I will be there with all my goodies and more!

I'm determined to also get all of these new projects sorted, I have so many that I've either planned out or am currently working on and they need my attention now. I will finish them all!
Apparently being ill has also brought out my extremely determined self.

I'm taking it easy for the rest of this week to allow myself to fully recover but next week is going to be explosive. I got so much done in March it was unbelievable and I'm hoping April will be just the same once I get myself together!

After all this is my happy month, it's my puppies birthday tomorrow! We're baking him a carrot and peanut butter cake and everything so how can anything be bad right now! :P

So I'm hoping that next week I will be back to my normal self, back to regular posts, back to regular work and back to smiles and happy and no more stress and depression!

Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Badger Army At The Ready!

Well last week was extremely full on! I think I managed to get about two weeks work done in a single week and boy did I feel it on Friday, I had no motivation at all!

But it was a blooming awesome week and I'm so happy with everything that got achieved! There are some fun new products up on my Etsy shop HERE including my little mr goldfinch who I'm actually really proud of now. He started of as such a simple little doodle, he was a warm up painting that just got too good not to turn in to a print and I love him.
I really can't wait to be able to live in our own home where we can actually put pictures up, by the time that happens I'm going to have so many much loved prints that our walls will be covered in artwork, most likely all birds and bears the way I'm going!

But after all the work that happened last week I was desperate to get out of the house and get back to nature so me and the OH went out for a long hike in the woods. It was super muddy and there was an almost constant drizzle as we were walking but oh it was so amazing. I don't get to go much further than the streets nowadays, I used to spend a lot of my time roaming around woods but that was back when I was single and didn't have a business to run and I'll admit I really do miss it. 
So going for this walk was just awesome and I loved it even if I did wreck my favourite trainers... they're meant to be green and pink... at the end of the walk they were almost black!

It may have been a grizzly looking day but it made my heart sing and was a real sign that spring is on the way. All the trees had little green buds everywhere! And of course today is the first day of spring so I'm super buzzed right now!

And finally from last week, my most amazing little badger army that is popping up all over the place!

I worked on these for around a year, tweaking their design over and over until it was just right and now I'm finally happy with them. Actually beyond happy with them! They're my little badgies! I'm going to be so sad to see them all go but at the same time they are my business cards! XD there's just something about these little guys. I spent so much time on them and I hand cut them all out and score them myself so they're very special. I just can't stop looking at them. I don't think I really believed that they would ever come to anything so to actually see them standing there, grinning away at me is just the most amazing feeling.

I'm going to be cutting 40 of these little guys out today, It's a good thing I love them so much!

So this week has lots going on, lots of designs needing to be finished, a commission to be worked on and lots of businessy bits like getting a card reader! Eep!

When I first decided to do this I was so scared, I was terrified as it was all so new but right now I'm completely pumped and loving this! I have everything under control and I'm getting everything done! It's not what I was expecting, I was definitely expecting me to be running around like a headless chicken behind on everything and then here I am getting a commission sorted at the same time as everything else without any added stress. It's all going so smoothly!

The only thing that's hovering over my head like a rain cloud is my bird colouring book as there's still a lot to get done with that right now but I still think I can get it done. If I get my head down and get working harder!

And hey, work hard and play harder! I intend to do this for the next few weeks of insanity :P

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New Designs Coming Through!

This week is proving to be a tough one for me but this happy smiling pooch is here to save the day!

I've had quite a few designs in my head for the last few months but haven't really had the time to focus on them completely, they've basically been stuck in my sketchbook waiting to be found again.
But now that the craft fair is fast approaching (Is it really less than three weeks to go!?) I felt that it was time to actually sit down and get some finished!

To put it simply, the last couple of days have been mental. I am working ridiculously hard to get all of this done and boy am I ready to climb in to bed every night! I feel like the week after the fair I'm going to enjoy lots of well earned lie ins and lots of relaxing! I of course know this is not going to happen and instead I will have lots more going on but a girl can dream!

So as you can see from the image above, I'm trying to expand my party animal collection, this time there is a dog and a cat, the cat is currently a work in progress as I really can't decide what colours to use for him, and photoshop has decided to have a tantrum and is making my job a lot harder than it needs to be! (Yes I might be glaring at my laptop as I write this).

I do however seem to have everything else under control, so far at least or maybe I'm living in a little ignorant bubble of control, that is also highly possible with me!
I still have my 3D business cards to get sorted and some funky bunting once I've actually come up with the design, I'm hoping to hang the bunting up on the front of the table, maybe, I'm not 100% sure as I'm also considering people catching themselves on it and maybe pulling the entire table and products off... or a child who might think it could be funny... I feel like I've just talked myself out of the bunting! Oops!

I will admit the nerves are kicking in but they're a brilliant relief from everything else that's going on in my head which sounds insane but I do actually have control over everything that's going on with the business. I just must remember to get insured before the big day XD
That would probably be the biggest silly badger move, get everything sorted, be ready for anything and forget that simple little thing... *sigh*

I also have the most adorable, wonderful commission right now featuring some adorable rats in adorable hats and bunny ears. Yes, I am in my element here and I'm loving it. I always love working with fellow ratty lovers/owners, I not only get to draw their rats but I get to see cute photos and hear about the little mischiefs! For someone who loves the little critters but can't own them, it's my little bit of heaven and it's wonderful.

So the rest of this week is full of planning, plotting and creating and hopefully getting lots done, I'm even bribing myself with the reward of new boots if I can get this done, I'm hoping the incentive will get me zooming through that to-do list! It might work... I can but hope! XD

Now to go use a window as a light box! Livin' the life! ;)

Have a great week!

Thursday, 9 March 2017


We're well in to March now and everything's going at a crazy speed! Silly Badger Designs has had a bit of an update including a few more greeting cards including this design that you may have already seen as it's been available through my redbubble shop for a while now!

The other big woohoo for this update is that my sun and moon bears are finally available as prints!! This has been a long project that's used nearly every material and skill I have to get them looking great and I'm so happy with them. You can now buy them as art prints through my Etsy Shop or you can get them on many different products through myRedbubble Shop!

In other news, preparations for the stall in April have been coming along both fast and slowly and when I say that I mean all the stuff that I need to buy/get other people to print is all going really speedy and all the stuff that I need to get done is going fairly slowly. There's a tiny bit of panic at the back of my mind but I'm putting that down to first time nerves. If I didn't get them I wouldn't be human! 
So here's a little peek at the flyers and business cards I got printed recently by who are my go to company for any of my printing needs that I can't do myself.

I was a bit nervous that they might come out dodgy as I hadn't worked on the design for too long but in the end I'm really happy with how it came out! And of course we're covered in badgers, the back of the flyer has the same badger design as the business card.

I basically have most of the pieces I need to actually package things and display things well, I just have three little jobs to get finished and once they're done I just have to get stock printed up which shouldn't bee too difficult.
The three last bits include making bunting for the front of the stall, yes I probably will curse myself for wanting to do this! :P 
Making a bunch of foldable business cards that people can just pick up, this is another random idea that I've had for a while which I'm completely winging it over! 
And finishing a stamp of my logo... lets just say that I couldn't really afford the size stamp I wanted so I decided to lino cut my own logo, words and all... I have only done lino cutting twice before this, two very small basic things so in my usual way I just jumped right in to the deep end! I know there's a chance I will mess it up and it's in no way going to be perfect but it's going to be stamped on to paper bags... It really does not need to be perfect!

So I have that all going on this week which is lots of fun! The best thing of all I have to admit though has been seeing my first hover flies, honey bee and bumble bee, that has topped anything else this week because nature knows best and this means that spring is on its way!
And I'm super excited to see everything come back to life!

Right, I now have to get going and get some work done! Have a great day!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Silly Badger Announcement!

So yes, I've been mentioning this for the past week, I even posted my overwhelmed ramblings as I applied to do this having so much trouble keeping it secret but here goes!

I am very super duper excited to announce that Silly Badger Designs will be attending Kingdom's Family Craft Fair in Warminster town park on Sunday the 2nd of April!!

My badgery self will be there with lots of fun illustrations and products and a big smile to greet anyone who can make it!

This is a massive deal for me as this was my number one goal for this year for Silly Badger, I wanted to actually sell at a fair of some kind, face to face with people instead of hiding behind a screen, I do miss a lot of interaction with this job and it will be wonderful to meet other sellers!

This did spring out of nowhere for me and I don't have much time to prepare which is why I had my initial panic at the beginning but now I've calmed down and I'm seeing this as a super fun project/adventure and so far it's going really well! It's amazing how many little things you need to take in to account for something like this but I am loving every second of this.
Apparently I really do love running my little business!

So as you can see I am very excited to be taking Silly Badger Designs to the next level and am very excited to get my products out in the to wilds of Wiltshire! Actually Warminster is a very nice town and hopefully the day will be nice and sunny to make things even more fun!

So there's my announcement! And now I will be posting weekly posts about getting ready! Hopefully it will go smoothly, I know there will be some hiccups though, there are always hiccups!

As always thanks for reading and being awesome!!