What I’ve been up to

Holiday

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

At the beginning of July we went away for a week with my parents to South Devon. It was the mostly lovely relaxing week and we had a wonderful time. We stayed in a house that overlooked the sea and it was perfect for watching the boats and birds and listening to the waves.

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Daz looking out from where we were staying

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My lovely parents

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Daz and I

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The sunsets were magical

ME Awareness Day

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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May 12th is ME awareness day. Myalgic Encephalopathy, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a life changing illness that sadly too many people suffer from. This day hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the condition.

I wanted to write a proper blog post about this but as I spent time this morning designing a new father’s day card, I’m really tired and my brain just isn’t working well. That’s pretty typical for me. I’m able to do a little bit in the mornings and then the rest of the day I’m tired and not able to concentrate or do much in the way of moving. I spend a huge amount of time in bed.

It’s not always been like this. I’ve had ME for a year and a half (and Fibromyalgia for 9 years) and I know that it won’t be like this forever. I’m determined to overcome this, however long it takes.

Thankfully I have a wonderful family supporting me and the cats are a constant medicine. Daz is incredible, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t survive without him.

Having Doodlecats is a lifesaver for me. There is no way I would be able to do a job that involves me leaving the house or doing lots of hours. Working from home on my little drawings is perfect and means I can work at my own pace. I am so grateful for it.

I’m doing my best to make the most of what I’ve got and life is pretty good, I’ve just learned to live within my limitations. One day I’ll be better but until then I’ll keep on drawing silly cats and smiling.

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The cats love that they get bed cuddles so much. They bring me so much joy, when I’m stuck in bed.

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Gnome Makeover

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here are my happy little garden gnomes which I decided to paint.

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As you can see, they were tired and faded after a summer in the sun so they needed new outfits.

I used acrylic paints and I’m going to varnish them before they go outside to make sure they’re extra protected. I want my hard work to last a while.

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Being ill has really drained my creativity and sometimes I need to do silly little projects like this to get myself back in the mood for making things. It was a lot of fun. I’m going to be on the look out for gnomes at carboot sales this summer :D

Chicks for Spring!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Anke posted some great photos of Easter chicks protesting about spring on her blog yesterday and I just had to help those protests spread to Bristol!

Spring Protesters

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Love Rocks – The February Love Project

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Love Rocks

One of my lovely friends started a group on Facebook called Love Rocks to spread a little bit of love around this month. Lots of people are taking part all over the world.

Just paint hearts on rocks and leave them around for people to find to brighten up their day. If you don’t want to paint rocks you can do all sorts of other things like crochet hearts, origami etc. I chose to paint some of the sea glass I have a giant collection of.

Here are a few of mine, you can see more on Facebook
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Shop Make Over

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

I decided that I wanted to brighten up my shop a bit. I liked the blue backgrounds but felt that something lighter would work better. I’m not done with all the photography yet, I’m doing it over a week or so because I’ve got so much stuff it would take so long to do all at once. I’m pretty pleased with how it’s looking so far. I might work on my website next.

You can find my shop on Etsy.com

2012- What a great year!!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Wow, what can I say about 2012? It’s been fantastic. 2012 is the year that Doodlecats really took off and now it’s a full-time job and I’m making a living doing something that I really love.
I couldn’t have done it without all of you lovely customers and followers so thank you so much!!

Here’s a few highlights from my year.

Cat Awards
Attending the National Cat Awards


Screen printing my first ever range of t-shirts


Raising £216 for Cats Protection with my paw print


and out of all my cat clothes, making my cat rain coat has to be my favourite.

Screen Printing

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

On Friday, Daz and I screen printed Doodlecats t-shirts :D It was a lot of fun but hard work. My arm muscles still ache today after all that work. I could not be happier with the results. I thought I’d share some of the photos we took throughout the day.
If you want a CATS ARE AWESOME t-shirt they’re on Etsy right now!

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The press – it’s like a big mechanical spider
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Ink time!
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On the drying rack
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Obviously we needed a snack break whilst the ink was drying :)
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Heat pressing to set the colour
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THe final results – We’re pretty pleased with our efforts!
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Screen Printing

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Screen Printing

Last night I had my first go at screen printing, it was awesome!!! I have been wanting to do it for so long and I can’t wait to get experimenting with t-shirts and bags.

This was my first attempt so it’s a bit patchy. the drawing I used to print from wasn’t quite black enough so some light got through which has created the slightly faded look. Lesson learnt, I know what to do to sort that out now. It’s quite a nice effect on these prints anyway so I’m not worried.

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National Cat Awards 2012

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

The winners - National Cat Awards

On Thursday, Daz and I had the privilege of attending the National Cat Awards at the Savoy. It was amazing. There were several categories, each with three cat finalists and an overall winner of Cat of the Year. There were some wonderful stories of cats who had made a huge impact on the lives of their humans, some of which brought a tear to my eyes. It’s so wonderful to be able to celebrate cats and all that they do for us. So often, when you rescue a cat, you’re not just saving them, but they are saving you. The ways that the help to transform the lives of people is incredible.


Photo – Jessi-Cat and Lorcan by Paul Maven Photography

The overall winner was Jessi-Cat who has helped Lorcan overcome his selective mutism. Watching the footage of Lorcan and Jessi-cat, you can see the love between them and what this incredible bond has done to help Lorcan find his voice. I am so happy that this kitty won and has helped to raise awareness about anxiety disorders as well as how cats can help people. I have Aspergers Syndrome which means I understand all too well how scary social situations are and how difficult it is to communicate. It was my Pixie cat who helped me to deal with some of my problems and helped me cope in the real world a little better so this story is really close to my heart.

You should watch the video :)

I didn’t get to meet Lorcan and his mum yesterday, I wish I’d had the confidence to go up and talk to them.
So, as I couldn’t say it in person, I decided to draw Lorcan and Jessi-cat to say CONGRATULATIONS!!
Cat of the Year - Jessi Cat

You can read all about the other kitties and why they won on the Cats Protection Website.