Thank You Card, Rose Hips, and HEY Fused Shiitake Mushroom

Based off Kate Beetle's illustration of calendula 

Rose hips! Vitamin C yum.

Hah, what a weirdo. YUM again.


I love artists who work with traditional media, particularly transparent watercolor. The illustrations of Kate Beetle and Ginny Joyner caught my eye years back, and you might recognize their work, too. They both do freelance custom illustrations for the Badger Balm company. They created all of those fun images of badgers picking flowers and beekeeping. Next time you spot Badger products at your local store, look carefully to appreciate the wonderful illustrations!

I was lucky enough to receive the latest Badger Balm calendar (you can get a copy here, they’re on sale!) because the company kindly mailed one to me after I wrote them a love e-mail. They’re one of the few body care product companies that has upstanding values in the environment, labor rights, and safe non-toxic products. Grade A, badass, and a real gem. And they’ve grown pretty big, good for them. Let’s hope they won’t ever be bought by a big soul-less company (cough Burt’s Bees cough).

Oh yeah, so back to illustrations with traditional media. My doodles above are largely inspired by the women artists who work for Badger Balm. If any of you own the latest calendar, you’ll recognize this as an amateur version of some of Kate Beetle’s work!

Annnd, I just wanted to share this funny shiitake mushroom that appeared to have two stems from one head. It was delicious.