Meet Me For Just A Card Campaign

It is Just A Card week this week and I have decided to join in because it really hammers home the fact to me that I may have been able to keep my shop open if everyone who had come in and had a look would have purchased just a card I may have been more inclined to push through all of the other issues. Selling online is also a struggle for me and so many others that would really love to make a real go at our businesses, you can help, by purchasing from independent shops YOU really can make a difference.

So the task for day one is to tell you 10 things about me! Here they are, 10 things you may or may not know about me, Samantha Webb.



1. I always have an emergency Sherbet Fountain in my home somewhere. I don’t know what emergency would call for a Sherbet Fountain really but it makes me happy to know that I am never too far away from the sherbety goodness. If only I could think of a way to reuse the plastic containers; I do wish they would bring back the paper packaging.



2. Tea! Ask my three year old nephew Toby what his Aunty Sammy says and he will tell you ‘I want a cup of tea!’ It is true, there is always time for tea no matter the occasion. I am addicted to tea, milk and no sugar, thank you very much!



3. I have on more than one occasion been accused of being a North Pole Elf, now this could be because my diet is 90% sugar, or it could be because I can wrap any gift with three pieces of tape, THREE! But I like to think that it is because I am sort of a toy maker. I make artist teddy bears for my small business Moby and Puddle.  I do have Santa on speed dial though, just ask the Webblings.



4. I am a born again Herbivore, at the age of 28 I decided that my favourite dinosaur, Brachiosaurus, pretty much had the right idea and I became a vegetarian. I no longer eat any meat at all. I am not overly keen on eating raw twigs like the dinos but it is hard to resist Mr Webb’s veggie chilli. And NO I do not miss bacon!!!



5. I am not ashamed to tell the world that I am a massive AFOL, and if you are unsure of what that means, it stands for Adult Fan Of Lego. I find Lego to be calming when I am feeling particularly anxious and it is fun for all the family. Even a rainy day can’t ruin the fun of Lego and my favourite sets are the Lego elves.




6. I have two children, they are my Webblings, Lilly and Harrison. My Webblings have helped me to realise that what I want most in this world is to make as many children happy as possible. I want to share my stories and my illustrations, to make my Webblings smile and to spread a little happiness throughout the world. (OK I am starting to think the Elf accusation may be justified!



7. I am a bunny slave! We have a house rabbit named Lady Peter. We never intended to have a rabbit but she came to us when we all needed a little comfort. We believed that Peter was a boy and we were very surprised to find that she was in fact a girl so we have altered her name to Lady Peter and she seems to like it. If you have never seen a bunny do a binky then please get on YouTube and watch some videos, they are guaranteed to make you smile!



8. I LOVE Christmas, I know, I know, everyone loves Christmas! BUT I REALLY LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love the magic of Christmas all year round. I draw Christmas pictures in February, write Christmas stories in June and watch Christmas movies all year round. I have a dinosaur Christmas globe that sits on my desk and I am probably wearing Christmas socks as you read this. (Maybe I have a little Elf in my ancestry.)

9. Cornlings and Glub, as of today I have self published three magical Cornlings books and have had Glub published by Little Goblins’ Books. You can read more about all of them on this website. I am hopeful that my latest book about the adventures of a young bee named Blake will be available early 2019.


10. I am hopelessly devoted to my husband, Jamie, who I has been by my side, encouraging me all the way for more than 17 years now. He is my bear and my rock and I don’t mind if that is corny. I love how he takes care of us, I really couldn’t do any of this without his help! But I do wish that he wouldn’t insist on leaving his wooly hats at friends and families houses, he is always loosing that thing!


So that is me, I hope you feel like you know me a bit more but always feel free to ask if you want to know more! Remember to shop independent, make someones day just a little bit brighter!

love Samantha x


P.S. do you think I am a North Pole Elf? x


Create Gifts, Buy Handmade, Support Local This Christmas


It is time to start thinking about those little packages wrapped up in ribbons and finished with a bow, the ones that will go under the tree or given out over the entire Christmas season.They must look beautiful of course but what is inside really is what counts. Will you choose to create your own gifts (which often end up far more expensive than you originally intend), buy online or go into town to choose gifts for your friends and loved ones?

If you do go to town please remember that you have the power and the choice of where to spend your money. I know that you know that already but have you really thought about it before? You can go into the big shops and you will need to for some of the specific items you wish to purchase. But please don’t forget those little shops, the markets and the independent shops which will sell things that you hadn’t even thought of! Shop local and support the real people in the community, it really makes a huge difference.

Sprytewood available on Etsy

If you are shopping online you have so much available to you and you can find gifts for every budget but as well as getting the perfect gift you could make a real person do a happy dance! Yes, this is an actual thing amongst us crazy small businesses, when we make a sale we do a happy dance! Sites like Conscious Crafties  which sell handmade gifts created by people who are gaining independence from a multitude of life’s setbacks or Etsy which is full of people just like you and me who are supporting their families from home offices or earning a little extra to put gifts under their own trees. Shopping from small businesses and directly from artists is a wonderful way to show your support to people who are carving out a career for themselves.

Muttz available on Conscious Crafties

Money is power and no matter how much or how little you have, you have spending power, even I have a little too. So use your power wisely create something with your own two hands, buy handmade and support local this Christmas and all of 2019.

Love Samantha x

Bunny and the mice are exchanging gifts, woollen mittens and a wooly hat perfect for winter! By Me, Samantha Webb.

Let The Hedgehogs eat pumpkin!


It is almost Halloween and since it is on a Wednesday this year, many of us have already had our hauntingly fun parties over the weekend, many of us have pumpkins carved and shrivelling sat on the windowsill or by the back door and there are lots of posts telling us what we should do to dispose of them.

Lots of information is going around on the big wide world of the web, telling us to leave our pumpkins out for the hedgehogs, great we all love hedgehogs and they deserve a seasonal treat too!

THEN … people said not to because the hedgehogs would get ill, they would eat so much that it would give them stomach problems and explosive diarrhoea and lets face it, nobody wants to clean up hedgehog poop from all over the garden and no body wants to make the little hoggies ill.

BUT …  I have looked into it and despite rumours hedgehogs do enjoy a little pumpkin and they would have to eat an awful lot of pumpkin before it had negative effects on the digestive system. They would likely get bloated long before they get any other adverse effects. They are more likely to eat the little flies and bugs that will gather on the jack-o-lantern carcass, since this is their primary food source, than they are too gorge themselves on the pumpkin itself. 

So when you have finished with your pumpkins pop them at the bottom of your gardens and let the little hoggies get as full up as they like on the festive treat, I know I will eat enough chocolate on Halloween night to make my tummy ache, it’s inevitable!

Happy Halloween from me and my Webblings x


It’s PREORDER day!!!

It is the 1st October today and the moment I opened my eyes my Webblings (who had probably been up at least an hour) gave me a big cuddle and said “Happy Pre Order Day!”, I guess I must have mentioned it once or twice over the last few weeks.


Poor Glub is stuck in the crane at an amusement arcade, dreaming of life outside but he has been too scared to take that leap of faith.  Glub knows that he doesn’t look like the other smiley teddies that surround him and he knows that he is a little bit scary but that is all about to change when someone is brave enough to see just how friendly Glub is.


I am so excited, I have not seen a physical copy of the book myself yet but the digital files which I have approved have looked fantastic. I am hopeful that a copy will land through my letterbox any day now and I will be able to tell you all about it.

But today is preorder day, you can preorder your copy of Glub ready to receive on launch day. Released on 17th October 2018 Glub will be £6.99 and can be purchased directly from my publishers Little Goblins’ Books, from Waterstones and Amazon in the UK and from Barnes and Noble in the US.

I am still overwhelmed and amazed that my little book will be in real book shops, it is like a dream come true and I cannot wait to see what you think of this little furry guy.

Samantha x

Glub by Samantha Webb
Preorder your copy today!


Glub is on the way

This June I felt very low, I had lost my Grandpa the month before, he was my role model and my hero,  I was going through a deep mourning process. A friend sent me a link to a competition, the winner would have their children’s book published. I deleted that message, I wasn’t sure I wanted to ever create anything again. Then my Nanny called me, she was doing so well, she was missing her soul mate, her husband of 60 years and her only love but she was being so brave. She inspired me and helped me to keep moving forward. This was a key moment because I knew that I  had to do something big to get out of the dark place that I had gotten in to.

I searched for the Summer Sizzler competition and sent my application. I truly didn’t think I had much of a chance, I believe in Glub but despite having self published three books, I had never been brave enough to send any of my stories to a publisher before.

It was the step I needed to get out of the dark and since that day I have put more and more work into my writing future and I had put the competition to the back of my mind.

On the 5th September I received the message that I had won the competition and that Little Goblin’s Books  would like to publish my story, Glub. I cried, I cried a lot of happy tears. I told my Jamie and the Webblings who were over the moon for me, we did a happy dance all four of us together. I truly am so happy that I found the strength to press send that day. I am having a lot of fun working with Little Goblin’s Books and I am overwhelmingly excited to see Glub in print and hopeful that this is the start of a brighter writing and illustrating career.

I will keep you updated on the journey, for now I am still dancing and haven’t stopped smiling since I received that email.

Samantha Webb


Children's Book Coming Soon
Glub is being published.

3 Wishes Fairy Festival 2018

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018 I was invited to read my stories to the children at the magical 3 Wishes Fairy Festival and I had an amazing time.

Surrounded by fairies, mermaids and unicorns, my Cornlings and I felt very at home. This is my fourth year at the event and the second reading my stories. It just keeps getting better. If you have children this really is the perfect wonderland for them to express their creativity and allow their imaginations to grow. As a fairy fan and as a mum I highly recommend 3 wishes for children of all ages.

Thank you so much to all of the little fairies for coming along to hear me read and to your grown ups for bring you along too. I had an incredible time and would love to do it all again next year.

The Create Your Own Cornlings colouring pages were very popular and your Cornlings all came out brilliantly, I will be loading an album of them on my Facebook page very soon so please look out for that.

A HUGE thank you to Karen Kay and her amazing team for allowing me to bring the Cornlings to the festival, they were on their very best behaviour the entire weekend.


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The fairy loving, Webb family had a wonderful time. The countdown to 2019 begins now.

See you all soon, Samantha xxx


Creative Chicks Exhibition

I am very honoured to have been asked to exhibit my Stargazersaurus prints at Ingeenium’s Creative Chicks festival on Saturday 10th March.

Ingeenium is a participatory arts charity based in London, with the aim to build immunity through creativity in libraries. The Creative Chicks exhibition is a celebration of women across the world who are participating in the arts.

My Stargazersaurus paintings have been selected to be displayed next to a whole host of other creative women’s artwork and will be part of the day long festival of workshops and fun. If you are in the area it really is not a day to be missed!

Creative Chicks Ingeenium Stargazersaurus watercolour dinosaur by Samantha Webb

Lilly Webbling is taking on Inktober 2017…

I have a beautiful, intelligent and talented Daughter named Lilly, everyone who knows her can see that, everyone of course except for Lilly herself. I am not sure exactly when she began to doubt herself or when trying new things became more of a risk for her and less fun. At nine years old it is increasingly difficult as her mum to see her doubt herself to the point where she refuses to try something that she really wants to do.

This became more apparent at the weekend when she asked me to draw a cupcake for her best friends birthday. I could of done it for her, I had the time and the resources but I thought it would be more special to her friend if Lilly drew it herself. After a few huffs and puffs,  she sat at my desk ready to begin and just looked so devastatingly disheartened as she declared ‘I can’t do this, I can’t draw!’ Before she had even touched pencil to paper.

I was at a complete loss, what can you say? How could I possibly reassure her that she can do anything that she puts her mind to and that she only has to try?
I tried to explain to her that just like her figure skating (which she loves and has been studying for two years) she had to practice drawing and that the more you practice the better you will get. That no one is born with the ability to draw, everyone has to learn the basics, even holding a pencil is something you learn. So you think you can’t draw … YET! That if she really wants to learn a skill then she already has what she needs to get started … the desire to learn.

I started by talking her through the basics of how to get a cupcake shape and she looked at a cupcake that I had drawn in my 100 circles challenge. She had a hard time believing that she was doing it right and kept telling me that hers was not good enough. Of course my automatic response is not to be so silly, however I had to stop myself and remember to say that it wasn’t as good. YET! And also remind her that it wasn’t the first cupcake that I had ever drawn either (I do like drawing cupcakes!) so I had a little more practice than she did. 

I really do not want to discount her emotions, I want her to be free to express her emotions and frustrations when she needs to but I really want her to see that she has so much potential if she just decides to put her mind to it.

It took her around 20 mins to draw and colour her cupcake. I think that she did a fantastic job but what made me even happier was that once she had finished drawing her cupcake she decided to draw around the cupcake too, adding words and pictures of balloons which altogether created a beautiful picture and without any guidance from me.

A picture that Lilly was really proud of because she had drawn the whole thing herself. I was really keen not to loose this momentum because I believe that if I can show Lilly that she can draw if she practices then she might just transfer that lesson to other activities. Just because you can’t do something YET doesn’t mean that you never will.
So to continue to try and help Lilly to believe in herself I have introduced her to Inktober, the 31 day drawing challenge that runs throughout October. I will be taking part myself and I believe that for Lilly to draw everyday will show her just how much she can improve by practice. She is very excited about it, she has designed her own sketchbook (she chose to have a kraft paper book) and she has even written out the Inktober 2017 prompts too.

I am so proud of Lilly for trying so hard. She is going to doubt herself along the way I am
sure but she is going to learn too. I am looking forward to seeing what she achieves. It is so hard to see her doubt herself before she tries something and I hope that I can teach her the value of trying, even if she makes mistakes, not trying at all would be the biggest mistake she could make. You can follow her artistic adventure throughout October on Instagram.
Thank you for reading, Love Samantha x

Brown Goes To Forest School

I have only kept two of my bears just for me, Barnaby who is huge and Brown who is the first proper teddy bear that I ever made. So when Harrison and the children in Year 2 invited me along to their Forest School teddy bears picnic, I knew that this adventure had Brown’s name written all over it. 

This is how his afternoon went …  

Hello everyone, 

I have had a brilliant day, I went to school with Samantha and we had a look round Harrison Webblings new classroom, can you even believe that he is in year two now? He gets taller every day! 

I was happy to see that all of the children had bought along cuddlies too, I got to make a lot of new friends, Percy and I have been friends for a while now because he is Harrison Webblings special pig but I had never met Scooby before, he talks a lot about sandwiches! 

We got the best seats in the nature area to watch the children put tents together, I tried to tell Samantha that I was good at building tents and could probably help them out but she was far too busy trying to put massive tent pegs into tiny holes that were never going to fit, so I just left her to it! 

Once the tarpaulins were transformed into tents we got to go and explore inside them, Harrison Webbling climbed in and made himself at home, Percy was delighted. 

I was a little bit worried that they were going to make us spend the the night, this structure did not look like it would withstand much wind and would be next to useless with heavy rain. I may be a bear but I am not a wild animal! I was very relieved when Harrison Webbling and his friends reassured me that we were only playing for the afternoon and would be home warm and dry in time for dinner and bed! 

Harrison Webbling, Year 2 and all of us bears and cuddlies had so much fun playing in the tents, we really built up our appetites! I gently reminded Samantha that the letter had mentioned a picnic, Samantha told me not to be so rude but I think the teachers got the hint from all the bear bellies growling around them because they called us down to base camp for the food …. YES! 

The teachers were busy getting all of the food and drink ready for the picnic and the children sat around the edges of base camp on logs chatting away about the tents that they had managed to put up and the bears and cuddlies were all eyes on the food. Us bears really enjoy a good picnic! 

Year 2 were giggling and laughing, exploring the mini beasts around them, Harrison Webbling and Percy Pig pointed out a beetle and a wood louse to me whilst we were sat waiting, I have never seen them before, they were scurrying around looking ever so busy! 

Samantha kept making me pose for these silly photos, I just wanted to chat with my new friends and to be honest it was a bit warm outside today in my jumper, Samantha does worry that I will get poorly in the cold, she forgets that I am covered in fur! 

Wow, what a spread! We were served jam sandwiches handmade by the year 2 children earlier that day (how did they know strawberry jam is my favourite kind of jam?), we had Pom Bear crisps which are the perfect crisps for a teddy bears picnic! Blackcurrant juice, biscuits and my personal favourite of the day was the cake!

 I love cake, I’ve not tried many cakes that I have not enjoyed in my life! Harrison was brilliant at sharing his food with me and Percy, he didn’t seem to mind at all when I took a huge bear size bite out of the cake. Samantha said I was being greedy and that I should save some for everyone but it was just so yummy I couldn’t help myself

Once we were all happy with what we had eaten we got to have more cuddles in the tents. The tents were starting to grow on me and I had a lot of fun with Harrison Webbling and Percy taking me from tent to tent giving me the grand tour of the campsite in the meadow. I asked Samantha if we could build tents when we get home, Harrison loved the idea. 

The last part of forest school was my favourite (closely followed by the cake!) all of the children sat around in base camp on the lovely big logs and every child said one thing they liked best about their forest school session and all of the children had something lovely to say. I didn’t get to say what my favourite part was because Samantha says that not everyone can hear when a teddy bear speaks, I’m not sure how happy I am about that but if I had been asked I would of said that the best part of forest school for me was seeing all of the children and bears and cuddlies working together to make the tents! None of us could of done it alone but together we managed to make 6 tents, I was amazed! 

I would like to say a massive thank you to all of year 2 for the invitation, teddy bears picnics are my favourite kind of picnics and I have had a brilliant afternoon. I will certainly sleep well tonight.  

Love Brown xxx

Well that is what Brown had to say for himself. It has been a wonderful day and we were made to feel very welcome. I have enjoyed spending time with my favourite little man and my special bear. If you get the chance to join in with your local forest school activities then give it a go, there is nothing quite like it! 

Samantha Webb xxx