Monday, July 25, 2011

Why we'd love you to support our crowd funding project!

Hi everyone,

I'm very pleased and proud to announce the Samitomoto 'crowd funding' Pozible project!

Our goal is to raise $4500 by September 7th 2011, so we can put the next run of the Samitomoto drawing game into production and grow as we move towards the end of 2011!

You can help us achieve this, as you are the crowd!

Why would you help us?

Well, firstly because you would get the warm and fuzzy feeling of helping a creative entrepreneur (that's me) live her dream and grow her innovative drawing game- Samitomoto, so that together we can help more creative kids and families across Australia (and beyond) to 'draw with delight'.

Secondly, for each amount you pledge above $25, you receive a tangible reward and product. To see the list of rewards visit here. If you want your business and logo linked to this fun project, we'd love you on board!

Thirdly, because it's safe, no money is taken unless the full total target amount is reached. Oh and it's also innovative and fun!

Fourthly, because in a post GFC world where we've seen so many businesses sadly crumble- community support for local, innovative business is more important than ever!

I won't go on with the numbers, instead I invite you to come along on this journey with me, as I live my dream to grow the Samitomoto drawing game and to help bring a lot of creative joy to others! For the full story of why I created Samitomoto please read here and for what others are saying about Samitomoto read here.

Please pass this link to your networks and help us to spread the joy and magic of drawing with Samitomoto! Please also follow the Samitomoto facebook page for all updates and events associated with this Pozible project.

Many thanks,
Sam Simpson-Morgan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Having drawing fun with Samitomoto!

A pretty cream dragon knitting by Dominic - 8 yrs.

A pretty cream dragon knitting by Cassie - 6yrs

I've been having so much fun playing Samitomoto with kids at the Old Bus Depot Markets, most Sundays!

Children have so much to teach us about creativity, as they are so creatively free, their imaginations seem unlimited and they take such joy in drawing. I love the way they embrace the Samitomoto drawing game.

I wonder at what age this sense of creative freedom starts to decline and we get limited by messages about how 'good' we are at drawing, or that it's 'silly' or 'a waste of time' to draw. Having gone through that creative unblocking journey myself- to the point that I now draw most days, it's wonderful to see children pick up the pen with no hesitation to start drawing! And it's especially good to find that rare adult that will suspend their inner judgement long enough to sit and draw with us too! (They get extra brownie points).

Here above, we have two fabulous drawings from last Sunday playing Samitomoto; 'a pretty cream dragon knitting'. What I love about these two drawings are how different they both are, despite them essentially drawing the same thing.

I love how they've both added things from their imaginations; Dominic has added a knight (of course) who is wearing knee and elbow pads- (a safety conscious knight). Cassie has added a picture of a volcano (unfortunately prompted by me, as I got a bit carried away with the spirit of the game) and she decided dragons would naturally eat lava rocks and therefore, there is a packet of lava rocks with a smiley face on the right side and also, she added chain-saw wings to her dragon. (Of course). :)

So with Samitomoto, a simple phrase and a bunch of textas, we totally opened up our imaginations, laughed a lot and had a wonderfully fun creative time! That's got to be good for everyone.

If you'd love to experience this for you and your kids, follow us on facebook here to find out where we'll be at the markets, or purchase Samitomoto here or from our retailers here!