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Catch Up on the 365 Project.

I know i know, i’m terrible and haven’t updated my 365 project for nearly a month! But it’s ok, i have been taking photos so here’s a little catch up.

Warning – Going to be very picture heavy (if you hadn’t guessed)

February the 10th saw me driving up to the north with the radio blasting and ash putting in ear plugs to avoid hearing my singing.

On the 11th i saw these amazing blue orchids! My mum didn’t think much to them but I thought they were gorgeous! It’s a shame I can’t help but kill plants. ūüė¶ I am definitely not green thumbed.

I went to go see Frank Turner with my sister and some friends on the 12th. On the way there I was reading a book on photography when a stranger asked me if I was into that sort of thing and told me to visit this gallery. I still haven’t got round to it, but the exhibition is still on so maybe i’ll go soon.

On the 13th I finally fixed one of my favourite earrings. It’s been sat on my desk for so long and I only just got round to gluing it back together. Hopefully I wont break it again!

On valentines day I spent most of the day drawing hobbits and dragons. Not bad in my opinion. I didn’t actually do anything with ash, neither of us are particularly bothered by it in all honesty. It’s a silly holiday really (we did make an excuse for some snuggle/movie time though of course).

On the 15th I moved my penguin statue, a christmas present from my mums boyfriend and just totally awesome, to a spot where he could keep an eye on my working.

My hair went crazy big and curly on the 16th as I left it in a big plait over night. It’s a shame that it’s so long and unmanageable at the moment, it just looked like a massive frizz ball! Definitely time for a hair cut.

On the 17th I really enjoyed the contrast between the moody, british sky and these stunning blossoms.

The 18th saw lots of editing work. Nearly a whole day of editing! My eyes definitely needed a rest by the end, but at least I had been very productive. These photo’s are amongst my favourites i’ve ever taken.

On the 19th I found out that I had an interview with London Zoo! I was so excited that I really couldn’t concentrate at work, not the best when working in a kitchen. I burnt myself so many times I lost count and nearly chopped my finger off! Luckily my nail stopped the cut becoming any deeper but it was still pretty nasty.

On the 20th I was starting to feel like I lived in this uniform. Working 60+ hour weeks, 6 days out of 7 most of the time and just constantly tired. I was starting to want just a day to pamper myself, wear make-up and look pretty but I just don’t have the energy even on my days off.

The 21st I was starting to feel positive. I was super excited (and nervous) about this interview and also knew it wasn’t long until Legoland wanted me back, plus i was about to drive up north for a wedding! Life was definitely about to get fun, I just had to stick it out at the pub for a little longer. This mirror is above our bed and was there when we moved in. We’re far too lazy to take it off and I actually kind of like it. It makes me smile.

The 22nd was the wedding of two very close friends! Unfortunately I forgot my camera (silly me) and my phone was dying so I didn’t take many pictures, but I did snap this cute picture of the first dance. The groom had changed into some more comfortable shoes for the party side of the wedding, as had the bride who was now wearing bright pink converse under her dress. Such a lovely day! I’m so happy for them both!

On the 23rd I went back to the south, but before I did I managed a little switcheroo at home, giggling like a naughty school girl the whole time. Mum has never got round to putting up my graduation picture (the woes of a second child!) and so I put mine in my sisters place. I don’t think she’s noticed yet, until she reads this blog post…*evil cackle*

On the 24th i received this sewing pattern I had won! I can’t wait to get stuck in!

On the 25th was my interview with London Zoo! It ran from 9-5 with lots of group exercises, presentations and other things to really get to know if we were right for the job and was such a fun day! It honestly made me want to work there even more, which I didn’t think was possible. I somehow managed to get a selfie with a penguin as well!

After the long interview and then rushing off to work for a close, I wasn’t feeling very awake on the 26th and drank far too much coffee.

On the 27th I got the news that I got the job!! I was so excited and i’m pretty sure I asked the person on the phone ‘Really?!’ several times. I celebrated with a glass (or two) of Merlyn, it’s like Baileys but so much better! I’m still convinced they’re going to ring up and tell me they made a mistake, but It’s quite honestly a dream come true!

On the 28th I started counting down to my start. I wrote it on my calendar and was still bouncing off walls.

On the 1st of March I received a congratulations card from my mum, complete with penguins of course!. How lovely ūüôā And yes, still bouncing off the walls at this stage.

On the 2nd there was a gorgeous rainbow! I could see the whole thing (I haven’t got round to editing those pictures yet though). If only I could find the pot of gold at the end…*sigh*

So that’s me all caught up to this week! I will be posting these weekly as usual from this sunday.

February was most definitely a very exciting month and I’m sure that March will be just as exciting!

Claire x


Katy Jade Dobson Art

I was 3 hours away from my home, my legs we’re aching after running up a steep hill and I was all dolled up in a pretty party dress and heels frantically trying to get in touch with a friend.

It all started weeks ago when my friend, and artist, mentioned an evening event at a gallery her art was being shown at. In passing Ash suggested that we surprise her and turn up to the gallery without her knowing. I looked at my Rota and I finished work early enough on the day to be able to get there just in time, plus I had the day after completely off!


So then it was a waiting game. I couldn’t wait to see the look on her face when we just randomly turned up, and I very nearly told her of our plans several times. I was just too excited!

On the day I finished work at 4, then I had to run some errands, post some packages, pack my bags. By the time we left it was 5:30 and we we’re definitely now in a rush. The drive was surprisingly easy, just the A1 for most of the way.¬†We got there and it had seemed like the event had been cancelled, katy wasn’t replying to texts as she was other wise occupied so we decided to walk to the gallery anyway.

As expected it was closed, eventually I rang Katy and asked if she minded two people imposing themselves on her. She was very shocked but luckily seemed delighted that I had travelled to see her.


The next day myself and Ash left Katy to go to and open up the gallery before joining her later in the day after a bit of breakfast and sightseeing.

Her gallery really looks amazing. I knew her paintings we’re gorgeous, but they look even better in person than in the photographs! The colours she uses range from natural earthy tones to bright dazzling rainbows. Every painting uses colour to great effect, really catching the eye. The subjects are superbly drawn in a messy but elegant way, really giving life and movement to the pieces. I know I may be biased, but I really do love her Art and I believe it speaks for itself.

Whilst I was there I decided to do a little interview with her:

CR : What did you want to be when you were younger?

KD : Well originally I wanted to be a horse, then a tooth fairy, and then an olympic gymnast, but I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Always, always.


Photo courtesy of Katy Jade Dobson Art


CR : That is adorable! So what was it about Art that interested you? 

KD : Well, I would say its whatever is suggested in art, the small things like a glance, or a certain positioning, or the way that not everything is recorded in a painting but it is suggested and you can fill in the blanks yourself in any way you want.

CR: What inspires you? 

KD :¬†Sometimes, before I am inspired by the subject, I am more inspired by the want to paint something of a particular nature¬†(powerful, strong or soft and calm) and then the decision the work on a particular subject and the research behind¬†that is then the inspiration to actively get up and do the painting. I’m also inspired by artists like Odilon Redon who can work in dreamy and ethereal ways,¬†thats why my work isnt always an accurate depiction of a scene, I like to add a dreamy quality to it.


Gorilla by Katy Jade Dobson Art


CR : When you’re not painting, what do you like to do?¬†

KD :¬†Painting is quite a solitary process so I like to be around friends a lot. I like to go out for walks when it’s sunny, walking a dog, ¬†going out for food and drinks or getting inspired by other artists.

CR : What have you found to be the most challenging with your art? 

KD : The process, the development and the actual physical act of the work seems to be very fluid and not exactly easy, but without its challenges. On the other hand, the part i struggle with is the side that I cant control as much, such as the material i am working on, if it takes a knock it effects the final piece. I am learning to see what materials work best to keep the longevity of my work to a high standard, i dont want that to compromise the work that is on it

Stag by Katy Jade Dobson Art

CR: What can we expect to see from you in the future?

KD : Oh gosh! Well I have lots of ideas for collections, some conflicting ideas but all seem to relate back to my own style. As I experiment with other materials to work on I might see a shift in technique and therefore, maybe, some new styles. But for now I am still figuring that out, I will have to see what happens in the future and how my work translates into prints and merchandise.

You can see Katy’s Elegant Mess Exhibition at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln until the 14th of April.¬†Or if you don’t live close enough you can follow her wordpress here,¬†find her facebook page here¬†and her official site here!

Photo Courtesy of Katy Jade Dobson Art

How to Decide on that Dream Job



I think before you really start looking for a job it’s important to think about what you want out of it.

Do you want it to be a long term thing or just a job as a means of income until you can get the job you really want? Do you care about what your job involves or are you more family oriented and just want to be able to pay the bills?

Knowing what you want out of a job will inevitably help you find the ideal job for you.

If you really care about your career and feel like you have to find a job you truly enjoy then here are a few things to keep in mind in that job search:


1) How many hours would you like to work? Are you looking for a full time job or would you prefer to have a bit more time to yourself? Do you mind working nights or would you prefer the 9-5? Do you want a set routine or are you ok with shift work?

I originally started working at the pub because I didn’t really mind when I worked, I just knew I wanted part time to give me lots of time for acting and the such. I also quite liked how I would get a lot of days off in the week as this would mean more time for auditions. However, now i’m concentrating more on sewing and Ash is at University during the day i’m finding i’d much prefer a regular day job. I’d like normal(ish) hours and no more closes at 2am so I can get myself in a routine and have more time to spend with Ash.


2) Do you want to progress in your career? Do you want the opportunity of promotions in the company or are you thinking of moving on soon after? 

If you just want the job for money until you can go for the job you really want then I wouldn’t be too fussy about where you apply or about any promotion opportunities. However, the willingness to learn and to advance in your career is always going to impress the interviewer whether or not you really are looking to stay permanently. Plus any progression you do make will look great on your CV!


3) What is it you enjoy? What kind of job do you really want to do?

I think it’s important to enjoy your job, I know people who don’t and they are miserable. You will have to be going to this job every day/week so you have to at least find something your enjoy about it, even if it is just a temporary or part time thing. Think about something you really enjoy, maybe some kind of hobby you do in your spare time. I love to dance, Act and sew. As much as I love dancing I know I wouldn’t want to do it professionally, however I can really see myself taking up sewing or acting as career. The only problem is that both of these are difficult to get going so I know that I need a full time job until I get my feet off the ground. When looking for something I knew that I loved interactions with customers as opposed to an office job and thought bar work would be perfect! I was right and I do love my job, it’s just that other circumstances have changed but maybe I can look into jobs in a box office at a theatre. Then I would be linking my acting and love of customer interaction whilst (hopefully) avoiding such late closings.


It really is important to think about exactly what your looking for before you start applying. Otherwise you might just find yourself in the same position a couple of weeks down the line.

‘Till next time!

Just Trying To Get An Income.

So again i’ve had a busy week.

I’ve been applying for jobs left, right and center and yet so far have only had two come back to me. Both part timers at Weatherspoons.

To be honest these would be perfect for me if I could get one (one more than the other for location) as then I can have a regular income as well as time to make my crafty things and audition for acting jobs.

I went for my first interview today at the ‘spoons’ i’d most like to work with as it’s located exactly where myself and the boyfriend we’re thinking of moving too (yes we’re moving again, this room is only temporary whilst we find a place). I think it went well, at least I did the best I could. I will find out in a couple of days whether or not I made it through to the second stage of interviews so fingers crossed!

Just incase though, I have the other interview tomorrow and I’m still applying for jobs.

I also have some acting jobs lined up. Ok so they’re voluntary, but it should be good for my film reel and such so all’s good.

Sitting on my 'chair' in my interview outfit.

Luckily I now have all my sewing and jewellery equipment set up and in use now! So I have lots of things I can make to fill my time in between the job search. We bought a new desk and bookcase thing from IKEA (love that place) which looks pretty nifty! Unfortunately we don’t have a chair yet so i’m having to sit on some drawers which isn’t the most comfortable but it will suffice.

I have several projects on the go at the moment including an apron for my boyfriend as he’s been asking for one from me for ages. I found this Batman fabric and decided it had to be done. He’s very excited.

Nananananananana BATMAN!

Nananananananana BATMAN!

I’m sure i’ll be able to show the results tomorrow.

If not i’ve been naughty and got distracted again.

Till next time!

Stay Happy!

Living life like a Penguin

Interviews Galore

Tomorrow is my Interview for the acting agency.

I’m starting to get pretty nervous.

I’m not quite sure what to expect and i’m desperately trying to think of things to wear and guess what kind of questions they may ask me. If anyone has any tips feel free to share them with me.

Fitter – Healthier

In other news, i’ve decided to start a healthier diet and start exercising again. I know i’ve put on at least a little bit of weight and definitely want to lose it again. My mums in on this as well as she’s decided she wants to lose weight. A couple of nights ago we ate the final packet of Party Sized Pringles that were left in the cupboard and vowed to be healthier and fitter.

So far so good. Been going to exercise classes and controlling my eating habits (mainly my uncontrollable snacking). Hopefully i’ll tone up just a little bit and get rid of the podge.

The Penguin way of Life

A friend told me how i’d inspired her to have a Penguin as her lifes mascot. I like this idea very much.

When I was younger I got a bit obsessive with entering lots of online competitions. And by lots I mean LOTS. Eventually I won a game called Penguin Pile Up where you had to balance penguins on a wobbly plastic iceberg. I still actually have this game stashed under my bed, and it has definitely been used quite a bit!

Penguin Pile Up!

This lead to the theory that as long as you keep trying and don’t give up, one day you’re bound to win something. I mean you can only get back the amount of energy you put in right?

¬†But any way, because of this I am now adopting a penguin as my mascot too. To remind me to keep trying even when it gets hard, as i’m sure it will with my chosen career path.

Will hopefully update soon the results of the interview.

Till next time!

Stay Happy!