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The Best Summer So Far

Yesterday was my last shift at what is definitely the best job I’ve ever had. I’ve been working as a presenter at ZSL London Zoo over the summer and it’s been the best summer ever.

Every day I was surrounded by incredible animals, I was constantly learning new, amazing things (which often meant getting close to the animals) and genuinely looked forward to work everyday. Sure parts of the job we’re hard work and stressful but it was always well worth it.

I’m going to miss seeing all the animals and people i met everyday and being able to share how awesome nature is with everyone but fingers crossed I can go back next summer!

But now it’s time to find a job over the winter, I have a few possibilities which would actually give me a lot more time to focus on The Penguin Theory, hopefully I can ace the interviews!

I’ve been playing with lots of ideas for new products and lines, but nothing has been finalised. I plan to work hard over the next few weeks to make lots of items for my Etsy shop and also for craft fairs! It’s time to get busy so expect lots more updates shortly! Keep an eye out for some brand new photography of some cute baby animals coming up shortly!

Claire x

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Exciting Things Ahead

I’m sorry for my absence recently, it has become a little intense on my end! A few people left the pub I work at and, with it all ready being understaffed (especially in the kitchen) i’m suddenly roped into 6 day weeks with over 60 hours. As you can imagine it’s not leaving much time for Penguin Theory-ing.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel as my life is soon to take on a drastic change!

I have somehow managed to bag myself a job and London Zoo! I’m so excited as I seriously love animals (if you hadn’t noticed from reading my blog) and I will be earning more than I do now with a job I just know I’m going to love! Plus I’ll have more time for Penguin Theory as I will be working less hours also. I seriously cannot wait to start! I wish it could be now! It’s shame it’s just a summer job for now, but I plan to work hard and really try to impress.

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I couldn’t resist a penguin selfie.

I am also still owed a lot of holiday from the pub job and so I have next week off (I only found out a couple of days ago!). I will be using that time to catch up with my 365 project posts and making lots of new items for my shop as well as starting some new exciting projects.

A project I really cant wait to start is this gorgeous coat, I won the pattern from an excellent blog: Custom Style . Thank’s Brooke! I can’t wait to get stuck in! I have so many ideas for the fabric choices but just need to buy some fabric large enough. I think this will also be the first project i make a mock-up of first so I need to get some muslin too. Unfortunately I might have to wait for my new job to be able to afford it as the current one (even with all these extra hours) only just covers my rent and other expenses.

By the way brooke, your handwriting is so pretty!

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I also have some very big plans for my photography and will be going on lots of adventures with my camera during the next week, and not just taking photo’s of nature but also getting back into longboarding and other sports.

I’ve already entered the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (just before the deadline!) although i wish i’d had more time to really explore and take more photographs, I still think I might have some good contenders entered but I’m just happy that i’ve at least tried. Fingers crossed!

I really can’t wait for this next month, it’s going to be amazing. As cheesy as it sounds, i feel like it’s the start of the life I’ve always wanted and I couldn’t be happier! Bring on the rest of 2014! 😀

Claire x


How to Decide on that Dream Job

 

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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!


Another Job Search Begins

I’ve decided that once this craft fair is done I will be looking for a new job.

I need more regular hours, I need better pay and I need to feel like my needs are taken into account.

Thats not to say I don’t like my job and the people there and they don’t look after us (most of the time), but I have been thinking of leaving for a while and last night I felt like I really didn’t want to be there.

In all honesty the main reasons I’m leaving are because of money (especially now we’re hiring more staff and my shifts are going back down to 20hrs from working 40+ hrs) and because I’m finding the constant change in my sleep pattern is taking it’s toll.

I would like spare money to put aside so that I can afford holidays and other nice things, I would like to have a routine to my day so I feel I can be more productive. This job allows neither of these things and so I know I need to look for fresh new pastures.

The thing that has tipped me over the edge though from it being a ‘I should, but I like it here’ to a ‘Yep, I need to leave now’ is the fact that it’s so hard to book any time off. I know it’s probably because we’re so understaffed for the moment so not really my bosses fault, but I never seem to be able to book any time off. Sure I had my trip to China, but i’d told them about that in my interview and so they knew about that before I even started and knew there’d be no way for me to work. I’ve only tried booking time off twice since and both times the rota has been changed a couple of days before making it hard to find cover or even cancel the thing I was booked off for (or at least cancel with a chance of getting my money back).

This time I’d booked off this sunday for the Frost Fair in North Finchley I will be attending. I’ve put down money on a table and with 2 days notice there would be no chance of me getting money back and would have created a pretty bad name for myself with my first big craft fair.

I spent my whole shift last night trying to figure out a way to get it covered and asked everyone I could, but they all had good reasons as to why they couldn’t cover. Eventually one of the new staff agreed to swap. She’s now doing my day shift and I’m doing her close down (pretty good swap for her! Everyone hates closing down).

However this does mean I’ll be working a finish on Saturday (so wont be home until about 2 or 3am), getting up at 8 for the frost fair and then doing another finish that night. I might not be functioning at my best but I will just man up and deal with it.

I think i’m just getting tired of this job in all honesty. I love the people, I love the sociable aspect, but i’m just tired. Constantly tired.

I would like to find a new job in something creative, maybe in a small shop, or in a theatre. Sure they might not pay much better, but at least the hours might be a bit better suited (i.e. no 3am finishes as well as 8am starts). Plus I think i’d have more time to put into this Penguin Theory, or at least I’d spend less time procrastinating through tiredness (as of now it is nearly 1pm and I’ve done nothing on my list of things to do for sunday).

So if anyone out there is looking for an assistant, a receptionist, a saleswoman, even a coffee maker in London/North London. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. All I ask is that there will be no early morning finishes! (at least not on a regular basis)

‘Till next time!


I’ve been neglecting the penguin theory for the past week, I’m actually writing this on my break at the day job!

It was Ash’s birthday so I treated him to a meal (ok so out was only in Weatherspoons, but it was yummy!) And then we went out
partying in Camden. We had loads of fun and it was a really good night out, there were one or two hitches but in the end we all got nicely drunk and enjoyed the night.

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his birthday its actually today, Sunday, and I’d planned on spoiling him all day. Unfortunately my shift was changed at work and now I’m working for 12 hours. I guess I’ll have to pamper him another day.

This is one of the reasons why I’ve decided to look for a new job. The hours are too long and irregular and I just find I don’t have any time for sewing our time to myself. So I think I will look for a job I’m more interested in, maybe even
something to do with sewing like an alterations shop.

I’ll just have to see what there is for me out there.

Till next time!


Exciting News for my Boyfriend

Recently money’s been extremely tight, i’m only working roughly 20 hours a week minimum wage and my boyfriend can’t seem to get a job no matter how hard he tries, although he’s good at getting interviews for jobs he’s not completely qualified for surprisingly. When we first met he was in his first year of University and I was in my last, he quit his course though as he didn’t really enjoy it, I don’t think it was exactly what he was expecting.

Since then he’s been working at a sales job, basically being one of those annoying people who come to your door and try to sell you insulation. He didn’t really enjoy it and the long hours (he would usually work 10 to 12 hours in a day if not more) to make little to no money were just draining him. We knew he just couldn’t keep it up any longer. He decided to quit so he would have time to look for a new job, but hasn’t really had any luck.

Then he started thinking about university again. Maybe there’s a course more suitable out there? He began looking and almost immediately found a course right by us which sounds like exactly what he wanted to do in the first place! Unfortunately by this time applications had already closed and so we had to wait until clearing started. Luckily we heard that his course would be available when clearing opened so then it was a mad rush to get all his UCAS and Student Finance things filled in asap, followed by waiting. A lot of waiting.

Eventually it was time to ring up for clearance. The first day they were having trouble with their lines, he couldn’t get through. Then there was a bank holiday and so they were closed. It was so frustrating just having to sit and wait, not knowing if the course would be filled up or not.

Then yesterday he tried again. He kept ringing and ringing but the phone lines were busy and every time he managed to get through he’d give some of his details before being accidentally cut off! At one point he was left on hold for 40 minutes only to be cut off when the person came back…We were really not very impressed by this point.

When he eventually managed to get through again it went a lot faster. The guy on the other end seemed a lot more competent than the one who had left him on hold for 40 minutes! I tensely watched Ash’s face during the conversation until i heard ‘That’s great thank you!’ and saw probably the biggest smile i’d ever seen on his face.

After he hung up i asked ‘Well?’

His reply: ‘I got in’

It was so much of a relief, after so long just having to wait and so many annoyances and things seemingly going wrong. Now we just have to wait for the offer to come through on ucas and for Student Loans to confirm.

So as of October Ash will be enrolled on ‘Internet Application Development BSC’ (or to you and me – web development).

We celebrated by buying chocolate bars.

‘Till next time!


Festive Makings and a Job search

Ok, so it’s quite late but i have been rather busy.

Just before christmas I decided to buy all this christmassy fabric in the hopes of making my family some gifts.

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Cue me being really unorganised and failing to get anything done.

This lead to me working like a crazy woman, my boyfriend even started calling me his ‘little chinese worker’, to get them finished on time.

Trying not to stab my fingers

I had made a couple of Aprons before, but this time I decided to go all out, giving them all a nice lining (even in the pockets). The ties also have a nice lining on them (unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finished products before everyone left)

Christmas itself was probably one of my favourite christmases we’ve had, even my mum has been saying the same.

My boyfriend, Ash, had decided to spend it with us instead of his own family (long story) so I was especially happy.

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We started the day as normal, opening stocking presents (I’d bought some for Ash so that he didn’t feel left out). I got a cookbook, lots of chocolate, some amazingly pretty beads (i’m just itching to use) along with the usual socks and knickers.

We then took our usual trip to see some extended family members, had a few glasses of alcohol, exchanged a few gifts, before coming back to sort out food and such. I also then disappeared upstairs to carry on making some bags for my aunts to put their presents in (a selection of mustard and soaps). Yes I was so badly organised I was even working on christmas day itself.

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Eventually the whole family arrived. Aunts, Uncle, Cousins, Grandparents all descended on us. There were 14 of us in total (3 being littles) and so it was very busy. We had to drag the kitchen table into our living room (good job it’s a big room!) and get all the emergency chairs out, including piano stools.

My grandpa waved his new tie happily when he arrived exclaiming how he was sorry he was no longer wearing it, he was just too warm. Made me very happy to see how much everyone was enjoying the things i’d made for them.

Concentrating very hard apparently.

We thought it was going to be far to hectic and noisy for the grandparents, and there would be too many people all getting in the way, but thankfully my xbox kept the children amused upstairs whilst the food was being prepared and everything seemed to run smoothly!

I got some brilliant presents, David Attenborough’s Autobiography (i’ve always been obsessed), A years subscription to a jewellery magazine, a new suitcase (the wheels on mine look like they’ve exploded), clothing and books.

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All together, a very successful christmas.

Ash text me the other day saying how his work mates picked on his tie (to be fair it is bright red with reindeers on it…) and then when he mentioned i’d made it they were all shocked and refused to believe him until they saw it didn’t have any tags. (That reminds me…I must get some tags made.) Again it made me so happy to hear how impressed people were with my work! Definitely going to keep this sewing malarky up. Hopefully I will be moving onto clothing soon…or at least some more complicated aprons and lots more ties.

My sister and her Apron next to the Christmas tree.

In other news. I will be changing the name of my business. Claire’s Crafty Creations is just too boring and over done. My mum doesn’t agree, but then I doubt she hasn’t searched it in google. Far too many shops pop up. I need something exciting and different, that means something to me. I was thinking of ‘The Penguin Theory’, which you will recognise if you’ve read my earlier posts, I even have permission from the co-founder of the penguin theory. (I say co-founder, but she was the one who really first mentioned it). I would also have a mascot of a penguin called ‘Gru-gru’ named after one of my penguins from the origins of this theory.

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When I told my mother all this she didn’t seem to think it was a good idea as it didn’t say what my items were, even mentioning that a lot high street shops don’t tend to either didn’t seem to sway her, I mean ‘Monsoon’ doesn’t shout clothing to me, just lots and lots of rain.

Anyone got any advice or ideas?

In other news, I’VE MOVED! (hence the long silence)

I no longer live in the north but am based down in Essex. I wanted to be closer to London and the Boyfriend needed help with rent so it just seemed like a good idea. Since i’ve got here I’ve sorted out our room about 3 times, applied for every job I could find, handed out as many CVs as possible and sketched more designs for when I bring all my crafty stuff down. (I’m actually going to get the rest of my stuff tomorrow).

I just got news today that I have got myself an interview in a Weatherspoons about 40minutes away (my car is ridiculously economical so petrol shouldn’t be too expensive). It’s for a part time job which is perfect as then I still have plenty of time to sew and go to auditions!

Better start picking out a smart outfit and practice answering questions!

Till next time, stay happy!

Sexy Pose for a sexy lining.


Getting on Top of Blogging and Other Things

Ok, so I really am rubbish at this Blogging thing. I really need to keep on top of this.

But things have been pretty exciting since my last post!

The acting classes are going well, everyone’s really nice and it’s pretty fun! Next week they’re going to film us doing short pieces to camera and in the final week a top casting director will be coming in to assess us and  tell us what kind of level we’re at. However, I may have to miss one week as I have managed to find myself a job!

I saw an advert for actors at the York Dungeons over Halloween. I was so nervous for the audition, and hadn’t had much time to learn the two monologues I’d been told I needed. But some thing about me must have impressed as I got the job! I start my training next week. So excited!

I have also been volunteering at my local ‘Arts Centre’ with a kids drama workshop. It’s pretty fun. despite my hate of running workshops, but I definitely have lots to improve on. I need to become more confident with controlling the kids.

Another exciting thing I’ve decided to do is learn how to Scuba Dive! I’ve always wanted to learn but was never allowed when I was younger as I had a big risk of heart disease. However, now i’ve recently been given the all clear I’m going to treat myself with some lessons. I’ve already had one and loved it! Can’t wait for the next one.

In sadder news, my aunt’s partners dad has just died. He was such a lovely man but hadn’t been well for a while so it’s not really a shock, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting. He really was a genuinely nice man.

Till Next Time!

Stay Happy!