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This post is a little later than I planned but, well, we made it. It was touch and go for a moment back there but we made it through 2020. What an absolutely bonkers year it was. Those of you who know me will know I had my own battle with Miss Rona at the beginning of the year and unfortunately she’s like sand at a picnic! I’m still finding grains of her embedded in things nearly a year later. And she’s still here. She’s still circling the dancefloor. It’s a shadow that none of us can avoid and until the vaccine has been fully rolled out to all those who want it, we’ll never fully close the chapter on 2020. She’ll still stain our dance cards.

To everybody who follows and supports my creative endeavours, I sincerely hope that you are safe and well.
For me, 2021 brings a new adventure. After three years of dangling the carrot of redundancy just inches away from my nose, the all-important end date is now confirmed and the official papers drawn up. As from March 31st I will no longer be employed. It’s not the first time I have been without employment but it is the most positive time to be without employment.

My positivity is not giddiness. I am well aware that losing a job I have relied upon for the past nine years will have significant financial impact. I am in no way flippant when I say this is a learning curve because the route I have chosen is one of self-employment and self-discovery. I’m fully aware that their will be significant redundancies in the UK this year and as a result my potential safety net of gaining alternative employment is incredibly weakened by the number of people also finding themselves out of work (the number of people made redundant in the UK has jumped to over 370,000 since October – the highest increase on record)

I’m aware that as much as I want to sit back and draw pretty pictures all day, there is an incredible amount of hard work ahead of me to ensure that I am a success.
Before I begin to measure what success looks like for me, I need to map out the route through the next three months of my redundancy period and ensure that when I wake up on 1st April 2021 (the irony of this date is not lost on me), I have done all I can to tip out the crayons onto the kitchen table and colour my way into my new career as a self-employed creative adventurer.

Do you fancy coming along for the ride?

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Happy Halloween!
This October I’ve been taking part in the in inktober challenge, to challenge myself more than anything else. It’s been fun. And in the spirit of all thing spooky, I wanted to share this little chap with you…
Keep it spooky…

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As quickly as August rode in, it’s already heading off into the sunset! It’s been a weird month here at friedandy. I’m pretty sure it’s just the lockdown having it’s moment with me but it’s got me longing to get away from it all. And then this little tent, in all it’s cuteness, sealed the deal. This is a commission for a new local business here in Chester and I’ve loved creating it. I’m hoping to develop some stickers with this little guy on too…

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Can you believe it’s July already? The pandemic has really messed with our calendars hasn’t it!

So, where are you missing most of all right now?

If I could wave a magic wand and make this all go away, where would be the first place you would head to?

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Sometimes boats get stuck in trees, but only when it’s particularly cloudy…
I’m going to write a poem for my niece so when I get to meet her for the first time, I can read it to her. I’m going to illustrate it too and turn it into a little book for her so our first conversation will be captured forever.
This pic? Nah, this is from a completely different project but I loved the idea of the boat in the tree. I’m tempted to play around with that idea a bit more…