Friday, 21 November 2014

What's in a name?

Whats in a name?

Well quite a lot I reckon considering all the to and fro-ing I felt when considered a name change when we got married. The funny thing name really, traditionally, should be Quinn anyway. My dads surname is Quinn and my mum's is Strickland, they decided never to get married and instead divided their surnames amongst us. I ended up with Strickland and the Quinns in our family ended up being my two sisters. That being said, growing up my family would call my 'Fritha Moonbeatle Tigerlilly Quinn' and so it always felt like part of my name in that sense. Ironic really as if I'd just been a Quinn to start with I would never have had to have made a decision either way.

I wrote a little here about my last minute decision to change my name so I won't go into it any more in this post but feel free to take a peek and leave a comment on your views on the matter. I find it all so interesting.

Zazzle contacted me a few days after our wedding and asked if I'd like to review a personalised item from their site and so something with my new (sort of) surname. I chose this cushion in the end although it took me a good while to make my mind up due to the sheer volume of unique items in the store. I was really impressed with the quality of the item and the speed of delivery, plus who doesn't love a pastel pink stripe?

(looks kinda like a mug shot doesn't it!)

I love how the site is divided in so many ways to narrow down your search so even though there are a huge range of products it makes it easy to browse the type of item you are after. I think I would have found the wedding section particularly useful if I'd known about it a few months ago. It would also make for a great place to send people if you were looking for a wedding gifts!

I also think it's great that the site is supporting indie businesses and independent artists and although it contains a huge range of products it also seems to be able to carry through an edgy and quirky theme.

By clicking on 'gifts' you can see products arranged by 'best sellers' or 'interests and trends'. I think that this is such an important feature for a large store like this or you could end up feeling a bit lost. I've already added a bunch of inspirational posters and prints to my wish list (love this print). I really am a sucker for a bit of inspirational typography!

Have you used Zazzle yet? What do you think?

p.s for those asking my jumper is from NEXT*
in association with zazzle

Thursday, 20 November 2014


I constantly feel lucky that I am able to work for myself, it has always been my dream to and I literally cannot imagine not living a freelancer lifestyle anymore. Funny enough I discovered as I sit writing this post today that it's 'National Freelancer's Day' which is pretty fitting!

I think it terms of working for myself it was quite a slow learning curve. I've been doing this for around three years now and I'm still learning new things everyday. A lot of my friends wonder that working for yourself (and by yourself) can be pretty isolating. Whilst I can see how this might have been the case say ten years ago, I think with rise in social media and the internet you really aren't ever alone ever. Through social media I've discovered a community of freelancers whom I can chat with and bounce ideas of but it taken me a good couple of years to actually get the point where I found this support. If I was starting out now I would probably be a bit of a loss of where to start if I'm honest.

As a freelance illustrator I found it increasingly hard to find where work was, I would trawl through twitter on the off chance that someone might be tweeting about an opportunity and whilst some work did actually come about this way (illustrations for Company Magazine and the Metro) it was also very time consuming and often fruitless. Although my career path has taken a different turn now, I often wonder how difficult it must be for new creatives to find communities and projects to further their chosen career path. 

I was introduced to Hiive a few weeks back and registered myself onto the site. Rather than being yet another social media platform (lets be honest we don't need any more!) Hiive has a strong emphasise on education and training. You can join 'swarms' (it's a hive get it?) where you can bounce ideas off people for any projects you have as well as hearing about what other people are working on. 

I love that they focus so much on courses and opportunities as it makes it a really exciting place to check out. The vacancies listings would be perfect for freelancers of various skill sets to find work applicable to them. Something that I imagine will only get more useful and exciting as the site develops.

Do you work for yourself? What tips would you give if you were just starting out in the freelance world?

This post is in association with Hiive

Me and You

'Me and you, 
Me and you.
Last time we spoke i thought we were through. 
I found a map,
I found a map,
I found a map, 
I found a map. 
And now i know the way you can just go 
Back, back, back, back.
Back, back, back, back.

Help yourself out, shoot history in the mouth,
It's all that's left to do.
Look me up in some phonebook
Under, Me and You.'

Slow Club - Me and You

When Tom and I first met I was not supposed to be starting out in a relationship with anyone. I was supposed to be discovering what it was like to be single, something I hadn't been since I was 17 and at 22 felt like it was the right time to be. My friends told me 'do not get into another relationship' and 'spend a least a year learning what it's like to be by yourself'. I thought this was probably the sort of thing that would be good for 22 year old me. When we met I had a few weeks left in Bristol before I moved in with my friend in Newcastle and I under no circumstance should fall for someone in these in-between weeks..

So although we both knew we really liked each other I still went ahead and moved. 

It was a weird few weeks, full of great times with good friends but also with a sense that I wasn't in the right place. Tom would write me letters (real actual letters with sweet gifts inside them like stickers and home made cards) and we would talk on the phone all the time. One day a few weeks after I had been there I was looking for jobs at the library computer and I got a message from him with a link to this Slow Club song. Actually it was a link to video on YouTube and as I was in the library I couldn't listen to it I did however google the lyrics.

Six weeks after I left I returned to Bristol and we've been together for almost six years now. 
And married for one month. 

This picture was taken on our honeymoon (the only picture we are both in, I need to get better at using the self timer on my camera!).

Don't forget to join in with the other lovely ladies in our Me and You project. Lucy, Becky and Kirsty! 

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