Tigerlilly Quinn: blogging and Ipad and how to create your own font

Monday, 14 October 2013

blogging and Ipad and how to create your own font


Elephant dress - Tigerlilly Quinn


When it comes to talking about blogging I don't really know where to start. Blogging gave me a voice, a new found creativity, a friendship group, a sense of community, support and even a sense of self worth. It is my passion, it's something I think and do everyday. Sometimes I find myself walking down the road and I will have written out a blog post in my head without realising it. There isn't a day that goes by that I have not been inspired, moved or made to laugh by a blog post I have read or a reader I have spoken to because of this blog. It really is a massive part of my life.

I have been blogging now for four years, in which time I have learnt so much about myself and the blogging process.

Argos have recently become a sponsor of this 'ere blog and we chatted a lot about the blogging scene, it's great to find that more and more companies are respecting bloggers and value their space on the internet. I also love their Habitat items (like the lamp in the above picture) and have a bit of an addiction to their cushions..It's funny for me to think that this time ten years ago I was off to uni for the first time, flipping though their 'laminated book of dreams'* and picking out pieces for my student room.

When we discussed the partnership Argos suggested that a tablet might be helpful as a tool for blogging on the go. They asked me to choose a tablet option from here and after an evening spent going through the benefits of each (Tom made me!) I settled for my gut instinct which was the Ipad (of course!).

I've had the tablet for less than a week and have already discovered some amazing apps that have really improved my time management and organising, for instance the Trello app which is great for planning posts. The buffer app is a great way to combine your social media platforms for sharing blog posts, I time mine to post when I am asleep and other countries are awake (as lots of my readers are from all over the world!).

My best design find over the past few days though has been IFontMaker. I downloaded this for the Ipad and literally created my own handwriting as a font within about ten minutes! I did have to buy a stylus to do this but it was not a huge amount of money and worth it for the result definitely. Tom and I spent a whole evening last week creating our own fonts, we agreed we both write like children. I'm working on a joined up font next!


I can't wait to discover more apps, I am a little bit in love with this tablet.

Do you have a Ipad? Which apps should I be downloading?

Thanks as always to the sponsors who make this blog and these opportunities available and thanks y'all for being such ace readers and making blogging such a rad job!

*Bill Bailey reference  

A reader pointed out from the tab open in the last picture Tom has also been enjoying using the Ipad! 

25 comments:

kelley said...

this is so great! congrats on the partnership :)

daisychaindream said...

Oh how exciting! xx

Globalmouse said...

Don't get too attached to your IPAD is my advice!! My children can use mine way better than I can and it's now full of mini zoos and smurf villages!! I will have to check those apps out though...when they're at school....as they sound great!!

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much Kelley! x

fritha strickland said...

eeep I know! x

fritha strickland said...

haha yes it's a great babysitter ;) in fact we have downloaded so many apps that the app store only recommends me kids apps now! I might do another post on good apps for toddlers, any ones you would suggest? x

Loubelle said...

The Ifontmaker looks amazing. I'd get lots of use from that, just need an ipad!
On a slightly different note I love, love, love the elephant dress in the first picture. Where is it from?

laura redburn said...

one of the main reasons i started blogging was to better my photography skills, as well as showcase mine and others work. i knew how to use manual mode etc properly on my camera before, but less than a year blogging it's improved SO MUCH!


just goes to prove, if you keep working at something, something will come from it, no matter how big or small! :)

fritha strickland said...

It's actually from my shop (although sold out) I've linked to it now and new stock should arrive in a couple of weeks! Do drop me an email if you would like me to reserve one for you! x

fritha strickland said...

Very true lady! I LOVE your blog and your photos are fantastic, always so bright and colourful. Do you use any editing software? x

Erika said...

Wow! Sounds like you have had a fabulous year and well deserved results from it. Enjoy the Blogtacular, it sounds fantastic.

The iPad looks so versitile for design! Looks like it needs to go on my wishlist!

I am sure there are more great years of blogging ahead for you!

Loubelle said...

Just e-mailed to reserve one! Thank you x
I really want to improve the pictures on my blog. Hoping Santa brings me a camera for Christmas but have no idea what to get.

Karen Morland said...

Well done Fritha! I know you suggested to me about sponsorship too but I have to admit I'm quite intimidated by the prospect of doing this, maybe I will pick your brains about this the next time we meet up! I love my iPad and it really does help with blogging on the go, two of my favourite apps are Rhonna Designs and Brit + Co, I think you will love both of them too! X x

Janey said...

I'd love to go to Blogtacular but I don't think I'll be able to afford it this year! Looking forward to reading everyone's blog posts about it though :)


Janey x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

This app looks awesome and I def need to give it a go, although my handwriting is a bit of a mess so god knows what it will look like! My blog has also inspired me in so many ways, and I also have blog post ideas pop up when I'm doing something, sometimes I have to make notes on my phone so I don't forget them! I'm so excited about Blogtacular, although I still need to buy my ticket, hopefully they don't sell out! x

mummydaddyme said...

I really want to go to Blogtacular, it looks amazing. And I agree with everything you have said about the blogging community. x

Anna said...

love love loveeee the font maker! ooh, i need that if i get an ipad! i remember 10+ years back downloading some weird font maker programmes to use on the pc and it was such hard work to make anything (maybe cos i was a bit crap at it anyway!) have fun at blogtacular!

Rebecca English said...

I love the look of that fontmaker! What a great idea.

mysidekickandme said...

The ifont maker looks fab.. I think my daughter would love it more than me.. but alas no iPad here lol.. I agree the dress is lovely!! Where is your shop? x

fritha strickland said...

ooh I hope you can come! would be lovely to catch up properly! xx

fritha strickland said...

that's a really good idea! (making notes of your phone) I must do that. I really hope you can come, would be nice to be able to chat properly! (and have a few drinks!) x

fritha strickland said...

it really is ace! x

fritha strickland said...

I'm the same Anna! I've tried other ones before, in fact I even got one of those mouse pens and tried with a program on the laptop but it was so hard! This one is super simple (and fun) xx

fritha strickland said...

thanks lovely, you can click on it on the 'shop' tab or its tigerlillyquinn.bigcartel.com xx

Becky said...

Only just catching up on my favourite blogs now :-) I would love to go to Blogtacular, but is it suitable if you have a newish blog or would it be better to be more established? I've blogged before, but have just begun a new craft/activities blog for toddlers and preschoolers, so really i'm starting again. Also, if they're any other blogging events you'd recommend attending that would be really appreciated! PS Love the dress too- I've got a really similar one from ASOS, love it, always get comments about it!


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