Tigerlilly Quinn: What's in a name?

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 is..my 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

22 comments:

Mellissa Williams said...

I love the idea of personalised cushions. These would be lovely for a girl's bedroom. I must check out Zazzle heard they are great.

Cariemay said...

Firstly I love the cushion - and how lovely to choose something that applies to all of you as a family! But also I have to ask are those your real middle names ? - because if they are then they are truly wonderful!!

Sarah Ebner said...

The cushion looks great fun, but your story is even better.....going to read the backstory bit now....

Michelle Ashmore said...

I love the pink stripe! I haven't heard of Zazzle, I'll have to go check them out :)

Beautyqueenuk said...

OOh I am definitely going to read your story now and I love the pillow x

Jen Walshaw said...

Oh I adore the pillow, the combination the name and the stripes

mummyandthechunks said...

I've never shopped at Zazzle but I do love that cushion I'm just thinking how fab it would look on my bed (minus your name of course as that would be weird)

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

I've never shopped with Zazzle before but judging from the lovely cushion it looks great, and by the way you have such a unique and beautiful name! :)


Caroline
www.my-family-ties.com

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Oh this just reminded me I got an email from them the other day that I must reply to! And that's crazy that Quinn was the name you should have had!! Amazing! xx

Katie Albury said...

Love this cushion...I'm such a sucker for initial/monogrammed/named stuff! If it's got a K or an A on it...it's mine! I don't think I've shopped on Zazzle before...I'll have to take a look! xx

Emma Smith said...

I love finding things a bit quirky and different. Off to have a nosey round the store now.

Laura Hunter said...

OMG! Thanks for this post, I've just found the perfect xmas cards to put Lux's photo on! (kiss noise) xxx

Kara said...

I love it - I am off for a nosey now too

Eleanor Willock said...

Great find Fritha, will be looking here for Christmas stuff

kathrynsharman said...

Cute cushion - I've always liked pink and white candy stripes because I had a piece of old bed sheet exactly the same which was my comforter as a kid!

Globalmouse said...

I haven't used it but I love the candy striped cushion and being able to personalise it - would be a nice present for each of my little ones to have in their own name to snuggle up with on the sofa....hmmm, good present idea!!

Polly Davies said...

I haven't used Zazzle, though I've seen it. Love the cushion!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I love the cushion but I love the wallpaper in the background even more ;-)


Can I be cheeky and ask where it's from x x

fritha strickland said...

of course it's from Ferm Living! x

Louisa said...

The cushion is great. Whether or not to take my husbands name was a big decision for me too, I ended up taking both so I could have the old and the new.

Nell@PigeonPairandMe said...

Ha ha I love the wallpaper too! I haven't used Zazzle before - red rather than pink would be my colour, but the cushion looks nice and snuggly.

Lia Billimore said...

I really, really love this cushion!

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