All my friends are living saints

My little brother Max, tucking into some ice cream (lucky boy! his wee gums are killing him at the moment) He is an absolute sweetheart. I can't wait to be a big sister again in May :)

Haha and now my big boy, tucking into some ribs! We went for a Tony Roma's before going to see the Muppets at Xscape. The 'bone bag' freaked me out a bit but those ribs were bloody good.

Bumped into this absolute babe in the Cathouse! We were both rather merry but it was lovely to finally meet in person :) Move back to Scotland now plz so we can be buds?!

Out with my good friends Ando and Iain for Iain's birthday. Iain works in a bar in Glasgow that I'm going to be redesigning/refurbing a few bits of the interior for. First time that I've done anything like this but I'm really excited.

Same night I met Kate at the Cathouse, we were all out because one of my best gals Erin was home from down south for the weekend. I miss her dearly :( The title of this post is actually the words she got tattooed on her while she was visiting, as a wee birthday/christmas present from me. I've had a lot of good times with my friends lately, as well as a lot of busy times with work. Still trying to master the balance between the two! Now here's the latter...

Spending a lot of time at the BBC Propworks, sourcing props, drinking tea and writing lists with my designer from the Irn Bru adverts. They went really well, and will be a total hoot so be sure to look out for them on the telly over the next month or so. Looks like that dude in the picture above had been waiting there a wee bit too long. LOLZ!

Putting my painting skills to different use this time, I've been doing some scenic artwork for a company that provides antenna shrouds for buildings. These are called 'the undetectables' as they are meant to cleverly blend into the rest of the building, whilst holding the antennas inside. Above are the first set I've done for the company, and they actually got put up on a building just around the corner from my house. Could they have fooled you?

I had a fantastic time art directing the Cbbc and Cbeebies 10th birthday bash in Glasgow! It was good to catch up with my friend James, who played Raven, and also telling him that John and I were now a couple. It was a theatre job we all worked on together last year that I first met John :) and after a pretty shitty year I think James was pleased to hear how things had turned out for us. I couldn't take him seriously in his Raven costume though!

I remade the Pres desk setup for Hacker and Dodge's Q&A session up here in Scotland. They gave me the seal of approval, and posed for a picture even though they told me I'll now have fleas :( Great.

All work and play aside, I've been spending what free time I have trying to get organised, have massive clear outs and I've now got a HUGE pile of stuff for ebay and a car boot sale that really needs shifting. My mum came across all my old Motocross gear in her cupboard, and it was a real blast from the past laying out my body armour, tops, gloves etc. I'd love to get back into an extreme sport like this, but to be honest I think I was more fearless when I was 16 in compharison to what I am now. I missed getting up north this season with my snowboard, but hope to get surfing this summer and I guess I can just dream about having a dirtbike again (and all of the above will be getting used as a halloween costume!)

How do you find your balance of work, play, and hobbies? And is there a past time you used to regularly enjoy but now just don't get the chance to? I have a list as long as my arm for all the things I'd do with an extra day in the week.

Ayden x


  1. Hey! My first time on your blog so just saying hello - very excited to find another UK blogger! Your little bro is so so adorable! :)

  2. Love these photos, your job looks so cool! I used to love Raven as a kid haha x

  3. Looks like you've been busy busy! It is hard to find that balance between work and play, but great to relax and catch up with friends when you can! I love the star print blouse you're wearing!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  4. what a beautiful post!!
    that baby is so so cute!

  5. Lovely pictures! Right now school is pretty much taking over my life, it's higher year and I've just got back after a 6 month break because of illness - it is HELL. Only a couple more months to go though, then it's summer! My 'job' at the moment is my jewellery making, which is kind of my hobby at the same time so it's an okay balance there, but when I find a proper job it's going to be tough! Luckily for now jewellery is enough to keep me going x

  6. lovely post :)

  7. Ahhh busy busy! Good that you've managed to find some time between the madness to see your friends though :) xxx

  8. Sounds like you've been a busy bee! You seem so happy which is lovely to see.x

  9. The shrouds fooled me completely, haha. I couldn't work out what the hell you were talking about in that picture to start with! Raven, what a classic! My brother used to be obsessed with watching that show, I've sat through so many episodes!
    I'm on a full time course but only have very few contact hours a week, must admit it's a struggle to make myself do the work, especially as my health isn't great! I work in an office which opens Mon-Fri, luckily I have a day of no lectures on Thursday so I work all day then. My 'play' is mainly sleeping due to money, haha!

  10. Lovely pictures!

    - Olivia xx

  11. OH MY ACTUAL GOD you know Raven?!!? And you met PC Plum?! I'm genuinely so jealous of your job. The undetectables do look very undetectable indeed x

  12. Ah your little bro is so sweet! Bless him with his sore gums, ice cream is perfect to help. :)
    Good work on the undetectables, you are a clever little haggis.
    LOVE your lippie in the pics, what is it?

  13. Looks like you've been having a busy and fun time!! Miss you lady xxx

  14. gosh, you are so busy! when do you sleep? I find it hard to juggle job, blog, all my different groups of friends and trying to get away on weekends. I have to have a diary and write everything in it or I would forget where I am supposed to be.
    The pink lippy looks great on you xx

  15. Your job strikes me as wonderful. I love that kind of thing.
    Your baby brother is darling, and he has your eyes.

    Snowboarding is wonderful, but I see what you mean.
    I'm seventeen and a bit of a daredevil, but I wonder if I'll ever become afraid of extreme sports. Anyways, they're thrilling. Surfing sounds fun!

  16. Oh. My. God. You know Raven?!?
    On a scale of 1 to 10 how sad is it that I find that so cool?
    I cannot believe how busy you sound, and have no idea how you cope, but I am very jealous of just about everything in your life =) work, play, hobbies, the lot!

  17. Max is so bloomin' cute! I wish I had a younger brother or sister. <3
    You look awesome hun, and I love the photos. I'm always so interested in seeing what you do at work - always looks so fun. :) xoxo

  18. What's your job? It looks so cool! Also, your brother is adorable :) XX