Family Portrait: Revisited

Last June, I wrote a post about my family portrait. It was nice to talk about how 'dysfunctional' families, are even more of the norm these days. And you know what... it is even nicer to look back on posts like this. I will always love blogging for that reason - the fact that my ramblings and rants are kept in a time capsule in this tiny bubble of the internet. Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful sunday and Mothers Day, whether you're spending it with your birth mother, adoptive mother, surrogate mother, step mother, mother in law, grandmother... or just family in general. I won't get to see my mumma today, but we have spoken on the phone and I have been feeling very nostalgic about family life. What we've been through together, what the future holds, and how lucky I feel to have an 'extended family' of friends, my boyfriend, and his relatives too.

I think my blogging/writing style has change a lot in the past year. But one thing will never change - big pictures and lot's of writing! So you can revisit my family portrait post here. I would love to hear your family story underneath this post. So if you feel like a quick share/summary, please don't hesitate to do so ♥

My Gran and Papa on their wedding day, circa 1960 (mums side, didn't meet my Dad's mum until I was 4, and I have never met my Grandpa on my dad's side)

Wonderful pictures like this give me a little insight into my Gran and Papa's 'courting' days. They were so young, but so in love. Some of the pictures I found up my grans loft are absolutely beautiful - I wish I could share them all on here.

As they started a family in the 1960's, the retro and rather hilarious photos continue. Loved sifting my way through the boxes of photos in my grans attic. Bottom left is my gran and papa, with their 4 children (including my mum) and my legendary great granny lizzy (papa's mum) I only have a few memories of lizzy, but even at a young age I remember her being an absolute hoot, and one cheeky biatch! She kept her cigarettes in a long, glamorous purse and smoked them using a cigaratte holder - Cruella Deville much?

My papa and mum, on the day I was born (11th June 1989)

My mumma and me. She looks so young. Mind you, she was only 23 when I was born.

After being an only child for 15 years, my mum and step dad blessed me with these two wee monsters. Wouldn't change them for the world :)

Since separating from my step dad, I am so proud of my mum for being such an independant woman. Juggling her own business along with bringing up two little ones. Above is my gran, mum, tyler, uncle chris and aaron on christmas day a couple of years ago. Laughter is definately the best medicine whenever life throws it's shite at you :)

I didn't think at the age of 21, I would be a big sister again. That's the only thing which has changed since I wrote my initial family portrait post! My little brother Max is now nearly 8 months old, and is such a happy and healthy baby. Could not be more happier for my dad and my step mum - who constantly support me so much and have actually helped me move house the past 3 weekends. My little family unit over on my dads side are pretty fooking awesome too ♥

So Mumma, happy Mothers Day - I love you so much. The biggest thank you you to my mum, my family on her side, my dad, and my family on his side, my best girls, David, and David's family for helping me to become the little lady I am today. Through the highs and lows (and there has certainly been a fair share of both in previous years) these people have enriched my life more than they will ever know ♥ I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I've not always been the best person, but these people make me want to make them proud.

Ayden x

Pace the stairs to your apartment, like it's where you want to be

Me and David have tickets to go and see Taking Back Sunday at the Glasgow Barrowlands in May. I have been listening to them a lot recently, as they've always been a firm old fave that have drifted in and out of my daily playlist. The above lyrics have been circling in my head all week, because friday night is going to be our last night in the flat. We have been between our current place and the new place for a couple of weekends now, and saturday will be the day of our 'official' move. We don't have much stuff left to move over, just the tv, tv unit and a few boxes.

This place is the first flat me and David have lived in together (above... and beginning to look sad and empty, sniff sniff) We were both still at home previous to this, so it was a big step for us both - and a step I was really proud that we got to make with each other. Even though we have only been there for 6 months, we have so many memories in this wee flat already. I'm excited about getting settled in our new place, and making it feel like our own little home. Thank you for all your supportive words so far, and the suggestions for places to buy cute and quirky homely things! Once we are settled in the new place, I'll be sure to do a little Home Tour post, for all you nosy peeps out there ;) Haha, I jest. I am the nosiest person you will ever meet!

I am hoping that by my birthday in June, I will have plucked up the courage to ask our landlord if we can get guinea pigs. I know he said no pets, but do hamsters, guinea pigs etc really count? Or is it more cats and dogs that they would be concerned about? Oh well, time will tell. I would love some furry little additions to our family, and those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning, will know how much I have been wanting to get some piggies, for a very long time.

The last piece of post I will ever receive at our soon to be old flat, is a rather lovely one. A very nice girl called Lisa got in touch about her Hair Accessory making business, and Big Cartel store, Dainty Roses. I have had so many rude and strange encounters with PR people recently - with numerous emails being deleted before I've even got to the closing sentence. I'm not saying I'm being inundated with them, but whenever I have recieved them, I'd say only 10% are personable and actually nice to read. The rest are just 'here's some info/press release on XXX, if you want higher res images don't hesitate to get in touch'. Uh, hello?! I won't even get into it. But it really annoys me :( On the other hand, when I get emails from lovely people like Lisa, it's like chatting to a friend. Honesty, genuine interest, politeness. Good times! So Lisa sent me a parcel during the week, and the items she sent me were just as delightful as the email exchanges I had with her.

Ribbon Rose Hairclips - £1.50 for two
Floral Print Hairclips - £1 for two

Elastic Animal Print Headband - £1.50
Elastic Bow Headband - £2.50
Rosey Bow Headband - £4 (Most on her Big Cartel right now are £3 on sale)

Firstly, thank you SO much Lisa. She initially was just sending me a headband, but then proceeded to pop another parcel in the post containing some original samples of products she made over the weekend. I would never be dishonest/biased in these type of reviews, its just not me. So I can tell you now that I am really impressed with what Lisa sent me. I have only had a chance to wear the Rosey Bow wire headband (pictured above) so far. But on close inspection on the rest of the stuff she sent me, it is all sturdy and very well made (and they are all hand made, of course) My biggest peeve is buying something like this, only for it to break a day or so later. The finish on each one is completely immaculate, great quality fabric, and her prices are so reasonable. It makes me angry that I spent a few pennies more on similar accessories (note HERE) at Primark a few weeks ago. Why the hell buy into that mass manufactured stuff, when you can have something beautifully handmade for the same price?

Lisa is offering 25% off to Little Blog Of Horrors readers with this discount code AYDEN25. She has the Rosey Bows in various different fabrics, and also some cute bow clips too. But don't take my word for it, here is the link to Dainty Roses again (and the blog) - and have faith in knowing that it won't be a visit which breaks the bank! :)

A couple more things, my interview for the nice folks over at Stolen Thunder went up the other day, which you can read here. I have also noticed my little reader count ticking upwards, and I think my Tattoo Tuesday post over at Sometimes Sweet might have just tipped me over the 700 scale. All I can say is wow, thank you! So if you are a new reader, hello :) I hope you stick around. It was a real honour to be featured on Sometimes Sweet. Danielle's blog is literally one of the first I ever started reading, so it was a bit of a fangirl moment when she got in touch about including me in this feature.

I know I blab on a lot, and probably only a small percentage of you have the patience to read every word of my posts (thank you if you do) But nothing makes me cringe more than a comment left 'just for the sake of it', which kinda exposes the people who take the time and effort to read the written word, versus the ones who clearly don't. Self promotion, giveaway holla's and spam - no thank you! Oooft sorry, I'm feeling feisty tonight. Rant over ;)

Love Ayden x

Maggie Angus & #Winning

Hello there lovelies. Sitting with a cup of tea and Back To The Future on the telly, so I thought it was about time for a wee blogging catch up. Firstly, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who entered my 'not-so-giveaway' from the last post. I can now announce that the winner who I completely picked at random, was the lovely Katie from Katie Styles :) If you can email me your address Katie, I'll get the tights mailed out for you tomorrow.

I'm making a rather large pit stop at the post office in the morning for my parcel to send to Claire for her 22nd May Appeal, and for my swap parcel with Christine in Canada, and my swap parcel for an American non blogging girlie called Kasey. Made me wonder if there are quite a few people who read my blog, but are maybe not bloggers themselves? Or have thought about starting one up but aren't too sure? Drop me a comment and say hello if you fall into that category! I got a nice email from a girl called Laura this week, she has just started blogging over at Hearts Of Sand. I love meeting/chatting to new people. So don't ever be a stranger, my email address is on the contact page.
I was contacted last week by the awesome Anna of Maggie Angus. I had never heard of Maggie Angus until now - but I soon found that Anna's quirky jewellery designs were right up my street. My initial impressions made me think of the likes of Tatty Devine and Punky Pins (both complete faves of mines as you might already know) She invited me to become a part of her Style Clan and do a little guest blogging interview/challenge. I took a couple of my fave Maggie Angus pieces and styled them along with an outfit, all coming together to a certain theme of my choice. This is my entry, and was the first time I have done anything like this so please be gentle! :(
So, honest opinions? I know its pretty simple, and I used Polyvore for the first time to piece it all together, so that was quite fun. I am not the most fashionable girl you will ever meet, but I wanted to piece together an outfit which I would actually wear (and what is pictured, is actually just a lust list!) Be sure to head on over and have a nosy at my interview here. You can also see over there a detailed list of where all my items are from. I think Anna will post a handful of Style Clan posts per month, from which she will choose a winner who will get some Maggie Angus goodies as a prize, so keep yer fingers crossed for me! :) Would love to get my hands on the Shell Ring or Coral Branch Necklace I've included in my look. This sunny weather is making me excited for summer, wearing dresses (with no tights, joy!) and hopefully booking up for a wee holiday somewhere.

Not much else has been happening in the life of Ayden. Still getting our new house sorted, and spent the weekend putting in all the new bits and pieces we got from Ikea last weekend. It's made a real difference to the place, and we can't wait to officially move in next weekend. We did spend an hour building our new bookcase which was an absolute LOL. Cause of my job, I tend to take charge when it comes to hands on/building things. I can't help it! But poor David seemed a bit traumatised after it haha. I think I am always going to wear the trousers when it comes to painting and DIY (but hey, he is a great cook, so maybe we can just settle with each of us sticking to what we prefer?) Can't wait to get settled in our new house next weekend - living inbetween two places right now is kinda doing my head in.

Best keep it brief... here's my weekend in a nutshell:

Friday. When I thought I couldn't fall more in love with the home baking at work, they have started selling Macaroons. Yes, propa' ones that would give Miss Pascale and Lawson a run for their money! I hope it wasn't just a one off. I regularly tweet about their ridiculous (-ly AMAZING) cupcakes. But a daily Macaroon instead would definately keep me sweet :)

Friday night, dinner and a bit too much wine at David's parents house for his mummas birthday. Great wee night as always, great banter and conversations and good, good food ♥

Saturday, lunch with my Dad, Step mum, Gran, David and Max! In our new wee home town of Linlithgow. Went to a cosy italian place on the high street, and then for a walk around the Palace and Lake afterwards. Spotted some great spots along the lake that will have serious picnic potential as the better weather comes in.

Sunday, a bit more arranging and organising in the new house. Started the day with a lovely cup of coffee, from the bag I got for FREE with my Starbs card voucher on thurs (anyone else been using them?) Then I went for lunch and some shopping with my good friend Erin who was visiting Glasgow for the weekend from Chester. Obsessing over nice homely objects at the mo, you gals got any links/sites you can suggest? Tonight, I've been watching tv, chilling out and just getting my stuff organised for the week ahead. Last week at work this week and then I have a bit of time off (I am counting the days, honestly)

Happy sunday folks ♥

Ayden x