Mini Me

I received something simply amazing in the post last week, something that I have been dying to share with you all. My Cameron + Whitney paper portrait. I commissioned Cameron to do this for me not long after my 22nd birthday, and it's taken a little while to get to me (all the way from America mind you) but bloody hell it was worth the wait.

Look at that little paper sculpted Alfie and Oscar too! Totally insane. He captured them perfectly. And even my tiny cloud badge which I wear a lot - it's so tiny and so perfect. It all is - Cameron is crazy talented, and I am absolutely chuffed with what he was able to produce for me. Him and Whitney are such kind and genuine people to top it off, I insist that you go over to their blog right now for a nosy, and have a look at the other amazing work that he has created. Amazing people and amazing artwork, who deserve all the success in the world and I am quite happy to pimp their name for all to hear :) I hope you can see why! Thank you so so much Cameron and Whitney, and I am super happy to have made new friends in the process of receiving this little genius portrait ♥

After working a 7 day week, saturday was a well deserved day off but full of errands and life organising to be honest. Back to work on sunday, and on all the way through to friday but then next weekend I have Brighton to look forward to. Here's some other things that have been making me smile while working like a trooper this week...

Nutella Cupcakes :) Thanks to inspiration from Helen and the Hummingbird Bakery recipe. They were so easy to make and went down a treat, and now I'm addicted to Nutella again. Chocolate on toast for breakfast every morning just shouldn't be justifiable.

New business cards from Moo in preparation for my course in London (and lots of networking me hopes) The box on the left is the new one, and on the right is my old box which has filled up with other peoples business cards I've collected in exchange for my own. The box is so handy that way, and I recommend Moo 110% for anyone looking to get great quality business cards printed.  They're a bit pricey, I paid £17.99 for 50 but they were delivered super quick and have a really slick finish to them. This is my 3rd box in 3 years!

Goodies from Jenn, from her holiday in Florida! (doing a little dance right now) She got me and Katrina lots of sweeties, princess cups and gel pens and a minnie mouse arial topper to say thank you for watching her cat Milo while she was away. It all came in this awesome plastic spongebob bag, which of course I am going to find a million and one uses for because I am a cool/lame kid like that. I also think I will be really classy and drink my wine from this cup before I go out tomorrow night. Le sigh :)

Another parcel of wonderful pressies from my London art department twin Sally :) Getting to meet this lovely lady in person when I go down for the course. Sally was the Art Director on Eastenders, and I think I'll have a bit of a fangirl moment but I can't wait to pick her brains about work and music and boys and hello kitty and other cute things. Separated at birth I think! She's a wee legend. Thank you Sally ♥ She sent me so much yummy stuff and between her and Jenn I won't need to stock up on any sweet things before 2011 is out.

Misfits and then bed for me - did anyone watch the Nazi episode 4? It was one of the weirdest/random things I've ever seen, totally wasn't expecting it... but still fantastic, and none of my friends watch Misfits so I need someone to bounce Misfits chat off of! :)

Ayden x

Simple Math

So it's been nearly a week since my last post, but I've been busy back at the BBC properly for the first time since I took ill a couple of months ago. Literally can't believe how close it is until the end of the year... and how much stuff I plan to cram in before 2011 is out! I'm my own worst nightmare, but I love it really. Very much enjoying the red cups at Starbucks, and started planning my christmas pressie buying list, and christmas card list too. Need to stop scribbling and start doing! My next few posts are therefore full of kinda backdated pictures as usual, but hope you like none the less :) Here's some from my long weekend away with friends in Kilfinan a couple of weeks ago:

As I mentioned on my tumblr already, the 4 days consisted of amazing company, no phone signal, nice weather, comfort food, lots of banter, making new friends, just enough alcohol, jacuzzi, sauna, board games, old movies, pj’s, games room, trampoline, long walks, log fire, shooting stars, and a gorgeous room with four poster bed to kip in at the end of each night. Just what I needed :) You can see a wee video from the journey home, along with a few other clips of bits and bobs I've been upto lately on my youtube. Just been filming off my macbook and phone, but I'm quite keen to get into it again and would love to invest in a little flip HD.

Have any of you entered the Papp A Postcard competition yet? It closes on 28th november on the railcard facebook page, and I know how many of you bloggers have some wonderful pictures that could make the perfect postcard - so if you have a few minutes head over and get entering :) I've used my 16-25 railcard to book for London and Bristol in december, and a few of you guessed right in the last post - next weekend I'm going to be taking a trip to Brighton ♥ Heading down for the weekend with Katrina, we're both so excited and want to cram as much in as possible while were there. Was wondering if anyone had stayed over there before and have any decent b&b or hotel suggestions? Also, places to go, things to see and do while we're down there? It's a flying visit, and we don't want to miss out on the best while we're there so please fire away with hint.

Over the next week or so I've still got to blog about the PURE Spa blogger event in Edinburgh, my lovely new Lomo Diana Mini camera I received especially to take some snaps in Brighton next weekend, and my wonderful paper portrait that arrived last week in the mail from Cameron + Whitney all the way from the U.S.A. I spent £40 at the post office this morning sending parcels out to all my swap buddies. So if you're expecting a little something from me, it's on the way! Tonight I'm going to get into my jammies, put some music on and do some baking for the boys in work and a special someone that's coming over to stay with me tomorrow night. Anyone got any particular favourite cake recipe's at this time of year? I'm thinking about Nutella Cupcakes. I fully intend to be a complete grubber when I come to London for the week. Hummingbird Bakery, Laduree and Krispy Kreme all being on my hit list! I also want to go for some bloody good sushi, get my nails WAH'd and squeeze in a night to see Wicked for the 3rd time (looooser) Again, I'll need to get your advice closer to the time of things to see and do in the evenings while I'm in the big smoke. I'm staying with my uncle who has just moved there, as he's working at The National Theatre... and I'm not totally sure if he's going to have many girly/appropriate/christmassy suggestions for me :p

Ayden x

It must be love...

A couple of weekends ago I took a trip to my dear friends Luisa and Ian's wedding venue for 2013. We went there with the husband and wife to be, Luisa's mum, and the other two bridesmaids alongside myself :) Cornhill House was about an hours drive away from Glasgow, and the open day boasted free tea and coffee, the most yummy canapes, and some wedding decor examples set up around the venue. It was beautiful, totally stunning. Like a little Hogwarts. The interior was so grand, but cosy at the same time. Log fires, old paintings with big ornate frames, and gorgeously upholstered furniture. They've got every room in the hotel booked out the night of the wedding, so we really will have the run of the place to ourselves. CAN'T WAIT! Need to sort out the dresses soon I think, and I wonder if Luisa will mind if I was covered in tattoos by the wedding...
Bit of an eclectic post, but I though I'd share some more love in the form of a competition prize I won from Sarah. She's a bit of a legend, insanely creative, and her sense of humor and the way she writes never fails to make me giggle. She gifted me with this little Ayden in illustrated form (oh but if only I was that teeny weeny in real life) THANKS SARAH. I'd like to lick your face if we ever meet in person :)

Talking about lovely things, and giggly things, I've started thinking about Christmas and how I could actually cry at how soon it is. I need to get organised (and perhaps round up some money first) and the first person to ask me what I'd like this year was my good ol' daddy. Most likely encouraged by my super organised step mum, but I'll let him take the credit just this once! One rather geeky thing on my list this year is a sat nav. I genuinely feel like having a hairy mary (technical term) when embarking upon a journey I've never been on before, and I don't have a fancy iphone with the tom tom app (and lets face it... if any of you have ever gotten blackberry maps to work then I'll eat my onesie! And then ask if you could make mines work too) If I do get a tom tom for christmas, the first thing I'll be doing is downloading some friendly voices like in the video above! Bert and Ernie, far too awesome :) I felt like punching the lady voice on my step dad's old and never updated satnav I borrowed for various trips like cornwall and alton towers.

There seems to be some decent linkage going on here... as I talk about trips I wanted to share some nice news about a few adventures I'll be embarking on soon! Railcard are running a competition on their facebook, where through the 16-25 railcard page you can 'Papp a Postcard' - which basically means uploading one of your favourite pictures into their postcard generator, to enter a free prize draw to win a Topshop/Topman shopping trip to London worth £500! 20 runners up will also get a rail card gift card worth £26, for the postcards they think are the funniest, craziest, or quirkiest! I know you are a creative lot on here, so you should head over and make an entry if you have a few minutes (you can enter as many times as you like!) Even if you don't enter I'd reccommend having a look through the postcard gallery, I can't link to my favourites because it's an online gallery, but there are some proper belters on there. Show me you can do better :) Best of luck!

I used my 16-25 railcard to book my train tickets to London in december for a course I'm doing, where I'm staying for a week but also popping over to Bristol for the South West Blogger Chrismas Meet :) It gives you a third off all rail travel, and when booking long distance tickets like that it's really given me a nice wee chunk off my fare! You're properly wondering what the pictures above are eh? Over the past week Railcard have send me 5 different postcards of their own, describing 5 different places of interest around the UK. My postcards included Manchester, Birmingham, London, Oxford and Brighton. I have the choice of being sent to one of these 5 cities by rail on a little adventure... can you guess what one I've chosen? I think I've made the right choice, but I'm keen to hear your opinions on each city and where you would have picked.

Final thing, a couple of new snippets up on my youtube and tumblr that don't always make it on here. Thanks for all your smashing comments as usual on the last post, I had a fabby long weekend away, just what I needed in time for starting back a long contract at work so I'll be sure to share the pictures from it soon :) Genuinely wish there were more hours in the day for me to reply to every single comment, and write on each and every one of your posts that I read :( But just know I appreciate every one of them, you are a very kind bunch - and I enjoy stalking your blogs/life even if I don't get the chance to comment on the post :p Much love as always ♥

Ayden x