Wednesday, 22 February 2012


or how to while away a lovely hour or two...

hello dear readers - i hope you have been keeping well. 

as for myself i have the dreaded lurgy that seems to be doing the rounds so i thought i would share with you how i have been spending my time while i've been resting up.

i can sum it up in one word....

a few months ago i joined the pinterest website and thought to myself 'when i get five minutes i'll investigate further' and then i just completely put it to the back of mind.

well dear reader after coming down with this lurgy, lay on the sofa watching back to back episodes of delboy & rodney while i coughed and sipped hot lemon, i suddenly remembered this 'pinterest thing' that i had joined well before christmas.

well dear reader i feel like a new woman!

 i'm inspired, full of ideas and re-invigorated.  in future i will definitely reach for pinterest not paracetamol!

within a few minutes of browsing, you're transported to another world - creative, colourful and inspiring.

i absolutely love looking at all the creative people out there and i'm really enjoying putting together my own boards.  i've only just started to add things but you might like to check out collagegypsy on pinterest and see how i've been whiling away the time waiting for this lurgy to go.

i thoroughly recommend that you too join pinterest.  i'm sure you will love it as much as i do but i feel it's only fair to warn you that it is addictive!!!

P.S.  you might like to check out my greetings cards that i've added to CollageGypsy Shop.  just click on the different catagories.  i will be adding more items very soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

A Love Story for Valentine

My own little rom-com!

a heart-felt good morning to you dear readers!

i think spring must be in the air despite the scattering of snow that we've had because i woke up this morning feeling unusually romantic and full of love.

valentine's is just around the corner and it has put me in a reflective mood.  i often write about my work and what is happening in collage-gypsy's world but i thought dear reader that you might like to know a little about me and my husband.
amazingly, we will have been married for 20 years this year!  martin my husband has never been one to let the grass grow under his feet and a perfect example of this is his courtship of me many years ago...

we met in the march, he proposed 3 weeks later and we were married in the july of the same year,  literally 4 months to the day of actually meeting!

i can assure dear reader that there was no pressing reason for the speed of our marriage, it's just that to quote martin 'when i know what i want i just go for it.  no messing about girlie!'  that was his exact expression! 

now i know that in the great tradition of romantic literature it's not exactly the most romantic line anybody has ever heard but he must be doing something right because here we are nearly 20 years later, 2 kids, a lovely home and very happily married. 

oh, and if you're wondering dear reader why i have shown a photo of us wearing wellies, it's because i have a little story to tell...

 when we got married we didn't have a honeymoon.  we got married on the saturday afternoon, we were in our own little home in the country by the evening and the next day instead of heading off to exotic climes for a romantic honeymoon martin took me to the local countrywide store and bought me a pair of wellies!! 

who says romance is dead?!!...