Hi, my name is Gaye, and I own the shop Gaysey Maisey, the name came about as I was called Gaysey by a work colleague at Carlton Tv, some 20 years ago, the name stuck! Four days before my 40th birthday I gave birth to twins, Amy and Sophie, who are now 11, and can be seen in my shop on many occasions. I drew two little girls and I named them Gaysey Maisey, although my girls think they are called Amy and Sophie!
I've been through a tough time recently; having lost both my husband of 55 and my mum to cancer. But I am allowed to say "life has to go on". So I'm back in the shop getting ready to move premises, only across the road, but much larger.
I'm so blessed that I have really nice friends who work in the shop when I'm not here. I'll list them:
Mel Anderson does Monday and Tuesday - she has some of her spectacular work in the shop, I try and not to be in the shop when Mel is in, she seems to think the till does strange things, without her even touching it - she makes me laugh!
Jen Mason does Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, also every other Saturday. She is very passionate about my shop, which is very important. She is a fantastic freelance photographer. She has done some superb photos of my girls.
Deborah Darling - She fills in when she can, I have lots of her hand made work in the shop, she never stops, quoting " sleep, is a waste of time, it disturbs me working". I have some fantastic teddies, rabbits, hens, you name it, she makes it, in my shop. She is very passionate of her work, as we all are.
Sarah Woodier (WooWoo) - she now only can do the odd days for me, unfortunately, as she is heading for London soon to seek a new career!
Andrea Farnsworth - she is a God sending, for all the lovely reasons. She looks after me, and I love her dearly.
Alice Parker - Alice is my Saturday girl, she is very polite, very able, and very willing, you may see her in the holiday periods.
Me: I did over 20 years at Carlton TV, in various jobs, very hard and very lonely. I've always dreamed about having a shop like "Token House" in Nottingham; and now I have one, a third of the size, but most items they have in the shop, I have. When I move over to the new double fronted shop across the road, there will be more room, and much more to see.