Remember my birthday surprises, and how you thought there was no way I could possibly still be talking about them in MAY, considering my birthday was in March?

You were wrong.

I still had one surprise left to redeem. That surprise was the Paper Surprise, and because the Paper Surprise took a while to prepare, it didn’t arrive until this morning.


But not just any old book, because OMG, it’s a book about ME!


Well, OK, a book about me and Terry. And our wedding. Which, no, we never actually bothered to get any photos printed from, until now, so this was a particularly lovely surprise for me. Each page has photos from the wedding, and lots of them also have little quotes chosen by Terry:


We had a lot of Beatles songs at our wedding. A LOT of Beatles songs.


I tried to take more photos, but they came out blurry, and also this kept happening:


I don’t actually make him pose like that, by the way. He just sees me with a camera and is all, “Oh, hai! I can has piktur taken?”

And that conludes the “Surprise” section of this blog. I think Terry deserves a round of applause for his efforts, don’t you? People, I give you… TERRY!


(Note: I am not actually giving you Terry, OK? He is mine.)

  1. I want to know where he got the book published. That is a fabulous idea and well executed. Is there a website that you can upload pictures and organize the book, or did you have special contacts in the publishing business?

    1. Phred, you can actually get these done at Blurb, or Lulu – both brilliant websites that let you downlaod software and design your own book. I've used blurb before and would thoroughly recommend. I'm not sure which one Terry used, but it's a very pretty book indeed! Amber is very lucky! 🙂


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    2. He got it printed by, but as Sian says, there are lots of others out there: can also recommend, who printed the Twitter Titters book I had an article in.

    1. Oh, Rubin is a complete and utter poser! He only has to hear the camera shutter click and he'll come running from wherever he is to make sure he's in on it. I used to sell stuff on eBay, and it was a nightmare trying to keep him out of the photos!

  2. Hats off to you, Terry. The amount of thought, time, and creativity you put into all these gifts is really impressive.

  3. Terry, you're awesome. My b/f needs to be schooled in the ways of romance. Can you teach him?

    That shirt is the best!

  4. Terry, thanks so much for coming up with this idea, I'm sure there are people all over the world currently planing to copy your great idea, including me!

    Amber, I have been keeping track of these posts, with enthusiasm, so I can steal the ideas! I can't seem to see what the 'Surprise T' was… was it not G or PG enough to go on your blog?

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  5. Oh Amber – that book is fantastic.

    What a great way to remember your wedding day.

    Just slightly better than getting a photo album – this is even more personal to you guys.

    Get Terry to tell David what to do – it is my birthday in a couple of weeks time and he is getting me to show him what I want and where I want to go for dinner. Lovely but no surprises. 🙁


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    1. It's a really nice idea, and in some ways better than a traditional album, because the pictures don't fall out, etc.

      I will get Terry to drop some hints to David – it was fantastic having the surprises go on for so long 🙂

    1. A book about weasels sounds intriguing to me! They do make fantastic gifts, though – in fact, I think that's my Christmas shopping sorted!

  6. Is it just me? I'm a bit disappointed that people want to copy Terry's originality. He's certainly one of a kind, there's no question of that but surely everyone's partner is special in one way or another? The thing about originality is just that, it's original. Once everyone starts copying, seems to me, the specialness of it all gets lost. (Just my opinion, though, obviously!)

    1. I think that almost every romantic gesture has already been done so giving: flowers; a card; jewellery or a million other things that we consider romantic is essentially copying someone else's idea. I personally don't think it takes away from the kindness of the gesture or the happiness it makes someone feel. Yes it is cool to get something original, but sometimes a hug is just fine 🙂

      At the end of the day giving makes people happy and being happy is all we really want from life.

      And for the record I would be more than pleased for anyone to take the concept I used and make up their own surprises. Life is short, spend it loving 🙂


    2. Well, I think anyone who uses the idea will have to personalise it anyway, to make it work for their loved one, so it's always going to be different. As Terry says, all it's really about is giving someone a series of surprises, which will hopefully make them feel happy: it would be a shame if people felt they shouldn't do that just because it's not "original" enough.

  7. My husband is fantastic, and I am taking nothing away from him when I say that Terry is apparently an incredible guy. And I think it is a big compliment to Terry for so many people to take his basic idea, individualize it, and use it for their loved ones.

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