Happy New Year everybody, and I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it, or if not, that you have had a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season!
I had a nice but quiet Christmas here in Malaga with Brian, my mum and my brother John, who were both over here for two weeks from the 18th December. They came a bit earlier this year so it seemed that Christmas started early, which of course meant that I wasn't prepared for it!! Anyway, it was lovely to have them here with us.
I ended 2017 a lot lighter than I started it, and a lot fitter too. I have now lost 50 pounds or 23 kilos, since the end of June and 17.5 centimetres off the circumference of my waist. I'm feeling so much better about myself and my confidence has started to return. I continue with my morning walks with Lucy, our Miniature Pinscher, and still enjoy my aquagym classes at the local municipal pool, although we are currently on holiday from classes until after The Three Kings (5th January), which means we all start back next Tuesday. I admit that I've missed the classes because as well as being good exercise, they are also a fun time spent with a nice bunch of ladies!
On the dolly front, I have been busy customising a Kidz n Cats doll called Alice who arrived here just before Christmas. I bought her with the sole intention of giving her a new look as I really enjoy that part of the doll hobby. I finished her yesterday and am pleased with how she has turned out. Here are a few photos of her:
It is very windy today as you can see from the first photo below!
The only problem is now that I've finished working on her, I want to do more!!!
As well as the above custom, I'm itching to get back to sewing. At the large local craft show at the beginning of December I bought some really nice fat quarters and also I had a gift of a bunch of great fabric from a dear friend of mine in Australia, so I'm really keen to make something for my girls. So hopefully I will get started very soon.
Apart from that, I have decided that although I don't usually 'do' New Year's Resolutions, as I always fall by the wayside before the end of January, this year I'm going to try to keep more up to date with my blog!!! Yes, I've been terrible about keeping up with posting for months now, so wish me luck with that! And also, I am going to try to keep up with the blogs I follow too, I'm so sorry that I don't always comment on blog posts these days, I just don't know where the time goes to....sometimes I don't switch my laptop on for days on end, so I'm hoping to remedy that too :)
Finally, I just wanted to thank you all for continuing to look out for my blog posts despite them being so scarce these days, I very much appreciate your continued interest and your kind comments. I promise to do my best to post more this year!
Big hugs and a really great 2018!!!!