Well here we are at the end of another year (grab a cuppa this is a long one).
I have neglected my poor blog this year but that is something I hope to change this coming year. My dabble in social media was only ever supposed to be somewhere to document my makes and I must admit to having been draw in farther that I would have liked. I have found myself absorbed in Instagram and twitter in the past to the detriment of my blog, that will change in 2014.
I have never really been a fan of new year and the associated celebrations I must say I find it quite a depressing time but it does give us the opportunity to look back on the last year and celebrate what has been achieved.
This last year has been a big one in our lives especially this last couple of months we have had lots to celebrate.
First up was our tenth wedding anniversary on 4th December 2013. We celebrated in style in our favourite place, the Tyneside Cinema.
Two short weeks later it was my birthday.... my big birthday....
I was spoiled beyond measure and received some beautiful cards and gifts. Oskar (Siberian) was my main birthday present
the best gift I've ever received but my beautiful handmade gifts from kind family and friends (you know who you are) came a close second.
beautiful yarn bowl
gorgeous hand knitted santa socks
beautiful handmade needle & scissor case
My beloved made my birthday extra special (as always) and he took me to Edinburgh. We visited the Christmas Markets and just had the best day.
This 40th Birthday was the catalyst for a bit of a change in me. Late 2011 when I was coming up 38 I decided that I was not going to be 40 and fat! I have been overweight all of my adult life (from the age of 12) and some find they can accept themselves and are happy, but I have never been, ever. I only mention this here as I need to document it for myself. Since early 2012 with the help of Slimming World and Weight Watchers (which I currently attend) I have lost 5 stone. I only ever wanted to be a healthy weight and I never had a goal in sight only that I wanted to be able to walk into any store in the high street and buy clothes. When I started this I was 18 stone and size 22 (can't believe I am typing this here in print), I am now 13 stone and a size 14.
There are very few photos of me when I was huge as I hated myself so much I really didn't want it documented, this is the best I have
in Kirkudbright October 2011 - 18 stone
December 2011 Size 22
crap photo but you get the idea
December 2013 13 Stone Size 14
I plan to continue my weight loss and fitness this year to reach a level that I am happy with then work on maintaining it.
Over this Christmas period I had saved up some annual leave to have two weeks off work (mainly to rest my poor back) and I have spent much of that time making gifts for friends and family.
sewing project cases
gloves, if you are close to me you will have received gloves of some description this year I got a bit carried away.
a button lamp for my gorgeous god daughter who is mesmerised by mine
I made this for myself from a kit supplied by my lovely friend Lynda (you can grab one here, currently 40% off with the code 2014 at checkout). I have bought a second kit to make another matching one for the other side of the fireplace.
I was also the lucky recipient of some stunning handmade gifts for Christmas this year
crochet make-up pouch
lip balm holder
a needle keeper, a gift from Lynda but made by Karen of Pedros Plaques.
Hand crochet mittens! Squeee! Spoiled rotten.
Well that's your lot folks I will be back in the new year as I already have a list as long as my arm of things to make this coming year, not least as there are two babies on the way in our family and friend circle so a blanket or two will be my first priority.
Here's to a Healthy Happy 2014 for us all.
(Oskars Christmas outfit, couldn't resist x)