Tuesday, 30 December 2014

WOYWW - Happy New Year 2015 !

Well where did the past year go - the weeks and months just seem to gallop past !
Here we are again with Christmas past and slipping into memories and a fresh new year ahead of us !

We had a lovely Christmas - rather different as we had decided to stay in a hotel for Christmas this year. With the loss of Much Beloved's Step-father in July my MIL had asked that we do something completely different to make the day less painful for her.
Both my side & Rich's side of the family got to celebrate together. And I got to hang out with my 2 Nephews !

We had a brilliant time at the hotel which they had decorated beautifully - the staff were so kind and nothing was too much trouble for them !
We even woke on Christmas morning to find Santa's footprints along the corridor outside the rooms ! And the food was delicious too !
So we glided happily through the Christmas break without anyone so much as peeling a sprout !
And got to spend some time with my family in Sussex too.

And came home on Sunday to an empty fridge and avoiding the temptation to munch through endless leftovers !

So no crafting done at all as we were back to work on Monday - and my desk is a complete tip !
I have just dumped everything on the desk in the desperate hope I may be able to get to finish my Christmas Journal next weekend !!

And if I do get to play I have some great new stash & books that Santa (with a little help from my Sister !) bought for me !

I try to have a sentiment for each year - for next year I have thought it might be something like - "Be The Change That You Want To See In the World".
Rather than just expecting things to change around me, maybe it needs to start with me !
I don't know why I have a premonition of change coming .. who of us ever knows what lies ahead - better to embrace or instigate it than fight it !

 We are looking forward to Lynda & Robert coming to see in the New Year with us - we'll raise a glass of something bubbly to you all at Midnight & wish you all a Very Happy 2015 !


  1. Happy New Year, Ali! Hope 2015 is a good one for you. Your desk looks in need of a sort out - I'll be round for a rummage... Helen #13

  2. ah Ali, what a wonderful time you have had for Christmas well done ..
    great new stash too :D
    every blessing on your 2015 and happy WOYWW!
    Shaz in Oz.x #15 I think

  3. Wishing you all the very best for a Happy 2015! I'm down in BP 1-3 of Jan, so if you fancy meeting up, we'll be at the Ashburnham Hotel, Pembrey on Thurs/Frid evenings. If you and Lynda can make one of those, it'd be good to see you :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 14 xx

  4. What a good idea to do something different.Sounds like the idea worked well for everyone.
    Like the look of that journal writing ideas book! Haven;'t come across it yet.Sometimes I feel stumped and don't write anything.Thanks for the tip.
    New Follower
    Judy #9

  5. Sometimes it is good to do something different. I did different this year as well. Not bad! Happy WOYWW!
    Glenda #24

  6. Wonderful idea to do something different at Xmas and it sounds like it was a beautiful day with family. Happy 2015.
    sandra de @31

  7. It sounds like you've had a wonderful Christmas all together.
    Wishing you a very happy New year filled with many creatived times and lets hope it's a happy and healthy one for us all.
    Annie x # 22

  8. Hi Ali, great idea to go away for Christmas! I think I've only done it once in my life when I was a young teenager and I still remember it very fondly. Great stash received from your sister - good to have family members who know what you like! Happy New Year to you and your family! zsuzsa @InkyDinkyDoodle #26

  9. Thanks for a good yearful of snooping round your crafty activities on your desk. All the best for 2015! x Jo

  10. Hi Ali and may tomorrow be the start of a wonderful year. A lovely post and some nice new things to play with, enjoy Cheers RobynO#35

  11. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos! You will like Paint Mojo, I have it too.
    I wish you and your family a very happy and successful New Year!
    Gabriele 25

  12. Looks like you and your loved ones had a great party at the hotel! Lovely that you didn't have to cook or clean or anything. Best wishes for the new year :) #39

  13. Lots to play with. Your Christmas sounded just right. Happy New Year. Anne x #28

  14. Lovely new goodies to play with.
    Happy New Year
    Karin #55

  15. What a stunning pic of you and your Dearly Beloved. I think going to a hotel sounds like a brilliant plan. So nice for you to have all your family together. Hope the changes you have a premonition about will be good ones. Love and hugs from a HOT and windless (to be recorded!) Cape Town.

  16. I'd love to do that...all of us in a hotel and not a finger to be lifted for a short time. How lovely, and I'm so pleased that you were able to help your Ma in Law in such a way. The lack of leftovers is a very very good idea I think!
    Happy New Year!