Wishing You a Happy Christmas! A Thank You to All My Readers

Merry Christmas from Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

A little earlier today as this is my last post before Christmas – wishing you all much love and happiness for the festive break!

The image you see here is one Keith and I used on or Christmas card several years ago. Pre 2011, before I started the blog (oh, what carefree days), I had what is known as “free time” and I used to design and make ALL my own Christmas and birthday cards. Unfortunately the blog has meant that I barely have the time to write them anymore, never mind make them. But I’m not complaining – the blog has brought much greater opportunities than my original plan of having a handmade greetings cards empire ever would have…!

(By the way in case you’re wondering: Yes, that IS us, both aged about 5. And no, we didn’t have our photo taken together…)

So I wanted to thank you for all your support and fantastic comments over the past year – a year that has seen Not Dressed As Lamb go from strength to strength and I couldn’t have done it without you (without readers and their engagement there IS no blog, am I right?).

What to expect from the blog in January and the rest of 2018

The year will start as always with my Annual Bloopers and Outtakes post on 1st January… do NOT miss it, it’s probably my best work of the whole year 😆

I’m then taking what will (hopefully!) be a short break in January which I’ll explain in next Friday’s link up post – don’t worry, normal service will resume on the blog with regular posting during that time.

I’m hoping to make 2018 an easier year workload-wise compared to 2017. This year was an absolutely CRAZY year and I’ve never worked such long hours for so long in all my life. I hope to be able to take on less (but hopefully more lucrative!) jobs next year so that I can dedicate more time to reply to comments and post things on social media. Both things have gone by the wayside this year because I was working till 1am every night and then realised I’d not had time to do either yet again (the same goes for sending out regular newsletters).

I want that to change next year.

And you never know, if I make it onto the UK Blog Awards shortlist for a fourth year in a row then I’ll have to top not only the vintage 70s gown and the fairy princess outfit, but also this year’s red bombshell dress that was my “winning dress” in April. (I’m not sure it can be done.)

But in order to be shortlisted, I need your votes please…!

Last call for votes in the UK Blog Awards nominations

And finally, if you haven’t already, PLEASE vote for Not Dressed As Lamb to make the shortlist in the UK Blog Awards! VOTING CLOSES TONIGHT at midnight UK time:

Could you spare 20 seconds to vote for me in the UK Blog Awards please…?


Vote for Not Dressed As Lamb in the Fashion & Beauty category in the 2018 UK Blog Awards


I’ve decided to try for a fourth nomination in a row at the UK Blog Awards in 2018 – would you please be good enough to vote for me? Full details in my post about why I’m entering again here or go straight to the voting page (use every email address you have)! Thank you sooooooo much…!

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Have a wonderful Christmas – DON’T eat too many mince pies or Quality Street, DO eat your Brussel sprouts and DON’T do anything I wouldn’t do (in other words, do whatever you flippin well like). See you back here on Boxing Day for the #iwillwearwhatilike link up (yes, a Tuesday)!


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So all that’s left to say is – I’ve shared my thoughts/stories/tuppence-worth this week, now it’s time to share yours… LET’S GET THIS [LINK UP] PARTY STARTED!

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  1. 27 December 2017 / 3:38 am

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  2. 24 December 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Happy holidays to you! I am drinking a cappuccino by the fire in snowy Chicago! Enjoy your break, and can't wait to see what you have planned for 2018!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  3. 24 December 2017 / 9:56 am

    Happy Christmas darling girl, and I do hope we see each other in 2018. I am also taking it easier next year, for completely different reasons. Nothing bad, all good. Just want to make health, friends, family & fun a higher priority next year and am sure you understand that one. LOVE the Card, so from me and my little jackadoodle Jack, a VERY Happy Christmas to you and Keith and let us hope 2018 is full of all that we want from life! Much love, Suzi xx

  4. 23 December 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Merry Christmas Catherine and Keith! That photo is fab. You have such a classic 70s hairdo and I can just see Keith whizzing about on a Chopper bicycle.

    Well unfortunately I'm having an operation next Friday. Nothing serious but it needs a general anesthetic because teaching Tefl all summer has hurt my vocal chords and they need to have a look. Not looking forward to that much, but who would?

    That'll mean Hogmanay celebrations will be curtailed, but we're planning a day out in the early new year. AND my blog is coming! So I'm busy getting things written so I can launch that – and my repaired voice! – with a bang ��

  5. 23 December 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Merry Christmas! That Christmas Card is so cute! You haven't changed a bit!

  6. 23 December 2017 / 10:50 am

    Merry Christmas Catherine! I sympathize with your feeling exhausted, I also decided to be more selective next year. Quality over quantity 😉 P.S. good luck with the awards, I sure voted for you 🙂 xx

  7. 22 December 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I'm not only looking forward to seeing what you've got planned but what 2018 will bring me!
    Exciting times eh? Will you be arranging a blogger meet up? I do hope so – I'd love to meet more bloggers, along with you. Have a super Christmas – oh and I love your Christmas card!! Lol. Jacqui

  8. 22 December 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Thanks for hosting the party all year. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  9. 22 December 2017 / 6:54 pm

    That's a great card! Merry Christmas Catherine xx

  10. 22 December 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Have the best Christmas and enjoy your break. That picture is an absolute HOOT!!! Love it!

  11. 22 December 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Happy Happy Christmas my friend!
    looking forward to seeing you again in 2018!
    mwah mwah mwah!
    Ashley xxx

  12. 22 December 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Hah…what a great card and old photos!! I used to make my own cards too, and I was just thinking of giving away the stamping supplies…..there's no way I have time for that anymore!!!
    Merry Christmas Catherine!!!

  13. 22 December 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Merry Christmas to my favorite good egg! Your blog is one of the few that I never tire of and I appreciate your generosity more and more. Have a great, great Christmas, a wonderful Boxing Day and a fabulously successful 2018!
    Love from, Catherine Lartigue–no longer Urbanski!

  14. 22 December 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I am to early to linkup! Haha. That is a fantastic photo of the two of you! So funny! I wish Both of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy!

    • 22 December 2017 / 3:09 pm

      You weren't, Nancy – I got my 24 hour clock mixed up! It's live now x

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