Success story

This has been a mixed week but I want to share some of my successes with y’all (this translates as ustedes, in case you don’t speak southern).
I posted on my cooking blog that we were going to have some eating changes, I don’t do diets, but I can make changes in how I eat. If you want to read about those changes they are available in my post called, appropriately enough, Changes in Eating Habits. Another thing we started doing is water exercise every day. Husband’s physician actually prescribed specific exercises for him. If you read this article on Lindi’s Ideas you can learn more about the swim school. We didn’t make it to the field trip but it looks like fun was had by all.
The exercising and change in eating habits is starting to pay off. Lin and I took our measurements last month. I have lost 2 whole inches off my waist! I am also down about 10 pounds. Pretty cool, huh?
I finished my shepherd too. Here he is. Tahdah!

He is sitting with his legs straight out in this photo. In the next photo I have him kneeling. You can also see his back a little better.

I finally measured him, he is 18 inches tall.
Here he is with a pocket package of Kleenex for scale.

The lamb is 5 inches at the withers (shoulders) and 6 inches at the head.
This shot with the apple is showing him in the pose that I have decided to “fix” him in. He wil,l of course, have a shepherd’s crook or a staff instead of a chopstick. The apple is also just for scale, it didn’t occur to me until I started typing this to use a yardstick or something for scale, like the door at 7/11. Check out his sandals, they come off!

I spent around 4 hours on his hands so they merited a closeup.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Thanks Tacogirl, the second doll is not coming together as fast or easily.

  2. Shoes are great – what a work of art

  3. Thank you all for the compliments, I am feeling very proud.
    As for teaching Lin to make puppets, all I really did was provide the pattern and a little encouragement. She made hers out of foamy and then painted the details on! Painting is something that I don’t do very well.Maybe she will post some photos on her blog? (hint hint).
    Shepherdess? That never ever occurred to me. I am going to make a core group of dolls and then add more as fancy takes me. The shepherdess isn’t a bad idea.

  4. Totally Cool! Can’t wait for the Shepardess, she better strike a resemblance to you!

  5. One reason I really like reading about your artistic ability is that I have none — nada. But I can appreciate the hard work and creativity of others.

  6. You absolutely amaze me with your skill and creativity!!

  7. Good week, Theresa! You also taught your neighbor Lin to make puppets. The Maestra at Mayan class LOVED the deer and Concho, the little Mayan boy with the mustache. (oops, got carried away in his likeness to Pablo)

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