Archive | November 2012

Christmas Stitching

This year I am trying to make as many Christmas presents as I possibly can by hand … preferably from inexpensive materials ๐Ÿ˜‰

This, of course, takes time, so my Christmas present planning started over two months ago …

Here is my latest project:

An Owl Christmas Tree Decoration

My Grandma loves owls. She has always had a thing about owls, as long as I can remember. Kind of like me and dots I guess. Grandma has paintings of owls, aprons with owls on, cross-stiches of owls, ornaments of owls, sweaters with owls on the front, mugs with owls on … you get the picture! My Grandma also likes handmade, crafty types things.

So I made this especially for my Grandma, although I might not last out until Christmas … her birthday is on the 10th December, so I might give into temptation … ๐Ÿ˜›

I am going to make myself an identical owl to go on L and I’s Christmas tree. It is our 3rd Christmas being married and I’m making a new Christmas tree ornament every year!

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Welcome to my new blog!!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet!! Come in and make yourself comfortable and I hope you enjoy your visit!

As those of you who have followed me over from my first blog, From My Front Step, already know, I shared so many photos that I used up my storage space and decided my best option was a new blog! I know it’s taken a while to get this going, but here I am!

On trying to decide on a name for my new blog, I had suggestions given – sensible and silly!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ – but none seemed to fit. I needed the name to “feel” right and make sure it expressed something about me and my attitude to life …

Along came Kicking Through The Leaves! Autumn is my favourite season and I love the colours of the leaves, the crispness in the air and I adore kicking my way through a big pile of fallen leaves! I started practicing as soon as I could walk and haven’t stopped for the following 26 years ๐Ÿ™‚ I also feel it says something about my view of life – I have some very definite ideas! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Life has so many seasons ofย  ups and downs, struggles and plain sailing and people and experiences coming and going. I have had a pretty good dose of struggles in my life so far, but I have always been determined to laugh at anything funny, find enjoyment from the little things, revel in the good times – even if I have to count in minutes rather than months, and to constantly look for the good in people and life. Ok, so this isn’t easy – I struggle, I despair, I criticise and get angry, I have a cynical side – but every time I emerge from a dark and doubting time, I remember exactly how much good, fun and laughter can be found in every tiny thing. Yes, I’m about to attend a dreaded medical appointment, but right now I’m laughing over coffee with my amazingly faithful best friend R! I’ve had a horrible day with bad news, but my hubby just walked through the door and gave me a massive hug and a bouquet of flowers!

Yup, you’re right – keeping this attitude is a lot of hard work, with many failures, but you know what, it’s worth it when you can laugh at yourself and let other people laugh with you for breaking a jug, singing a stupid song very badly because you thought no one was around or my speciality – realising just too late that what you’re saying has two meanings … ! ๐Ÿ˜› I hope you’ll come and join me on my journey, enjoy laughing at the silly things I do and occasionally get some shared cooking or crafting projects!