Our exciting news

Sunday, June 12, 2011

There's a lot of excitement in our household today.  My DH's tireless work in theological education and Christian ministry over the last 50 years or so has been recognised by the government and he has been awarded the
Medal of the Order of Australia
in the Queen's Birthday Honours List today.

He was totally surprised by it all and can't understand why he would get such an honour but those close to him know he is a worthy recipient!

The announcement is here: and some more detail here. (look for Laird)


Can you imagine how proud I am of him?
And a special touch is that the announcement has taken place on what was my mother's birthday.

Meanwhile in the sewing department ...
I needed a new potholder and prefer the oven mitt style.  Rather than go buy from the shop, I decided to make myself one.  I found this very old fabric in the stash, some equally old bias binding and whipped this up fairly quickly.  I used two layers of batting so it would be thick enough not to burn my fingers.

Now you know that machine quilting is definitely not one of my strong points, but these loopy swirls didn't turn out too badly.

I decided to change the fabric I was working on with my little dragonfly, so it has now become this:

I've had this pretty aqua fabric in the cupboard waiting for just the right project and there in the basket of knitting and crochet cottons was the perfect colour thread to make a matching twisted cord.  I always love it when I can use what I have available - and be assured there's an awful lot stashed away to be used!

This will be off to a magazine shortly and of course I've already started the next project - in pinks this time. 

My thread saver project is cut and ruled and sitting on my sewing machine cabinet ready to be used each time I sew.

There is so much that can be done with half square triangles and doing them as thread savers means they'll all be sewn before I know it.

I better get my head out of the clouds and my feet on the ground!

Happy Stitching!