Monday, June 13, 2011

Our exciting news


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!
Regards
Val

31 comments:

Anne-Mette said...

CONGRATULATION :-). You both must be so proud.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Behind every brilliant man is a fabulous woman loving him and giving him extra strength. congratulations to both of you - what a team xx
hugs, Miche'le

Jeanette said...

Congratulations. I'm sure the honour is well deserved.

Buttercup said...

Congratulations! I read a number of the bios and am very respectful for the all the contributions the awardees have made.

BubzRugz said...

Congratulations... that certainly is a great honour and recognition for his tireless work... and we all know he did it with your support.... lovely projects... looks like you have a thread saver project like mine!!
Hugz

sunny said...

Congratulations to you both. That is very exciting news. You must be very proud.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Congratulations - I know this was a most wonderful surprise. blessings, marlene

Christine M said...

Sending you all congratulations. How exciting! It was very special being announced on your mother's birthday. We know you've certainly had a great weekend! Hugs, Christine

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to you both, what an honor on a special day.

Petal49 said...

Congratulations on your honour, I'm sure it is well deserved. The projects are lovely too.

Joy said...

Oh Val that's absolutely wonderful news, and you have every reason to be so proud!!! Congratulations, I'm pleased to bits for you :o).
By the way, that dragonfly project looks gawjus, I can't wait to see the whole thing!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)
PS .... I've popped another Bucket pattern in the mail for you - fingers crossed that this one makes it to you ;o)!!!

Michelle said...

Congratulations it is a proud moment to be cherished!!!
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Congratulations how wonderful it must be for both of you. keep up the good work. Lyn

Allie said...

Oh how absolutely exciting - a huge CONGRATULATIONS to your deserving hubby! Well done! You are a darling couple, it's lovely to see your smiles!

Love the oven mitt, guess I should check my scraps, lol. Your sneak peek looks wonderful!

Janelle said...

Hi Mum
Of course Dad deserves the honour! It wouldn't have happened without you though I love your pot holder (plus your other things) and think it is another great idea for my birthday present! I have only just recently been looking for a new one to replace my dodgy disentegrating one which I have already fixed once! I'm after two anyway and they are expensive in the shops, so I haven't yet purchase any. It's funny how we both like the same type of pot holders... I don't like the glove style ones as much as I'm always looking for the other one when I'm in the middle of cooking.

Sue from 'Cyprus said...

What wonderful news Val! Congratulations to your lovely hubby and for you Val! You must be very proud people!

Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x xx

Judith said...

Congratulationns to your hubby. You both must be thrilled. I think you are allowed to walk around with your heads in the clouds for a few days and let it all sink in.

Sheila said...

Congratulations to your DH, and of course you too :) I do like the sneak peeks of your dragonfly.

Joy McD said...

Congratulations! I am sure both of you have been a blessing to many over the years and the award is also a reflection of you :)
lv,
Joy

Linda said...

How exciting for you and your husband, Val! I have no doubt that these awards are not given lightly, so this is surely an honor and proud moment for him and all of your family. It's especially heartening to know the award has been given to a Christian. Too often we notice the negativity in our world, and wonder where God is in all of it. Happily, this is definitely contrary to that. How wonderful! Congratulations to all of you for good, positive efforts!

Ozjane said...

Congratulations. Well deserved.

gill said...

Congratulations to you both! I'm sure he couldn't have managed without you!!!

Rosa said...

Congratulations!!What a special and great day.

Dawn said...

Praise God that the gov recognises Christian ministry....and congrats to Hubby for his work and love for the Word of God
Hugs Dawn x x

Pepe said...

Owlbert and Owlberta? Tha's so funny! :)))

Rian said...

congratulations to your husband and you ofcourse. Enjoy it and be proud of him. I think you may be.

Quiltjane said...

Such a blessing. Congratulations.

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness - that is OUTSTANDING! Congratulations to your husband and to you as well, as I know you have been a constant support in his life.

Red Heads said...

What a lovely picture of "the love birds". My best wishes to your hubby & to you Val. How wonderful to be acknowledged for your work. I love your little sneak peeks as well. Enjoy your week-end TOGETHER. Blessings: Dianne.

Isabella said...

Oh Val what a blessing to be recogoised here in this life for all your work dont forget behind every good man there is a great woman

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Val! Congratulations to your DH. What a wonderful honour! :)