I am currently serving in the UAE for the next 6 to 8 months, I’ve served in the Australian Army for 4 years now and this is my first deployment overseas. I have left behind my fiance who is also in the Army, two cats and our border collie, so whilst deployed I also have a wedding to continue planning as we get married this year. I have a few friends here who have been in receipt of your wonderful laundry bags and quilts and they are simply amazing! At the moment it’s still winter here and I would love nothing more to also be so lucky to receive my very own quilt and laundry bag. I could not be prouder to be where I am, doing my job. Thank you for your hard work in keeping up our morale. It is much appreciated.
I can’t tell you how many emails and messages I get from people saying how much difference we are making to deployed personnel, how good they feel to know that people actually think of them whilst they are deployed and so on. I share as many as I can and I hope that all of you out there who are the wonderful volunteers who sew for us understand how much what we do means to the soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families.
Now for something different. I thought you might like a bit of a look at Headquarters AHQ. Warning!!! It is not always this tidy. I took these photos to show a friend of mine so that she knows where I spend most of my time and I was looking for some photos to include in this post as I think every post needs photos. I am lucky enough to have a room that I can dedicate to my sewing and now Aussie Heroes. This is my sewing room/office!
Note the world’s largest dog bed, actually the day bed! If you come to visit me during the school term this year, like Debbie did, then you will have the luxury of being able to stay in my son’s room as he is at boarding school, but if you come during the holidays this will be your bed.
The drawers behind my desk were made by my father and he had them in his office (he was a primary school principal). He used old tea chests and whatever recycled wood he could get his hands on and each drawers has different compartments and dividers in it (see pic below). Behind my desk is a bookcase with SOME of my fabrics in it.
Yes, I love Rasant thread!
This is the command post! LOL My laptop to the left and my sewing machine to the right. The door on the left goes to the laundry (very handy) and the door to the right leads in to the lounge dining area (the overflow of AHQ Headquarters in reality). I am lucky enough to have my own TV, recorder and stereo in there too – though I can go days without turning them on if I am busy with emails etc.
These shelves line the wall to the right of my desk. They need a good sorting and there is probably a lot of stuff that can go out from there but whoever has time for that? You can see more fabric storage in the glass doored cupboard at the end.
My sons would kill me if they knew I was posting this pic of them when they were pre-schoolers! Guess they should read my blog if they want to know what I am up to! CUTE!!! They turn 18 next month!
And of course, one of the most important collaborators on Aussie Hero Quilts is Maisy and this is her bed squeezed in beside my desk. She loves it.
Of course there is a bigger bed on the other side of my desk should she need to stretch out and can’t be bothered jumping up on the daybed but she has to share it with Snickers, her co-collaborator. Though, according to Snickers, why lie on the approved dog bed when there is a perfectly comfy quilt waiting to be bound or to have a label attached. LOL
And in case they both need to stretch out there is another dog bed, Snickers’ favourite spot, at the side of the Day Bed. Yep, it is a tough life for a dog in my house!
And of course, with an office to work in you can imagine that the rest of my house is spotless and there is no need to AHQ bits and pieces to be found any anywhere else in other rooms!
If you believe that then you have not been here for a sewing day or one of our dinners! 😀
It is Thursday night so as usual, if you have sent off a quilt or a laundry bag this week and are not on this list please let me know.
Jenny and Gale
Back to work for me – lots to do.
Til next time…………………….keep spreading the word and happy stitching! JMxx