Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Australia Day to you . . .

I just watched the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on TV and can't believe how emotional I felt! The singing of the National Anthem. The raising of the flag. The excitement of some the the people taking their oath today. It brought unexpected tears to my eyes and my heart swelled with pride . . .

My daughter's partner became an Australian a couple of years ago and I was lucky enough to be at the ceremony to share the occasion with him. It was very stirring, that's for sure - the new Australians taking their oath, and then the already-Australians making an affirmation based on the Australian Citizenship pledge,  publicly affirming their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people, which gave me pause to stop and think about what it meant for me to be Australian. And it's not just lamingtons, pavlovas, roast lamb and BBQs :) We're pretty lucky in this country - the freedoms we enjoy, the wonderful places there are to live, the diverse range of people that we get to share our lives with.

We get so busy just living our lives, that we don't always remember to take stock of what things mean to us. But today, for a moment, that's what I did. And all in all, I'm feeling very proud and happy to be Australian today, as we celebrate Australia Day, 2012.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Just a little stitching to start the year

To start off the year I made a little table runner . . .

It's to go with our "Cotswolds" quilt.

The star is the same as the one in the centre medallion of the quilt . . . and will adorn the cedar drawers we have in our bedroom. It just has simple hand quilting to give it a bit of definition.

The fabric I used for the background to the star in the quilt is what I used for the centre of the star on the table runner. I only ever had a small piece of this fabric - no idea who made it or the design name (it came in a random fabric pack), but if I ever came across it again I'd get more. It has the most lovely soft hanky feel to it. So, if you can help identify this fabric, please let me know . . .

It's not a big start to the year, I know, but it is a start. Now all I need is to keep that momentum going!!!

Pattern: Cotswolds
Designer: Susan Smith
Size: 17" x 17"

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy 2012

Looking forward to wonderful experiences, wonderful stories, wonderful memories. 

Happy 2012 . . .

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