Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Children's Books by Hayley Boswell....


I have been meaning to share this for a while. I know that some of you will find these books great for your children.  Check them out.....the following is a press release that should give you all the details that you need. 



When Lawyer Hayley Boswell wrote her first children’s book, little prepared her for the huge response that was to follow.

Hayley has published 6 books - My Dad's in the Australian Navy, My Mum's in the Australian Navy, My Dads in the Australian Army, My Mums in the Australian Army, My Dads in the Australian Airforce and My Mums in the Australian Airforce. The book, My Dads in the Australian Navy was written as a gift for her partner Bradley Lynch who is a Chief Petty Officer, when the couple recently had their first child.



“When my daughter was born, I needed a resource that could assist her to feel connected with her dad whilst he was away with the Navy," she said. “I often create unique presents. I once made a Monopoly board based on my partner’s career with the Navy, so this was a one of those gifts".

The book was intended for her family only, but when Brad posted some of its pages on Facebook, the books took on a life of their own. “My partner uploaded pictures of the book on his Facebook and people were saying ‘Can I purchase it?’”.

“I started taking a few orders and a few months later I’ve sold more than 500 copies.”

It became clear that people wanted Hayley to expand on her original work because so many see it as a valuable tool to explain to children the important work of their defence parents.

“I received a lot of requests from parents in the other forces as well,” she said.



“In creating these books , I have had help from many defence spouses and personnel. It has also helped that I've had family members in the Navy and Army".

“The book helps children understand the roles and responsibilities of their parents when they are away. And the impact they are making in the world by helping people who need it."

“The book really focuses on the positive elements of being apart of the Australian Defence forces so at night the children can go to bed thinking about how their parents are making an important contribution to not only Australia, but to the world.



And the result? Hungry caterpillars, rainbow fish, and magical possums may now have a run for their money as favourite bedtime stories.

The book is suitable for infants to about age six and Hayley said its popularity was even being seen in other settings, for example childcare centres and schools. “Some children have used it for Book Week in school. They’re dressing up as their mum or dad and wearing a uniform,” she said.




“A lot of people have said they are just glad to have the book out there to help explain things to their children when parents are away on a deployment.”

"I've been contacted by parents saying the book has assisted to ease their children's anxiety when a parent has been deployed. I'm glad it's making children feel a little less sad when missing their parents".


They are available for purchase from: www.thepoppyemporium.com.au









Till next time.... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree xx















Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Grati-Tuesday 17 July 18


Some gorgeous thank you messages again this week.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.  
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Dear Noelene, 



I would just like to say a big thank you for your care package, I really wasn't expecting one at all! I just hope that this email goes through correctly and doesn't land in your junk mail. 

I'm 32, married to my beautiful wife, have a very cute, soon-to-be 3 year old son and expecting a new member of the family in February.  I'm a doctor, trying to help as much as I can to keep everyone here healthy and assist when they're unwell. Luckily, everyone is doing well and I haven't had to do anything serious, which is a good thing. 

Once again, thank you very much for your lovely letter and care package.

Kind regards
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Good Evening Lyn


I had the pleasure to receive a lovely laundry bag that you have made on behalf of Aussie Hero Quilts.  Thank you for your generosity, I absolutely love it and it will be an item I will keep as a memento of my current deployment.  The work that you do is truly appreciated by defence members and something we all look forward to receiving.  

Thank you for your lovely letter and sharing apart of yourself with me.  I haven’t hadn’t the pleasure to visit the SA Riverland area yet but will defiantly be on my to do list.  I am currently deployed in the Middle East and the temperatures are very hot here at the moment.  This week has seen temperatures in the mid to high 50 degrees in the sun, so we are looking forward to some cooler weather in the coming months.  Thankfully we have air conditioning to escape to.

I joined the military 18years ago from a small country town in South East QLD.  I spent 15years in the Navy however transferred across to the Air Force a few years ago now.  I am employed as a Medic and enjoy my work both here and at home.  I am a mum myself to two children ( 2 & 5 ) years.  I have done a number of deployments now and each one brings new challenges and experiences.  

I am looking forward to coming home.  Myself and my husband have both deployed in the last twelve months so we have been very busy.  We also enjoy camping and adventuring around our great country.  We hope to buy a caravan ourselves on my return home.  Our plan is to spend the next few years discovering the NT and WA.   We have seen a lot of our beautiful country through our work but are looking forward to showing our children as well.  

Thank you again for your generous gift and please know it is greatly appreciated
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Good Afternoon Jan-Maree,

I have just received the quilt and laundry bag today and with much excitement and joy. Both were made with such great care and expertise and I feel privileged to have received them. The work that yourself and the other quilters do is amazing and greatly appreciated by all who receive them.

I must also convey the good feeling I had, being able to add such bright colours to my sleeping space, which was quite drab and boring.

The team and I will be getting a photo with all of the quilts and laundry bags and sending it in the near future, so that you can see how much we appreciate your hard work and see the people who benefit from it.

Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to Deirdre for the work that she has done and how much I appreciate the effort and time taken to make such a beautiful quilt and laundry bag.

It gives me such pride to serve my country and especially kind hearted people like yourselves.

Kind Regards 
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Good morning Ellen,

        I recently received a wonderful package in the mail. I wanted to pass on my extreme gratitude and thanks for the wonderful work you have done. My wife and our children absolutely love the design and I think that somehow, my 3 year old daughter will steal it from me once I am home.

        Please keep up the fantastic work you do as I know that it puts huge smiles on all our members over here when they receive their quilts or laundry bags.
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Dear Clarissa,

I would like to send out once again a big heartfelt thank you to yourself for the amazing quilt, I love it, and the addition of the Wallabies balloon and two of my favourite biscuit packs just topped it off.

Once again, thank you so much for the quilt, laundry bag and all the goodies inside, and thank you to yourself and all the Aussie Hero Quilts volunteers.
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Dear Fran


Thank you so much for the quilt.  It’s perfect!  The time and effort you’ve put into it, along with researching Tolkien’s runes is amazing.  The blue border was an inspired choice too, it really makes the lettering pop.  I’d love to know where you got the panels from.  I wouldn’t think Spotlight would have a large supply of Hobbit maps.

I’ve been serving in the RAAF as a Communications and Information Systems Controller (CISCON) since August 1996 when I joined from Tasmania.  Almost about to chalk up 22 years!  I’m married to J and we have 3 children.   J’s mum is also a quilter and so our house has a number of them gifted for many a reason.  

Thank you again.  Wishing you well.  Scott
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Hi Clarissa,

I’ve fallen in love with my laundry bag and quilt.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
They definitely lit up my tent.
I’ve taken a photo of myself and will send the pic via email once downloaded.

Believe me when I say your gifts are appreciated by all Aussie Hero quilt recipients.

Thank you for your support.
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Dear Ruth,

I am the happy new owner of your laundry bag.
It is exactly what I pictured when I filled the request form.

I’m a communications Tech currently serving in Afghanistan.
Over here it is hot, dusty and smells.

Now thanks to you I have a smile on my face whenever I do my washing.
(which is every day due to the amount of smelly gym clothes I go through).

Again, thank you for your support.
Thanks again for the washing bag.  I will treasure it always.
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Hi Jan-Maree

I would like to inform you that I have received the quilt and the laundry bag as well as other presents. The girl sent me a nice letter and how she made my quilt. Please thank her 100 000 millions times. I fell bad that she was going through so much trouble trying to fulfil my request. The quilt is very special to me and I love it very much. Please thank her very much. I think she put more effort on that quilt than I am doing on my deployment :). I am currently busy at work as well as some personal staff going on but I have her contact details and will try to respond one day (when the thinks getting settle). 


 Thank you is not enough, everyone here is been amazed by the efforts on my quilt as well on the other guys quilts. Thank you from my name and name of all deployed personnel.
All girls from Aussie Hero Quits deserves medals.
 
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Dear Bridget,

I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic laundry bag and quilt that you have taken the time and effort to make for me.  I am absolutely chuffed with them, they look better than I could have imagined.

I personally am from a family of 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls.  Both of my sisters married into the RAAF and my 3 brothers all joined the RAAF.  What choice did I have but to join the Army?!?  I have been serving for 14 years now in the RA Sigs Corps and can say that whilst the work is not always the most glamorous, the friends and mates that I have been fortunate enough to make and serve with does make it worthwhile.

I am a married member with 2 daughters, one has started high school this year, and the other is in her last year of primary school.  My wife is a registered nurse, who I’m sure that you can appreciate is very busy balancing both her career and family whilst I am away.  We are lucky in that my in-laws have been able to move into our family home to assist with taking care of the house and home, being there makes a huge difference.  The family home is completed by a mischievous cat who adopted us by coming to our front door and never leaving.

Life here is very hot at this time of year, but they have provided us with air-conditioners where possible.  We have access to a dining facility where we are served a wide array of different foods but can eat at the small local cafes if we would like a change.

Some of the services provided here are some gym facilities to pass away the time, and laundry and tailoring services.  We are provided with an internet service which helps immensely when keeping in contact with our families and loved ones back home, and keeping up with the news.

I would for my part like to express that we (deployed service members) appreciate the work and effort that all the sewing ladies put in to ensure that we are appreciated and not forgotten by the creation of these wonderful quilts and laundry bags.  I can certainly say with all honesty that a huge smile was on my face when I opened the package, and would expect that most reactions would at least be the same.

Yours sincerely,
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Dear Jan-Maree,

Thank you very much for your email. I am pleased to let you know that I have recently received my quilt and laundry bag. I absolutely love it and really appreciate it. I'm very grateful for all the work both yourself and all the quilters do in making these wonderful gifts. I cannot speak highly enough of the Aussie Hero Quilt's. Each and everyone one of you does an amazing job! Can you please pass on a personal message to Bev and Geoff C from Bendigo, thanking them for my quilt and bag. The quality and detail of both the quilt and bag is amazing and I'm very thankful for their gift. I hope they enjoyed their travels to Adelaide and Mildura for the craft and quilt shows.

I'm honoured to be able to receive these amazing gifts, and will cherish them forever.

Many thanks again,
 
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Huge thanks to all our volunteers... you are the ones that make this work!

Till next time.... keep spreading the word and happy stitching.

Jan-Maree xx



Monday, 16 July 2018

Requests 16 July 18


Hi all

Priority Quilts

Line numbers 2A and 2B are the priorities this week and must be in the mail by end of August, which I know is later than the post by date for everything else but they are priority as that is the absolute latest they can be posted. There is no leeway.

Post by Date for all other quilts and laundry bags

The post by date for ALL items on this list is 20 August please

PLEASE note the date and let me know if you have any problems getting your quilt/LB away on time. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it.  Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss.

 PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag. 
For example….
Marvel Theme. Ironman     M       LB      1

This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request.  If you find it hard to copy and paste please copy the line out as follows…  

The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicated the gender of the recipient.
The third column is as follows.

B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish)
Q= just a quilt
LB = just a laundry bag
F= female
M= male

The last column with the number is a simple registration number for me to use… it is only relevant for this week only and will change if the request is still on the list next week. Once you have received the recipient’s details you will need to use those to refer to the recipient from then on if need be.

If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated…. ie one of the following please….  There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list.
  
If you don’t understand what people are asking for or where to get some of the bits and pieces then please ask me but the following might also be helpful.

LOTS of requests want the Coat of Arms.. I can have this sent to you….see pics below 
OTHER INCLUSIONS
Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.
Coat of Arms, Rising Sun, RAAF Crest, Navy Crest, Coat of Arms, RAEME and other badges – ask me about them, I can often send you some to include if your request needs them.
If they want some text and it is too much for you to applique I may be able to get it embroidered and sent to you to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.  Just let me know what words you want, what colour fabric and what colour thread… keep it simple please.   Also include your address in the email to save me time please.
I can help you with football colours and logos of teams etc. Just ask me. Most of the logos are simple or you can just add team names if you want to … team colours are enough also.
Please think about what the request involves before you take it on. Google, ask questions, email me, make sure you can complete it to your satisfaction before you commit to it if possible please.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers

Jan-Maree
NRL, Penrtih Panthers
M
LB
1
RAEME red, golden yellow and blue
M
LB
1
RAEME red, golden yellow and blue
M
LB
1
RAEME red, golden yellow and blue
M
LB
1
RAEME red, golden yellow and blue
M
LB
1
BLACK PUG, FAWN GREAT DANE, AUSTRALIAN FLAG, NEW ZEALAND FLAG, 'TGT VII' (WRITTEN IN TEXT)  
M
LB
1
aviation (c-17 pilot by trade). I like blues greys and whites.
THIS LAUNDRY BAG AND QUILT MUST BE IN THE MAIL BY END OF AUGUST.
M
B
2A
I enjoy rainforests, beaches and animals (mainly puppies)
THIS LAUNDRY BAG AND QUILT MUST BE IN THE MAIL BY END OF AUGUST.
F
Q
2B
Unicorns "farting" rainbows
M
Q
3
Silhouette of black lab and handler walking through the desert with the words "Always coming home soon"
M
Q
4
Australian Flag, rising sun ( I can send you one), Outdoors, shooting theme,

Q
5
Chess, loves his shooting, gaming, dachshunds (we have two minis) and Sydney swans (afl).
M
Q
6
Melbourne Storm (NRL)
M
Q
7
(Initals) GSB - Poppy's -camo fabrics- Army AMCU, DPCU and DPDU Patterns, ( can send you some Cammo but not all of these… we have to make do) Afghanistan Flag, UAE Flag, Iraq Flag, Kuwait Flag, Australian Flag
M
B
8
Poppies, Wattles, blue colour. Military history, white doves
F
Q
9
Referee Whistles, Afghanistan Flag, UAE Flag,  Australian Flag ( I can send you an Afghanistan flag)
M
B
10
RAAF Air planes, Military patterns, UAE Flag, Afghanistan flag, Australian Flag, poppies  ( I can send you an Afghanistan flag)
M
B
11
Beach themed RAAF crest (which I can send you) and my deployment EAOU-3 2017. 
F
LB
12
RAEME. Royal blue on top third, yellow middle third and red bottom third. RAEME Corp badge (which I can send you) in the middle with the Artificers badge (I can send you one) underneath
M
Q
13
Australian/Iraq theme (suggestions - flag, map, Iraqi swords)
M
Q
14
Australian Coat of Arms (dark blue background and white/silver like the Air Force WOFF rank), with The Ode of Remembrance ( I can print this and send to you) and some poppies  Thank you
M
B
15
Australian Coat of Arms (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance.  Can I also please have a Australian and a Dutch flag at the bottom
M
B
16
Aqua blue colours. Australian Coat of Arms. Middle East Region
F
Q
17
Something to mark my time in the UAE would be most appreciated. Perhaps some camels/sunset. The text 'EAOU-3  Apr - Oct 18' would be excellent if possible. I like bright colours also. Thank you.
M
Q
18
Navy Blue background with the RAAF Ensign at the top and a picture of Dubai at the bottom. Also at the bottom, the text 'EAOU-3 (17 Apr - 31 Oct 18)'. Thank you.
M
B
19
Australian Coat of Arms (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance alongside/under please.
M
B
20
The Australian Defence Force Emblem, with an ANZAC Soldier standing on one side and a current generation soldier on the other. Decorated with poppies and the quote "Remember The Fallen" please.
M
B
21
RAAF roundel with a dark grey background.
M
B
22
RAAF crest  with a sky blue background
M
Q
23
RAAF roundel with a grey background
M
Q
24
RAAF Ensign
M
Q
25
Sporty theme with Aussie flag
M
Q
26
Manchester United, Cronulla Sharks, Aussie Flag, Subaru. Letters ARC  and EAOU-3  if possible.
M
Q
27
 Batman (The Dark Knight) theme
M
Q
28
Red and blue superman theme please
M
Q
29
BMW Motorcycles theme please
M
B
30
ANZAC/RAAF theme with dates
M
B
31
Anything middle east or aircraft related which symbolises Australia's commitments/nationality
M
Q
33
Disney
F
Q
34
My only request is to receive something that reminds me of my kids. I have two daughters who love their dancing, and a son who is into basketball, karate, cars etc. PHOTOS Avbl which I can print for you
M
Q
35
Rugby, Wallabies
M
Q
36
Fishing theme. AUS Flag, NZ Flag and IRAQ Flag. (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
37
NRL, Brisbane Broncos
M
Q
38
ANZAC Theme, Poppies, AUS flag, NZ Flag and Iraq flag. (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
39
Australian Flag
M
Q
40
ANZAC rising sun Theme, Poppies, AUS flag, NZ Flag and Iraq flag. (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
42
Super Hero All the usual suspects - Spiderman, Thor, Superman, Ironman, Batman, etc.
M
B
43
Australian Flag Colours
M
B
44
ANZAC Theme, Poppies, AUS flag, NZ Flag and Iraq flag. (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
45
ANZAC Theme, Poppies, AUS flag, NZ Flag and Iraq flag. (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
46
AUS Flag, Greek Flag, Philippine Flag ( I can print the flags) (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
47
Australian Army Theme AUS flag, NZ Flag and Iraq flag . (Task Group Taji 2018)
M
B
48
Aus Flag, RAEME Badge (I can send you one), Western Sydney Wanderers, Parramatta Eels, NSW Blues
M
B
49
 Back ground of quilt in RAEME Colours (red, yellow and Royal Blue) with Aus Flag, RAEME Badge ( I can send you one), QLD Maroons, Gold Coast Titans.
M
B
50