Monday, 5 November 2012

Remembrance Day

Here is something you didn’t know about the Patchsmith – I have a hero for a son.  Yes, I know, all mothers say such things but I truly do.  You see my son is in the Armed Forces and has spent many years, at home and abroad, in war and in peace, in the bomb disposal unit – so you see it is true – I do have a hero for a son.
Whilst he is on duty I don’t listen to the news or the radio – I don’t want to hear about a soldier, sailor or pilot killed somewhere far from home because it makes my heart lurch.  Instead I focus on my everyday life and remember how lucky I am to have the freedom and lifestyle I have because of heroes across the world and across the generations.
So on Remembrance Day at 11.00 a.m. I will stop what I am doing and observe a minute’s silence and quietly give thanks for all the sons and husbands, wives and mothers, grandfathers and fathers that have risked their lives so that I can have the life I have today.

In Britain we have a Poppy Appeal – it commemorates all those who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.  How do we do this?  We buy a paper poppy from the soldier at the supermarket or the sailor outside the Post Office.  This year, and every year hereafter, the Patchsmith will support the Poppy Appeal through her Flower Patch Mug Rug.   Using this pattern I have created a poppy version which I will keep specifically for my morning tea on Remembrance Sunday.  And for every Flower Patch pattern sold throughout the month of November I will make a donation to the Poppy Appeal to support all our heroes wherever they may be.


  1. Great idea Amanda. We have the same poppies here in Australia for Remembrance Day and I buy the kids one to wear to school. Yes those serving in the armed forces are to be praised. Your son is a bit of a specialist. I remember watching Danger UXB episodes with my folks growing up. Very important job.

  2. You must be so proud of your son! We are lucky to have men and women who give so much to defend our freedoms and safety.

    This mug rug is another delightful and versatile pattern!


  3. We also wear poppies for Remembrance Day in Canada. It is a wonderful way to display our pride for military personnel both past and present.

  4. This is a great idea for Remembrance day. My daughter will be on parade with the army cadets and my dad with the British Legion on Sunday.

  5. I have just bought and printed out my pattern!

    1. Thank you Kay. I will have pleasure donating to the Poppy Appeal on your behalf. I hope you enjoy the pattern - if you have any problems or need any help just email me. I have added a PAGE to this blog (right-hand side) detailing how to download a Craftsy pattern although I am sure you have already done so.
      Thank you for your support.

  6. What a great choose something very personal and meaningful to honor those who are serving, and the heroes before them! I hope this idea will catch on everywhere! I salute your brave son!

  7. great idea - we have poppies here in Canada as well