then realised that all these girls are lots of busts and butts, long, long legs and glimpses of lingerie in the bargain and that might cause a bit of a problem for customs in certain countries! So making a mountain out of a molehill I contacted Jan-Maree and explained my predicament, thinking at the same time this is why it wasn’t chosen before. She chased it up for me and we get a reply back a couple of days later, sorry not a good idea, can I possibly think of another way around this. Sadly, I couldn’t. My mind at that stage was stuck on the original idea and all I could see was these gorgeous pinup girls, who, by virtue of being pinup girls are leggy, and busty, and very, very sexy!
I didn’t even have the material yet! So panic stations, told her so, and she kindly suggested I get a plan B in place. Contacted the seller for the panels asking if there was tracking, no there wasn’t. Panic a bit more. Start research on Plan B, find some stunning pinup girls, hey, maybe I can print them out at home!
Only down side, I don’t think they will wash well as the colour faded terribly in test wash.
I hope it is what the recipient was thinking of, and enjoys what I think is a bit of fun with the undressing ;) Despite the massive rush it was worth it, and I enjoyed the creative part at the end. So onto the next one and that of course is going to be a whole new story!
But before you go.....
Here is the response....
Firstly, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
The quilt and laundry bag are absolutely AMAZING I am absolutely in love with them, and they are an incredibly coveted item at the moment!
I have shown them off to anyone showing the slightest interest because they are just so amazing!
The attention to detail that you have put into the quilt, based on my request, leaves me quite short on words...that being said, I will push on and pass as much gratitude as I can.
All the images that you have used are by one of my most favourite pin-up artists...I lie...he's my favourite. But you have done the impossible...you have actually made them better! The interactiveness of the quilt has provided much entertainment over the last few hours since receiving it (I received it in the post today, before we departed Abu Dhabi...which by the way, if you ever get the chance..you must visit....).
I have come to the decision that I will keep the beautiful ladies of my quilt, modestly covered...the additions you have made are just awesome...and I feel that it would be a discredit to your artistic flair to remove them. They will serve as a constant reminder of where I was, the trials you went through, the obstacles you overcame...and the irony of such rules and regulations existing in a place where they love their belly dancing women to be quite provocatively dressed...but I digress... the quilt and laundry bag shall stay as they are!
I absolutely loved your letter and made a point of reading it before I viewed the quilt and laundry bag...it means so much to me.
This is my first deployment to the Middle East. I have been in the Navy for just over 14 years, and coming up here has been a goal the whole time...so not coming up here previously has not been through lack of trying!!!
You see, I have been posted to all the ships that don't normally venture up to this part of the world. I've lived all over the country...Originating from Adelaide, I started my journey in Melbourne at HMAS Cerberus, where we all begin our journey and was posted to HMAS Harman in Canberra. From there I was sent (with a weeks notice) all the way over to your part of the woods...Western Australia, where I served on HMAS Westralia. After I decommissioned her in 2005, I commissioned her replacement, HMAS Sirius and served on her for about two years before being sent all the way up to Darwin. I served up there for near on 3 years, patrolling the waters north of Australia. From there I was sent south to Sydney, the place I now call home. I have been there for about 7 years now...and served on three different classes of ship in that time. From the small Mine Hunters (HMAS Diamantina), to the Anzac class ships (HMA Ships Parramatta and Anzac) to now being deployed on HMAS Newcastle. It's been a hectic 14 years...but been well worth every laugh, love and heartache.
Again Anna, thank you for all your effort. It certainly does not go unappreciated!
Hope to hear from you soon.