Saturday, January 25, 2014

Completed "Grandma's House"

I have arrived back from South Africa yesterday. My husband and son arrived back ten days ago. We had a fantastic time visiting family and friends. This was the most rememerable holiday we will cherish for life as our boys were able to join us on this trip, after their university holidays started.

My aim was to complete "Grandma and Grandpa's House" as I retitled it. We have a Grandpa in this house as well...we couldn't forget or ignore that he also exists. He plays a very big part in our existence.

I stitched whenever I had a few moments. Out of sight for Grandma and Grandpa of course, as this was going to be a surprise to them towards the end of our stay. I finished the six individual teddy squares while in Brisbane, after Coenraad's graduation, and before we flew out to South Africa.

I stitched a great part of the larger picture at the bottom of the pattern, in the car for eight days as we were driving to Cape Town and back. 

I also changed the words below from "WHERE LOVE ABOUNDS" to "THE FUN PLACE TO BE".

I also put a hatch window in the loft room for two more teddies instead of the heart in the pattern.

I finished it just before sunset on our last day of travel, then washed it that evening in our hotel room and had it framed as soon as we got back.

This was the finished product after being framed.

Grandma and Grandpa were very surprised and thrilled with their gift.


  1. It came out fantastic!!! I love the changes you made it. Glad to hear you had a great time and back safely home! I can't wait to see pictures.

  2. I absolutely love all of the changes you have made to the original pattern. I have been trying to do that on a couple of pieces myself. It really makes them a "one of a kind" piece. Congrats on the fabulous finish.

  3. I can see why they were thrilled. It's adorable! Congrats on your finish.

  4. I think your changes were charming and adore your finished piece. What a fabulous and special gift.