Last weekend I finally finished my beloved Grumps Bear.
He has certainly been a labour of love... and emotion.
I started on the traditional hand sewn teddy bear course back in March... shortly before Dad went into hospital. And then things went rapidly downhill... I missed a couple of the classes... but instead sat and worked on him as I sat at Dad's bedside.
Miraculously I still managed to complete him on time and attend the last couple of classes... and because of what was going on at the time I was making him, he became a bear to remember Dad by... Grumps Bear... and a gift for my step-mum to keep her company.
I chose one of Dad's old ties to make him a very dapper waistcoat and bow-tie... and I have to say that I am stupidly proud of my achievement - especially as I winged the pattern for his outfit!
He brings a smile, and a tear, whenever I see him... a little memory of Dad :)
He's rather smart don't you think?