Stampin’ Up! #1 Demonstrator Pootles – Grandma’s House, but no Grandma’s included
Gran, Granny, Grandma. Not really a word I use. The name you give a grandparent is very much related to who you grew up with as the elders in your family, what they called themselves, and where you come from.
In the UK, we use all sorts – Nanna, Nana, Nan, Nanny, Granny, Gran, Grandma, Grandma, and then localised such as Nain and Taid (Welsh) and all sort of other things in between.
Very personal to me, I see ‘Gran etc’ as for the elder elder folk! I have an image of an elderly lady sucking boiled sweets and knitting whilst sitting in a rocking chair, quite possibly in front of a fire with a rug on her knees. A very lovely image.
It’s not my Mum who’s been a grandparent for 27 years (my eldest nephew), has actually been a Great Grandmother for over 3 years (again thanks eldest Nephew) and is far far from that image above! She is a Nanna – has a greater social life than me, she and Dad cycle every day, go out and about, have my children to stay regularly and are in fact have my boys while Chris and I are on the incentive trip for a week. And then HER Mum was my Nanna, I too will be a Nanna one day and it goes back many many generations. However, my Dad’s Mum was always known as Granny, and in later years Gran and my mother in law is known as Grandma. They too took on a name that had gone back in their own families for generations….
So I really struggled to choose to buy this stamp set. We have too much choice for names!!!
I absolutely adore the whimsy of the images and the font has hit all the right spots for me, BUT, I can’t see a time that I would ever use ‘Grandma’ on a card.
So I went ahead and bought it, I know there are some of you out there who see Nanna in the same way I see Grandma, and I know that there are super clever folk out there who will stamp the words without Grandma and instead use alphabets to make their own words.
In time I will do that, but for now, with my first play, I went for watercoloured flowers and some pretty papers.
Now, what do you call your grandparents, or if you’re a grandparent yourself, what are you known as?!
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