This is a really personal gift I made for my late great grandmother who passed away this Sunday. Her funeral was today and I wanted to send something with her.
The basket contains three things she loved to grow most: roses, strawberries, and guava. She kept a really beautiful rose garden when we lived in California. They all bloomed at once and the smell was heavenly. No one could grow bigger or more beautiful roses than her. Even when we moved to Florida she managed to get a rose garden up and going. Strawberries were her favorite fruit, even if she never got them to grow properly down here. She did have a couple of guava trees, though. Every year we'd get jars and jars of guava preserves or cascos de guayaba (generously served with a large slab of cream cheese, of course).
I never had a chance to show her what I was up to. By the time I had gotten into miniature making, she no longer knew who I was, nor really could focus on much of anything. Her days consisted of being moved from her bed, to a recliner, to her bed again. I like to think she would have been interested in all of this. I know she would have been supportive.
That's why this one had to be perfect. I couldn't give her anything less. I guess it was sort of an apology for not being there all that often and for skipping the one final chance I had to see her before she passed. It's really hard knowing I could have been there but that I got a case of cold feet and just didn't show up.
But I was there today to say goodbye, even if it was really hard. She raised me from when I was a baby up until her mind started to go about 4 years ago. I at least owed it to her to come see her off.
I'm very sorry for your loss, and I am sure she would have loved these. This is absolutely stunning