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In Remembrance by Bon-AppetEats In Remembrance by Bon-AppetEats

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 am extremely appreciative and touched by the waves of support I have received from you all. It's so easy to decide that you hate the world and can't stand the people in it. Then you receive overwhelming amounts of love and decide it isn't all so bad. Again, thank you for the well wishes and love. It's very much appreciated. You're all really great and special people. <3
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful.
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AmbiguousPolygon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very sorry for your loss. This is an absolutely beautiful piece you've done for her. 
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Misty-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't beat yourself up about things you can't change. My mom passed away when I was 14, and I did and said things that I regret, but I can't change any of it. I know she knew I loved her, and I'm sure your grandmother knew too. It really is a beautiful piece, and the strawberry leaves are just right :) The roses look absolutely beautiful too :D
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XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful! Sorry for your loss :/
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emiko-chan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
A perfect tribute to your grandmother. She would be so touched and proud of you and your amazing work.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Jackie!  I've only just seen this, and your words.  Truly, that little basket, the roses and the fruit *are* perfect!  And I'm sure that your Great Grandmother can see them now, and know the love and respect that you poured into your work, and know of the love behind the work.

You know - I chickened out of many visits towards the end of my grandparents lives.  My Grandfather meant everything to me.  He emotionally saved me from an otherwise loveless childhood, yet I couldn't go and see him as he deteriorated.  He had to be my strong Grandad in my memories.  I just wanted to remember him as he was in life and health!  I didn't even go to his funeral - I held a private but meaningful remembrance, alone, while everyone else was there.  I know for certain, as nearly 10 years have passed, that he is as alive in my heart today as he ever was.  I will always love him and I will always feel his love towards me.  I hope you can reach that place too if you haven't already.  Huge love to you Jackie :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
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jesterdoll45 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. I'm very sorry for your loss. 
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful.
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Sparky-Sumi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I'm very sorry for your loss, and I am sure she would have loved these. This is absolutely stunning :heart:

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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist
;__; I'm sorry for your loss... this is a beautiful memoir for her... <3
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NewIsis1734 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
so smal flowers :)
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Sada1997 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh beautifull...!!!
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cosmiccrittercrafts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very pretty- sorry about your great grand mother.
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m0cchi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss.  I think this is a beautiful way to say goodbye. 
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LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am truly sorry for your loss :( And I believe if she had known of your wonderful creations, she would have been your biggest fan
Stay strong! :heart:
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artisdeviantun Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the roses came really good out theyre fantastic ^^
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Teligress1988 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am so sorry for your loss honey, if you need anyone to talk to im here and she has much to be proud of!
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hinata34695 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss, and this is amazing.

She must be very happy and proud right now :)
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Damanyel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
This is so lovely! this is the most thoughtful thing ever. I am sure she was so happy to have it  with her.<3 <3
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Damanyel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I also forgot to say...  Do not worry about what happened. she loved you and you loved her even at the end.  <3
Doing this now shows how much you care. so lovely .
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Nightcat88 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
My sincere condolences for your loss. *hugs* This is a beautiful and touching gift and I'm sure that she is proud of all you have accomplished.
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Mintz2520 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry for the loss, but I bet she's smiling down from heaven at your little gift right now.
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ForestFairytails Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
im so sorry for your loss dear, bless your heart for making her such a beautiful love filled gift to say goodbye, it wont be forever youll see her again soon
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blackstormwarrior Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss :iconsadhugplz:  It looks beautiful as always!
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ShittyChickenBang Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You Granny was very proud of you. I am so sorry for your loss...
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mudkipclove Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so sweet :)

I don't know much about her, but I think she would have really loved it :)
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jwiest Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry for your loss but this is a fabulous thing to send with her.  I hope you considered making one for yourself to keep.  I suspect if it was me I'd want one as a sort of memento, though clearly we're all different.
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SteampunkOrange Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss...:( But I'm sure Your grandmother would've loved what you made for her. :aww: :hug:
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marygriffith1743 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Artist
im so sorry about your grandmother...bless her soul...and that's very cool and unique! I envy your talent!
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GTMac Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Wonderful tribute! Wonderful work.
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure she would've loved it. :aww: Don't beat yourself up for not being there as often as you think you should've, because all that matters now is that she is peacefully at rest. I hope you'll make it over the hill soon, because I know it can be hard to cope sometimes. Remember, you have my support if you need it. :huggle:
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Sephaslice Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really is perfect. I'm sure she would have loved it. :) Again, I'm sorry for your loss. Keep holding on strong. :hug:
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Musicalcupcake93 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I remember when both my great grandmas passed away, I was little when they passed so hard it's for me to remember them. But I do remember that they were very loving and sweet women, and I know they still love me and I still love them very much. I'm sure your grandma really loves the gift you made her. I hope you feel better soon. :huggle:
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Pepperjack-Kiwi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*what you made for her DX typo!
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Pepperjack-Kiwi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure she would love what she made for you <3 
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OneLastRush Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Feel better.  I'm sure many of us know how it feels to lose a loved one.  It really is beautiful.
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transparent-soul Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. 
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Slappy-Snifferdoo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss. The gift is perfect and sweet.Pixel Rose
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
My condolences Jackie! Hope you are doing well!

I love what you have made here! Stunning creation as always! 
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Luinsaro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Beautiful...and at least you were in shooting distance even if you didn't go.  I'm in California...my grandfather was in Washington.  There was no way I could have made it before he passed, and they didn't call and say it was happening until it was done and he was gone, so I didn't even get to say goodbye over the phone.  We were very close; he died in March, 2007 -- and it still hurts like it happened yesterday.

But I know he's with me, and he understands.  I think your great-grandmother understands too...and now she can watch you all she likes without worries and understand what you're doing and so much more.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
That is a very touching story and a very beautiful memento. :rose:  I was very close to all four of my grandparents and miss them to this day.
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Lautay20 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww...the stuff you wrote made me cry a bit...you seem to have had a really big connection with your great-grandmother. I'm really sorry that she passed...
  anyways, you made an amazing piece of art and i think she will really like it.
  i give you tons of support!!!! we will always be there for you!!!! :)
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Moon-Phace Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful, both in terms of craftsmanship as well as sentiment. I'm sure your great-grandmother would have been very proud of your skill. 
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FoxxyImpala Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry Bon, I was remember when my grandmother passed away as well.
About four years ago I believe.
R.I.P Bon's amazing grandmother
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AngelicCupcake Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous. I'm sure she would love it.
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Rose-Kira-chan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this piece (it's beautiful) and your story is really touching! :hug: 
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Ginga-Ninga1994 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very sorry for your loss :hug: it must be terrible losing a grandparent - I couldn't bear it if my nana died ... don't be upset that you didn't get to see her. It must be hard having someone so close to you with such a condition ... it was natural not to want to see her in that state. I know she'd love this; it's made straight from the heart. It's beautiful.
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Ichigo-Smoothie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard it is to say goodbye to someone for the final time, especially when you know that the time is soon, I hope that she rests in peace, and enjoys looking at the miniature in heaven. This piece is perfect, and I'm sure that she loves it.
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pyrmappege Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really lovely. Your miniature work is always lovely, but this especially. It's really touching.
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GirlGamer55 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013

I would say I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm sure you heard that ten thousand times all ready. What I will tell you is that even though the ones we love are gone, they'll never truely be gone as long as we remember them and love them. I lost my Grandfather when I was 13 and I still love him and remember him often. He was a huge role model for me and a very important person in my life. And even though I don't believe in heaven or hell, God or a devil, I like to think the ones we love are in a better place...maybe not heaven..but somewhere out there seeing amazing things and surrounded with all their friends and loved ones who have also passed on.

 

I am sorry you lost your Great Grandmother, it's hard. And I know exactly how you feel. Just know that she's in a better place, most likely surrounded by roses and strawberries. :hug:

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