I created this little tea box as a gift for my mother-in-law, Janene, to be an inspiration to her amidst a life that has been hard. Janene lost her husband nearly 10 years ago and has been suffering from declining health for some time. Forced to spend a lot of time resting, she feels barred from living the life she wants to live. Still, she endures.
Knowing all these things about her, I longed to create something for her as a Christmas present. At the time, I knew she also enjoys tea, good music and has a HUGE thing for strawberries. In fact, her entire kitchen area is filled with all sort of charming strawberry-themed items. When I stumbled across this little box at a thrift store, I immediately thought of Janene. The painting of the little girl gathering strawberries represents her in the height of her youth, filled with dreams and aspirations, painted to echo the heart of the girl who still lives on within her.
I love you, Mom!