Sometimes when you think you know a person well, you make certain assumptions about her likes and dislikes that may turn out to be quite wrong.
Not only is she a dear friend, I dare say I am also quite familiar with Rosanna's work, maybe even her style when it comes to miniatures. Precisely because I thought I was familiar, I didn't think my rusty suitcase gardens would fit with her projects or that she even liked rusty. I therefore didn't plan to make her one. It was only when we met in Europe last year that she told me she had always wanted one of my gardens. I was surprised and of course, very flattered.
As you can see, I am still not convinced she likes rusty that much because I made her a retro flower power luggage. It's still dirty though but it is not so rusty.
I used roses as the theme because Ro loves roses. This garden was also meant for the roof top in the massive project she's building now, her La Casa Rossa which means The Red House. Rossa also is just an "s" away from rosa, which means rose.
I understand that there will be a little cafe on the ground floor of La Casa Rossa. I imagine if Ro is running her cafe, she will want fresh flowers on each table of that cafe as often as possible.
Every few days, Ro will bring up a tray of old teapots which she now recycles as vases to her gazebo at the rooftop for a fresh supply of flowers.
She will walk up to wherever the suitcase garden is and carefully place that tray on the side of the suitcase and she will pick her flowers.
Perhaps my suitcase garden has some use for her project after all?
I hope so.