We don't have a sweets shop in the town where I live, which is rather sad, I think. When I was little there was one that we'd go to sometimes with my Mum. It was tiny and dark with lots of shelves holding clear containers filled with candy of every description (here in NZ, we call them 'lollies'). My favourites were the pastel-coloured powdery bonbons because I was sure they had come from France.
Pictured above are garments I sewed up for my shop update today. When I was finishing them off yesterday, I realised that I was going for a bit of a sweet shop theme without realising it! But I couldn't resist those colours: mint-green, strawberry-pink, grape-purple.
The cardigan was made from an oversized Laura Ashley garment I found at the opshop. The intarsia butterflies spoke to me, they didn't want to be on an adult's sweater anymore. The edges are finished with pink bias trim and the buttons are sewn over plastic snaps for ease of wearing.
I heard on the radio yesterday that groups of monarch butterflies are over-wintering at the tops of trees in the warmer cities of NZ. They cluster together and wait out the cold season and we can contact the NZ Butterfly Trust to report sightings. I'm very keen to find one of these orange clusters- I need to start carrying my camera with me everywhere!