Do you ever taste something or catch a smell of something that reminds you of your childhood and for that brief moment feel like a kid again? It doesn’t happen too often, but I’m having one of those moments right now. I grew up in Taiwan and every year we’d take a trip to Hong Kong. At that time, Hong Kong was still under British control and in HK you could get really yummy English candy and English chocolate. One of the sweets I remember getting were gummy chews that came wrapped in a long cylinder. They were chewy, sweet, and delicious. When Weirdbunny and I arranged a swap, she asked me if there was anything she could get me. Knowing that she lived in the UK, I tried describing those yummy little pastilles and she knew exactly what I was talking about! I just picked up the package at my front door, tore open the candy, and on my first taste, I felt for a moment like a kid again, getting a real special treat from half-way around the world. I suppose I’ll share them with the kids, but just a few, since they mean a whole lot more to me.
Meet Betsy Bear. She was blushing as I openned the package since her skirt had slipped off during transit, but after redressing her and giving her a reassuring hug and a kiss, she chippered right up. She is almost completely hand-sewn, and wearing my favorite color – pink! I can’t hand sew anything to save my life but I really love this, knowing that each stitch took time, care, and attention. She is lovely, and will sit atop my shelf in my sewing room.
Do you see the little mouse nose poking out from his wrapper on the left, saying, “sniff sniff”? Well, taking a break from my pastille-eating, I’ve moved on to chocolate, and that chocolate fondant mouse nose is now in my tummy and boy was it yummy.
Weirdbunny Julia, these buttons are so beautiful – are they some kind of shell? You have truly been generous with this swap. I am amazed that you would do this for me. Thank you!