There were so many SWEET possibilities! For a while I tried to stay away from the obvious candy connections, and I spent some time working on a design based on (sweet) memories of my daughter's childhood that was going to involve using pieces of silk from the Chinese dresses she's worn over the years... but when she discovered my plan she forbade me and insisted that she wanted those dresses kept intact!
I started thinking about my associations with Christmas sweets in particular, which led me to think about these pretty candies which always seemed special to me.
I think of them as "Millefiori Candy" and I found this image by searching that phrase. But I didn't find many photos and if there are other names for these, I'd love to know them. I haven't seen or hasd them in years. Are they just at Christmas-time? These colors seem springy, actually. I don't even know. At any rate, with all those happy colors, how could I resist? And of course, I knew my background had to be pink.
So I had a lot of fun doing little abstract millefiori disks. They're fused and then sewn down.
And yes, I'm aware that the colors and style of this are so sweet that it almost makes my teeth hurt looking at it. But that's just extra sweetness, I figure.
There are no deep messages here, no serious reflection on what a gift the last 5 years of sharing art with the 12x12 members and readers has been to me. I will save that for another time. This is just a sweet celebration of simple happiness.
Thanks, Terri, for a "sweet" theme!