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Monday, February 3, 2014

"Makes Me Happy Monday."

Hello,

Happy Monday, hope your weekend went well, a bit cooler weather so that was great.
Happiness is...

Mammoth Sunflower
 Having the Mammoth Sunflower seed that I planted bloom. The bees were loving it.
I planted just three seeds and only the one came up. That is enough because it has so many seeds in the head. Seeds were purchased from Eden seeds many years ago.


 February marks Valentine's Day, I got in early and made this last month. Put some Lavender in with the toy fill. This in the hoop design is available from Kreative Kiwi Embroidery.  I used a scrap of Twill fabric to make this one.


 Kiwi designs were definitely in favour last month.  I have decided to try and stitch a Christmas ornament each month. . This one is of the  Pohutukawa bloom, the native New Zealand Christmas Tree. I had some Paua shell fabric which was used on the back as well. To add to the Christmas theme I used some silver ribbon that I received wrapped around a Christmas present. This cross stitch design is from Homestitchness blog.


Happy to be doing some recycling of sorts. We have lots of candles here at Kainga. They don't always burn down properly. You are left with a lot of wax but no wick. A quick Internet search and a hour or so later I had this lot of wax melts to put in the top of my burner. The main scents are Pumpkin Maple Syrup, Rose and Vanilla. I left them on the bench for a while, they were quite deceptive as I think everyone went to take one as they looked like a plate of Marshmallows.

What is making you happy this fine Monday?

Happy Monday.
Bev C

22 comments:

Cheryll said...

No wonder your Monday is HaPPy... what a great post! :)

Fiona said...

lovely post.... my first thought at your melted wax was boiled eggs!!!! great wa to reuse the wax...
Hugz

Jenny said...

Hi, I'm Jenny from homestitchness and I just happened to stumble upon your blog when google pulled up your photo of my 'joy' ornament design all stitched up. I love the way you made it into a little pillow and used NZ themed fabrics! It looks great - what a nice surprise to see it :o)

Christine M said...

Your sunflower is gorgeous. I've wanted to plant some seeds for ages but just never get around to it.

Julia said...

My neighbour has nearly her whole front yard planted with sunflowers....sure brings in the birds, beautiful green parrots.
I too thought the candles were boiled eggs!
Great pot.
Julia ♥

shez said...

what a happy creative post Bev,you have made some beautiful projects Bev,well done my friend.xx

Julie said...

A lovely cheerful post Bev - just adore your giant sunflower. Your new creations are beautiful as always. What a great idea to make wax melts from your candle ends - I just love burning wax melts in my burner - I would love the link if you can remember it. Happy week to you Bev x0x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Woo hoo Bev I am happy as I can get in here now! Lovely new header and your sunflower is amazing! Great post and I thought your melts were marshmallows too! Happy Monday!

Terri said...

That is an awesome sunflower! I always forget to plant them in spring. Love seeing the bees on it too.

Nat Palaskas said...

Glad to hear that your weekend was cooler (can't say the same about ours!). I saw some giant sunflowers in our florist, but they won't last long in our hot hours. Making candle, I like to get into that one days - Have a nice week - Hugs Nat

Lynda Malloy said...

I just discovered your outstanding blog. I am a quilter in America, but what is unique is that my daughter and her family live in Perth.

Pauline said...

Finally catching up after my holiday, Bev. Love your new header, clever you. Glad to see you haven't wilted in the heat.

Lin said...

Amazing sunflower and pretty ornaments. Happy that there is sunshine in my eyes as I try and read the computer this Monday morning - even happier that we shall be leaving this cold and damp weather behind on Wednesday as we head for southern Spain!! xx

Mrs Knitaddict said...

What a "happy blog" you have Bev!
Your Sunflower alone is enough to cheer me up and if I add all your beautiful craft I can go smiling to start my day.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Love,
Dolly

Charlie and Wendy said...

Such a lovely post Bev, your sunflower is amazing. Your heart and cross stitch are lovely and such a clever use of old candles!

Anthea said...

Wow what a bloom! Sunflowers are among my faves even though I don't grow them...
Well done on making the melts, such a good idea to get the last out of all the not-quite-finished candles. x

Lynda said...

There's always lots to make me happy when I see your blog - that sunflower is gorgeous.

Karen said...

Gorgeous sunflower. has to be one of my favourites.
Love the heart and the Chrissy ornament.
Great idea with the wax!! Definitely no waste there.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello Bev,
Your Sunflower is so pretty. I hope to have a few in my garden this fall. A sweet sachet and a great way to use up left over fabric. Love the Idea for candles. They do look like something to eat. : )

Have a wonderful day Bev.

marina said...

Your sunflower is amazing. We used to grow sunflowers when the boys were little and let them measure up against the growing 'trees', was great fun.
lovely crafting too.
We have had some lovely cool days, unfortunately the temp is on the rise again.

marina said...

Your sunflower is amazing. We used to grow sunflowers when the boys were little and let them measure up against the growing 'trees', was great fun.
lovely crafting too.
We have had some lovely cool days, unfortunately the temp is on the rise again.

Mylene said...

A lovely post Bev! Beautfiul finishes and looking forward to see your ornaments monthly.

Sunflower looks gorgeous!!