17 November 2018

Petunia Love...

 A new release petunia.

 Petunia Night Sky has the darkest blue-purple flowers that are speckled with white spots that resemble a stellar night sky!

As soon as I walked through Mitre 10's Garden Centre doors - it grabbed me...
For the flowers are spectacular!

I am planting mine in a large white plastic pot.

($15 each from KMart!)
I'm going to plant two pots the same.

I'm also adding cascade lobelias in a mix of blues, pinks and whites as companion plants.

The lobelias will drape down the sides of the pot.

Petunia Night Sky has a mounding, trailing habit which means it is also good for garden beds and hanging planters.

The height it grows to is 25 to 40cm high.
It requires full sun, regular watering and fertilizing for the best flowering results.

Petunia Night Sky

Newly planted, and I can't wait for the fabulous show of flowers to come.

#gardenplants #petunia #flowers #plantsforpots

6 November 2018

Three Popular DIY Christmas Crafts To Make now... ❥

Here are three EASY Christmas craft ideas to start the Christmas preparation...

 Berry Button Gift Cards...
see the tutorial HERE.

 Make a beautiful Snowy Luminary...
or a row of them for your mantel, hearth or porch steps. 
Find out how HERE.

cute christmas birds
Or make a flock of Little Christmas Birds...
Tutorial HERE.


#christmascrafts #christmas #luminary #birds #gifttags #christmasideas

31 October 2018

DIY Crayon Dripped Candle Holder...

When we were children we made all the gifts we gave for birthdays and Christmas...
This drippy crayon candle was a popular one to make and gift.
So I thought it was a whole lot of fun,
 and a great memory instigator to craft one for my middle deck makeover.

It looks fabulous on the old mosaic table.

To make:
You will need an old bottle with a neck to fit a candle.
(I used a wine bottle)
Some crayons in your chosen colours.
Matches or a lighter.
Newspaper to protect your work surface.
And two large stick candles.

Place one stick candle in the neck of the bottle.

Peel the paper off the crayons.

Light the second candle.
And place the crayon in the flame.  

Drip down the neck of the candle in the bottle and on to the bottle.
Drip your crayons until you have your desired effect.

DIY Candle Holder
Place on your outdoor table.
Enjoy the ambient candlelight when alfresco dining.

#diy #crafts #candles 

26 October 2018

DIY & Sewing Home Improvements....❥

So the past few weeks have been a little chaotic...
New double glazing and carpet have been put in Mia Bella Passions mansion.
This house is my mansion.
Did you know I have lived here for 30 years?
The double glazing in the living area of the house was a costly but necessary upgrade to make the home warmer for when the next winter comes.
Worth every penny already to be rid of all those old drafty doors and windows.
Gone also is the old forest green carpet and the peach carpet.
It was a half and half carpeted house.

The new carpet is dark black brown.
I love it.
It is so soft and squishy.
So when new things happen...it's nice to upgrade the decor too.

This first thing I did was to paint the bookshelf.

I left the sides wood and also the shelf bases.
It looks so farmhouse.
I'm in love with this too.

Then I sewed a new runner for the coffee table.
This easy sew runner is a breeze to make.
You can find the instructions HERE.

I had a piece of fabric left so I made a new pillow cover.

The forest of trees fabric design just freshens the whole tv room up.

The white guest bedroom headboard was looking a little dirty, so I recovered the headboard with a textured neutral coloured linen.

It was a great improvement,
 as the headboard now matches the linen type fabric on the lamp.

Then I made a new headboard from scratch for the purple bedroom.
(Just get your hardware store to cut a piece of mdf or any other board to size).
I padded the board by stapling an old but still usable puffy mattress topper on to it.
Then I repurposed grey curtain fabric from an old curtain set to cover over the padding.
All using a staple gun.

It was a much-needed addition to this bedroom.
I also have another curtain in the grey spare so that will be used for a future DIY project of recovering the Roman blind in this room.

Love, love, love all my DIY interior decor upgrades.
The total cost to do all this was just $25 for the table runner fabric.
(I purchased this from Spotlight NZ Online)

Because everything else in the decor upgrade was created using saved or stashed materials, and paint I already had.

#diy #upcycling #repurposing #homedecor #sewing 

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