29 August 2014

Blanket Chest 'No Sew' Cushion Topper...

Don't you just love simplicity?
I do!
And right now I am in love with 'No Sew' projects.
The simple, quick way to update decor in a jiffy!!
All with the help of a box of tiny gold safety pins.
 Place your cushion filling onto the previously ironed fabric, and wrap it up.
Just as if you are wrapping a gift.
 Then bind the seams using the little gold safety pins...
 Place down the centre back seam, 
and on the neatly enveloped corners.
From start to finish this wee project took a total of 20 minutes!
 Just remove the safety pins to wash it,
 or to change the fabric... 
 Arabella approves, 
she thinks the bird design is chirpy!
 This gorgeous fabric is vintage English...
And perfect for the red sitting room!

26 August 2014

Art Washes Away From The Soul.....


Pablo Picasso's words are so very true don't you think?

Art washes away from the soul,
the very dust of everyday life...


To share these wonderful insightful words, 
I have put them onto one of my latest artworks...

Feel free to copy...
just right click and copy to your computer.

23 August 2014

I'm In The Garden...

What have you got planned for today?
The weather here is suddenly Spring-like.
There is certainly a little gardening inspiration going on at Mia Bella,
and what a delicious warm fuzzy feeling that is!
 And that makes me feel so happy!
There is an eagerness to don those garden gloves,
so guess where I will be today?    :)  



18 August 2014

French Country Chest...

Did I tell you...
I am in LoVe...
With anything shabby, chic or upcycled!
I wish my house was bigger, 
so I could fill it up with more gorgeous pieces.
I thought you all might like a peek 
at the tallboy bought for my daughter....
I simply Adore -
.....details!
And this is a chest with the utmost gorgeous details.
I saw this chest before it's makeover, 
and it most definitely was not as beautiful then, as it is now.
It never ceases to amaze me how paint can transform tired old furniture.
 We decided to keep the original hardware,
 which was given a spruce up...
and don't they look divine?
The chalk paint finish is in Annie Sloan 'Pure White'
 which emphasises all that fab detail.
The distressing was kept to a minimum,
 because it really just didn't need a lot!
Are you in LoVe yet?
I am totally in LoVe with upcycled furniture!

7 August 2014

Winter Cats...

You know it's winter...
because the 'Mia Bella' cats are snuggling...
Clea (left) is a Lilac Burmese
Arabella (middle) a Chocolate Point Siamese
and Shanti-Rose (aka Queen B, I am the boss) is a Red Burmese.
In fact wherever there is a blanket,
these three will be there!

1 August 2014

DIY Table Runner...

A great way to update the decor is to add a table runner to a table.
They are incredibly simple to make.
Here is one I have just made...
It's got a beach theme going on, 
but also has a little French Country feel too with the linen look.
It's is gorgeous, from the Spotlight range of upholstery fabrics.
This one really appealed, as where I live is coastal.
It compliments the stunning painting of one of the Bays in my area.
I also fancy this fabric as it is a bit kiwi 
(Kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand,
 but also a term used to describe a New Zealand National).
It's kiwi because of the lovely shells depicted on the fabric. 


All of which can be found in New Zealand.

To make:

All you need is fabric the length of the dining or coffee table.
Heavier fabric types are best.
If you like an overhang as I do, allow a bit more fabric.
Then allow another 5 cm for hemming on one end.
So all you do is iron your fabric to remove creases.
Fold the fabric lengthways in half with right sides together.
Press with iron again making sure edges are together.
Pin edges and across one end together.
Sew around pinned edges.
(At this stage it is like a huge pillowcase. )
Then turn right way.  Use a knitting needle to push corners of sewn end out.
Press with iron again.
On unhemmed end, fold cut end under and press to seams together with iron.
Sew together.  
Top stitch other end to look the same.
You can leave the table runner plain, 
or stitch beads that have been strung in a row on ends of each corner.

To finish the table, 
I added a large glass vessel (from Freedom Furniture) 
into which a coffee scented candle resides.  
Delicious aroma when lit!

A simple table runner but visually pleasing.
Half an hour is all you need to complete this sewing project.