30 October 2014

Bat & Ghost Cookies - SUPERSIZE Halloween Treats...

A whole lot of creating has been happening
 in the Mia Bella kitchen...
Ghost and Bat Cookies to be precise!
Supersize, super duper yummy
and cute too...
Or you could save to your computer and print the template from this:


 Great fun to mix and make...
 Ice and decorate...

Happy Halloween...
 TO... 
YOU ALL.



29 October 2014

Christmas Crafting Ideas...

Here are the links all on one page 
of previous 'Mia Bella Passions' Christmas DIY and Crafts:


*DIY Christmas Signs using Pallet wood 


*Joy Cushion


*Willow Wreath


*Bookpage Butterflies


* Felt Rose & Book Page Butterfly Wreath 



Have fun Christmas crafting...

be sure to call back soon for more ideas!

26 October 2014

Table Centrepiece - Aqua bowl and Flower Posy...

I am in love with bowls...
 And look at this one!
 What a beauty!!!
In all it's aqua embossed gorgeousness!!!
She fair yelled 'TAKE ME HOME'
from the shelf in the Hospice Shop...
And that is what happened.
Because it is perfect for a table centrepiece.
Perfect as it is...
or
Perfect filled with garden flowers!

For the simplest table centre piece that takes minutes to pull together,
 you will need 'a beautiful bowl' and
a bunch of garden flowers....
From 'Mia Bella Gardens' I gathered
 white statice, pink polyanthus, pink clematis, and soft pink cineraria.
 Then simply (woohoo - back to my favourite word!)...
fill bowl with an inch or two of water
(Enough so flower stems will be quenched)
use the statice as a base,
cutting stems quite short and crossing them over in the bowl.
Then use the statice base as a frame to place the other flowers in position.
 And that is it...
Simple...
 Very effective...
 And complete eye candy!
 I know you are thinking...
Clematis...seriously?
That won't last!
 But believe me...
Clematis is an underrated flower for picking,
as it lasts very well!
 As is Polyanthus.
Did you know that?
 Every tiny Poly bud will open,
which makes it a perfect posy flower!
 What a superbly stunning vignette!
 Just can't stop clicking!
 Have you seen enough photographs yet?
 Ok last one...
The Editor in Chief (Arabella) has just said enough...
get this posted to the Blog!!

23 October 2014

Christmas Ideas for Mia Bella...

I ADORE Christmas decorations...
I ADORE crafting, creating and cooking for Christmas...
and planning is paramount.
Otherwise...
 the days just simply disappear, 
then before you know it...
Bells are jingling and... 
Christmas celebrations have begun!
I look forward to sharing these creations with ya 
all over the next few months...
So lets start 
with the Christmas picture.
Thank you to:
'The Cottage Market'
as this is where I found 
'Rudolph'
a fab Christmas  chalkboard printable.

Rudolph Chalkboard Art
Go to this link to get it:
http://thecottagemarket.com/2013/11/free-printable-christmas-chalkboard-art.html

You can frame Christmas printables
but I wanted to use a canvas as a backing.
First, I printed the picture onto heavy card.
I painted a black background on the canvas using acrylic paint.
 Then when it was dry, 
glued the Rudolph Printable onto to that.
 I used  craft glue to create a border around the print...
 And covered it in gold glitter.
 And before you make noises about my heavy handed glittering,
The excess was tipped into my Stampin Up Glitter collecting tray.
 Which you then tip the excess back into the bottle.
Brilliant!!
And here is the finished piece!!
Visit again soon to see some more ideas for Christmas...
We'll be making:
*A Lidded glass jar filled with truffles
*Music sheet angel wing decorations
*Burlap ruffle and candy cane mantel decor
*A staghead Christmas picture
*Burlap tree bows 
*Birdcage fairy light display
*Tin can wreath for front door 
(Only option as it is 'George Proof' - WHY? - see post 
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/painted-door-mat.html )
*A dining table centrepiece
AND
*repurposed black tree decorations

See you soon!
















16 October 2014

Mia Bella Gardens - Loving Spring!

 Gracie is loving Spring...
 Her favourite pastime is smelling flowers!
Deliciously warm Spring sunshine...
New growth, 
blossom and flowers in all shades and hues...
We're Loving Spring at 'Mia Bella Gardens'!

10 October 2014

Simply Delightful Ombre Flowers...

Most of the flowers each season at Mia Bella Gardens are self seeders...
And this Spring from last seasons
 mauve and shocking pink single flower stock
- a simply delightful ombre hybrid.
And it is 'Beautiful'!!!
Delicate soft hues of pink...
 Nature never fails to inspire with it's uniqueness.