29 August 2015

Create, Inspire, Love # 6...

Welcome to 
Create, Inspire, Love

Once a month Mia Bella Passions will select something to share, from another blog or website....
It may be: 
Create: DIY, upcycling, craft, or baking. 
Inspire: Art, a quote or inspirational message.
Love: Or something I think you will love.

Today's favourite is:  
Free A-Z printable Chalkboard Banner Letters 
created by Kristi 
'I Should Be Mopping The Floor'

Just imagine what you could use these fab printables for...
These free printable chalkboard banner letters, A-Z, are super versatile. Perfect for parties, seasonal and regular decor, classrooms, and so much more.
I love using banners for birthdays and other celebrations, especially Christmas!

To get your free printable chalkboard banner letters, pop over to:

and while you are visiting, make sure you check out the gallery of more free printables...
There are so many to choose from.   :)
Free "Just Bee Awesome" #Vintage Printable in 8x10 size.
THIS one is my absolute FAVOURITE!!!
So what are you waiting for...
head over for a visit via this link-
I should be mopping the floor printables...

 Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button' 

25 August 2015

New to the Gallery...Abstract with Butterfly #1

Spring must be in the air, as butterfly's and floral abstract is happening in the studio.
This painting is done in oils on a Quality primed canvas sheet.
It's a mix of concepts with an abstract flower/leaf background, and a realist butterfly.
I really like this painting...so it might be a hard one to let go!
The next in this series, Abstract With Butterfly #2  is a play with colour, especially the colour pink!

23 August 2015

The New Zealand Tui...

The Tui is a New Zealand native bird that has glorious plumage as well as song.

I named this fellow 'Peg Leg Pete'... as he was missing part of his foot.
But he seemed to be quite healthy even though he had this predicament.
He was enjoying honey nectar from the flowers in the trees in a bush garden,
 when he kindly posed for these photographs.

20 August 2015


New to the gallery...

Oils on Board presented in a recycled frame.
50cm x 70cm

19 August 2015

Have Courage...

An inspirational photo quote  - 
Have courage...
Free to print and share.
(right click & save to your computer)

17 August 2015

The Pink Bedroom Makeover...and lessons learned by a rookie about wallpapering!

I love pink...but it was time for change.  
Which meant saying goodbye to the pink painted walls in this bedroom.
A trip to the the décor shop, 
and an armful of gorgeous (and rather expensive) wallpaper, I'm good to start!
Or so I thought!
Now this was the first lesson of the pink bedroom makeover.
  • Never - EVER- buy the wallpaper first: thinking 'how hard can it be to you hang it yourself!
The stripping of layers of paint began!
Layers is an understatement!
I remember 28 years ago choosing the prettiest Laura Ashley wallpaper
 to put up on the walls - I even found a little snippet of what that looked like...
Then in the years following the room was updated with layers of mauve paint, 
ragged with pink, became blue, and then lime green.. 
to be returned once more to the glory of pink!
Work that out folks!
and then...FIVE layers of paint.
Which actually turns into TEN layers of paint with a double coating!
I LOVE stripping wallpaper, I think it is therapeutic, but this was a nightmare!!!!

Here is a little excerpt from an email to a friend:
{ Man I have lived this old house for such a long time!
Thank goodness my daughter is helping me with the stripping.  Horrid job, when you get to the original wallpaper backing paper and old glue.
Therapeutic it is no longer,  and I am already declaring 'never again' and wondering why the heck I thought it was a good idea. LOL
I have decided painting things is much, much easier.  
In fact I think I LOVE PAINT!  (Yip - that wallpaper love affair is officially over!)
And the hallways which were to be wallpapered too are now just going to have a lick of paint to freshen them up.  }

Thank goodness someone whispered in my ear 
  • that adding a large cap of fabric softener to the soaking water helps soften the old glue. (You just soak the wall with it and leave for ten minutes before scraping.)    That's lesson number two! It really works!  I have a moment of happiness!
 Finally after a week of stripping, it was done!
But this is where lesson number three happened.  
If you have an old house with old style plasterboard, get a professional tradesman to advise pre wallpaper preparation requirements.
Best to do this before stripping so you can calculate your costs accurately.
And what happened next was...'
The professional tradesman stayed!
I was shattered from the stripping process...and crying because of the cost.
Which leads to Lesson number Four:
  • Always do your homework and costings before doing any home upgrade, especially if your home is an older style, even if you think it will be easy and cheap to do!
So my darling Tradesman rescued the situation....
He painted the walls with a special sealer.
(If you are into clean and green and breathing pure air, 
then I can assure you it is best to move out and stay with friends whilst this stage is happening!)
The fumes were nasty even with the French doors open! Two days later:He plastered the gouges and evened up the walls.
When it was dry - he sanded it.
And then....
 Because I had completely given up on the idea of attempting to wallpaper myself:
 The wallpapering table and special pasting machine appeared.
 And just like magic...
Grey and white gorgeousness became a reality!
But because I had pre-bought the wallpaper, we were 1 roll short.
Once again my clever master tradesman resolved the situation,
 matched and cut in a few inconspicuous places, 
which thanks to his skill and my busy pattern you really cannot tell.
So that is lesson number five:
  • Always buy an extra roll of wallpaper.  Especially if you pre buy on sale as I did!  That way you will have a enough to do the job, and for future repairs.
This wallpaper is:

Review of 'The Lessons' for a Wallpaper Rookie:
  1. Never - EVER - buy the wallpaper first, thinking you will be able to hang it yourself!
  2. Add a large cap of fabric softener to warm water to wet walls before stripping.   Leave 10 minutes and then strip.  The softener helps loosen the old glue and makes for an easier stripping process.
  3. If you have an old house with old style plasterboard, get a professional tradesman to advise pre wallpaper preparation requirements BEFORE you buy the wallpaper!
  4. Always do your homework and costings before doing any home upgrade, especially if your home is an older style,  even if you think it will be easy and cheap to do! NEVER EVER MAKE ASSUMPTIONS!
  5. Always buy an extra roll of wallpaper, that way you will have a enough to do the job, and for future repairs.  If you pre buy on sale as I did you may not be able to source more, or acquire it at the same price.
so now it's time for the fun part - 
(the job I should really stick to - décor styling)
It's time to dress the room!

11 August 2015

Almond Brownie Fingers....

 Almond Brownie Fingers....
full of almonds, and not too sweet.
 Serve the fingers warm with a dollop of cream as a dessert,
 or leave them to cool and when the chocolate has set, 
enjoy as a slice treat with your morning or afternoon tea.
 There is nothing more delicious than a warm brownie dripping with chocolate.
 You'll find the printable recipe here:

7 August 2015

The Sia Series Painting #3

You saw a sneek peek of this painting while in progress,   
and here it is finished.
This is painting number three in the Sia series.
(Did I tell you there are eight paintings in this series?)
Sia's album 1000 Forms Of Fear is the inspiration for this painting, 
of whose title has been taken from the lyric line - 'Your Melody's An Art'.
This is in oils on canvas.

Mia Bella Passions DIY, Food and all those other fabulous things will be returning soon.
My time has been so very busy filled with art study, learning new, exciting techniques, and painting, which has given me a much needed blogging holiday.
Sometimes we all need to have a holiday!   :) 
Check in next week for a foodie post...
- it's all about almonds!

4 August 2015

The Sia Series Painting #2...

Today's viewing from the studio is of painting number two in the Sia series.
Sia's album 1000 Forms Of Fear, 
and her hauntingly beautiful lyrics is the inspiration for this painting, 
of whose title has been taken from the lyric line :- 
'Wash Away All The Things That You Have Taken'.
This abstract is in oils on canvas.

2 August 2015

The Sia Series Painting #1

Painting #1 in the Sia Series completed today.
Loving the lime green tones with the purple, mauves and aqua.
Also loving the painterly brush stroke effects.
Sia's album 1000 Forms Of Fear is the inspiration for this painting, 
of whose title has been taken from the lyric line - 'Feel the acid rain'.
It is done in oils on canvas.

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