31 December 2015

Beauty...

Tracey Lee Cassin

Beauty can be found in the most unexpected places - just open your eyes...

Happy New Year!

#quote #quotes #beautyquote


24 December 2015

Happy Holidays...

Best Wishes for a joyous Christmas season.
'Mia Bella Passions' will be taking a short holiday break. 
See ya all soon in in New Year.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE...
Be safe, be happy, LOVE and have FUN!






22 December 2015

The Christmas Sitting Room...

Welcome to the Christmas Sitting Room...
Choosing RED as this years theme colour was easy - because if you didn't know it already - I LOVE RED!
Santa approves - 
He's quite fond of the colour RED too! 
 This is the mantel...
 With the Christmas ornament picture 
Instructions on how to make this are here:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2015/11/framed-christmas-bauble-picture.html
 The Christmas Bearington Bear and Santa watch over the festivities...
 Berries, lights and gold stars mingle with the white tulle ...
I love the patterning in gold on this glass candle holder...
 Here's a closer view of this  bear....
 with the purfect little Christmas friend sitting on her lap.
 There is only one tree this year.
A new BIG tree is on the list for Santa...
because somehow (?) the old one met it's demise.
(Run over by a quad bike and squashed- but it is on the upcycle list for 2016!)
 So the little tree is decked out in RED...
 With the painted leaves at the base.
 The other thing I love at Christmas time is:
CHRISTMAS CUSHIONS!
 Oh RED - how I adore you!
 Christmas and ART = LOVE!
And Bearington Bears...
Soooo cute!
 With gorgeous details...
This is Angelica.
 The Christmas sitting room...
is beautiful in candle light. 
 Nothing compares...
to the ambience... 
 That candlelight creates.
 Mia Bella Passions Christmas Sitting Room...
Beautiful by day or night.


#christmasdecorating #christmas 



20 December 2015

White Choc, Cranberry & Macadamia TRUFFLES...


White Choc, Cranberry & Macadamia TRUFFLES...
Decadent little balls of Christmas with creamy white chocolate, tart cranberry, and a crunch of macadamia.
All this - encased in a little coconut.
 I know you will LOVE these Christmas treats...
Prepare your ingredients as per the recipe...
 Add the chopped macadamia nuts to the creamed white chocolate mixture.
Then fold through the dried cranberries.
Chill the mixture for an hour.
When firm, roll into teaspoon size balls, the roll in coconut.
 Place your best Christmas table runner on the coffee table...
 Add a Christmas decoration to the platter of truffles...
The JOY leaf is a DIY painted leaf decoration.
Link to how to make these is here:
And serve to your guests with piping hot coffee.
Here's the recipe for White Choc, Cranberry & Macadamia TRUFFLES


#christmas #treats #baking #whitechocolate #truffles





18 December 2015

Rosemary Christmas Stars...

I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE the scent of rosemary.
Every Christmas I try to incorporate a little rosemary somewhere in the decorating.
This year I made simple stars using sprigs of rosemary.
All you do is trim the sprigs so they are about the same length. 

Hot glue the five or six sprigs of rosemary in a star shape.
And trim shape if necessary.
Add a centre bow. 
I used burlap twine but you could use a ribbon in the colour of your choice.
Add a hanger - I used the twine, but once again you could use ribbon.
And there you have it.
Super simple and smelling 'OH SO GOOD' Christmas stars.
Hang on your tree.
On your berry tree.
Or display at the base of your Christmas tree...



#Christmas #craft #rosemary #stars





17 December 2015

Goals, Gratitude and Christmas Roses...❤


As 2015 draws it's final days, It is time to reflect on the year that has been, plan for the new one to come, set goals to make one's dreams a reality, and be GRATEFUL!.

The 2016 Goals & Dreams:
 To work towards my 2017 Exhibition. 
Which means paint, and create BIG TIME!
Make new connections - and hopefully develop positive new friendships with people who LOVE art, and the sharing of creativity.
To further grow 'Mia Bella Passions'. 
To create a portfolio of photographs for the book project.
 And to continue to inspire others.

Thank you all for your support throughout 2015.  
It has been a year of incredible ups. 
With the top two being:
 Mia Bella Passions becoming a 'TOP 10' blog in New Zealand. 
❤ Being a Merit Award recipient at the 2015 Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards.

I am truly grateful to all of my wonderful friends, family, and many followers of 'Mia Bella Passions' and 'Tracey Lee Cassin Art', here on this blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.
Your positivity and love has been AMAZING and incredibly empowering.
I simply LOVE sharing with you all,
What goals & dreams do you have for 2016?

Tracey Lee Cassin




15 December 2015

Malteser Truffles...

Love Maltesers? Love chocolate?
Then these goodies are for YOU?
I have used my Mama's delicious unbaked slice recipe to encase Maltesers.
Once rolled in balls, dipped some in milk chocolate, as well as dusting some with dark cocoa powder.
In a large pot melt and mix: 
150 grams butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 3/4 cup caster sugar, and 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder.
Cool slightly, and add two lightly beaten eggs.  Mix well.
Add 250 grams finely crushed plain vanilla biscuits. Mix into the chocolate mixture.
(Note the plastic bag/rolling pin crushing technique.  
One must improvise when the food processor decides to break!)
Mix into the chocolate mixture.
This mixture is quite moist.
Take a malteser...
Use WET hands to encase the Malteser in the mixture...
Roll into balls and place onto wax paper to set.
Melt milk chocolate - and dip...
Leave to set.
Dust some in dark cocoa powder.
Malteser Truffles - a fabulous 'Made with LOVE'  Christmas gift idea!
Get the printable recipe here:



#christmas #truffles #malteser #treats





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