29 September 2016

Peanut White Choc Fudge...

When do you begin to think about Christmas giving?
Usually the end of September and through October I plan what I am going to create, and bake for gifts.
I avoid the last minute panic and dash.
That happened one Christmas when I was so unprepared, 
nothing got made and it was a last minute shop for gifts.
Homemade is so much better and more cost effective too.
This fudge is definitely on the list for the peanut lovers.
Peanut white chocolate fudge is super simple to make.

Just melt white chocolate over hot water.

Add condensed milk...

Stir in peanut butter...

Press into a baking paper lined slice pan.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Remove from pan and cut into squares.
To gift: Box in blokey boxes for him, 
or in pretty cellophane and tulle bunches tied with a ribbon for her.

Get the printable recipe HERE.

#fudge #whitechocolate #peanutbutter

27 September 2016

DIY French Styled Jewellery Box...

From THIS...


Using THIS...



 After removing the old wooden knobs,
sanding back the old paint...

 The box and drawers were painted in Annie Sloan 'Duck Egg' Chalk paint.
In New Zealand you can buy Annie Sloan chalkpaint online from
Femme De Brocante

 Once the paint was dry I measured a piece of this pretty decoupage paper 
and mod podged (glued) it to the top of the box.

Then painted a layer of mod podge over the top of the paper.

The wood was waxed.
And the shiny new knobs screwed on.
Quite a transformation - 
from that unkind green colour to duck egg blue sweetness.

26 September 2016

Create, Inspire, Love #19

Welcome to 
Create, Inspire, Love

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

Today's Favourite is: 
created by Cassie Jean at 
'Life On Waller'

front view shelves w decor

Cassie Jean found a way to make these shelves at a third of the cost of shop bought.
(And don't you just adore the black and white styling in this room?)

full view shelves bare

Pop over and visit her tutorial on how to D.I.Y your own faux floating shelves -  HERE.

 I'm off to the hardware store for some supplies because I have the perfect blank wall for this project!

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

25 September 2016

Spring Flower Basket...

What do you do with a basket from a hamper gift
 when you have baskets literally coming out your ears?

Upcycle it of course!

 I spray painted the basket in a soft grey.
This also gives it a little bit more water repelling protection.

 From Bunnings I bought ready to plant annual pots.
A Pansy, sweet alyssum, and two polyanthus.

 Next I lined the basket with a heavy clear plastic, 
and poked drainage holes in the bottom.

 A good quality potting mix filled it.

And the plants planted.

A whole lot of spring pretty...

 that utilizes a basket that would have probably been lost 
and forgotten in the storage shed.

20 September 2016

Baileys Fudge Sauce, Ice Cream & Choc Leaves...

What's your favourite ice cream sauce topping?

Mine is Bailey's Fudge Sauce!

It's such an easy one to whip up:

Baileys Fudge Sauce:

In a pot over a very low heat, stir until combined and creamy.
20 grams butter
190 grams Dark Chocolate Melts
1/2 cup of fresh cream.

Just before serving.
Warm the sauce then add 1 tablespoon Baileys Liqueur.

How to Make Chocolate Leaves:

Wash and dry small camelia leaves.
These are a naturally waxy leaf so the chocolate does not stick to them.
Melt chocolate and spread with a knife onto the leaf.

Place onto wax paper and leave to set.

Once set, slowly and carefully peel off the leaf.

You will be left with the leaf shape and vein patterning.

In a parfait glass place two scoops of vanilla ice cream, 
top with Baileys fudge sauce, and a chocolate leaf.

Then serve...
Molto delizioso!
(very delicious)

#chocolateleaves #fudgesauce #icecreamsundae

18 September 2016

The New 'AQUA Clock...

You know what it's like when you get a new decor piece...
things have a strange way of totally changing up.
When I replaced my failing 'worst time keeper ever' black and white clock with a new one, that is what happened.

Because the clock was black and white,
 the decor pieces below it were black and white!

And Grandmas old china cabinet held my collected china in yellow,white and green.

Then along came the new AQUA clock...
Nothing like a bit of colour to brighten things up!
(This clock was purchased from 'Whitegold' - Shop2/189 The Strand, Whakatane.  Check out their online store HERE.)

So the pieces on the top and inside of the cabinet
 morphed into white and aqua...

The yellow, white and green china moved into the white french cabinet,
and the aqua that was there moved into Grandma's china cabinet.

Aqua has to be one of my most favourite colours.

I have collected these pieces over many years...

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