13 November 2017

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pots...

Well these Caramel Cheesecake Pots are an interesting taste for the tastebuds...

Sweet and salty from the salted caramel,
a little tart from the cheesecake middle layer,
and then cinnamon sweet again from the biscuit base.
All together a delicious dessert taste hit.

Full of yummy flavours...
Salted caramel or plain caramel.
You decide.
They may look like a mini morsel...
But believe me this is so rich,
mini is all you will need.
You'll find the recipe to print here.

#saltedcaramel #caramel #cheesecake #dessert #sweettreats #yum

10 November 2017

The Engagement...

So this week has been a teeny bit busy with a wonderful celebration of the engagement of my daughter April to Jordan.
This young man did so well with a personal, private down on one knee proposal.
I was honored to be asked to take the official engagement photographs for their public announcement.

The happy couple have given permission for me to share this happy event...
and the photo message shots we took.

The photo message board idea makes for a fun official engagement announcement.

We certainly had fun...even the cat photo bombed a few shots!

Linking at:

#engagement #photography #messagephotos  

6 November 2017

Gorgeous 'Ocean Beauty' Sheer Wrap...

Today I'm sharing this gorgeous wrap that I have designed.
It's modeled by my equally gorgeous daughter April. 

 This sheer wrap is perfect for all seasons.

Worn with a white cami singlet top in the warm seasons.
And with longer sleeves with extra under layers in the cooler seasons.

This design is taken from my original abstract oil painting called 'Ocean Beauty'.

The wrap fabric is soft and slightly sheer. 
And it flows beautifully.

Ocean Beauty Wraps are made to order,
 and are available via my Vida designer shop HERE.

The fact my daughter loves to wear my designs makes me one very proud happy artistic designer.


#artisticapparel #designerclothing #Fashion #wearart #nzbloggers #newzealsandartist

4 November 2017

DIY Carnation Pom Pom Flowers...

Tissue paper carnation pom pom flowers are so easy to make.
And they have a myriad of uses.
You can make a banner with them to decorate your homes decor or porch for celebrations:
pool parties, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers,
weddings, Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day....
And probably a whole lot more uses than I have listed here.
So let's get to the nitty gritty of how to create them.

Cut 6 layers of tissue paper into a 11cm by 16cm rectangle.

Concertina 2cm folds (over/under) as shown.

Cut ends to curve as shown.

Tie a string or thin ribbon to make hanger.
Tie loosely not tightly.
If you tie too tight it will make it much harder to pull out and separate the layers.

Pull each end out as if a fan.

Now carefully separate and fluff out each tissue layer.

 You can make the Carnation Pom Pom flowers out of any solid coloured or patterned  tissue paper.

Here I have used the carnation pom pom flowers to make a little banner.

They really are so delicate and pretty...

And here they are used as a Christmas decorations.

#carnation #paperflowers #craft #diy #pompoms

30 October 2017


Halloween is here...
and for my family to enjoy,
I have whipped up some cupcakes using a basic vanilla cupcake mixture
and a Halloween kit with cupcake cases and toppers.

They just finish the sideboard display.
Along with some orange jelly snake lollies. 

I also made my special Rocky Road.

Rocky Road is a firm family favourite for Halloween and for Christmas.
You'll find the recipe HERE.


Linking at:

#sweets #treats #chocolate #rockyroad

28 October 2017

Arty Nail Polish Rocks...

Arty Nail Polish Rocks are super easy to create...

All you need are a selection of old nail polishes in the colours of your choice...
and somewhere well ventilated to do this project.
(As boy oh boy - polish is pretty fumy stuff!)

You'll also need:
A bowl of cold water and a toothpick.
Plus some oval shaped rocks.

 To Create:
Drip the nailpolish in a pattern on top of the water...
Then quickly run the toothpick through the polish.

 Hold the rock over the polish and push down so water covers rock,
and then pull out of water.
Turn and place rock right side up on paper to dry.

 This is the end result.

 Once dry they can be gifted...
or placed on a windowsill, coffee table, on the patio, in plant pots or in the garden in groups.
Don't you think these are pretty.
This colour combination reminds me of a paua (abalone) shell.

Linking at:

#rockcrafts #art #paintedrocks 

24 October 2017

The Droplet...

It has rained a lot here in the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand.
in between showers...
when the sun attempts to shine...
the light is especially amazing!
I thought I would share a recent photograph that captures a tiny water droplet.

Linking at:

#newzealandphotographer #photography #nature #raindrop

22 October 2017

Create, Inspire, Love #31...

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:

Tips on 'How To Store Macarons' 
by Claire at SumoChef.

There's nothing worse than buying or home baking macarons and finding after a day or two they are 'past their best' and 'inedible'.
No worries about that anymore because Claire has all the tricks and tips on macaron keeping!

Claire even includes some TOP PRO tips.
Visit SumoChef to read more....

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

Linking at:

#bloggershare #createinspirelove #homebaking #macaroons