20 July 2017

Chunky Knit Blanket 'Bling' Fixer Upper....

Don't you just love it when you stumble across a major BARGAIN!!!
And that is exactly what I found with this throw at Briscoes a few months back.
It was everything I love in a throw....
It looked like a hand knit in its heavy chunky gorgeousness.
It was creamy white.
(Even though I LOVE colour - I also LOVE neutrals)
And the price was outstanding -  
$159.95 - marked down to 59.95!!!
But there was just one little problem with it...
The bling metallic stripe was rose gold and my living space has gold accessories!

But I bought it anyway.
So you can see the problem here...
Gold and rose gold.

 So I foraged in the lace store box and found this pretty crochet style lace.
How perfect was that.  

 I stitched it on via the sewing machine...

And now have the perfect throw 
- with a little bling still showing through the lace.
Just enough to avoid the Rose gold and gold clash problem I had before.

Cushion also a bargain - sourced from Harvey Norman $10 Sale Bin.

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#nzbloggers  #crochetlace #blanket #throw #homedecor #upcycle #fixerupper

14 July 2017

Lemon Passion Dessert Cake... ❥

Love cake for dessert?
Love lemon?
Love Passionfruit?

  Lemon Passion dessert cake is perfect if you said yes, yes and yes!!!
It is a variation of an old Chocolate Cake recipe that can easily be adapted into different flavours.

This version uses fresh lemon juice instead of cocoa and is baked in two layer cake pans.
Passion curd and whipped cream is layered between, and and top of the cold baked cakes.
Its a firm cake, not at all sponge like and it is very tasty.
As I am not a peel lover, I have not added it,
but you could also add a teaspoon or two of finely grated lemon rind to the cake mixture for a stronger lemon flavour if desired.

 The top layer of cream is drizzled with more passionfruit curd.

Cake for dessert...
(and maybe a naughty piece of leftover cake for breakfast - 
that is if there is any left!)

You'll find the chocolate to lemon cake adaption recipe HERE.

Plus suggestions for other flavors.

Linking at:
❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#nzbloggers #dessert cake #homebaking #lemon #passionfruit

7 July 2017

The Kingfisher & A proud Artist Moment...

My world of art this year thus far,
 has been amazing.  
A few awards...
 goals achieved...
creativity challenged...
and a satisfaction all that hard work was worth it!
Recently I was featured at 1340ART International.
And I am so proud to have been so.
Acrylic on canvas

For those who are following my art journey,
you can visit the link to ART1340 HERE.

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#newzealandart #contemporaryart #birdart

2 July 2017

Trolley Table Upcycle with Reverse Image Transfer...

Meet my 'Trolley' table rescue turned French Country Upcycle.

Here's the before photo.
It was destined for the rubbish pile...

But I just loved the circular design.
And I knew I could upcycle it to fit my decor...

 The top level detail bars were missing.
So I used a filler to plug the holes.

Squeeze filler into holes... 

 Then scrape over with a knife.

Once dry sand lightly.

Then using chalk paint (I chose 'Pure White')... 

 give the table two coats.
After a few days drying time, 
we are ready to transfer a reverse image onto the top of the  table.
Use scissors to cut around the image. 

To apply the transfer using Mod Podge.

1: Brush the mod podge onto the printed side of the reversed image label....

(there are plenty of these available free via Pinterest - just search 'reversed images')
2: Smooth it onto the surface gently pushing out air pockets.

3:  Then leave it to dry for 24 hours.

4: After 24 hours, wet the paper of the transfer with a sponge.

Then carefully rub to roll the paper layers off.

Note: Mod Podge is available from most craft and stationery stores in New Zealand.

To brighten the chrome - gently rub down with a steelwool pad.
The final step to the Trolley Table Upcycle is to coat the table with a coat of wax.

Viola!  I'm loving this transformation.

This table is movable and the perfect size for a side table.

It has created a new favourite spot to sit in my chair
 and journal in the winter sun.

Linking at:
❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#upcycled ##shabbychic #frenchcountrystyle #diy #chalkpaint #decor #howtotransferimages #reverseimagetransfer

28 June 2017

'The Kiss'...

Funk up your fashion style with
ART & 'The Kiss'!  
'The Kiss' designer range is new to the 'Tracey Lee Cassin' Collection.

Available now from Vida in a clutch, Tee or square scarf...

23 June 2017

DIY Nautical Night Light...

The beach vibe continues with today's nautical DIY,
which is a super quick and easy to create night light.

All you need is:
 a bottle cloche with a base stand
 fairy light mini buds with a clear cord
a focal piece with a rope hanger- I used an anchor for a beach theme
And some dry mini star fish to place on the base below the anchor
some thick twine and scissors.

 The focal I'm using is from  Farmers 'Tilly & Home' range.
On sale at just $4.50.

Thread the battery fairy lights from the top into the bottle.
 (The Bottle Cloche was sourced from The Warehouse also on sale @$18)

 Then place the focal ornament like the anchor inside with the string hanger in the top of the bottle neck.

Pull the string up and thread twine through it.
Wind the twine around the neck of the bottle and tie a knot to hold. 

 Rearrange the lights around the anchor.
Place some dry starfish onto cloche base before place bottle back on it.

 Nautical and  rustic fairy light fun!

 You could use a starfish as a focal inside instead of an anchor.
Or another nautical inspired piece.

But I think this anchor look rocks!

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#fairylights #diy #beachdecor #nightlight #nautical

20 June 2017

Create, Inspire, Love #28

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: 

Starfish Craft 

It's a cute beach themed project that's easy to create.
All you need is a frame, driftwood and a starfish.
Doesn't it inspire to have a little beach inspired decor in your home?
Pop over and visit to check out the tutorial
Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button' 

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16 June 2017

Ginger Blueberry Butter Cake...

Ginger and blueberries - that combination of flavour is lip smacking good!

The ginger cake base is buttery...

And with the addition of fresh blueberries to the mix - delicious.

It's a simple cake to bake...
and we all should know the Mia Bella Passions 'simple' policy by now!   :)

Once baked and cooled.
Sprinkle with icing sugar.

And serve with more fresh berries.

If you really wanted to add a little decadence, 
a dollop of thickened cream on the side will do the trick.

Served slightly oven warm...

The Ginger Blueberry Butter Cake is the perfect light meal dessert cake.

You'll find the recipe HERE.

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#blueberry #ginger #cake #recipe #homebaking #nzbloggers