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...

The Kiss modal square has sold out, but will soon be available in silk.

23 June 2017

DIY Nautical Night Light...

Beach Style Decor
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.

Beach Style Decor
But I think this anchor look rocks!

#fairylights #diy #beachdecor #nightlight #nautical

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.

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

9 June 2017

Living With Pain And Invisible Illness - My story...

This weeks post was supposed to be all about a very cool Coastal themed 'Nightlight' DIY...
the computer decided to DIE!!!
So here I am on my little ole laptop. 
With no access to photo processing and no way to get the photos from the camera onto the laptop of the above project.
The DIY post has now turned into 'hopefully' an inspiring story.
Few know this part of my personal story.
It is silent.  It is hidden.
I live with chronic pain and illness that is not obvious.
(unless of course you notice the disability parking sticker on my car or I am limping due to a flare up).
It affects my life daily.
It is a challenge.
Last week I read a blog post elsewhere that featured a story about other bloggers who also live with pain and illness.
Their stories were inspirational.
So I decided I would add my story to blogasphere.
Perhaps it will help someone who is in the early days of diagnosis.
Perhaps it will give them hope when they are going through all the stages of grief as they deal with prospects of surgery, medication and their affects, as well as lifestyle changes.
I think for me the lifestyle changes that I had to make were the hardest.
Before my hip deformity diagnosis, reconstructive surgeries, osteoarthritis diagnosis, and heart condition (also which required surgery), I was super active.  
I had a half acre garden.  Ran a home to perfection. Worked. Volunteered. 
Gosh I could write an enormous list of how life was.
Then suddenly it all stopped!
Life changed in a moment.
It's taken me many years to adapt to those changes.
It was not easy.
I loved my old life.
Then suddenly I needed to recreate a new one.
I was completely lost.
My friend said to me 'you are still creative - share it'.
In 2012 Mia Bella Passions blog began.
'Mia Bella Passions' my creative, positive, happy place.
Blogging was my lifesaver.
Then as time and wellness allowed, I added other things 'I could do'...
Art became my second lifesaver.
And here we are today.
A Blogger and an artist.
Somebody who six years ago thought life was over!
Now - I accept that my path is different.
I have good days.
I have really bad days.
I have learnt to pace myself.
I know when to stop.
I look for beauty in all things, and in places I would never have thought to look before.
Positivity is an important aspect in my life and the way I think.
It takes a while to retrain the brain to think that way but you can do it.
(Sure - I have crap days when I am miserable, but the next day I pick myself up and carry on).
I go for short walks.
The beach is a haven.
I have my families love.
Life is good.
I am grateful.
Mindfulness rocks!

And last but not least:
Creativity is incredibly healing.

Which leaves me with a quote I'd like to share with you today:

'Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness.
These are actually the days I am fighting my hardest'.

2 June 2017

Raindrops on Roses...

In New Zealand autumn has come to a close... and the first days of winter are upon us.
But temperatures are still mild enough for the roses to celebrate a last bloom time.
I love it when it rains at this time of year. 
The light for photography is sublime.
The raindrops on flowers emit a stunning beauty
 that simply takes your breath away.

It reminds me of this quote by 'Rumi'.

"Come out here
where the roses have opened...
Let the soul and world meet".

So I popped it on this shot of this sweet pink rose bloom
as a 'free screensaver' for you.

#free #screensaver #rose #quote #rumiquote

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