31 January 2018

'NUTS about YOU' Valentine Gift Idea.

Want a CUTE and ROMANTIC gift idea for Valentines Day?

This 'I'm just NUTS about YOU' design was the inspiration.
It can be printed on plain paper for labels,
or on adhesive paper to be used as a sticker.

To Make:
Upcycle a jar, or buy one in the desired size.
Then print the label.
I'm printing on plain white card for this project and the 'Nuts' printable will be used as a tag around the neck of the jar.
Paint the jar lid with red paint if is from a recycled jar with labelling on it.
My jar lid was wood, so I left it unpainted.

Fill your jar with chocolate covered nuts..
I layed dark and milk chocolate covered scorched almonds.
Add ribbon to neck of the jar using roller glue to hold in place.
Then add the label to the jar.
I used roller glue to attach it.

How simple to create...
Ready to gift to your Valentine nut and chocolate lover! 

Save As - the FREE NUTS ABOUT YOU Printable' to your
computer, then print in the required size.
I used 5x7 size for this project.

Use this image for stickers.
Save As - then copy paste and size for as many stickers as you require.

#Valentine #giftideas #diy #createathome

26 January 2018

Raspberry Cream Puffs...

 Creamy, berry flavoured puffs of pure heaven!
These Raspberry Cream Puffs are super easy to bake.

First step on stovetop.
Second step in a cake mixer.

This recipe makes nine large puffs.

Once cooked you slice off the tops,
 and scoop out the doughy middle to make room for that delicious vanilla infused cream.

Fill with the whipped cream.
And fresh raspberries.
If fresh is not available you can substitute a dollop of pure raspberry jam instead.

Share with your sweetheart this Valentines Day...
I can guarantee he'll love you for it!

You'll find the recipe HERE.

#valentines #baking #dessert #creampuff  #raspberry

24 January 2018

Romantic Repurposed Poetry...

Repurposed Poetry is usually done with the words blocked out with ink pen scribbles...
But today I'll show you a different technique using watercolour paint.

Why not add your sweet repurposed poem to your Valentine Gift...
Or use your creation as a decor decoration.
Here's how to create one:

This poem is one of many free ones found on the internet.
Have a search and find a love poem that you like.
Print it on A4 size paper.

Read through the poem and black out with watercolour paint the words you don't want anymore.
I used black paint, but you can use any colour you like.

 Then add a flower.
And some hearts around the entire poem...
If you are not confident to paint, just find flowers and hearts to print off the internet to collage with glue onto the paper.
 Even with the adaption it is still a beautiful poem.

It now reads:

The Passion Flower

The hour Love lies down
with folded wings;
His fatal arrows flings.
Not a word is heard,
only from the bridal bird
in darkness sings.
Sweet music,
soft and clear -
'Love is here!'
The moon,
bright spells and hope,
gone to dream of pleasures - asleep.
Now smile;
forgetting grief,
to stars or pale moonlight.
'What beauty can the day bestow?'
Turn and tell me - for the day.
And now comes back,
Love - 
sighing like the winds 'mongst evening flowers.

Roll and tie with a ribbon to gift,
or frame and  use in your Valentines decor.

#valentine #valentinecrafts 

21 January 2018

A YELLOW Valentines Vignette...

This year my Valentine sideboard decor is YELLOW!
I mean - why does it always have to be ...
pink...or red?
My old upcycled sideboard is in the darkest corner of the room,
so the YELLOW makes it POP with beautiful happy colour!

I used my Valentine collage canvas as the centrepiece.
You can find out how to create one HERE.
Then I bought the brightest yellow chrysanthemum flowers I could find.
But if you can't source them yellow lillies or gerberas are an option too.
I placed the flowers into a French inspired white tin container that my vase fitted inside.

The other side of the side board was decorated with an upcycled yellow spray painted heart.

This was hung inside a rustic white crate.

The final touch were some fairy lights.

These heart shaped battery operated lights were a 'Farmers' store find.

I'm LOVING everything about my YELLOW Valentine vignette...
Such a bright, cheery and still romantic change from the usual Valentine colours.

And visitors to my home really LOVE it too.

#valentine #valentinecrafts #decorideas

18 January 2018

Valentines Collage Canvas...

This collage art piece is Valentine inspired...
You could create your own picture in whatever colours you like...
I chose yellow.

You will need:
A canvas - 30cm x 30cm with a 3cm edge.
Acrylic art paint in the colour you choose and in white.
A selection of images to collage.
(I used images from the free resources at Graphics Fairy.)

Step One:  Paint the canvas as desired with the colour paint and with white to create contrast.

Paint the outside edges of the canvas white.

Step Two: Let the paint dry.
Cut out or tear around the edges of your images.

Step Three:  Glue the images in a collage fashion on to the painted canvas using modpodge.

Step four:  Paint a sealer of modpodge glue over the entire collage.
Once it is dry all the images will flatten out on to the canvas.
Staple a string hanger onto back of the picture to hang,
or just stand the canvas on a book shelf or side table.

#art #collage #valentines #picture

15 January 2018

Berry Jelly Tart...

 Oh La La...
Berries in a boozy jelly...
with a chocolate brownie twist.
A truly romantic plus delectable dessert for Valentines Day!

 The jelly is made with wine.

  Pink Moscato wine to be precise!

 And then fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are added to the jelly.
(Though you can use a selection of thawed berries if fresh is unavailable).
Then put on to a precooked brownie base.

The secret to getting the berries floating throughout the jelly and not sinking to the bottom is to partially set the jelly BEFORE adding the berries.
My jelly was 3/4 set when I added the berries.

 Put this tart on your next 'For The Adults' special occasion treat list.
This masterpiece would be the perfect Valentines couples dessert!
You will find the recipe HERE.

If you want to make this tart 'alcohol free'  -
simply change the wine liquid quantity to water when making the jelly.

The wine infused jelly version was the favourite of the adult taste testers.
I myself preferred the alcohol free version.
It really comes down to personal choice.

#berry  #dessert  #tart  #brownie 

14 January 2018

Happy New Year Y'All! ❥

I'm hoping y'all had the most fabulous Christmas and holidays.
Now it's the New Year...
and Mia Bella Passions is back from holiday.
There's a new and exciting blog series in planning...
and of course it is all about paint!
I can't wait to share that with you.
Plus there are loads of inspirational, arty, crafty, DIY and baking temptations to share during this wonderful new year.

So let's start 2018 with a pretty inspirational...

I'm using this as my computer screensaver.
"To succeed is to try one more time".
It's a great mantra...don't you think?

#inspirational #quote #artquote

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