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.

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.

Linking at:

#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