15 December 2012

Bailey...

Meet Bailey...

Head overseer of all gardening in the Mia Bella gardens glasshouse.
This is where her Beanie bag bed is, and where she likes to sleep.
Bailey is a mixed breed moggie.
She's 9 years old now, and her favourite thing to do is follow all gardening activities, and to give head butt kisses!

30 November 2012

Love Hearts...

Here's an idea for a Christmas gift....
Love Heart hangers are great small gifts or stocking fillers.

Cut out heart shape in thin MDF wood. Drill hole for ribbon.
Paint back and sides of heart in colour that will contrast to the paper you will use.
Cut paper to heart shape and glue onto heart.
Modpodge or Clearcoat over paper.
When dry, add a ribbon for hanging, and a brad through the hole.

 Easy and fun to make...

23 November 2012

French Country Cottage Roses...

 I had so much fun taking these photographs...
it took my mind off other things...
Roses in a wire basket...
David Austin Rose "Symphony"...
 Beautiful pastel yellow roses....
 Perhaps my next 'career' will be as a stylist...
 Roses, wire, and French Country....
Roses with a perfume Heaven sent...

9 November 2012

Pink Roses and Dewdrops...

 Early morning sunlight...

 Pink roses...

 Dewdrops....

= Beautiful!

7 November 2012

Stamped Art Canvas

Here's an easy fun gift idea. 
Paint a small canvas desired colour. 
Stamp desired stamps on paper and colour. 
Glue on to canvas.
Put on a coating of modpodge or clear coat varnish
and there you have it. 

6 November 2012

Blue Cornflowers...

 Nothing short of beautiful...

The intensity of the blue makes a statement amongst the other flowers....

4 November 2012

Sunday Craft Session...

From a collection of bits and bobs - 
a jar, fabric ribbon, a small canvas, hessian (burlap), glue, Modpodge and some divine vintage printables from 'The Graphics Fairy' this is what was created.

A French theme butterfly picture which looks stunning in the lavender bedroom...
 Ella Cat thought the vase of flowers was very pretty...
 David Austin roses smell delicious...

 This is the David Austin rose - 'Symphony'
which is has recurrent and profuse flowers.
Hessian glued to jar, pinked edged ribbon bow and French theme label mod podged on to the Hessian (Burlap).

3 November 2012

MY NEW FAVOURITE PLACE !




Iron on Image


Now here's a handy place for all you arty craft folk to visit...
There are over 3000 FREE vintage images here, and you are forewarned to put aside plenty of time for looking...

The images are gorgeous...
And there are so many craft ideas and tutorials....








I will post tomorrow what I created from some images I fell in love with...

2 November 2012

Crepuscule - Climbing Rose

 Prolific flowering, Crepuscule is an amazing rose that flowers all most non-stop!


 The plus is this rose is virtually thornless...
A beautiful noisette rose, outstanding colour and very low care...

1 November 2012

Craft Room update...

The Craft room restyle progress is at snails pace...
with every good intention my days seem to be complicated with 'Stuff'.
Don't you just hate days like that...
I have a list of all the wonderful things I want to complete 
and create for the Craft Room,
 but seem to be getting absolutely no where!
Painting the create word black was as good as it got.
Though I did find an old shelf that will be perfect for extra storage for all those sewing bits and bobs...
needs a bit of TLC 
and of course, a dash of white paint!
Feeling the need to go shopping....
I am thinking some lovely glass jars to keep all those pretty buttons in.
Now that would look great on the shelf, 
as well as being functional.
Currently my buttons are unsorted in mixed colours 
and I like the idea of a jar for each colour.



31 October 2012

Just Joey....

'Just Joey' is the most beautiful rose...

(photo courtesy of Abril es Bella Photography)

I have never been a fan of orange toned flowers, but this is stunning, and has made me look at other roses in this peachy sweet tone for Mia Bella Gardens.

This week has been crazy busy for various reasons, so not much has been done in setting up the new craft room, today that is what I'll be working on...
Mia Bella Gardens is looking spectacular so I'll also be
taking some new photos to share with my blog friends.
Have a fabulous day, and I'll catch you in post tomorrow.

29 October 2012

Pink & Pretty!

If someone asked me what my favourite colour was, I would have great difficulty in choosing just one...
Colour is life and I adore all colour. 
Today is 'Pink' day -
so here is a little bit of pretty in pink.

Stick Insect...

The stick insect is New Zealands largest insect,
of which  there are 21 different species.
We often come across them in Mia Bella Gardens
 and this one in the photo is tiny...
New Zealand’s largest stick insect is the bristly stick insect (Argosarchus horridus). Adult females such as the one climbing on this little girl in the attached photo have bodies up to 14 centimetres long (or 20 centimetres with their forelegs stretched in front of them).

Grey or brown, bristly stick insects are notable for the little spines on the thorax and abdomen. Although they might appear monstrous, like all the New Zealand species they are harmless vegetarians.

28 October 2012

Handmade Heart...

Easy to make....fabric heart....
Cut a heart shape in felt and matching one in fabric. On a small rectangle of aida cloth write word in pencil, handstitch using embroidery thread.
 Your word of choice could be... baby, joy, dream, heart or whatever takes your fancy.
Sew aida onto fabric heart.
Sew fabric heart to felt heart leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff with filler, and stitch hole. Fray edges a bit if you like.
Attach ribbon and embelishments.
Fab gifts and fun to make. 

27 October 2012

Passion flower...

photo via Abril es Bella Photography

An intense orange red, passion flower blooms attract butterflies,
and the bees love them too.
This is a tropical variety of passionflower vine.

Fabric Ribbon...


Dress up a whitewashed wooden box with fabric ribbon.
Easy to make, just fray edges of a strip of your favourite fabric (Just make sure it is  long enough to go around the box and allow for a bow).
Once frayed, put around the box and tie a bow at the front.

26 October 2012

Dahlia...

What more can I say except - simply stunning!

24 October 2012

Pretty Tiled Tin Bucket...

We have just retiled our fireplace hearth with these gorgeous tiles and I had some left...But what to do with them?  
On my foraging expedition at 'Bed Bath and Beyond' (I so love their sales table!) I came across these fab tin buckets.  Bonus is they are already painted, so I got this ecru coloured one (and a bright red one to be saved for a Christmas project). 
The Soaking word is not required, so this is where the tiles come to play...
All I did was cut a strip of tiles wide enough to cover the soaking word and used tile fix to stick it to the bucket.
Measure from the top rim so the tiles are evenly spaced...I used a hair dryer to help the drying process (otherwise the tiles tend to slip downwards).

Leave 24 hours, and grout.
Pop in a lovely potted crysanthumum...and there you have it!

23 October 2012

Heucherella...

 There's nothing like a bit of stunning foilage in the garden.
This is Heucherella 'Golden Zebra'...

And if you adore Lime green as I do...
meet Heucherella 'Lime Maramalade'.