14 April 2017

PAPERCRAFT: Let's Create A Pretty Bedroom Banner...

 There's nothing prettier than a paper flag banner,
 to pop a whole lot of wow on a wall.
And a banner was the perfect wall decor needed for this bedroom.

Using a basic flag banner template...

The papers were cut to shape.

 The top edge was folded over.
A raw string was cut to required length.

Then using a craft glue the banners were glued at the top fold onto the string.
Then left overnight to dry.

 It was quite hard to choose the papers...
 These are scrapbooking papers.

The final touch was a string of fairy lights added for a little bling.

 The duvet cover and pillow were found at Adairs.

 Don't you just love the huge pom poms on this throw?
(pink throw via Farmers)

You'll find the template for this flag Here.

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#banner #papercraft #fairylights

9 April 2017

Robin Egg Blue Outdoor Furniture Upcycle...

The outdoor furniture upcycle was on the 'to do' list for a long time...
And finally it happened!
It is Autumn now, but the little side patio was looking oh so sad.
Plus this wee spot is a perfect coffee hideaway even in winter.  
(Coastal lifestyle means no snow here!)

The old rusty 'past the use by date' table and two chairs were scrubbed down with a wire brush.
Then washed and left to dry.
The paint I used is called 'Rust-oleum'.
A paint and primer in one easy to use sprayer.
This paint is available in New Zealand at Bunnings.
The colour I used is called 'Robins Egg' in matt.

 I'm loving this can design in spray paint. 
Trigger mechanism that's easy to use.
Fab coverage.  
(It took one and a half cans to cover the table and two chairs, so that means extra is available for patch ups in the Spring).

 I painted some old pots white,
 and potted some vibrant shocking pink cyclamen.

What I'd like to make are some round cushions for on the chair seats  - that's next on the list!

 Another cyclamen potted in another painted pot...

 In a white bucket on the step...
shocking pink cosmos.
And sweet pink snapdragons.
 I am totally crushing on the Robin Egg colour!!!

 In the larger pots stock, impatiens, cosmos and snapdragons were planted.
What a amazing transformation of a table set I had all but given up on...
I love you spray paint!
 And the addition of cream and white pots of pink and white flowers just adds to a relaxing beautiful space.
I'm hoping the cosmos has time to seed down before winter arrives.

And the rain overnight left sweet water droplets on my newly planted flowers.
A reminder to stop and enjoy the little things...

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday.    

#upcycling #pink #duckeggblue #patio

1 April 2017

Special Occasion 'Nutella Cheesecake Slice'...

One way to describe this very special occasion dessert is 'HEAVENLY'.

 The Nutella Cheesecake Slice is nothing but pure decadence...
I have classified it as 'Special Occasion' because it is a little expensive to make.
Oh but so worth it!
Made totally in a food processor - it's super quick to whip up.
Once you have made the base and filling...

 You sprinkle the cheesecake slice with toasted hazelnuts...

 Then for added decadence top with dark chocolate ganache dribbles...

Grate a little (or a lot - you choose)
white chocolate over the top.

 Chill for a few hours... 
Then slice into squares and serve.

 I dare you to only have one slice...
(that's IMPOSSIBLE!)

 That filling is pure Nutella HEAVEN!

 It's nutty, and smooth...

Have I tempted you yet?

You'll find the recipe to print HERE.

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#nutella #cheescake #slice #chocolate #dessert #baking #special

25 March 2017

Create, Inspire, Love #25

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:

The Crochet Easter Bunny Garland

created by Lina
Sew Historically.

I have never managed to master crochet,
but these step by step photographs and a clear concise tutorial means even I might manage to succeed!

Lina even gives you a free pattern.

Pop over to Sew Historically.
Because this Bunny Garland is a must create for Easter.

Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button' 

Linking at:
❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#easter #crochet #garland #rabbit #craft #bunny

23 March 2017

Arhaus - And The Dream Lounge Room...

There comes a time when tiredness creeps into the decor...
this is exactly what has happened with my lounge room.
There are parts I still love, 
but also parts I would love to change.
But what exactly would I do?
This is where 'Arhaus' home comes in...
because what is not to love with their - 'You're The One' - when you know it is just right for you selection of furniture, homewares and accessories.
I decided to create an 'Inspirational Dream Lounge Mood Board'.
The tired cosy red lounge turned 'Romantic meets rustic meets a little industrial' mood board.
I'm thinking texture, luxe fabrics, detail, metal, and rough finishes with a little touch of glamour...
I want to say goodbye to the red and other brights, 
and bring in a palette of calming neutral tones.
A mix that doesn't' really follow one particular trend...
a little bit of mix and match.
Complimented by DIY pieces and flowers.
 That's my dream lounge.
Let's see what 'Arhaus' have in their collections to create the look.
 There was a HUGE selection....
and I must say I was very tempted by the blue cushions and chair.
But I stuck to my brief of neutrals, 
and proceeded to choose all that shouted 'You're The One'!
There was an awful lot of them!
But the following are the ones that captured my heart.
Sofa - Hamptons in Oyster x 2 
They would be facing each other with the ottoman between.
Pillows for on sofas - crown beaded grey pillow
Royal velvet beaded wave pillow
and 2 x Ava beaded pillows.
 Easton tufted (recliner) Chair in Elmont Ink
Luxe ivory faux fur pillow for on chair - and two each for sofas.
Butler tufted rectangle ottoman with trays as coffee table
Takumi flatweave rug in ivory underneath.
The pillar tray would go on the top of the ottoman.
Chandelier - Fotini Large
Luxe Ivory Faux Fur Throw
for a stylish yet comforting tactile touch.
End tables x 2 in pewter
One with St Augustine carved lamp on it.
The other with a vase of flowers.
The Freya Glass cylinder would look fabulous with white flowers in it...
maybe chrysanthemums...
Above the mantel I like a mirror.
(this room is a TV free zone if you are wondering)
The Verdigris is mirror that would be perfect.
But I'd hang two side by side for a focal point in the room.
On the wall - The Herd Print.
And also the arbol tray.
Hung as wall art.
The Martin Bookcase is a complete statement piece.
Wouldn't the Elk antlers be fab on here?
(Horizontal not vertical).
I'm also thinking a DIY love sign would be a fun addition to the Martin bookcase styling.
But I'd change the cord colour from black to dark grey.
Visit HERE to find out how to create one.
I'd also keep some of my loved white ceramics to add to
the 'Arhaus' decor accessories for the bookcase and mantel.
The Pasca Bowl in antique brass...
This bowl would also be perfect to grow phalaenopsis orchids in.
If you want to know how to grow them in a bowl,
pop over here.
The Deer Vase...
This cute Iron Sparrow Figurine...
3 Tier Iron Candle Holder...
And the Pasca Dome.
Add a mini potted plant (faux or real),
a pillar candle in white,
or a white rabbit figurine for Easter display.

As an artist I work with intense colour all day.
So while the neutrals may not be to everyones liking, 
for me it would be the 'AHHHH' at the end of a busy day.
So why not visit 'Arhaus' home to create your own 'Inspirational Dream Lounge Mood Board'.
I am very inspired now from creating one to start making the changes.
As I'm sure you will be too! 

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❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#homedecor #decor #art #styling #moodboard #design
#planning #chandelier #sofa #pillows #cushions #arhaus