Bathroom update 01

Dear Readers,

This week we started doing up our bathroom. This has proven to be a bit of a pain as it is our only bathroom! We started with the ceilings. The previous owner did not use proper bathroom paints and so even though we mostly keep the window open there was beginning to he mildew marks on the ceiling. This is also an issue because the ceiling is really low compared to some houses.

The previous owner also did not check the watts requirement for the sort of lights they installed so the paint bubbled on the mdf around the downlighters. So that needed extra sanding.

The ceiling had strips of MDF interspaced with plastic mirror strips but we decided to paint over those as well. So I sanded them too inorder to give a grip surface for the paint.

Ceiling before, with the mildew stains and the mirror strips
Ceiling after sanding

It took me the better part of the day to sand the ceiling and the architraves around the door. I had to keep taking breaks as the blood would run out of my hands from sanding above my head. I did have a sanding block though so that made it a little easier.

Ceiling after one coat
2 coats
Final 3 coats

The painting took quite a while as the special bathroom paint required 6 hours between coats! That meant that it took us 3 days before the bathroom was fully functional again. The final coat also had to be left for 24 hours before fully dry!!

But we are much happier with the ceiling now and hopefully it will be more mildew resistant. In terms of the bathroom we still need to finish painting the door and the architraves but we were having visitors this weekend and we didn’t think having the only bathroom doorless was very hospitable 😂

On Friday My hands were soooo sore from sanding that I couldn’t knit 😢 but my hands are feeling better today (Sunday)

Jack has been an adorable little nonsense as usual
Playing with his mouse toy

Hope that you all have been keeping well!

Peace and love Ellie Xoxo

Fully Vaccinated!

Dear Readers!
I am very happy to say that I am now fully vaccinated. I got my second dose on Sunday. Yesterday I felt a bit rubbish but today I am feeling much better. Just a bit of an ouchie arm. 😉

Art by me, using Canva

I hope that you are all well and having a lovely week!
Peace and love

Findhorn, Aberlour and Loch Indorb

Yesterday we went for quite a drive. We first went to Findhorn estuary and had a little walk. Then we went to Aberlour so I could go to a wool shop (I didn’t land up getting anything) and we had some coffee in the Town square. And then we went swimming in Loch Indorb! It was my first time swimming in a loch! But it was 27 degrees C so it was really lovely to go swimming.

Pebbles at Findhorn
Having coffee sitting in the shade on the grass
That splash behind me is husband in the water

I can’t really explain how magical it was to be out in the water surrounded by this beautiful landscape!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend

Peace and love, Ellie Xoxo

Visit to Nairn, Scotland

Today we went for a visit to Nairn. We went for the river side walk. We took a break for me to do some sketching. Then we walked to the local wool shop and I bought some more sock wool(as though I don’t have enough!) And then we walked back. Here are some pictures.

The wiggly branches of these trees reminded me of the milkwood trees back in South Africa

I hope that you have been keeping well and having a lovely crafty time

Peace and love



Art Portfolio update

Dear Readers,

I am sorry to have neglected you for so long! I have been very absorbed in my painting and creating lately!

Today I updated my art portfolio on this blog and it was a long time coming. It had last been properly updated in 2018 Eeep!

Looking at what I have uploaded this year seems to have been particularily productive in the painting sphere so far. Other years where I painted less I definately knitted and crochet more!

I hope that you are all keeping well.

Peace and Love

WordPress 5 year Anniversary

Hello Dear readers,

According to WordPress today is my 5 year blogging annivesary!

I really do enjoy blogging but I also want to thank all of you, my readers and followers because you help to make the blogging experience the lovely thing that it is for me!

So here’s to many more years blogging! ❤

Keep Crafty!
Peace and Love

Vaccinations and blessings

Dear Readers,

Just popping in to say that Husband and I got our firsts vaccination shot for Covid-19 on Tuesday. We are both well and happy.

With the majority of my friends and family still living in South Africa I feel so blessed to be offered this chance to be vaccinated already. I know that there are many people out there who are less fortunate than we are.

Dalmeny Kirk Summer Market

In other news, it is just 2 weeks until the market that I am sharing a table at. I am both incredibly nervous and excited. I am slowly coming up with a list of things that I need to get done and have prepared before I will feel ready. If I manage to produce a good list I might share it here with you.

Keep crafty!
Peace and Love,