Weekly Round-Up: #1.9

What a week! I’ve been really busy this week which has been great – however this did mean that I was only able to blog once… but it was a fabulous post!

By fabulous I mean it was all about the above little beauties which have literally transformed my skin – acid toners/exfoliators. If you missed it then check it out here Acid Exfoliators: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix & Alpha H Liquid Gold. 

Creativity: Art, Kitchen Design & Garden

I have been very productive when it comes to creativity this week. 

I was inspired by the beautiful, colourful blooms which have graced my garden this summer so the below canvas is my interpretation titled Summer Garden.

I created this piece by building of the layers of colour and texture using acrylic paints and mediums.

I used a combination of purple acrylic paint, glass bead gel medium and iridescent copper acrylic paint to achieve this texturised finish to some of the flowers.

I also mixed some violet and blue acrylic paint with crackle paste to create the different matte texture to the painting.

I used some copper interference paint to create almost transparent washes of shimmering copper which dances in the light. Unfortunately this does not translate well in a photograph.

I also ordered some more of the small wooden frames with magnets and paints the frame a deep blue turquoise colour.

I used specialised oil based paints which create either a honeycomb or moon effect once dry. I love how the colours have merged and these paintings move and develop as they dry… which takes several days…. maybe even a week!

If you like my art work then it would be great if you could like and share my Facebook art page which is here – Art By ELS. 

Creativity with our house is also coming along nicely. We bought this place knowing it was a project and knowing that every room was useable but very, very dated and needed renovating. 

The kitchen was going to be the last room to tackle because we plan on extending so we can have a large open plan kitchen/dining/family room opening out into the glorious garden. However with me leaving a permanent job & therefore us losing a substantial income we have had to push back our plans for an extension. 

Our kitchen is so dated and despite constant cleaning I just can’t get rid of the nicotine stains as a result of the previous owners decades of chain smoking. The kitchen was in desperate need of a facelift!

Dave and I are incredibly blessed that we have family who can help us out. Daves dad is a builder so when we do eventually have the money to extend he will be able to do this for us. What’s more my dad has recently retired and he is a painter & decorator so has been really enjoying spending a day a week at my house preparing the kitchen.

As you can see from the photo he has already given our interesting wood panel ceiling several coats of white paint & stain block which has really lifted the sense of space in the kitchen.

On Thursday he was busy chipping off all the tiles from the kitchen – we do have a reasonable sized kitchen and 90% off it was tiled and the tiles had been painted over. It was a disaster!

Whilst dad was busy with getting rid of the tiles mum and I made our way to Homebase for a kitchen design consultation.

We had to bring the measurements of our current kitchen and pick out which style of units, handles and worktop I wanted. We went for one of the cheapest kitchens from the Simply Hygena range. The units were a lovely pale grey. I chose hammered pewter round handles (however copper ones are now available!) and an urban oak worktop.

We then left the designer to work his magic and the above three shots is the design he came up with. It is very different from our current kitchen, and it does mean blocking up a window. It was great to see how units and spaces could be used differently but we will be shopping around to get the best design & value for money.

Dave also surprised me with this garden gift on Saturday. I love birds, especially owls and Dave just couldn’t resist getting this for me and our garden. It is a large pendulum type metal sculpture of a particularly scholar-like owl. I absolutely love it. He also gently rocks & sways in the wind.

Food: Hungry Horse, Giraffe & Cake!

This has been quite a foodie & sociable week for me – which is unusual but a positive step. 

Last Sunday we found ourselves heading to the coast so we stopped off along the way to get some lunch.

We had our lunch in the quaint & quirky Tally Ho! Victorian Tea Rooms which is near Bungay in Suffolk. We both ordered the full Victorian afternoon tea and this three-tiered stand of delicious sandwiches, crisps, scones & mini cakes arrived for us to devour, along with a lovely pot of tea.

I went for prawns in a Marie Rose sauce for my sandwich filling – yummy.

The scones were also perfection smothered in a generous helping of clotted cream & locally made jam.

The trio of mini cakes were just so so cute and delicious. The trio contained the above victoria sandwich, coffee cake & a rich dark chocolate cake – they were just enough and very yummy!

On Tuesday Dave had the day off so we went out for lunch. I ordered the crispy Piri Piri chicken fajitas which were very filling – I couldn’t eat all the tortillas!

On Friday evening I met up with a friend for dinner and we headed to the Giraffe restaurant in town. They were doing an offer with some of the cocktails being half price so we both ordered the Mexican sunset – yummy tequila goodness!

For main I ordered the harissa chicken breast burger. The chicken was beautifully cooked, a really food choice.

Thank you for reading my weekly round-up. I hope you have enjoyed it. How has your week been? Do you have any recommendations for me? I love reading and replying to your comments. 


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5 responses to “Weekly Round-Up: #1.9

  1. Sooo many gorgeous things in this weeks post Ems, you are so lucky to be able to update your kitchen – ours isn’t too bad but we rent so it wouldn’t be an option to put in a gorgeous new kitchen *sigh* However hopefully one day we’ll have the opportunity to buy. In the mean time I’m left with painting to give it a face lift. Always hard picking a colour scheme – I’m so indecisive lol Your pictures look fantastic of how the kitchen could look, great to have a few alternatives to consider! How handy is it you have tradesmen in the family to help as well!!!
    Brilliant catch up as always – your art work is incredible and of course your pics never fail to make me hungry hehe Hope you’re keeping well health wise huni *hugs* XXXXXXX

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    • Thanks Karen. We were renting for a long time and it was so difficult to save for a deposit but we managed in the end. Luckily we managed to get the mortgage before I quit my job, otherwise we me not earning we wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage but can afford to pay it on just Daves salary – getting on the housing ladder is crazy as the mortgage repayments are only slightly more than the rent we were paying but without the deposit we wouldn’t have been able to get our own place. The kitchen is actually the cheapest one from Homebase but I love it – we are blessed to have people in our family to help with all the labour work. Dave’s brother is a mechanic and Dave works in IT so we have most bases covered. I can’t wait to see your painted kitchen 😊 hope you have a good week xx

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      • Ahh it really is a nightmare huni – but well done to the both of you for getting there!!! You’re so blessed to have a beautiful home to get creative with! Wow, good on you for not only saving money but also for picking a stunner of a kitchen – love it when stuff like that happens 😀 Hope you’re going to put a few pieces of your gorgeous artwork in it when it’s all finished 😉 hehe Oh and you must do a kitchen tour – I absolutely insist lol Wishing you a fab week ahead too huni XXXXXX

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