*| cute kittens & little ladybirds |*

Hello all,

I'm back in the swing of things now having had a rather lovely 8 days off and what better way to kick things off post Prague than with some weekday cuteness?

It's no secret that I'm an uber lover of cute animals {this Pinterest board says it all...} so when I unwrapped my little birthday gifts from my pal Harriet I couldn't have been more happy!

She was kind enough to purchase me these super awesome collar clips from another fave of mine's Etsy shop - the wonderful Zoe - of Ladybirdlikes. I'm in love {excuse the pun} and can't wait to get myself some more pretty collared tops to wear them with!
Zoe also included a sweet little pastel pink bird brooch with my collar clips too which is super cute!

LadybirdLikes have the most awesome collar clips & necklaces many of which I'm rather partial to - here are my two current faves from the newest collection...
1//. PUGS!
2//. KITTIES!

Not only was I lucky enough to receive those beautiful heart collar clips but Harriet also gave me a set of each of her *super duper new* animal nail transfers which I was literally over the moon about as I'd been lusting after those little critters since she mentioned she was going to be getting them printed a little while ago.

As you can see - I couldn't decide which animal to cover my little nails in, so I decided on all three & in doing so have myself something of an animal party on my hands right now!
Harriet sells three different sets of animal nail transfers catering to each camp of animal lovers out there {well, fluffy animal lovers - no reptiles around here}. Each pack contains 40 critters of varying sizes {awesome if you have abnormally teeny nails like me}, they are super easy to apply & they look really good! The detail is amazing!

Thank you SO much Harriet!

If you would like to get your hands on some of these puppies {lol} you can just click the link below each of the photos & pop a set {or three} in your basket! simples.

PLUS - I'm told that the third part of my present is yet to arrive...I'm pretty stoked to see what else it could be that could top trump my first two ace pressies! Watch this space...OH AND...how could I forget, she bequeathed upon me a little bundle of new succulent babies from her recent charity shop hoard!! Yay. :)
So, if you have a birthday coming up - definitely get yourself down to Etsy and have a gander at the rest of Zoe & Harriet's work {oh and you might as well have a little browse of mine too whilst you're there!}, because everyone loves a unique gift and its really important that we all support handmade, and help small businesses grow & flourish!

It's awesome having such talented & thoughtful friends.

Until tomorrow.

xo.





{hello} Prague

Hello all!

Did you miss me? I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend and managed to enjoy some of this lovely sun we seem to all of a sudden have been given!

So for those of you that saw last weeks posts {here & here}, I was looking forward to a surprise trip away courtesy of my lovely boyfriend Jack. Well, as you will have guessed from the title of this little post - the mystery location was Prague!!

I'm very lucky to have such a wonderful thoughtful boy - and I can report we had the most amazing time together. It was an absolutely stunning city to visit, the architecture is beautiful, the food was amazing and we had a really relaxing time at the hotel.

Here are a few of my many snaps...I'll be sharing a little more about the city, things to do, sites to see & places to eat later this week...I do hope you'll enjoy!



I hope you I didn't spam you with too many pictures and that you liked what you saw...

Back to work tomorrow :(

xo.


{OH NO!} where's rachio?

Hopefully you can guess from the *hilarious* title of this post that Rachel is not here today ... Oh no! She has been whisked off by her lovely boy to celebrate her birthday at an exciting secret destination .. but where?? Well, actually I don't know!
So, instead you have a little guest post from me, Harriet. Hello, nice to meet you!

When it comes to birthdays and (more importantly) the presents, unless I'm making the gift myself, (i do like a bit of DIY!) I love to hunt for the perfect surprise from independent shops, and of course my first port of call is the wonder that is Etsy! I'm assuming you're all familiar with Etsy by now, you are OHNORACHIO fans after all! 
I think you'll agree, you're guaranteed to find something beautifully made and totally unique over there.

I don't know about you, I *always* start out with the best intentions when I begin my search for the perfect gift for my mum/boy/bezzie/cat on etsy ... however ... something seems to take over me and before I know it I have completely forgotten the task at hand and am half way through creating a substantial list entitled : 'for MY birthday i would like...' 

Please tell me I'm not the only one?

Well today I thought it would be a good opportunity to get into the spirit of birthdays and show you all some of my most favouritist of things around on etsy at the moment. This treasury pretty much sums up my current loves : muted pastels, succulents, and cats (obviously). 


Rare German Junghans Bivox V...
$60

Blue Tiled LARGE cardstock p...
$30

Bird Wooden Collar Clips
$12

Faceted Hanging Tray
$76

Faceted Wood Planter Polygon...
$26

Custom Pet Portrait Illustra...
$48

Black Cat Dress
$180

Mint Hearts
$51

Tote Bag - Stay Home Club
$20

CATBEAR POT
$50

Baby Cream Bunny Rabbit Plus...
$25

His and Hers Cat Nap Pillowc...
$34

Mountain Shelf in Ice Green,...
$200

Women's fitted cotton T-...
$20

Little succulent or cacti po...
$16

Seaweeds canvas poster - vin...
$70

I do hope you enjoyed my *slightly* self indulgent blog post today! Have you seen any favourites on etsy recently that you'd like to add to your own birthday wish list? (I'd love to see! Leave me a link in the comments)

Now, please excuse me whilst I sit and sulk over the fact it's not my birthday, and that I'm not away enjoying myself on a surprise holiday ... sighhhhhhh
xo.


This post was brought to you by harriet gray : visit her blog here : take a look at her etsy shop here :D

{a mini break} & a big birthday.

Hello all and super happy Monday to you!

I have a little announcement for you all - tomorrow it's my birthday and I shall be turning 1/4 of a century - yep the big 25. 

I'm super lucky enough to have 8 days off work starting from today - now that alone is a pretty exciting prospect - however, it gets even better...tomorrow evening we're having a nice meal with friends but then after that it all gets a little bit exciting.

Jack has told me that we're going away for my birthday somewhere - I've known this for a while, but the location, and duration are a complete mystery to me! It's really very exciting, and to be honest I don't even care where we're going - I'm just looking forward to spending some quality time with Jack, and just the thought of the amount of effort he's gone to planning this all and keeping it an exciting surprise is amazing. I'm so lucky.

So - because I'm going to be away for a few days, I hope you won't mind me taking a little weeks break from blogging. I do however have a little post lined up from the super talented Harriet for tomorrow's big day!

I promise that when I get back from wherever I'm going {eeek!} I'll share with you all lots of pictures!

Have a wonderful week my lovelies!

xo.

{hello} winchester


Hello all!

Happy Monday! Jack & I headed into Winchester on Friday for a little jaunt around the pretty town and to have a nice pre-birthday lunch {it was Jack's birthday on Sunday!}.

We actually popped in to lots of nice shops, including my all time fave for home inspiration - The Hambledon - which, I must say didn't disappoint! If you don't live near Winchester, they have an awesome website and online shop now so you can have a little peek at that here!

After having a little wander round the shops we stopped at Jamie Oliver's restaurant - Union Jacks. It's really good, I happened to stumble upon it with a friend on its opening day, and Jack was most jealous  - so I thought it only fair to take him for a little pre-birthday lunch!

Please excuse the pictures....I apparently can't handle manual focus in low light!! {BOO}


Hope you had an ace weekend too!

p.s I also had a custom order from a lovely lady of 40 illustrated notebooks! Hoorah! :)

xo.

{etsy update} a new little item...

Hello all,

Firstly, I do hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend - apologies for the lack of post yesterday, I received some very sad news, so blogging was the last thing on my mind. You might also find that posting in general over here for the next few days is a little sparse too, so apologies in advance for that. 

I thought I'd just share a little one with you today...I've designed this teeny tiny cake stand for your enjoyment! He's now listed over on my little Etsy shop and would make a lovely little stocking filler for the baking lover in your life! 
He's a mere 12cm in diameter, making him the ultimate stand for a little cupcake OR one of these or even a mini version of this OR a wee pile of these.
The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy...
xo.