{hello} introvert re-charging...

Hello all, just a little one today...

No not me, as I'm sure is rather blindingly obvious - I'm no introvert, however I do have a wonderful close friend who is. He lives with his friend who, like me is pretty extroverted and therefore loves to be around people all of the time {I don't ever seem to find I want alone time, weird eh?}. My pal, however   loves  a good bit of time alone to collect his thoughts. He's quite the deep thinker! 

So, he wanted me to make him a cute little door sign that could help tell people when he was happy for them to just bound on into his room, and when he actually just needs his own space.

Here's what we came up with and I'm very pleased to announce that he LOVED it. 

I hope you like it! 

xo.




{update} sweets for my sweet...

Hello all,

Welcome to my new readers - there seems to be a fair few of you, so thanks - I really appreciate the support, and of course thanks to those who've been following from the start too!

Today's little update is a sweet one, literally.

A few weeks ago now a very lovely lady asked me whether I would create her a custom banner to use for her sweets table at her wedding in the big old US of A. I love custom commissions so of course said yes and this is what I created. It's similar to my bunting found here but MUCH bigger and made on thick card to be less fragile.

So without further ado, check it out - I hope Zara loves it, Jack even suggested I make us one to keep and hang in our bedroom, it fills a wall really nicely!


I hope you like it and just so you know...if anyone fancies one of these for themselves, with whatever word you so desire written upon it...give me a shout at hello@ohnorachio.com!

xo.


{monday monday} a sneaky peaky...

Hello all,

Hope everyone's weekend was lovely - the weather certainly helped with that I'm sure - let's hope this continues now until October eh?

Just a little post today to keep you all updating on what's going down in the shop and what's coming up in the coming weeks...

It would seem that I am by no means alone out in this big old World in my love for stationery. My 'Big Book of Ideas' has been selling very well and I've had a lot of interest lately in all of my notebooks, so I've decided to concentrate on filling the shop with a few more very pretty, hand illustrated notebooks. Summer is the time to plan, travel and get things done and what better way to keep your thoughts coherent than in a lovely little (or big) book!

Here is the first addition, some of you may have already seen it but for those that haven't...ta da!


I absolutely love this little beauty as it appeals to my love of Kraft paper (its front cover) but has a myriad of rainbow coloured pages within that you can doodle on, write lists on, or just flick through and admire - whatever takes your fancy!

Here, is my hoard of different supplies I came back with on a recent trip into London, my fave is by far the enormous rainbow journal - it's square {swoon} and has even more different rainbow colours than the mini one {yay}.



So, keep an eye out on Twitter {@ohnorachio} and Facebook {I have a page you can 'Like'} for more details on things to come...

oh and one more thing...I have a competition coming up...more news on this later! {eek!}

xo.

{moroccan travel} our mini adventure...

Hello!

As I'm sure all of you are aware, I have just returned from a short break to the wonderfully culture-filled capital of Morocco - Marrakech! Bing and I decided we ought to get away somewhere warm this summer, even if for just 4 nights {and warm it certainly was!}.

Apologies for the fairly small number or Souk photos compared to pool side shots...as you can probably guess we did spend most of our time attempting to catch some rays - well I did. Bing turned super tanned like Malibu Barbie...I have, unfortunately remained Casper white, perhaps a shade closer to the colour of living beings! With the temperature reaching 50 Degrees {120 Fahrenheit!} I must admit I did retreat to the shade a fair bit!

We started at Gatwick North Terminal, having left the house at the disgustingly early hour of 1.30am! Jamie Oliver has just opened a restaurant in the terminal so to say we sprinted there at 6am is an understatement. Bing had the Full Monty - it looked literally insanely good, and I had a fresh pink grapefruit juice and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and tatty scones - it was totally nom!
Safety first!
Yes window seat!
Looking pretty hot already!
 {hello!} The pool was dreamy
 View from our room at night!
 Entering the Souk - cheeky little look from that gent in the van!
 Wish these dates were ripe...
 This little man was collecting all of the used orange skins from the millions of fresh orange juice stalls
{SO nom nom nom and only 4 Dirham that's 30p!}
 We didn't brave a ride on one of these - the horses were pretty stinky, and they looked pretty over worked :(
 On our way to the Medina
So much spice!
I don't think I've ever had a more bizarre spa experience! Loved the cringey typography though!
 This face mask burned so much we literally kept it on for like 30 seconds...
 This was the life...
Trying to rock a fringe despite the insane humidity.
Homeward bound...

Marrakech is a wonderfully diverse and actually really safe city, I would definitely vouch for it to anyone considering a short, hot, city break. A good deal can be had in the markets, there is an amazing wealth of spices, jewellery and hand made leather and wooden goods. Food is really inexpensive and the tagines are out of this world, also it's super cheap for a glass of orange juice squeezed right before your eyes! A word for the wise though - don't drink the tap water, or have ice in drinks and be careful with fresh fruit - no one likes a dicky tummy on holiday eh? Our hotel was apparently 5* and to be honest it was really nice and clean and the staff were great but it certainly didn't feel like European or US 5* more like 3* or 4*.

I must say thanks to the ever lovely Bing Bong, she kindly allowed me to steal her iPhone 4S every five seconds as I've managed to scratch the camera on my phone to oblivion!

All in all we had the most wonderful time, just enough to relax and unwind and not long enough to get bored or antsy. Such a shame the weather back home has been so miserable - but {wahey!} to sunshine next week - bring it on!

xo.



{colour ways} Magical Morocco

Inspired by all of the wonderful colours of Marrakech's Souk (market), today's colour ways takes on a very Moroccan Twist. Here is my little short list of what to take//wear//buy in Morocco.
{clockwise from left}
//. Moroccan Oil :
Perfect for taming those over sun exposed and pool crispified ends!

//. Kaftan Dress :
Gorgeous lightweight floaty dress from ASOS, great for the insanely hot weather and pretty modest too {we wore maxi dresses into the city out of respect, but this does cover the shoulders and come the the knee}.

//. Carpe Diem Journal :
I love this 'Seize the Day' Journal. It's made for reflecting and planning your big ideas whilst lounging by the pool.

//. Tagine :
You need to tuck into a traditional meat//fish//veggie tagine if you visit Morocco, slow cooked, heavily spiced and full of fruit - they are super delish!

//. Leather Pouf :
These come in all different colours of died leather. They're hand made and just gorgeous. I didn't get one this time but next time I most definitely will!

//. Spice Cones {via here} :
These are gorgeous bursts of colour all over the Souk - the smell is amazing and the sellers are such characters!

//. YSL Ring :
I've lusted after this ring for what feels like forever! Gold, Silver and Turquoise are everywhere you look in the markets. I didn't see any Yves Saint Laurent rings, but I did have to rein in my desire to buy handfuls of the gorgeous hand made jewellery like a magpie!

Tomorrow I'll be posting a little more about my short break in Africa - it's crazy to think you can now just pop over to Africa for a few days for very few pennies!

xo.





{hello} I'm back!


So I'm back in the swing...or getting there! Apologies for the silence over the last week and a half - I have in fact, got a good excuse for my lack of speech over here on the little old website!

I have had a wonderful, eventful short break with my dear friend Bing, in Marrakech - yes sir-ee, I can highly recommend it to any and all who might consider visiting the very vibrant Moroccan capital!

Alas though, I will have to ask you to wait a little longer before I share my experience, not too long, I'm hoping to get a wee post on the go for Friday..so hold tight for that!

In the mean time, this week I'll be posting a few lovely updates from the shop and another cheeky little DIY post for you guys to get stuck into..

In the mean time..here's a sneaky peak of what I've had to drag myself away from to come back to rainy Southampton!


{DIY} you can totally make these!



This is THE easiest project to do, it's 5 steps, takes 5 minutes and can be done with almost any spare pendants, charms or beads you might have...to see how you make them, read on!

A couple of days ago I proper lucked out on a trip into Accessorize! Not only was there a sale on, but they had bagged up and individually priced their entire collection of 'odds and ends' essentially all of the jewellery missing it's packaging, chains, earring backs and various other minor 'faults'. I honestly felt like I'd struck gold, the woman was putting it all out as I came in and showed me all of the items that actually had nothing wrong with them and were just ex-window display - I literally bought handfuls of little pendants and some gorgeous earrings and two amazing enormous embellished necklaces. It all came to £6 despite the original tags on the items totally nearly £130, crazy eh?

My fave little finds were these tiny turquoise stone skulls - 50p with no chain. So I decided to out them on adjustable leather cord and make a pair of cute adjustable bracelets. 

You will need:
//. String or thread or leather cord
//. Charm or trinket
{simples!}

1. You will need enough thread to be able to wrap around your wrist once plus about half a wrap around again - it's best to have a little too much than too little!

2. Thread your charm onto the string.

3. Make a loop, like a bracelet making sure you have two layers essentially of cord and tie a knot with one layer around the other, as above and below!
{sorry for the gross nails!}

4. Tie the knot nice and tight and don't worry too much about having a long bit of thread at the end.

5. Repeat this process on the other side of the bracelet, tying one cord tightly around the other as above.
Then trim the ends of the cord fairly short if need be.

Voila, that's it - you now have an adjustable rather cute little bracelet!

xo.