{sweet find}

Hello all,

I thought I'd share with you today something I found in a local charity shop whilst having a little wander. 

I'm in a bit of a pickle at the moment with my back - I'm still getting a lot of pain, especially when I'm standing for long periods of time, so I'm off work this week and pretty housebound :( It's really frustrating as I'm able to potter about for a little bit without pain, but then when something triggers it its agonising and I just have to take the weight off it and ice the damn thing! I've got some physio coming up and another appointment with Mr osteopath so I'm hoping to be back at work next week - until then though I have a plan...

I hate feeling like I'm wasting my time - I always have so much to do and get on with and think about, that when I'm ill I just get really fed up that I can't get everything I need to do done. So I've been trying to think up a little project to do this week, if you have any suggestions - hit me up!

Anyway - I've digressed - on a little potter to the other day I came across this little beauty for a mere £4, now I'm assuming it was intended for the display of 'trinkets' - I'm envisaging little glass animals like these or something! Anyway - I thought it would make a nice greenhouse for some of my baby succulent cuttings.

Here's how it turned out:
What do you think - is it cute, or a bit cringe?


5 {simple} things

Hello all and Happy Monday,

Last week was mostly spent indoors with my poorly back but I still managed to find a few little things that brightened up my otherwise dull week!
1//. this little pot of pencils that i jazzed up with my new best friend - the posca pen!
2//. these rogue piriton tablets that materialised in the bottom of my bag when I needed them most & thought I had none!
3//. this gorgeous breakfast, it needs no explanation.
4//. these beautiful white flowers that appeared from nowhere on my greek basil! :)
5//. THESE SUCCULENT BABIES for growing like you wouldn't believe & being ready to be plucked from their now shrively parent leaves! {yippee}.
I hope you all had a lovely week last week and managed to enjoy some sunshine at the weekend?
Lots to share this week!


5 {simple} things

Hello all,

HAPPY BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY!! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and that today proves similarly lovely! I'm lucky enough to have today off despite being at work all weekend - so I shall be off to the allotment and hopefully also another little trip to ikea for a new set of shelves to replace our decrepit 'Billy.

We'll also hopefully going for a nice long walk with our two foster canine pals that we've got for the next two weeks {they've really settled in actually, which is lovely!}.

Anyway - I must say, last week was really rather good - in all aspects, despite working, so here are my five favourite little things that contributed to my wonderful week!
1//. these absolutely gorgeous magnets by the super talented you know who...
2//. these many many new succulent babies for giving me the succulent fix I feel myself craving more & more {that's it now Rachel, no more!!}
3//. and a little charity shop find pot that I covered in copper dots {DIY to come}

4//. this epic halloumi burger that Jack & I had on Sunday for being the perfect summer evening noms.
5//. these little washi tapes in combination for making my orders seem nice and summery!
Did you have a good week team? Anything particularly awesome happen that made you chuckle?

Here's to another cracking week next week!

*|...an elephant update...|*

Hello all,

Check out these snaps of my little white elephant planter {see the DIY tutorial here} from when I first planted him up & now - just 4 weeks!
I'm especially proud of my little bears paw over there on the right {he's my fave} but I am mildly concerned that the chappy in the middle is going to completely dwarf everything else - so might need to cut him back a bit...I get the fear when I have to chop bits off, like I'm going to kill the little things, but so far so good. 

I also recently beheaded {eep} one of my massive echeverias and then decided to pull all of the leaves off to try and grow new little plantlings - the bare stem even has what appears to be four little baby plants beginning to grow off of it - so I'll have to get a picture of that when they get a little bigger!

Don't forget - if you like the look of these little planters I'm posting, you can now pre-order your own little succulent kit which includes everything you'll need to get going, at a special introductory price from my Etsy shop here!


{new} to ONR | sneaky peeky |

Hello all,

I thought I'd share with you today a little project that I have been working on - it's a new product that I will soon be bringing to my little Etsy shop, just in time for summer {I hope}.

As you are I'm sure well aware, I have a bit of an addiction to succulents {there are worse things to be addicted to right?!}. Well I thought what better way to spread the love and bring a little bit of summer into all of your homes than to offer little terrarium/planter kits in my shop! They are the easiest plants to look after, and they're super forgiving if you forget to water them sometimes {oops} - so they make the perfect addition to even the most un-green fingered individual. Plus they come with all of the advice you need to keep them thriving! simples.
Each one will come with everything you need to get started with your own little succulent garden:

*//. hand illustrated cup planter
*//. proper cacti & succulent soil
*//. fine gravel
*//. the all important succulent or cacti
*//. a little care sheet
You'll then have the option for a few pounds extra to purchase a little terrarium toolkit which will give you everything you need to keep them happy going forward!

*//. plastic spray bottle {for just the right amount of weekly water}
*//. soft bristled paint brush {for dusting soil out of the leaves}
*//. round ended tweezers {for getting rid of dead leaves but not hurting the pretties}
*//. long handled metal spoon {to move soil into hard to reach places around your plant}
*//. a little handmade canvas bag to keep it all in!

There will also be the option to opt for bigger planters with a few more plants for the adventurous ones amongst you!

I'd really love to know what you think...all comments, suggestions, questions welcome :)


{DIY} indoor succulent planter | part //.1 |

Hello all!

HAPPY FRIDAY again! It was a real treat to have had two days off together this week, I made soup, completed my orders, re-painted all of the scuffs in the walls at the flat, made and photographed lots of upcoming {DIY}s - including this one - AND had time for a lovely long walk in the New Forest with Jack! Good times all round. Well, except for the dog bite/tetanus jab saga and Jack now having the flu that I had last week. In general though, an overarchingly wonderful week. I hope you all had a good one too!

So, on with the purpose of today's post...as those of you know who follow me on


- 1//. I'm currently obsessed with succulents {see


}, and 2//. I bought


 AWESOME vintage elephant planter on eBay and so - I thought I'd share with you all the process of making an indoor succulent garden. I hope that's something you're interested in hearing about!! This one isn't enclosed, so it should be a really great starter planter to try!

I've only had part of my succulent order delivered currently so this will be part 1 of 2 about making yourself a little indoor succulent haven! If you like, I can also do a little post about 'terrarium' aftercare, as for some reason I seem to be green fingered when it comes to succulent care!

Here is what you will need:


It's important when choosing your plants that you choose species that like the same conditions. 

i.e. make sure they all like lots of water, or very little water, not a mix, because that just complicated things in one big planter!

Most succulents and cacti enjoy nice dry soil between waterings so generally you can mix away with these sorts of plants. Ferns and creepers on the other hand like moist soil - but I'll talk about them another time!

To start off your little terrarium/planter, just fill your container about an inch or so deep with your gravel, like so:


Then pile in your compost pretty much right to the top:

The cactus compost is really important because its a mix of peat and sand - which means that it'll drain really well. Normal compost holds too much moisture for succulents and cacti so you want to avoid that big time! {I also added in a layer of coconut husk soil, just for drainage shiggles}.


Next, take your first little succulent gently from its pot and separate out the root ball. I sectioned off each individual plant really carefully so that I could spread them around a little bit:

Succulents like to be nice and snuggled together though, so although this first little plant I separated out a fair bit, the others I'll keep quite close together}.


To plant each little seedling - all of which had surprisingly long roots - I used a paintbrush to poke a tiny deep hole and then nested each little pal in so that the base of his leaves were level with the soil:


This little pile above is all of the eeny weeny little jelly beans I found amongst the succulent, too small to plant into my elephant, so I did a little IKEA hack for them which I shall show you later next week. Aren't they cute?


Don't water for 2-3 days to let the plants settle, it's different to usual repotting - but you can spritz them with a fine mist of water if you fancy. 

Oh...and when you do water them, be sparing, to make sure you don't drench them! Then let the soil dry completely before you even think about watering again :)

I shall share the next installment next week {as long as my extra baby succulents arrive}!


I hope you like him! I'm a little bit in love with that face...

Have a great weekend my lovelies, and as always, your input and suggestions is super appreciated...