{new} to ONR...scallops!

Hello all,

It's Monday again - is it just me or did that come around especially quickly this week? I hope you had a lovely weekend!

On Friday evening I had a little design epiphany - these little scalloped chaps, inspired by the many pairs of scalloped shorts & pretty tops I've been eyeing up in the shops and online for a little while now.

So far I've hand illustrated a little tea set and a rather large {& very lovely} serving bowl - but I have visions of a whole host of other pretties.
I'd really like to set up a properly styled shoot for my items, especially the ceramics, I'd love to get some summery shots of the serving ware and some of the side plates laid out with salads and other yummy treats - but I currently can't seem to conjure up appetising shots of food! It's a tricky art that - perhaps I'll need a little help!

So what do you think? Do we approve of the new design, & would you like to see it on a specific item...the mini cake stand perhaps?

These should be listed in the shop later this week - hoorah!


5 {simple} things

Hello all & HAPPY happy Friday!

I hope you've all had a lovely week, despite the very strange weather we've been having over here in the UK! 

I thought I'd share a new little feature with you all today, '5 {simple} things' that made my week! Sometimes we all, we I know I do, over complicate things and it only makes life stressful - so in the spirit of keeping things simple and being thankful for the little things...here's my new feature.
1//. these boots for helping not killing my feet on their first outing...to an interview!
2//. this felt from Lupin for being such cheery colours!
3//. this order that arrived from the wonderful Leigh..shop here.
4//. this banana cake - because Jack made it & it tasted heavenly.
5//. these beautiful new cards that arrived for my Etsy orders..shop here.
What simple things made your week?
Have an ace weekend - I shall be working tomorrow but digging at the allotment Sunday - hoorah!


p.s I have one of these little ex shop display hand illustrated plates left if someone would like it?
£12.50 {50% off} - tweet me @ohnorachio if you would like him!
original Etsy listing here.

a weekend in pictures.

Hello all,

This weekend I was lucky enough to be off work - it was a super ace little surprise actually as I hadn't booked it off or anything! Well, I had a huge amount of things to do, including cleaning the apartment - which looked like an unaccomplishable task - but I did it!

I thought I'd share with you some little snippets of my Saturday & Sunday :)

I had fun with toy dinosaurs; got hand cramp illustrating a large custom order; added some more detail to my bird illustration; bought some sweet little heart stickers for my packaging; played with my new retina display MacBook baby; got the little potato tubers out to start growing and added some washi details to some orders I had to post!

On Sunday I journeyed up to London to meet my lovely pal Bing and her awesome friend from Chicago Marie! Here are a few Sunday snaps, needless to say they are pretty much all food!

Fortnum & Mason, the most beautiful department store had so many gorgeous cakes and pastries! Plus the whole store's colour scheme is the same mint green you can see in my logo and up there on my nails {fave}, so I was most pleased!
I hope you all hid similarly lovely weekends!


{new} to ONR!

Hello all,

It's a fairly grey Wednesday - which is sad, I can't wait until Spring fully kicks in and the weather gets just a little warmer...I don't know about you, but I'm fed up of having a red nose all the time!

Anyway, today I'm just popping by to share with y'all a little new product that's been added to my humble Etsy shop. Some of you may have seen a picture of the new item I posted on Twitter & Instagram with a choice of two designs. I asked everyone to vote as to which one they preferred, so thank you to all of you who voted!

I've actually listed both designs as the votes were pretty tied...so if you'd like to buy one of these little beauties - perfect for popping down all of those things you want the most - you can get your hands on one HERE! {it even comes with a hand little pen!!}.
I hope you like it - and do let me know if you have an idea for a third design! I'm always open to ideas!


{new} to the shop

Hello all!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter {@ohnorachio} - having been rather sicky yesterday, I can report I'm back on form today, so thank you for your concern and healthy vibes!

Right, today I'm excited to finally share with you a little item that I was working on as a top secret project for one of my closest friends...

This item has a lovely back story so I wanted to share it with you!

Since November my gorgeous friend Jules has been counting down the days until her husband Steven comes home {and now its less than two weeks - YAY!}. He's out in Qatar on tour with the RAF and I know that she has been missing him like mad - so when he contacted me just before Valentine's day with a secret commission request I couldn't have been happier to help!

He wanted to make Valentine's day special despite the fact that he's a million miles away - so he asked if I could make something little for her that meant something. He gave me the phrase "I love you to the moon and back" because it's a saying they have always shared and this is what I came up with.

I personally delivered it to Jules the day after Valentines Day and I'm pleased to report that she absolutely loved it! So Steven - I hope you do too!

If you're a fan - you can purchase your own one here!
Back tomorrow with some more news :)


❤ ♥ {playing cupid} ♥ ❤

Hello all,

What a manic Monday I'm set to have! This weekend was equally busy, what with our one year blog birthday and the little South bloggers meet I organised, as well as worky work all Sunday and orders galore to make!

I hope you all had a fun, or perhaps nice and relaxing weekend? Later in the week I shall endeavour share some snippets of our blogger lunch...but for now I thought I'd share a little insight into my role...as cupid!
So over the past few weeks my little illustrated Valentines cards have proved rather popular all over the World which is super nice to see - I love to think that my little hand illustrated cards are making people's v-days just that little bit more special...although I did think the other day how sad it is that all these cards will most probably get thrown away :( {Jack said to think of them as 'temporary art' - which made me feel a little better!}.

Anyway, I offer to write the customer's 'beau's' name on the envelope, which a lot of people like me to do, however this year - I've had numerous requests for me to write the whole card and sign it anonymously and then post it directly to the recipient!! This makes me feel like a real life cupid, but I did also think that with no name to the cards, but my sticker on the back - there may be a few men {and women} out there thinking the cards are from me?! Either way, it's nice to think that I'm helping to add that little bit of mystery and fun to the big day of love!

If you'd like a little card for your Valentine  - today is the last day to order!

Happy Monday!

{hello} valentines winners!

Hello all!

We have three winners! Hooray!

Congratulations to:

A sweet hand illustrated valentines card will soon be winging its way to each of you!

Thank you to all of those who entered...

...and as a little gift from me - you can get a cheeky 20% off any of the three valentines designs using the code 'CUPID20' at the checkout until this Friday - get yours here! 

Spread a little love!

{giveaway time!} love is in the air...

Hello all!

Is anyone else starting to feel a little warm and fuzzy with all of this love in the air? Well I certainly am.

So, in the name of sharing a little love - I've decided to throw a lovely giveaway. You could win one of three sweet hand illustrated cards by yours truly....and it's really simple to enter!

Three lucky peeps will each win a hand illustrated Valentines card - hooray!
If you'd like to just buy one of these cards for your beau right away...just pop over to my Etsy shop here to get your hands on one of these hand illustrated beauties!