In a Word: Rocks

When I was a kid I used to collect rocks. I would spend my time outside in search of the most magnificent rocks. If they were sparkly, smooth or had a unique shape I quickly snatched them up, dusted them off and placed them carefully in my rock box where they sat for many years.

I have since set my rock collection free and placed them back in nature where they belong — or at least where some other curious little kid can start their own collection. While I haven’t gathered rocks of my own in a while, I still appreciate their unique beauty. I wouldn’t mind picking up all of these rocks for a new collection.

rocks / roundup by Jamie Bartlett

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

Arbori Cards

The cards available from Arbori Cards are the sort that I’d want to buy multiples of — one to send to a penpal and one to keep for myself to hang as art on my wall. Luckily most of the cards are sold in sets in of at least two, so it’s as though shop owner Gena of Brooklyn, New York, knew ahead of time someone like me would crave more than one!

arbori cards

All of the botanicals pictured in Arbori Cards were gathered by Gena in “New York City’s urban ecosystems, whether they be wild, well-cultivated, neglected, or invaded.” Check out Gena’s Etsy profile to learn more about her and her shop.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Potted Lavender

Photo by Julie Blanner

Supplies

  • pots
  • saucers
  • paint
  • foam brush
  • lavender
  • soil
  • (optional) cactus rocks

[editor's note]: Today’s tutorial comes from Julie Blanner, an event planner and designer from Kansas City, and blogger behind Coordinately Yours, where she “shares inspirations and tips for entertaining, home, weddings and events”.

Potted lavender is perfect for home and makes a great gift or favor.  The fragrance is unmistakable and welcoming and they require minimal care.

DIY lavender pots by Julie Blanner

Directions

Paint your pots and saucers — keep in mind you don’t have to cover the inside completely.

Add your plant, fill the area around it with soil and add rocks if you wish.

For gifting, add care instructions.

Click here for the free printable.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Spring Pickin’s at the Santa Rosa Plateau

Photo by Donaville Herrick

If you ever find yourself in Murrieta, California, I highly recommend hiking parts of the Santa Rosa Plateau, especially at the golden hour. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life, technology, and perhaps civilization altogether. I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon hiking a trail with the Mr., enjoying one another’s company and the eyefuls of scenic views of the earth and generous expanse of the sky. We took in as many colors as we could, predominantly varying shades of browns, golds, greens, and blues as far as the eye could see.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

trees in the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

flora at the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

grass at the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Wild About: May 25th, 2012

Photo by Kevin Russ


Next party I have, I’m making sure to suspend things from trees. Kevin Russ’s cupcakes and polaroids hanging from branches had me at “hello, amazing”. I think the idea of hanging polaroids from a tree branches also makes for a neat backdrop for an engagement shoot, wedding, or family photo shoot — a physical, natural and unique spin on a family tree anyone?

photos by Kevin Russ

Head over to Kevin Russ’s tumblr and flickr stream to catch more of his brilliant work.

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About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.