Natural Curiosity

Crystal by Tristan Brando

Miss Tristan B of Besotted Brand recently announced the opening of her new fine art print shop on Society 6 called Natural Curiosity. In a word, Tristan’s photos are stunning. In two words: exponentially stunning. I love the fine details Tristan captures in her photos and the post-processing that she applies, giving each photo a beautifully crisp and unique touch.

Hop over to Tristan’s shop for further inspiration.

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.

In a Word: Cinnamon

Photo by Fotoos Van Robin

This is really not the time of the year to be gazing at cinnamon photos. I know Christmas is still six months away. However, I stumbled across this DIY face mask that uses cinnamon and I started thinking about cinnamon in a different way. And then I made french toast (for the first time!) tonight and I added a bit of cinnamon. So I just had to share — cinnamon is not just for winter! You guys already had this realization and are rolling your eyes at me, huh?

cinnamon roundup by Katie Wade

Here are some reasons cinnamon is good year-round. Supposedly cinnamon can lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. It can also kill bacteria and prevent infections. And it smells good. Plus ground cinnamon is yummy when combined with sugar. Not so yummy otherwise. Cinnamon sticks also make for pretty decor. Cinnamon buns/rolls/pretzels are heavenly. Need I go on?

P.S. Did you know cinnamon strips are called ‘quills’? And they can be stored for hundreds of years in the proper conditions! So cool — learn more about cinnamon here.

About Katie Wade

Katie is the creative spirit behind Lemon Jitters, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: an obsession with kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.

Michelle Morin

Illustration by Michelle Morin

Now that summer has arrived I’m trying to ride my bike or walk to work as much as possible. I’m convinced that I’m getting a tan already but it’s likely just the tinted moisturizer I’m using! Aside from the glorious sunshine that summer brings, there is also a plethora of greenery and trees full of flitting fowls to admire. Sometimes, when I’m in a really good mood on my walks, the birds make me feel as if I am Cinderella. I am convinced that at any moment they will bring forth a ball gown in their tiny beaks and whistle to me that I am late for the ball (when in actuality, I’m just late for work).

works by michelle morin / shared by kaitlyn webb patience

Watercolorist Michelle Morin has developed a certain intimacy with fowl and flora as well. She is an artist who takes notice of nature in its entirety — from tiny insects, to lush leaves, unique flowers, birds of all sizes and even the various breeds of whales within the sea.

works by michelle morin / shared by kaitlyn webb patience

Currently residing in Salem, Massachusetts with her painter fiancé, Michelle is one of the most masterful watercolorists I have come across. Unlike so many watercolor paintings, which involve delineated blocks of color; Michelle does not fear the layering of paint. She even uses lighter colors on top of dark — a technique which takes a great deal of patience while waiting for the initial foundation to dry. All of this is necessary however, to create these beautifully detailed images.

michelle morin / shared by kaitlyn webb patience

When looking at these scenes, note the detail within every feather and leaf. Morin’s time spent working at a plant farm and greenhouse is entirely evident in the way she portrays nature. All of these are available in print format in Michelle’s Etsy shop United Thread.

About Kaitlyn Webb Patience

Kaitlyn is the editor of isavirtue blog and the creator of isavirtue stationery. Using these outlets, she shares her profound obsession with contemporary art and snail mail. She lives on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia — here she finds inspiration from the world around her and the spirited people within it.

Following Your Heart

Photo by Debbie of In Whirl of Inspiration

[editor's note]: Here’s a special guest post from Debbie of In Whirl of Inspiration.

A long time ago, with a friend of mine we started to see heart shaped objects all around us. They were everywhere, in every possible form, in our food, in nature, in the objects around us, etc. Only this year we decided to share them as a project. Anyway, this project of ours taught me something really special: that out there in the wild, there are things that you would love, small details that nobody else has observed, which are waiting for you to discover them. And when I mean out there, I mean in both flora and fauna, in nature and in the people around you. Be an observer, a seeker of precious moments and a collector of magical memories! Catch the beauty in the air; details of everyday life which may seem insignificant, but they are essential for the whole image’s balanced composition.

Sometimes, I catch myself thinking of what I am thinking, a kind of judgment of my thoughts, a criticism by the inner me. In such moments, I tend to focus on the background of the “image”. A day at the park, for a cup of coffee and some relaxation, flocks of birds flying together, a suite in Si minore for the wind through the fresh spring leaves, supported by the sopranos of the local bird society, my friends’ reflective grimace when they drink their very cold coffee, sun’s reflection in my glass of water — hey, is this a little rainbow? — me walking barefoot on the damp grass. These kids that are playing with their baby ducks and these two adorable old ladies that are kniting on the bench under the sweet sun rays.

However, I can’t guarantee you that you will only notice delights for your heart and soul. You could also see this bony homeless old man, who has all his valuables in a super market’s trolley, taking small, careful bites of a loaf of bread and your heart will break. You could also see these little fragile sparrows, kids who should play now and instead of that they are begging for a cent. You can see in their eyes mixed feelings of jealously and desire.

in whirl of inspiration

That’s what I was talking about, small instant doses of everyday love, pain, happiness and suffering. Life. So start the watching thing instead of the just seeing one, it’s worthy!

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.

Soda for Pop

Illustration by Sarah Hart

Father’s day is coming up this Sunday and it’s just the right occasions to plan that family picnic you’ve been dreaming of all spring.

While you fill your basket with sandwiches, snacks and other sweet things, don’t forget your special treat to celebrate Dad.

Print off a few of our “soda for pop” printables and decorate Dad’s favorite drink with a personalize label he’ll love.

About Sarah Hart

Sarah is your fun and friendly designer, crafter and all around creative do-gooder. Her passion is paper goods and strive to create beautiful products that engage and inspire. You can find her working away at her home studio on the Canadian East coast.