Wild About: August 31, 2012

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September is just a day away and honestly, where does the time go? We’ve been having random rain and thunderstorms the past couple of weeks, how has the weather been in your stomping grounds?

Here’s wishing all of you a happy weekend, and here are a few links to peruse while you’re enjoying the labor day weekend:

Highlights from our blog this week

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.

An Ocean-Themed Birthday

Cupcakes, decorations, and photos by Donaville Herrick

Supplies for decorations:

  • 2 packages of blue and green crepe paper streamers
  • Tissue paper in teal, light blue, and mint green
  • White plastic table cloth
  • Tape, scissors

As promised, here is a look at my daughter’s fourth birthday party.

Throwing parties for little ones can be costly, especially if there’s a specific theme involved. My daughter asked for a mermaid/ocean-themed party, and after researching what it would cost for decorations and desserts, we were looking at spending well into the hundreds of dollars.

Ouch! said our wallets.

So instead of shelling out $hundreds, the Mr. and I decided to take the DIY route and make the decorations and and desserts, nothing over-the-top, and we spent about $30 in all the decorations and desserts. Yes, $30.

ocean-themed birthday dessert table by Donaville Herrick / featured on dearestnature.com

All decorations (streamers, tissue paper, and table cloth) totalled under $10 and desserts (DIY cupcake, DIY clam cake, and store-bought madeleines) were another $20.

ocean-themed birthday party / featured on dearestnature.com

The birthday girl had fun helping out with decorating (and eating) the desserts, too.

The inspiration:

  • The water: inspiration for the water was from this waterfall backdrop from this wedding featured on Ruffled.
  • The seaweed: I borrowed the idea for the seaweed from this birthday party (really fun activities/ideas in that party).
  • The tissue paper pom poms: We initially wanted to hang the sea-urchin pom poms from the ceiling, but then I had a last-minute idea to place the pom poms separately behind the desserts. I followed an easy how-to from Martha Stewart (each one takes about 5 – 10 minutes to make)
  • The cupcakes: sea urchin cupcakes were inspired by these sea urchin cakes from this amazing mermaid party.

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.

Obsolete Delete

Manual typewriter by David Ellingsen

I recently came across these hauntingly beautiful installations by photographer David Ellingsen. The photos are from part one in a series entitled Obsolete Delete, which David describes is “the speed of technological obsolescence, the environment, and the collision of the two.”

It’s amazing how rapidly technology has changed within the past twenty years. Casette tapes? CRTs? Those are things my children will probably never use when they’re grown. The only technology from my childhood that I still keep with me is a VCR and VHS tapes, mostly a collection of Disney Classics that my little dearests watch on occasion, so VHS tapes aren’t something are foreign to them. But technology from my parents and grandparents past? Those are historic relics in my childrens eyes.

obsolete delete by David Ellingsen / featured on dearestnature.com

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.

Domatoma

The horse by Domatoma

Made from French bamboo, cotton, and English wool and embroidered with a vintage cotton thread, these charming animals from Domatoma are truly one of a kind and perfect for the little ones in your life.

All of the items in the shop are handmade by French artist Maryia Ramanava whose pieces are unique, limited editions and are made with only “recycled and/or fair trade organic fibres from all over the world.”

They’re also an adorable gift to give to parents-to-be.

crocheted animals by Domatoma / featured on dearestnature.com

 

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.

Monstrous Fun from Quill & Fox

Lochness postcard by Quill & Fox

The brilliantly talented Portlander illustrator Yas Imamura of Quill & Fox strikes (genius) again! Yas, whose terrarium cards were featured on our blog a while back by Eva Black, recently unleashed some of the most clever and fun paper goods, ripe for the picking and sending.

A favorite of mine? Big Foot! I love the way his leg swoops down into his name on the postcard.

Quill & Fox monsters / featured on dearestnature.com

Legendary beasts never looked so good! Be sure to check out the rest of the new items over at Yas’ 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.