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.

Anthropologie’s Magazine

Photo via Anthropologie

The ceaselessly creative folks at Anthropologie just launched an online magazine that is chock-full of alluring visuals. Have you seen it? I saw their tweet a few hours ago and spent an inordinate amount of time leafing through its gorgeous electronic “pages”. I was particularly drawn to the Real Talk piece, ” Wyland: From Art to Activism“. This article was like it was translated to the internet from one of Anthropologie’s illustrious store window displays. As a web designer, I couldn’t help but right-click to find out if the page utilized flash, but to my surprise the page employs javascript.

Back to more important aspects of the article.

Aside from being a beautifully executed page, the article itself is a good read. Anthropologie’s Director of Display, Erika Sorgule, interviewed world-renowned muralist and environmentalist Robert Wyland who has played a pivotal role in conservation. In the article, Wyland poses a few suggestions about helping protect our oceans and this Earth Day (mark your calendars, it’s April 22nd), Anthropologie is teaming up with the Wyland Foundation. To stay updated with Anthropologie’s Earth Day cause, follow their hash tag #AnthroEarthDay on twitter.

Be sure to check out the rest of the magazine. Some of the other articles have interactive surprises, too.

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.

Color Crush: Robin’s Egg Blue & Green

Robin’s egg blue photo by dapawprint

Sorry for the egg-cess of eggs this week … and excess of really awful puns! This one’s the last egg-related post for a while, I promise!

Robin’s egg blue has long been a color associated with Tiffany & Co., but it’s a color I often associate with Easter. I like to pair the color with a bright green — you can see a couple canvas bins on the shelf in my workspace that was featured on Eva Black’s blog a while back.

Color crushing on robin's egg blue

Doesn’t robin’s egg blue look charming with green? I think it’s a marriage of two beautiful colors.

I love the hanging egg chairs from Anthropologie and I mentioned to Kristen of Inspired by Saturday over twitter that they would make a lovely porch swing or perhaps, if comfortable enough, they would make a great reading chair.

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.

Naturally Dyed Collections

The sea, the sea by Tinctory

Today’s set of collections comes from UK-based artist and dyer named Eva whose creations leave me breathless and almost at a loss for words. Using natural dyes from plants, flowers, and leaves from her surroundings, Eva creates some of the most captivating and luxurious hand-dyed silk pendants, bracelets, and brooches which she sells in her shop, Tinctory — currently closed at the moment, but keep an eye out!

Catch a quick glimpse at her complicated process, which includes an embroidery method called smocking, a technique that involves gathering fabric in a way that allows the fabric to stretch.

Here is just a sampling of the seasonal work produced by Eva, but be sure to check out her flickr stream for additional inspiration, all of which are inspired directly by nature.

Naturally dyed collections by Tinctory

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.

Easter Sweets

Easter egg cookies by Sweet Ambs

I have to type up this post quickly because I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man. Ask the Mr., who’ll attest to the fact that sometimes I’ll eat very little of my dinner so I’ll have enough room for dessert. Or on occasion, I’ll forego dinner entirely and skip straight to dessert. Bad habits die hard, but thankfully I’ve been doing a little bit better this year.

With Easter around the corner, I’m limiting my intake of sweets as I know there will be plenty! Treats will only be served at our family gathering on Sunday and I am hoping that none of them look like these:

Easter desserts

I’m already salivating!

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.

Puur Anders

Artist Information

I first heard about jewelry designer Miranda van Dijk from the Netherlands through Pia Jane Bijkerk via this wonderful post on Pia’s website. Miranda’s shop, Puur Anders which translates to “pure and different”, is a sight for sore eyes.

I love the way Miranda describes her handmade Hidden Memories: My collection Hidden Memories is inspired by the connection between nature and humankind.

Cotton photograph prints by Puur Anders

As someone who takes dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of my family each week, I can’t help but fall in love with Miranda’s collection of Hidden Memories. I display photos on my wall or in an album, but a cotton leaf? A linen hair accessory? Miranda’s Hidden Memories are a beautiful and ingenious way to treasure memories of the past. Each item contains a photograph transferred onto fabric, many of which allow customization.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the horizon, these are perfect gifts to show your love and appreciation for your parents.

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.