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 Interview with: Rebecca Long

Sea glass and starfish mobile by The Rubbish Revival

I recently had the pleasure of discovering Santa Barbara, California-dwelling Rebecca Long’s shop The Rubbish Revival, where she sells a slew of decorative sea glass creations. I am smitten by Rebecca’s ombre sea glass mobiles, that are a perfect representation of the ocean’s gradients.

I emailed Rebecca to find out a little bit more about her, the inspiration behind her shop, and what she enjoys about nature. Read on for an inspiring and heartfelt interview with Rebecca.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up running around barefoot in the woods in rural southwest Virginia. I studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design, even though half way through my junior year, I knew I wasn’t cut out to sit, starring at a computer screen all day. The design training works it’s way into my life almost everyday, but I have never worked exclusively as a graphic designer.

sea glass mobiles by The Rubbish Revival / featured on dearestnature.com

Share a little bit about your shop.
I opened my Etsy shop in August 2011. It started off slowly, but has turned into a flurry of activity with customers from Australia, to Europe, even the next town over.

Who are some artists that inspire you?
Everyone. Everything. I know that’s a vague answer, but I can’t even begin to explain how I get inspired for most of the things that I make. The sea glass mobiles are definitely inspired by a woman in Maine, named Jane Moran Porter. She makes beautiful mobiles and to my knowledge, is the first to do it.

sea stone magnets by The Rubbish Revival / featured on dearestnature.com

Of the things you’ve created so far, what’s one yoou’re been most proud of?
The first sea glass mobile. It’s kind of ugly, but I’ll keep it forever. It was the beginning of a new life for me. It was the first step to starting my business. I went from being an unfulfilled stay at home mom, to a successful business owner AND fulfilled stay at home mom. This first step is always the hardest, right?

What’s one of your most-prized nature possessions?

green sea glassIt is a piece of green sea glass. It’s the first one that my daughter ever spotted and picked up on her own. She was just a little over one year old. She had been me from birth, strapped to my chest, as I combed the beach looking for glass. She was walking well by then and just bent down, picked it up with her chubby little fingers and squealed. I was so proud.

What are some things you enjoy about nature?

Living near the ocean is such an immense privilege. I go to the beach almost everyday because my soul needs it. The ocean has an amazing restorative quality. It takes trash that humans have carelessly dumped into it and makes something as wonderful as sea glass. I love that. The sound of the waves washing up on the shore day after day, reminds me that life goes on no matter what. It keeps me centered and washes all the noise of life back out to sea.

sea glass gem magnets by The Rubbish Revival / 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.

Sweet Autumn Leaves

Autumn is but nineteen days away and I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves on trees change colors from green to yellow, orange, and red … though that probably won’t happen until late October or early November in Southern California since our summers usually extend well into October.

Leave it to Andie’s Specialty Sweets in Los Angeles, California (just a hop, skip, and jump away from where I hail) to create edible stunning works of art. These edible autumn leaves are so realistic, they look like they literally fell off a tree and landed perfectly onto the frosted cupcakes.

Here are a few other cavity-inducing works of art that are almost (almost!) too pretty to eat:

edible leaves by Andie's Specialty Sweets / featured on dearestnature.com

I think if leaves tasted sweet the moment they fell from trees, I’d no longer be standing ‘neath a tree in awe, but in anticipation of a sweet treat.

 

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.

Vintage Rose Jewelry

It was awe at first sight when I happened upon Joanne Poore’s Vintage Rose on Etsy. Joanne, an English artist Penzance, England studied art and design in college and knew from a very early age she was destined to be an artist and live a life of creativity.

She has always had a love for jewelry and says, “even to this day, when I go into a bead or jewelry shop I am wide-eyed with wonder and excitement! My love of jewelry was borne from my love of playing with colors, textures and shapes in a tactile, 3-Dimensional way.”

Check out a few of Joanne’s dazzling handiwork from her shop. I was drawn in particular to the blues and greens pieces in her shop:

jewelry by Vintage Rose Shop / 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.

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.