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.

Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

Flower cookie jar and containers by Erin Moran Designs

One of my weaknesses is cookies. We used to store cookies in an adorable cookie jar —you know, the kind that makes decapitating cuddly bears completely acceptable — until we had a dreadful ant problem. Every summer, the ants trickle into the house by the thousands ready to wage war against us because apparently they have a weakness for cookies, too. So we keep our cookies sealed in bags or jars that shut tightly enough to keep bugs out.

So, cute, cuddly, and sometimes headless cookie jars are out of the question for us … as far as storing food in them goes. But I’ve been thinking about getting a few jars to store other treasures in that ants couldn’t care less about and I have my eye on these charming owl cookie jars from Anthropologie:

owl cookie jars from Anthropologie

I’d like to think these owl canisters could ward off an army of ants, but alas, they’re no match for cookie-craving insects.

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.

Mingsrealm

Artist Information

  • Based in Auckland, New Zealand
  • View Ming’s portfolio

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of paper. It’s one material that I don’t often get to utilize for design purposes, but I do often use it for arts and crafts. Paper is such a lightweight and versatile medium to work with, and the work of Ming, a paper artist and graphic designer from Auckland, New Zealand who “loves spending her time observing intricacies of nature … [and whose] love for tactility, curiosity to explore and to observe handmade craftsmanship and actual, physically built objects is expressed in her intricate paper cuttings and paper sculptures”. Read more about Ming on her website.

Ming shows the incredible and complex ways paper can be used to create art — creased, folded, and cut into precise shapes that are formed into some of the most tantalizing creatures. Behold some of Ming’s detailed paper constructions:

Ming's Realm

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.

Wallflowers

Lamp and wallpaper from Front

Flowers aren’t just for bouquets, or for spreading petals down the aisle, or even for adorning your hair. Sure to be the talk of the town, aside from the bride, herself, flowers on the wall add a unique and whimsical touch to a wedding and are a far cry from what you would ordinarily think of as a wallflower.

A perfect mix of whimsy and elegance, here are some ideas for a magical, show-stopping, and heart-poundingly beautiful wedding:

wallflower wedding ideas

The sap buckets could even double as escort card displays or they could even be gifts of gratitude from the bride and groom — a rather nice take-away from a wedding that would take your breath away.

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.

Eggcellent Ideas

Paper Easter eggs / Photos by Donaville Herrick

I love crafting with my little dearests. My oldest, three-and-a-half-year-old Madeline, whom we call Maddy for short, drops everything she’s doing to create anything out of paper. Yesterday Maddy and I made a few paper Easter eggs together, ones that looked like they could have been made during the 1980s, especially had we added a bits of neon colors like green and pink. My other two children, twin twenty-one-month-olds, usually like playing with and wreaking havoc upon the crafts Maddy and I create, so only three out of the four paper eggs we created yesterday survived. None to worry, there’s still time before the weekend to make a few more.

This Saturday we will be dyeing eggs. It will be the first time for my little ones and I can already picture the fun and mess and bubble bath that will ensue once the dyeing egg-stravaganza is over. This is the sort of fun they got into with finger-painting a few months ago … cleanup is going to be so much fun!

For those of you with kids, what are your plans this Easter weekend? Any egg dyeing and egg hunting involved?

If you’re scratching your head for ideas, here are a handful egg-cellent Easter crafts to consider trying this weekend:

10 DIY Easter egg ideas

Not enough Easter egg ideas? Check out this post by our contributor Anastasia Marie and this post over at papernstitch blog.

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.

Two of a Kind: Honey (and) Dew

Two things I love: honey and dew.

Honey
Oh, honey, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. To me, honey is the bee’s knees. Call me a bear if you want, but I love using it in place of other foods.

Here are some of my honeydo’s:

  • Instead of maple syrup on pancakes, I drench mine in honey.
  • I’ll put a dollop of honey in my lemonade.
  • I eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches.
  • I add a little extra honey to already honey nut cheerios.

And my honeydon’t:

  • Get it in my hair. This is more of a honeytrytoavoid. This often happens with pancakes thrown in the mix.

Dew
One of the postitives about waking up early is enjoying the smell of fresh dew on the lawn. I occasionally like to enjoy a nice warm cup of decaffeinated coffee (with a dash of honey) and check out the dew on the grass, listen to the birds chirping in the trees, and admire all the splendor of nature.

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.