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: Fuchsia

Fuchsia photo by Meeze

Fuchsia is probably my favorite f-word. Ever since having kids, I’ve substituted f-bombs with words like “fuchsia” or “Farquad” (the Napoleon-esque ruler of Shrek fame). I’m not usually one for the color pink, but there’s something about fuchsia that, to me, makes it so likable. Fuchsia has the right amount of pizzazz and packs so much punch, it’s hard for me not to like it. I think it’s a really versatile color; I could envision it used at loud ’80s fashion party or as an accent at an elegant banquet.

For those of you who might be genetically predisposed to cringing at the sight of fuchsia, here’s a little roundup of fuchsia goodness to kickstart your heart into welcoming it:

inspirations of the fuchsia kind

I’m all sorts of crazy about that cake and crepe flower bouquet!

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.

Pancakes for Breakfast

Whole wheat pancakes with a twist / Photo by Tokyo Terrace

In my household, pancakes are a treat even though we eat them almost every Friday morning and sometimes other days during the week, too. My little dearests go bananas over them every time they’re served pancakes, as though it was the first time they had ever eaten them. I go a little wild over them, too. I like to make them thin and stack them up, placing thin slices of bananas between each layer and topping it off with honey. It’s like having dessert for breakfast, yum!

Do you make pancakes from scratch?

I used to make them from scratch using flour, eggs, and the like, but lately unless I get up an hour before the kids wake up, I don’t have the time. Teaching patience to toddlers and a pre-schooler can be trying, to say the least and the idea of waiting patiently is ever so slowly (if at all) making its way into their craniums.

One of these weekends I’ll try out one (or two … or all) of these mouth-watering recipes:

pancakes

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.

Mineralogy

In my ninth grade English class, I was tasked with creating a website for the Greek Goddess, Athena. I remember the entire process as if it happened yesterday, the coding, the research, the (awful) designing. I was fourteen and it was the first website I had ever created. The website was hosted on Geocities — does anyone remember Geocities? Building the website was one of the most rewarding experiences and after it was over, I knew at that time that web and graphic design was something I wanted to pursue as a career.

Theresa Cowan shares a somewhat similar story. Inspired by an earth science class lecture on minerals, Theresa created Mineralogy, an Etsy shop where she sells handcrafted jewelry of the most naturally beautiful variety. I’m especially fascinated by the explanations that Theresa has included in each of her listing.

Take for instance, the herkimer diamond necklace where Theresa writes, “Herkimer diamonds are a type of double terminated quartz (where the crystals form on both ends.) They are known for their extreme clarity and are ascribed to have specific occult properties and mystical powers.” I love learning something new everyday and after visiting her shop, I learned many a somethings new.

Mineralogy - jewelry by Theresa Cowan

Theresa’s handcrafted jewelry inspires me to read up on minerals as I only know of a small handful by name.

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.

Stylish Hippie Wedding Inspiration

Photo by Tinywater Photography

Photoshoot Details

I was an odd one in high school. Secretly, I wanted to be a hippie. Not in the live-off-the-grid-and-grow-a-beard sense — let’s face it, growing a beard presented its challenges what with being a woman and all — but in the sense that I listened to an inordinate amount of hippie music when I was fifteen. I didn’t don flowers in my hair or wear tan leather vests, but I did learn to play the guitar and sing along to The Mamas & the Papas. I remember belting out “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” in my parents’ garage.

It was an interesting phase in my life, to say the least.

Had I clamped eyes on this hippie chic inspiration photoshoot in my teenage years, I think I would’ve been in hippie heaven. Photographed by Tinywater Photography and styled by Enjoy Events Co., the photoshoot was actually inspired by the very song that I’d sung to the imaginary audience of tens of people in my teenage years.

hippie chic inspiration / photographed by Tinywater Photography

I love this photoshoot because it’s infused with so vibrant colors and is a delightful departure from the typical rustic Middle Earth-esque weddings I would usually associate with anything to do with nature and weddings.

And my guitar better watch out! It might get flower-bombed soon. I definitely feel the urge to photograph my guitar with flowers maybe draping the sides, perhaps? We’ll see.

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.

Shyama Golden

Home Sweet Brachiosaurus oil painting by Shyama Golden

Artist Info

Last Friday I mentioned that my little dearests are wild about dinosaurs and I imagine they always will be. My oldest, a three-and-a-half-year-old going on forty who might be turning British, thanks to the likes of Peppa Pig and Angellina Ballerina (two shows I can never pry her away from) — with her frequent use of the word “quite” — was the first to yearn for anything dinosaur-related. It started out with books, some of which were older books purchased from a thrift store but had to shelve because since their publication date scientists has proven that there’s no such thing as a brontosaurus, and then all-too-soon escalated into amassing a collection of over 20 dinosaur toys.

I wonder if artist and web/print designer Shyama Golden grew up with the same passion for dinosaurs. Her alluring illustrations might suggest she did. Shyama, whose name rhymes with “llama”, hails from Austin, Texas, a city that I’m convinced breeds an overabundance of talent and creativity. Growing up, Shyama “learned how to write code because [she] figured one day this internet thing would help [her] share my art with nice people all over the world. Back then [she] would draw images one pixel at a time, make bad oil paintings, memorize defunct 1960s architecture books, and take pictures of neighborhood cats with [her] dad’s SLR camera.” Learn more about Shyama on her website and this interview on Method & Craft.

If you’re not already a fan of dinosaurs, Shyama just might turn you into one. A fan, that is, not a dinosaur. Behold some of Shyama’s other gorgeous artwork depicting animals in the hippest and funniest of ways:

artwork by Shyama Golden

Check out more of Shyama’s art and design work on her portfolio and her 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.