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.

Artwares by Yevgenia

Hand-painted ceramic tea set by Yevgenia

Currently residing in New York, but originally from Moscow, Russia, Yevgenia Davidoff is a traditionally trained artist who “studied classically in Moscow and then continued in New York at the School of Visual Arts.” Yevgenia sells hand-painted dinnerware, glassware, travel mugs, and a host of other enchanting artware in her Etsy shop.

I first heard about Yevgenia’s work by way of one of our contributors, Jonathan Chapman aka Mr Yen. Jonathan posted a feature about Yevgenia’s products on his blog a little while back and upon first seeing her work I was in instant amazement. Her alluring hand-painted kitchenware is the sort of thing that you’d want to show off in your kitchen, the perfect dishes and cups to display in open-shelving.

artware by yevgenia

Those egg pods would make quite a statement this Easter or any day of the year.

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.

A Woodsy-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Photo by The Life You Love Photography

Photoshoot Details

A happy wedding Wednesday to all of you brides- and grooms-to-be and to all of you who love gazing at enhanting wedding photography.

Today, I wanted to share photos from a couple of my favorite photographers: Leah Muse and Lindsey Baker of The Life You Love Photography. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Leah and Lindsey have a sharp and creative eye for capturing the most beautiful moments and details in life.

About a year ago, the talented duo shared a sneak peek of a woodsy bridal inspiration shoot on their blog that had me floored. The location, florals, hair and makeup, and styling were out this world — no, out of this solar system — when it came to how describing how enchanting the photographs were. In my book, The Life You Love Photography have pretty much become synonymous with the word “enchanting”.

woodsy-inspired bridal shoot by The Life You Love Photography

I thought the presentation of flowers in the birdcage was a brilliant way to show of the beauty of both the flowers and the birdcage. Quite often I come across flowers encased inside a birdcage, not draping the lining of the cage. Way to think outside the — wait for it —cage, right?

My absolute favorite things about the photoshoot is a swing that was actually constructed by Lindsey and Leah! These ladies are so talented and have me aching to make a swing so pretty for my backyard.

swing made by The Life You Love Photography

What do you love most about this fairy tale-esque inspired bridal shoot?

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.

Sasha Prood

Botanica Caps poster by Sasha Prood available for purchase at ARTY PEOPLE!

Artist Info

In addition to our Two of a Kind series each Tuesday, we’ll also be showcasing nature-inspired typography in a weekly feature called Type Tuesdays. Why? All because I love me some typography. I took a typography class in college and it was the first class that really made me think about CRAP. Not literal crap. And not feeling like crap. For those of you who might be in a state of confusion, let me educate you: CRAP is a design acronym for contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity; four things I always take into account when I create a mockup for a client. The typography class didn’t really touch upon creating letterforms from scratch, but it is something I’d like to take a stab at with a pen and paper someday.

First up in our Type Tuesday series is an accomplished freelance designer, illustrator, and artist named Sasha Prood, who has quite the roster of clients: Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper Collins, J. Crew, Madewell, Food & Wine Magazine … you might have heard of some of them. Sasha, who grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, displays so much natural (mind the pun) beauty and detail that — with respect to art — she proves that the pen truly is mightier than the sword. Can she slay dragons? Probably. But I bet they’re more interested in admiring her works than they are with turning them into ashes.

typographic works by Sasha Prood 

Currently, Sasha lives in Brooklyn, New York where she freelances full time and is attending Type@Cooper, a program with an in-depth study of typeface design principles. Visit Sasha’s website to learn more about her and spend hours gazing at her brilliant work, many of which are available for purchase.

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.

Decomposition Books

Decomposition book from Omoi Zakka Shop

Any zombie fans out there? C’mon, don’t be shy, raise your machete- or crossbow-wielding hand. I’ll raise my hand, though don’t be alarmed — I don’t own a machete or a crossbow — but I do have a pretty good weapon: Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide, which I’ve read cover to cover a few times. What? It’s easy reading and it contains vital information about surviving any sort of major catastrophe or apocalyptic scenario.

I’m also big into zombie movies and an avid watcher of AMC’s The Walking Dead. I brainstorm and prepare a majority of my blog posts on Sunday evenings while the television is playing in the background. I start the night off with a viewing of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Once 9pm rolls around and I flip the channel to The Walking Dead, I’ll usually take a break from prepping blog posts and curl up under the covers and squeeze a pillow and/or, much to the Mr’s dismay, the Mr’s arm. I felt this season of The Walking Dead was slow-moving and lacking in zombie attacks. I actually found myself bravely working away at blog posts while the show played in the background. Here’s hoping season three moves along at a quicker pace and is packed with more decomposing action, yeah?

Speaking of decomposing, I recently spied these decomposition books over at Omoi Zakka Shop, an online boutique with a physical location as well on 1608 Pine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m dying over these decomposition books, priced at $6 a pop. They’re oozing with awesome and available in five different patterns and have my eye on the one with the topographical design.

decomposition books from Omoi

As one might infer from the name of the books, they aren’t zombie-related — not in the least — though who’s to say a zombie wouldn’t take a liking and/or biting to these books? The books look like they could belong to a brainy person, someone like my younger sister who’s majoring in chemical engineering and who buys regular composition notebooks in bulk from the dollar store.

The name of these books is quite obviously a play on the ol’ composition notebook, but I have to wonder if the name has anything to do with the fact that they’re eco-friendly to the nth degree. They’re made from 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper, use soy based inks, processed chlorine-free, and made using bio-gas. I suppose in a sense zombies are eco-friendly, too, since 100% post-consumer human and they reduce, reuse, and reanimate.

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

Every Tuesday, you can expect to see us profiling two things in nature or nature-inspired art, design, products, etc. that aren’t directly related but share similar physical features in a series we like to call “Two of a Kind”, which was largely inspired by Oh Joy!’s “this vs. that” by Bekka Palmer.

I’m starting the series off with goose barnacles and a grey heron. The goose barnacles are so aptly named and, personally, I think they resemble beaks. When I first happened upon Mike Baird‘s photos of the goose barnacles I immediately thought of baby birds in a nest, awaiting to be fed. And I couldn’t help but think of a particular scene from Finding Nemo.

What do the goose barnacles remind you of?

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.