Collections from Lush Bella

Photo by Kerry Pitt-Hart of Lush Bella

Butterflies are some of the most beautifully winged creatures. Like snowflakes, no two are ever alike and I often associate them with spring because that’s when I see them around our yard the most, fluttering from flower to flower and alighting on branches and leaves for brief moments until my little dearests frighten

them away. I’ve never caught a butterfly nor do I plan on catching them and pinning them onto a shadowbox. I’m the sort who prefers to leave nature outdoors for the most part, but I do like paper varieties of butterflies to accent parts of the house.

I recently happened upon and fell in love with Kerry PItt-Hart‘s collection of paper butterflies via her flickr stream. The butterflies look lovely on their own, but when arranged together on a wall in the  formations below, they’re a sight for sore eyes.

butterfly collection

For further inspiration from Kerry, check out her websiteblog, book and a few other she has been featured online.

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.

Bright and Bold Collections

Photo by Maureen

This week’s installment of Collections comes from Maureen in Seattle, who owns an Etsy shop called Saphira where she sells a myriad of vintage buttons, jewelry, and other lovely things.

I love the striking colors in some of Maureen’s nature collections, the bright, almost neon greens in the photo above and the pinks and yellows in some of the leaves in the photos below, all from her flickr photo stream.

bright collections by Maureen of Saphira

There’s something so magical about the pink and yellow leaves and when the leaves start to turn all varieties of yellow and red in the fall of this year, I’m going to try to see if I can spot any pink ones around my neck of the woods.

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.

Organized Collections by Camilla Engman

Collection from nature by Camilla Engman

For those of you who like all of your ducks, rocks, and other collections in a row, you’ll fall in love with these organized collections from the sensational Camilla Engman. I fell in love with them. Camilla is a Swedish artist and creative soul behind Studio Morran, where she sells a handful of inspiring artwork on paper goods.

Camilla is also the creator of an organized collection group on flickr, that’s currently teeming with over 7,000 photos shared by over 1,700 members. I’m thinking of arranging a few of my Spring Pickin’s in an organized fashion and submitting a photo or two to Camilla’s flickr group.

organized collections by Camilla Engman

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.

Miniature Cabinets of Curiosities

Photo & styling by Jessica Marquez

Growing up, I collected a few things here and there; rocks, seashells, coins, troll dolls — typical things you’d expect someone to collect. I think the mention of troll dolls just caused my coolness factor to jump a notch up or drop 5 notches. What sort of things did/do you collect?

On the topic of collections, each Thursday we’ll be presenting a new set of collections of the nature variety, of course. We’re beginning this series with collections from Brooklyn, New York resident Jessica Marquez, owner of Miniature Rhino, a shop that carries vintage-inspired and handmade goods. I adore the way Jessica bottles up her collections like so:

miniature cabinets of curiosities by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino

I love Jessica’s presentation of her collections, which she says are “part of a series of little collections of wondrous objects. One of my favorite things is collecting things and I love making them into these miniature curiosity cabinets.” It amazes me how much stuff can be crammed into a vial.

For more information about Jessica, check out her blog and pay her flickr photo stream a visit where you’ll find endless inspiration.

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.