Eva Juliet

Choose Joy by Eva Juliet

On the prowl for a lovely and unique gift for a bride- and groom-to-be? Nothing says unique like a personalization. Check out a few lovely wall decor ideas (a couple of which can be personalized for the recipient, like a poppy wedding tree print) from Canadian artist Eva Juliet.

prints by Eva Juliet

Visit Eva’s shop for additional personalized items, perfect for bestowing upon newlyweds or anyone looking to bring dashes of warmth and beauty in to their home.

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.

Plad

The gorgeous shop Plad is full of whimsical, delightful, handmade pieces. From the sculpted acorns to mini elf slippers, Plad makes me think of trips into the deepest forests and excursions foraging for plants and fairies alike.

products by Plad

I love the journals made with handmade paper infused with herbs and flowers. What a lovely place to tuck away little thoughts about life and store sketches from you wanderings!

All photos via Plad

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

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.

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.

Wallpaper from Sian Zeng

Woodlands Wallpaper in blue, green, and grey by Sian Zeng

My little dearests have the biggest obsession with peeling magnets off of refrigerators. We’re sure to keep all the important papers we’ve attached to our refrigerator well out of their little arms reach. If you ever find us in your home and notice all of your magnets strewn across your kitchen floor or find a magnet or two under your couch … we’ll be to blame!

When I happened upon magnetic wallpaper from Sian Zeng this week via decor8, I thought it was one of the most innovative products ever! The wallpapers come in a variety of fun patterns that every age group can enjoy in their home. I don’t know that I’d cover all four walls of a room with magnetic wallpaper, as I think that would probably encourage my little ones to climb the walls, but maybe half-way up the wall or a long horizontal strip across one wall? The possibilites are endless!

magnetic woodlands wallpaper by Sian Zeng

Sian also carries a whimsical assortment of magnets to let your little ones’ (and/or your) imaginations run wild on their magnetic paper. Flying pigs? Talking llamas? So much fun is to be had with their wallpaper and magnets.

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.