Domatoma

The horse by Domatoma

Made from French bamboo, cotton, and English wool and embroidered with a vintage cotton thread, these charming animals from Domatoma are truly one of a kind and perfect for the little ones in your life.

All of the items in the shop are handmade by French artist Maryia Ramanava whose pieces are unique, limited editions and are made with only “recycled and/or fair trade organic fibres from all over the world.”

They’re also an adorable gift to give to parents-to-be.

crocheted animals by Domatoma / featured on dearestnature.com

 

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.

Five and One

Children's nature art kit from Five and One

Kit Includes

  • Blank journal with variety of stamped/colored paper
  • Cardboard collection box for nature discoveries
  • Recycled newspaper pencil for sketching
  • 2 soy crayon rocks
  • Natural stick of variety twine
  • and more

I happened upon one of the most innovative and fun art kits that my soon-to-be-four-year-old would enjoy: a children’s nature art kit from Julie Arnold of Five and One. My two-year-old twinners are still at the stage where they’re more likely to throw rocks rather than collection them and tear apart branches and count their leaves rather than press them.

If you’re planning on a camping trip during what’s left of this summer, be sure to tuck one of these into your backpack for the kiddos. They’d also make great party favors/activities for a nature/camping themed birthday party, too.

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.

Cat Rabbit

Image via Cat Rabbit

I would like to introduce you to something a little different today. A little while ago I was searching for some website inspiration and came across the beauty that is Cat Rabbit.

I was immediatly in love with the super cute photos, layout, and logo. It wasn’t until I clicked on Menagerie that I realised exactly what Cat Rabbit did.

p.s. How cool is the name?

*Mind… BLOWN*

stuffed toys by Cat Rabbit

Are these little guys not the cutest things you have ever seen?!

So today, I wanted to share with you a little email interview I did with Cat from Cat Rabbit:

ME: Where did you get the idea to make these guys from?

CAT: I started making plush versions of the little illustrated characters I would draw in the margins of my schoolbooks while I was at University around 2004. They started out as gifts for friends and then I moved into selling them in stores and markets, participating in exhibitions and now, 8 years later, I am making them full time.

I had never dared to hope I could make a living doing something so fun, but here I am. Pretty lucky I guess!

Feathered warrior by Cat Rabbit

ME: What inspires you?

CAT: I am super inspired by my friends that make things: I share a studio with the brilliant Andrea Innocent and Catherine Campbell who are constant sources of inspiration and also very tolerant of my felty mess. I am also inspired by animals, particularly pugs.

ME: Explain a little bit about your process. 

CAT: I usually start from a sketch – I particularly like drawing the outfits I want to dress my characters in. I don’t use a pattern as such, it’s more of a sculptural process where I add bits as I go along. They very rarely look the same as the original sketch, but that means the end product is always a nice surprise!

ME: What’s your favourite colour?

CAT: I have a few favourite colours on rotation: duck egg blue, sunshiney yellow, peach and brick red. All those colours together would be dreamy.

ME: Your website and logo is top notch, who designed it?

CAT: A Tasmanian design collective called Floating World. They are friends of mine and so it was a real pleasure working with people who really understood what I did and could communicate it through my site and logo so well. They have now disbanded to do amazing things as individual designers.

Cat Rabbit

Thanks Cat for taking the time to answer my questions. Love your work and always look forward to seeing your latest creations!

Make sure you go check out Cat Rabbit’s store for all the cuteness.

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.

Spring Pickin’s at the Santa Rosa Plateau

Photo by Donaville Herrick

If you ever find yourself in Murrieta, California, I highly recommend hiking parts of the Santa Rosa Plateau, especially at the golden hour. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life, technology, and perhaps civilization altogether. I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon hiking a trail with the Mr., enjoying one another’s company and the eyefuls of scenic views of the earth and generous expanse of the sky. We took in as many colors as we could, predominantly varying shades of browns, golds, greens, and blues as far as the eye could see.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

trees in the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

flora at the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

grass at the Santa Rosa Plateau / photos by Donaville Herrick

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.

Royal Mint

On the hunt for a unique wedding cake topper? Let me suggest Royal Mint. Based out of Montreal, Canada, shop owner Sabina is a full-time artist who creates the most darling of miniature felt animals. Her inspiration includes movies like Legend, The Dark Crystal, and The Neverending Story (a childhood favorite of mine!) and her items are perfect for a fantastical wedding theme.

Check out Sabina’s feature on Etsy and shop around for other charming creatures in her shop. Here are a few that I fell in love with:

royal mint

Heartfelt, no?

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.