Sew Smashing

Butterfly brooch by Sew Smashing

I don’t often wear my hair up because it’s my favorite feature about myself. I like to accessorize with handmade floral pins from time to time and lately I’ve had my eye on a few pieces from Alexis of Sew Smashing. A native of California who currently resides in the middle of nature in San Francisco, Alexis says that nature “helps inspire my choice of color combinations and textures” and that her best color combinations are a result of watching sunsets.

silk butterfly accessories by Sew Smashing

I like the versatility and durability of Alexis’s 100% silk creations because not only can they be used to adorn hair, but they can be clipped on a purse, they can bring warmth and life to a bookshelf, a wall — the possibilities are endless.

Alexis carries over 100 colors of silk to choose from and I could easily imagine creating a dreamy wall installation at a wedding or in a shop with her silk butterflies.

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.

Neve/Hawk

Photo by Leslie Ryann McKellar for Neve/Hawk

As a web/graphic designer, I often peruse sites like dribbble and The Best Designs to keep current with the latest design trends and to discover new-to-me graphic/web designers. Once upon a time ago, I happened upon the work of Bob Galmarini on dribbble,

 where I followed a link back to his clothing company called Neve Inspired, also owned and operated by his wife, Kris. I instantly fell in love with the site’s design, and even more so, the site’s products. Bob and Kris carry a line of fun wearables for children, like t-shirts that

feature Clumsy, a font created by artist and illustrator Kyle Steed.

Everything Bob and Kris create is illustrated, hand-sewn, and hand-screen printed in their home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kris and Bob recently released a new line of clothing called Neve/Hawk (named after their two children) this year and successfully received funding through Kickstarter to debut the line at Playtime New York last month. Everything about the line is playful, stylish, and most importantly comfortable.

Neve/Hawk Fall & Winter 2012

Be sure to check out more pieces from the Fall/Winter 2012 line in Neve/Hawk’s lovely lookbook.

Fight for Creativity

We love to imagine and create, and at neve / hawk we get to turn that into something real. This privilege of ours comes after a lifetime of being encouraged through school arts education programs — to explore our creativity through art, dance, music, illustration, and theater.” — Bob and Kris Galmarini

Bob and Kris’s purpose behind creating the line is an admirable one, too. They are committed to keeping the arts alive and thriving in public schools, so with every sale, they are donating a portion to fight for creativity.

Learn more about their passion for creativity.

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.

The Angry Weather

Thunderbolt and lightning! Very very frightning, me!

One of my favorite songs since childhood is Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” … so much so that throughout high school and college, my screen name on aol instant messenger (does anyone even use that anymore?) was Venetian Rhapsody — sadly, the name Bohemian Rhapsody was already taken. But Venetian Rhapsody was a nice alternative.

I loved the range of Freddy Mercury’s voice and how theatrical Queen’s musical style was. I think the only band that comes close to Queen as far as theatrics in vocals are concerned is Muse, though feel free to enlighten me as my musical tastes have been limited to Yo Gabba Gabba songs or the theme song to Dora the Explorer as of late.

I started humming “Bohemian Rhapsody” in my head, and probably out loud with a little bit of really awful air guitar, while perusing Iveth Morales’ shop, The Angry Weather. Set against a backdrop of geodes, these jewels are so rock and roll. Quite magnifico, oh oh oh. Oh Mama Mia! Some of her product photos transport me to the land before time … or at least the land before my time, in the early ’80s.

jewelry by The Angry Weather

Pretty rad, right? For more angry weather jewelry, hop over to Iveth’s 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.

Charming Prints

Floral castel boot by Dr. Martens from Free People

Any fans of Once Upon a Time? It’s a show I tune into every Sunday night and my favorite character is Prince Charming. Besides being a hunk of gorgeous eye candy, Josh Dallas, the actor who portrays Prince Charming, does an amazing job of single-tear crying. I get a little choked up every time he does that.

I’ll finish gushing now before I write a novel about Prince Charming and my adoration of the show, and switch gears to charming prints — nice segue, eh? — of the floral variety. I’ve been particularly in love with everything at Free People as of late, especially their floral printed apparel and accessories.

Here are my top floral printed picks I’d like to add to my closet someday.

floral prints from Free People

I don’t recommend donning floral prints from head to toe, but who am I to stop you if you want to!

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.