My Cup of Tea (Towels)

One of my favorite types of gifts to give during the holidays is tea towels and they’re always well-received by aunts and great-aunts. It seems kind of early to be thinking about Christmas already, but here we are officially in the fall and just about 90 days until gift-exchanging extravaganza time.

Here are a few tea towels that have recently caught my eye and that I’m thinking of giving myself for Christmas, too, or at least directing the Mr. to this post as a hint to what I want this Christmas!

tea towels 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.

In a Word: Feathers

There is something about feathers that I just love. It’s probably the soft texture or lovely colors and patterns they have. They can be used just as they are naturally or modified to be bright and bold. It’s crazy to think these little beauties contribute to a bird’s ability to fly.

roundup of feathers by Jamie Bartlett / featured on dearestnature.com

I really love how feathers add a little bit of a wild feel whenever that are used. How do you feel about feathers?

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

Tissue Blooms on Paintbrushes

photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies Needed:

  • paintbrushes
  • foam brush
  • paint
  • tissue paper
  • tape
  • glue
  • scissors

I’ve been a fan of paper flowers as soon as I saw them for the first time. I always told myself that one day I would attempt to make some just like Martha Stewart, but after years and years, I still haven’t quite made the time. I remember almost buying a book on how to make paper flowers, but in the end putting it back on the shelf saying to myself, “Maybe later …”

Paper flowers or no, at least I have made tissue flowers. They don’t have quite the same look, but they are just as fun and so much faster to make.

My latest creation was fringe blooms on painted paintbrushes.

tissue paper blooms on paintbrushes by Anastasia Marie / featured on dearestnature.com

Here’s the how to:
1. Take your foam brush and randomly apply thin layers of various colors of paint on your paintbrushes. This really only looks good when you have the natural uncoated wood paintbrushes. Let them dry completely.

2. In the meantime, cut strips of tissue paper about 1.5″ inches wide, varying the length of each set of six strips so you can make both small and large flowers.

3. Give the strips some fringe action with your scissors, leaving about half an inch uncut from the end.

4. Roll the six tissue strips together; make sure to interchange the colors for some texture.

5. Insert the dry paintbrush through the middle, pinch the end of the tissue flower, and secure onto the paintbrush with tape.

6. Wrap a piece of tissue paper around the taped portion to hide it, and secure it with a dab of glue.

7. Ruffle the flowers up a bit and place in a glass jar and you’re ready to go!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Kelly Allen

Artwork by Kelly Allen

kelly allen creates art inspired by nature. no matter what medium she uses — whether it be coloured pencils, gouache on paper or oil on canvas — allen creates a uniquely melded collage of differing species. i like to imagine a scene which is suddenly pulled inward by a vacuum until there is only white space behind and a pile of creatures crowded together before our eyes.

nature collages by Kelly Allen / featured on dearestnature.com

in one scene a majestic dear is surrounded by tweeting birds and luscious pink and yellow flowers. he drinks from the stream as slippery blue fish slip by. in another scene, insects take over the forest at dusk until night sets and a wild wolf howls up at the moon.

nature collages by Kelly Allen / featured on dearestnature.com

kelly’s artwork is imbued with an almost other-worldy nature. with moons, suns and black shapes filled with sparkling white stars, each piece lends itself to the fantasy that there may just be life on other planets.

About Kaitlyn Webb Patience

Kaitlyn is the editor of isavirtue blog and the creator of isavirtue stationery. Using these outlets, she shares her profound obsession with contemporary art and snail mail. She lives on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia — here she finds inspiration from the world around her and the spirited people within it.

Kate & Birdie Fall Designs

Park bench notebook by Kate & Birdie

I’m so anxious for fall to arrive! Can’t wait to cozy up to a warm fire with a good book in hand as soon as the temperatures begin to drop … even if they only drop 10 or 15 degrees!

The wonderful folks over at Kate & Birdie have a line of some of the loveliest paper goods perfect for the fall season. I’m in total love (okay, lust) with their peach berries wrapping paper (you probably haven’t seen the last of peaches on the blog yet).

Kate & Birdie cards and gift wrap / featured on dearestnature.com

And who says you have to wait until the holidays to send a card? Happiness can come in many forms, especially sending an unexpected greeting in the the mail. Hop over to Kate & Birdie and scoop up a little happiness to send to your loved ones this fall.

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.