Autumnal DIY Roundup

Although we have a few days of summer left, autumn will be here before we know it. Days are already getting shorter, and golden harvest hues and warm amber light are here to remind us that fall is just around the corner. Leaves will soon be gold and red and ready to rake, nature will soon give us a spectacular show of color and richness.

Let’s welcome September with a round-up of autumn-themed DIY projects, shall we?

autumnal diy roundup / featured on dearestnature.com

About Clemence Herbillon

Clemence is a blogger, jewelry designer and school teacher based in Switzerland, Europe. She was raised in the French countryside with five siberian husky dogs, and kept an unconditional love for nature and all living creatures since then. She is obsessed with all things pretty and enjoys getting lost in the vortex of fashion, design, art, and inspiration blogs, as well as working on her own blog, Oh The Lovely Things, where she shares her creative projects and documents what inspires her each day.

Fish Mobiles

A now for something oh-so darling: spoonfish wind chimes by North Carolina artist Neva Starr. You can find them over at her shop, Twisted Metals. The creations are made from vintage stainless steel dinnerware and add a playful and welcome touch to your outdoor space.

spoonfish by Twisted Metals / 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.

Roost Tribe

Images via Going Home to Roost

One of my favorite bloggers and all-around inspiring women, Bonnie Forkner of Going Home to Roost recently launched a neat membership program over at her blog. For only $5 a month, Bonnie is offering a wealth of goodies including:

  • Graphic design resources: free patterns, tutorials and more — especially handy for those of  you looking to give your blog a unique look
  • A printable greeting card and matching gift tags
  • Desktop and iphone calendars
  • A seasonal, whole-foods and plant-based recipe
  • Coupons and discounts
  • And much more!

Swing by Bonnie’s beautiful blog to check out the full details and faq and catch a sneak peek at what she’s offering this month.

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.

Jeff Friesen

Flight by Jeff Friesen

It’s easy to fall in love with the work of Nova Scotia photographer and artist Jeff Friesen. His fine art photos and illustrations are spellbinding, to say the least. You’ll find a wide variety of neutral beauts that elicit a certain sense of hope and peace in Jeff’s shop, Follow the Raven.

Featured in publications such as Communication Arts, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Photography, and a host of others, Jeff’s inspiration behind the photos in his shop occurred while spending time exploring  and studying the outdoors with his daughter. He writes: “One autumn day we were sitting amongst fallen chestnut leaves and I was struck by their resemblance to Frank Gehry’s architecture. We gathered some leaves and brought them to my studio. I propped up the leaves by planting their stems in clay and photographed them from a low angle using window light bounced off of tin foil for a metallic effect. In the camera’s viewfinder the fading leaves became *wabi-sabi towers and temples.”

Find out more about Jeff’s inspiration and journey into discovering his passion for photographing nature over on his profile on Etsy.

fine art photography and illustration by Jeff Friesen / 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.

An Interview with: Rebecca Long

Sea glass and starfish mobile by The Rubbish Revival

I recently had the pleasure of discovering Santa Barbara, California-dwelling Rebecca Long’s shop The Rubbish Revival, where she sells a slew of decorative sea glass creations. I am smitten by Rebecca’s ombre sea glass mobiles, that are a perfect representation of the ocean’s gradients.

I emailed Rebecca to find out a little bit more about her, the inspiration behind her shop, and what she enjoys about nature. Read on for an inspiring and heartfelt interview with Rebecca.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up running around barefoot in the woods in rural southwest Virginia. I studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design, even though half way through my junior year, I knew I wasn’t cut out to sit, starring at a computer screen all day. The design training works it’s way into my life almost everyday, but I have never worked exclusively as a graphic designer.

sea glass mobiles by The Rubbish Revival / featured on dearestnature.com

Share a little bit about your shop.
I opened my Etsy shop in August 2011. It started off slowly, but has turned into a flurry of activity with customers from Australia, to Europe, even the next town over.

Who are some artists that inspire you?
Everyone. Everything. I know that’s a vague answer, but I can’t even begin to explain how I get inspired for most of the things that I make. The sea glass mobiles are definitely inspired by a woman in Maine, named Jane Moran Porter. She makes beautiful mobiles and to my knowledge, is the first to do it.

sea stone magnets by The Rubbish Revival / featured on dearestnature.com

Of the things you’ve created so far, what’s one yoou’re been most proud of?
The first sea glass mobile. It’s kind of ugly, but I’ll keep it forever. It was the beginning of a new life for me. It was the first step to starting my business. I went from being an unfulfilled stay at home mom, to a successful business owner AND fulfilled stay at home mom. This first step is always the hardest, right?

What’s one of your most-prized nature possessions?

green sea glassIt is a piece of green sea glass. It’s the first one that my daughter ever spotted and picked up on her own. She was just a little over one year old. She had been me from birth, strapped to my chest, as I combed the beach looking for glass. She was walking well by then and just bent down, picked it up with her chubby little fingers and squealed. I was so proud.

What are some things you enjoy about nature?

Living near the ocean is such an immense privilege. I go to the beach almost everyday because my soul needs it. The ocean has an amazing restorative quality. It takes trash that humans have carelessly dumped into it and makes something as wonderful as sea glass. I love that. The sound of the waves washing up on the shore day after day, reminds me that life goes on no matter what. It keeps me centered and washes all the noise of life back out to sea.

sea glass gem magnets by The Rubbish Revival / 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.