Color Crush: Fuchsia

Fuchsia photo by Meeze

Fuchsia is probably my favorite f-word. Ever since having kids, I’ve substituted f-bombs with words like “fuchsia” or “Farquad” (the Napoleon-esque ruler of Shrek fame). I’m not usually one for the color pink, but there’s something about fuchsia that, to me, makes it so likable. Fuchsia has the right amount of pizzazz and packs so much punch, it’s hard for me not to like it. I think it’s a really versatile color; I could envision it used at loud ’80s fashion party or as an accent at an elegant banquet.

For those of you who might be genetically predisposed to cringing at the sight of fuchsia, here’s a little roundup of fuchsia goodness to kickstart your heart into welcoming it:

inspirations of the fuchsia kind

I’m all sorts of crazy about that cake and crepe flower bouquet!

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.

Pancakes for Breakfast

Whole wheat pancakes with a twist / Photo by Tokyo Terrace

In my household, pancakes are a treat even though we eat them almost every Friday morning and sometimes other days during the week, too. My little dearests go bananas over them every time they’re served pancakes, as though it was the first time they had ever eaten them. I go a little wild over them, too. I like to make them thin and stack them up, placing thin slices of bananas between each layer and topping it off with honey. It’s like having dessert for breakfast, yum!

Do you make pancakes from scratch?

I used to make them from scratch using flour, eggs, and the like, but lately unless I get up an hour before the kids wake up, I don’t have the time. Teaching patience to toddlers and a pre-schooler can be trying, to say the least and the idea of waiting patiently is ever so slowly (if at all) making its way into their craniums.

One of these weekends I’ll try out one (or two … or all) of these mouth-watering recipes:

pancakes

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.

In a Word: Carrots

Carrot mix organic heirloom seeds available for purchase from Cubits

Here’s something to know about me. I love petite carrots. I do not love baby carrots or full-size carrots. Nope, they have to be ‘petite’. Petite carrots are the same shape (tapered end) as regular carrots but really small. Baby carrots are just chunks of regular carrots that have been rounded. It’s like the food industry is trying to trick me by calling it a ‘baby’ carrot. They should call it ‘chunk-o-carrot’ because that’s what it really is. AmIright?

Today’s roundup of carrot-related items was inspired by this great Spring weather we’ve been having — it’s time to start working on your garden! I’m not a gardener so I’ll stick to using that awesome carrot soap by Sunbasilgarden Soaps and call it a day.

carrots roundup by Katie Wade

Okay, let’s end with a bit of carrot trivia. Did you know that the average person will eat 10,866 carrots in their lifetime? It’s true — according to the World Carrot Museum (What? You didn’t know there is such a thing as a carrot museum? You are so out of the loop!).

About Katie Wade

Katie is the creative spirit behind Lemon Jitters, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: an obsession with kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.

Bring in the Birch

Birch trees photo by Fiona Fraser

Hi Dearest Nature readers! So excited to be posting here for the first time.

Growing up in the Aussie bush, I was always surrounded by nature. Trees out every window, bright blue skies, creeks surrounded by vines and thick undergrowth to explore, and birds happily waking me up in the mornings. Since leaving home to live in the city seven years ago, I have always felt the need to go back home and soak up as much nature as I can before heading back to the concrete and steel.

I didn’t realise how much nature inspires and comforts me.

So, always being on the look out for little ways to bring nature into my city house, I’ve been excited to see the use of Birch in a lot of interiors across the internet. Birch has such a woodsy feel to it and makes me think of cabins in the forest, deers darting around outside on a soft layer of snow that dusts the ground (if only we had that in Australia!).

There are plenty of ways to use birch (and tree branches) in the house.  Here is a collection of my favourite:

birch decor roundup by Jasmine Flamenco

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.