Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009



Tis the Season!

October 27, 2009

The Pen & Ink commissions starting to roll in.  This one, from Central Florida.


©2009 Heather L. Young

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Once upon a Halloween, Nick carved a Haunted House…and I, a Spooky Ghost.  In a fierce competition, Nick’s pumpkin killed mine…and I have long-awaited a rematch.  With Halloween just around the corner, we’re at it again, and as always…we need your vote!


Entry #1 – The Grim Reaper


Entry #2 – The Dark Owl


Please note that votes are anonymous, and I’m pretty sure you can only vote once per computer.  Oh and don’t pry around wondering whose is whose…where’s the fun in that?  The winner will be announced on Halloween.

Published in the UK

October 25, 2009

Sometime back I recieved an email from the editor of Bygone Kent, Rachel Deeson.  She wanted to include my Wide Sargasso Sea illustration in an article about the author of the book, Jean Rhys.  It was a beautiful article, and I’m honored to have one of my favorite illustrations included.  Thanks Rachel!



P.S. this print is also available for purchase via heatherlyoung.etsy.com.

Many Thanks

October 23, 2009

One of the most enjoyable things about pulling this Savannah Wedding all together was getting to meet and work with other local artists…(and a few that aren’t so local)…

First, I’d like to thank the lovely Elissa Frankino for not only designing our rings, but allowing us to be a part of the process.  It was so much fun to see her studio, and make friends with her and her husband…Elissa, I’ll be happy to show you a painting trick or two, if I can just come play in your studio for day 🙂


Special thanks to Merritt of Appearances Salon for her hair magic!


One of the most meaningful gifts came from Nick’s Aunt Phyllis…Phyllis makes custom wedding gowns and accessories out of Chicago, and she was kind enough to create the perfect veil for me!  She even used the extra beads from my dress to adorn it.


Fabulous esthetician and girlfriend to my baby brosef, Elizabeth Schrom, was kind enough to do my makeup…(and that of most my girls)…she’s a true gem!


AJ of Nigh Bluey worked with me to create some beautiful custom Swarovski crystal earrings for my girls!  She was even so kind as to throw in a pair for me, that worked perfect with my dress.  AJ, my girls loved them more than you can imagine! I have a feeling we’ll be working on matching necklaces soon!


Some other folks that made this day spectacular:

Peacock’s on 37th – They saw my vision for the flowers, and far exceeded my expectations where they could have shown me the door.

The Gingerbread House – Made finding the perfect dress all too easy!

Baker’s Pride – the most yummy cake around, and the design fit right in…love love love our cake!

All About You DJ’s – your professionalism sets you apart from the rest!

Quantum Inc. – Employs over 175 adults with disabilities, and makes a slew of personalized products.  Thanks for the matchbooks and cocktail napkins!

Oglethorpe Trolley Tours – Thanks for getting all our guests back safe and sound!

Rev. John Haney – Your ceremony was absolutely beautiful!  We’ve heard nothing but raves!  Hope to see you real soon.

Angie & the entire team at the Savannah Yacht Club – Can’t thank you enough for your help!  The food was amazing, everyone had a wonderful time!


And last, but certainly not least, thanks to Jade McCully for capturing our special day.  It was a dream to have her photograph our wedding and it’s been so much fun getting to know her…for a look at her gorgeous photos form our day, CLICK!

Of course none of this would have happened were it not for our incredibly generous friends and family.  We love you all bunches!

Now it’s time to get back to work!

DIY Savannah Wedding

October 22, 2009

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There are so many vendors to book and organize, it’s all too easy to blow your budget on unnecessary things, and there are only a million and two ways you can design, decorate, and piece together the whole darn thing…oh and then there’s the fact that you’re only going to do it once, so you better get it right the first time.

Almost every detail of our day had a personal touch, and I have an army of friends and family to thank for all their creative thoughts, helping hands, and support.  These DIY ideas saved us big bucks, while allowing my inner-control-freak-crafty-mad-woman to shine.  Here goes!

Being that I’m an illustrator, I took it upon myself to design our own invites…(I probably should have started this process 5 years ago, as my indecisive brain had me drafting them by the hundreds)  It was also important that our invites be printed on a nice stock, and after sampling several from various online printers, I settled upon  a lovely heavy weight watercolor paper found at our local art supply store.


For a peek at the response card CLICK!

In keeping with our Bluebird and Gerber Daisy theme, I enlisted the help of Granny S.  I had a vivid memory of her crafting grapevine wreaths when I was a kid, and I thought we could translate that well into nest centerpieces.


Uncle George got roped into the process when I decided I needed a custom cake stand for the cake…a fine job he did making it look like a fourth tier…


Oh and yes, I did make a veil and top hat for my lovin’ blue birds.

We decided against a traditional guest book, and instead had our guests sign tags for a wishing tree.  It was great fun, and I’ll be able to work these tags into a scrap book later on that will be far more interesting than reading names in a book…


All you need to create these little gems is a really smelly colorless blender marker, I prefer the Chartpak brand, and a cheap photocopy (mirror image) of what you want to transfer.  (Please note that images printed from your home printer will not work, you need cheap photocopy machine ink) And there you have it!   A personal touch that doesn’t break the bank or take up a ton of time.

As the vast majority of our guests were from out-of-town, I thought a welcome bag was in order, and what better way to welcome folks than with some good old southern pralines?


Aunt Pam, cousin Rebecca, and I spent a good half day cooking up those delightful treats…oh did that kitchen smell good!

Mom put her soap making skills to task and made  monogrammed soaps for all the bags..


Of course, I saved all the left overs for me!

Oh and you know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have custom water bottle labels for each bag…this, however, turned out to be quite the process…


Sticker paper does not adhere, so each had to be hot-glued…and boy does it make a mess…Nick threatened to go bowling in my studio.



Last, but not least, I wanted our favor to be something that people cherished.  So I painted the tree under which we got married, and gave out these little hand-signed prints.


It was such a fun journey to pull this all together!  Thanks to all of you who lent a helping hand!  There is not a single thing about this wedding that didn’t have a personal touch, and it means so much to us!

Tomorrow’s post will highlight all the local vendors, and debut the professional photos, so be sure to come back!



Chicago Shower

October 21, 2009

Our summer road trip took us to Nick’s hometown of Chicago, where we were to be showered by my newly acquired Mom, Peg.


Peggy is a crafty gal, and her centerpiece was a real stunner!  I loved it so much, I couldn’t bare to disassemble it…instead, I opted to have my poor brother-in-law drive it all the way back to Savannah, so I could reuse it for the wedding.  (Imagine having those branches in your rear-view mirror for an 18 hour drive…I love you Chris!)


Each table was decked out with my beloved Gerber Daisies centered in delicate nests…


Even Aunt Mary got in on the DIY action, and presented us with a towel cake, stocked full of utensils, towels, and even some martini glasses..


We were treated to a fabulous meal at Luigi’s, and of course showered with many generous gifts.

A very special gift came from my Mom (of whom I would post a photo from this day, but the two of us couldn’t seem to keep our eyes open for any of the pictures)  Anyhoo, she passed down to me my Great-Grandmother Liz’s wedding band.  It was a teary exchange, and an honor to have her band as my “something old.”  Even more special was knowing that Grandmother knew about this gift, given just 3 weeks before she passed.  Mom, it means so much to me.


On a happy note, we received a glorious handmade quilt by Grandy…it’s a spectacular design, the fabrics of which were picked by Nick last Christmas.


She even went so far as to have one of our favorite photos printed on the back, along with her signature and the date.  We’ll cherish it always!


Oh and let’s not forget cousins Becky and Dani for making the matching throw pillow and pillow cases…love you girls!

Aunt Sue not only captured our shower in photos, she also gave us a handmade cross-stitch to treasure.


(P.S…Aunt Sue, love the new frame!)

Katie was in charge of making a rehearsal bouquet of all the ribbons from various packages…a fine job she did!


The whole day was splendid!  Can’t thank you enough Peg for all your hard work…we had fun…maybe a little too much fun…


As fast as it all came, it went…and Nick and I found ourselves on the way back to Savannah.

We had been so excited to get to Chicago that we nearly drove straight through, but on the way home, we took a night to reflect in the mountains, while staying at one of our favorite mid-way stops.  It’s a Hampton Inn in Caryville, TN.  What makes it so special?  Amongst a slew of other things…LLAMAS!


Yes, they live there, and I LOVE THEM!

Oh and then there’s the view…


The perfect way to top off a wonderful trip.

I’m Baaaaaaaaack!!!!!!

October 21, 2009

Whew!  The past month (or year really) has been quite the whirlwind.  In case you didn’t hear, Nick and I finally tied the knot on our 10 year anniversary this year!  It was a magical experience, and it still feels so surreal.  We had so many helping hands and creative minds that made this all come together, and I want to take a few blog entries to not only get you up to speed, but to thank all of those folks that contributed to our special day.

In studio news, things are starting to pick up for the Holidays.  Commissions are booking fast…so if you’d like a custom Pen & Ink or Pet Portrait this year, be sure to get your name on the list pronto!

I’m also working on some new Savannah Prints to debut in time for Christmas, so if you get bored with the wedding run-down, come back in a week or so, and I’m all business…promise!