A lovely place to get married, no?  A bride & groom commissioned the original sketch, and I now have hand-watercolored and signed prints of Stone Manor available for purchase in The Ink Lab.

Stone Manor Country Club Middletown Maryland Watercolor Sketch

©2011 Heather L. Young

I’m Done with Cake…

January 18, 2011

no really, my history here is not good.  Let’s take a trip back in time to 2008…

Remember that Dangerous Cake recipe?

Or how about the time I cheated?

Prepare yourself for my latest kitchen disaster…The World’s Ugliest Cake…

The Ugliest Cake you have EVER seen

“Thanks for the cake, but did you drop it on the floor?” — text message from my husband

“It looks like a dalmatian!” — side note from my bestie

Personally, I think it looks like a squirrel danced all over it, but no matter how good it tasted, I’m leaving the baking to the bakers from now on.

On a bright note, I did succeed at making my first (and last) diaper cake for a baby shower last week.

Diaper Cake Centerpiece for baby shower

Ingredients:  50 newborn diapers, 5 wash cloths, 2 pairs of socks, and 3 rubber frogs

 

 

Weeping Willow Prints

January 13, 2011

We have a few sparse willows around these parts, but they grow like mad in the Chicago-land burbs.  This particular tree lives along Waubonsie Lake, in Aurora.  I am currently drawing the next willow in the series, but you can snag this one early via The Ink Lab. (Available in Moss Green, Icy Blue, and Natural)

Weeping Willow Pen and Ink Drawing with Moss Green Watercolor Wash

Weeping Willow Aurora No. 1

5″x7″ Hand Watercolored and Signed in Moss Green

©2011 Heather L. Young

 

 

Guest Blog for Be@Home

January 12, 2011

I was recently approached by the fine folks at Be@Home to do a  guest blog on gift wrapping.  So if you ever wanted to know how to make that paper rosette, here’s the step by step!

Gift Wrapping with Style Guest Blog Post on Be@Home

 

One part boxer + one part hound = one sweet puppy with goofy legs

Gibson Puppy Portrait in Oil Wash by Heather L Young

Mr. Gibs

11×14

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration board

©2011 Heather L. Young

I absolutely adore drawing  historic homes!  The architectural details here are impeccable.

St Louis Row House Custom Pen and Ink Drawing by Heather L Young of theinklab

St. Louis, MO (my first ink in this state?)

Established in 1806 and restored some 200 years later in 2006, a labor of love no doubt.