Tasked with cleaning out from under the bed today, I happened upon a relic from my past.  I had to pause for a moment when I saw the date….

SCAD Rising Star Certificate of Comletion Heather L. Young

strange, no?

Rising Star Program Savannah College of Art and Design

The summer of 1998 was probably one of the best summers of my life.  I was in between my junior and senior years of high school (dating myself here, I know) I had been accepted into the Rising Star Program at SCAD, and had managed to earn 2 scholarships to help afford it.  I had my first real taste of college life, the career I had chosen, and the freedom of living on my own that summer.

I remember the feeling I had on this 14th day, 14 years later.  I felt driven, inspired, and excited for the possibilities of the future…and a little sad I that I would have to return for one more year of high school before coming back to SCAD.

I’ve worked up more paper goods for family and friends this year than ever before.  It’s an honor to me to be trusted with their special announcements, and I do enjoy the extra bit of creative freedom that I can pour into family jobs.  Here’s a round-up of some the goodies I’ve neglected to share…

Fleur di lis Wedding Programs

Bi-fold wedding programs for my darling cousin Rachel.  The custom emblem mirrors the bead-work on her wedding dress.

Fleur de lis wedding invitations by theinklab

I played up the Fleur De Lis, a little nod to her home state of Louisiana.

Magnolia Tree Engagement Party Invitations

Sweet cousin Rebecca was the first to use my Magnolia Tree on her paper goods. Engagement party invitations are just the beginning, you can bet I will have my hands in all sorts of details for her upcoming wedding!

Black Damask and Purple Ribbon Bridal Shower Invitations

Ribbon embellished bridal shower invitations for my soon to be cousin-in-law.  Eggplant has been a HOT color this year!

2012 Graduation Invitations Modern

Last but not least, modern, geometric graduation invitations for Rebecca (yep, it’s a big year for her!)  I wish my graduation invitations hadn’t been so stuffy!  So glad to see graduation invitations getting a bit of modern flair.

I knew 2012 would be a busy year!

Finally took our new mountain bikes out for a spin at Skidaway Island State Park today.  It’s an easy ride for a beginner, a 3 mile loop with an observation tower overlooking the marsh.  Lots of beautiful old trees, marsh views, and even alligator ponds!

skidaway island state park savannah georgia

We only took a few photos, as we were having too much fun testing out the new bikes, but I’m sure we’ll be back.

nick and heather

Hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend!

Aunt Pam and I decided to leave early for Liz’s Bachelorette Party in Hilton Head, we wanted time to decorate the condo and shop prior to the bride’s arrival.

aunt pam and i

We spent most of the day filling my small SUV with vintage bottles, trinkets and glassware from area thrift stores.  (Who knew Hilton Head had that many thrift stores?!)  Then we came across a deal we simply could not pass up.  Two antique mahogany chairs for $15 a piece!!!  (Let it be known that Pam is the good luck charm here, as she is a magnet for fabulous steals)  We told the employees at the thrift store that we’d take 2 for $20 if they could find a way to fit them into our already overflowing vehicle.  There is such a high that comes from finding a quality treasure that just needs a little love to be brought back to life.

DIY antique chair recover

I spent all of 30 minutes recovering it with a 1/2 yard of fabric. ($3.50)  It’s a super easy DIY project, all you need are scissors, a screwdriver, and a staple gun.

Antique Chair Recover Butterfly Pillow

My best friend Leslie sent me this adorable throw pillow from Nordstrom Rack.  I love how the wings wrap around the pillow, and even though you can’t see it, it ties in the blue from my living room.

Bride to be in Hilton Head

Oh and how was that Bachelorette party you might ask?  FABULOUS!  (but I’m only sharing one pic!)  We had quite the story to tell the girls when they arrived…and plenty of money left over from our thrifty shopping adventure to spend on fruity drinks by the beach.

 

 

On June 3, 2012, our sweet Lee Anne went to heaven under the light of the full moon.  She was 46 years old, a life cut way too short by Huntington’s Disease.  In the 17 days since her passing,  I can’t help but think of all the people that currently have Huntington’s, their families, and the road that lies ahead of them.  I know in my heart that one day there will be a cure for this terrible disease.  As you may recall, I painted a portrait of Lee Anne, “Riding the Storm Out.”  The original hangs on my studio wall, but I have archival quality, hand-signed prints  available for those who want a unique piece of art and want to help find a cure.  $20 from the sale of each print goes to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Riding the Storm Out a Fine Art Print to Raise funds for Huntington's Disease

Please spread the word on your blog, twitter, facebook and other social media. Click Here to purchase your print!

Lee Anne’s “no fear” attitude and fighting spirit will live on forever in our hearts.

I still can’t believe my baby brother is married!  AND Nick and I finally get a sister!  Here’s a peek at some of the Rustic DIY Wedding goodness I helped them whip up.

Lofton Creek Outpost at North Hampton Fernandina Beach Florida Gate

The ceremony and reception took place at the Lofton Creek Outpost at North Hampton, Amelia Island.  I couldn’t resist the urge to use the gates to the venue on their wedding invitations…

Lofton Creek Outpost North Hampton Wedding Invitations Rustic

Liz bundled them up pretty with a piece of raffia and had a close friend add the calligraphy on the tags.  Kraft paper envelopes add to that rustic feel and I’m happy to say, I’m now keeping them in stock for all of my rustic brides!

Rustic Wedding Invitation Lofton Creek Outpost North Hampton Florida Twine

Here’s a photo of the bride and groom at their rehearsal.

Bride and Groom rehearsal at Lofton Creek Outpost

So perfect for each other these two!

With everything outdoors, they played up the rustic feel with mason jar lights, canvas drop cloths for tablecloths, and lots of burlap accents.  Here’s a detail of the burlap pennant banner I made for them “Alan ♥ Liz”

DIY Burlap Wedding Banner

Florida can get mighty hot in May, so program fans were a must!

Rustic Wedding Program Fan Lofton Creek Outpost North Hampton Florida Amelia Island

All of their paper goods were printed with chocolate brown and tan archival quality inks, so those mementos won’t fade as the years go by.  Of course they also had a Thumbprint Tree Guestbook, but I had a little too much Sangria to photograph it at the end of the night.

Heather and Big Al too much Sangria

I think Big Al had a little too much Sangria too…lol

Bride and Groom leaving Lofton Creek Outpost North Hampton Sparklers

All in all it was a spectacular night.  Alan & Liz have a wonderful group of friends that helped them pull together their day…so much love and so many details I wished I had captured!  More to come, I’m sure!

Sparkler photo courtesy of Jerrett Dornbusch

Wedding Paper Goods:  theinklab.etsy.com

 

 

A few months ago I hosted an owl themed Baby Shower in his honor.

Owl Baby Shower Invitation

I thoroughly enjoyed making the tissue paper pom poms (thank you Anne for the tips!) and burlap banner.

burlap banner baby shower oh baby

tissue paper pom poms baby shower

Turns out fruit sculpture is pretty fun too.

owl pineapple fruit sculpture baby shower

Making Granny’s famous shrimp salad (from wild Georgia Shrimp that SHE caught) and cake pops, proved a little more challenging for this aspiring domestic goddess. Thankfully, I employee great helpers (and Sam’s chicken salad is actually pretty darn good)

baby shower food table cake pops shrimp salad cumcumber sandwiches

At the time of the shower Rebekah still didn’t have a name for her little man, so we labeled this special Baby Shower themed Thumbprint Tree with a simple “Baby Pearce.”

Baby Shower Thumbprint Fingerprint Tree Guestbook Alternative

Notice the tiny owl on the branch? I couldn’t resist! Oh and I haven’t listed them for sale in my shop yet, but if you would like a Baby Shower Thumbprint Tree Guestbook, just let me know!

Just in time for Easter Bekah and Ben welcomed this sweet bundle of joy into their lives.

Newborn Baby Bunny Ear Hat

Welcome to the world Owen Stewart Pearce!  I can’t wait to to teach you how to color outside the lines and spoil you rotten!

The First 12 days of 2012

January 12, 2012

So far…200 wedding invitations, 20 baby shower invitations, 14 engagement party invitations…2 custom pen & ink commissions from start to finish…5 trips to the post office (resolution:  pick certain days to ship and stick to it)…and a quick trip to Florida for a dress fitting.  A feverish pace, but if you believe that the stars have any say, I was doomed from the start.

custom architectural drawing pen and ink of a house

The last custom ink of 2011

Looking Back at 2011

December 31, 2011

I spent the greater portion of the year finding my niche (unexpectedly) in the wedding industry.  It started with a few brides and quickly snowballed into a full blown line of wedding paper-goods…most of which have yet to make it to my wedding section…(goal for 2012)

officiating wedding

Speaking of weddings, I officiated one!  (Thank you Val & Pat for a once in a lifetime honor – love, Officiant-O!)

aj and liz engaged

Love, there was just so much of it! Alan Jr., aka Brosef, proposed to sweet Elizabeth…finally, a sister for me!

Transitioning our sweet Lee Anne from life at home into a nursing facility was by far most challenging obstacle of 2011.  I have a long way to go accepting what HD has done to our family, but I can honestly say, that we have felt God’s Grace throughout the process.  To all of you who have taken the time to write letters, send family photos and care packages, and pay visits, you have no idea how much it means to all of us.  It warms my heart to walk into her room and see just how loved she is.

In other news, my baking skills have certainly improved since the first of the year.

I even learned to make Granny’s Famous Cherry Pie…

It took me 31 years to catch it, but I officially have Baby Fever.

I found time to hang family photos down the hallway, and it makes me smile every day when I walk by them.

Mom taught me how to Tie Dye, though I’m still pondering how I will find use for this technique in 2012.

We fed buffalo.  The herd of 30 arrived in McIntosh County in 2011, talk of the town!

Mom’s face here = priceless!

nick and i blackhawks game

We capped off the year with trip to Chicago for Christmas.  Tonight, we’ll keep it low key.  Just the two of us, our pups and a fire in the backyard.  A little peace before the firestorm that is 2012 arrives with all it’s surprises.

Best wishes to you all for a warm and wonderful New Year!

Merry Merry Merry Christmas!!! Thanks to all of you who have supported my work and shopped hand-made this Holiday Season.  I heart you.

2011 vayda and thomas jay christmas card

“Vayda gets a Baby Brother for Christmas”

The 2011 Vayda & Thomas Jay Christmas Card

©2011 Heather L. Young