We did it!  We survived Elliot’s first year on planet Earth.  More importantly, HE survived it!  It’s hard to find the sum of all the wonderful, trying and super sappy emotional moments that made this year what it was, but here’s my honest take on the whole parenthood club. (disclaimer:  I’ve only been a parent for 366 days, so I still have a LOT to learn)

newborn Elliot

1.  No matter how much you plan and prepare, you’re still not ready…not even remotely for what that tiny bundle of joy brings to your life.  One day I mentioned to Nick “it’s hard to imagine the life we had before E ” and his response was “No, it’s not, it was CLEAN”…so very, very true.

2.  There’s something to be grateful for at every stage (or at least you better think of that way so you don’t completely lose your mind while sleep deprived)  For example, newborns sleep and snuggle all the time, but when they cry, you have no freaking clue what’s making them upset.  By the time they reach 6 months old, you have a pretty good idea what’s wrong when they cry, but they’re mobile and that’s a whole other can of worms…just practice gratitude and remember that these moments are so fleeting…so very very fleeting…moving onto number 3 because I feel the sappy coming on…

3.  Breastfeeding is an art.  I’ve never been so frustrated in all my life.  If cows and giraffes and every other mammal on the planet just latches naturally, what the heck is wrong with humans?!?!  It took us a good 6 weeks to get the hang of things, was totally worth it in the end, but it was NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING like what I thought it would be.

4. You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t…and now that you’re a parent, you’ll probably feel this way for your ENTIRE LIFE.  Everything you read on vaccination, peanut butter, and solid foods is conflicting.  I half-way blame the internet for all the information / misinformation / mass confusion that surrounds these decisions.  Things must have been WAY easier for previous generations.

5.  Safety = $$$ BIG $$$  I’m willing to bet my parents rarely had me buckled in the backseat, in fact I was probably in the front seat, front facing, without any type of restraint.  (Do school buses have seat belts yet?)  Granted we’ve come a long way in the 30 something years since I was born, but I had no idea how fast I could drop coin on safety features.  Extra cushion for side-impact, count us in!

6.  You have a whole new appreciation for your parents.  Cliche, I know, but here’s when it clicked for me…

B Jellie Preview

While, making jellyfish out of paper lanterns for his first birthday, I snapped this expression of “awe.”  I sent the photo to my dear mother-in-law and her response was “feels great when you get it right.”  How many times did my parents think they were getting it “right” and I told them they had it all “wrong?”  Gotta wrap this post up before the waterworks turn on…

First Birthday Smash Cake

Sweet boy, where did the time go?

 

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Wise Old Bird

May 27, 2014

Found this anniversary card from Granny J to my Papa while cleaning out my studio.  Unsure of the year, but I love this Meyer- Gasters watercolor

Wise Old Bird Meyer Gasters Owl Print

Anniversary Card

circa 1989 – typed on a word processor – (which was also kind of a big deal)

Throwback Thursday

Baby’s First Mural!

April 6, 2013

I’ve been absent, but with good reason!  We are expecting a little fella late summer, so life has taken on a new urgency if you will.  So many projects to tackle before his arrival.

Babys First Mural

One of which was finally updating my Dutch Island mural from many years ago.  (see here to refresh your memory.)  Naughty clients decided to remodel, trim down the mural a bit from one side and *gasp* tear a hole in the wall to put in double doors!  (it’s okay Meghan and Bill, I still love you!)

mural revamp

Beveled edges are so tricky!  Matching paint from 8 years ago, even trickier, but I think I successfully brought their waterfall back to life.

Mural Painted Doors

Oh and they had one more addition arrive in those 8 years, Sophie.  It wouldn’t be fair to leave her out of the mural…

Mural Pet Portrait

Here’s a better shot at how she fits into the mix…

Waterfall Mural Dutch Island Georgia

Here’s a glimpse at the right side.  I added some embellishments to beef up the silhouette since a few feet had been trimmed on that side of the mural.  Sorry for the split shots, it’s impossible to be a shot of the full mural (roughly 20 feet wide)

Dutch Island Mural

For a better idea of the scale of things, take a look at the original mural.

Happy Spring y’all!

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 am so excited to now offer brown kraft paper envelopes for you rustic, nature lovin’ brides!  Being that I’m the daughter of a “paper man,” I’ve always appreciated the simplicity of brown kraft paper.  We used it to wrap Christmas presents and school books in it as kids, and we didn’t dare come home from the grocery store with plastic bags at our house.  (Cardinal sin to a paper bag salesman, and to the environment!)

Rustic Magnolia Tree Wedding Invitation Suite with Brown Kraft Paper Envelopes

Brown bag kraft envelopes are available for the newly listed Magnolia Tree Wedding Invitations & the classic Live Oak Tree Invitations

Rustic Wedding Invitations Live Oak Tree Brown Bag Kraft Paper Envelopes

Of course, I also offer White and Ecru Colored envelopes and the ink colors / wording are completely customizable, so if you’re looking for a more modern feel vs. the rustic woodsy trend, just ask and I’ll gladly dress them up for you!

I’m just getting started with “krafty” goodness, so be sure to check back!

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!