Working from home with a little man has posed all sorts of challenges (it’s a wonder I get anything done) but the biggest challenge to date, has been baby proofing. The new boss-man gets into EVERYTHING.

Future Postmaster General

My studio is ripe with sharp, toxic, messy, dangerous, and costly things.  Even before Elliot arrived, I had been feeling as though the walls were closing in on me.  So overwhelming it seemed, I enlisted the help of Susan Brun, owner of Neater Stuff.

First off the list….PURGE!  Susan, being a third party (and a reasonable one at that), had no personal attachment to my stuff.  She pointed out that I didn’t need every single blue bird from my wedding or bins upon bins of supplies that rarely, if ever, got touched.

E Studio Purge

It was a truck full!  Most of which was donated to local school art rooms or goodwill.  To think I had all this unnecessary stuff packed into my closets…no wonder the walls were closing in!

Now onto a bigger problem.  I had been using two rickety old bookcases to house all of my inventory.  I was terrified that my little explorer would pull them down on top of himself and there was no safe way to anchor them to the wall.  (not to mention how unsightly they are….they aren’t even twins) I like to be able to see my stock of paper goods, so Susan suggested a china cabinet or furniture piece with cabinets on the bottom to keep the toxic paints locked up and open storage up top.  We both spent a week hunting garage sales, antique stores and the like, and both of us kept coming back to this 1950’s piece from Two Women & a Warehouse.  It was already painted, solid and a steal at only $220.  Checkout that bakelite hardware!

Studio make over

The closets followed suit…

closet reorganization

My packaging newsprint is now easy to reach and doesn’t require me pulling half of it out onto the floor for a few sheets.

closet organization

Why I ever thought using hangers to organize was a good idea, is beyond me!  I managed to purge 2 whole bins of useless supplies, which allowed for me to move my packaging supplies off the floor and into the closet.  My wrapping paper is now neatly contained in a corner bin, and Nick built me this super awesome ribbon holder…

ribbon holder

Susan is really great at re-purposing old items and working within a tight budget.  During the great purge, I was tempted to completely discard an old scissor caddy.  It was home to about 12 different fancy scissors, that maybe got used twice a year to make gift tags.  Instead of throwing it out, we packed the fancy scissors away and moved the round caddy to my drafting table.  It’s the perfect way to store the scissors and tools I use regularly.  (I’m a total scissor snob, can you tell?)

Studio desk reorganization

The overall transformation is HUGE!  I can see the floors, Vayda and Elliot can look out the window, I can allow Elliot to play at my feet in the studio without fear that he’s going to guzzle a pint of toxic paint when I’m not looking.

Studio overhaul

If you’re local to our area, I highly recommend Neater Stuff.  I don’t think there’s an area, be it kitchen pantry, garage, commercial or residential that they couldn’t get organized.  They can work with any budget and help you maximize your space.  I finally feel like I can breathe over here.  My space is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, BABY PROOF!

Studio Monster

Though he still likes to rummage through the mailers and recycling bin!

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LOVE the color scheme of these program fans, just perfect for a sweet outdoor wedding!
Tree Themed Wedding Program Fans

I offer these in theinklab fully assembled or DIY (I design, print and supply you with the handles and ribbon, you assemble)

 

We had Elliot baptized a few weeks ago, and in celebration of the big day, we ordered some festive confections from Two Smart Cookies.

Two Smart Cookies Savannah

In addition to the best homemade cookies in town, they also have a lovely gift shop that features work from local artisans.  I’m happy to announce that they now carry Oak Notes.  Which is a good excuse for me to get some fresh cookies on a regular basis.

Savannah Live Oak Note Cards

I don’t think this post would be complete without a pic of the smiling, still toothless baby who played a roll in making it all  happen…

Elliot Baptism

Happy Spring y’all!

 

I’m sooooo close to 1000 sales in The Ink Lab! Until I reach 1000, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on everything!  Just use the code FREERIDE11 at checkout.  The deadline to order with delivery in time for Christmas is tomorrow, Friday the 13th.  I have tons of Tree Prints, Oak Notes, Savannah Notes, and Savannah Prints ready to ship.  I’d also be happy to issue you a gift certificate for a custom house portrait.  Thanks for making 2013 yet another great year!

Framed Tree Prints

Savannah Artwork

Oak Note Stationery

I can’t begin to tell you how fortunate we are to have Diana photographing Elliot!  He was just 7 days old when these photos were taken and not the most cooperative of subjects.  Somehow Diana managed to capture his little parts, photos we will treasure for a lifetime.  Hard to believe he’s pushing 3 months old now!

photos by Diana Daley

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Elliot Newborn Photos

Thanks Diana!  Oh and if you want her to snap some holiday pics for you, you better book quick!  She’s a busy bee around this town!

Another beautiful church to paint!  This one is located on Telfair Square.  Hand painted and signed prints now available!

Trinity United Methodist Church Savannah

8×10 inches – hand painted and signed

©Heather L. Young

Not only are my new Welcome Bags more budget friendly than the hand-stamped bags, they are also customizable!…..Even better, you can now buy the labels by the sheet, so if you want to put them on favor boxes, smaller or larger bags, etc. you can!  The possibilities are endless.  I offer a choice of two designs:  the Forsyth Park Fountain, perfect for your Savannah Destination Wedding and The Candler Oak, a great choice for a tree themed event.

Savannah Wedding Welcome Bags

Buy them with the brown kraft paper bag for $2.25 per bag OR purchase a sheet of 4 labels for $3.20 per sheet…

Personalized Oak Tree Labels

Reduced rates for bulk orders!

Find out more about them in the theinklab. 

Wesley Monumental sits on Calhoun Square and has been calling my name for years!  So happy I finally had time to draw it!

Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Watercolor Painting

8×10 inch prints available in theinklab.

©2013 Heather L. Young

If you peeked at my maternity photos, you may have noticed my new Live Oak inspired jewelry by Savannah artist, Chris Carpentino.  Originally from Alaska, Chris came to Savannah and found great inspiration in our beautiful oaks.  His work takes real acorns and branches of Live Oaks and casts them into beautiful pieces of wearable art.  After discovering my work at Savannah Blueprint (my favorite printers in Savannah!)  he contacted me about drawing a Live Oak for him.  After seeing some samples of his work, I knew I HAD TO HAVE some for my own jewelry collection, so we started a little collaboration.

Live Oak Tree Skeleton

I worked up a tree skeleton for him referenced by a tree found in Historic Forsyth Park.

Live Oak Tree inspired bracelets by Savannah artist Chris Carpentino

Chris took real Savannah Live Oak branches and cast me this gorgeous set of cuffs (my photo does them no justice).  These are one of a kind prototypes, but he’ll be launching some similar works in his shop shortly!    He paired the cuffs with an equally unique pair of his copper acorn earrings.  *swoon*

Copper Acorn Earrings

I can’t wait to see what he cooks up next! Be sure to check out his work at www.thecopperacorn.com

Some days I have to pinch myself for being so lucky to live and work in this artist filled town!   There is more inspiration to be found in Savannah, than time to execute the ideas that are generated from mingling with so many exceptional artists.  My friend Diana Daley represents one of these artists.  Not only does she have mad skills with her camera, she truly loves what she does with every fiber of her being, and it radiates through her photography.

So why did I want a maternity shoot?  Well…I may never do this again, so I better capture this time while it’s here…and let’s face it…pregnancy and the swollen feet and the extra 40 pounds and the morning sickness…and the mood swings…(you get the idea)  isn’t all that glamorous.  So to feel pretty for a day and celebrate the miracle that all this hard work is cooking up, is well worth it!  Thank you Diana for your professionalism, your friendship, and for these awesome photos!

Diana Daley Maternity Photographer

Diana Daley Maternity Photography

P.S.  Can’t wait to see the outtakes!