customer appreciation

September 19, 2008

As many of you know, Dingo, the Durango, and I needed to part ways.  It’s appetite for gasoline was a bit more than I wanted to pay, and the mileage was getting a bit out of hand.  So the great car search began.  I needed something I could haul all my paint supplies in, including a ladder from time to time…and something that would have space for a tent and tables should I participate in the occassional art show.   (oh yeah, and something that could take a little abuse…it is my car afterall…)  I spent hours, if not days perusing websites and scouting out the best deals around.

When it came to actually walking on the lot…one place stood out…Kia Country of Savannah. I walked onto their lot after first visiting their neighbors…the salesman over there didn’t give me the time of day…first, he laughed at the thought of trading my Durango…but worse…when I told him I was an artist, he seriously asked me “so you paint faces in the park?”…ummm…sure buddy, that’s how I plan to pay for these new wheels…Thankfully, my friends at Kia  (specifically Brian, Bob and Peter)…really treated me great.  They were more than pleasant to deal with, patient….(math isn’t my best subject)…and left me feeling like I not only gained a great car, but that they really truly appreciated my business.  (guys, if you’re reading this, thanks again, and know that I’ll throw a friendly discount your way should you want to replace the Colossal Grams with mural work…lol!)

Oh yeah, and to make my day just a little sweeter…I recieved my own customer apprecation, in the form of this photo…

Check out those Foodie Prints…(in custom sizes I might add)…Thanks for sending this photo Carly!  It’s great to see they found a happy  home!

P.S. if any of you loyal blog readers decide to go over to Kia…tell em’ I sent you!  (i could use that referral fee to put towards that new car payment…lol!)

Happy Friday!

secrets…

January 2, 2008

Those of you who know me well, know that I pretty much put it all out there…no secrets from me…I have nothing to hide, and I don’t feel threatened when asked about “trade secrets…” If I can share a tip to help another aspiring artist…why not? I certainly have had my fair share of handy tips donated from some great teachers…If you’re an aspiring illustrator, be sure to read this. I thought it very kind of this talent to donate his “tricks of the trade”…meanwhile, if you’re local to Savannah…I have a “secret” to share with you…

Bamboo Garden…that’s right Bamboo Garden. Nick and I finally found a decent GREAT Chinese Restaurant in this town, and I’d like to spread the news…they even gave me this nifty little 2008 Panda Bear calendar to kick off the New Year.

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Bamboo Garden – 13051 Abercorn St. – 912.927.9668

in case you missed it…

November 9, 2007

The PMS Party, celebrating the launch of Nikki Hardin and Caitilin McPhillip’s book, Problems Men Started, had a huge turn out. Of course, I expected the usual “shark tank” enthusiasts to be there, but there were also an array of interesting women and men, that you don’t usually find at the various networking circles in Savannah. Oh and Bekah Dahling skipped out on a school night to be my partner in crime…

The icing on the cake, was finally meeting Nikki in person…after all, she took the Southern Girl’s Cookbook and turned it into a monthly gig for me…(a true gem, she is)…Oh and let’s not forget what the event was all about…PMS…get your hands on a copy for a good laugh, or get your hands on two and give one to your bestie for Christmas.

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if only…

October 25, 2007

I was a South Carolina voter!  I’m not going to comment too much on the political scene, there are plenty of other blogs to do that for you…but I’ll put this one little bid out there for my love of Skirt! Magazine, and the genius that is Colbert.

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If any of you should know a little birdie that may know another little birdie that might just know this man, please get him a copy of Skirt!

a reunion of sorts

October 20, 2007

Last night I reunited with some old colleagues, friends, and parents of former students, for a Stampin’ Up party.  It reminded me that I need to get more crafty time in…especially with dear friends.  I’ve been stressed looking at my full schedule for the fall, every weekend is booked with some sort of event, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day…but give me 2 hours of craft time with the girls, and suddenly I feel more energized…

Reuniting with some fabulous parents of former students, brought back some wonderful memories for me, and while it was a necessary decision to end my teaching career at Cabrini…the thought of my old students still tugs at my heart.  I don’t miss the “constrained” 30 minute art classes…(I felt more Drill Sergeant than Teacher)…but I miss each and every child, their strengths and weaknesses, and most of all their smiling faces.  Last night afforded me the opportunity to catch up with their parents, and get the updates on how much they have grown.  I also had the opportunity to meet my new students (albeit briefly) for private lessons.

See below one of the most inventive uses for a Recycled Art Project.  Aaron and his Great White Shark.  Constructed of pop-cycle sticks, duck tape, and a garbage can, I’ll never forget the fun we had on this project!

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and so it begins…

October 6, 2007

It’s 5:34pm, and exactly 4 hours and 52 minutes since my last puff of a cigarette.  I received my first Laser Treatment today, and though a bit nervous at first….I found the procedure painless, relaxing even…I was in and out in a short amount of time….turned loose with a bag full of craving killers (gum, candy, raisins), an arsenal of reasons not to smoke (I did draw up my own list this morning), and the numbers for various “quitters” hot-lines.  Oddly enough, I happened to remember an award winning poster designed by none other than yours truly…(executed during those highly charged nicotine filled college days)…see below….

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All artwork copyright 2007 Heather L. Young

After attending the Business Expo…(a shark tank at it’s finest)…I received a call, that I had won a series of treatments that will help me quit the cancer sticks, reduce stress, and lose weight…hmmm….considering I never win anything of real value, I took this as a sign I need to improve on my current lifestyle…the other “sign” came when my Mother arrived in town, and her first words….”wow you’ve got a bit of a belly”…followed by “at least no one can say you look anorexic anymore”…hmmm…got me thinking I really do need to start taking better care of myself….I’ve finally made the switch to diet soda…and bought the “light” mayo at the grocery last night…I’d also like to apologize in advance to anyone who may come in contact with me while I’m craving fatty food, and nicotine.

A portrait of my future diet…

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Published in Skirt! Magazine, copyright 2007 Heather L. Young