jack star

I was fortunate enough to spend many years working for Jack’s beloved wife, Cima.  I spent so many hours in that home, Cima, Jack and their brood of rescued animals became family.  I’ll never be able to sum up how special they are in a simple blog post, so I’ll let Jack’s last wishes and Mary Landers do the talking.  In his final days, weak, and unable to eat himself, Jack, feeling as though he hadn’t done enough with his 80 years, wanted to feed the hungry.  In his honor, he asked two things:

1.  Encourage people to clean out their pantries and donate to food banks…and not just around the holidays.  Make it a regular occurrence to keep those banks stocked! People aren’t just hungry around Turkey Day.  If you’re local to Savannah, you can do this here:  http://www.helpendhunger.org/

2.  By his birthday, he wanted enough money raised in his honor to give the Gift of an Ark to Heifer International.  That means, two water buffalo, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, rabbits and more to be given to a community in need.  This gift can improve the lives of families for generations by multiplying and passing on the gift.

Now here’s where I need your help.  All I need you to do is CLICK and give whatever you can to help us reach our goal.  Only have $5?  That helps!  Wanna give a flock of chickens? Seriously…a flock of chickens only costs $20!  It’s a tax deductible donation and I could think of a million other reasons why you should muster up a few bucks and donate…you’d make your mama proud, good karma, your good deed of the day.  Whether you had the pleasure of knowing Jack or not, I’m reaching out and asking you to help  us make his final wishes a reality.

Thank you in advance for your consideration, and Jack, thank you for being you.  You did more selfless acts in those 80 years than you ever gave yourself credit for, and I’m honored to have called you a friend.




I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween, but the past few years my schedule has booked super fast…so if you’re interested in a custom house portrait for Christmas, now’s a great time to get on the list!  Here’s a few from the past week…

Pen and Ink House Portrait

11×14″ – North Carolina

custom house drawing

11×14 – Savannah, GA

©2013 Heather L. Young

Cleaning House

September 24, 2013

Mindless doodles on their way to the recycling bin.



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!

Ok, so I know I’m a little late in pulling together my Cyber Monday Sale, but as a little “Thank You” to all of you who have supported my work during such an awesome year, I’m offering 30% off all fine art prints in both The Ink Lab and The Produce Stand! Just use the coupon code CYBER30 at checkout. *Please note*  the coupon code is only valid on Fine Art Prints in The Ink Lab…The following items are excluded from the sale:  Thumbprint Trees, Custom Orders, Wedding Welcome Bags and Wedding Invitations.  This is a one day sale for tomorrow, November 28th.

If you’ve been looking to build a collection of Tree Prints or have a Savannah lover on your gift list, hop on over to theinklab.

Foodie Prints add a little *punch* to any kitchen! (and don’t forget Gingerbread Men in Skirts!)

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

I always get excited to draw an old family home.  This one’s located on Savannah’s East Side.  Mini-prints were made for the entire family and given as little gifts over the holidays.  A nice way to remember your youth, no?

Custom Pen and Ink Drawing of Old Family Home by Heather L. Young of theinklab

Even though we moved a lot during my childhood, I still feel a connection to each of the places we occupied.  Our time there may have been short-lived, but we worked hard to make each house a home.


A few weeks ago, my brother took a trip to Richmond, VA, and snapped this pic of our old place.  Oh the memories it uprooted!  I’ve often pondered sketching all of our old homes (I’ve had several clients do this, and it makes for quite the collection), but finding all those old photos from the pre-digital camera days, would be quite the challenge.



…the night before your art show…be glad your husband likes to buy stupid things at Home Depot.