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

 

 

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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.

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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 folks over at the new Craft Corners Blog asked me come up with some crafty goodness for a guest blog post.   I had a lot of requests for an Ink Transfer tutorial after I made my Wedding Tree Tags, so I thought I’d roll with that idea.  Skip on over to  Craft Corners for my step-by-step tutorial on how to make No Sew Monogrammed Cloth Napkins.  Seriously, one of the easiest and most versatile techniques you’ll ever come across!

guest blog post diy monogrammed napkins no sew ink transfers

I’m really excited to bring these to life.  A variation of this print, I love that they are going for a tea length invitation.  I’m also super stoked to be doing custom wedding invites for not one but two brides right now!  Gives me a chance to relive all the fun I had planning and designing our own special day…(without a fraction of the stress!)    I can print with archival inks on a variety of luxurious papers, and I thrive on custom work…So keep em’ coming people!

Lafayette Square Savannah Custom Wedding Invitation Design

©2010 Heather L. Young

DIY Savannah Wedding

October 22, 2009

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There are so many vendors to book and organize, it’s all too easy to blow your budget on unnecessary things, and there are only a million and two ways you can design, decorate, and piece together the whole darn thing…oh and then there’s the fact that you’re only going to do it once, so you better get it right the first time.

Almost every detail of our day had a personal touch, and I have an army of friends and family to thank for all their creative thoughts, helping hands, and support.  These DIY ideas saved us big bucks, while allowing my inner-control-freak-crafty-mad-woman to shine.  Here goes!

Being that I’m an illustrator, I took it upon myself to design our own invites…(I probably should have started this process 5 years ago, as my indecisive brain had me drafting them by the hundreds)  It was also important that our invites be printed on a nice stock, and after sampling several from various online printers, I settled upon  a lovely heavy weight watercolor paper found at our local art supply store.

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For a peek at the response card CLICK!

In keeping with our Bluebird and Gerber Daisy theme, I enlisted the help of Granny S.  I had a vivid memory of her crafting grapevine wreaths when I was a kid, and I thought we could translate that well into nest centerpieces.

DIYnests

Uncle George got roped into the process when I decided I needed a custom cake stand for the cake…a fine job he did making it look like a fourth tier…

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Oh and yes, I did make a veil and top hat for my lovin’ blue birds.

We decided against a traditional guest book, and instead had our guests sign tags for a wishing tree.  It was great fun, and I’ll be able to work these tags into a scrap book later on that will be far more interesting than reading names in a book…

DIYtags

All you need to create these little gems is a really smelly colorless blender marker, I prefer the Chartpak brand, and a cheap photocopy (mirror image) of what you want to transfer.  (Please note that images printed from your home printer will not work, you need cheap photocopy machine ink) And there you have it!   A personal touch that doesn’t break the bank or take up a ton of time.

As the vast majority of our guests were from out-of-town, I thought a welcome bag was in order, and what better way to welcome folks than with some good old southern pralines?

DIYpralines

Aunt Pam, cousin Rebecca, and I spent a good half day cooking up those delightful treats…oh did that kitchen smell good!

Mom put her soap making skills to task and made  monogrammed soaps for all the bags..

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Of course, I saved all the left overs for me!

Oh and you know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have custom water bottle labels for each bag…this, however, turned out to be quite the process…

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Sticker paper does not adhere, so each had to be hot-glued…and boy does it make a mess…Nick threatened to go bowling in my studio.

DIYwaterbottles

DIYwelcomebags

Last, but not least, I wanted our favor to be something that people cherished.  So I painted the tree under which we got married, and gave out these little hand-signed prints.

DIYprints

It was such a fun journey to pull this all together!  Thanks to all of you who lent a helping hand!  There is not a single thing about this wedding that didn’t have a personal touch, and it means so much to us!

Tomorrow’s post will highlight all the local vendors, and debut the professional photos, so be sure to come back!

xo

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Chicago Shower

October 21, 2009

Our summer road trip took us to Nick’s hometown of Chicago, where we were to be showered by my newly acquired Mom, Peg.

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Peggy is a crafty gal, and her centerpiece was a real stunner!  I loved it so much, I couldn’t bare to disassemble it…instead, I opted to have my poor brother-in-law drive it all the way back to Savannah, so I could reuse it for the wedding.  (Imagine having those branches in your rear-view mirror for an 18 hour drive…I love you Chris!)

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Each table was decked out with my beloved Gerber Daisies centered in delicate nests…

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Even Aunt Mary got in on the DIY action, and presented us with a towel cake, stocked full of utensils, towels, and even some martini glasses..

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We were treated to a fabulous meal at Luigi’s, and of course showered with many generous gifts.

A very special gift came from my Mom (of whom I would post a photo from this day, but the two of us couldn’t seem to keep our eyes open for any of the pictures)  Anyhoo, she passed down to me my Great-Grandmother Liz’s wedding band.  It was a teary exchange, and an honor to have her band as my “something old.”  Even more special was knowing that Grandmother knew about this gift, given just 3 weeks before she passed.  Mom, it means so much to me.

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On a happy note, we received a glorious handmade quilt by Grandy…it’s a spectacular design, the fabrics of which were picked by Nick last Christmas.

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She even went so far as to have one of our favorite photos printed on the back, along with her signature and the date.  We’ll cherish it always!

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Oh and let’s not forget cousins Becky and Dani for making the matching throw pillow and pillow cases…love you girls!

Aunt Sue not only captured our shower in photos, she also gave us a handmade cross-stitch to treasure.

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(P.S…Aunt Sue, love the new frame!)

Katie was in charge of making a rehearsal bouquet of all the ribbons from various packages…a fine job she did!

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The whole day was splendid!  Can’t thank you enough Peg for all your hard work…we had fun…maybe a little too much fun…

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As fast as it all came, it went…and Nick and I found ourselves on the way back to Savannah.

We had been so excited to get to Chicago that we nearly drove straight through, but on the way home, we took a night to reflect in the mountains, while staying at one of our favorite mid-way stops.  It’s a Hampton Inn in Caryville, TN.  What makes it so special?  Amongst a slew of other things…LLAMAS!

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Yes, they live there, and I LOVE THEM!

Oh and then there’s the view…

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The perfect way to top off a wonderful trip.