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Food Paintings by Heather L Young

I even still have a few canvas prints available for purchase. These were a very limited edition, so grab them fast!

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

The Ships of the Sea Museum plays host to all sorts of fabulous events in Savannah!  Each print is painted by hand making it unique and signed with love!

Savannah Watercolor Ships of the Sea Museum by Heather L. Young

Ships of the Sea Museum Savannah Watercolor Painting Print by Heather L. Young

Prints measure 8×10 inches and come matted to fit 11×14 inch frames.  Get yours here!

My sweet cousin Rebecca is getting married this year and I have the honor of standing in her wedding.  I hosted a bridal shower back in December and wanted to share some of the handmade details with you.  While I still struggle with my baking skills (I spilled an entire tray of cupcake batter in my preheated oven, total mess!)  I relish any opportunity to get crafty with pretty little things.  Here goes…

DIY Paper Rosettes

I started with paper rosettes, constructed with sturdy papers found at World Market.  For a tutorial on how to make these super easy gems, see my guest blog for Be@Home.

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Next, I printed the lettering onto card stock, used a circular punch to keep them uniform, and adhered them to the rosettes with a dab of hot glue.

Love is Sweet Wedding Banner Paper Rosettes

The finished piece reads “Love is Sweet,” though my photo doesn’t do it justice.

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To compliment the custom banner, I cut corners and purchased these hanging decorations from Party City.

Custom Calla Lily and Daisy Bridal Shower Invitations

I had the most fun designing her custom shower invitations.  Her wedding flowers will incorporate yellow calla lilies and daisies, so I painted a simple floral swag to adorn the invitations.  (I wasn’t kidding when I said I was hooked on custom florals!)

Custom monogrammed keepsake box - Advice for the Bride

In lieu of a guestbook, I painted the couple’s wedding monogram on a keepsake box, and had guests write their “Advice for the Bride” onto little wooden hearts.  It may look fancy but all you need to recreate this monogram are some letters printed on paper, a sheet of carbon paper to trace the letters onto your surface, a good brush, and a little bit of paint!  If you don’t have a sturdy hand, make your monogram with larger block style letters.  For the last little detail, I used a scrap piece of handmade paper to line the inside of the box.

Calla Lily and Daisy Thank You Notes Vintage Inspired

I thought long and hard about favors.  I have received so many favors in the past that just get tossed in a drawer and long forgotten, so I wanted guests to have something they could actually use.  My solution was to print coordinating Thank You notes and bundle them with scrap ribbon I had in the studio.

Bridal Shower food table

Last but not least, the spread!  I purchased the little sugar flowers from Sweet Edibles to dress up the cupcakes.  The cake stand in the middle was a “I can’t stop myself purchase” from our local Humane Society Thrift Shop (seriously, $4 and all I had to do was change out the ribbon!)  The vintage embroidered tablecloth came from my friend and expert vintage scout, April Joy’s shop The Mint Green Tag Sale.

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Pam, Mother-of-the-Bride, Sierra, Robin, and Elizabeth

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The glowing Bride-to-Be and me!

We’re already  hard at work with details for the Big Day, so be sure to check back for more handmade wedding goodness!

I’m listing new wedding paper goods like mad in theinklab! 

Tree Themed Wedding Program Fan

Live Oak Tree Wedding Program Fans – perfect for your rustic outdoor wedding!

Lace Wedding Program Savannah Westin Wedding Photography Diana Daley

Lace Embellished Bi-Fold Wedding Program – a sophisticated and elegant way to add a little frill to your Big Day!

So much more to come!

Lace Program photo courtesy of the very talented Diana Daley.

It’s the Year of the Pug

September 29, 2011

My 3rd Pug Portrait of the year just arrived, and it reminded me that I never shared pictures of Frank!  Perhaps you remember K-9 Officer Bully?  Well, this is Bully’s brother, secretly commissioned by my friend Jill’s husband.  (so nice!)   I poured over several pictures of Frank, and even though we’ve never formally met, I can tell he has quite the personality.   Seriously loved painting every wrinkle on this dog!

custom pet portrait pug painting by heather l young

Jill and Jeff were kind enough to snap a few pics of the dogs with their portraits.  (wish my dogs would pose like this…if I so much as think about getting the camera out, the run like mad)

K-9 Officer Bully

Frank the Pug with his portrait

Think they approve?

Oh and not to nag, but if you’re pondering a custom pet portrait for a holiday gift, now’s a good time to get on board!  Each portrait requires several layers of oil paint and lots of drying time, so space is limited.  Visit VaydasPetShop.etsy.com for commissioning info and the main gallery for a look at pet portraits from years gone by.

The house in its entirety is gorgeous, but here we’ve decided to highlight the front door.  It has an intimate feel to it, and I’m thinking this is going to be a listing to add to theinklab.

Pen and Ink Drawing Front Door House

8″x10″

pen and ink on natural paper

Alberta, Canada

Oak Notes are here!!!

May 31, 2011

It’s taken 6 months longer than I anticipated to get these ready for the shop…too many decisions, I suppose…but Oak Notes are finally here!  8 folded notes and envelopes featuring 4 different Live Oak Tree pen & ink drawings.  Each packaged in an eco-friendly, kraft paper box and topped of with a chocolate-colored satin bow.

Live Oak Tree boxed set stationery notecards savannah low country

Savannah Live Oak Note Cards

Oak Note Packaging

Available for purchase via theinklab.  Bulk / wholesale discounts available, email heather@flyoungstudio.com

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.

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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.

 

Some Newness!

December 1, 2010

While I’m forbidden from posting any current projects, (can’t be ruining any custom Pet Portrait or Pen & Ink Christmas surprises), I thought you might enjoy a peak at some new Etsy shops that have opened just in time for the Holidays!

The first, elizabethssoaps.etsy.com, offers luxurious goat’s milk soap for a steal…the best part?  They’re monogrammed!  A great gift for the person that “has everything” on your list.  Several packaging options are available, and she also welcomes bulk orders (think party favors, wedding welcome bags, bachelorette parties, etc.)

Elizabethssoaps etsy shop monogrammed soap

Did I mention that the soap maker also happens to be my Mom?  She’s been making soap for years, in fact, I had her make about 100 bars to go in my own wedding welcome bags, and they were a huge hit! She’s been selling her soaps in little boutiques outside of Atlanta and just opened shop on Etsy…check her out!

SimplySavannah.etsy.com is another new shop worth taking a peek at.  Photographer friend, Mark Rodocker, just opened shop and I bet you can figure out why I’m so drawn to his work…

Mark Rodocker Jekyll Island Sunset photograph

Trees!!! (but that’s just what got me looking)  Mark’s work seems to highlight odd perspectives and quirky details.  He offers a fresh glance at Savannah and the Deep South and I’m anxious to see what direction his work will take in the New Year.  He’s been added to the blog roll on the right if you want to check in on his work from time to time, and his prints are quite reasonable if you’ve got a photography lover on your list this year.

Before I head back to the swampland that has become my studio, a quick thanks to all of you who scooped up prints this past weekend!  The holiday rush is such a fun time of year to be an artist, and it’s a good reminder of how lucky I am to do what I do for a living…hugs~