I’m slowly broadening my Tree Hunt to other areas, with Amelia Island and Charleston at the top of my list.  While visiting family in the Dina last weekend, Dad took me out on the bike to see Kingsley Plantation.

The house sits right on the water and is surrounded by weathered cedars and towering palms.

The tabby slave quarters are still standing and cotton still grows on the property.

…and just off the beaten path…

…a perfectly imperfect Live Oak, complete with sprawling branches draped with Spanish Moss and highlighted with Resurrection Fern.  My photo doesn’t do it fair justice, but I sure hope the drawing will.

Thanks for an awesome adventure Dad!

…the former name of this little blog as some of you long time readers might recall.  I nixed it a few months ago in the interest of keeping everything “the same”…but that doesn’t mean I don’t still adore sparkly, shiny, blingety-bling rhinestones…So when Aunt Pam landed us tickets for the Tim McGraw / Lady Antebellum concert, and decided we all needed custom t-shirts with Tim songs on them…I instantly thought RHINESTONES!  I mean, if you can’t rock rhinestones at a country show, then tell me just where else you might get away with it?  We arrived at the arena, all decked out in our hot pink rhinestone studded shirts…(thank you Custom Bling Apparel)

Turns out our seats were in the very last row.  It was steep and scary up there…

Much to our surprise, a Security Guard named Ron, spotted our shirts (and perhaps my Wild Thing purse)  all the way from the floor, and sent a fella up to get us…

Ron if you’re reading this, YOU’RE THE MAN! We went from the dead last row to stage-front for the whole show!  We screamed like little school girls…good times indeed.

Lady Antebellum put on an awesome show…(tell me her bracelet isn’t the most fabulous thing you’ve ever seen!)

The drummer actually gave me one of his sticks…and signed it…(gush)

We even got to touch Tim McGraw!  (who also put on a stellar show, although I was a little miffed he didn’t play Indian Outlaw just for Pam.)

The moral of this story…sparkle is good, sisterhood is better, and a little rhinestone never hurt anybody.

Weekend Recap

May 3, 2010

Nick, Vayda and I took a trip down to Amelia Island this past weekend, where we stayed with my brother and his lovely gal, Liz.  I could not wait to meet my new nephew, Gibson…

Gibson Mutt Baby

at just 14 weeks of age, he is already the size of Vayda…just look at those big dog paws!  It should be noted, that while Vayda was tolerant of the new gangly legged pup, she was less than thrilled to see another Granddog running around her “vacation” home.   I tried in vain to get a picture of them together, but the Diva would not have it.

While there,  I also whipped up a little cursive for Dad’s kitchen wall.  “Bella Cucina” has a nice ring to it…no?I believe the translation is “Beautiful Kitchen” in Italian…

Bella Cucina Script on Kitchen Wall

A much easier task than one would think.  If you’d like the step by step tutorial, leave me a comment.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

another study

May 14, 2008

of Caxambus Pass, Marco Island

©2008 Heather L. Young

Pilings

May 13, 2008

study from the dock, ©2008 Heather L. Young

View of Caxambas Pass

May 12, 2008

As promised…some plein air painting from my trip…

Caxambas Pass number 1, ©2008 Heather L. Young

Strange encounters from the Marco trip…

1.  A Zebra in a field of cows (twice we spotted these stripes on I75)

2.  For Sale:  Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls…(roadside)

3.  Hardcore karaoke singers at Porky’s Last Stand, including a Cowboy named Phil, and a man named “Sugar”…(who dedicated a song to his ex-wife.)

4.  A Manatee…(Leslie spotted him/her…I  missed it)

5.  Burrowing Owls

6.  Two girls from the same class of ’99, but of a rival high-school

7.  A woman with 11 yorkies

8.  A semi truck, burned to a crisp

9.  Evidence of an unwelcome guest in our garage…

10.  A snake in our garage…which inspired Leslie to make her own list…

Note that the real culprit was not included on Leslie’s list…

More from our trip in the coming days…until then, Happy Mother’s Day.

lists…

May 2, 2008

I’m lost without them and absolutely OCD about the process…(I can only cross off so many things, before I have to rewrite / condense the list)…

Furthermore, I’d never make it on this vacation without my lists…that’s right folks! Vacation starts tomorrow, and while I’ll be disconnected from this little blog for a week, I will have my celly…(although I can’t promise a quick response) I also vow to spend a good portion of my time plein air painting, nourishing my creative spirit while basking in the sun, and sipping martinis…(lots of them)…

I’ll be returning on May 10th to an exciting string of new projects, which will be diligently documented on this blog…so please come back!

Hugs~

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It’s getting there…trying like mad to finish prior to vacation…that’s right people a real vacation…(and in case you’ve been reading this blog and see that I occasionally take a weekend in Hilton Head…note that is not my definition of a vacation.  A real vacation requires at least 5 days, no schedule, no computer, no email, no work, no obligations or worries…)  I am going to disconnect from all the technology we find ourselves submersed in, and take some much needed time to rev up my creative spirit, catch up on sleep, spend time with my bestie, and throw back margaritas on the beach.  But it’s not here yet…8 1/2 days to pump out this mural…sell some art and tie up a few loose ends…

this week I find myself inspired by the polka dot queen herself…Bekah

oh happy turtle…

and yellow tangs…do you believe they actually have 2 yellow tangs in their fish tank!  I just chose them for design purposes…love those unexpected surprises!

All Artwork ©2008 Heather L. Young and may not be reproduced without permission from the artist.