If I were to illustrate her, she would wear many hats…(and shoes…black ones)

handmade birthday card with cut paper and a rhinestone

Birthday card:  cut paper & a rhinestone

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

to the best Dad in the world!  if you’ve met him, you know it’s true…the brosef and I,  and all the folks that so lovingly refer to him as “Big Al” are pretty darn lucky.  Thanks Dad, for being you!

Cut Paper Collage Father's Day Card

cut paper collage Father’s Day Card – (b/c the store bought ones were lousy this year)

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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

h

I’m no therapist but…

February 25, 2009

What do you do when your best friend is going through a rough spell and you live 5 states away?  Make her a bully doll…that’s what.    I guess you could liken it to one of these…although this one is stuffed with beans (hey it’s the best I could do at 11pm last night)…I fully expect her to document the demise of this doll, whether she beats it with a stick, throws rocks at it, or rips his eyes off.  (Trust me…he deserves it)

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©2009 Heather L. Young

So off to the post office I go!  Oh and I’ve got a foodie print going all the way to Arizona!  Yay!  Be sure to get yours before they’re all gone!

Etsy is such a wonderful medium for meeting new artists!  I received a “convo” from etsy seller, PaperMichelle, that she had included me in her fabulous guacamole treasury…(clever idea, I know)…

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See my Little Garlic hanging out in there?  Click here to find out more about the other lovelies in this treasury…

Anyhoo…I thought I’d take a peek at the PaperMichelle shop, and boy did I find some gems, perfect for you little love birds out there.  All of Michelle’s cards are intricately hand-cut…no die cutters around here!

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(I figure she’s about as much a ninja with an x-acto blade as I am…maybe even more so)

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Delightful aren’t they?  I hope you’ll take a moment to visit her shop, PaperMichelle.etsy.com and show her some love.

Photos courtesy of  PaperMichelle may not be reproduced without permission of the artista herself.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Sadly, I won’t be selling my wares at today’s market…but there are plenty of other stellar artists that will be…including verijeri,  and Robin Lynne, and many many more!  Be sure to step out and support your local artists!

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9 a.m. – 2p.m.

Top floor of the Robinson Parking Garage
(133 Montgomery Street @ York/ across from the Courthouse)

I think we’ll all be watching our pennies a little closer this holiday season.  There will be some great deals to be had, and for those of us on a tighter budget, it will mean really looking hard to find that perfect gift.  So this year, I’ve taken The Handmade Pledge. I’d rather my dollars support an independent artist, artisan, or craftsman, than a corporate machine.  The best part about it?…I end up with a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gift, and help an indie artist continue to do what they love.  Of course Etsy.com is a great place to start shopping for all things handmade, and they’ve got some really fun ways to navigate the site.  Check it out!

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In other handmade news…special thanks to Maunakeamoonlight for including my Celery Stalk print in your Thanksgiving themed Treasury!  Want to learn more about the handmade goodies in this treasury?  CLICK!

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