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

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Lover’s Oak is located in historic Brunswick, GA, and is thought to be over 900 years old! Legend has it that Native American lovers would meet under its magnificent branches to kiss.  The trunk alone measures 13 feet in diameter.  So beautiful!

Lover's Oak Tree Fine Art Print Watercolor Pen and Ink Drawing

Lover's Oak Tree Fine Art Print in Natural by Heather L. Young

Prints are available in theinklab in Natural, Moss and Icy Blue.  If you’d like one in time for Valentine’s Day, be sure to order quickly!

All artwork ©2013 Heather L. Young

I’m so happy to now offer Tree Themed Place Cards! Choose from my moss draped Live Oak Trees, Magnolias, or even Weeping Willows!

Tree Themed Wedding Place Cards Escort Cards Photography Diana Daley

above photo courtesy of Diana Daley Photography

You are welcome to mix and match trees and/or colors to help differentiate entree choices.

Savannah Wedding Place Card Oak Tree Live Oak

above photo courtesy of Diana Daley Photography

Whether your wedding is large or small, all guests appreciate a personalized detail!

Thank you Diana for sharing your stunning photos with me!  Click for more beautiful photos of Erica & Matt’s wedding day captured by Diana!

 

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!

12×16 inch Thumbprint Tree Guestbooks are here!  They are the perfect size for small weddings, baby showers, birthdays and family reunions.  The best part about these little trees? You get the option of the standard black ink printed onto white paper OR chocolate ink printed onto natural paper.  (available with and without moss)  Sadly, I can only offer the chocolate ink and natural paper on the small trees at this time.

Fingerprint / Thumbprint Oak Tree Wedding Guestbook

For more details, visit the Wedding Section of The Ink Lab.

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!