I love love love when couples give me enough time play around with their invites.  Thank you Mara & Brett!  We added a deep purple backing board to the invite and coordinating envelopes.  They have just the right amount of shimmer to give their guests an idea of what’s ahead.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of this event comes together!

Tree Themed Wedding Invitations

a closer look…

Purple and Grey Oak Tree Wedding Invitations

For a peek at more of my wedding goodies, skip on over to The Ink Lab.

Working from home with a little man has posed all sorts of challenges (it’s a wonder I get anything done) but the biggest challenge to date, has been baby proofing. The new boss-man gets into EVERYTHING.

Future Postmaster General

My studio is ripe with sharp, toxic, messy, dangerous, and costly things.  Even before Elliot arrived, I had been feeling as though the walls were closing in on me.  So overwhelming it seemed, I enlisted the help of Susan Brun, owner of Neater Stuff.

First off the list….PURGE!  Susan, being a third party (and a reasonable one at that), had no personal attachment to my stuff.  She pointed out that I didn’t need every single blue bird from my wedding or bins upon bins of supplies that rarely, if ever, got touched.

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It was a truck full!  Most of which was donated to local school art rooms or goodwill.  To think I had all this unnecessary stuff packed into my closets…no wonder the walls were closing in!

Now onto a bigger problem.  I had been using two rickety old bookcases to house all of my inventory.  I was terrified that my little explorer would pull them down on top of himself and there was no safe way to anchor them to the wall.  (not to mention how unsightly they are….they aren’t even twins) I like to be able to see my stock of paper goods, so Susan suggested a china cabinet or furniture piece with cabinets on the bottom to keep the toxic paints locked up and open storage up top.  We both spent a week hunting garage sales, antique stores and the like, and both of us kept coming back to this 1950’s piece from Two Women & a Warehouse.  It was already painted, solid and a steal at only $220.  Checkout that bakelite hardware!

Studio make over

The closets followed suit…

closet reorganization

My packaging newsprint is now easy to reach and doesn’t require me pulling half of it out onto the floor for a few sheets.

closet organization

Why I ever thought using hangers to organize was a good idea, is beyond me!  I managed to purge 2 whole bins of useless supplies, which allowed for me to move my packaging supplies off the floor and into the closet.  My wrapping paper is now neatly contained in a corner bin, and Nick built me this super awesome ribbon holder…

ribbon holder

Susan is really great at re-purposing old items and working within a tight budget.  During the great purge, I was tempted to completely discard an old scissor caddy.  It was home to about 12 different fancy scissors, that maybe got used twice a year to make gift tags.  Instead of throwing it out, we packed the fancy scissors away and moved the round caddy to my drafting table.  It’s the perfect way to store the scissors and tools I use regularly.  (I’m a total scissor snob, can you tell?)

Studio desk reorganization

The overall transformation is HUGE!  I can see the floors, Vayda and Elliot can look out the window, I can allow Elliot to play at my feet in the studio without fear that he’s going to guzzle a pint of toxic paint when I’m not looking.

Studio overhaul

If you’re local to our area, I highly recommend Neater Stuff.  I don’t think there’s an area, be it kitchen pantry, garage, commercial or residential that they couldn’t get organized.  They can work with any budget and help you maximize your space.  I finally feel like I can breathe over here.  My space is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, BABY PROOF!

Studio Monster

Though he still likes to rummage through the mailers and recycling bin!

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We had Elliot baptized a few weeks ago, and in celebration of the big day, we ordered some festive confections from Two Smart Cookies.

Two Smart Cookies Savannah

In addition to the best homemade cookies in town, they also have a lovely gift shop that features work from local artisans.  I’m happy to announce that they now carry Oak Notes.  Which is a good excuse for me to get some fresh cookies on a regular basis.

Savannah Live Oak Note Cards

I don’t think this post would be complete without a pic of the smiling, still toothless baby who played a roll in making it all  happen…

Elliot Baptism

Happy Spring y’all!

 

I can’t begin to tell you how fortunate we are to have Diana photographing Elliot!  He was just 7 days old when these photos were taken and not the most cooperative of subjects.  Somehow Diana managed to capture his little parts, photos we will treasure for a lifetime.  Hard to believe he’s pushing 3 months old now!

photos by Diana Daley

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Elliot Newborn Photos

Thanks Diana!  Oh and if you want her to snap some holiday pics for you, you better book quick!  She’s a busy bee around this town!

Another beautiful church to paint!  This one is located on Telfair Square.  Hand painted and signed prints now available!

Trinity United Methodist Church Savannah

8×10 inches – hand painted and signed

©Heather L. Young

Meet the New Boss

September 4, 2013

Elliot James took over FLYoung Studio on August 4th, 2013.  Weighing in at just 7lbs 14 ounces, and “standing” a mere 20.5 inches tall, he has effectively taken charge of day-to-day production.  Things have slowed a bit during this transitional time (on behalf of the new boss-man, we apologize)  Frankly, he makes a habit of  sleeping on the job and taking multiple lunch breaks throughout the day, while making us work the graveyard shift.

The Boss Man

All that aside, we think he’s pretty cute and inspiring, so we’ll let him keep his post for now.  Oh and in case you missed it, he was awake long enough to commission a photo session with Diana Daley.

 

Wesley Monumental sits on Calhoun Square and has been calling my name for years!  So happy I finally had time to draw it!

Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Watercolor Painting

8×10 inch prints available in theinklab.

©2013 Heather L. Young