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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #68

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #68, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #68 with honey-roasted figs, Whitfield at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, and "life-changing" desserts

1. “This week I made honey-roasted figs and they were amazing! Figs are just so pretty & delicious.” – Valerie

2. “It’s always a good day when you have lunch at Whitfield at the Ace Hotel. How beautiful is this space?” – Valerie

3“Our server at Whitfield described the desserts as “life-changing”. There was no way we were resisting that! I had a “melon sundae” in an almond cookie and Lindsey had the peach cheesecake with cardamom-infused caramel. I was obsessed with the black floral plate. And yes, I would have to agree with our server.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #68 with Sewickley Church Sale finds, new autumn decor for your home and Fall chalkboard art

4“Last weekend marked the Annual Sewickley Church Sale! Last year, Emily and I rented a Uhaul for our finds. This year, we managed to fit everything in my car (with two trips). We had so much fun and found some really great things to re-purpose for the Flagship Store.” – Valerie

5. “Little peeks of falling entering my home! I’m slowly but surely getting my fall decorating done. Raw cotton is one of my favorite fall decorating staples.” – Valerie

6. “My kitchen chalkboard got an update for Fall too!” – Valerie

Fall Faux Floral Wreath Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store

Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store

Does this wreath look familiar? We’ve been using it in SO many photos for the new L&V Fall Collection and I’m excited to say, you can make your own at our Flagship Store in Pittsburgh on Friday, September 22nd! Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store

I am completely smitten by this wreath! The beautiful colors played a part in inspiring this year’s unexpected Fall color palette!

The September 22nd workshop will be such a fun night of wreath-making plus learning all the skills for modern faux floral arrangements. We’re big fans of faux florals here at Lily & Val especially when they are done in fresh, modern ways!

Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store

Our Merchandising Director and Stylist, Emily, will be leading the class. She is responsible for the amazing custom arrangements you see throughout the store! Her eye for arranging plus her vast knowledge of faux blooms makes this a fascinating class. I learn SO much during these workshops. You can read a re-cap and see a workshop in action here.

Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store

Emily will be sharing her expertise for choosing faux blooms, what pairs well with what, and when to go faux. Her techniques are so valuable and everyone will be equipped to even tackle future arrangements on their own!

Plus, of course, you get to take home your STUNNING Fall wreath. I love the idea of hanging this wreath as part of a gallery wall! (more about that here.)

I also love the modern copper frame – it’s handmade specifically for our store and class.

Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store Make this amazing Faux Floral Fall Wreath on a handmade copper frame during the next Faux Floral Skills Workshop at the Lily & Val Flagship Store Pumpkin Everything print | Chalk art for your fall decor | Blue pumpkin decor Slow Down kraft Print for your fall decorating and modern faux fall wreath

All materials needed for the workshop will be provided. The workshop also includes a special 20% discount to the Flagship Store and light refreshments and snacks.

Our workshop space is small and intimate so seats are limited! Be sure to get yours! Hope to see you there! 

Sign up for the class here! We can’t wait to see you!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary Using New Tombow Markers & Pens

It’s that time of year for Pumpkin Everything and today I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite Fall desserts with you along with how I crafted the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using new Tombow markers & pens!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

These pumpkin cheesecake bars are gluten free (Sadly, I’ve needed to be gluten free not by choice for the past 18 years!) But these bars are one of those instances where you forget that you are GF! For that reason, I’ve made them for dinner parties and no one has ever noticed the difference!

The original recipe is from Betty Crocker and the recipe uses her gluten free yellow cake mix, which is delicious!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

Filling Out The Keepsake Kitchen Diary

The Tools:

To craft this special recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary, I used the new Tombow TwinTone Marker pens in Pastel as well as Tombow MONO drawing pens from the 3-pack. It was the first time I used both and I LOVED them. I would highly recommend these tools for decorating and filling in your Keepsake Kitchen Diary!

The TwinTones have both a fine point and a medium point, which was the perfect size. Neither pen bled through the pages. They would also be perfect for your planner and scrapbooking.

I also used my Angora watercolor pan. (I have the 36 color set.)

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

The Method:

I knew I wanted soft watercolor leaves to act as a backdrop for the recipe, so I started by painting these. When using watercolors in your Keepsake Kitchen Diary, you’ll want to be sure to not oversaturate the page. The pages do hold watercolor, but since it’s smooth (as opposed to watercolor paper), the key is avoiding warped pages as much as possible.

The technique works best for soft details with minimal brush strokes. I also used very little pigment to create that light wash.

After my leaves and washes dried, I was able to use my Tombow drawing pen to fill in the recipe and memories on top. The leaves were soft enough to make a beautiful background.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

Tip: When filling in a more complex recipe, add two lines of text between each divider as I did here.

I wanted to include pumpkins on the pages since it is a pumpkin recipe, so I used the drawing pens to add black and white botanical-style pumpkin illustrations! I drew a large pumpkin on the “memories” side, but left myself enough room to continue to use this page as a running log of dates/occasions for each time I make them.

I thought about coloring the pumpkins but opted to leave them black to contrast the colorful leaves for a pretty balance.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

Lastly, I went back through with my twin tone and added bits of color to the potholder and the spoon on the bowl illustration. I also used the smallest tip drawing pen to give some of the leaves fine veins.

I’m really pleased with this spread – it reminds me of what I love about fall and it was fun to create.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

I can’t decide what I like more about these bars – the crumbly streusel topping or the creamy pumpkin cheesecake. They are the perfect combination of both and certainly don’t last long in my house! At the first hint of Fall, Mak always asks me when I’ll be making them! I hope you enjoy!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by Betty Crocker

Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker™ Gluten Free yellow cake mix
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons whipping cream
2 eggs

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cake mix and pecans. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. In bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan, press remaining mixture. Bake 10 minutes.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; beat until well blended. Pour over warm crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping.

Bake about 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary using Planner Supplies like New Tombow Markers & Pens

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

Hey friends! It’s been over a year since the launch of my Intro to Chalk Lettering Online Class with Brit + Co, and since then, I’ve heard many requests for a next level class! The time has come! I’m thrilled to present to you- Intro to Chalk Illustration!

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

Throughout the years, my style has developed into pieces contains lettering + illustrations. The illustrated portions are a big part of what I do and I love the texture chalk provides to these drawings!

In this course, I will show you how to draw one of my absolute favorite things- flowers!  They may look intricate, but I promise you can do it! Although the course is designed as a “next level” chalk class, it will cover all the questions you might have as a beginner.

We’ll cover basic design principles, how to draw flowers, and how to add depth to your designs. Each lesson will also reveal a few tips and tricks for working with chalk.

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

By the end of the class, you’ll know how to:

  • Apply design principles to plan a balanced and cohesive illustration.
  • Sketch multidimensional flowers that have texture and depth.
  • Add focal points and floral fillers to create a complete piece of chalk art.
Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

I can’t wait for you to dive in with me!! This class is on demand! After purchase, you will be directed to the class for you to watch wherever you are and at your own pace. It’s yours to come back to again and again!

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

Also, we’re holding a class giveaway for a limited time!

To everyone that enrolls now through 9/19, you’ll automatically be entered into our class giveaway. You could win prizes up to $125 in value, including:

Three winners will be chosen at random on 9/19.

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign! Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign! Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

I absolutely cannot wait to see what you create!! Please be sure to tag me on Instagram @valeriemckeehan so I can see! Happy chalking, my friends!

Intro to Chalk Illustration Online Class with Valerie McKeehan! Learn how to draw beautiful flowers in chalk and make a sign!

Enroll for Intro To Chalk Illustration Online Class!

Strength & Hope Digital Download for Hurricane Relief

There’s no denying things have just been downright heavy lately. My thoughts have been with everyone affected by these devastating storms.

Also, today on 9/11, I think back to that horrific day and remember the fear and disbelief. The words “strength” and “hope” come to mind and these beautiful words. I wanted to do something to help and decided to offer this design as a $5 digital download in the shop.

100% of the sales will be split and donated to both Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief.

Hand lettered Strength & Hope Download for Hurricane Relief. - 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

For my friends facing hard circumstances in your life right now -whatever they may be – I hope this download gives you some comfort too. Strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow.

Purchase Strength & Hope Download for Hurricane Relief.

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #67, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67 with street art in Boston, the Boston Public Library and Valerie's hand-illustrated juice glasses at Anthropologie

1. “There are so many photos I want to share this week from Mak and my vacation to Boston, Nantucket, and Cape Cod! This was one of the many highlights- water-coloring at Quincy Market! They had a table set up with postcards and paints that anyone was welcome to use! I loved it!” – Valerie

2. “The Boston Public Library stole my heart (as did the entire city)! I wish I had the time to sit down in this courtyard with a book and just get lost.” – Valerie

3“While in Boston, I spotted Lily & Val for Anthropologie juice glasses in store for the first time! It was an exciting moment!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67 with Holly Nichols, "October" floral art, and Nantucket lighthouses

4“Also while in Boston, I was able to meet my instagram friend Holly Nichols! I have been a HUGE fan of Holly’s fashion illustrations for so long. She gave me a sweet Boston print as a souvenir of my trip.” – Valerie

5. “While in Cape Cod, I found this botanical beauty in a vintage store. When I saw it was “October” I knew I had to have it!” – Valerie

6. “Mak at the Brant Point Lighthouse. This is such a special spot in Nantucket.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67 with Steps Beach in Nantucket, chilly beach days and good books, and rainy days in the "Grey Lady."7“One of my favorite places in the world – Steps Beach in Nantucket. This week of slowing down has me feeling refreshed.” – Valerie

8. “Mak snapped this photo of me on the beach. Haha! It was quite chilly on our beach days, but I loved every minute – even bundled up. I also was able to read the book “Little Paris Bookshop.” It was a sweet novel. I really enjoyed it.” – Valerie

9. “We had one rainy day in Nantucket, but even then, it is absolutely beautiful. This is why the island is called the ‘Grey Lady.'” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67 with antiquing with family, gorgeous bathroom inspiration and new white tile for a bathroom reno10“Did a little antique exploring with these two beautiful ladies. This is Mom (who taught me how to decorate) and Nanna (who taught me how to antique and find those unique treasures). What wonderful memories!” – Emily

11. “I’m still dreaming about this gorgeous bathroom from our recent stay in Columbus. Heart eyes for that sink/vanity!” -Emily

12. “Remodeling continued as my amazing dad started laying our bathroom floors! Simple but still my favorite tile pattern.” -Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #67 with outdoor photo shoots with kids, first day of preschool and the Air Force Museum13“Did a little photo shoot with an adorable little one this week. Mustard yellow will always be my favorite color…throw in eucalyptus and I’m happy!” -Emily

14. “It was a big day in our house this week. Back to preschool! Jordan starts 3 day preschool this year and was so excited about his new outfit and “Flash” hightops. He is the cutest, right?” – Nicole

15. “The hubby and I visited the Air Force Museum recently. I have always loved historic political cartoons, and studied them a bit during art school. I love the marriage culture, history, and beautiful artwork.” -Emily

How To Make A Simple Yarn Wall Hanging

Hello Everyone!

So, let’s be honest. We all love the revival of macramé and woven design that has been happening for the last few years. There are so many amazing artisans out there making beautiful creations full of texture and complex patterning.

The thing that I love most about fiber art is the introduction of a texture and pattern where it could not otherwise exist. Being able to have something on your wall that creates interest and ties together different colors in your room or gallery wall is, to me, the greatest part about decorating with woven pieces.

Since I am a huge fan of sweater weather…and have no patience for repetition (knitting, cross stitch, crochet etc.), I created this simple wall hanging to give you an easy way to incorporate fiber art into your home.

Make this simple yarn wall hanging for your fall and winter decor

Above: Find the botanical print on lilyandval.com!

First, let’s talk supplies.

This wall hanging is simple, but the colors and textures you choose can make or break your overall design. Try to stick with a color-scheme of 3 or so colors. Keep in mind you can use variations of these colors all you want (ie. darker or lighter shades of pink)

Next, consider texture. I suggest mixing up the types of yarn you choose to at least 3 different textures and thicknesses.

For the example I created, I wanted to use bleige (blush/beige) tones with accents of black and white. Depending on how much you use of each color you will get a completely different result. This means a little experimentation is required.

beautiful soft colors to make a DIY yarn wall hanging

Choose at least one “t-shirt” type yarn (the black), one super fuzzy soft yarn (the bleige…usually found with the “baby project” yarns), and at least one yarn with a lot of variation in the color or texture (the black and white). I added in this cream yarn because it had beautiful specks of brown, tan, and black.  This gave my wall hanging a bit of cream to soften things up, without being too stark.

Basically, vary your texture and try to tie your 3 colors together as much as possible.

beautiful balls or yarn to create a DIY yarn wall hanging

It’s best to roll each skein of yarn into ball. Begin by wrapping the yarn around two fingers. Once you have enough to hold onto, wrap the yarn around, constantly spinning the “ball” to wrap it as evenly as possible.

steps to create a DIY yarn wall hanging

Now the fun part…

Get a dowel from your local hardware or craft store, and decide how wide you want your hanging to be. I decided to make a pretty large one, so I used the full length of a regular dowel rod.

how to make your own DIY yarn wall hanging

Now prop it up on 2 chairs or hang it somewhere that you can easily access both sides.

how to make a simple DIY yarn wall hanging

To attach each length of yarn, you will want to decide on the length you want. Remember to leave extra length for knotting, as this will make that row significantly shorter. Now, fold your yarn end to end, place the center of the fold over the dowel rod, and bring the two ends up through the loop you created. Pull snug and Voila!

Now do this a thousand more times!!!!!!

Just kidding… the beauty of this project is that you can make it with as many or as few rows of yarn as you like!

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When you are getting all of your “rows” of yarn attached to the dowel rod, mix up the pattern. You can choose to keep things very  steady by doing a specific count :

Example:    1 blush, 2 black, 2 black/white, 1 cream

Or you can be a bit more Laissez-fair about the whole thing like I did. For this, you will want to step back from time to time to make sure that your light and dark areas are balancing out the way you would like. If you decide that you have, for example, too many blush all together…just slide them apart a bit and add in other colors.

make a simple DIY wall hanging

For even more interest and dimension, you can use 2 pieces of yarn at a time on some sections. this makes those rows a little thicker and helps the whole thing look more complex than it really is.

make an easy DIY wall hanging for your livingroom decor

If you made those macramé friendship bracelets back in school, you will recognize this next technique:

Step 1. Choose one of your rows of yarn. Take one side in your right hand and one in your left.

Step 2. Cross the right strand over the left and hold it our making a “4” shape as you see below.

Step 3. Wrap the end of the right strand around the left and pull it through the opening of the  “4” .

Step 4. Pull up to tighten as much as you like, then down to repeat this process.

make a simple DIY yarn wall hanging for your fall decor how to make a DIY yarn wall hanging

You can put these “knots” close together or farther apart. Mix it up.

The strand you started with (the right strand) will get much shorter as you go. If you want to continue the pattern in the row, just switch to using the left strand and repeat the same process of tying.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

This next technique is just a little more complicated by uses the same process as above:

Choose a row in which you used double yarn. Separate the four strands into your hands as if you were going to braid.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

Cross the furthest strand to the right over the strand next to it, make the “4” and pull the end through the hole. (Try doing this 2 or 3 times before moving on!)

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

Now take the left strand in that knot and use it to make the “4” on the third strand (the next one to the left. Repeat the exact same process.

Lastly, use the “left” strand from that knot and use it to make the “4” on your last strand on the left. Repeat.

Basically, you just took the “macramé” knot and moved it across to the left. Now do the same thing coming back to your right and so on until you decide you like how that row looks.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

I did not “macrame” every row. You can do as much or as little as you like. I liked having places where you could see large open knots contrasted with small dense complex 4 strand knots. You can always change it as you go.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

The last step is to consider how you want it to hang. Get creative! Gather parts or all of your hanging together and tie them loosely. Fluff them out if needed so you can see all those beautiful strands and textures!

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

Here I used some of the blush yarn to make a pattern out of separating and tying different bundles over and over.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

Another option is to let all those lovely strands hang loose. This is the best way to appreciate all of the colors, knots, and textures. Just slide them apart for even spacing and trim the ends to an even or uneven length if you desire.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

Since I wanted a very deconstructed look to my wall hanging, I chose not to measure the strands or cut them evenly at the end.

Just remember…if you want your wall hanging to be even at the bottom, DO NOT measure all the same length or trim before knotting. The knots will cause those strands to be shorter than the ones hanging loose. Trimming at the end is best.

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

It’s so fun and strangely relaxing. When you feel done, you are done, it’s that simple!

This wall hanging also looks beautifully paired with the prints in the 2017 Lily & Val Fall Collection! 

I hope you guys give this little project a try! Cheers!

how to make a simple yarn wall hanging

 

 

September Happy Mail Idea – Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The September Happy Mail Idea has turned into a bit of a tradition here at L&V over the past two years and we just HAD to continue it. To us, Pumpkin Spice Season is the best season and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a PSL theme! There’s something special about taking that sip of your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and what a nice way to spread that love than with this idea.

An easy fall gift idea for spreading the pumpkin spice love: hand letter on a starbucks cup, then fill it with a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Lily & Val Pumpkin spice latte card!

To make this happy mail:

Visit your local Starbucks and pick up a $5 gift card. Just ask the barista for an empty cup – this is the cutest gift packaging to deliver your card!

I used a sharpie to decorate the cup with the words “A PSL for you”. Then, stuffed the cup with black and white tissue paper, some faux fall leaves, and of course the gift card! You can also use yarn to bring that touch of cozy to the package!

Add on a Lily & Val “a whole latte love and pumpkin spice” card and you have the sweetest surprise to mail to a friend!

An easy fall gift idea for spreading the pumpkin spice love: hand letter on a starbucks cup, then fill it with a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Lily & Val Pumpkin spice latte card! The perfect card to send to a pumpkin spice latte loving friend! chalk art card on Lily & Val An easy fall gift idea for spreading the pumpkin spice love: hand letter on a starbucks cup, then fill it with a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Lily & Val Pumpkin spice latte card!

Happy mail like this- so simple and easy- can be a wonderful surprise in someone’s mailbox! Sending happy mail doesn’t need to be on a big budget or a large scale. If you create a bit of happy mail inspired by ours, we would love to see! Use #LVhappymail on Instagram!

We’ll be sending this Happy Mail off to one lucky winner!  Check out our Happy Mail Instagram post to enter!

An easy fall gift idea for spreading the pumpkin spice love: hand letter on a starbucks cup, then fill it with a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Lily & Val Pumpkin spice latte card!

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season, friends!!

September’s “Hello Fall” Free Desktop Wallpaper Download

September's "Hello Fall" Free Desktop Wallpaper Download - hand-drawn Blue pumpkin fall background
You guys!!! It’s September! Ahhh! I have fully embraced the coming of Fall and am just so excited for the change of season.

Last week, we launched the 2017 Lily & Val Fall Collection and I wanted this month’s desktop download to continue that theme of soft & cozy (I’ve also been slightly obsessed with blue pumpkins this year!) I hope you enjoy this breath of Fall for your tech!

September's "Hello Fall" Free Desktop Wallpaper Download - hand-illustrated blue pumpkin and leaves watercolorDownload SEPTEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS >> Click the “SEPTEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER” link or the image above. When the image is opened in a new window, right-click the image and select “Save image” or drag it to your desktop (You may have to click twice to bring the image to its full size).  Once the image is saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!
Coordinate your tech with this bonus iPhone wallpaper!
September's "Hello Fall" Free Desktop Wallpaper Download - iPhone background with blue pumpkin watercolor by Valerie McKeehan

 

Pumpkin Everything- A Round Up Of Favorite L&V Pumpkin Designs

At Lily & Val, we love EVERYTHING pumpkin (big surprise, I know!) So, I thought it would be fun to do a little round-up of favorite L&V pumpkin designs throughout the years! Each one of these designs will always hold a special place in my heart!

Kicking things off, this Pumpkin Everything chalk art design is brand new for 2017! Really, what else needs to be said about this time of year? 😉

Pumpkin Everything chalk art design for your fall decorating | Pumpkin Decor Pumpkin Everything Chalk Art Print for your Fall Decorating | Pumpkin Decor | Fall Chalk art

Next up, Happy Pumpkin Spice Season! This is a phrase I came up with and just knew I had to make a design of it! To my surprise, there were so many that felt the same way I did about this wonderful season and this print (and card) quickly became one of our all-time best-sellers at L&V! Although it has been around for a few years now, I never tire of this print and display it in my own home every year!

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season Chalk Art Sign for Your Fall Decorating | Pumpkin Spice Art Happy Pumpkin Spice Season Fall Sign Decor

Last year, I wanted to create an ode to the beloved drink of Fall – the Pumpkin Spice Latte! I loved drawing each latte swirl – it was just so much fun to create! I especially love the idea of pairing the card with a Starbucks gift card as a sweet, fall snail mail surprise.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Card | Gift for Pumpkin Spice Lover | Chalk art Pair an L&V Pumpkin Spice Latte card with a Starbucks gift card for a sweet fall gift for a pumpkin spice loving friend.

There’s something about chalkboards that I LOVE for Fall, but I also wanted to create a softer take on Fall decor. This 2016 “give thanks” design introduced pumpkins in hues of pinks and blues as well as traditional orange. I thought those colors looked beautiful together! It’s an elegant design that feels cozy and warm.

Give Thanks Watercolor Pumpkin Art for your Fall Decor | Cozy fall decor

Also, in 2016 we introduced our “Pick Your Own Pumpkins” sign! The bold pumpkin illustrations really get me in this one! I also love the cheekiness of a chalkboard sign drawn on a chalkboard!

Bring a rustic chic touch to your fall decor with our Pick-your-own pumpkins chalkboard sign

Back to an oldie, but goodie! I drew this pumpkin pie recipe illustration before I was introducing color into my chalk art designs. It was truly one of the firsts, but remains as one of our most well-loved prints to this day! I’m still a sucker for black and white designs and this one lends itself to all different types of kitchen decor. The card version is also a unique way to send a useful, fall greeting to loved ones!

Pumpkin Pie Chalk Art Illustrated recipe print by Lily & Val | Fall Kitchen Decor

Back to the present! This “Gather” print is a unique take with a single blue pumpkin! This year, I’ve been absolutely swooning over shades of blue for Fall. I think this color palette is unexpected, soft and pretty. It was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Fall Collection, but I’m so glad it made it in!

Gather Fall Print | Blue Pumpkin Decor for Fall | Fall Watercolor Art

Last, but not least, Fall Farmers Market! Every year, I look forward to pumpkins and gourds making their way into Farm stands and markets. With this print, I wanted to conjure those feelings and make it look like a sign you might see there! It’s rustic and quintessentially Fall.

Fall Farmers Market Print | Fall Decor | Rustic Chic decor for fall

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pumpkin-y trip down memory lane! Happy Fall, my friends!