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Summer Wreath DIY

I always make a new wreath to celebrate every season…sometimes multiple wreaths per season. It’s a fun way to keep things fresh and welcoming.  This year I wanted to try something a little different with a patriotic twist.  I chose a peach, red, yellow, and light blue color scheme. For this wreath you will need:

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

These red mums are a beautiful shade, but their leaves were a little too dull for summer. Just remove the leaves to make these stems more appealing for a summer wreath.

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

To make your blooms easier to wire to the frame, bend them just under the head so that your florals face forward.

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

Next, trim your freesia stem and wire it next to your red statement flower. Add in your pops of yellow billy buttons as you build your wreath.

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

Continue to add one stem at a time, layering your colors. To finish off the design, build your last few florals from the other direction to hide your wiring and stems.

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

I love the variety of texture and color in this design, and it is so inexpensive to make!

DIY Summer Wreath Tutorial

Extra tip: Start building your design where the embroidery hoop screw is. This will allow you a clear center point to build the two sides of your floral design off of.

DIY Summer Wreath

I hope you enjoy giving this wreath a try! What other colors do you like to use in your summer wreaths?

Be sure to share your DIY projects with us by tagging #lilyandvalliving !

July’s “Summer Love” FREE Desktop Download

 

July's "Summer Love" FREE Desktop Download

This month’s desktop is an ode to the refreshing, simple pleasures we love about Summer! I hope you’re all able to soak it all in, relax, and enjoy each moment!

Lily & Val's July Desktop background summer ice cream

 

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Ice Cream Social Party using The Art of Paper Crafting Book

Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends, family and neighbors. If you are looking for a super simple party idea, try hosting a simple ice cream social. Maybe gather your favorite people and your favorite store bought flavors and toppings and put together a beautiful “make your own sundae” buffet. Of course your could always go a step further and host an ice cream social with some awesome, creamy homemade ice cream. This is an amazing activity to get the kids involved in too! Entertainment and food all in one!

The Paper Crafting Book makes decorating your buffet or picnic so easy using the “indulgent” themed paper items.

First up is a great idea for making some award style ribbon decor. You will need:

DIY Art of Paper Crafting Ice Cream Social Pendants

First, start by cutting your scrapbook sheet into 4 strips (on the short side). Next, fold these strips like a fan to create the ribbon rosette.

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

Paper clips can help hold two of your folded strip ends together while you use clear tape or hot glue to join all 4 folded strips together into a circle.

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

Add your ice cream circle (coaster) to the center of the folded rosette. You can use tape or a dot of hot glue to secure the rosette shape and the circle in place.

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

You can make a bunch of these to use as awards and make your sundae making into a little competition! What a fun way to celebrate the hot summer days!

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

To finish off your project, use another patterned scrapbook sheet, cut into 4 strips (length wise) to create the tails. Cut a small triangle out of the bottom and affix two overlapping strips to the back of your rosette.

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

The beauty of the scrapbook pages is that they are all two sided so you can make your ribbons look different.

DIY Ice Cream Party Decor- The Art of Paper Crafting Book

You can also use the “wine tags” from this set as a cute way to mark ice cream flavors or keep track of the sundae creators.

A great piece of decor for your home and party is the beautiful Vanilla Ice Cream Chalk Recipe Print. This recipe is delicious and makes a great display for your ice cream social!

Last but not least. Use your “indulgent” postcards from the Art of Paper Crafting as beautiful, ready-made invitations for your party! These are easy to punch out and pop in the mail and are sure to get your guests excited!

It’s so easy to build a party theme using the Art of Paper Crafting Book. There are so many other fun ready to use elements in this set that you can add to make your gathering truly unique. Some simple DIY projects and you are ready to impress everyone with your put-together hostessing skills for even the simplest party idea.

The art of paper crafting book ice cream social
Lily & Val Loves- Festive Picnic Supplies

Hopefully your summer is off to a fun start! As we approach the end of June, no doubt you have or are looking forward so some kind of picnic or cookout celebration. From grad parties and get together to the upcoming 4th of July festivities…these cute festive picnic supplies are sure to be a quick and easy addition to all of your party plans!

First up, these paper straws come in three beautiful colors and, like all of the items on our list, are available on amazon!  Use all three for a patriotic party or use one color at a time for a different color scheme.

Festive Picnic Supplies

These adorable eco- friendly wooden ice cream spoons are perfect for little treats and for little ones. They make time for sweet just a little sweeter for your guests.

mini wooden spoons perfect for icecream

Serving ice cones, ice cream cone cupcake treats, or just using cones as a festive delivery for other delectables? This cone stand will make for a lovely display or make filling all of those ice cream cones for your guests a little easier.

ice cream cone stand

A beautiful and quality ice cream scoop can also make serving cool treats at your summer get together a little more fun. We love this one with a beautiful wooden handle and easy lever.

vintage inspired ice cream scoop

Last but not least…check out these beautiful colors! These long handled spoons are a great option for trifles, sundaes, puddings, and milkshakes! Long handled sundae spoons

Hopefully you found something to make your next picnic or social gathering this summer a little more festive!! Happy Entertaining!

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Nursery Ideas For Small Spaces

As you have probably noticed, we are all in baby mode around here. With the recent release of the Nursery Print Collection, I have been very ready to decorate our little one’s special space.

Setting up a “nursery” can look different in every home. Hubby and I live in an old Pittsburgh home where we rent out our upper two floors as apartments. This means our living space is pretty small with only one bedroom but lot’s of high ceilings and character. To make space for baby we moved all of our rooms around and combine our dining and living areas together. This has made for a fun decorating challenge.

Our baby’s “room” is now where we previously had our room set up, and it has become one of my favorite places in our home. This is the space before…

With a coat of neutral paint on the walls and trim ( I went with Cameo White and Palais White by Behr), the room became a bright, blank slate for baby. We are waiting to be surprised by baby’s gender, so I stuck with a neutral color scheme with accents of grey-blue and peach. I plan to add in more color depending on the babies gender.

The colors were inspired by this photo that I took on my trip through Provence last summer. I love the contrast of the building for baby to look at just above their changing table.

The stork was a special addition from my dad. He made this wooden version of the stork that I drew for my baby shower invitation and I loved it so much I had to use it as decor.

Wooden elements are a part of our mid-century/ eclectic decor throughout our home, so since this space is open to the rest of the house, I wanted to keep the style consistent to help our home maintain a  cohesive feel.

Having a small shelf just above the changing table gives us a place to keep some little distractions for baby and a few other special items on display.

In a small space it is so important to consider all of your furniture carefully. After considering many changing table options, I decided to use this cafe table, that I purchased years ago, that fit our changing pad perfectly. It is a foldable table that used to sit outside of a cafe in Paris…who would have ever thought it would be the perfect thing to change dirty diapers on. I love a piece with a story.

Using architectural details in an old home is always a good way to save space as well. I chose to use our radiator as a place to keep some changing supplies on hand and this cute little bunny tray keeps it all looking neat and tidy.

Instead of a large diaper pail, I opted for this small trash can that is less invasive in the space and simple enough to change out as needed.

Another small nursery tip is to go vertical as much as you can! These 6′ tall bowling alley lockers that my father restored for the nursery are the perfect storage solution for our small footprint. They have made it so easy to organize baby items…one for toys, one for clothes, one for blankets, one for diapering and feeding supplies. It will be a great piece to grow with baby as they get older too!

The light in this room is so beautiful! I can’t wait to sit in this cozy corner and feed baby as we watch the leaves blow and the squirrels play.

Adding in personal touches to a nursery is so important to make the space feel cozy. Some paintings and drawing that I have made for baby make the space feel extra special. I have a very sentimental landscape painting that I am working on as well to add to the decor, especially if baby is a little boy.

Another decor piece that I am so excited to add to the nursery is the Our Baby Birth Stats Print in 11×14″. This will be such a special way to document baby’s arrival and the perfect accent to our neutral decor!

A very practical way to decorate and add storage is to add some hooks. I love these green wall hooks to help keep my baby wrap and diaper bags off the floor and easy for everyone to find.

We are using a large antique buffet cabinet from our dining room as a room divider in the space. For now I simply painted the back white and am waiting to add some fun wallpaper to the back after baby arrives! Having this as a place to mount the diaper bag hooks basically gave us another “wall” to work with in this small space.

An antique record player that hubby selected for the nursery is another one of my favorite additions to the room and will be so perfect to play all of our favorite records for baby. This also gave us a spot for a small antique hobnail lamp and a few books.

For now our mini crib has a home in our bedroom. But when baby moves into their space full time, the wood of the crib and record player will match perfectly!

I hope you have enjoyed and found a little inspiration in my tiny nursery tour. We are so excited to add to and changed things around once life with our little one officially begins…but for now it is organized and homey. We find ourselves hanging out in this space all the time. I guess that’s a pretty good sign.

Lily & Val Loves- Nursery Decor

All things nursery around here lately. With so many babies on the way and our new Nursery Print Collection just releases, we have been looking at all of the beautiful baby and nursery decor items out there. We have put together a list of some of our favorite nursery decor items for every style from some great small businesses.

These lovely modern throw blankets come is some beautiful soft colors to go with any little one.

Beautiful Cotton Geometric throws for the Nursery

This beautiful nursery picture ledge is perfect for displaying your new Lily & Val Nursery Prints and other special items for baby. They come in a variety of finishes to customize your look.

Picture or book ledge shelf

You could always make your own nursery mobile with our recent DIY Nursery Mobile Tutorial…or you could purchase this adorable little honey bee mobile that is also handmade. Isn’t that little bee hive just darling.

Honey Bee Mobile

Another great option to display your new nursery prints and other artwork are these print frame poster holders. They are easy to use and magnetic so they won’t damage your prints or pictures. They also come in a variety of finishes to match your decor.

 

Magnetic Print Hangers

My personal favorite color is mustard yellow. This mustard dandelion crib sheet is just darling and will match so many color schemes and styles with just a little vintage whimsy.

Dandelion Crib Sheet

Last but not least, these beautiful linen play mats are perfect to have around the house. They grow with baby in style from infant comfort, to tummy time, to toddler play time. The beautiful colors are lovely for monthly baby pictures as well. Just watch how little one grows.

Baby Playmat

We hope you find some items to add to your little bundles special home. Gifting one of these items will being a smile to any mommas face.

 

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June’s “A New Leaf” FREE Desktop Download

June's "A New Leaf" FREE Desktop Download

Happy June, everyone! Lots of changes and good things are happening around here both personally and at Lily & Val! Plus, it’s the start of a new season, which always holds such anticipation. This little drawing seemed like the perfect one to welcome Summer and all the newness happening. I hope you enjoy!

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Simple DIY Nursery Mobile

You know by now that we have lots of fun things for babies on the mind lately! There are just so many options our there for nursery decor that it is nice to add in some pieces that are special and unique to your babies special space.

This DIY nursery mobile will not only look lovely and entertain your little one, but it is  a super fun and inexpensive project for anyone in the family to complete. Consider making one with some older siblings as they await the arrival of your newest family member.

For this project you will need:

-Embroidery hoops (wooden or metal depending on your taste, but wood is lighter and easier to work with)

-Embroidery floss (available at most craft stores in a wide range of colors)

-Scissors

-Hot glue gun (low temp is best for little helpers)

Optional:

-Paint (to make your wood embroidery hoop another color )

-Embroidery floss bobbins ( to make wrapping and storage easier)

DIY Nursery Mobile

Choose colors that best match your color scheme. Try using high contrast colors for a few of your selections, since this is what will be most stimulating for your babies developing vision.

Super Simple DIY Nursery Mobile

When using the wooden embroidery hoops, only use the interior hoop that does not have the clasp. This will make it easier to balance your mobile.

Embroidery Hoops to make a DIY Nursery Mobile

The first step is to overlap the beginning of your embroidery floss in your first few wraps. Continue wrapping in one layer, tightly, for as wide of an area as you like.

Embroidery floss DIY Nursery Mobile

Next, string your embroidery floss directly across the hoop. Continue wrapping your color in the opposite direction as you did on the previous side. this will allow for a “x” pattern to appear as your return to the side where your began.

DIY Embroidery hoop Baby Mobile

Use a small dot of hot glue on the inside of the hoop to secure the cut end of your floss. Continue the same step with your next color selection perpendicular to your first. Continue this all the way around your hoop until you are happy with your colors and pattern.

DIY Mobile DIY Nursery Mobile

From this stage, you could do so many things to complete your mobile. I chose to use a small wooden toy that is special to us as a couple (aviation is a big part of our family). This little wooden airplane was available on amazon, but you could use any little plush, wooden, wool, or other little toy or ornamentation. Even using wool felt balls in a playful pattern could be fun.

Custom DIY Nursery Mobile

Find the center of your embroidery floss web and loop another piece of embroidery floss through to your  desired length. Tie this piece to your toy and make sure it is balanced before tying and trimming.

DIY Mobile DIY Nursery Mobile

Lastly, You will want to tie two perpendicular pieces of embroidery floss to the top side of the mobile. Use two equal length pieces of floss, spaced equally apart across each other. This will allow you to hang and level your nursery mobile.

If you make your mobile heavier with more decorative elements, be sure to add two or more top pieces from which to hang the mobile securely.

DIY Nursery Mobile

Just trim where you tied your knots and VOILA! you have a beautiful and completely custom mobile for your special little one to enjoy for years to come!

They will love looking through this colorful display as it moves gently overhead.

DIY Nursery Mobile DIY Nursery Mobile

 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #105

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

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #105, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. 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:

1. “Had to snap a pic of this adorable plate at the Commoner Restaurant! Inspiration is everywhere!” – Valerie, Founder and Creative Director

2. “On a whim, Mak and I decided to drive and hour and 45 minutes to our favorite spot- Bedford Springs just for breakfast! The gluten free French toast was worth it! Snapped this pic, turned around and headed home!” – Valerie

3“We love it at the Omni Bedford Springs so much! Grateful for the time with Mak before our little one arrives.” – Valerie 

4“Had a major antiquing and thrifting win with these adorable pink lamps for baby girl’s room! First I found the bases, but had a hard time finding the right size shade. Then, I happen to find these at Goodwill for $1! They are perfect. Love when things like that happen.” – Valerie

5. “Working on the dessert chalkboard for my baby shower! I haven’t done signage like this in a long time, so it was really fun to draw!” – Valerie

6. “The largest blueberries I’ve ever seen! I’ve been on quite the oatmeal + honey + blueberry kick lately!” – Valerie

7. “The prettiest pastel shades all together from our Baby Collection!– Valerie

8. “Lots and lots of flower arranging for my baby shower…lots!” – Emily, Creative Coordinator

9. “Spring is just so beautiful!” – Emily

10. “If you have never visited Falling Water…do yourself a favor. Trust me you will go back over and over!” – Emily

11. “More baby shower prep. My dad made this stork from the one I drew for my invitation! We make a good team.” – Emily

12. “BTS our nursery shoot…and last one before babies arrive.”- Emily

13. “Bebe and I always get pics in the car…mostly because I’m bad at keeping up with my journal and use photo dates to remember.”- Emily

14. “Got some cool vintage pieces for the nursery!” – Emily

15. “One of the best things about Pittsburgh? The Gobbleritos from Mad Mex! Think Thanksgiving Dinner in a burrito. They are usually only available around Thanksgiving, but they had them for one day only this April. This is only 1/4 of the entire thing! Such a gluttonous meal, but soooooo delicious!” – Nicole, Operations Manager

16. “For Mother’s Day, I surprised my mom with a mini-makeover. But since it was also my 37th birthday, I had my hair done as well and went a little bold with the color. Loving my purple!” – Nicole

17. “The ladies & baby bumps of L&V!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Loves- Beautiful Baby and Children’s Toys

Is it any wonder that our houses look cluttered and messy once little ones come on the scene? So many supplies, and so many toys! The best way to combat this cluttered feeling is to look for toys that are beautiful enough to be left out or displayed in your home. The toys we have collected for this list are beautiful and functional and even handmade!

First on the list had to be these beautiful wooden avocado teether rattle toys. They are so simple and bound to be your baby’s favorite toy!

Wooden Avocado TeetherI just love this bow and arrow set with target banner. Safe for your little ones and cute enough to be decor in their room too!

Beautiful Bow and Arrow Playset

Little animal stuffies done perfectly for any sweetheart to love and enjoy.  These minimalist zoo animal toys are handmade to perfection.

Beautiful Zoo Animal Baby Toys

Have an outdoorsy little one? This adorable fishing set will give them hours of entertainment for years to come. What a great coordination building game!

Beautiful Wooden Fishing Set

Sound is so important for baby and early childhood development. A beautiful musical instrument like this wooden xylophone toy is the perfect addition to your little one’s toy collection. Who knows what love of music you will spark in them?!

Beautiful Wooden Xylophone Toy made of wood

Last but not least, these beautiful hand crochet baby rattle/teethers  are as safe as they are stylish. The organic material will make you happy as you see your little one enjoy these cuties.

Fox and Deer Organic Baby Rattle/Teether

I hope you enjoyed this list of some of my favorite beautiful toy finds. It is so wonderful how many options are available from talented makers and creatives across the world for our little ones these days. I hope you find something perfect for yours or for your next gift.

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo