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DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

I’m so excited about this little addition to Vienna’s nursery – a hanging flower mobile! I think this concept could be so cute as a flower chandelier for a party, too!

It’s a bit time consuming to make because of the safety precautions for hanging above a crib, but I love how it turned out!

You will need:

  • A large wooden embroidery hoop
  • Natural colored twine/string
  • Various faux flower stems
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Super glue
DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

This project is especially nice when you have leftover faux flower stems from making other arrangements or wreaths! That way you get a nice variety, but I think an all eucalyptus mobile would be gorgeous, too! I went with these colors to match her nursery, but the possibilities are endless for combinations. Most of these faux flowers come from Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabric.

DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

What to do:

To create a mobile with lots of interest, you’ll want the blooms to fall at different lengths. This also helps you stagger greenery vs. blooms and fit pieces in any empty spaces. Think of it like creating a flower arrangement, you want a nice dispersement of color and texture. It helps to plan it out on the floor first. You can vary the length of the faux floral stem, but also tie the string on the embroidery hoop in different lengths to achieve the look you’re going for.

To me, the trickiest part of making the mobile is having a way to hang it while you tie the blooms on. If you have a small, round side table that works perfectly. If not, you can balance it on a chair or keep holding it up once you tie a flower on to make sure it is hanging nicely.

Be sure to knot the string multiple times onto the bloom as well as onto the hoop. Again, safety is of utmost concern here! 

I took it a step further and hot glued all of my knots to really make sure they wouldn’t come apart. Additionally, I used super glue on the heads of the blooms and leaves where they attach to the stems. Nothing should be loose, but I didn’t want to take any chances. This is a time-consuming part, but important for safety.

DIY Hanging Flower Mobile DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

To hang the mobile, measure how long you need from the ceiling, then cut two pieces of string that are each double that length. Tie each side of the string on opposite sides of the hoop to balance it.

DIY Hanging Flower Mobile

I think Vienna likes it and that just makes me so happy to see!! She is three months now and just so curious about everything. I love seeing her soak everything in! She loves looking at the flowers and trees when we are outside too. A girl after my own heart!

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I really loved making this mobile! Let me know if you give it a try! 🙂

October’s “Fall in Love” Desktop Download

October’s “Fall in Love” Desktop Download

October is my favorite month out of the entire year! The weather is finally cooler, the leaves change, Fall festivals are going on, and it’s my birthday month! Every year I fall in love with Fall! I hope you enjoy this month’s wallpapers. Hand-drawn with love as always.

Autumn Desktop background with Pumpkin Spice Latte by Valerie McKeehan Fall iPhone background with PSL by Lily & Val

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Introducing the Keepsake Kitchen Diary – Baking Edition

Friends, I always love the days when I get to share something new! Today, I’m so pleased to introduce you to the newest line up in our best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary series! This new book is all about BAKING!

If you love to bake, love to eat baked goods (more like me) or are a sentimentalist wanting to record the stories and memories behind your favorite desserts, this book is for you!

If you’re not already familiar with our Keepsake Kitchen Diaries, what makes them special is that we’ve made room for the memories! In addition to beautifully organizing your treasured recipes, each spread includes a journaling memory page to truly create a family heirloom. At Lily & Val we believe the small, ordinary bits of life become the parts that mean the most when we look back. The Keepsake Kitchen Diary is an expression of this belief and our passion for savoring and recording these small moments. You can read my full story for creating the Keepsake Kitchen Diary.

So, the brand new Baking Kitchen Diary continues our belief that the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table. Those stories and memories matter and deserve to be recorded! 

We made a few updates to this version from past versions and here’s what you will find inside:

Brand New Tabbed Sections:

The Baking Diary is broken into 8 new sections: Cakes, Cookies, Frostings & Fillings, Breads, Candy, Pies, Pastries, and Miscellaneous. In my personal Kitchen Diary, the “dessert” section is filled up the most, so I’m really excited to have an entire book dedicated to all things sweet!

New Illustrated Pages:

Each tabbed section opens with a new hand-drawn illustration! I loved drawing these! There are also little drawings spread throughout the book and on the spreads.

Illustrated Baking Guides:

On the flip-side of every illustration in each section you’ll find a helpful baking guide!

Spread Updates:

This is what the new spread looks like! We made the lines tighter than our original versions since baking recipes tend to be a bit more complex. We’ve also updated the “Baking Memories” side with a large space to tell the story of the recipes and the memories that coincide with it. The beauty is, you can use this space however you see fit!

Many people like to scrapbook this page by adding photos and decorative tapes, stickers etc. You could also leave it simple with just your handwriting! You cannot go wrong and certainly, no perfection needed here. Whatever you choose, you’ll be left with a priceless family cookbook!

Pockets & Tear Out Recipes Cards:

As with our classic, lemon, and newlywed versions, this book also includes tear out recipe cards at the back of the book and pockets on the inside and back covers for storing special notes and keepsakes.

I cannot wait to hear what you think about this new Keepaske Kitchen Diary! These books are such a passion of mine and I’m so grateful to all of you for the support!

 

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September’s “Pumpkin” FREE Desktop Download

Lily & Val September's "Pumpkin" FREE Desktop Download

Happy FALL, my friends! If you know me you know how giddy this time of year makes me. And although I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin spice for a few weeks now, the coming of September makes it official! This month’s desktop download was created with my fellow Fall-loving friends in mind. Happy Pumpkin Season!! I hope you enjoy these free designs, hand-drawn with love, as always!

Cute hand-drawn pumpkin desktop computer background for Fall/AutumnLily & Val's September Free iPhone Pumpkin Background

 

To download for free during the month of September 2019 use coupon code: DDSEPT19

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New Fall Art to Cozy Your Home

New Fall Art by Lily & Val to Cozy Your Home

FRIENDS! It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, to me it is anyway!) Dreaming up and drawing Fall designs is always my favorite – no surprise there! This year, we released eight new prints to cozy your home this Fall.

I started calling this collection “Back to Basics” (chanelling Ina Garten here!) and that seemed to stick. So, we’re taking it back to basics with our Fall 2019 collection, which means making room for the warm and classic elements of autumn that made us fall in love with the season to begin with. From pumpkin spice styles to prints that encourage staying home—we hope these designs will delight the cardigan-clad Fall fanatic!

Here are the new designs…

Pumpkin Spice Checklist Art for the Pumpkin Spice Lover

Pumpkin Spice Checklist

As you work your way through your fall checklist, make sure you don’t miss any essentials with this adorable pumpkin spice print. Whoever said ‘it’s possible to have too much of a good thing’ has surely never had pumpkin spice!

Pumpkin Spice Checklist Art Print to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Pumpkin Spice Is My Love Language

Love can be complicated, but not with this print. The pumpkin spice groupie will get a little giggle out of this design, and that puts a huge grin on our faces. Pair this with our other pumpkin spice prints for positively pumpkin-spiced space!

Pumpkin Spice is My Love Language Art Print for Fall Pumpkin Spice is my Love Language Art Print for Fall

Bookish

Are you an expert in the art of staying in? Do you love curling up with a good book and a cup of tea? Have your friends been known to ask you for grammar advice? Whether that sounds like you or someone you know, one thing is for sure: every detail of this design was hand-drawn with the bookish type in mind.

Fall Art for the Book Lover - Book Spine Illustration Book Wall Art for the Book Lover - Book Spine Illustration Book Spine Art Print

Happy Fall

As timeless as a great pair of leather boots, this chalkboard print is an instant classic. It is fun, sweet, and a breath of fresh air—all the fixin’s to a Happy Fall.

Happy Fall Hand Lettered Chalk Art Print Happy Fall Hand Lettered Chalk Art Print Happy Fall Hand Lettered Chalk Art Print

Let’s Stay In

Staying in doesn’t mean you’re missing out—it means you’ve got everything you need right at home. This warm gingham print pairs perfectly with a pair of fuzzy socks and a cuddle buddy. (Sorry, neither of those are included with purchase.)

Let's Stay In - Gingham Fall Wall Art Let's Stay In - Gingham Fall Wall Art

Fall Forever

For those who would live in a perpetual Fall, keep the seasonal spirit alive as long as possible with this detailed chalkboard print inspired by classic Fall foliage. Can you hear the leaves crunching beneath your booties? No—just us?

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The Fondest  Memories 

Whether you’re eating Grandma’s famous lasagna for the 500th time or trying your love’s cheesecake for the first—there’s no doubting the memories that are made at every bite. Place this sweetly drawn print in your kitchen to remind yourself of all these special moments shared around the table.

The Fondest Memories Are Made When Gathered Around the Table - Art Print - Thanksgiving Art The Fondest Memories Are Made When Gathered Around the Table - Art Print - Thanksgiving Art The Fondest Memories Are Made When Gathered Around the Table - Art Print - Thanksgiving Art

Hello Pumpkin

We can practically taste Mom’s famous pumpkin pie when we look at this cute pumpkin print. It’s the perfect seasonal touch for those who love welcoming friends and family into a festive, cozy home just as much as visiting the local pumpkin patch.

Hello Pumpkin Fall Wall Art Hello Pumpkin Fall Art Print

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this year’s new Fall prints!

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August’s “Bloom” FREE Desktop Download

August's "Bloom" FREE Desktop Download

It’s hard to believe it, but we have entered our final month of summer! I’m admittedly a Fall girl, but I am trying to soak in the last bits of this season. So, to say goodbye to summer, before all the pumpkins and crunchy leaves, I thought I’d go with an explosion of flowers and a bold reminder to bloom! I hope you enjoy it.

Lily & Val's Free August desktop backgound with flowers August's "Bloom" FREE iPhone Download

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Vienna’s Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

Hey everyone! It feels great to be back here sharing with you on the blog. I’ve been on maternity leave since the beginning of June and everything has been a blur (in the BEST possible way) since then. Vienna Nicole McKeehan was born on June 8th, 2019 at 5:50 am and she has just lit up Mak’s and my life! For all the baby photos, take a peek at my Instagram!

Today I’m SO excited to be sharing a look at Vienna’s nursery. I’ve spent many months dreaming about this space to welcome our little girl. I especially went back and forth with what art to hang on the walls and what to draw for above her crib (you KNEW it had to be a chalkboard 😉 ).

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

The Inspiration:

The inspiration for the nursery is a bit eclectic! I wanted it to have a vintage feel, plus incorporate two of my favorite things: Paris and flowers. These themes were added in subtle ways, like the faux flower swag above a vintage mirror. (This is the same floral swag that I made for my tea party baby shower.)

I wanted the nursery to feel feminine, yet simple and elegant. I loved the idea of the light colors, blushes, and pinks paired with the high contrast, deep-colored pieces like the mid-century modern dresser, dark charcoal curtains, and pops of mustard.

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

The Art:

It was certainly hard to not overdo it with hanging art on the walls, but I wanted the pieces to really stand out and keep things looking clean and simple.

I found this beautiful framed chalkboard at Michael’s and it made the perfect statement piece for above the crib. Drawing this chalkboard is quite possibly my favorite one I’ve ever done because it was the first time I lettered her name. The Bible verse is also incredibly meaningful to me.

We painted the main wall in the nursery a beige/blush color (Behr Suede Beige; it’s actually the same color we used on our National Stationery Booth last year!) and I love how the chalkboard and white crib pops against it. Funny side note: we rent a townhouse and this is the FIRST wall we’ve ever painted after living here for five years. I just had my heart set on this blush wall for the nursery and we were very proud of ourselves!

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

I drew the Flower Alphabet especially for Vienna and I knew it had to have a stand-out place in the nursery above the changing pad. It has that vintage botanical feel and I love how it looks in a simple black frame. The “Bonjour Bebe” print is from the Lily & Val Nursery Art Collection. It was SO tough to choose what to include from this collection, but this one fit the Parisian vibe (and flowers, of course!)

Above the flower alphabet and the chalkboard, I hung vintage brass bows. I LOVED these the moment I laid eyes on them. They frame and accent the art so nicely and add a sweet touch. I purchased them from this vintage Etsy shop. 

The hook is from Hobby Lobby and right now I’m using it to hang these sweet bonnets from Kate Quinn Organics.

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

I added a little shelf in the corner to hold something sentimental for Mak. This panda bear was his favorite stuffed animal as a baby and his Mom, who is an incredible artist, painted the baby panda bear and gave it to me as a baby shower gift.

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Found Objects:

For my baby shower, I did a lot of antiquing and thrifting for vintage china and in the process I found some great pieces to incorporate into the nursery. Combining the new with the old is one of my favorite things to add some character!

This pink glass lamp with the marble base is one of my favorite finds! It actually came as a pair and I’m not sure what I’ll do with the other one yet. The sweet mustard vase was also used at the shower and I love how it looks with the vintage floral glass apothecary jar to hold cotton balls.

Vintage Floral Inspired Nursery Girl

The bookshelf is another mid-century modern style piece we incorporated. It was the perfect size to stand between the door and the closet. I plan to do another post with my favorite baby books, but the “Paris: Up, Up & Away” book tops the list. It is a gorgeous book with high contrast black and white paper cut-outs. Just stunning!

More Details:

Because of our limited space, we decided on this gray and white glider and ottoman set. It was the perfect size and so comfy! I took the “How Wonderful Life Is” design from the L&V Nursery Collection and turned it into a pillow for the glider. We saw the movie”Rocketman” the week Vienna was born, which made this pillow unexpectedly even more fun and meaningful! On the flipside, I drew a simple V monogram.

For the crib, I have two favorite pairs of sheets. This beautiful floral mustard is from Blueberry Impressions on Etsy.

Also pictured is the Magical Forest crib sheets by Pehr.

My friend Stacie of Gingiber sells the adorable little lamb pillow, another item I had my eye on for months!

Last but not least, I have an L&V fill-in-the-blank birth stat print hanging by the closet door. This is a piece I will certainly treasure even though it took me nearly a month to get the footprints! I just love how it turned out! The hooks are also from Hobby Lobby.

My sweet angel! I wonder how many hours I’ve spent just watching her sleep! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into Vienna’s nursery! Here are more links to sources for you! I’ve also included some items that I’ve loved and have been super helpful to me over these past weeks!

Crib – Target
Dresser and bookshelf  – Wayfair
Mustard Floral Crib Sheet – Etsy
Forest Crib Sheets – Pehr
Flower alphabet print – Lily & Val
Bonjour Bebe print – Lily & Val
Birth Stat Print – Lily & Val
Area Rug – Rugs USA
Glider & Ottoman – Amazon (can’t beat the price!)
Accent Table – Overstock (Antique Navy)
Eiffel Tower Rattle – Amazon
Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail – Amazon
Wipes Dispenser (this has made changes so much more convenient!) – Amazon
Diaper Cloths – Amazon (we stocked up on these and use them as burp cloths!)
Waterproof Changing Pad Liners – Amazon (we stocked up on these too!)
Diaper Bag Backpack – Amazon
Bunny Dress & Bonnets – Kate Quinn Organics
Wall Hooks -Hobby Lobby
Baby Balm & Powder- Primally Pure

If a source isn’t tagged, it’s most likely from Home Goods or TJMaxx. 🙂

(P.S. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission when you purchase using that link. It does not effect the price you pay and I’m not asked to feature these items. Thank you for your support!)

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

 

July's "Summer Love" FREE iPhone Download

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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