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DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

Friends, this is one of those ideas that isn’t even really fair to call it a DIY. Truly, it’s more like an idea because it’s just SO simple. Despite that, I thought these gifts were really cute so I wanted to share. You guys know me and how I like easy gift wrap with just a little bit of a special touch! (This has mostly been born out of the fact that I tend to wait until the last minute to wrap and I have to get a bit creative.) Well, with Mother’s Day coming and shower season – here’s an idea you can pull out in a pinch!

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

You will need:

  • Brown kraft paper
  • Jute twine or ribbon of your choice
  • Bits & pieces / odds & ends of faux flowers

Tips:

The two papers I always try to have on hand are: brown kraft paper and white kraft paper. I feel like if you have both of these, you are completely set for making beautiful gift wrapping for ANY occasion.

I also keep a random plastic box filled with ribbons and jute twine. If I have been gifted a present with a pretty ribbon, I will save it in my bin to reuse.

Lately, I’ve been creating a lot of faux floral arrangements for the new season and I always seem to be left with a few odds & ends when I’m done that I just don’t want to throw away, but I’m not sure how to use! I’m so glad I kept those little pieces though because adding them to gifts is the perfect way to not let them go to waste.

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

The brown kraft paper just works so well for this rustic, botanical wrapping. When you tie on your ribbon at the end, just add a little sprig or two and tie in a bow.

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DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

You could always affix a gift tag or add a bit of hand lettering to the package! In my opinion, there’s no need to complicate things- I like to letter right on the kraft paper!

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

I hope this idea sparks some fun ways to reuse your faux flower stems and surprise someone this Spring with a pretty gift!

If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, we have some thoughtful items like Keepsake Kitchen Diaries and limited edition Mom candles in the shop! Take a peek! 

P.S. Don’t forget the card! 🙂

Mother's Day Card
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104

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

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #104, 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:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with vintage quilt inspiration, Spring flowers and chalk art flowers 1. “Totally inspired by these vintage linen colors!” – Valerie, Founder and Creative Director

2. “I’ve been enjoying the gorgeous blossoms- especially these ones outside my bedroom window!” – Valerie

3“With Easter this week, I felt the urge to draw one of my favorite Spring Flowers! (I shared the tutorial on Instagram!)” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with The Good Neighbor, maternity shoots and Spring floral arrangements4“Started a new book- “The Good Neighbor”! I’m only a few chapters in, but already LOVING it. Mister Rogers was such an incredible man and I’m fascinated learning more about his life.” – Valerie

5. “My dear friend Amanda of Amanda Kraft Photography shot my maternity photos in the Hershey Gardens! The blossoms came out just in perfect timing! I can’t wait to see the finished photos.” – Valerie

6. “Mak got me a Parisian flower arranging class at Phipp’s Garden center for Valentine’s Day. It was so much fun! I learned a lot and hope to take more classes there.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with brass bows for baby room decor, iPad floral drawing and wooden storks for baby showers

7. “How sweet is this vintage brass bow?! It will definitely be hanging in baby girl’s room. I found it from this Etsy shop!– Valerie

8. “A little coffee and a little blossom drawing on the iPad. A good day.” – Valerie

9. “Getting ready for the baby shower! Dad made this wooden stork from the stork I drew for my invitation, and I’m in love!” – Emily, Creative Coordinator

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with Teavana tea, curious little girls and gorgeous birthday wrapping10. “Mommas…get an iced green tea with almond milk and a little sweet tea…trust me! So good!” – Emily

11. “Sweet beautiful moments of my little niece being her adorable curious self.” – Emily

12. “Turned 30 this month, and 30 weeks pregnant! Loving this ribbon so much!”- Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with puppy kisses, blue ocean views and campfire s'mores13. “These two melt my heart!”- Nicole, Operations Manager

14. “Hubby and I were on a cruise to the Bahamas and Haiti. I think I need this view every day of my life.” – Nicole

15. “One thing I love about the weather finally changing is building fires in the backyard and, of course, S’MORES!” – Nicole

Decorating Envelopes to Match Your Printable Stationery Sheets

Decorating Envelopes to Match stationery sheets

We are so excited to finally offer stationery sheets and monogram stationary sheets through our printable stationery sheet downloads just in time for National Letter Writing Month!  To celebrate we decided to share some fun and simple ideas to decorate your own envelopes to coordinate with the stationery style you choose.

After so many of you loved the stationery sheets from the Letter writing Box last year we knew it was time to offer stationery sheets just like the ones in the box. Many people asked for monogram stationery specifically….and we were able to deliver!

Decorating envelopes and stationery sheets I love how neutral this monogram style sheet is! The black and white washi tape that will be coming soon looks lovely with this neutral design.

decorating envelopesI think my favorite stationery is this beautiful clementine and floral design. The colors are so soft and go perfectly with some watercolor brush stroke details on your envelope.

DIY Envelope decorating and stationery sheets

Consider letting the illustrations inspire your envelope decorating. Adding some simple clementines here was super easy with a little watercolor and a small round paintbrush.

clementine watercolor envelope DIY

For the floral monogram stationery sheets, I used the flowers to inspire the colors and details on the envelope. Since each letter features a different flower species, your set will be truly custom. Adding some lettering to match your flower is the perfect way to make your letter seem even more special!

Tulip Monogram DIY Envelope and Stationery

Boxing in your recipient’s address is a great detail to add to your envelope. By adding a fun scallop detail here, we can incorporate multiple colors from the stationery.

Easy Envelope DIYAnother great example of the floral monogram stationery allows you to use different colors and details. The black and white gingham washi and herb washi go beautifully with the “W” stationary florals. Consider using dots and borders to accent the front of your envelopes.

Printable Stationery Sheets and DIY Envelope Decorating

It’s so simple to mimic the pink florals from the stationery to the corners of your envelope and borders. Here I used watercolor, markers, and colored pencils for the leaf designs. Floral Monogram Envelope DIYThe “Bonjour” stationary has such lovely soft blush and blue tones, we just had to use them on the envelopes too. Using watercolor, brush on some color in the areas you would like to feature.

DIy Envelope DecoratingDon’t have washi on hand? A drawn on gingham border will do the trick just as well!

DIY envelope DecoratingThe coffee and flowers stationery illustration is full of great colors and designs to inspire your envelope details. Try using watercolor, colored pencils, and washi all to create a layered look.

DIY Envelope DecoratingThe little pyrex mug inspired the drawn flourishes and gold dots on this envelope design.

DIY envelope decorating

Don’t forget, the backs of your envelopes are a great place to add some simple decoration as well. Consider a faux drawn “seal” or a border on the envelope flap.

Diy Envelope Decorating with stationery sheets

Faux seal envelope decoratingFor our envelope decorating gather up your washi tape, colored pencils, Tombow twin tone markers, metallic sharpies, watercolors , scissors and anything else you want to use to spruce us your envelope. The sky is the limit, and the stationery is the perfect place to spark your imagination.

DIY Envelope Decorating
Limited Edition Soy Wax Candles Are Here For Mother’s Day

You guys!! Limited Edition Soy Wax Candles are here for Mother’s Day and I am sooo excited to share them with you!

I truly believe scent has a way of connecting us to people in a way other senses can’t. Like the familiar scent of mom’s perfume when you hug her, aromas can bring so many dear memories to your mind.

This Mother’s Day, we want to help you make new memories with mom. As you catch up over a glass of wine or watch your favorite movie together at home, make the moment a memory with one of our new soy wax candles made just for her! 

We have three hand-drawn label styles to choose from plus amazing fragrances to match. I love the white lettering on these candles. The colors are soft, pretty, perfect for Spring, and sure to look lovely on Mom’s shelf.

Limited Edition Soy Wax Candles Are Here For Mother's Day

The Three Styles to Choose From:

MY HERO

She always has the right advice. She picks you up when you fall. She shows you what it means to love. In short, she’s your personal superhero. For the mom that’s always supporting others, nothing is better than a worry-free tropical escape. With sweet and citrusy fruits, this candle has an exotic and beautiful blend that’s easy to love. Sound like somebody you know?

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HARD-WORKING MAMA

Whether she’s the queen of the castle, the nurturing caregiver, the bold boss, or all of the above, one thing rings true: Your mama deserves to relax. With this dreamy aroma consisting of jasmine, sea salt, and wood notes, mom will feel like she’s right where she belongs—at the spa.

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MOM

Just like mom, this candle pulls off the best balancing act. While lavender and eucalyptus aromas calm the senses, citrusy notes pop in for just enough zest. That means mom can feel relaxed yet refreshed no matter where she lights her new favorite candle.

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A few more details about the candles:

♥ They come in a 110z. White Candle Jar with a Brushed Silver Lid

♥ 60+ Hour Burn Time

♥ They are Gluten Free + Phthalate Free

♥ They are all hand-poured right here in Pittsburgh, PA!

Limited Edition Soy Wax Candles Are Here For Mother's Day

I hope you love these as much as I do! They can be purchased individually or as a bundle of all three! When you purchase the bundle, you save $10! Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms out there!

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Lily & Val Loves- Vintage Stamp Round-up

You probably know we love vintage postage and snail mail around here. We hope you get a chance to send a few special letters during this years National Letter Writing Month on our new Downloadable Stationery Sheets.

To add a little pizazz to your next letter, card, or craft project, we have rounded up some of our favorite sources for vintage stamps both used and unused. Most of these sellers have ready made sets that will meet current postage stamp price requirements, but alway be sure you include enough vintage stamps to add up to current postage rates on all of your letters or packages.

Beautiful unique theme vintage postage sets from a great Pennsylvania Company.

We have shared Verde Studio many times before because we just love their curated vintage postage stamp sets! We love that she includes unique themed sets as well like this super fun vintage nurse set.

Curate your own set of 10+ vintage stamps

I love that the Vintage Postage shop gives you the option to curate your own set of 10 or more stamps. Mix and match by theme or coordinate the colors to your  new printed stationery!

Use these used vintage postage stamps in so many craft and decor projects.

These floral vintage postage stamp bags are great to dress up stationery or other crafting projects. You can get them in sets of 40 or 80  for a great price. Try making a frame of floral stamps for a new spring decor piece.

Unused floral pink vintage stamp sets

These beautiful sets of pink floral themed stamps are ready to help you send your letters this spring. Each set has enough to send 5 letters or cards to your 5 favorite people.

unused vintage triangle postage stamps

How beautiful are these unused unique triangle stamps. They are sure to add a little flair to any special mail you send.

Happy National Letter Writing Month!

 

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New Printable Stationery Sheets for National Letter Writing Month

It comes as no surprise, we’re big fans of the handwritten letter around here and pretty papers make our hearts beat a little faster! So this year in honor of National Letter Writing Month…. we’re excited to introduce L&V stationery sheets!

Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing

These designs will give a cute backdrop for your heartfelt sentiments!! They come in multiple styles and the best part is, they are a digital download! Once downloaded, you can print as many sheets as you’d like and always have a few on hand!

I absolutely love this blush monogram! (Just choose your letter at checkout.)

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Because coffee & flowers is always a good idea…

Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing

Another monogram option! These letters and flowers are derived from our Floral Alphabet print! 

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These hand-drawn clementines are so cute for Spring & Summer letter sending!

Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing

I also think stationery sheets make a cute, inexpensive DIY gift idea. Choose a monogram for a paper loving friend, print the sheets, cut out a stack, and tie with bakers twine. Include a cute pen with your set! Simple and fun!

Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing

I hope you enjoy these sheets and everything we have planned for National Letter Writing Month this year! If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know this month is very dear to me and the L&V team.

Be sure to check out these favorite letter writing posts:

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters
My Top 3 Tips for Writing More Letters
Bringing Back The Art of Snail Mail 

 

Download Our Pretty Printable Stationery Sheets for Letter Writing

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My Favorite Natural Body Care Products

Hey friends! When I discover a new brand or product that I love, I get so excited and want to share it with all of you.  Today I wanted to talk about a few of the face & body care products I have been absolutely loving. These products by Primally Pure are all made with simple, nontoxic, natural ingredients, and this is such a big deal because I’ve struggled to find natural body care brands that work for me- ESPECIALLY deodorant! Anyone else?!

My Favorite Natural Body Care Products - Primally Pure

A bit of a backstory of why this is so important to me:

I never paid my cosmetics or body care much mind in terms of natural ingredients, until I started having a poor reaction to something I was using, but I didn’t know what. My eyes would get puffy and my skin very flaky and irritated. I was talking to a friend about this and she mentioned that it could be the gluten in the products.

Side note: My friend is a celiac. I too have a severe gluten intolerance and have been gluten free for over 20 years! I was told that the gluten molecule was too large to soak into your pores, so this news came as a huge shock! She told me about her inflamed skin woes and once she used products without gluten, everything changed.

I couldn’t believe there was gluten in cosmetics, but after doing tons of research I found it’s extremely prevalent! This led me to do a complete clean out of my makeup and body care, which was painful because I LOVE makeup and body care items. I had to say goodbye to mostly everything and start from scratch.

In the process of my research and clean out, I came to realize that most of the gluten-free brands are natural and non-toxic as well. I accidentally stumbled upon this- I was just trying to avoid gluten – but what I found out was that there are some crazy chemicals and hormone disruptors in the products that soak into our skin! My inflamed skin was really a blessing in disguise because it opened up a whole new natural cosmetic world to me.

I was on a mission to not only rid my products of gluten, but to rid my body of these chemicals in exchange for clean products. Now with baby on the way, this is all the more important to me.

My Favorite Natural Body Care Products - Primally Pure

I won’t bore you with the details of the products I’ve tried that just left me disappointed. Natural deodorant being the number one disappointment.  Luckily, I first discovered Primally Pure about a year ago because I tried their deodorant and have since begun using many of their amazing products.

These are my favorites:

My Favorite Natural Body Care Products - Primally Pure

Lip Balm:

Okay, I don’t want to sound overly dramatic here, but this is the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. It’s so smooth, smells amazing, and I won’t be caught without it.

My Favorite Natural Body Care Products - Primally Pure

Baby Balm:

I first tried Baby Balm for stretch mark prevention and I was instantly in love. It feels velvety and my skin literally soaks it in immediately so it’s not greasy or slick. It is a wonderful multi-purpose balm that I’ll be using to prevent diaper rash for baby too.

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Charcoal Deodorant:

OKAY. THE deodorant. Primally Pure offers a number of deodorants, but this is the only one I’ve tried because I was hooked and never looked back. Once I got over the initial “detox” phase, which they will clearly explain in their packaging and marketing materials, it was a game changer. I’m not self-conscious anymore about my natural deodorant. It goes on smooth. I use it in my workouts. I never thought I would be posting about deodorant, but I had to share it.

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Fancy Face Serum & Beauty Cream:

I use this combo every morning and night. I’m grateful for the pregnancy safe version, but there is a regular version that contains a few more oils. Just read about all the benefits of each oil in this little bottle.

The beauty cream is rich, luxurious and a little goes a long way. My face feels so smooth and nourished.

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Almond + Vanilla Body Butter

Again, they have multiple fragrances of this body butter, but I am STUCK on the almond + vanilla. The ingredients used in the body butter are safe enough to eat and you may actually want to eat it because it smells like sugar cookies and the texture reminds me of buttercream frosting. It is a treat to apply this body butter and as with all of their products, a little goes a long way.

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A little disclaimer:

This is not a sponsored post! Just sharing what I legitimately love and have found helpful to me in my daily life! This post does, however, contain affiliate links, which means that I will get a tiny commission on any sales purchased through those links. This does not affect the price you pay. However, I do have something special for you:

Use coupon code: VALERIEM for 10% off your first purchase! 

If you try these products, I would love to hear what you think!

My Favorite Natural Body Care Products - Primally Pure
April’s “Spring Floral” FREE Desktop Download

Happy April and Happy Spring, everyone! This month’s desktop downloads have more flowers for you and a quote I just love by Henri Matisse. I’ve been working on a lot of Baby designs lately and so I just loved the “Storybook” feel of these florals. As always, I hope you enjoy!

To download for free during the month of April 2019 use coupon code: DDAPRIL19

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Spring Print Styling Tips

Hey everyone! Emily here to help you with some ideas for styling our new spring prints in your home, inspired by our spring photoshoot.

Idea 1: Let the florals in the print inspire you!

Try decorating with the flower types and colors of your favorite print like we did here with The Wonder of it All print. We used pink roses and eucalyptus in some simple white vases. The vases help to keep the space looking clean and pick up the white lettering in the print.


Gather books and your favorite vintage items as an accent to floral prints like these.

Idea 2:  Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

Especially when you choose a dark print, keep your other decor and frame nice and light to keep that springy vibe. The contrast will create a great impact in your space. Keeping your florals in one color scheme allows this beautiful Flower Market print to stand on it’s own.

Flower Market Print

Idea 3: Add in some quirky objects!

I especially love the addition of the girlie bust vase and books in this mantel decor because they are the perfect balance to the more feminine and floral aspect of our new Tea Tin Floral Print.  Your favorite books and quirky vintage items can be great to add in to your spring decor because they deserve their moment.

Tea Tin Print Decorate with new and old and add a few books for layering.

Idea 4: Choose one color!

If your spring cleaning has inspired a clean look in your home choose a single color from your favorite print and design your space around that. Here we chose this lovely fresh green color from our Eat Well print. Decorating with eucalyptus and this awesome mint green vintage radio helped to balance this print perfectly.

Bonus: Using this brown wood frame in a simple design echoed the mustard brown tones from the print as well. Even though these colors aren’t in the single scheme we choose, the repetition in the print and frame help keep a clean look as well.


Perfect Kitchen Print

Happy spring decorating!

Lily & Val Loves- Great Grad Gifts

It’s almost time for Graduation season to begin. If you’re looking for something special and thoughtful for that grad you are so proud of, we have you covered. Here are some of our favorite small business gift ideas for high school or college grads. 
Wooden Desk Organizer is perfect for any grad, male or female, for when they get their first official job.

This beautiful handmade wood desk organizer is a great gift for the new grads dorm or first office space. We love that it has a little vase because plants always make a space feel brighter and more alive.

A laundry guide as well designed as decor as it is helpful to the newly independent college student

Is the grad you know striking out on their own for the first time? This stylishly designed laundry sign is perfect for them to use as decor and also gives them all the practical laundering advice they will need to hopefully not bring their laundry home every visit.

Everyone could use extra power...and this cute extension cord/power station makes a great grad gift!

Another very practical yet stylish product are these handmade extension cord units.   These are great to use in an apartment or office and even better to take along when working at a coffee shop or library, where an extra plug can make all the difference. It comes in a variety of fun colors for your special grad.

Study Planner Stickers

If your grad is a little type “A” or just someone you want to help be a little more organized, these planner labels are the perfect gift. The study reminder sheets are perfect for those complicated college schedules, especially around exam time.

crochet storage basket perfect for bathroom and vanity

If your graduate is getting a new living or office space, these hand crocheted organizing baskets are the perfect size for desk or bathroom items to be stored in a decorative way. When space is limited, it’s important to make their storage work as decor too.

Compas Necklace for those starting a new chapter in life

For a gift that is a little less practical and a little more sentimental, this simple congratulatory necklace is lovely. Every time she wears this necklace she will remember how proud you are and be encouraged for her new adventure.

college town map insulated mug

For the college grad or the college bound, these custom college town travel mugs are perfect. Everyone needs a little caffeine on the go, so what’s not to love?!

University or Profession Word Art prints make for a great grad gift

If your grad is starting a new career in a particular field, these beautiful calligraphy career prints are a lovely way to celebrate them. The sentiments and design are versatile and sophisticated enough to go in any home or office space.

perfect backpack for heavy college books and laptops

Everyone needs a way to carry laptops and their many heavy textbooks. This sophisticated and simple backpack is sturdy enough for any collegiate course load. These handmade pieces are great for male or female and should help keep them organized as they dash from class to class.

We hope you found something that is perfect for the high school or college grad in your life. Don’t forget to allow a little extra time when ordering custom or handmade pieces so that you will have them ready for the special celebration.

 

 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