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Introducing the Lily & Val Curated Surprise Box

Friends, I’ve had exciting news under wraps for a while and I’m finally able to share it with you!!

Something special is coming…

Introducing the Lily & Val Curated Surprise Box

We receive so many messages and sweet notes from far away friends telling us how you wish you could visit our Pittsburgh brick and mortar store! SO…. we got to thinking. How could we bring the store TO YOU this holiday season?!

Insert the Lily & Val Curated Surprise Box!

On Tuesday, December 5th at 9am EST, we will be releasing a VERY limited number of curated boxes filled with L&V products, gifts & goodies from makers we love and one-of-a-kind handmade items only found in our store.

The boxes will be for sale at an amazing price and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Handmade eucalyptus wreath as part of the first-ever Lily & Val curated surprise box!

(How adorable is the above faux mini wreath?! It’s handmade by our Merchandising Director, Emily, and will be included in the box! See it in action on our store chalkboard mantel wall.)

A Lily & Val Zippered Pouch will also be included!

Never lose those bobby pins again with this adorable canvas zippered pouch by Lily & Val

This curated box of goodies is perfect for your holiday gifting – or keep everything as a treat for yourself!

Introducing the Lily & Val Curated Surprise Box

We’ll be jumping on Facebook Live on Monday at 11:30am to show you a peek of what’s inside the box before it goes on sale the next day (December 5th). I’m soooo excited to show you!

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Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Fresh Chef

Lemons are lovely and so is this gift guide, perfect for those special people who love to be in their kitchen whipping up fresh goodies. The lemon theme to these gift ideas will make you look so “with it” and be sure to brighten their day. Grab the new Whimsical Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diary for them to fill with recipes and memories. Pair that with a delicious and beautiful jar of Lemon Creame and this adorable cheeky kitchen towel for a gift that is sure to inspire them to make lemons into …well…all kinds of things!

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Fresh Chef

Whimsical Lemons Keepsake Kitchen Diary  |  Each Day is A Fresh Start Chalk Art Print  |  Gold Measuring Spoons  |  Mustard Button Earrings  |  Ceramic Kitchen Dock  |  Ginger Citrus Cocktail Mixer Set of 2 Tea Towels  |  Make Lemonade Tea Towel  |  Lemon Recipe Cards  |  Preserved Lemon Cream Lemon Washi Tape  |  Love & Lemons Cookbook

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Nostalgic Sentimental

Sappy and sweet. This guide is for the person in your life who just loves old things and cherishes memories in fun and creative ways. Help them reminisce with these unique, handmade candles based on banned books from school days or the Keepsake Kitchen Diary– a family recipe keeper with room for them to add their own memories over the years to come. These unique and pretty gift ideas are sure to bring a happy tear to their eye, because you are just so thoughtful.

Lily & Val Gift Guide for the Nostalgic Sentimental

Keepsake Kitchen Diary Library Cards  |  White Tea & Rose Banned Book Candle  |  Vintage Postage Stamps  |  French Days Ballpoint Pen  |  Glass Specimen Frame   |  Custom Handwritten Memory Sign

Lily & Val Gift Guide: Sugar & Extra Spice

This gift guide is for that special person you know, who has a little sass. When the “girlie” things just doesn’t fit the bill this holiday season, try one of these naughty & nice gift ideas. They are sure to love receiving these unique and unexpected gifts! The tote bag and pencil sets are sure to get at least a chuckle and smirk from your most “cool” friends.

This gift guide is for that special person you know, who has a little sass. When the "girlie" things just doesn't fit the bill this holiday season, try one of these naughty & nice gift ideas.

“Nope” Reward Ribbon Frankie & Claude  |  Donut Worry Be Happy Notebook  |  Ugh. Mug by Easy Tiger  |  Larissa Loden Knife Necklace A Thrill of Hope L&V Print  |  Carry on Cocktail Kit  |  I Hate Winter Tote  |  Easy Tiger Gifting Gift Box Gold and Black Damask Earrings  |  Carpenter Pencils  |  Moonshine Natural Perfume

Lily & Val Gift Guide: Trendy Traveler

Traveling is my favorite thing to do. This list included some great selections for grounded adventurers and jet-setters alike. In this list, you will find some tried and true travel essential like the Bon Voyage pouch, slouchy beret (for that bad travel hair), and the travel-friendly all natural roll-on perfume. Items to inspire the adventurous at heart include the “To Travel is To Live” canvas & print and this awesome line of field guides from Wildsam. Happy Trails!

Gift Guide for the Trendy Traveler

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera  Bon Voyage Zippered Pouch  |  Slouchy Beret  |  Flight Ready Kit  |  To Travel is to Live Chalk Art (Available as a Print or Canvas) Wildsam Nashville Field Guide Polka Dot Camera Strap  |  Mini Yellow Backpack “Vacation” roll-on all-natural perfume  |  Catching Flights Not Feelings Hat  |  Passport Cover

5 Holiday Card Envelope Decorating Ideas

Surprising someone with a piece of snail mail is certainly special in and of itself, but sometimes the extra, little details can make a huge impact – especially around the holidays when mailboxes begin to fill up with seasonal greetings! I had so much fun coming up with these 5 holiday card envelope decorating ideas to help you add a festive touch to your Christmas card sending this year! Click on each photo to shop the cards too!

5 Holiday Card Envelope Decorating Ideas

No. 1. Banner:

My philosophy is: When in doubt, put a banner on it! 🙂 A hand-drawn banner is an amazing way to add emphasis to the name of your recipient. Choose a marker in a shade that matches the card. Here I kept the rest of the lettering the same color (using a white gelly roll pen) so the banner would really pop.

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No. 2. Strokes of Color

For a simple way to add a bit of color to your envelope, use a brush pen to give your words a backdrop! Just add 4 strokes of color, then write your name and address on top of each stroke. The beauty of this technique happens when the lettering goes above and below your stroke line. It looks a bit haphazard and whimsical this way! I also added some simple, holiday-feeling leaf, laurel, and berry details to accent the address. The markers I used here are Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

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No. 3. Sparkle and Shine

Gelly roll pens are one of my absolute favorite pens for envelope addressing, especially the metallic pens! They come in a variety of colors, but I’m particularly smitten with the gold on the kraft envelope! After you letter or write the address, go back on top with the gelly roll pen and add starbursts, asterisks, dots and dashes. Add some of the “sparkles” on top of the letters and also accents around the address. Your recipients will be delighted to see it shine in their mail!

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No. 4. Birch Tree

Here it is again – another gelly roll pen idea! Using a white gelly roll on a kraft envelope, draw the outline of a tree off to the side of the envelope, leaving room for the address. When you fill in the tree, sporadically leave blank rectangles to mimic the markings of a birch tree. The great thing is, the markings are meant to look imperfect, so it’s easy to produce the effect! I love how a curved address looks next to the tree.

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N0.5. Snow!

This idea is a bit more time consuming, but SO easy and the effect is truly something special. I think it might be my favorite one (and saved for last!) Just take a fine tipped marker (like the thin side of a Tombow DualBrush Pen, a Micron Pen, or something similar) and touch it to the paper to create a dot. If you want the dots to come from the top down, add more to the very top and slowly add less and less as you come closer to the center of the envelope. You’ll notice around the addresses, the dots are less frequent. Same principle for the snowy border – you’ll want the dots to be tighter and closer together around the edges then gradually loosen as you move to the center.

I think this is such a modern way to depict a snowy scene, especially when paired with our Silent Night card!

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I hope you enjoyed these ideas!

Here are some additional resources for you:

I know these aren’t  chalkboard projects, but The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering will help you learn hand lettering for all types of mediums! It’s also filled with laurel and branch inspiration as well as how to draw the banner above.

To keep all your card sending in order be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Tracker! We’re all about less hustle and bustle this year and trying to keep everything organized!

All 5 of the cards pictured here (and three others!) are available as an assorted boxed set. You can purchase this set for a discounted price as opposed to each card individually.

Happy card sending, friends!

What Small Business Saturday Means To Me Plus Free Graphics

Friends, we are coming up on a special day that means a lot to me and the entire L&V team: Small Business Saturday.

If you’ve been following along with Lily & Val for a while, you’ll know that we opt out of out the traditional Black Friday sale, and instead hold our biggest sale of the year on Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday. I wanted to share with you just a bit about what Small Business Saturday means to me…

The Lily & Val Team

My Dad worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, but right around the time I was born in the 80’s, he (and many other steelworkers) were permanently laid off. My Mom and Dad describe this as an extremely scary time filled with uncertainty and worry.

So my Dad got creative. What looked like a dark spot in their lives turned into motivation. He started a business selling auto parts and fixing cars with nothing except a drive to provide.

That business ended up being the best thing that could have happened. It was certainly not easy – just the opposite in fact – but my parents were then able to build a life they didn’t think was possible.

Consequently, as a small-town Pennsylvania girl watching her Father run his small business, I learned. All my life I was led by his example and he taught me the values of working hard and never limiting myself. He always told me I could be anything I wanted. I’ve carried that through the years and today it’s a huge part of what defines me.

Your support of small businesses changes lives for generations.

I know that’s a big statement, but I truly believe it. I’m a testament to it.

When you support Lily & Val, you are supporting the people you see above. We are a tiny team. I want you to know that we don’t take for granted a single dollar that you spend with us. It is felt and appreciated more than I can say. It has allowed me to do what I love and create a life. Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how I feel.

In honor of Small Business Saturday 2017, I put together these hand-drawn graphics! I hope you will join me in spreading the Small Business love this year. Please feel free to share and tag @lilyandval! Click on any image and it will open a new window with a higher resolution file perfect for sharing on social media.

Free graphic for sharing the Small Business Saturday love this year! Free graphic for sharing the Small Business Saturday love this year!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends! If you’re not already signed up to receive Lily & Val emails, be sure to do that so you don’t miss our Small Business Saturday deals this year.

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #77

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

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #77, 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 #77 with Anniversary celebrations, Christmas cups at Anthropologie and watercolor eucalyptus

1. “Last Saturday was my parent’s 40th anniversary! My siblings and I pulled off an epic surprise for them- all coming together from different parts of the country. We celebrated at the Grand Concourse River Room overlooking the city. Overall, it was a day I will remember forever.” – Valerie

2. “I stopped in Anthropologie this week and my latest product collab was there!!! It still feels like such a dream.” – Valerie

3“Eucalyptus- my greenery of choice this holiday season!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #77 with Peppermint Wishes hand towels at Anthropologie, Pumpkin Spice coffee mugs and anniversary gifts

4“Another Lily & Val for Anthropologie product! I love this Peppermint wishes tea towel – I bought one for myself. :)” – Valerie

5. “Although I have fully switched mentally to Christmas, I’m still all about Pumpkin Spice Everything! This travel mug is another one of my designs for Anthropologie! Pumpkin lovers, be sure to get yours before they’re gone for the season!” – Valerie

6. “Not the prettiest picture, but my Dad decorated this box and filled it with old letters and memories for my Mom from their 40 years together. I just thought it was the sweetest thing ever!” – Valerie

Introducing Lily & Val Holiday Photo Cards – An Exciting Collaboration with Mixbook!

Friends! There is so much to tell you I feel like I’m saying “big news” almost every day, but this is really big news!!!!

I’m overjoyed to tell you that Lily & Val holiday photo cards are here through an exciting collaboration with Mixbook! Photo cards have been much requested throughout the years and I’m so pleased with how they turned out and the options that are available!

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

I can’t get enough bottlebrush trees! They are SO cute and have that sweet vintage feel. This “falala” card is available with two different photo layout options and just look at those return address labels!!! Ahhh!

P.S. Click on any of the photos to shop the cards!

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

This next card is bold, modern and typography inspired. I love how it looks paired with a photo – a striking greeting for sure!

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

For all lovers of cacti! This non-traditional, holiday photo card is for you. I just love this sweet, unexpected watercolor and coordinated return address labels.

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

This is what the back of the card looks like:

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

A hand-drawn crest with your photo inside. I am 99% sure this one is going to be the McKeehan Christmas card this year! It has coordinating photo return address labels, too.

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A classic L&V chalk art design with some hand-drawn sparkle. So fun!

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

And now for the FOIL SERIES…

3 designs in the Lily & Val for Mixbook collection are fully foiled and they look so elegant. Each foil design is available with your choice of gold, copper, or silver.

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

I can’t get over how the stars sparkle in this one! It has a magical, whimsical feeling perfect for the holidays.

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

Also, as part of the collection, we have a New Year’s card! Again, the hand lettering is foiled in your choice of metallic! It makes me want to throw a New Year’s Eve party just so I can send out this card. There’s something about the foil on the charcoal background that is absolutely beautiful.

Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!
Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards! Lily & Val for Mixbook holiday photo cards and matching address labels are here! Choose one of the hand drawn and illustrated designs and customize your Christmas cards!

You may recognize a lot of these designs as prints in the Lily & Val shop! Also, if photo cards aren’t your thing, most of the designs are also available as cards without the photo on lilyandval.com.

I hope you enjoy customizing your Christmas cards! I can’t wait to see which one you choose!!

November Happy Mail Idea – Thanksgiving Recipes

Hey friends! It’s that time again for another Happy Mail Idea! With the launch of our newest kitchen goodies & Thanksgiving right around the corner, this idea is great for making someone smile this month!

Lily & val loose recipe cards in assorted designs

TO MAKE THIS HAPPY MAIL:

Gather up your favorite, seasonal recipes and hand-write them on our new Lily & Val loose recipe cards!

Package the recipes with a Fall card. I think this “truly grateful” card is perfect for this time of year, plus the kraft paper looks a lot like butcher paper to fit the kitchen theme.

Send it along to a friend who may need cheering up with comfort food. If you can’t send the dish itself, sending the handwritten recipe is a sweet gesture.

November Happy Mail Gift Idea- send loose recipe cards plus a thanksgiving card that looks like butcher paper!

We love the idea of surprising someone with a little gift just because! 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 a special, exclusive pack of all three assorted recipe cards + a truly grateful card one lucky winner!  Check out our Happy Mail Instagram post to enter! Happy almost-Thanksgiving, friends!

Thanksgiving Happy Mail Idea- the next best thing to sending comfort food to a loved one - send a handwritten recipe card instead.