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3 New Recipe Cards Have Been Added To The Collection

New loose recipe card packs by Lily & Val! 3 styes: whimsical lemons, farmhouse gingham, and vintage pyrex!

Friends, did you see the news yesterday? We launched our best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary with a brand new Whimsical Lemons cover option! In addition to the new Kitchen Diary, we also expanded our line of loose recipe cards with three additional designs! I can’t wait to tell you about them!

First up, Whimsical lemons

(of course, this matches the new Kitchen Diary cover!)

Add some zest to your culinary creations with these sweet-as-can-be cards. With clearly labeled spaces for each component of your recipe, the playfully vibrant Whimsical Lemons Recipe Card Pack is a must for fervent foodies who enjoy cooking memorable meals just as much as eating them!

whimsical lemon recipe cards for your favorite recipes whimsical lemon recipe cards for your favorite recipes

Next, Farmhouse Gingham

Sweet, southern, and simple. This pretty recipe card set is sprinkled with so many little details: mason jar blooms, chic pink and gingham, and adorable almost-empty salt-and-pepper shakers. Your home is your heart, and these handy recipe cards will make sure your memorable shared meals are never forgotten.

New farmhouse gingham recipe cards by Lily & Val are the perfect addition to your recipe card box A farmhouse gingham loose recipe card for your favorite recipes

Finally, Vintage Pyrex

Retro lady—these are for you. If you aren’t caught dead without your pretty apron on and you live to share your love through food, these quirky, nostalgic cards will complete your kitchen. Pen your favorite muffin recipe next to the bright Pyrex bowls of yesteryear, and prepare for plenty of compliments to the cook.

Adorable loose recipe cards wth vintage pyrex illustrations | retro inspired recipe cards

These cards are beautifully paired with our Keepsake Kitchen Diaries! I hope these products help you savor time spent in the kitchen just a little bit more.

The whimsical lemons Keepsake Kitchen Diary pairs beautifully with the loose lemon recipe cards The best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary pairs beautifully with these farmhouse gingham recipe cards
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #76

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

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #76, 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 #76 with the new Whimsical Lemons Keepsake Kitchen Diary, blush everything and Chalk lettering techniques snack tables

1. “Yesterday we launched the brand new Whimsical Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diary and three new loose recipe cards! Swooning over this store display!” – Valerie

2. “I’ve definitely had a thing for blush lately!” – Valerie

3“The latest Chalk Lettering Techniques class was held this past Saturday! Here’s a peek at the snack table. I still love this plum botanical canvas for winter.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #76 with Chalk Lettering Techniques class, fresh lavendar from Trader Joe's and Tarte Cosmetics at Ulta

4“Another look at the Chalk Lettering Techniques class set-up before everyone arrived! Pumpkins + holiday garland?! Such is this in-between time of year!” – Valerie

5. “I treated myself to a fresh bunch of lavender from Trader Joe’s. It was something simple, but it really lifted my mood.” – Valerie

6. “Little known fact about me – I LOVE makeup. I could have possibly become a makeup artist I love it that much. But unfortunately, because of my severe gluten intolerance, I have to use gluten-free cosmetics (takes GF to a whole new level, I know!). So when my local Ulta was holding a Tarte event I had to go! Tarte is my go-to because they are gluten free and not filled with usual chemical culprits. It was so much fun and I loved getting my makeup done by the Tarte makeup artist!” – Valerie

NEW Keepsake Kitchen Diary™ Cover Option – Whimsical Lemons!

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them!

With the Thanksgiving season upon us and all the nostalgic meals sure to be enjoyed, we thought it was the perfect time to share the newest additions to our heartfelt kitchen lineup!

I’m overjoyed to tell you that our best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary is now available with a new cover option! The diary is the same on the inside, but these whimsical lemons are adding a bright, sunshiny pop to the outside!

The best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary is now available in a new cover option- Whimsical Lemons!

From the handy pockets on both inside and back covers, to journal pages for sweet memories, to the hand-drawn illustrations lining the pages, everything you know and love about this one-of-a-kind recipe notebook stays the same. The only difference is a fabulous new facelift!

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them! The best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary is now available in a new cover option- Whimsical Lemons!

If you’re not familiar with the Keepsake Kitchen Diary, what really makes it special is that we’ve made room for what matters most. There’s a page next to each recipe to record the stories, memories, and occasions surrounding your favorite dishes.

We believe the small things become the big things when we look back, so it’s important to us to preserve every day, ordinary, in-between moments of life! This book helps do just that.

Many of my most precious memories involve food and family around the table! Read more about the backstory and heart behind this book and why I created it.

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them!

Some Kitchen Diary owners love to scrapbook their books with stickers, washi tape, and photos while others like to keep it simple. Either way, our hope is that this Diary gives you the opportunity to create a meaningful family cookbook that will be cherished for many years to come!

See more Kitchen Diary inspiration!

Nothing beats a handwritten recipe. The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them! The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them! The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them!

Also, we added 3 new loose recipe card designs today! They perfectly coordinate with both the Lemon and the Classic cover (Be sure to check out our limited bundles and get both a Diary & card pack for an amazing price!)

New Whimsical Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diary and coordinating lemon recipe card pack bundle! New Whimsical Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diary and coordinating lemon recipe card pack bundle!

Whether your kitchen oozes Southern Charm or your best dish is a lemon tart, I hope you love the vibrant playfulness of the Whimsical Lemons Keepsake Kitchen Diary!

Of course, the diary is still available in our Classic cover, too! 🙂 Which one is your favorite?

Find both Kitchen Diaries here.

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val is a one-of-a-kind family cookbook because we've made room for what makes the recipes special: The memories and stories that go with them!
DIY Lamb’s Ear Holiday Trees

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

If you haven’t noticed from all of the Lily & Val Product Photos…I LOVE lamb’s ear! For every season…every color scheme…every style. Ok so maybe that is a bit overboard, but I do love using lamb’s ear in flower arrangements and photo styling! Especially in the winter, I love lamb’s ear as an unexpected greenery. The soft texture and minty green color is so versatile.

In honor of this amazing green…I did a little DIY cone tree for holiday & winter decorating. We all need a little more time to decorate, so I love items like these that are not “Christmas Specific” and can stay up later in the winter season, because…you did all the work already, so why not!

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

You will need:

  • Various sizes of cardboard cones painted white. (You could make these or just buy them at any local craft store. I suggest using a Gesso Spray because it will cover better than just plain white spray paint.)
  • Gesso Spray or white paint
  • Lamb’s ear faux floral stems
  • Wire cutters
  • A low temp glue gun and glue sticks 

Directions:

Cut apart all of your lamb’s ear stems using floral or wire cutters. I love the little clusters of small leaves at the top of the stems I had, but you can also just cut down to the individual leaves. Separate the sizes so you can use the smaller ones at the top and larger ones toward the bottom. (Set a couple small ones aside to use later)

Using a low temp glue gun will keep the plastic on your faux florals from melting …and you will be happy you did when it gets all over your fingers!

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

Work your way in a spiral motion overlapping the leaves as you go from top to bottom. Then use those extra little leaves to fill in any big gaps.

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

In the photo above I did a little more “natural” style but using a leaf cluster at the top and using a less perfect pattern on my way down the cone.

Below is a more perfect option. Start the top with a large leaf glued around the tip of the cone and begin laying your leaves all in the same direction in rows on the way down the cone.

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

With the more perfect approach, you will not have any gaps to fill in at the end.

(note the amount of hot glue on my hand…told you!)

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

I loved mixing the two style trees in my decorating. Variety is the spice of life right?!

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

These trees pair so beautifully with the prints and canvas from the 2017 Holiday Collection (as in the photo below)!

DIY lambs ear trees paired with a Lily & Val brush lettered holiday canvas from the 2017 All Is Calm Collection

You could take idea a step further and use another type of leafy green, a plum lamb’s ear, or glitter dust your trees at the end! Make a bunch and put them down the center of your table for a beautiful wintery centerpiece, or line your mantle and mix in some taper and tea-light candles! The possibilities are endless! Be sure to tag #lilyandval so we can see what you did with this DIY! Have FUN!

DIY Lamb's Ear Holiday Trees | Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #75

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

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #75, 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 #75 with Valerie's artwork on a Starbuck's holiday cup, yarn for crocheting and minimalist holiday mantel decor

1. “I always love working with Starbucks! It was so fun decorating the 2017 holiday cup with the art supplies they sent me!” – Valerie

2. “My Grandma taught me how to crochet when I was very young. I haven’t done it in a LONG time, but I thought about giving it a shot again this winter. It’s the perfect “slow down” activity I’ve been looking for.” – Valerie

3“We re-did the Flagship Store mantel this week for the holidays! It’s minimalist and simple – just like this year’s holiday collection.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #75 with pumpkins and gourds, gorgeous Autumn trees and fall hikes through the woods in Bedford, PA

4“I can’t explain what the obsession is with these crazy gourds and pumpkins, but I can’t enough. Especially the gray/blue color!” – Valerie

5. “With a Fall tree this gorgeous, I couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity!” – Valerie

6. “Mak and I spent a weekend away and it was so refreshing! There’s something about a hike (especially in the Fall) that fills me up and helps me re-focus.” – Valerie

What’s Your Holiday Decorating Style? Take Our Quiz To Find Out!

Hey friends, we put together a little something fun for you – a holiday decorating style quiz! Hint: if you enter your email at the end you will also receive a special coupon code to lilyandval.com! 

Enjoy!!

Find out your Holiday Decorating Style by taking our fun quiz!

“Grateful & Blessed” Free Desktop Wallpaper Download

Grateful & Blessed Free November Desktop Wallpaper Download

Welcome, November! As our hearts turn to Thanksgiving later this month, I wanted to share a practice I started doing. In the morning I list three things I’m grateful for in my journal. I tend to get in my own head and starting my day with gratitude has helped me a lot. It sounds like a simple practice, which is true, but it can have a big impact!

I hope this month’s hand-lettered and watercolored desktop and iPhone wallpapers will serve as a reminder of all the good things in your life. Happy November, friends!

Colorful Fall Floral Desktop Background Free Download

Download NOVEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS >> Click the “NOVEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER” link or the image above. When the image is opened in a new window, right-click the image and select “Save image” or drag it to your desktop (You may have to click twice to bring the image to its full size).  Once the image is saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!
Coordinate your tech with this bonus iPhone wallpaper!
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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #74

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

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #74, 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 #74 with High Tea at the Inn on Negley, lavender tea and Valerie's favorite people

1. “My birthday was on October 25th and it was such a wonderful day. Mak took me to an afternoon “High Tea” at The Inn on Negley. I loved it and it was so beautiful!” – Valerie

2. “I tried lavender tea for the first time! I’ve had lavender blended with other teas before, but never just straight lavender. I feared it would be too floral, but it was actually lovely! I added just a bit of honey.” – Valerie

3“My birthday ended with a cozy night in. Take out and my Mom’s pumpkin cake (a recipe she handwrote in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary). A table of my favorite people. I’m so grateful for days like today.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #74 with roses in the Fall, L&V pumpkin painting patch and Christmas trees at TJMaxx

4“Hanging on through the cold weather. We’ve seemed to go from Summer to Winter here in Pittsburgh!” – Valerie

5. “Last Friday we held an elegant pumpkin painting workshop! Here is our “pumpkin patch” – except the pumpkins were clean and ready to go. :)” – Valerie

6. “I’m a Fall girl, but I admit, I’ve been SO excited seeing Christmas things in stores (I think launching our own holiday collection helped a lot too!). I absolutely love these mercury glass trees spotted at TJMaxx.” – Valerie

New Lily & Val for Candelles Handmade Soy Candles for the Holidays

Did you hear the news? As part of our 2017 Holiday Collection Launch last week, we also introduced brand new Lily & Val for Candelles Handmade Soy Candles for the holidays!

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

A cozy Christmas isn’t complete without a bit of candlelight. We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Candelles to provide you with three limited edition candles perfect for the holiday season!

Each candle is handmade in Pennsylvania and wrapped with a label hand-drawn by yours truly!

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

Cozy Winter Vibes – The Christmas Orange scent.

Feel the nostalgia of getting an orange in your stocking for Christmas with these warm, citrus candle! It’s a simple blend of fresh orange slices with clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Cozy Winter vibes Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

Holiday Cheers – Amaretto Nog scent.

For all lovers of eggnog, especially around the holidays, this candle is delicious! It has strong notes of a buttercream vanilla with touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. For a little kick, we’ve also blended a mix of amaretto, with fresh almond and hints of juicy cherries. A perfect holiday fragrance!

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles Blue spruce soy candle with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

Winter Wonderland – Blue Spruce scent.

With the holidays approaching, who wouldn’t want to fill their home with the smell of a fresh blue spruce? This scent begins with top notes of spruce and a hint of fresh lime, middle notes of pepper and cardamom and a base of pine. It will certainly make things merry and bright!

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

In addition to each individual candle, we made a set of all 3 available at a discounted price!

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

More Candle Details:

Size: 16oz | 473 ml
Approximate Burn Time: 80-120 hours (this is based on lighting of 3-5 hours each)

Made with phthalate-free, skin safe fragrances, natural soy wax, and lead-free cotton wicks.

Unique holiday soy candles with labels hand-drawn by Lily & Val and hand-poured by Candelles

We hope they bring warmth and smiles to your home this holiday season! View the entire 2017 L&V Holiday Collection for the coordinating prints and note cards!

Cozy Winter Vibes is the perfect neutral black and white card to send a modern holiday greeting

 

Keep your Gifting Organized This Holiday Season With the L&V Holiday Gift Tracker

There’s been a lot of excitement happening at Lily & Val with the launch of our 2017 Holiday Collection yesterday!  As part of that launch, we also introduced a brand new heartfelt product. The Lily & Val team has had this under wraps for MONTHS and it feels so great to finally introduce you to the L&V Holiday Gift Tracker!

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

Goodbye crumpled, loose holiday shopping lists at the bottom of your bag! This little book was created to help make the season of giving more organized and less stressful.

I am not an organized person by nature. Each holiday season, it seems I find myself in a gift-giving frenzy with some ideas typed as notes in my phone and loose, lists floating around my purse. This holiday gift tracker is something I could personally use to make the season of giving more organized and less stressful.

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

At Lily & Val, we are all about the thoughtful, sentimental and nostalgic – which rings especially true around the holidays. This notebook was designed to act as a running log from year to year, allowing you to look back on past holiday memories and help you recall previous gifts in order to plan future gifting.

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

The Holiday Gift Tracker is broken into 3 sections:

The Gifts To Give section provides room for recording both gift ideas and gifts purchased. You can also keep track of your gift budget per person and check off those wrapping to-dos!

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

The Gifts I’ve Received section is a helpful log to remember past gifts or to serve as a reminder for sending post-holiday thank you cards.

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

We’ve included a special address book under the Cards to Send section to keep your holiday greetings organized as well. Use the space under Sent to write the year or a checkmark using a different colored pen so that the same list can be used year after year.

(Speaking of pens, the pages in this notebook are thick and sturdy, so there’s no need to hold back – feel free to use your favorite pen and get a bit messy.)

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

We even included two convenient pockets for receipts!

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

Special Deal for a Limited Time!

For a limited time, we are offering the Holiday Gift Tracker plus our 2017 assorted boxed holiday notecard set as a bundle for 15% off! This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday gift planning and card sending!

Get a jump start on your gift planner and card sending with the limited time Gift Tracker/ Card Set bundle on lilyandval.com Get a jump start on your gift planner and card sending with the limited time Gift Tracker/ Card Set bundle on lilyandval.com The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val

I hope the Holiday Gift Tracker becomes a handy tool for you every year! For me, this season is about less hustle & bustle and more simplicity focusing on what matters most.

Purchase Your Holiday Gift Tracker. 

The Holiday Gift Organizer you could use this Christmas | Holiday Gift Tracker Notebook by Lily & Val