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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92

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

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #92, 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 #92 with Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, inspirations mint green pens and vintage rose art by mom

1. “The first trip of the season to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream in Pittsburgh is worth documenting! I was really excited about the vegan chocolate especially.” – Valerie

2. “I love this green pen! So I drew it.” – Valerie

3“My mom painted this is 1982! Isn’t she so talented?” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with Mister Rogers stamps, blush and mustard decor inspiration and blooming cherry blossoms

4“It took a visit to two post offices, but I found the Mister Rogers Stamp! Worth it!” – Valerie

5. “A blush and mustard color combo has my heart lately!” – Valerie

6. “It seems like overnight the blossoms came! They never last long enough!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with bright yellow cone flowers, terrazzo bathroom flooring and the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas

7. “These shades of yellow and green were so beautiful! What flower is this?!” – Emily

8. “So in love with this terrazzo flooring…found on a bathroom floor! Oh well still pretty!” – Emily

9. “When in Vegas, skip everything and go directly to the Neon Boneyard! You will be so inspired!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with renovation inspiration, diner breakfasts in Las Vegas and the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada

10. “Working on a remodeling project and this is my favorite part!” – Emily

11. “I found “my spot” on our Vegas trip. A street of antique stores and the best eggs ever! By the end of the week they were like “ oh your back!” And knew my order! I will be back Makers & Finders, I promise!” – Emily

12. “More Neon Boneyard inspiration that I believe has fueled my color schemes for the year!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with handsome husbands, Brownie Batter Hummus and snowy Spring days

13. “He’s my husband. He’s a photographer’s son. He hates when I find pretty places and make him get in my pictures! But I like his face.” – Emily

14. “A friend brought this brownie batter hummus over as a snack for our St. Patrick’s Day party and I think it is safe to say that I am addicted… and will never be buying it again… because I will eat it all in one day.” – Nicole

15. “The first day of Spring in Pittsburgh. Not quite what we had all hoped for.” – Nicole

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with PPG paint selections, people-watching Boxers and leafy wreath decor

16. “We’ve been in our newly built house for almost 2 years. I guess it’s time to get some color up on those walls! I’m totally stuck on this choice though.” – Nicole

17. “Ziggy truly believes that these window sills were placed at this height just for him to rest his head while people-watching.” – Nicole

18. “I nabbed this gorgeous wooden tray from the flagship store before it closed. It has taken me a while to figure out what to do with it, but I am pretty happy with my creation and the fact that I hand-made that wreath! *pats self on back*” – Nicole

Lily & Val Loves #5- Our Favorite Envelope Style Products

All this talk of snail mail has us thinking ENVELOPES!

Why are envelopes so inexplicably cute and well designed? Maybe it’s because they are a familiar shape that we associate with special new or event invites. Or maybe it’s just because they have great lines. Either way, there are so many great “envelope style” products out there so we thought we would share some of our absolute favorites!

Take for example these timeless and sophisticated vegan leather envelope clutches! They are handmade from a great Etsy shop and come in all of these beautiful classic colors. So chic!

These gorgeous envelope clutches are handmade and super affordable

One of my personal favorites is this botanical frame/stained glass style envelope wall pocket. The simple black lines of this wall hanging will have you actually wanting to sort your mail!

How beautiful is this Stained Glass, super sleek, envelope wall hanger!

These two earring styles are just too cute not to have on the list!  The bit of whimsy in the P.S. envelope earrings is so understated, but really shows off your love of snail mail. We also love the classic gold and simple style of these envelope drop earrings.

Beautiful P.S. Envelope earrings! Cutest envelope earrings ever!

Last but not least is another one of my personal favorites! I have one of these beautiful wool felt laptop sleeves, and I love everything about it. It protects my laptop from getting scratched and dirty in my tote or purse, and it is light enough that you hardly notice it’s in your bag. It’s just a simple classic look, I often want to carry it as a clutch too!

I Love my wool felted laptop sleeve. It's beautiful and so light weight!

I hope you enjoyed checking out all of the fun envelope products we love! Happy shopping!

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

What is better than gathering friends together for a pretty luncheon or dinner party?!

In honor of National Letter Writing Month we wanted to share a few DIY party ideas inspired by the timeless art of letter writing.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Ask anyone who has come to my house for dinner, you’re not likely to see the same dishes twice. While antique china is an obsession of mine, I have equally love for vintage linens! At some point, you just can’t store or buy anymore tablescape decor, so I love to find ways to reuse or create simple table decorations that don’t have to become part of the collection and don’t cost too much to create.

This kraft paper runner idea is ideal for creating a table runner or cover that will have a large impact on your party decor. You can make the runner as specific to your party theme as you please and just toss it after the party. Simple!

For this table runner, I decided to create a “Letter Writing” theme! Everyone loves receiving a piece of snail mail with an uplifting message and a sweet salutation.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

For this project you will need:

  • A roll of kraft paper or white butcher paper the length you wish your runner to be
  • Various weight writing felt tip pens or markers. I used LePen drawing pens in .05 and .1 (make sure if you use sharpies or markers that could bleed through that you use paper behind your runner to protect your table while writing)
  • Chalk ink marker (black)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

You could choose to write anything on you table runner…

A favorite quotation, a famous love letter, words of wisdom, favorite words, words in other languages…the possibilities are endless!

I love different letter salutations, so I chose to use a variety mixed in together to create a sort of pattern to my table runner.

If you are writing letters at this party, the runner is also helpful inspiration to use a sign-off other than the classic “Sincerely”.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

You can use the pencil to write out your words first but don’t be too hard on yourself. The beauty of this runner comes from loose handwritten letters.  You can choose to write in scripts or just use your everyday printed handwriting. Use all caps or all lowercase… just have fun with it!

Use your different pens to write in the different salutations to create variety in your pattern.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Once you have completed the length of the runner set your table! The beauty of this project is that once the flowers are out and the table is set, you don’t focus on the lettering, and I becomes a lovely backdrop to the party.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Your guests will enjoy reading what is on your table runner, and they can be great conversation starters. If you throw a letter writing party, Let us know! We would love to see your pictures!

 

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner
Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

This week Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Boxes went on sale and sold out in just an hour! Ahh! We are so blown away by this and thrilled that you are loving them as much as we love putting them together for you! For this particular box, I was excited to partner with my friends at Tombow. Many of you know, they make my favorite pens – especially the dual brush pens!

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

As Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Boxes are beginning to hit doorsteps, I wanted to share envelope addressing and decorating inspiration using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen found in our box.

For those that didn’t receive a box, everything in the post can be created using a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Blush, Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Yellow Gold, and a Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01.

(Tombow also included an adhesive roller in the box – perfect for sealing envelopes!)

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

With these three pens, there are literally endless ideas and opportunities for decorating your envelopes! Here are just a few of my favorites…

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 1:

Mono drawing pen letters + dual brush open letters

Here, I added “open” downstrokes on the name of the recipient and filled in the space with the blush marker so it stands out. A few mustard and blush swirls are simple, but make the envelope look whimsical and fun!

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 2:

Floral Border 

Lay your envelope on a piece of scratch paper so that you can bleed off the top edge and truly create the look of a border.Gold-toned flowers and leaves are unexpected. The roses are created with simple “C-shaped” curves. Hint: When using the dual brush pen you can vary your pressure to create swirls with different thicknesses. I also used the mono pen on top to add some definition to the roses. Simple, thin handwriting keeps the focus on the pretty border.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 3:

Color Wash 

This look is simple, but I LOVE it! Especially if you’re in a hurry, but want to add a creative detail to an envelope, this is perfect. The result looks like address stickers! How beautiful does the mono drawing pen lay on top of the wash?

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 4:

Back Detail 

Who said the front of an envelope needs to have all the fun! This idea can be incorporated with the other addressing ideas. A blush rose is front and center (remember those C-curves with varied pressure to create the shape) Then, mustard gold little flowers are used for texture – no detail needed here! The beauty is in the looseness. Line drawn leaves give your florals interest. I just love the whole effect especially used here across the flap like an envelope seal.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 5:

Brush Pen Names  

More of a “traditional” approach, this envelope showcases what Tombow Dual Brush Pens do best – brush lettering! When you vary your pressure on the downstroke you can achieve this gorgeous calligraphy look! Once I drew the initial lettering, I went back over the bottoms of the letters with a stroke to make it a bit darker on the bottom. This is a subtle detail that adds dimension.

I then used the “fine tip” side of the dual brush pen to draw the rest of the address in a thin line style so as to keep the focus on the brush-lettered name. A blush swirl is great for emphasizing the name but also filling in any empty spacing issues.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 6:

Banner 

Yep, if you know me, you’ll know I had to use a banner on something! 🙂 With a pencil, first sketch out the banner shape. (For banner inspiration, be sure to check out my book The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. It’s not just for chalk – but has inspiration for hand lettering in general!)

Then, I filled in the shape with strokes of my brush pen. The mono drawing pen was then used to outline the banner, write the name, and the rest of the address.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 7:

Line-drawn wreath 

This idea is so delicate and elegant! Loosely sketch a wreath shape with your mono pen. Again, no precision needed here! I used the “fine tip” of the brush pen to add the name on the inside.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

A Little Bonus:

Add cute little floral details to the inside flap! The recipient will certainly love the surprise when they open your note!

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

I hope you enjoyed these envelopes addressing ideas! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

I would absolutely love to see how you’re decorating your envelopes! Be sure to tag @lilyandval on Instagram.

P.S. How pretty are these wax seals? They were part of our Surprise Box too!

Wax Seals from waxseals.com as part of the Lily & Val Surprise Box
My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

At the time we were starting our brick and mortar store, I had this dream of an antique letter writing desk fixture filled with all types of washi tapes, pens, stickers, and stamps – all my favorite supplies! These supplies could be used on Lily & Val cards to address and decorate the envelope right there in the store! I had never seen anything like that!

My dream came to life when we found this old desk, refurbished it, painted it pink, filled it up with snail mail goodies, and called it The Sign & Seal Station. It was my favorite part of the store! In February of this year, we made the tough decision to close our brick and mortar store in order to re-focus (you can read more about it here) and my heart couldn’t bear the idea of letting go of this piece!

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

So… here it is. The Sign & Seal Station now part of my home in the living room. I treasure this piece because of the history and memories, but it’s also incredibly functional! As part of National Letter Writing Month, I wanted to share it with you plus give my tips and ideas for setting up your own version of a “Sign & Seal Station.”

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

An antique letter writing desk is not required for putting together a spot for your favorite letter writing supplies to live! Perhaps you have a spare drawer in your desk or even a wire basket.

Getting organized is one of my top tips for sending more handwritten cards and letters! Having all your supplies in one easily accessible place will help tremendously.

Once you have your designated area for supplies, here are some suggestions to fill it with:

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

The Forgotten Extras:

You’ve got your cards and envelopes (the obvious things), but here are some of the little things that are often forgotten, but extremely helpful to have on hand.

  • Scratch paper: For testing pens and getting your wording just right before moving to the card
  • Extra envelopes: Mistakes are bound to happen!
  • White out: See above
  • Pencil, eraser, and mini sharpener: This is especially needed if you plan to get creative with your envelope addressing! You can sketch the layout then erase your guide marks.
  • Stamps: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve addressed my card only to realize I’m out of stamps!
My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing StationMy Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

The Embellishments:

Stickers and washi tape are two easy things to have on hand to quickly dress up an envelope! I love them because you can use them as decoration or as an envelope seal. I’ve never liked licking the back of envelopes! An airmail stripe is one of my favorite tapes to use.

I keep my washi tape in mason jars because I think they’re so pretty and I want to display them!

I also have a few go-to rubber stamps that say things like “Vintage Email” and “Snail Mail Par Escargot” from Wit & Whistle.  I just use a black ink pad so it goes with everything. The designs are simple enough to not overpower the addressing but just add a cute touch.

My Tombow Dual Brush Pen Collection - great for Brush Lettering envelopes

The Pens:

Oh, pens! You can never have too many! My ultimate favorite is Tombow Dual Brush Pens. One end is a flexible brush point for creating brush lettering and the other end is a fine point. (For this reason, Tombow Dual Brush Pens will be included in our upcoming Snail Mail Surprise Box and I’ll be sharing more envelope addressing ideas using the pens later this month.)

I also keep my desk stocked with gelly roll pens. I use white and metallic the most. These are especially great for addressing dark colored envelopes.

For the interiors of my cards and letters, I like using Tombow Mono drawing pens, micron pens, and Le Pens.

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

This station has already been so helpful to me when I’ve needed to send a card! Just having everything in one place has really helped make it more convenient and fun to use. I hope these tips and ideas inspire you to create a little station of your own!

For more snail mail goodies, check out our Lily & Val Loves post. 

Also, be sure to check out our 5 reasons for sending more handwritten letters! 

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

Happy Letter Writing!

 

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook

Guys! I’m so excited to introduce you to my latest online class with Brit + Co: How To Design Your Wedding Invitations.  And the best news is… it’s a FREE class in partnership with my friends at Mixbook!

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

Lily & Val For Mixbook

When Mixbook and Brit + Co asked me to teach this class, I was thrilled for many reasons. First, you guys know how much I love using and working with Mixbook! My first collaboration with them was a series of photo cards this past holiday season and then last month we released L&V for Mixbook Custom Wedding Photo Books!  Their quality plus the ease of use of their design tools is truly wonderful.

How I Use My iPad Pro

Secondly, I’m excited about this class because we’ll be using the iPad Pro! If you guys have been following along with me recently, you’ll know I’ve developed quite a love for the Procreate app.

I’ll be the first to admit, I was apprehensive to use a digital drawing tool (I am used to chalk and chalkboard, after all) BUT the iPad and apple pencil feel so close to drawing with pen and paper. Although nothing will fully replace the real thing, you can’t beat these tools for drawing when digitizing is required of your lettering. Digitizing my hand lettering has always been somewhat of a struggle for me and extremely time-consuming. The iPad Pro solves all of this and saves you a ton of time! It’s totally worth it.

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

You Really Can Design Your Own Wedding Invitations

If you’ve been thinking about designing your own wedding invitation suite from scratch, but aren’t sure exactly where or how to get started, this class is for you!

I’m going to show you how starting with the basics, like finding your inspiration and how to develop a color palette for your wedding invites. I’ll teach you how to hand-draw loose florals (my favorite) and then we’ll put it all together on Mixbook!

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a seasoned pro. Your wedding invites (and coordinated pieces) will all look professional and, the best part, completely unique to you!

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

Below is the invite suite we’ll be working through step-by-step in the class! I’ll show you how to change up the elements to your specific palette and style.

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

STUDENTS WILL ALSO GET:

  • A overview of the principles of design.
  • A sketched invitation layout you can use as inspiration
  • Steps on hand painting florals on your iPad Pro.
  • Steps on how to hand letter with the Apple Pencil.
  • An overview of how to use Mixbook’s editor tool to bring your designs together.
  • 50% percent off the entire Wedding Card Collection on Mixbook.com.
FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

I hope you will join me in the class and I can’t wait to hear what you think!!

For those who love these invites as-is, Mixbook has made them available on their site! Just insert your information and you’ll have a lovely set with a handmade feel.  XOXO

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

Friends, we are in the midst of National Letter Writing Month and if you couldn’t already tell, we’re big fans of handwritten notes here at Lily & Val.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and the ease at which we can keep in touch and communicate with loved ones (and acquaintances we’ve never met) via social media, email, and texting. I wouldn’t want to trade that by any means, but I think it’s nice, perhaps important, to also bring some good old-fashioned communication into our lives. In a world filled with fast-paced, instant gratification technology, there’s something to be said for slowing down with thoughtfulness and intention. Letter writing is an amazing way to do this! Here are 5 reasons why I think we should send more handwritten letters…

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

1. It allows you to communicate visually

There’s not much that can be creatively or aesthetically done to an email or text message. Sure you can send a bitmoji, but that’s about it! With letter writing, there are endless options! You can choose the type of paper to write on, pick out a cute card, use your favorite pen, add colorful stickers or tapes, and decorate it with vintage stamps! Take the opportunity to use it as creative expression and explore hand lettering or calligraphy!

I think back to my days of passing notes in elementary school and junior high! Part of the fun of it was doodling on the note (did anyone else add dots to the ends of their letters?) and folding it up in fun ways.  No other form of communication allows you to show your individual personality visually like that! Your letters can become little pieces of art.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

2. It forces you to slow down

Let’s be completely honest, how often are our day-to-day communication with loved ones hurried and even hollow? We’re usually texting because we need an answer to something as opposed to deliberately pausing to write something on your heart. Writing a letter is intentional. It forces you to slow down, communicate meaningfully, and recognize what’s important.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

3. It brings a special type of closeness to faraway relationships

There’s a special closeness that happens in receiving a letter and knowing it originated in the hands of someone you love. They actually touched it and wrote on it. Holding someone’s handwriting is inexplicably one of the ways we can feel closer to someone. It’s a little piece of them there with you, something we can hold on to and cherish.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

4. It’s rare, memorable and tangible

The fact that letter writing is no longer the norm makes it extremely special when you receive a handwritten note. There’s something particularly memorable about a message that someone took time to write, seal, address, and stamp. Not to mention, having a special note live forever in your inbox just doesn’t seem like enough. Having a tangible expression of someone’s thoughts and feelings is rare and worth holding on to.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

5. It’s powerful

I’m a firm believer in the simple, small things of life becoming the big things. To me, there’s no greater example of this than with writing a letter. If you think about it, with a few strokes of handwriting, your letter has the opportunity to have a huge impact on someone’s life. You have the power to encourage, uplift, speak life, and let someone know they matter to you. Letters from my husband when we were dating and my Mom when I was in college, are some of my most treasured possessions. As opposed to a fleeting text message, your letter could be something the recipient cherishes for many years.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters 5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

Who’s on your heart right now? Did someone pop into your head as you were reading this? National Letter Writing Month is the perfect chance to send that card or letter!

And if you need some help getting started this letter writing post is a great read. I think Tip #3 is the most important thing! Happy writing!

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters
Snail Mail Surprise Box Launching on Wednesday, April 11th

Calling all paper and stationery lovers! As we are in the midst of National Letter Writing Month, we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to offer another Surprise Box with, you guessed it, a Snail Mail theme!  Get ready, this special Snail Mail Surprise Box will be launching on Wednesday, April 11th at noon Est!

Although we have increased quantities each time, our Surprise Boxes sell out very quickly! The last two sold out in just 20 minutes! Ahh! We’re thrilled you guys are loving these boxes so much and we’re doing our best to offer more, but still a VERY limited number. So, set those alarms! 🙂

Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Box Launching on Wednesday, April 11th

About L&V Surprise Boxes:

Our curated boxes are filled with L&V products, gifts & goodies from makers we love and one-of-a-kind items handmade by us and only available exclusively through the box! We put them for sale at an AMAZING price (which includes shipping) and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

Lily & Val Exclusive Designed Stationery Sheets for national Letter Writing Month

A peek at what you can expect to find in this Snail Mail Box:

My paper-loving heart wants to share everything inside this box because I’m just so excited for you to see everything, but I know there’s no fun in giving all the secrets away!  I did, however, want to share just a tiny peek of what you can expect to find as part of these Snail Mail themed goodies!

Exclusive Lily & Val Designed Stationery Sheets:

When I was a kid, I love love loved stationery sheets! (Lisa Frank stationery, anyone?) Now, they’re a little harder to find, so we decided to design our own! Pretty papers make our hearts beat a little faster and we’re including multiple sheets of each of the two designs – a blush and a mustard color, both with hand-drawn florals and lettering. These are perfect for your longer correspondence and they were made specifically to coordinate with the contents of the box! You can’t find them anywhere else!

Lily & Val Exclusive Designed Stationery Sheets for national Letter Writing Month Lily & Val Exclusive Designed Stationery Sheets for national Letter Writing Month

An Exclusive Lily & Val Note Card:

Another exclusive-to-the box item! This “HELLO” notecard will be tucked into your box along with SIX other best-selling, everyday Lily & Val cards (but we’re not going to tell you which ones!) Everything in the box has been coordinated and designed to work together with all the other elements for you to create the prettiest snail mail.

Lily & Val Exclusive Designed HELLO card for National Letter Writing Month Lily & Val Exclusive Designed HELLO card for National Letter Writing Month

Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Drawing Pen:

We’ve got you covered in this box down to the pens for beautifully addressing envelopes and filling out the cards! If you follow me, you’ll know Tombow Dual Brush pens are my absolute favorites and we chose the colors especially for the contents of the box.

Not sure how to use a brush pen? I’ve got you there too! Each box contains a little pamphlet with my brush lettering tips and a quick, little how-to. I’m confident you’re going to love these pens as much as I do! And stay tuned to the blog later this month for more inspiration and ideas for using a combination of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Mono drawing pens to creatively address envelopes.

Tombow Dual Brus pens and mono drawing pen for addressing the prettiest envelopes Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Box

Vintage Stamps:

There is nothing quite like vintage stamps to elevate an envelope and really make someone smile when they receive your letter! The unused, vintage stamps in the box have been custom picked and color-coordinated by Virginia of Verde Studio just for us! Verde Studio is my favorite shop for finding vintage postage and I’m honored that she designed these amazing sets for this special box.

The unused, vintage stamps in the box have been custom picked and color-coordinated by Virginia of Verde Studio just for us! Cheers card available on lilyandval.com. Looks beautiful with vintage postage on the envelope! There is nothing quite like vintage stamps to elevate an envelope and really make someone smile when they receive your letter!

That is all I’m going to say before I reveal too much! What I can say is that this Snail Mail Surprise Box truly has everything you need to create many pieces of thoughtful correspondence with a total value of over $70! All that’s missing is your sentiments and creativity poured onto the paper! What better time than National Letter Writing Month to take some time for sending someone an extra special happy mail surprise.

Brush lettered envelope inspiration using Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Set Those Alarms

The day before the box goes on sale (April 10th at noon EST), we will be jumping on Facebook LIVE to show you even more!

A few other announcements to answer your questions before the boxes go on sale:

* The price of the box includes shipping! The value of this Snail Mail box is approximately $70 so we can assure you it’s going to be an amazing deal!
* Because the box is already priced as such, no other discounts or coupon codes will apply.
* Boxes are currently only available in the U.S. (international friends, we are very sorry and hope to have a future solution!)
*You guys are just the best. We love you!

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Lily & Val Loves #4- Desk & Snail Mail Supplies

As you know, it’s National Letter Writing Month and around L&V that is an exciting time. We love snail mail and all things paper! We wanted to share some of our favorite writing and desk products that will encourage you to send a few notes and pretty up your writing space.

These June&December pencils are just lovely. The bonus is that they come packaged in these adorable little glass test tubes. They even share some ways to use the test tube over on their site.
These Beautiful Pencils come in an adorable reusable test tube!

Another beautiful addition to your pen cup are these lovely pastel pens. They have a very fine tip and gold details. Perfect for penning a letter to your best friend.

Beautiful fine tip gel pens help make writing more fun and more beautiful!

We all love a good airmail envelope. These sets are just the thing to send a simple letter on your favorite stationery.

Adorable airmail envelope set for sending sweet notes and letters

Make a card or letter a little more special by adding an envelope liner. You can always make some yourself with a great patterned paper or select some pre-made liners like these great handmade speckled ones from Styled By Stephanie on Etsy.

Fun scissors and letter envelopes are always fun to find at antique stores and estate sales. Even better, order these gorgeous vintage scissors from Etsy, where they have done all the searching for you!

Beautiful antique embroidery scissors

 

You have probably noticed we love to use washi to decorate cards and envelopes, especially as a fun way to seal your most special letters. These washi tape rolls are mail themed with a little vintage feel!

A serious favorite among the Lily & Val team are these smooth gliding and beautifully colored ball point pens. They wear so well and look beautiful. You have probably even noticed them in some of our photos!

These pens are beautiful and write so smoothly.

If you really want to up your stamp game and add some beautiful decoration to your envelopes add some vintage stamps. We love these little 3 cent vintage stamp assortments from Verde Studio. It’s so fun to look through these stamps and see what designs you can match to your stationery and greeting cards.

Add a little spice to your mail with this extra vintage postage. The surprise is in the beautiful variety of designs

If you are like many of us, you have a little trouble making your lines nice and straight for your beautiful letters. Try one of these handy Lettermate guides to make every note a work or perfection!

This helps making addressing envelopes simple and easy!

We hope you enjoy these little desk accessories and take the time to send something thoughtful and beautiful to someone this month!

Happy Writing!

 

National Letter Writing Month is Here + A Hand Lettering Giveaway

Hi Friend! It’s National Letter Writing Month! Hooray!

We have many fun things planned for you all month long, but to kick things off, I wanted to first recognize my true passion: HAND LETTERING (literally writing letters! :))  To do so, I am giving away an hour long, private one-on-one video call to one winner to talk all things lettering, give my best tips, answer your questions, and connect with someone who also shares this love. Ever since writing The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, teaching others how to letter & find their lettering style has brought me so much joy.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, drawing in her studio

When Lily & Val began almost six years ago, I never dreamed it would become what it has. Over the years, the brand has developed into a community who celebrates nostalgia, taking things a bit slower, thoughtfulness, paper over technology, the simple things in life, and of course, hand lettering!

This month represents all of those things and for that reason, it’s very near and dear to the L&V team and me.

Stay tuned for more surprises and fun this month! Xoxo!

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, drawing in her studioIt's National Letter Writing Month - Enter to win a private call with Valerie McKeehan

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The winner will be announced on April 10th at 12pm EST during a Facebook Live! Like Lily & Val on Facebook so you don’t miss out. (Giveaway is open to everyone 18 and older).