Handmade Parties

Recipe: Greeting Cards and Holiday Beverages

Photo courtesy of LilyAndVal.com.

Photo courtesy of LilyAndVal.com.

Pair a holiday drink with a holiday greeting card? Sounds like a perfect partnership to me! If you’re not familiar with Lily & Val, now’s a great time to get acquainted.

Valerie McKeehan is the force behind Lily & Val and a lover of chalkboard art. Her artwork is illustrated by hand and then photographed to create a digital product for you to enjoy. From greeting cards to keepsake recipe journals, her shop offers up a little bit of everything for the paper lover.

Earlier this month Val shared her drink-and-card combination on her blog by way of a holiday Wassail paired with a charming matching greeting card. (There’s even a coordinating art print!) What’s a Wassail? It’s a mulled cider drink that can be made with or without spirits. Try making it yourself thanks to this recipe from Val:

Holiday Wassail Recipe by Lily & Val


  • 4 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 4 cups of Orange juice
  • 4 cups of Apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 inches of ginger, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons of whole cloves


  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker on low to medium heat for 6-8 hours, or on a stove over medium heat.
  • Scoop out clove and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Make sure to check out all of Lily & Val’s offerings over on her website, like this charming New Year’s 2016 digital print, as well as her blog.

Painting and Sipping with Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint


I love lots of things. A delicious glass of wine and the chance to craft are very high on that list of loved things. So you can imagine how excited I was when the teams at Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint asked me if I’d like to try my hand at creating my own one-of-a-kind wine label with spray paint. (Obviously, I said yes.) Here’s a little background on each company. (more…)

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps


It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

MADE Floral + Willys Detroit


I’d like to think I’m not so bad at flower arranging these days thanks to a recent workshop at Willys Detroit with local floral designer Martha DeFlorio of MADE Floral.

I saw Willys post about the class on their Instagram account last month and was instantly intrigued. I worked at flower stores in high school and liked to “think” I had a good eye for a centerpiece, but knew I needed a lot of help. That’s where Martha luckily came in. (more…)