Holiday Crafting

Introducing Snail Mail Swap ’16


Last year was a great year for snail mail. Thanks to the Egg Press + Hello Lucky! Write_On campaign, snail mail was living the high life last year. Thousands took to their post offices to send a handwritten note or card every day during the month of March. My guess is that 2016 will be even bigger!

During Christmas I shared some of my favorite holiday greeting cards on Instagram with my #ChristmasCardCountdown. I loved doing it and started looking forward to the next holiday I could celebrate. Today I’m launching #ValentineCardCountdown and adding a new feature: Snail Mail Swap ’16.

For most major holidays this year I’ll be sharing some of my favorite cards here on my website and on Instagram. I’ll offer a simple card swap for mail lovers to participate in.

Ready for some Valentines? Go ahead and sign up!

Recipe: Greeting Cards and Holiday Beverages

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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.