To infinity and beyond, Valentine! I’m kicking off my #ValentineCardCountdown with a tribute to all-things space. In honor of one of my favorite Valentines, Rachel, this roundup is for the wannabe astronaut in your life.
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!
When you eat a lot of The Laughing Cow cheese, you tend to have a lot of these ready-to-upcycle paper boxes left over. If you’re like us, head over to Metro Parent to see how to turn these useful containers into colorful pom-pom gift boxes, just perfect to house a handful of tasty chocolates or even a gift card.
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:
- 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.
As a candle lover I’ve got a lot of of empty candle jars from candles that have come and gone. With those jars come a LOT of jar lids. Before you send those lids to the recycling bin, consider using them as bases for Christmas tree ornaments!
Over on Metro Parent I’ve got a post showing you how to do just that with your little crafters this holiday season.
Looking for a cute, whimsical approach to a Christmas craft project? Head over to Metro Parent to see this month’s featured craft project: a simple pom-pom woodland tree and colorful strand of pom-pom garland. Wrap the garland around the tree or display each on their own!
Do you have a quilter, sewer, knitter, etc., on your Christmas list this year? Or maybe you’re crafter looking for a new book to add to your crafty library? Either way, here’s a list of some books that I’ve been spending time with lately that double as great Christmas gifts for any fiber lover. (more…)