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Featured Shop: Lily & Val

Jul 25, 2014

by Valerie McKeehan

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi, my name is Valerie McKeehan and I’m a hand-letterer and illustrator specializing in chalkboard art. I draw all of the designs for my shop, Lily & Val.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to create. Although I never pursued any formal drawing or art training, creativity was a big part of my childhood and was always encouraged. I attribute that to my very artistic mother. My father is an entrepreneur and I get my business side from him.

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I graduated from college with a degree in marketing and pursued a career in advertising, but it wasn’t until the spring of 2012 that I discovered my true passion – drawing and illustrating in chalk. By that summer, with the prompting and encouragement of my husband and family, I opened my Etsy shop. After the holiday season that same year, I was able to make Lily & Val my full-time job. Six months later, my husband, Mak, joined me as the full-time business and wholesale manager. We make a great team.

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I’m so inspired by the simplicity of chalk art. It’s literally just dust on a surface, but watching a beautiful design emerge from that dust is rewarding. I begin my designs with a very rough pencil sketch. I don’t like to get too detailed in my sketch since elements and details arise when you put chalk to slate. I never really know how the dustiness will shape the pieces, but this variety produces drawings with character.

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I make art about things that truly speak to me, and I hope my customers feel that connection. To me, it’s the simple things that matter most. Knowing something I created plays a part in someone’s day, adds to their wedding decor, or provides the perfect gift is incredibly satisfying. My goal is to create artwork that brings joy and encouragement.

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All photographs by Chasing Eden Photography.

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Holiday Gift Tracker
Holiday Gift Tracker
LilyandVal
$19.95 USD
It's A Wonderful Life - Print
It's A Wonderful Life - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
2017 Assorted Holiday Note Card Set
2017 Assorted Holiday Note Card Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Peace on earth - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
Peace on earth - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Slow Down - Print
Slow Down - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Pumpkin Spice Latte - Fall Card - Fall Greetings - Latte Lover Card - Chalkboard Art - Chalk Art Card - Hand Lettering and Illustrations
Pumpkin Spice Latte - Fall Card - Fall Greetings - Latte Lover Card - Chalkboard Art - Chalk Art Card - Hand Lettering and Illustrations
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Fall Art - Farmer's Market - Fall Decor - Fall Print - Pumpkin Art - Fall Farmer's Market - Fall Print - Chalkboard Illustration - Chalk Art
Fall Art - Farmer's Market - Fall Decor - Fall Print - Pumpkin Art - Fall Farmer's Market - Fall Print - Chalkboard Illustration - Chalk Art
LilyandVal
$23.95 USD
Aloha - Print
Aloha - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Arnold Palmer - Chalk Art - Summer Art - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
Arnold Palmer - Chalk Art - Summer Art - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
LilyandVal
$23.95 USD
Call Me Old Fashioned - Chalk Art - Summer - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
Call Me Old Fashioned - Chalk Art - Summer - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
LilyandVal
$18.96 USD
Gather - Print
Gather - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Pimm's Cup Recipe - Chalk Art - Summer Art - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
Pimm's Cup Recipe - Chalk Art - Summer Art - Cocktails - Hand Drawn - Illustration - Home Decor - Art Print - Recipe Print - For the Kitchen
LilyandVal
$23.95 USD
Pumpkin Everything - Fall Art - Fall Decor - Pumpkin Art - Fall Print - Chalkboard Illustration - Chalk Art
Pumpkin Everything - Fall Art - Fall Decor - Pumpkin Art - Fall Print - Chalkboard Illustration - Chalk Art
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Cozy Winter Vibes - Print
Cozy Winter Vibes - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Tis the Season Sign - Chalk Art Print - Christmas Chalkboard Art - Holiday Decor - Christmas Tree Art - Rustic Holiday Art
Tis the Season Sign - Chalk Art Print - Christmas Chalkboard Art - Holiday Decor - Christmas Tree Art - Rustic Holiday Art
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Graduation Gift - Wanderlust Card - Wherever You Go Go With All Your Heart - Confucius - Chalk Art - Illustration
Graduation Gift - Wanderlust Card - Wherever You Go Go With All Your Heart - Confucius - Chalk Art - Illustration
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Moscow Mule Print - Chalk Art - Recipe Print - Cocktail Art- Bar Cart Art - Chalkboard - Chalkboard Art - Kitchen Chalkboard Art
Moscow Mule Print - Chalk Art - Recipe Print - Cocktail Art- Bar Cart Art - Chalkboard - Chalkboard Art - Kitchen Chalkboard Art
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - A2 Note Card
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Silent Night, Holy Night - Print
Silent Night, Holy Night - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Polar Express - Print
Polar Express - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Merry Christmas Typography - Print
Merry Christmas Typography - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
All is Calm - Print
All is Calm - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
White Christmas - Print
White Christmas - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
A Thrill Of Hope - Print
A Thrill Of Hope - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
12.25 - Print
12.25 - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - Print
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - Print
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Peace on earth - A2 Note Card
Peace on earth - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Merry Christmas Typography - A2 Note Card
Merry Christmas Typography - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
12.25 - A2 Note Card
12.25 - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Silent Night, Holy Night - A2 Note Card
Silent Night, Holy Night - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
It's A Wonderful Life - A2 Note Card
It's A Wonderful Life - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Cozy Winter Vibes - A2 Note Card
Cozy Winter Vibes - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
White Christmas - A2 Note Card
White Christmas - A2 Note Card
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
White Christmas - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
White Christmas - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Cozy Winter Vibes - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
Cozy Winter Vibes - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
Let Heaven & Nature Sing - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Silent Night, Holy Night - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
Silent Night, Holy Night - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
It's A Wonderful Life - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
It's A Wonderful Life - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
12.25 - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
12.25 - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Merry Christmas Typography - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
Merry Christmas Typography - A2 Note Card Boxed Set
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Unique Holiday Card - Christmas Chalkboard - Holiday Greeting Card - Chalkboard Christmas Card - Christmas Food Gift
Unique Holiday Card - Christmas Chalkboard - Holiday Greeting Card - Chalkboard Christmas Card - Christmas Food Gift
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
As Seen In Life & Style Weekly - Just Dropping You A Line Card - Vintage Phone Illustration - Retro Card - Chalkboard Note Card - Chalk Art
As Seen In Life & Style Weekly - Just Dropping You A Line Card - Vintage Phone Illustration - Retro Card - Chalkboard Note Card - Chalk Art
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Coffee Lover Gift - All You Need Is Love And Coffee - Kitchen Art - Chalkboard Art  - Kitchen Print - Chalk Art - Coffee Chalkboard
Coffee Lover Gift - All You Need Is Love And Coffee - Kitchen Art - Chalkboard Art - Kitchen Print - Chalk Art - Coffee Chalkboard
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary - Congratulations - Celebrate Card - Celebration
Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary - Congratulations - Celebrate Card - Celebration
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Coffee sign - Gift for mom - Coffee Lovers gift - Coffee Art Print - Chalkboard Art - Kitchen Print - Kitchen Art - Chalk Art - poster
Coffee sign - Gift for mom - Coffee Lovers gift - Coffee Art Print - Chalkboard Art - Kitchen Print - Kitchen Art - Chalk Art - poster
LilyandVal
$18.95 USD
Choc Chip Cookie Recipe Print - Baking Wall Art - Cookie Recipe Art - Chocolate Chip Cookies - Baking Print - Kitchen Decor - Chocolate Chip
Choc Chip Cookie Recipe Print - Baking Wall Art - Cookie Recipe Art - Chocolate Chip Cookies - Baking Print - Kitchen Decor - Chocolate Chip
LilyandVal
$23.95 USD
Boxed Set of 8 - Sweater Weather Notecard - Fall Notecard - Hand Illustrated - Illustrated Art - Just Because
Boxed Set of 8 - Sweater Weather Notecard - Fall Notecard - Hand Illustrated - Illustrated Art - Just Because
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Boxed Set of 8 Christmas Cards - Christmas Card Set - Retro Christmas Cards - Holiday Greeting Card - Illustration Art
Boxed Set of 8 Christmas Cards - Christmas Card Set - Retro Christmas Cards - Holiday Greeting Card - Illustration Art
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Christmas Party Decor - Christmas Art Print - Holiday Party Decor - Bar Cart Decor - Christmas Decor - Bar Cart Print - Christmas Print
Christmas Party Decor - Christmas Art Print - Holiday Party Decor - Bar Cart Decor - Christmas Decor - Bar Cart Print - Christmas Print
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Love and Hot Cocoa Sign - Hot Cocoa Bar - Love and Cocoa - Christmas Wall Art - Holiday Illustration - Christmas Wall Art - Holiday Decor
Love and Hot Cocoa Sign - Hot Cocoa Bar - Love and Cocoa - Christmas Wall Art - Holiday Illustration - Christmas Wall Art - Holiday Decor
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Christmas Cards - Peppermint Wishes and Marshmallow Dreams Card - Boxed Card Set - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
Christmas Cards - Peppermint Wishes and Marshmallow Dreams Card - Boxed Card Set - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Christmas Card - Let It Snow - Boxed Card Set - Christmas Greetings - Christmas Cards - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
Christmas Card - Let It Snow - Boxed Card Set - Christmas Greetings - Christmas Cards - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Christmas Cards - Love & Hot Cocoa Card - Boxed Card Set - Hot Cocoa Card - Winter Greeting - Holiday Cards - Hand Lettered Holiday
Christmas Cards - Love & Hot Cocoa Card - Boxed Card Set - Hot Cocoa Card - Winter Greeting - Holiday Cards - Hand Lettered Holiday
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Christmas Card - Peppermint Wishes and Marshmallow Dreams Card - Christmas Cards - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
Christmas Card - Peppermint Wishes and Marshmallow Dreams Card - Christmas Cards - Unique Christmas Card - Hand Lettered Holiday
LilyandVal
$4.50 USD
Boxed Set Of 8 Hanukkah Cards - Chalkboard Hanukka Card - Menorah Illustration - Holiday Cards - Chalk Lettering
Boxed Set Of 8 Hanukkah Cards - Chalkboard Hanukka Card - Menorah Illustration - Holiday Cards - Chalk Lettering
LilyandVal
$20.00 USD
Retro Christmas Decoration - Retro Christmas Tree - Merry Christmas Print - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
Retro Christmas Decoration - Retro Christmas Tree - Merry Christmas Print - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Thanksgiving Art - Truly Grateful Print - Fall Art - Thanksgiving Print- Autumn Decor - Fall Wall Art - Fall Decor - Kraft Paper Print
Thanksgiving Art - Truly Grateful Print - Fall Art - Thanksgiving Print- Autumn Decor - Fall Wall Art - Fall Decor - Kraft Paper Print
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Modern Christmas Decoration - Merry Little Christmas - Winter Wall Decor - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
Modern Christmas Decoration - Merry Little Christmas - Winter Wall Decor - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Modern Christmas Decoration - Fa La La Print - Fun Holiday Art - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
Modern Christmas Decoration - Fa La La Print - Fun Holiday Art - Holiday Print - Christmas Decor - Modern Christmas Print
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD
Christmas Art Print- Peace On Earth - Holiday Chalkboard Art - Winter Decor - Christmas Home Decor - Christmas Print - Chalk Art
Christmas Art Print- Peace On Earth - Holiday Chalkboard Art - Winter Decor - Christmas Home Decor - Christmas Print - Chalk Art
LilyandVal
$19.00 USD

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