From the category archives:


DIY – A Colorful way to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

by Mindy Lockard on February 1, 2011

I don’t know about you Gracious Girls, but sometimes Valentine’s Day can be too sweet. Just thinking about it gives me a toothache. So when it comes to my children’s Valentine’s Day, I like to think beyond the candy wrapper or box of conversation hearts.  In the past years we’ve sent along these soaps, but […]


A few tips to remember: 1. When you take the bird out of the oven allow it to set. 2. When it’s cool enough to be handled it’s time to carve it. 3. Carve it in the kitchen and not at the table. 4. Use a sharp knife. 5. Take deep breath and own the […]


Thanksgiving Thursday: Acorn Vase

by Mindy Lockard on November 4, 2010

As you can imagine, a holiday that begins with the word “Thanks” is a favorite for The Gracious Girl.  One of our favorite ways of celebrating is to find new and beautiful ways to dress our table. The beauty of this vase is it can be done with a few on-hand supplies and … wait for it… in-advance.   What Gracious Girl doesn’t love checking-off […]


I’ve Fallin’ for Fall!

by Mindy Lockard on September 20, 2010

I’m in a great debate with the big guy who oversees my backyard.  I’m ready for fall, and he says he’s not, just yet. Although he has a point, our recent weather forcast calles for rain, rain, and you guessed it… more rain! So with the wet and cold on the outside, I thought I’d get […]


Will You Help Me Face It?

by Mindy Lockard on June 6, 2010

So, I’m working on a little project and I need your help. I’m looking for a face for a gracious girl. A girl that’s going to grace a lot of my material for my twenty-something female clients. Once I have a face, I will add a body and my clients will dress this girl up […]