The Gracious Girl is Here!

by Mindy Lockard on October 17, 2010


Gracious Giveaway Day One: A set of Crane & Co. 50 engraved calling cards — check them out here!


A Little Trip Down Etiquette’s Memory Lane… Calling cards have emerged as a hot trend, but calling cards as a social networking tool have been around since their first appearance in early Chinese culture. Known as ming tzhu (name card) or pai theigh (visiting card), these wooden cards bore a person’s name. Sometime around the fifth or sixth dynasty, the wood was replaced by paper, and the cards began including name, title, and town. During the Ming Dynasty, calling cards evolved into a status symbol. Scholars carried red cards and commoners exchanged white cards. This concept of using calling cards to display status was later adopted by Victorians, who not surprisingly had a slew of strict rules relating to their usage.


Why Use Them?  Today, the calling card is less a formality and more a fantastic and sophisticated social tool. The true beauty of calling cards, aside from their stylish appearance, is that we have all encountered a time when we could have used them. Rather than fumbling for your cell phone or a scrap of paper or napkin to scribble down contact information, imagine withdrawing a sleek card from your wallet or handbag containing the necessary information.

 To enter today’s Gracious Giveaway… we simply want to know that you were here. So just leave a “hello” in the comment section below!  We will be drawing the winner’s name next week!   

And, if you have a moment, pop by and say “hello” to Peter at the Crane Insider too. I just know you’ll  love what he has to say over there. Oh, and did I mention the eye candy?  Lot’s of it!

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Aubrey Miller 10.18.10 at 4:22 am

Hello and welcome!

Lindsey 10.18.10 at 5:42 am

Oh Hello! I just love Crane & Co. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Marialexandra 10.18.10 at 5:51 am

Congrats on this new journey Mindy! Of course, there is no doubt it will be an amazing contribution to making our lives a little more gracious everyday.

Mindy Lockard 10.18.10 at 6:05 am

I love them too Lindsey! Thanks for stopping by.

Mindy Lockard 10.18.10 at 6:06 am

Aubrey, Thank you so much for joining us today! Good luck on the giveaway!

Jen @ SecondCitySoiree 10.18.10 at 6:17 am

Mindy, congrats on the new look…I love it!

meredith 10.18.10 at 6:17 am

I LOVE the new Gracious Girl!!!!

Your site is so fresh and fantastic Mindy. Congrats on this new fun adventure:)

Marty McI 10.18.10 at 6:32 am

Found you through Second City Soiree. Love the website — I keep thinking about finding something like this for my daughter who made friends at camps & classes during the summer, but had no way to stay in contact with her new friends. Next summer, she will have her own calling cards.

Mrs Pop 10.18.10 at 6:32 am

Hello Gracious Girl! Beautiful new look!

Beth 10.18.10 at 6:36 am

I love the calling card idea. I have a business cards for work, but sometimes it would be nice to have something sleek and stylish for my other life-jobs.

Kate Lewis 10.18.10 at 6:38 am

How wonderful!! I love the site design and the direction of The Gracious Girl. I am sure many many people will come to depend on your insight and advice!! Congratulations on all your hard work!!

Lindsey A 10.18.10 at 6:48 am

I love the new website, Mindy!!! Well done!

Jillian LaDage 10.18.10 at 6:51 am

Hello, how lovely to see these returning, I have always wanted my own calling cards and am excited to start using them. I am so glad I found your site so many great suggestions and it’s nice to see a return to gentility !
Jillian LaDage
A timeless evocative World Music voice, equal parts Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan fused with the essence of Alison Krauss.

Cristen M Braatz 10.18.10 at 7:14 am

Love the calling cards! They are oh so courant!

Kim O'Neil 10.18.10 at 7:18 am

Mindy, I love the new blog! Fabulous! And these calling cards…love. 🙂

Joanna 10.18.10 at 8:03 am

Hello! 🙂

Amy 10.18.10 at 8:13 am

Your blog is wonderful. The calling cards are fabulous too. I had calling cards when I chaired the Holt auction, and they were very handy to have in my purse when I was spreading the word about Holt!

Jennifer 10.18.10 at 8:16 am

The blog looks fabulous and so did you in the video – Congratulations!

Kristen 10.18.10 at 10:44 am

Hello! very excited about the Gracious Girl and all she will do!

Julie 10.18.10 at 11:31 am

I just found your fabulous blog through Second City Soiree, and it is simply wonderful! Congratulations!

Missy 10.18.10 at 11:42 am

Hello!!!!! Love the new Look…congrats!!!

Lizzy Reilly 10.18.10 at 11:55 am

So excited to see the new site, darling!! Definitely forwarding it to everyone I know. Cheers!

Karli Rivera 10.18.10 at 12:06 pm

Hello! Keep up the good work. Looks great!

Sara 10.18.10 at 12:06 pm

Welcome Gracious Girl! Wishing you all the best.

Sarah Lilly 10.18.10 at 1:06 pm

Congratulations Mindy and team! I love everything about the new site–especially the videos.

Cris 10.18.10 at 1:58 pm

Love the new site and the videos make it very personal! Best wishes!

Julie 10.18.10 at 2:20 pm

Best wishes on your new endeavor!

Jamie 10.18.10 at 3:16 pm

You have been a busy (gracious) girl! The site looks amazing. And I would LOVE some cards! 🙂

Angela Seits 10.18.10 at 3:59 pm

I enjoy watching your progress, both with the Monthly Manner and the Gracious Girl. Your presence is a delightful addition to the blogosphere. We could all use more tips on gracious living.
Best wishes on the new endeavor!

Michelle 10.18.10 at 4:41 pm

Hello, hello, hello!

Mindy, congratulations on the new site. It looks amazing!!


Amy 10.18.10 at 6:02 pm

love this giveaway!

Kat 10.18.10 at 6:06 pm

The website looks great! Looking forward to following the gracious girl on her new adventures!

BethG 10.18.10 at 6:10 pm

Hello! Thanks for the giveaway. The calling cards are adorable.

Housewife Bliss 10.18.10 at 7:46 pm

after my recent discussion on calling cards, I would love to be on the receiving end of this gracious giveaway…

Allison L 10.18.10 at 8:16 pm

Hi Mindy! These cards are super cute 🙂
Thank you again for coming to Kappa Delta to help us with recruitment etiquette!

Emily Butler 10.18.10 at 8:18 pm

Hi Mindy!
I love that you have such an exquisite style and I am beginning to realize how classic these sleek mannerisms are.

Love your blog!

Kelsey Horning 10.18.10 at 8:20 pm

Hello! What a great giveaway!

Emily 10.18.10 at 8:21 pm

I love your website Mindy, and I can’t wait to become a more gracious girl through reading it!

Mindy Lockard 10.18.10 at 8:31 pm

Yay, Kappa Deltas! Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved working with you and hope you will tell your friends about all of the fun we are having over here on The Gracious Girl! Congrats too on a successful recruitment!

hollie 10.18.10 at 9:01 pm

Hi Mindy!
Congratulations on your new blog. Thank-you for all of the gracious advice and fun that you share with your readers!

Angela Gile 10.18.10 at 10:08 pm

Hello Mindy! This looks great so far, I am excited for the rest of the week!

Ann 10.19.10 at 5:29 am

The world needs a little more gracious living these days. Thanks for adding to the postitive.

Amy Stevens 10.19.10 at 6:32 am

I love the new look and am so excited about follow gracious girl! You look fantastic in your video, by the way, and the give-away is wonderful. Crossing my fingers … 🙂


Mindy Lockard 10.19.10 at 6:35 am

Thank you for your kind words Amy! Keep those fingers crossed!

Rachel 10.19.10 at 6:44 pm

Love the calling cards! Great blog!

Kathy 10.20.10 at 1:31 pm

Well……I need new calling cards because I have a new address and my previous crane calling cards are no longer correct and we just can’t have that!!

Katie Leonard 10.21.10 at 11:04 pm

These are fabulous 🙂
Congratulations on this new little journey. May it be everything you hope it to be and more. I look forward to seeing what’s in store.
p.s. hello!

Helen Ellis 10.22.10 at 12:33 pm

Oh my goodness, I love calling cards. I’m a 39 year-old married woman living in Manhattan who refuses to own a cell phone. Bring on the calling cards. I can slip them in my pocket and escape the angst of vibration or a “Too Legit to Quit” ringtone.
Helen Ellis

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