One Gracious Birthday

My cute son, Dane has decided to “donate” his 22nd birthday to Charity Water, an amazing non-profit organization determined to see that the population of the world has clean drinking water in our life time. Incredible.

He’s already made over 10% of his goal to raise $2200 by March 31, 2011 in the first two days, and we’d love to see the momentum keep building. As a mom–I can’t even comprehend what it would feel like to have to feed my children water that would make them sick. So to help him with this life changing project–I’m donating 50% of the proceeds from my greenWinkle shop until the end of March. Please check it out–for a good cause, if you’d like.

To see or join his event on Facebook click HERE.

To see our progress in the campaign, click HERE.

For more on Charity Water, click HERE.

Thanks my friends–you’re the best.


Just a Hint…

of the fabric frenzy going on around here. Oh, the thread is really flying…

and you know I can never keep secrets to myself.

This little project was suppose to be a surprise for the babies birthdays–Chompy’s 2nd, and Lily and Beck’s 3rd.

But I guess I’m having too much fun sewing, stuffing, cutting…

tacking, stitching, embellishing…

buttoning, strapping, ziz-zagging…

(never mind wanting to play with all this cuteness myself–sheesh!)

to stop and actually give the presents to those sweet patient little souls.

Hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ll show you the finished projects.

And if the babies are lucky–they may just get them before…

high school…




{True Gifts}

“We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves—giving of the riches of the heart and mind—and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store.

“Of course, among the greatest of gifts is the gift of love….

~James E. Faust



Happy Birthday April!

Sweet Tooth Fairy

Ahhh yes…the rumors are true. I am in love.

April and I spent the evening with Dave at Sweet Tooth Fairy in Provo, to make the final arrangements for the Harry Potter Premiere party next week. Look what he gave us.

No, no. Sharing is not an option…sorry.

This Dave fellow is one smart cookie…or should I say cupcake? Perhaps guys don’t actually like being called cupcakes so sufficeth it to say, he knows his stuff. He’s working on some amazing wizard cupcakes for our party and took us in the back to show us how they are made.

We are in soooo much trouble.


I’ll tell you, if I wasn’t already committed to finding a cute little farmer man with a Scottish accent, well, I’m quite certain that I could really fall for a guy who is up to his elbows in chocolate all day and has the Top Secret recipe for a Key Lime frosting that could bring world peace ALL. BY. ITSELF.

Alas, I’ll have to be satisfied with being madly in love with…

the cupcakes.

Somehow—it’s enough.

PS— Gracious Rain is being featured this week on Casual Blogger Community–please, please, check it out and leave a comment. Thank my dah-lings!

Harry Potter Fans

At first glance, this might look like a big jumble of clutter to you. But if you look more closely…

you’d realize that these are actually the dozens, and dozens, AND dozens of prizes…

we are collecting from local vendors, handmade shops and artisans from all over the United States…

and from as far away as Canada, England, Hong Kong, and Europe. And that’s not to mention some pretty fabulous involvement from some of our local favorites like Hale Center Theater and Sweet Tooth Fairy. It’s all to celebrate the premiere of Harry Potter 7, The Deathly Hallows–on November 18-19.

People have been so good to us donating lovely gifts for our audience.

Check out this amazing “Butterbeer Gift Basket” from Chica And Jo

and these fabulous T-shirts and Hoodies  from Quantum Leaper X…

and this incredible wood burned treasure box, sent all the way from Hungary and Bacon Factory. And the best part is–there are more prizes coming in every day. {Insert squeal of delight here}

So, as much as I’d love to stay and chat–I need to run…

I’ve got to check the mail. hee hee.


1} If you will be anywhere near Orem, Utah on November 18-19 and would like to come to our Magical Pre-Show Bash and Harry Potter midnight movie premiere, please, please let us know ASAP–as there are just a few seats left, and we’d LOVE to fill them with you–our friends.

2}If you know of any person, shop or business that would like to be part of our event giveaway promo, there is still time to join the fun.

Either way–contact me at for the easy info.

Hope you’ll join us–we can hardly wait!