Breaking Dawn 2 Premiere

This year, for the Breaking Dawn 2 movie premiere–because we had a pre-midnight (9:00pm) showing–the “studio” wouldn’t allow us to promote our event in any social media outlet what-so-ever. That meant, no posting on Facebook, or Twitter, or babbling about it on Gracious Rain…my own blog. I have say, that was a big, huge, drag–because, as you can imagine, at least half the fun is showing you what we’re doing–as it’s happening. It’s so much fun to share every second with my friends–you guys, and when they told me I’d have to keep it quiet….

well, for a select few of us, that’s nearly impossible.

Painful even.

So, here at long last, are the contents of our Magical Goodie Bags. Are you ready?

As every Twilight fan knows–vampires don’t actually have fangs. But for the sake of the party bags, we had to take advantage of any vampire themed do-dads that we could, so Fang Candy was a great find.

And how could we resist Vampire Whoop Whistles? We couldn’t.

Glow-in-the-dark Biting Fangs–my personal favorite. We walk around with these things in our mouths for weeks. Nothing beats having a 4 year old grin at you with vampire fangs.  :I

If you’ve read the Twilight books, you know that one of the Vampire Covens that comes to help the Cullen family is from Ireland. To represent them in our Goodie Bags, we made a Celtic Knot bracelet for everyone.

For the Amazon Coven we thought tropical fruity candy would be funny. Not exactly Amazon…but we tried.

The sweet little Werewolf and Vampire boxes hold a tiny snowflake Christmas ornament from the Denali Coven in Alaska.

Naturally…NATURALLY we needed Werewolf hair cotton candy. The very idea is positively hideous in such a fun way that we had to have it.

We made 200 Scarab Necklaces from the Egyptian Coven.

So. Much. Fun.

The Yes Utah Organ Donation Group gave us pens and chapstick…to keep those Vampire lips from getting weathered. heh, heh.

As you may recognize our favorite movie prize from our friends at WeeKnit. This time Jenny made us an adorable “Vampire Bella” finger puppet, complete with her torn up blue dress and white, sparkly skin. Perfect!

The last little trinket is a goofy Fang Bracelet kit, but since it was in pieces, that proved to be the best gift from the Volturi…cause, you know, they like to…ahem…tear things up.

A wonderful treat bag, good friends and an incredible movie with a totally fabulous surprise ending.

I’m not kidding. I screamed…


The very best Twilight yet. :}  :I  :}

PS~ We’ll be making a Gracious Rain Event Page soon so that we can communicate with anyone who would like to know about our events. So watch for that coming soon!

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~30 Days of Thankful~

Thanks Guys!

A few weeks ago, I was invited up to the KSL tv studios. Luckily, Lyndi and Mr. Magoo came along, because I’m not particularly fond of big, huge adventures…by myself. And this proved to be a pretty big, huge adventure–indeed.

We got lost and so by the time we got to the right building, most of the people were already gone. But still they had piles and stacks of lovely food for us.

This was the closest that I’ve ever gotten to a real, live television camera, but they were turned off so it wasn’t too scary.

The TV people did have me stand between these two boards so they could take my picture…holding…(ahem)…the award they gave me. It was so sweet of them. In fact, I never posted about it because I was just waiting for the picture to come in the mail…like they said it would. But I haven’t seen it yet so you’ll have to just imagine me standing there trying to look very, very young and thin. It was a bit of a struggle.  :}

This will have to do.

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PS– Thank you to everyone who voted for Gracious Rain…it was very kind of you and made me smile positively for days.

Three years ago…

in August…

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we changed old T-shirts into Baby Pants

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made Deep Chocolate Ice Cream

Einstein laughing

solved Einstein’s Grandkids’ Riddle

cucumbers (5)

cut up fresh cucumbers

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made Confetti Crayons

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LOVED deep Fried Pickles

concocted the perfect Peach Ice Cream

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cooked luscious Zucchini Bread

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spent some time in New York City

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rode a real, live subway

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visited Toyland

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and toured some Sacred Places.

What a beautiful, busy, scrumptious, amazing month it was!

This Week~

Three years ago…

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we made scrumptious Corn on the Cob

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and luscious Peachy Pancakes

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and Miss Chompy was…um…chomping.

Two years ago…

we made Peanut Butter and Jelly “Sushi“…

strung Cheerios necklaces

and had a round of croquet with the Bald Kid–Oh, how I miss him!

And one year ago:

we made our own Hula Hoops

mailed a package to my Siberian Boy

and said, “Good-bye” to Harry Potter.

Oh my-my, how time flies!

How long have you been with us? Please tell me–I’d love to know. 


On This Grateful Day

In this season of gratitude, we’d like to wish you and your family all the time and space you need to truly focus on the good things that are yours. We at Gracious Rain count you, our friends, as some of our greatest blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Fruity Turkey is made from a pear half, cashew, chocolate chips, pinch of taffy, apple slices, and mandarin oranges)