Enjoy a #ThinkPink Weekend with This Cosmo

Time is running out on our #ThinkPink Challenge. Use this last weekend of October to get your #ThinkPink on and get snapping.

instagram #ThinkPink @thegraciousposse

Here’s how to #ThinkPink @graciousposse-style.

Photograph yourself (alone or with others) wearing, doing or otherwise Thinking Pink.

Instagram or Facebook the photo a #ThinkPink tag along with @thegraciousposse (for Instagram) or mention The Gracious Posse on Facebook.

Next make a $5+ donation to The Gracious Posse Think Pink Challenge (part of the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink fundraising site).

Kindly help us spread the #ThinkPink word to support breast cancer research, health outreach and cure.

Need a little inspiration? This #ThinkPink cosmo

#ThinkPink cosmo by sRl © The Gracious Posse

that sRl concocted for her Cosmos and Care Packages parent get-together will put you in a pink state of mind. She was happy to share her husband’s recipe.

  • 2 oz Absolut or other premium citron vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (fresh is key)
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice

By the way, sRl is the creative tour de force behind the etsy shop, Dreamer’s Holiday.

Dreamer's Holiday #ThinkPink gift tags © The Gracious Posse

We first featured this self-described Mad Crafter and her beautiful home here in preparation for last year’s ThinkPink shopping event.

Dreamer's Holiday clipboards © The Gracious Posse

She applied the design to the tray holding the cosmo glass in the top picture.

Dreamer's Holiday trays © The Gracious Posse

Creating with vintage items is just one of sRL’s many talents. She also inspires us with her optimistic and caring embrace of life and others. This gift tag she crafted conveys her do-it attitude.

Begin It tag from Dreamer's Holiday on etsy

We love this advice, Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Though we dreamed up #ThinkPink as a shopping event last year, we wanted to change it up for 2014. The goal remains the same: raise money to support Susan G. Komen’s efforts to eradicate this insidious disease that has already affected too many of our posse. So why not whip up a batch of cosmos in a pitcher

pitcher of #ThinkPink cosmopolitans © The Gracious Posse

using the proportions from sRl’s recipe above (maybe even stick it in the freezer for a little cosmo slushie), grab some of your posse, snap a couple of #ThinkPink photos and get posting? Then make a donation here. Let’s see how much money our posse can graciously raise to help make hearing the words you have breast cancer a thing of the past!

Cheers to a #ThinkPink weekend!


October 24, 2014

Getting Creative with Waterlogue

Did you know that watercolor is considered the most difficult of painting techniques? There is simply no way to disguise your mistakes in this translucent medium. The best watercolorists spend years perfecting their skills, while novices trash a lot of thick textured paper before finally creating something frame-worthy.

watercolor gift © The Gracious Possea treasured thank you watercolor from an old friend

Taking my Monday morning advice to heart, I pulled out my Cotman Watercolor Compact Set and spent several hours Monday afternoon immersed in pigment and paintbrushes. My subjects were one of my favorite artistic endevours to photograph: flower arrangements.

watercolor palette © The Gracious Posse

While the exercise proved soul-satisfying, my inner critic prevents me from sharing the full results.

Fortunately, Waterlogue, the app, steps in where individual ability ends. Just last week, I wanted to spruce up a Flower Guild meeting reminder. Waterlogue quickly turned this stunning arrangement by one of our Guild members

October altar arrangement featuring bittersweet and proteus © The Gracious Posse

into this authentic-looking watercolor.

altar arrangement painted in Waterlogue

With a few clicks on the computer, I was able to email this .pdf notice,

Waterlogue graphic on meeting reminder © The Gracious Posse

much to the delight of everyone who received it.

After we featured Waterlogue here, a Kindergarten assistant who reads The Gracious Posse taught her students how to take their pictures of flowers and turn them into watercolors that were then printed onto cardstock. The notecard sets proved a favorite gift for Mother’s Day!

Waterlogued watercolor notecards © The Gracious Posse

Don’t have confidence in your watercolor abilities? You can still get creative with the medium thanks to Waterlogue and its many applications. I’ll bet you can devise some clever uses for Waterlogue.

salutationa&eOctober 22, 2014

Thought for the Week ~ Maya Angelou on Creativity

paraphrase of one of the most popular quotes on our Gracious Inspiration Pinterest Board,

Creativity . . . the  more you use, the more you have. ~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s sage observation about increasing creativity makes for appropriate Monday morning inspiration. Much like the giving of love, instead of exhausting our creative juices, we’ll generate more as we dig deep within and exercise our artistic souls. What’s on your creative agenda this week?


October 20, 2014