August 31, 2010


Preparing lunches can be a real snoozefest around here.  But maybe inspiration from the talented Melissa at Another Lunch would help my noontime causes:

I mean, really?  With the hotdog?!  I can't take the cuteness right down to the "eyes:"

This is what I call a lunchbox full of goodness:

And then my personal favorite creation from the site, Little Bunny Foo Foo:

Of course while all the featured lunches are pretty balanced and nutritious, she really had me at the tin of cotton candy.  Not to mention that it would be hilarious to pack a sea of hotdog octopi into my husband's lunch. 


August 30, 2010


My friend Kara is passionate about University of Florida football.  Since I attended a university without strong national ties to college football, I've jumped on her bandwagon the past few years in support of her and her team. 

And now, the Gravy Kids are fans, too.

Check out the massive Gator Chomp performed by Griffin...

...but pay no mind to the pink crocs he stole from his sister.


August 27, 2010

DIY teacher gifts: personalized pencil jars

Kindergarten begins next week for little Miss Wavey.  With the glass etching cream I used the other day, I personalized $1.00 glass jars and stuffed about $4.00 worth of colored pencils in each, tied a ribbon around them, and presto: instant, inexpensive DIY teacher gifts.

If you have doubts about glass etching, please know that it's about as easy as smearing toothpaste on a stencil.  I mean it!


August 26, 2010

The non-update update

For those eagle-eyed readers yesterday who informed me both publicly and privately that they noticed yesterday's baby shower invitation was featured atop a certain fabric I've been holding aside to cover a certain not-yet-left-to-die-in-my-basement chair, please know that the plans are still in the works... but you should know me better by now than to even assume it's close to completion.

That is all.  :)


August 25, 2010

Whale of a tale: baby shower invitation

I'm pleased to share this recent whale theme design for a baby boy shower invitation. Produced with sand and deep sea inks, this invitation is matted to a sparkling navy cardstock.

The Gravy Kids definitely approve because they love whales.  Here's Griffin on his first whale watch earlier this month:

Personal information on invitation has been modified for privacy.


August 24, 2010

Not known for my subtley

My dad - who does not use a wheelchair - somehow came across a wheelchair in his travels and decided to give it to charity.  Apparently "giving it to charity" really meant it would be hanging out in my garage for months.

Here's the friendly reminder I gave him to help motivate the actual act of donating:


August 23, 2010

Get your craft on: DIY glass etching

You know how I have an obsession with glass?  Wavey does, too.  Being five years old, she believes that drinking milk from a real glass cup makes her fancy.  

So, I got fancy.

I used clear laminating paper to create the stencil of the scallop and applied $2 sticker letters found in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store.

I smudged on a generous amount of etching cream, but I wasn't careful about the drips and it went past the 'safe' area of the covering.  Oh well...beginner's error.

After five minutes, I rinsed off the cream, peeled the adhesives, and voila!  A cute little glass that reads, "Moo."

It's a bit imperfect and I can see where I didn't carefully apply the laminating paper well, but overall it was a fun 10 minute project that I'm sure will translate into many monogrammed glasses/jars/vases/votives in the future.


August 20, 2010

I wonder if it's kosher

You know how you walk into a drugstore intending to buy just one benign item, such as makeup remover, and then walk out with a few other things? 

Yeah, happens to me all the time.


August 19, 2010

On the lam: personalized luggage & bag tags

I made the leap and decided to try out making personalized laminated luggage & bag tags using some of my Good Gravy! stationery designs. 

The result: success! 

Above are a few tags intended for gifts to a dear friend's children, but I'm excited to share how they turned out so I'm okay revealing the surprise early.  These would be great on a backpack or a lunch bag.

And while I was traveling to Vegas with my friend Beth, the airline killed damaged her existing luggage tag so I figured she could use a new one.

I'm considering adding these to the shop soon, but until then, feel free to contact me if you're interested in having your very own tags sooner! 

PS: Don't forget to enter to win a 20-piece Good Gravy! flat note card set + 20 matching return address labels over at the big 30 Days Giveaway Week event! 

August 18, 2010

Incompetent adults eating fudge pops

Below is one of the warnings on the kids' inflatable toys. I laughed at how it goes beyond suggesting "adult supervision" and moves right to "competent supervision..." which, by that token, most likely disqualifies me and most of my friends.

Recently, I bought some low-calorie fudge pops and I understand the need to list the allergen info and the excessive consumption warning (yowie).  But check out what's between those two warnings:
Apparently, there's a legal requirement to disclose what I naturally assume stems from the popular Supreme Court case Chocolate Fudge Pop v. Winter Flagpole ruling.


August 17, 2010

Winny, winny, chicken dinny

There's an enormous giveaway week going on over at Thirty Handmade Days, and Good Gravy! is part of the fun

Through the Giveaway Week, one lucky duck wins a 20-pack set of custom note cards + 20 matching address labels + free shipping.  Click here to enter for your chance at some stationery goodness.

And while you're kicking around the Thirty Days site, be sure to check out Mique's other great giveaways.  The talented shops are a fantastic bunch to mingle with. 

Good luck!


August 16, 2010

Seashells, s'mores and herding cats

We went to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, last week and did a whole lotta nothing aside from beach lounging, collecting shells, s'mores eating and spending time with family.

Griffin found sailing with daddy so riveting that he fell asleep:

Wavey had fun with her Aunt Katie:

And if you're familiar with the term "herding cats," you'll understand why nearly every group photo of ours looks something like this:

Or this:

After we arrived home, a certain someone (who shall remain nameless, but let's just say that I would have seen the giant pile toys if I was the one jockeying cars in the driveway), accidently ran over the beach toys drying in the yard:

If that's "the worst" of our vacation (what does that total, a $5 casualty?), you can gather that it was a spectacular time had by all.


August 9, 2010

Unplugged, recharging

I'm taking my own advice and unplugging my blogging this week to spend some time with the Gravy Kids...but only this week!  I'll be in touch via email if you need me and I'm certainly still taking Good Gravy! orders, so don't hesitate to contact me directly. 

Have a great week, enjoy these last days of summer, and I'll see you back here next Monday with a full-report of our low-tech antics!


August 5, 2010

High tech paper plates

Jessica from Barefoot by the Sea wrote a great post earlier this week about 'taking it in and just be.'  A good reminder to slow down, especially within these days of hustle and bustle and this constant buzz of high-tech entertainment (I raise my hand in guilt). 

{image via Brassy Apple via 30Days}

So when I came across a 30Days feature from Brassy Apple about a very low-tech/high-fun idea in the simplicity of letting your kids play with paper plates, the light bulb came on.  It doesn't need to be high-volume or high-tech to equal high-engagement. I'll be sure to keep you updated on our low-tech fun in the coming weeks as summer winds down.

The photo above is my favorite of the bunch featured in the 30Days "Funner in the Summer" series, but you really should check it out yourself for a good laugh. 


August 4, 2010

Avert your eyes!

I have an unreasonable fear of dolls and their eyes.  I get the heebies from the blank stare of a doll, and I'm always certain the doll would certainly blink and/or come after my jugular. 

An oversized Dora balloon with her saucer-eyes is no exception.

I didn't think my fear of doll eyes would come into play when I picked up a few mylar balloons for the Gravy Kids yesterday as "just because" gifts.  

But, Dora kept turning around in the car to face forward and seeing her stare at me in my rear mirror made for a very uncomfortable drive home.

The whole ride, all I could think of was her shrill voice screaming, "Can you say 'I'm going to get you while you sleep' in Spanish?  Say it with me!"


August 3, 2010

Glassed over

I have a mild obsession with glass jars, including those of the mason and cookie variety.  Here are a few DIY projects that have made my DIY wishlist (and oh, that list is getting looong):

Chalkboard and modeling paint frames via Mustard Seed Creations:

Okay, technically a vase isn't a jar, but humor me with this glass etching project using your child's very own artwork via The Long Thread:

And while I probably won't be doing this anytime soon ever, the idea of creating a mason jar chandelier is pretty cool:

I'm self-imposing a ban on going to the craft store before finishing up at least the chair project, but it's not stopping me from taking inventory of all the little glass items I have piling in my basement just waiting for crafty goodness.