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Miss Congeniality-inspired Movie Quote Art

18 Dec

Movie Quote Art

Thought I’d take a break from 24/7 Christmas and share another quick little DIY art idea I was inspired to make tonight.

I’ve always loved Sandra Bullock but developed an extra special place in my heart for her after reading her sister Gesine’s book, Confessions of a Closet Master Baker. Miss Congeniality is one my all-time favorite movies. It’s like Father of the Bride in that, if it’s on TV, I cannot turn it off. I’m watching it for the night. (I own it.)

It’s on right now and one of my favorite moments just happened. “Gracie” just realized the pageant crown must be rigged with something and rambles on, gesturing wildly to her head, miming a crown. Michael Cain mistakes this for delayed excitement for the winner’s announcement and hilariously says, “That’s it. Wear the crown. Be the crown. You are the crown.

It always makes me laugh so I was decided to make a little Miss Congeniality-inspired movie quote art for my office as well as some prints for my friend Stacey. I’ll probably make another using another one of my favorites: “You think I’m gorgeous. You wanna date me.” I bet they’d be so cute on some note cards too. I haven’t done that since like 2008, when I made some note cards to gift to a friend using some favorite Sex & the City quotes like “hello, lover.” Might be time to bring that one back!

To download the free 8.5 x 11 pdf, click here.

* Sidenote: Great book and perfect for baking-obsessed friends or family. I think “Sandy” became even more endearing for me because I loved her sister Gesine so much! And she sweetly described little things her sister had done to help launch her bakery in VT. I love sisterly affection.

Fun ways to address holiday cards

10 Dec


I’ve always loved hand-lettering. I did some of my best work on my science and math book covers in high school in fact. Today I make better use of my skills to hand-address holiday card envelopes with beautiful lettering for family and friends. One of my favorite new tricks this year is using a white colored pencil on red envelopes., similar to the example above — just inverted.

We’re probably going to print address labels this year just to simplify because of the baby, but for the few I do by hand myself, here are a few of the samples that are inspiring me:

Holiday card addressing inspiration

(1/2) Love this mix of modern, embellished and flourished calligraphy and (3) mod, graphic hand-drawn lettering

Holiday hand lettering inspiration

(4) Love this haphazard, wild look, like a kid learning calligraphy and (5) very soft, loopy cursive —so delicate and feminine.

Little Book of Lettering

If you’re looking for even MORE inspiration, check out my design board on Pinterest or pick up this beautiful book, Little Book of Lettering. It’s filled with gorgeous ideas that are sure to inspire you. Heck, even this cover is giving me a million ideas.