Just When You Thought I Couldn't Be Any More Obsessed...

7:41 AM

If you've known me for any period of time, you probably know that I adore Liz Lemon. Liz, Tina Fey's 30 Rock character, makes me laugh every week and I find myself relating to her when she sings songs about cheese or uses a scented candle as deodorant in a pinch. So anyway, there's a piece of art that Liz Lemon has up in her office on the show, and I've noticed it for years. It's shown below (please also notice that Liz has her hair up in a chip clip on the left.) I've just always thought that this art piece was really cool. So after years of wondering about it...I decided to see what I could find. And low and behold, it's one of thousands of "mid-century modern wall plaques" produced by the Illinois Moulding Company in 1964. And I found one on ebay. I know it's nerdy, but I bought it and I'm thrilled. So, to clarify: since one friend, when seeing my excitement, asked "Wait, is this the art from the actual 30 Rock set?" Nope. It's not. It's just a duplicate. But I love it.
But the thing is - it's not quite the same as Liz Lemon's art. From what I can tell, this (below) is what the original wall plaque looked like, and the 30 Rock set designers must have made changes. Because every one of the wall plaques I've seen look like the one I bought, not Liz Lemon's. I knew there were differences when I bought it, and I actually got pretty excited at the thought of redesigning it to look more 30 Rock and less sixties. For starters, there was this crazy plastic nonsense stapled to lots of the orange parts...I don't know if you can tell from the picture how ridiculous it looked. I ripped it all off within two minutes of owning it. 

I soon began making changes to this thing, because I'd love for it to have less orange (much like the one in Liz's office.) So I started painting and sanding parts and taping things off and carefully making little alterations.


And here's where I'm at so far:
I already like it better. There was too much orange before. I think in the future I might make all the flowers white, and maybe even make the book in front all white...I know it's a lot of effort for what seems like such a pointless goal, but I really love this stuff. Some people restore old cars...and some people do this. Okay, maybe I'm the only person who does this, but I like it. It feels good to spend a lot of time crafting something. Even if it's just re-crafting something...that looks like it came from Liz Lemon's office.

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12 comments

  1. You should know that when I read the heading for this post, I figured it was another post featuring Michael Field's likeness :)

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  2. You're right, that was a very good guess!

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  3. I am obsessed with toys piece. My grandmother had a set in her house. One was this, but I can't remember the other 1 or 2. But yeah, I love that my Gaga gets to costar on 30 Rock lol

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