Monday, November 21, 2011

Liz Lemon & Me

A long time ago, I blogged about this wooden plaque I was working on.
I bought it because I stumbled upon it online and immediately recognized it from Liz Lemon's office on 30 Rock. Yeah, I'm kind of obsessed with that show, and I'm always molding my life to be as much like Tina Fey's as possible. So in the spirit of TV-obsession, I bought the wall plaque on ebay and was intent on hanging it in my office just like ol' Liz Lemon. 
But I wanted to make mine just like Liz Lemon's, or at least pretty close. 
And when I bought the plaque, there was way too much orange:
So I painted. I sanded. I painted. I sanded. It was a long, delicate process.
And finally, after I sanded off the last of the orange flowers and repainted white ones in their place...I love it. I absolutely love this weird, funky artwork from the sixties! It's not exactly the same as Liz's, but I like to think Liz Lemon and I might be the only two people in the world with a wall plaque like this.
Because who takes this much time to work on altering a weird retro wall plaque?

30 Rock set designers.
And me. 

I like those odds.

9 comments:

  1. I really like this piece too. And how neat that you were able to rework it a little bit to make it more your own.

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  2. I have this plaque with two, smaller, complementary plaques. I bought them in Tokyo at a 1950s retro shop.

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    1. That's so crazy you found them in Tokyo! They traveled pretty far.

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  3. what is the artwork called?

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    1. They're mid-century modern wooden wall plaques. I find that if you do searches for those words in etsy, ebay, or google, you can typically find a few for sale. They were produced by the Illinois Moulding Company in 1964. Here's an article about them: http://www.midcenturia.com/2011/02/popcorn-still-life-wall-plaques.html

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  4. I found this while looking for Liz Lemon's office art. I also have this plaque hanging in my office, though mine is exactly like one one in Liz Lemon's office, with the only orange in the plastic additions to the glass and jug. I also have the two smaller pieces that go with with it.

    These were hanging in my grandmother's home for years, and they were the one thing that I asked for after she passed away. I loved them and they reminded me of her. I was actually pretty amused when I saw them on 30 Rock.

    I haven't invested any time or effort in these pieces (they are exactly as they were in my grandma's house), but I love it just as much as you do!

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    1. Just wanted to add... I just read your other post on this, and I'm pretty sure that the 30 Rock set designers didn't alter the piece, since my plaque is exactly like that one. And my grandma was not at all crafty and wouldn't have been likely to make any changes.

      There must have been different versions produced, some with more orange than others.

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    2. Ha! That's so funny. I've only ever seen the way-orangey one that I got! Well, I'm glad yours are in the hands of someone who fully appreciates them.

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  5. I have the set of 3 I inherited from my Great Aunt. I always loved them - everyone else in the family thought I was crazy. They have no taste.

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