Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Date & Plates

Matt is awesome.

First, he didn't mind when I told him I spent half of our remaining budget on crafts and picture frames (I not only picked up our pictures, but they are now framed too. Huzzah!)

And then he didn't even blink, when I told him for our date last week we were going to paint our dishes. I was so excited for this craft. I had been wanting to do it since Christmas, but we 1) didn't haven't the money, 2)  didn't have the time to walk up to Michael's,  or 3) we forgot (It was usually that one).

Last Thursday though, I had just finished taking a test, and figured I needed some lusting therapy. I went to the mall and TJmaxx, all happy, but then on my way back home, I saw the big SALE sign on Michaels. I conveniently had my wedding photos with me (I was planning on going by the thrift store to look for frames) and figured I might as well just look right? They had an awesome sale. The frames were only $3-$4 each, and I had coupons in my pocket which made them even cheaper. I figured since I was on a lusting trip I might as well look at the porcelain pen I had been wanting. They were on sale too! Michael's was clearing them out, so they were down to about a dollar each! 

As Matt would say "Hot Dog!"

So here are the results of our hot date!

Most of our creations!
I made four like this, so that I would still have something to match the rest of our plates.
My life of PI plate.
"The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity -- it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous passionate love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing of tow of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud."

Matt did this one. It's an Ender's Shadow plate
"The real problem is that we only have one strong point worth defending -- Earth. And the enemy is not limited to a primary direction of approach. He could come from anywhere.Anywhere all at once.So we run into the classic problem of defense, cubed. The farther out you deploy your forces, the more of them you have, you soon have more fortifications than you can man. What good are bases on the moons of Saturn, when the enemy doesn't even have to come in the plane of ecliptic? He only has to get one squadron through to cause terrible devastation on Earth. So the only strategy that makes sense is an all-out attack. To send our home fleet against their home world and destroy it. "

Aren't they fun? It was really easy to do, and so far they have survived our dishwasher. After we painted them, we just had to let them dry for 24 hours and bake them in the oven. I have made a few mugs since then. I love having quotes from books and poems all over our dishes. 
Other benefits; these will hopefully inspire our children to read more, and if they happen to break a plate we can just make more! (And more kids, cuz Michele will wring their necks!) Who needs designer plates? (And since you don't need them. Drop 'em off here! -- Michele)


  1. This is a great blog :) It matches you perfectly! You are so cute, Michele!

  2. hmmm... I will have to think about my favorite book quotes. Maybe a "Holes" quote?

  3. Thanks!

    @mollie: after class one day come over and you can do it on a mug