Monday, December 27, 2010

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Some people are just hard to buy for. Our good friend, Larry, is one of those people, but when I saw this poster taped to the door at the Antique Mall, I had an idea.

Larry’s favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. The Youth of the First Methodist Church planned to air two showings of the movie at our historical movie theatre, the Arabian Theatre, as a fundraiser. The poster I saw was an advertisement promoting the event. I’ll tell you more about The Arabian later.

I asked if I could have the poster and they gave me an extra copy that they had….Perfect! Now what? At this point I really didn’t have a clear idea of how I wanted to proceed; I just knew that I wanted to do something special. Rather than plan every detail, I just let the project develop as I went along. Do you ever do that or do you have everything planned before you start?

I started with a wooden tray that I had bought when a small needlepoint shop in town closed. I think it is meant to be used as a serving tray displaying a needlepoint tapestry under glass.

There were no handles or glass, so I had glass cut at a local glass shop and found some handles at a building supply….but I wanted to do more than just put the poster under glass.

I remembered that Jimmy Stewart had a line in the movie where he said something about lassoing the moon for Donna Reed. That seemed to fit the picture of Stewart and Reed that was on the poster. So… I needed to find a picture of the moon and the EXACT quote about lassoing the moon…....Larry can practically quote the script! A quick Google search and I had the exact words of the script and another search at The Graphics Fairy and I had lassoed the moon! A bit of twine could serve as the actual lasso…….but now how should I put it all together?

I decided to tackle the “lasso the moon” quote first. I thought the lines of script would look best if written in a curved configuration to match the curve of the movie title on the poster. I’m an amateur calligrapher so I wanted to letter the quote by hand. I drew some guidelines for the lettering and after a couple of attempts I was satisfied with the layout and my lettering.

I printed the moon in several sizes and played with the different sizes and the twine/lasso.

The twine, though thin, raised the glass above the surface of the tray, so I learned that I needed to place some twine below the poster so the glass would lay flat. After playing “collage” with all the pieces, I used some removable glue dots to secure everything in place and here’s the result………..

It was a HIT!!!

More about our theatre: The Arabian Theatre is Laurel’s wonderful Moroccan Art Deco theatre that opened in 1927. It is now owned by The Laurel Little Theatre which produces four plays each year. Their diligence to restore and renovate the old theatre has preserved an architectural jewel for our city and, if that wasn’t enough, they have been a springboard for the careers of several well-known actors. If you want to know more about the Arabian Theatre or the Laurel Little Theatre, click here.

I’ll be linking to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy.


  1. Wow....I can only imagine it was a hit! I would love to receive a gift as fabulous as this. You obviously put time and heart into this....

    Take care,

  2. Hi Sherry...

    What a beautiful gift! I'm sure that your friend Larry just adores this gift! After seems the absolute perfect gift! I love how you pulled the quote out of the movie to further personalize the poster! Sooo cute! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  3. A brilliant project and such a fantastic gift for your friend. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. That is adorable!! It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie too. Vanna

  5. That really is a wonderful and thoughtful gift! You are so creative and did a beautiful job! It's something that will be enjoyed for years to come! KUDOS to you! ♥♥♥

  6. This is so creative! Love it! What a great gift. What a lucky friend! BTW, I just became a follower, too.

  7. What an original one of a kind gift! I'll bet Larry loved it!


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