Friday, February 11, 2011

It's Good to be the Queen...

I saw the King's Speech.

If you have not seen this movie yet, RUN, don't walk, to your nearest theater and see it.

Those of you who are oohing and aahing over Colin Firth right now, please squelch - no one else can hear what I'm saying!! Try to focus!! Everytime I try to start talking about this movie, someone FAINTS over this man. I need you to hang on. Try thinking about bacon or something.

Anyway, I loved the movie nine ways to Sunday. Since I have an ancestral, hair-stands-up-on-the-back-of-my-neck-quick-reach-for-your-musket-and-get-your-revolution-on reaction to royalty, I adored the Australian irreverence for the crown most especially at the beginning of the story. I loved the humanity of the royal family, and I loved seeing a tiny pretend queen Elizabeth.

I thought one of the saddest moments in the movie was when the newly-kinged man's daughters curtsied and called him your Royal Highness - the look on his face (stop drooling) alone was Academy Award worthy.

I'm not sure I've ever seen human frailty done better, really, or seen a more vivid picture of the prison that the royal family lives in. It's different from just the fame prison because you can't escape your DNA. You're just stuck there learning to curtsy at age 2 and hoping some other brother or sister gets picked.

I'm fairly certain that I would have been kicked out quicker than old David was - because I'm nearly positive that curtsying thing would have been a deal breaker in my toddlerhood. I have no idea what they're feeding those kids over there, but it's definitely short on SASS.

And although the movie is such a beautiful ode to courage and friendship, I left with three words on my mind... God Bless America.

I prefer my royalty with a little more....


There's a creature that knows it's good to be the queen!
I was so excited that this movie, today's Free for All Friday challenge, and my new Antidepresstamps Royalty stamp set all converged today, to send all of you off into the weekend feeling Queenly.

I stamped the crown from this set in Poppy Parade on a circle I cut with my 3" circle die. Then I stamped it again in Versamark, clear embossed it, and then sponged Summer Sun ink all over it.

Then I added some Recollections silver bling that Beate got me hooked on.

The card base is Poppy Parade, and all the patterned paper is from the In Color Paper Patterns Pack. Bringing in the blingy floofy fun are pom pom trim and a trinket crown. The greeting is also from the Royalty set.

I'm hoping for a quiet, crafty weekend, with of course deferential service to Queen Maddie Bat. My sweet friend Jimmye Sue of Texana Designs is having a trunk show tomorrow at Scrapology - you should come! She's doing make & takes and showing off her latest designs from 12-5.

What are you doing? Whatever you're doing, I hope it's fun!



  1. Love that card...such sunny colors! Off to check out that stamp set! And if I get near a theatre anytime soon, it will be an effing miracle but I will add it to my rental list for later!

  2. Mmmmm, Colin Firth. *wipes drool*

    Oh, were you saying something?

    I love Poppy Parade. That is all.

  3. I have not seen the movie yet, but I will once I can watch it at home. Colin Firth has been a favorite ever since I first saw P&P. I hope he wins an Oscar!!

  4. I, too, loved {Colin Firth} that movie.... It was {Cloin Firth} so moving....and {Colin Firth} enlightening...what a father Bertie had! Sad moment? what about when he told the story about the evil nanny? I thought my heart would break! I hope it wins Best Movie....
    Now more importantly{Colin Firth}, your card/ATC is royally adorable. Like Colin Firth.... *smile*

  5. I look forward to your blog daily. Today's had me laughing outloud. Thanks so much. Why don't you write a book...oh, and love your cards too. :)

  6. Oh my, delete my last comment...I just found out you did write a book. Now I need to find it. Love cats and dogs too. But really, your sense of humor is tops and your art too.

  7. I have the opposite reaction to Royalty that you do...I'm fairly obsessed with it. And trying not to sound like an expat, I could totally live in the UK.

    I really hope King's Speech wins the Best Picture Oscar. I always applaud when I see great movies in the theater...and this one got a standing ovation from me!!! I remember Colin Firth waaaay back when as Mr. Darcy! Love. Him. :D

    Suuuuper cute card and I freaking LOOOOVE that color combo!!! GAH!!!

  8. Ohhh Lydia!! I loved the King's Speech, and really hope it wins the Oscar. I'm a royalty buff. Don't worry too much about the Royals -even in Britain - they are just figureheads - and have been just that for many years. But they are fun! Kate and Will - the Wedding! OH Lydia!! I can't wait!!!

    xo - Deborah from SCS


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