Sunday, January 23, 2011

Love Illustrated

I've often thought I'd make a good cartoon: I have a cartoonish face (big eyes, smushy nose, buck teeth) and a cartoonish life (I swear an anvil* nearly dropped on my head the other day), and I've got all types of silly schemes I am looking forward to implementing against an evil nemesis.

* Ok, it was a hammer, but close enough.

But since Tom already has Jerry, and Jem the Misfits, I have to satisfy my desire for an illustrated life elsewhere.  Our friend's sister, Dina Kantor, made me this sweet illustration based on our favorite wedding photo after I fell in love with the whimsical illustration and photography work on her blog and website.

Illustration by Dina Kantor (Sam and Gertie Photography)

Since our third(!) anniversary is coming up, I was thinking of maybe having the illustration printed on canvas or simply framed as part of an anniversary gift -- sort of like this framed version of an illustration Dina created for my sister- and brother-in-law to commemorate the arrival of our niece:

Image source: Dina Kantor (Sam and Gertie Photography)

It's pretty awesome, right?  (I particularly like how the illustration picked up on all the details important to my BIL and SIL: the framed photo of our parents dancing and the Dylan and Springsteen prints.)

Image Source: Dina Kantor (Sam and Gertie Photography)

For her own wedding, Dina created a display of illustrations she made of family wedding photos.  It's such a charming and modern take on a traditional concept.

Image Source: Dina Kantor (Sam and Gertie Photography)

The most genius touch, though, is that she made a framed illustration of each of her wedding guests, which doubled as favors and escort cards.  I so wish we could have had something personal and fun like these instead of the semi-useless tchotchkes we imposed on our guests.

Sigh.  Maybe for the next wedding.  ;-P  I kid, I kid.

What are your favorite personalized gifts?  Any additional ideas for third anniversary gifts?  (It's supposed to be leather . . . or crystal . . . but I'm not really into either.)

Editor's note: My friend Alisa just pointed out that the upcoming anniversary is my SECOND, not third. Doh! Apparently marriage has broken my brain. The second anniversary gift is cotton, so perhaps I should screen print Dina's illustration on his/her t-shirts and make my husband wear it as punishment for making time stand still?!


Kira @ hernewleaf January 24, 2011 at 12:57 AM  

The illustration of your wedding photo is amazing! She really has some talent!

lavenderpug January 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

wow, those are amazing! and i can't believe she made one for each of her guests--how special!

Geek in Heels January 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

What great talent — I especially love the illustration of your wedding photo!

Our third anniversary is this year too and I am fresh out of ideas. We have never followed the different material for each year guidelines (I'm pretty sure the mister doesn't even know about it because he's a fob)...we may just go out to a cheesy dinner at Red Lobster while my mom watches the baby.

charms January 24, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

I love those illustrations! I agree with Jenny - your wedding illustration is gorgeous.

Sandy January 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

wow, i love the illustration, so sweet and special!

TwoWishes Tara January 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

Wow, those illustrations are stunning! I really, really love the one from your wedding.

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