First Ever “Give This Commissioned Painting a Cute Saying” Contest

I am happy.

I am happy today.

I am happy today because who wouldn’t be happy after looking at this:

That, my friends, is a digital representation of a hand-painted masterpiece, acrylic on canvas, commissioned by me, painted by a dear friend I have known since high school. I say “commissioned” because it makes me feel like the fancy art connoisseur that I always aspired to be back when I was an art history major, but perhaps the better word choice is “begged on my hands and knees for.”

And I bet you’re happier for looking at it, too. Because, like I said: who wouldn’t be? I have never seen a cupcake that didn’t make me smile, and this here is a CUPCAKE THAT WILL NEVER DIE. Seriously? What more could I want out of life?

Actually, just one thing: a cute phrase.

See, here’s the story. My friend Lindsay is an exceptional artist (as you can see by her beautiful work above), and because I like to think I know good art when I see it, I asked her to paint something for me—a cupcake, specifically.

I’d had this vision in my head of a beautiful, luscious cupcake in pale pastel colours with a gleaming cherry on top. I wanted to hang it in my kitchen back when I was painting it last summer, and scoured the earth for this painting from my head, but never did find the one I wanted. I tried simply painting it myself, but HA! What nonsense that phase was.

So, resigned to my fate, I never did hang the cupcake. Because I never found the cupcake.

Then, six months later, I was visiting Lindsay at her house and saw in her studio a series of hand-painted masterpieces just sitting on her desk looking lonely. I flipped through them and saw that they were good.

Really good.

Lindsay, I said, I want one. Will you make me one? Please?

Sure, she replied, and that was the end of it.

Then, six months later, there I was again. Back in Lindsay’s studio flipping through her paintings, and I remembered: I NEVER GOT MY CUPCAKE!

When I brought it up again, she said she just assumed I was only asking to be nice and that I didn’t really want a Lindsay original, so she’d never bothered to create me one.

Well, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s when I come off as insincere when I mean quite the opposite. So this time I made myself very clear: I WANT A CUPCAKE AND I WANT IT NOW.

Except not so demanding.

And now I’ve had word that my cupcake is done, just how I’d always dreamed it would look, but it’s missing one thing: a cute saying.

Lindsay’s trademark is her handwriting, you see. For as long as I have known her, I have thought it should be a font all its own. If you can make out in the right side of the below photo, there is a painting of a girl with words painted around her head. It is along those same lines that I am hoping to have some words written on my cupcake painting, only the problem is this: I, for all my witty charm and brilliance, am coming up blank with anything wonderful to have written.

It’s a lot of pressure, you know. Whatever I choose will be on my cupcake painting forever. This could make or break the entire feel of my commissioned masterpiece. I CAN’T BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH A DECISION. (Good thing I’m never having children, or they’d all be named numbers or days of the week or something.)

So I am opening it up to you, my readers. Can you help me? Can you help me think of what my cupcake’s caption should be? Can you help me think of what my cupcake’s caption should be that will be stunning and magnificent and everything I am not?

And can you do it within 24 hours? I am leaving Mesa Wednesday morning, and I want to take my cupcake with me before the appointed hour.

So here’s the deal. You think of the saying, as many as you like. Send it to me in comment form, and by the end of the day, the person who has suggested the best caption will win.

What will said person win? A grand prize package consisting of 1) The knowledge that his or her words will be hanging in my kitchen for all eternity, 2) The delight of succeeding where I have failed, and 3) A cupcake painting of your own, hand-crafted by my friend Lindsey in the colours of your choice [a $50 retail value, but really, who can put a price on such exquisite beauty?] Or, if cupcake paintings are not your style (psh, cupcakes are everybody’s style…they’re timeless like that), I will work out a deal for a $10 Amazon gift card to the winner.

But you’d be better off to choose the cupcake, because these paintings are going to be sought after classics someday.

I’m just sayin’.




(Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. Monday night, Arizona time.)

p.s. I hear an Etsy shop is in the works for my friend Lindsay, but as of yet, it is not finalised. If you would like to commission a painting of your own, send me a line and I will direct you to the very woman herself.

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24 Responses to First Ever “Give This Commissioned Painting a Cute Saying” Contest

  1. Chloe says:

    Okay, here’s my caption:
    “Life is sweet. Savor it!”

  2. Alaina says:

    How about: “Happiness in the form of pink frosting.”

  3. Ros says:

    ‘When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile’ (Anne Byrn)

    or possibly
    ‘Make cupcakes not war’

    Whatever you choose, its a beautiful painting!

    Ros xxx

  4. kristy says:

    i just googled some because well i suck at thinking of my own but here are a few.

    “America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.”
    “one cup cake is equal to a thousand words.”
    “Friends are like cupcakes in my pantry of memories.”

    but my favourite quote is the one Chloe mentioned “Life is sweet. Savor it!”

  5. Granmama says:

    “And now behold, my joy is full…”
    or just—

    “…my joy is full”


  6. Alexa Mae says:

    i love it, it is adorable. you have a lucky kitchen! what about: “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake” or… ya, i’m drawing blanks…

    did you get my email??

  7. Amiee Inge... says:

    “Life is like dessert; sweet witha few nuts.”

    some others i found…
    “a cupcake a day kees the sweet tooth away!”
    “cupcakes take the cake”
    “cupcakes make everything better”

    cute project!

  8. Tisha says:

    A challenge that is right up my alley! Ok here are my favs:

    “Let them eat cake.”

    “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    “There is no reward so sweet as that which is hard earnt.” (Michael Field-Dodgson)

    “A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. ” (Ludwig Erhard)

    “This isn’t the sort of thing you can leave to chance. You never know when you might find yourself in some sort of cake emergency. ” (Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005)

    I’ve got more, but we’ll leabve it at that for now!

  9. Jordan says:

    For some reason I just imagine it saying Sweet.
    The . is key there

  10. the MIL says:

    “Eat dessert first” (you know that is my mantra). And did I tell you that I love my kitchen?

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  12. Beth says:

    Have a cupcake ~ Make a smile

    Life’s better with pink icing – or – Everything’s better with pink icing

    I don’t know if this fits the picture but my fav quote is – A grateful heart knows many joys…….

  13. niki says:

    Vous êtes ce que vous mangez.

  14. beth says:

    “with a cherry on top” You know…It’s a cupcake with a cherry on top. Just like life should be. Aren’t you happy when you get the extra in life? The cherry on top. Kinda like the Saturday steal. Beth

  15. katy says:

    “Eat Me”

  16. jacque says:

    The best way to cheer your self up is to eat a cupcake

    Its never to late to eat a cupcake

    Friends are like cupcakes in the pantry of life

    Those are all I can think of/find on the internet. The cupcake is adorable!!

  17. Jena says:

    I love some of the suggestions, but I came up with a few too (and I must admit I am fantasizing a little about my own giant cupcake…:)

    “Love makes life taste even better than it looks.”

    “It’s okay to be round, as long as you’re sweet.”

    “1 cup love + 1 cup faith = 1 cup cake”

    “Cupcake is synonymous with happiness in 27 languages.”

    And my favorite:
    “The best lives, like the best cupcakes, are always made from scratch.”

  18. anna says:

    I am not artistic AT ALL so I have a deep appreciation for those that do. The cupcake is lovely. Ideas for phrases? Hmm, that’s asking a lot of my black and white mind.



    Cupcakes make the world go round.

    Skinny cooks can’t be trusted.

    Live. Laugh. Love. (Ha ha, just kidding)

    This is going no where…

  19. Oh, dear.

    This comment is going to reveal something terribly, terribly sad about me.

    I can’t be clever on command.

    In fact, I can’t be clever at all. But especially not on command.

    I’m sorry to have failed you.

    Especially as that cupcake painting is beyond adorable – and I’m not ashamed to say, there are currently 3 cupcake paintings in my kitchen.

  20. Kristen says:

    ~The sweet life

    ~vive la douce (long live the sweet)

    ~la douceur de vivre (the sweet life in French)

    ….ah, everything sounds better in French.

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  22. Celeste says:

    I totally missed out on an awesome pic, but way to go it’s awesome!

  23. whitney says:

    1.“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.
    2.Sweet dreams, cupcake!
    3.If only cupcakes grew on trees
    3. Bite me
    4. One by one cupcakes are stealing my sanity
    5. Give me the cupcake and no one gets hurt

  24. whitney says:

    OH Im retarded. This was forever ago.

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