Here's a cool DIY for people who have a deep seated for of quotes or calligraphy. Did you know you can create your own lettering for plates, and make it permanent? No matter how many times you put it through the wash, the words stay.
All you have to do is get a sharpie and let your mind wander. Draw whatever you want. Cute hearts, your favorite quote. Whenever I get some extra time on my hands, I'm buying the fanciest piece of china I can find and writing the first paragraph of Moby Dick on the face in careful cursive.
Once you're done writing, put it in the over and bake at 150 degrees for thirty minutes. Voila, you have beautiful, personalize, plates!