Sunday, April 18, 2010

My First Monogram

I love monogrammed anything.

I'm sure you've seen all the wonderful monogrammed items at  Pottery Barn like this sheet set.

Image: Pottery Barn

Or these great linen towels:

Image: Pottery Barn

Or these monogrammed plates

Image: Pottery Barn

 I've never owned anything monogrammed until now.

For one thing, I am too cheap to pay for monogrammed stuff.  I also have never known how embroider and I am really sloppy when it comes to painting, so stenciling is out of the question.

I never knew there was another way until I joined the blogging community and saw all the creative ways people make their own monogrammed stuff.   I've been so inspired by people stenciling, printing onto fabric or using vinyl lettering.  I love the faux grain sack pillows on Musings from a French Cottage, but I'm a little fearful of making a sloppy mess.

I wanted a monogrammed platter like this one for my mantel.    This platter, from Comfort House was $144 and not only was I not going to spend that much money, but I really only wanted the first letter of our last name.

Image: Comfort House

A couple of weekends ago, Jason and I went to Hub's Place and I found this platter outside exposed to the elements and I rescued it for $2.

I ran it through the dishwasher and ordered a vinyl letter from Wonderfully Wordy.  It was $6 and there was a special for free shipping.  Shelly made it really easy, I emailed her the size of the platter, and she emailed me back with a few different options for sizes and fonts.

I was so excited when I got the letter in the mail on Saturday.  I followed the instructions and applied the vinyl letter.

Here's my finished platter.   I decided not to use it on the mantel, because I liked it more on this shelf.

I couldn't believe how easy it was and the best part was the total cost of the project was $8.   Now that I've learned how to apply vinyl letters, I'm feeling pretty confident.

I might just have to learn to stencil or print on fabric.

Linking to:  Motivate Me Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Made it Mondays, DIY Day, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
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  1. That is too cute! I love love love monogrammed anything! Enjoy your week! ~andrea

  2. Beautiful job, Stephenie! It looks great displayed on the shelf. Thank you for sharing Shelley's site. You've inspired me to make one! Also thank you for your sweet comments regarding my writing.

    Your Friend,

  3. Too are a clever woman. Give the stencilling a go..I want to as well...I'll race you!! [joking :)]

  4. LOVE IT! I'm totally impressed!
    And everything on the shelves... just work great together!
    Nice job. I'm lovin' your style.

    OH! and thanks for the shout out! That was so sweet!

  5. That looks great! I must tell you, I followed the grain sack idea from Musings from a French Cottage and it was soooooo easy. I posted about it because I couldn't believe how easy it was and how good it looked. Give it a try!

  6. It's shocking how great the finished plate looks, given how bad it looked to start with. You did a wonderful job and it looks great on the shelf.

  7. I love monogram things too. Way to go Ms. Frugal!! That's the way to do it.

  8. Deborah,
    If you make one, send me a picture! I'd love to see it. I really couldn't believe how easy it is.

  9. Gina,

    I will have to try the grain sack pillow. I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for letting me know how easy it was.

  10. Kerry - Consider it a race! I am super competitive so be prepared!!! :-) I love a good challenge.

  11. Stephenie,

    When you posted about painting your door black I was going to suggest you put WELCOME or your house number on the flat rectangular part (in white.) I think that would look stunning. Have you considered that?


  12. Hi! I'm stopping by from SITS Tea Party. A little late...I know!

    We just bought our first home and I'm in the process of decorating. I'm so intimidated! I'm glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower!

  13. Deborah,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't thought of putting anything on that flat rectangular part except a door knocker. I love the idea; thanks for suggesting it! Stay tuned . . . you just might find your idea published here! Thanks.

  14. That turned out so great!! I would try that myself.!

  15. That turned out awesome. So clean and classy. Came from Motivate Me Monday. I think this is going on my project list.

    I would love if you stopped by my blog sometime.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  16. Wow! What a great idea! I love the way it turned out...especially the large font. I might just try this myself--thanks!

    I'm here from DIY Day. Thanks for letting me stop by!

  17. I love your platter! My daughter tells me I'm going overboard with all the monogramming. I can't help it, I have the disease!

  18. It turned out simply beautiful! Be blessed. Cindy

  19. Stephanie, I love, love your plate!! Too cute.

  20. love it! And loved where you put it! I just got a cricut so i'll be cranking out the monograms too.. Watch out, house!

  21. That turned out great! I can't believe that one place wants $144.00 ~ that's just crazy. I've been a little monogram happy and have done a few things. I haven't done a platter, though. Yet. : )

  22. L-O-ve it!

    Stopping by from Coastal Charm...

    I want to invite you to my first Shop Your House party at DirtyHands,BeautifulLife starting Wednesday April 28th!


  23. Looks soooo awesome! Do you know about rub-ons? If not, you can find them in any craft store...they are very easy and very THRIFTY! I have a plate on my header that I did.


  24. Lovely!
    Be careful....
    Monograms are addictive! :)


  25. Oh I love it, thanks for sharing the source. I am a huge all kinds of fonts. I have a few examples on my blog also.
    Thanks again...I'm a new follower.


  26. The letter turned out great. Glad you went for it! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules


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