According to Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary, a monogram is defined as "a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name." For the last several years, monograms have been popping up all over the place. They have always been popular on shirts, handkerchiefs, and stationery. However, now they can be found on purses, jewelry, shoes, and as art.
When I got married last year I started my own little obsession with monograms. I took the last name of Rose a year and a half ago and so I have been on the look out for that unique "R" that may be lurking here or there. When I got married, Starla made our cake for us (THANKS!) and the top was a monogram "R" in the center with a "K" on one side for BunBun whose name happens to be Ken and a "C" for me on the other side. I don't have many in my collection yet. In fact, I have 3 to date. One is a silver Christmas ornament decked out with rhinestones, one is a black and white graphic magnetic "R" I picked up at Tar-zhay for $1 and the other is a wooden R I found and covered with Wallies from the Dollar Tree.
So I thought I would take a look around Etsy and Artfire and see what other artisans and craftisans were doing in the way of initials and monograms. Here are a few that I found.
YellowDogStudio over at Etsy is one of the first places I stopped. This studio focuses on reclaimed, recycled, and restored items. In the shop owner's words, "The material I use is reclaimed, recycled from a previous life or discarded and heading for the landfill. Very little goes to waste as smaller and smaller projects are created to minimize the waste." This is something I believe in as well. I especially liked the "R" that this shop offered. It's made from aged cedar and reclaimed plywood. It is a white "R" on a black background and would fit perfectly in my primitive decorating scheme. Go check it out for yourself!
Inspirations by Faith is another Etsy shop I found. This shop owner offers more than just monograms and there were lots of items in the shop I liked. But what really caught my eye? This wood plaque that is customizeable to your specific intial. Faith Morgan, the shop owner, has elevated a lowly letter to a work of art with the use of aged-looking background paper and the right paints. The lovely ribbon hanger gives it the perfect touch of class. Faith also promises a quick turnaround time once you have placed your order. I have already added this shop to my favorites. Make sure you do the same.
themixshop over at Artfire is stocked full of fabulous finds. Eclectic and vintage items are this shop's specialty. I found lots to like here. What I fell in love with were these adorable tiny initial charm necklaces. While not vintage, they have the vintage look to them and they would look great with tee shirt and jeans or dressed up for a night on the town. Go take a look and I'll bet you find something you love at themixshop.
Kountry Girl Boutique is an Artfire studio whose owner lives in Florida and loves polka dots. (My kind of girl!) Everything in this studio is adorable and perfect for the initial/monogram lover. I especially like the Intial with Scroll Door Sign. The black with ivory scroll design is simple yet classy. Your choice of paint color for the initial lets you make sure it fits in with your decor. The letter"P" featured in this example is a lovely mint green and I do love green. Head on over and check this studio out today!
Affordable Cake Toppers is one of the last Artfire studios I stopped by. If I didn't have an uber-talented friend like Starla, I would have headed here to get the top for my wedding cake. These toppers are classy and lightweight. The aren't made from plastic or wood. They are metal and the prongs used to attach to your cake can be removed. Once the prongs are removed you can display your new monogram in your home. Three styles of monograms are available from this shop based in Michigan. There is the plain metal, the vintage with crystals and the custom with crystals. They are all gorgeous and would fit perfectly for a special anniversary cake as well. My personal favorite is, of course, the vintage with crystals. It just exudes elegance and class. This is definitely one shop you want to visit if you will be needing a cake topper in the future.
I'm in love with monograms. I put them on my Christmas wish list and I have been busily making initial Christmas ornaments. (THAT post to follow soon!) If you don't yet have a love/obsession/addiction with monograms, I hope by stopping by these shops and studios will at least spark an interest for you. They are a simple, classic, artsy way to add a little personal touch to your home.