Tuesday, March 20, 2012

monograms - it's a southern thang

If you live in the South, chances are you own at least one item that has your monogram. Monograms are kinda a Southern girl's staple. We put them on anything and everything and give them for every occasion. It's just what we do!

Personalizing your things is not only a Southern tradition, but it's super helpful in making sure people don't steal your things :). I mean, what will Sarah Elizabeth do with Barbara Jo's casserole carrier? She would just look silly carrying around a cute, pink, polka dotted carrier with someone else's initials on it! Just silly!

Now, I personally do not own nearly as many monogrammed items as some of my "G.R.I.T.S" friends (for those of you who don't know, that stands for "girls raised in the south."), but I can assure you I have no lack of customized bags...

My problem? Four names. Thanks to my ma and pa, I was blessed with not 3 names, but 4 and that causes quite a stir when trying to add that fancy circle ownership stamp on anything that's able to fit on an embroidery machine. I mean, what's a girl to do with more names than initials are allowed on a monogram??? Well, you just have to decide which ones you like best! For me, it's E. (ebonn) Y. (yvonne) T. (thomas).

I've always wanted some personalized stationary and I did receive some one time when I was young, but as you grow older - pink stationary with your name in big black letters just isn't as nice as it was when you first received it. Plus, with all the fun new note cards, letterpress options and other fun paper options, who wouldn't want 10 sets of personalized stationary? Unfortunately, however, some of these personalized items come with a hefty price tag and being the bargain hunter I am, I just can't make myself spend the dough.

ENTER - Hobby Lobby and the handy, dandy printer!

I was walking through HL the other day and spotted these super cute note cards that I immediately pictured with my initials. For $3.99 I figured, "oh what the hay! Let's see if I can do a little DIY project on these babies." The end result?

A not too shabby set of personalized note cards! Aren't they cute? I probably could have gone a little more to the right with the monogram, but I think it's fine for my first try.

Here were the steps that I took -

It might not be quite that easy, but you get the point :) I suggest testing the printing on a same size sheet of paper first before wasting the cards you paid good money for, but other than that, it's a piece of cake!

Anywho, I plan to do some for gifts in the future, but for now, I'm going to enjoy my very own personalized note cards :). Hope you can do the same!

Good luck and stay tuned for my porch reveal - I hope to have it finalized in the next couple of weeks so I can enjoy this beautiful weather!

Have a great week!


  1. Very cute! How neat/funny that you have 4 names! My grandmother didn't give any of her daughters middle names, so they didn't get a "proper" monogram until they got married. Except for one of my aunts that has never married...she still just has 2 initials! Not much you can do with that when it comes to monogramming!

  2. Man, that's too bad! Think of all the fun smocked outfits and burlap tote bags they missed out on pre-marriage :) But on the good side, at least they don't have to throw any of their old initial stuff out!

    Having 4 names is just one more thing that makes me, me I suppose. So, I'll take it :)! My mom's thought was "If it's good enough for Prince Harry (who apparently has 4 names also), it's good enough for my girl!"