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Monogrammed Wedding Gift (almost) Fail

One of my employees is getting married and moving away in a few weeks. She has lived on her own before, so I decided to go “off registry” (what so many brides HATE, I know) and get her something unique. Seeing as how we work at a jewelry store and monograms are somewhat popular in our line of work, I thought about doing something with her new monogram.

In comes my husband. He knows someone from HIS job that does embroidery. Duh – I could totally have her embroider a large monogram and I could put it in a frame (or on a pillow, whatever). I bought linen and trucked it over to the embroidery lady’s house. I can safely say that after visiting her, I wanted an embroidery machine like nobody’s business! All I need is one more hobby.

As usual, I procrastinated. I got busy with work and put everything else on the back burner. Yep. Remembered last night that I was supposed to give it to her today. Went to Target really early to look for a frame (because the usual suspects weren’t open yet – Joann/Michaels/Kohl’s) and found one.

I got home and started to put it together. One snag: I didn’t have anything to “wrap” the linen around in the frame. Normally, when I frame cross-stitch pieces, I use foamboard cut to size – but I didn’t happen to have a 15×18 piece just hanging around. I was officially out of time. I finally said “screw it” and used packing tape (don’t judge) and pulled it as tightly as I could around the backing of the frame. Yeah, it looked like crap.

craft fail

I debated – no one will ever see the back except for her. Who cares what it looks like, right? The front looks good. However, I don’t want to be *that* person that gives a halfass gift either. I just couldn’t do it.

craft save

I sat and thought. I didn’t have any paper that was large enough to cover the whole back of the frame. Nada. Then I had a lightbulb moment – the paper that comes inside the frame! I flipped it so the plain side faced out (instead of the side with the picture of the happy fake couple) and wrote a message on it for my employee, and attached it with – you guessed it – packing tape. It ended up looking just fine! She may never know the trouble I had with it, at least unless she happens to read my blog…


She LOVED it, and was so surprised – I even got a hug. She’s not the huggy type (at least with me) so I take that as a huge compliment!

Next time I do this – and there will be a next time, probably for myself – I will figure out how to do it better. For now, though, I’m pretty proud of my McGyver-like skills.

If you are married, what was your favorite gift? I like personal gifts that actually had thought put into them. One of my very favorite gifts from MY wedding was from an employee (funny how that works, isn’t it?). She drew my new monogram by hand and filled it in with silver leaf. I love it to this day and it has been over 8 years!

heather monogram



Framed initial gift idea

Most of the time when I go to Hobby Lobby/Joann/Michaels, I am on a specific mission. If I don’t go in with a battle plan, I come out with half of the store. This time, I went in on a mission – I needed a frame and flatware to {finally} complete Tarah’s Pin There Done That challenge – from LAST week. Better late than never, right?

Well, that mission was aborted pretty quickly. I got sucked into the clearance aisle – now, I have never found anything on Hobby Lobby’s clearance aisle that I needed or even wanted.  I’ve read about its mystical powers and awesome deals, but I have never seen it for myself.

Until that day.

Lo and behold, my first Hobby Lobby clearance purchase/bargain:

Now. Before you all start wondering what in the world is wrong with me, let me explain. This was marked down to $4.00. FOUR. A pretty, black, 18×24 frame that just so happens to have a terrifically hideous picture in it. {My apologies to any of you who happen to have one of these hanging somewhere in your house}

I’m gonna release some anger on that picture and punch it out. All Mama wanted was the frame. A year ago, I would have turned my nose up at it and kept on walking. Unfortunately for my checking account, I’ve changed my ways. I think I will most likely make a bulletin board out of it or something crafty like that, so stay tuned.

Once I finished with the clearance aisle, I spotted some metal-look letters. I’ve always thought they were pretty, but have always been too cheap to buy them. Well, not today. I was on a roll. Naturally, I picked one up with my last initial and one up with my sister’s last initial. They were half off of $3.99 – $2/letter. Can’t beat that with a stick.

Then the lightbulb came on. I’m sure this has been done millions of times as a quick gift, but I was thinking on the fly and was pretty proud of myself for coming up with it. All frames were 50% off – so I spent a stupid amount of time looking for frames for these letters – probably 30 minutes. Sheesh. I finally picked two of the same frame 1) because I liked the frame, and 2) because it is a given that Whitney would have liked the OTHER frame – two of the same kind is much easier. Then I moved on to the scrapbook paper aisle {aka My Heaven} and spent more time picking out paper for this project and the silverware project. And I may or may not have picked up several pieces because they were pretty. It was all half off, I can’t help myself!

I gathered the rest of the stuff I actually went in to Hobby Lobby for, checked out, and drove home.

I painted the two letters – for Whitney’s, I mixed up a really light greenish aqua color to match the paper she chose. For mine, I mixed up a dark plum/purple color. I have so much craft paint that I knew I’d be able to come up with the perfect colors eventually.

Obviously I forgot to take a before picture. I’m still learning that I have to document everything I do for this blog!  

Once I had those painted, I cut the papers to fit into the frame and attached them with my tape runner (Vellum Adhesive Runner Invisible Bond by Therm O Web) because I really didn’t want to jack with Mod Podge for this project.

{That’s the paper I used for Whitney’s}

{That’s the paper I chose for myself. Moral of the story? Always have a backup plan. Boo.}

By now, the initials were dry and I was happy with the colors. Hot glue those bad boys on! Obviously, you will not be using the glass with the frame, so you can keep that for another project or chunk it. I’ll probably keep mine, think of some awesome idea for it, and then never do it. That’s just how I roll.

Don’t worry, my purple color is not Barney purple. It really is a more muted plum color. I like purple and all, but I don’t LOVE purple. Stupid flash. I decided against painting Whitney’s frame because that green color is a lot to deal with and should probably only be used in small doses. I think it looks better with the original frame color, and had I known I would ruin the one sheet of paper I originally chose for myself, I wouldn’t have painted my frame either. Oh well! I still love it and it will look cute on my wall.

I hope Whitney likes hers – she was a good sister/friend this week when I needed one and I knew she would love this!

These would make quick, cheap Christmas/wedding/birthday/housewarming gifts – I am all about those easy gifts!

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