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Behind The Monogram Blog

Behind The Monogram is a collection of blog posts about monograms, embroidery, smocking, and anything else that seems interesting at the moment. Follow along and learn interesting facts and also have a little fun.

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Baby Burp Cloths

Dawn Rhodes

Let's talk about baby burp cloths made from cotton cloth diapers. I attended two baby showers recently where the mom-to-be had this blank look on her face when she opened her gifts and was given decorated burp cloths made from cloth diapers. The look on my face might have mirrored theirs. I couldn't believe they had no clue how to use these fun, practical, soft rectangular pieces of fabric. In case any of you also don't know, let's dig in and find out!

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Lunch and Shopping in Tville

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When I saw the Facebook post for the Cyclone Shrimp Wrap, it was all I needed to schedule a lunch date with my favorite 3 year old and his mother. Our local Jonah's Restaurant here is Thomasville, Georgia has a fabulous menu! An afternoon of eating and shopping sounded perfect for a hot Friday afternoon. Take a look at my delicious lunch.

Now, doesn't that just make your mouth water! It was as good as it looks. Also, their hush puppies are the absolute best I have ever tasted.

Since there was a line outside the restaurant, I couldn't get a picture of the front of the place without someone being in the picture. Here is the best I could do.

If you visit Thomasville, you must try Jonah's Fish and Grits. It is located at 109 East Jackson Street, Thomasville, Georgia. This is a link to their 

website

 .

And, here is a link to their Facebook 

page

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After lunch we were ready for some shopping. I had heard about a new shop called The Pale Moon. Off we went to go check it out. Oh my goodness, they had some cute things. Tons of tops, pants, purses, and jewelry. It is an adorable shop. Here are so pictures of the inside:

Before we went home, we stopped at a place called Hawaii Snow and had a nice refreshing snow cone. I think we deserved it after all that hard shopping!

Any hoo, after that delightful experience, it was time to go home to do some work.

For great baby gifts, remember to visit 

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Summer Monograms

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School is out in south Georgia and it is beach time. We are headed to Jamaica this week for a short vacation. Along with getting orders processed and shipped, I've been doing some monogramming for myself. This is highly usual for me!

Since my first name initial is a "d", it is hard for me to find fonts where I am satisfied with the capital d. For the monograms in the picture, I selected the Victor font.

The straw hat is from last year but I included it in the picture anyway. I love the colors this season. The tropical blues and greens are such happy colors. They remind me of beach breezes and cool sand. The font used on the hat is one of the Arabesque fonts in my collection.

If you look closely on the white terry zip bag, you will see I stitched buttonholes and added ribbon. Pretty cute, right?

Now back to customer orders. I had lots of fun monogramming beach towels for a customer to give for graduation presents. Here is a pic.

Selby is stitched in black thread using the Sweet Script font. I just love it! The rest of the names are stitched using the Diary font. Pretty cute, don't you think?

Enjoy summer!

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My New Favorite Cookie Recipe

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Normally, all my posts are sewing related or show products from  

The Polka Dot Store

. Today I have something different for you....my new favorite cookie recipe.

Don't they look good! Well they taste as good as they look. It started with a recipe by Paula Deen and I tweaked it to fit my taste bubs. Here is the recipe:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies

  •  1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  •  1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  •  3/4 cup sugar
  •  3 large eggs
  •  1 tablespoon vanilla
  •  3 1/2 cups flour
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1/2 tsp. salt
  •  3 cups oatmeal
  •  12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  •  1/2 cup white raisins (optional)
  •  1/2 cup toffee cups (approximately) (optional)
  •  1 cup chopped pecans (approximately) (optional)

Place ice cream scoop size mounds on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes.

*Note: you can mix and match the ingredients marked "optional" or leave them off. Personally, I like to use all of them if I happen to have them in my pantry! Yummy deliciousness! This makes a LARGE amount of cookies.

Here is another picture of the cookies:

Enjoy!

New Baby and Sibling Gifts

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Wow, I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last blog post. This week as I was catching up on orders, I started thinking about what my customers are ordering for gifts. When my youngest was born and someone would bring her a baby gift, my two toddlers would look anxiously to see if there was also a gift for them. I've noticed quite a few of my customers also send personalized backpacks to the sibling along with a gift for the baby. Here is a picture of one of the combinations ordered this week.

Cute isn't it? The hooded towel on the left is the Pink Alligator Everykid Towel by 3 Marthas and the backpack on the right is Dandy Pandy from Oak Patch Gifts. I would love to help you with your next gift purchase.

Summer Fun With Chalk Paint

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If you have been on the 

website

or on the

Facebook Page

, then you know I am probably not at home. In fact, I am at my daughter's house helping her sell her house, move, have surgery, help with her 22 month old (a.k.a. playing with my grandson), and recover all while going through a divorce. During all the hassles and getting sick after her surgery we still managed to have one day of FUN! A friend of ours, Jennifer, over at Twists of Life Unique Thrift, has been doing some fabulous work with chalk paint and repurposed furniture. Plus, she gives lessons! My daughter and I decided to take a lesson before things got really crazy with the move. We fell in love with it.

For some reason, it didn't occur to me to take before pictures of the pieces we worked on or an after picture of the piece I worked on. Jennifer “loaned” me an antique desk chair to work on and she had me paint it in Barnyard Red. The color was gorgeous and I fell in love with it. Here is a picture of the chair and base before it was distressed:

Isn't it a fabulous color?

My daughter inherited my bedroom set from when I was a little girl. She decided to take the night stand to work on. For those of you who are not as old as I am, this is a white french provincial bedroom set by Bassett. You will just have to imagine it in white since I neglected to take a before pic. Here is the back of the piece after two coats of paint:

The color is Burlap and the edges were distressed. Can I just say, “Distressing is fun!”. Here is a pic of the finished piece.

She did a great job! After she recovers from all that has been going on, she plans to paint the dresser, desk, head and foot board that go with the set. My mind has been working overtime on thinking about things I can use chalk paint on and distress. By the way, Jennifer sells the paint in her shop.

Not only is Twists of Life Unique Thrift a great thrift shop but they also do an auction every Wednesday night. On Wednesday mornings, Jennifer posts pictures of items being auctioned that night. Check out the Facebook page for Blue Chicken Auction! If you are in the Dallas, Georgia area, be sure to visit the store and her auctions. Thank you Jennifer for teaching us such a fun thing to do!

You can find Twists of Life Unique Thrift at 503 Memorial Dr., Dallas, GA. Check out her store Facebook Page 

here

  and her auction Facebook Page

here

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New Applique Designs

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The world of applique designs has really exploded in the last year or so. There are tons of great new digitizers coming up with super cute designs and I can't wait to start stitching some out for you. I've recently purchased designs from 

Applique Cafe

and 

Applique Corner  .

I would love to know what you like about applique and what you would like to see them stitched on. I'm so excited about this and will post pictures when I get some of them stitched out. In the meantime, I'll post a picture of  "fred" bringing his new baby gossling to the bird feeder for the first time. Cute!

There are now over 500 Likes our Facebook Page so be on the look out for another give away soon! Have you shared our Facebook Page? Please like and share our page. The more "likes" we have, the larger the give away will be.

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Have a great weekend!

Long Time Since Last Post

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Wow, where have the last few months gone? Life here in south Georgia has been crazy busy. Between family and working on the website, I feel like I've hardly had time to do anything else. That said, I want to show you  pictures of some things I have been able to squeeze in time monogram for friends and family. The first picture shows some of the very popular sun hats that are the craze right now.

A friend of mine is having a new grandbaby and they are not telling the name until after the little one arrives. I really wanted to try out a new design I purchased and this is how it turned out.

Another thing that is really popular right now are T-Shirt Pockets. I experimented on some t-shirts for myself and they turned out kind of cute!

The orange and white shirt pockets use Empire font. On the tan shirt pocket the Victor font was stitched on the pocket and Octagonal font was used on the coral shirt. Pretty good for my first attempts, don't you think?

Lastly, I needed new pillows for my sofa..........................I wanted things to look good for a meeting I was having at my house, so I made some out of burlap.

Well, that is what I have been up to lately. Now I need to get back to working on orders. New items have been added to the website so please go on over to

The Polka Dot Store

  and pick out something adorable!

The Grandchildren Are Coming..................

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With it being spring break time here in the south, that means....................the grandchildren are coming for a visit. They were out for spring break on different weeks

so we were lucky enough to have the 18 month old for two weeks.  Back several months ago I decided I wanted to move the 11 year old into a different room and redo it for him. So I have been collecting everything for the room and then started working on it. My husband and daughter helped me put the finishing touches on the room last week so it would be ready for Logan when he arrived. I apologize in advance for the lousy lighting in the pictures!

This is a picture of the finished room:

The drapes are actually shower curtains that I found online at

West Elm

. They are exactly what I was looking for. Because they are only 72 inches tall, hanging them with rope was the perfect solution.  I found the light tan bed skirts online at

Overstock.com

.  Because the bed in the center has drawers underneath the mattress, there was no need to skirt that bed. I appliqued Logan's pillowcase with his name in El Paso Font. He loved it.

In this picture you can see the copper rods my husband made out of copper pipe that he found at Lowe's. He and my son had to cut the pipe and piece it together to get the length I needed. This is a large set of windows and I couldn't find much less afford custom made rods to fit. I used the buttonholes in the shower curtains to run the rope through and hang on the rod. Pretty cute, right? On the wall you can see the "turners" that we attached with the same type rope we used on the drapes. I found the "turners" at

Scott's Antique Market

in Atlanta. Cool, right?

My daughter and I went shopping while she was here and we found this cool rope lamp at T.J. Max. Honestly, I can't remember where we found the long leg bird but I had to purchase it. We have a bird that looks just like it on our pond.

Lastly, I just had to include my curious cat, Toby, checking out the room redo and making sure he can still see the birds on the feeders below.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of the room redo. It is finally finished and I love it.

Great Idea For Personalized Bib

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Recently, a customer emailed saying she needed an order processed quickly because she wanted to use it for a birthday party. I thought, "What a great idea!". She was planning to use the personalized bib on a stuffed bear as the centerpiece on the party table. Immediately, ideas started popping into my brain and I started visualizing  this as the centerpiece at a baby shower or the main part of a gift basket. Fun! The next time I had an order for a personalized bib, I put it on a bear and took a picture to show you. Below, you will see our Pink Minky Bib by Mud Pie on our Bliss Bear by Melissa & Doug.

Adorable! The bib is stitched in Font 23 in hot pink thread. I think Mrs. Bear looks stunning in her personalized bib and is ready for any occasion.

Personalized Leg Warmers

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As many of you know, I purchased a new 6 needle embroidery machine back in the fall. Since then I have been "collecting" different frames for the machine. As with most things, the right accessories produce the best results. While my grandson  -yes, I said grandson. I may be older in age but not in spirit- was here a few weeks ago, he was playing with inventory as I was trying to count inventory. He loved pulling the legwarmers out of the basket.

As I was putting them back in the basket, Max and I decided he needed a pair of the Fire Truck LegWarmers by BabyLegs and it would look cute to try to stitch his name on them

. Here is the result:

I think they look really cute so this option will be added to the website soon!Let me know what you think!