Is it Vanity to have a Monogrammed House?

Monogramming gets a bad rap. Lots of people see it as some form of self-centeredness, putting your family initials on things around your home, on your shirts, or on your purses.

In truth, putting a monogram in your home is a celebration of the people who have gone before you who have had that name.

Monograms are ancient. They had the advantage of being a signature, as well as being able to be recognized by a population that, by and large, couldn’t read. Even if the monogram is in another language, it’s easy to recognize after seeing it a few times.

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A brief history of monogramming

The first monograms were used for royalty to mark their property and money.256px-Royal_Monogram_of_King_Henry_VIII_of_England.svg

As the world’s economy transitioned from a barter system to a monetary system, the official who ruled over an area would monogram the coins of the realm to show where those coins came from. Items belonging to a king or queen would be marked so that everyone would know and would leave the items alone. This included knights and armies, horses and swords, castles and clothes.

Today, one of the most famous brands on earth, uses a monogram of a single letter a logo:

6a00e39332d00988340147e37043db970b-500wiMost people around the world wouldn’t need to be told that that’s the symbol for Coca-Cola.

Artists also used monograms to sign their names to their pieces. Using just three letters made it easier to ignore the signature. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is much more conspicuous than RHL.

Once textiles were being mass-manufactured and everyone had the same clothes, monograms became a way to stand out from the crowd. If your monogram for John Q Public are JPQ, you knew whose clothes you were to wear when changing coming out of the mines or simply grabbing clothes in a house were a dozen other people lived.

Monograms were also an acceptable way to sign legal documents. Many people never learned to write their full name, but could memorize three initials and use that to sign contracts.

In the United States, interest in genealogy exploded after Alex Haley’s Roots traced his family from Africa to his desk. That dramatic story was one of the greatest events in television history and it changed how the world saw their own family history.

The next great change was the internet. Now, documents that sat mouldering in a parish in Hungary or a government census document that was formerly only available by traveling to Washington, DC, could be accessed instantly. By indexing all of these documents, finding ancestors and acquiring new information is easy and fast.

Genealogy and Monogramming

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby after gardening in the US. It represents one of the internet’s biggest traffic sources. This popular has given rise to pride in the family name. If your family arrived from Italy through Ellis Island or onto Plymouth Rock or where Native Americans who have been here for thousands of years, you can show your pride by tracing your family’s history back for hundreds of years.

Using the power of the internet, people are able to discover their history dating all the way back to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Every day, new written records are added from government documents, church records, and more.

Monogramming shows your pride in your ancestors and all that they lived through. For most of us, our ancestors were “average” people in their time, but in ours, they were heroes. You might have a family member who explored the wilds of Canada in the 1700’s or who set up a home in the Great Plains when there was no one else around.

For African- Americans, knowing one’s history might not be as pleasant but it can be rewarding to trace a family member’s’ movement from Africa to the US or the Caribbean. While this part of your family’s history might be difficult, it is part of what makes you you and should be celebrated.

What items can be monogrammed?

At Have Faith Boutique, we have everything from shower curtains to coasters that can be monogrammed. Show your pride with a monogrammed baking pan or a baby blanket.

Monogrammed items also make wonderful gifts.You can help someone celebrate their family’s history by simply finding a great gift that has the family initials on it.

Personalized Swaddling Blanket

Swaddling Blanket

BABY SWADDLING

Baby swaddling is the practice of wrapping an infant in a swaddling blanket from the shoulders to the feet. It helps to promote sleep patterns and can help to comfort your baby. The practice of baby swaddling has been used for centuries and is common in many different cultures throughout the World from America to Europe and the Middle East, as a result of the benefits swaddling provides. From studies, swaddled babies are calmer and less fussy. Swaddling recreates the cozy womb environment and makes babies feel safe and secure.

It has also been shown to also help in lowering the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). At three months of age, the risk for SIDS is at its greatest. It is safer to have young babies sleep on their back rather than on their tummy. To an extent, sleeping on their tummy gives babies a sense of safety and security, but it’s safer sleeping on their back.  It is important to ensure that babies feel just as snug and secure on their back as they would on their tummy. By using the swaddling techniques, the blanket can allow the baby a way to escape.

SWADDLING TECHNIQUE

Several misconceptions surround swaddling; common ones include the views that:
  • *Babies don’t like to have their hands wrapped up tightly
  • *They struggle and fight whenever someone attempts to put them in a wrap
  • *They continue to struggle to get free whenever they are wrapped up.

These views are misguided as swaddling. Provided it is done correctly, it actually makes your baby feel both comfortable and secure. An appropriate swaddling technique places your baby’s hands in a natural position over their chest. You’ll notice that they do this on their own when they are lying unwrapped and contented on their back.

  Below is a step by step guide you can follow to ensure your baby is well swaddled:
  1. 1 – Let the blanket be on a flat surface with the longest edge folded over 10-15 cm
  2. 2 – Ensure your baby is on the blanket with his/her shoulders lying over the folded over flap.
  3. 3 – Bend an arm up under one side of the flap and bring the wrapped arm across their chest and wrap it firmly around and under their back.
  4. 4 – Then do the same with their other arm
  5. 5 – Span out the bottom of the wrap and bring it up to their chest, spread it out and wrap firmly around and under their back
 

BENEFITS OF USING A SWADDLING BLANKET

You might want to consider swaddling if you find your newborn crying excessively. The first three months following the birth of a baby is followed by so many changes. No longer enclosed in a soft, warm environment a baby may have trouble adjusting. One technique that has proven to help is swaddling. Below are the benefits of swaddling.

Babies who are wrapped in a swaddling blanket are said to feel more secure; this feeling is similar to that of how they felt while in their mother’s womb. Have Faith Boutique’s swaddling blanket will wrap your little one up in cozy and warm cuteness. Generously sized and featuring personalized images and design. It’s an adorably soft and comfy blanket for swaddling and also great for after a bath.

Babies can’t efficiently regulate their temperature, therefore, swaddling can help keep them warm at a comfortable temperature if the proper swaddling blanket is used, thus allowing the baby to be warm and cozy while sleeping. At Have Faith Boutique, our personalized swaddling blankets are made of lightweight fleece (100% polyester) which makes it very soft. Furthermore, it is water repellent and provides great insulation to your baby.

Swaddling is also believed to make learning to breastfeed easier by keeping baby’s arms and legs contained within the snug blanket. Swaddling can help the infant focus better and properly latch-on until he or she has learned to breastfeed easily. Once baby has learned to latch-on easily, the new mom can then begin to breastfeed without the swaddle blanket to engage in more contact between infant and mother.

Swaddling Blanket  

The velveteen fabric blanket (seen above) will be a blanket your baby will cherish forever. The Velvet baby Blanket is made from a rich velvet fabric and also approachable and adaptable to the life of your baby. By using low-impact fabrics and non-toxic dyes, each Have Faith Boutique velveteen collection is produced keeping the beauty of your baby in mind.

The swaddling blanket allows the baby to stay in a more stable position while it is asleep, this lowers the SIDS risk. Furthermore, the use of this blanket has been shown to help the baby sleep better and for a longer amount time as well as being more comfortable. The blanket prevents any quick movements that could cause the baby to wake up. This, in turn, helps to improve the parent’s sleep quality too.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Swaddling is a practice many new mothers are discovering. It is an age-old technique and works wonders for those babies who are having trouble learning to live in their new world. It provides a sense of security and restriction from the movement that causes distress especially in the first few weeks of life. However, make sure that your baby is not swaddled all throughout the day because that can be distressing. It can also make your baby feel uncomfortably warm. Surely, your baby wouldn’t want to be wrapped up the whole day. He also has to be given a chance to move around a bit and stretch his little muscles.

These blankets have a personalization option, which means your baby’s name, initials or images can be designed and dyed into the fabric. The blanket comes in various styles, including sets with simple patterns and unique prints. All of these items are made with soft fabric that is gentle enough for a newborn baby’s skin. If you’re looking for a personalized baby blanket, then you’ve certainly come to the right place! At Have Faith Boutique, we are continually engaged in designing the best and finest personalized blanket for your child and at the same time offering you affordable prices.

Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirt

Can you believe it’s nearly that time again — CHRISTMAS!

Each year the stores seem to put out their decorations earlier and earlier. I saw decorations up in JULY this year. Pretty soon, you’ll be seeing them year round. Of course, here at Have Faith Boutique, our Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirts are always available for purchase.

The latest trend is to leave the tree up all year and change the decorations for each season. It’s easy to make those changes when you can create your own seasonal monogrammed Christmas tree skirt (or Fall, or Easter, or Summer – who doesn’t love flip flops!)

Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt Ideas

When it comes to style, everyone is uniquely different.

Which of the following styles screams your name?

Traditional Red and Green with simple patterns?

Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt Chevron
Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt Chevron & Dots

A bit funky with blacks and pinks?


Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt Swirls

Maybe you’re the glitzy type that likes a touch of glitter on everything?


Monogrammed christmas Tree Skirt Glitter Chevron

Perhaps you’re more of a country gal at heart?


Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt

Whether you are traditional or modern, we can help you find the perfect Christmas Tree Skirt for your Holiday season. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, have no fear! We can create almost anything you’re looking for (as long as it’s not using a copyrighted image or logo). We absolutely love to create one of a kind, custom pieces for our customers. Simply reach out by email info@havefaithboutique.com and we’ll help you on your search for the perfect Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt.

Click Here to start designing your Monogrammed Christmas Tree Skirt from scratch using our online customizer.

Prefer to browse designs and be inspired by the creations of others? Click Here to start browsing through our selection.

Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think! Do you have any more questions?

Monogram Beach Towel Sale

10% OFF Beach Towels…All month long!

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You spoke, we listened.

Monogram Beach Towel Sale during the entire month of April.


We searched and searched for the BEST towels on the market. Many of the beach towels we tried were WAY too thin, or felt more like a blanket.
We finally found the perfect towel to use as our monogram beach towel. Our beach towels are a poly/cotton blend.
The front of the towel is super soft and the back side is ultra absorbent cotton. You get the best of both worlds with our monogram beach towels.

Monogram Beach Towel Closeup

Each month we will be discounting a different product, so be sure and watch your email to see which item is the “Special of the Month”.

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Personalized Beach Towel

How Is The Discount Applied to my monogram beach towel?

This one is super easy…you don’t have to do a thing!
The BEACH TOWELS are already discounted on our website.
All you have to do is customize your monogram beach towel and checkout.
Nautical Beach Towel

Which Style Fits you Best?


Do you prefer basic prints like chevron or moroccan when designing your monogram beach towel? Are you more of an abstract person? Lilly Pulitzer Inspired designs, maybe?
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Beach Towel

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Monogrammed Shower Curtain Sale

10% OFF Shower Curtains…For the Entire Month of March!!!

We have never offered anything like this before!
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Monogrammed Shower Curtain Sale THIS MONTH!


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Monogrammed Shower Curtain Sale

How Do I Get The Discount?

This one is super easy…you don’t have to do a thing!
The SHOWER CURTAINS are already discounted on our website.
All you have to do is customize your design and checkout.

Choose your style.


Do you prefer basic prints like chevron or moroccan? Are you more of an abstract person?
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Shower Curtain Sale

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Here are a few ideas for using your 10% off coupon. Some of our customers have shared photos with us.

Emma’s Velveteen Blanket is growing with her. This is one of my favorite ideas for a photo prop/backdrop.


Kylie’s bedding looks FAB in her new bedroom…


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And our ever-so-popular Monogrammed Shower Curtain…

Monogram Etiquette

Do you absolutely LOVE the look of a monogram, but aren’t sure about proper monogram etiquette? Don’t worry, you are not alone! I’m here to help!

The most common question I see has to do with monogram etiquette. I’ve compiled a few basic “rules” to help you in your monogramming journey.

Here are a few of the most common questions:

What the heck is a monogram, anyway?
What order do I use for the initials?
What style should I use?
Do I choose a fancy font or a basic font for my friends monogram?
What do I do if I have FOUR initials…every monogram I see only uses THREE?
Is it proper to use a monogram for spouses?

Have you asked yourself one of these questions? Keep reading to find your answers.

Traditional Monogram Etiquette

The traditional monogram that you see consists of three letters in the following order:

**first LAST middle**

For example, the names Elizabeth Suzanne Richards and Mark Thomas Richards would look like this…

Monogram Etiquette Traditional

This holds true for both the married and the single.

There are times, though, when a married woman would prefer to use her maiden name rather than her middle name. In that case, the monogram would look like this for Elizabeth Suzanne Holtz Richards (Holtz being her maiden name)…


Monogram Etiquette Maiden Name

Same Size Monogram Etiquette

Another popular choice for monograms is having the three initials all the same size. When using the same size, the initials would appear in the following order:

**FIRST MIDDLE LAST**

In this instance, the names Elizabeth Suzanne Richards and Mark Thomas Richards would look like this…

Monogram Etiquette Same Size

Four Initial Monogram Etiquette

BUT, what happens when a person has four initials? Either having two middle names or choosing to keep their middle name AND maiden name in their monogram? This is a unique option…one that you don’t see very often, unfortunately.

In this instance, the names Elizabeth Suzanne Richards and Mark Thomas Richards would look like this…

Monogram Etiquette Four Initials

Married Couples Monogram Etiquette

Married couples have two options for their monogram. It really comes down to personal preference, honestly.

There are those that think the man’s name should be first and others that think the woman’s name should be first (women first?). You will have to come to that decision on your own. :)

Here are the two options:

**woman first LAST man first** or **man first LAST woman first**

For the couple named Mark and Elizabeth Richards the monogram would look like one of these…


Monogram Etiquette Married

Font Choice ~ Monogram Etiquette

There are literally thousands of font options to choose from for you monogram. Here are a few things to consider before making your font choice:

1 – What is the monogram being placed on?
If you are placing a monogram on something fancy like a handkerchief or a doily, I would recommend using a fancier style script (like Vine font).
If you are placing a monogram on something more casual, you would be fine with a more basic font (like Roman or Rose font)

2 – Who is the gift for?
You really need to consider who will be receiving the gift and make sure the monogram matches their personality. Are they a frilly, fru fru kind of person? Someone that likes the “finer” things? Or are they more laid back and casual? Make sure if you are giving a gift you think about THEIR personality and not just your own personal preference. 😉

3 – Is this gift for a child?
Keep in mind the age of the child. A younger child may not be able to read fancy, cursive writing, so it would be wise to use a basic standard font (like Georgia).

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Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think! Do you have any more questions?

BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

20% OFF EVERYTHING! Save BIG during our Annual Black Friday Weekend Sale! (Details Below)


Friday, November 27, 2015 – Sunday, November 29, 2015



It’s that time of year again. The holidays are approaching…FAST!

***Cue the mad rush to get everyone crossed off your list.***

Our annual BLACK FRIDAY SALE is coming and it’s going to be awesome! THE LARGEST SALE OF THE YEAR, in fact!

Here are just a few of the items that will be on sale:
Black Friday Sale Items

Monogram Gifts make the Perfect Gifts!


If you are looking for a unique opportunity to take care of gift giving for your Pastor, your child’s Teacher/Sunday School Teacher, Family, Friends, (and of course, YOURSELF), then Black Friday Weekend is THE time to shop!

Our Black Friday Sale is extremely popular (so you will want to get first pickings and make sure that your order is at the top of the stack…delivered in time for CHRISTMAS!) Since orders are processed in the order they are received, and this sale WILL have us backed up…you will want to get your order in early!

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~ Friday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 29

~ 20% OFF Everything – Enter this code at checkout: bigsale

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