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.

Monogram License Plates – Design Your Own!

Have you ever mistakenly walked up to the wrong vehicle and gotten in? My kids and I have done it for sure! Only as I started to sit in the seat and realized there were items in the vehicle that did not look familiar to me did I realize it was NOT mine! I was just thankful that nobody was around to see how terribly embarrassed I was! That moment has definitely given us plenty of laughs over the years…the kids still bring it up. Of course, that would not have happened if I had a fabulous monogram license plate so that I could have easily spotted my OWN car! LOL
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Custom Monogram License Plates – Design Your Own!

Set Yourself Apart – Monogram License Plate

Have Faith Boutique can help you save yourself from the embarrassment of getting into the wrong vehicle. Our custom monogrammed license plates are a surefire way to recognize your own vehicle! No more getting frustrated when you can’t unlock “YOUR” vehicle. 😉 All you will need to do now is scan the parking lot for the black and white Chevron pattern with your monogram. Or, are you more of a lime green and pink kind of gal…personalized with your name, of course? Is zebra print more your style? How about Morrocan? The options are endless! You can even upload your own artwork or a photo if you prefer.

Create NEW Memories

Now, instead of creating those embarrassing memories of the time mom and I got into the wrong car, you can create new memories including all the compliments you will receive when sporting your custom monogram license plate! You can save those memory banks for fun-filled trips to the sea, enjoying the salt life. Maybe the mountains are more up your alley. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing…those are the things you can fill your mind with rather than the “not so fine” times. 😉

Share Your Memories

I’m sure you have your fair share of funny memories. Maybe not even having to do with a car? Laughter is medicine for the soul. Please share your funny stories so we can have a chuckle together. We all need a momentary break from the seriousness of life, don’t we?

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