Wednesday, June 15, 2011

craft #3: I loves my monogram

I was originally going to title this post,
"I'd like to add his initial to my monogram..."
ten-thousand bonus points to the person who can tell what song that's from.

Back to business-
today's craft is all about the mighty
If you've been to my house,
or even seen pictures,
you know that I have M's all over the place.

In the foyer-
St. Patty's Day foyer decor

On top of the piano-

fabric M from Anthropologie- thanks Christa!

In the hutch in the dining room-

On the mantel-

(and that one even grew recently....)

large craft M from JoAnn

And on my front door-

Gold M and grapevine wreath, both from hob lob

So is it any wonder then, that I would want to include a craft that had to do with my Monogram?
no, it's no wonder.

Here's what I started with for this project-

a couple of 'M's from the hob lob (already had these),
and an 11 x 14 frame (picked this up from wal-mart for 5 bucks)

The M in the bottom of the pic actually fit better inside the frame, so that's the one I went with. The hardest part of this project for me was deciding how to 'dress' the M.
For example-
just yesterday I saw this post on My Blessed Life-

cute as a button, right?
I'm also loving that she spray-painted her frame.
pretty pretty...

Now, the button idea isn't new, in fact it's quite popular, and for good reason.  How cute would that be in a playroom?

Speaking of playrooms, here's another example I found several months ago

Not only is this a cute decor item, but what an awesome teacher gift as well! I was very close to gluing on the crayolas, but alas...
I knew the only room I could put my new 'M' in would be the playroom,
I went with fabric.
because I just happen to have egads of it.
can I get a Roll Tide?
houndstooth is a pretty big deal in these parts, since the University is just down the street. Just wanted to clarify for those of you who are new here!

I found the large houndstooth fabric at and I'm lovin it.
just like micky-D's...

I placed the 'M' on the fabric and marked where I'd need to cut slits so that I could fold the fabric over the letter and hot glue it-
I could have also traced the letter and attached that with hot glue, but the fabric would have only covered the top and I wanted the sides to be covered as well. It's really just whatever suits ya fancy, ya know?

Then I cut around the 'M', being sure to leave enough material to wrap and glue...

I started at the top, securing it with glue first so the fabric stayed put-

and no, I'm not working with a 'W' now, that's just what happens when you turn an 'M' upside-down.
Sarcastic much?

Next, I pulled the bottom of the fabric up and secured that with glue-

Then I moved to the middle section, pulling and gluing, pulling and gluing...

Until that whole 'M' was a Bama fan.

Next, I started on the frame-
since I already knew I wasn't going to be using the glass in the frame
(the 'M' is at least a quarter of an inch thick)
I set it aside for another project and took that lovely came-in-the-frame-picture of the smiling girl-

placed it on a piece of white poster board, and cut out a perfect 11 X 14 piece. I placed the poster board in the frame, replaced the frame's back piece, and hot glued my newly covered 'M' in the center of the poster board-

Whatcha think?

I love it!
Even on my kitchen desk, it looks fab!
And also....
did you see me?
I'm thinking of making a Hitchcock-ian appearance in all of my posts like that-

back to the craft...

And here she is in the foyer.
At 1:35 am.
Because that's when my kiddos are sleeping.

Not quite sure where it will live just yet, but I love that it can work in a playroom, as well as our family room or the dining room, or even a bedroom.

I loves ya, houndstooth M.
Welcome to the family...

What would YOU cover your monogram in?
Do tell...

pssssssttt.....for info on how I made the mossy 'M' in my header, go HERE

Tip Junkie handmade projects 
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Designs,
We Did It Wednesday at Sew Much Ado,


Julie said...

Being a Bama fan, I love the letter. I'm really interested in your wall color, what color is the green?

Shonna said...

I would also like to know the name of the color green

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