Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Back to School with Personalized Backpacks and Lunch Totes

Carolina Clover is thrilled to announce a new line of personalized backpacks and lunch totes featuring your child's name, initials or monogram. Our trendy patterns are adorable and affordable.  Savvy moms know that a personalized backpack and lunch tote is a key investment in the new school year.

How many times has the lunch tote been left on the bus or in the cafeteria?  Too many times. With a personalized lunch bag, with a name or monogram embroidered on the bag, you avoid the lunch tote becoming someone elses.

We have a new line of monogrammed bookbags geared toward the middle and high school student and we call them our Campus Backpacks in the multi pocket style featured below.
We also have our line of traditional style backpacks which are perfect for the elementary school student.  These feature many pockets too, but is a bit more traditional looking.
This backpack is adorable embroidered with your child's initials, name or monogram on the outside pocket. The personalization adds so much to this trendy new print.  Our backpacks are available in many different patterns this year.
For our preschool tykes going off to school for the first time we have this smaller version of a preschool backpack that is perfect personalized with a name, monogram or initials and for snack time we have a matching lunch tote.
Our personalized lunch totes sell out every year, so do not pass up the opportunity to select a personalized backpack with matching lunch tote matching set.  Start back to school with new bags personalized by Carolina Clover, don't wait these will all sell out prior to school!

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique
123 S. White Street, Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th this year! Do you need to find a special gift for mom this year? We have a huge gift idea for you: PERSONALIZE!

Take the most simple gifts like a water bottle, a baseball hat, or a tote bag and add her name, initial or monogram that says a whole lot of thought went into a gift. Carolina Clover offers gifts for every budget.  Order of $50 or more ship free, so load up your cart with gifts for mom and save a few dollars in the process.

If it's that special year for a keepsake gift for mom, our jewelers have created the most thoughtful pendants for mom.  Our best seller every year is this monogrammed mother's pendant with her child's names engraved around the outside of the pendant.

Our newest design for Mother's day this year is the family tree pendant. Engrave the family names or just the children's names around this pendant that embodies the family tree.  This is a keepsake jewelry piece mom will love. Order a long chain so she can wear it layered with other pieces or a shorter chain so she can wear it every day.

We love that this pendant can be ordered at a lower price point by selecting pewter as your metal.  This pewter is polished to a high shine and looks like sterling silver but with out the sterling silver price.  Order early for mother's day, our jewelers need at least 10 days to create your custom jewelry piece for mom and get it to you before Mother's Day!

If you are local to Wake Forest, NC, stop by our retail store to place your order or select ship to store at checkout to pick your order up in our retail store.

123 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Monday, March 7, 2016

How to Cover Up an Embroidered Monogram

We've seen quite a few monogram issues in our time of offering on site embroidery in our retail store!  There's no shortage of wrong monograms, an item being passed along, or a monogram that didn't turn out so good. (not from us!)  We try to offer our customers solutions to their problems, and even we mourn with them a bit over an embroidered snafu.

One particular day, a customer presented us with monogrammed wedding gifts she had ordered with the couple's new monogram, but the wedding was called off. She was left with a good amount of monogrammed gifts she was unable to recycle or even re-gift! We put our heads together can came up with a solution to fix the monograms.  

We are asked often to "undo" embroidery work, while we do not offer this service, we don't recommend it either.  Powerful commercial embroidery machines are capable of really destroying the  fabric under the stitches in the process of embroidery. Even if you can pick out the thousands of stitches used in commercial embroidery, the chances of you not catching the fabric with a seam ripper is very small. 

We were able to save our customer's monogrammed gifts by applying an embroidery applique over the existing monogram that did a very nice satin stitch around the edge.  An applique is the process of using fabric as a backing for the monogram, and it takes a special formatted applique file to perform this technique. Our customer chose a Lilly Pulitzer inspired fabric print, a master circle font, and a navy thread to coordinate with the blue seersucker fabric on the weekend tote.

Here is the final result, you can't even tell another monogram was on this bag and a new one was added. We also backed the applique with cut away fabric stabilizer, which also serves as a sort of lining for the applique, so you can't even tell from the inside of the bag that there was another monogram on the bag before.
This photo is of the inside of the bag where you can't even see the old monogram.  This is so well done for an applique, our customer could actually regift this monogrammed weekend tote without the new recipient knowing!  The fixes here are endless, children's clothing can be passed down with the applique covering an old monogram, a logo can be covered up with a new logo using this really nice "patch" look, an incorrectly stitched monogram can be "fixed" with this applique patch, and even last name changes too!

In case you are wondering about the bags featured in this post, this is a great monogrammed seersucker weekend tote with leatherette trim and is the perfect monogrammed gift. This tote is available at Carolina Clover along with a matching monogrammed cosmetic tote also in seersucker.

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique is located in the Historic District of Wake Forest, NC and we offer on site monogram and logo embroidery to our local customers. More information about our retail store is on our web site.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique, Now Expanded

WAKE FOREST, NC October 29, 2015-Ready your holiday shopping list and visit Carolina Clover’s newly expanded monogram jewelry, gift and apparel shop now located at 123 S. White Street in Historic Downtown Wake Forest. Formerly the embroidery station at The Cotton Company, Carolina Clover has just launched their own storefront space with even more selection and will feature the storefront as a “Monogram Boutique”.

The proprietor of Carolina Clover, Dawn Crowder has this to say about her storefront expansion, “ We’ve been a top monogram jewelry and gift retailer online for 6 years and thriving in the The Cotton Company’s business incubator for 5 years, and it was time to give our monogram and embroidery customers more shop space and selection to continue to grow.” She adds, “I love the enthusiasm that our customers have upon locating our shop and the excitement of them realizing all the possibilities for personalized gifts available to them so close to home.”

This year Carolina Clover is making a holiday wish list available to customers who love monograms.  Sales associates will assist with writing your Christmas Wish List complete with sizes, styles, and color selections. Just send your loved ones into the store and Carolina Clover will walk them through the gift personalization process and even gift wrap it for them, it’s that easy!  You can also develop your own monogrammed gift wish list on the web site at with free shipping and pick up at the retail store.

Find out more information about our company at

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique
123 S White Street, Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Preppy Girls Monogram Their Spare Tires!

Monograms on our rides are not a new idea, but us girls have been relegated to the vinyl sticker.  Am I right? Carolina Clover is showcasing style and panache with a monogrammed tire cover for our SUV and Jeep girls.  Our soft top jeeps are super expensive and super sensitive, most of us don't want to put a vinyl monogram sticker on our soft top cover.  Introducing the monogrammed spare tire cover by Carolina Clover!

We've been monogramming one Jeep at a time at Carolina Clover with our Smitybilt tire cover with an embroidered monogram!  Move over vinyl stickers, we are stitching our initials right into this tire cover.  Our jeep girls have loved this design, read our frequently asked questions and our reviews on our monogram embroidered spare tire cover at Below take a look at some of the tire covers we've monogrammed in the various font styles and thread colors:

Monogram Tire Cover in Master Circle Font and Spring Green Thread

Monogrammed Tire Cover in White Thread and Engraved Font

Monogrammed Tire Cover in Lime Thread and Circle Block Font

Monogram Tire Cover in Fishtail Font and Aqua Thread

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Getting the design you want for your Monogram Necklace

The trend has hit you hard and you are coveting your very own monogram necklace.  Where do you start designing your necklace and where do you buy it?  That's simple. Read this blog post and we will direct you where to buy and how to design your heart's desire!

What is considered a "monogram"

A monogram is a ladies' 3 initials in a form of first initial, LAST name initial, and middle name initial. The last name initial is placed in the middle of the design and created larger than the other initials.  This is considered a 3 initial monogram, a unique design for each lady. An example is like this:

Decide the size of pendant you want

The size of the pendant, the actual charm that will be created in the rendition of your initials. The BEST way to understand the sizing is to pull out a ruler.  This will help you visualize when you are shopping to choose the look you are going for.  A 5/8 inch pendant measures about the size of a dime and the sizing goes up from there.  Choose in our 2 inch pendant will be a very dramatic statement, and it is best to have your ruler handy so you know what to expect when your monogram pendant arrives.

Decide the metal or finish you want

Carolina Clover offers monogram pendants made in sterling silver, pewter, 14k gold, rose gold vermeil and 14k gold vermeil.  Our vermeil explained as the pendant is created in sterling silver and dipped in either yellow gold or rose gold.  Pewter is our most affordable choice in monogram necklaces, it is polished to a high shine like sterling silver but doesn't come with the high cost of sterling silver. Ultimately, the look you are going for and your budget with dictate your choice here. None of our metals are sold by weight, they are sold by craftmanship. If you are concerned about silver or gold weight, you should consult with your local jeweler about a weighted piece, this is beyond our scope of design services. Our special finishes include enamel and acrylic.  Enamel is laid over sterling silver to create a deeply hued finish on the pendant in your choice of color.  Acrylic is a lightweight pendant in tons of fun and flirty colors and is minimally priced.

Decide the "bail" design you want

Most of our jewelers have created one of two designs for monogram pendants.  We have the monogram necklace that is stationary on a chain, actually attached to the chain.  This is called a double bail design.  A single bail design is a single hoop on the pendant that a necklace chain slides through, giving you the ability to change out your chain and allows freedom of the pendant to slide back and forth on the chain.  Pictures below:

single bail pendant style

double bail necklace style

Choose the font you want

In the pictures above, this is an example of a script font for your monogram necklace.  We also offer a circle block font.  The biggest question is which style suits you and do your initials look good in the font.  Each pendant is created uniquely by our jewelry designers, so you will get a beautiful piece hand created each time.  If you would like to see what your monogram may look like in the 2 different fonts, see our monogram tool here.

Choose the length of chain you want

Our designers offer chains in lengths of 16 or 18 inches. 16 inches hits most women at their collar bone and 18 inches drops 2 inches below her collar bone and some times determines if it is worn inside or outside her collar.  Find a necklace you like the length of already and measure it, this is the best way to determine the length of your chain.

Choose the retailer to make your purchase

Of course Carolina Clover would love to create your monogram necklace from your choice of our two reputable jewelry designers Jane Basch and Initial Reaction, but we want you to make an educated purchase as well.  Here are some additional considerations when purchasing your monogram necklace.  Both our designers are top of the line, American jewelry artists based right here in the USA that we have contracted with for more than 5 years.  Both jewelers back their workmanship with a 1 year warranty, and then will make repairs for a small fee after 1 year.  Please make sure whomever you purchase from is based in the USA.  We've heard so many very sad stories of customers purchasing a Groupon, or from Etsy or from some random online seller that was selling it for dirt cheap and these customers have been sorely disappointed with quality, workmanship, repairs and customer service.  Please thoroughly vet your retail store prior to purchase, also it is a good idea to read the store policies prior to clicking the buy button.  Monogram necklaces are not returnable, so it is important to understand what your expectations are, contact the retailer if you have any questions prior to purchase.
Let us know if we can assist you further at

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seersucker, States and Spring!

As monogram fanatics at Carolina Clover we are very fond of anything personalized and of one more thing in particular… warm weather!! We are so tired of this cold and the snow.  It’s only getting worse now as we are getting all kinds of adorable new spring items in stock. We are sharing some of our favorite springtime pieces on the blog today!

You will love the spring and summer feel of this state pendant and it will coordinate beautifully with your Lilly Pulitzer apparel. Show your preppy state pride by wearing this acrylic state charm with either a sterling silver or gold plated chain.

Nothing screams spring quite like seersucker! And nothing screams preppy like monogrammed seersucker!! This preppy seersucker infinity scarf is the perfect weight for warmer weather and will dress up the simplest of outfits. Get a pink or blue scarf monogrammed in any color you can think of!

Turn any sporty outfit instantly fun and flirty with our monogrammed sun visors. The best news is that at such a great price, you could order multiple different colors to coordinate your warm weather outfits! There is a great discount price on bulk orders so you could get coordinating visors for the whole team. Wear it to the lake, the beach, around campus, or to the big game!

Be your own interior decorator and personalize any room in your home with our new indoor and outdoor pillows! We have a wide variety of styles from classy Kate Spade inspired gold dot patterns to preppy anchor patterns for your beach house. Include a monogram, initials, or a name to complete the personalization. Treat yourself to new pillows or give them as a great housewarming gift!

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

~ Mark Twain