Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chunky Blankets and More With

Are you looking for chunky yarn for those fabulous blankets seen in only the high end home decor catalogs or have you drooled over the cozy warmth of 100% Marino wool blankets on Etsy? The meet newcomer Artizen Home to the ecommerce arena of movers and makers.

Whether you are a knitter looking for the chunky wool yarn and supplies or you are an interior decorator looking for the latest trend in home decor, you'll find what you are looking for at Celebrating their grand opening on September 24th, you will love their initial product offering of finished home goods and knitting supplies.

They have stocked gorgeous Marino wool colors you can order by the pound or kit for the home crafter or professional knitter. We think they will dominate the market on domestic shipping in the United States as the premier supplier of bulky Marino wool products. No more waiting tireless weeks to restock your knitting cupboard because your supplier is overseas. You can't get this stuff at your local craft store folks.

Welcome to the ecommerce world when they open for business on the 24th, shop their selection of gorgeous and on trend colors. Our sources tell us they have been knitting, photohooting, videoing and uploading finished products into their brand new store like madness.  Wishing the best of Luck to, now go shop, Y'all.

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique is located in historic downtown Wake Forest, NC specializing in monogrammed jewelry, gifts and apparel.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Charles River Meets Lilly Pulitzer

Carolina Clover is thrilled be carrying this quality apparel line from Charles River Apparel.  Our retail store has been filled with the quality of the quarter zip sweatshirt in three colors. Our customers can't get enough.  This new for 2016-17 sweatshirt boasts a quarter zip pull over neckline with Charles River Branding, a cadet popped collar, relax banded waist band.  Hello Comfort Colors? Move over, there's a new legging perfect sweatshirt in town. This new quarter zip also has a hidden seam side pocket, a place for your phone! Sign me up.
Charles River Quarter Zip in Mint

Carolina Clover has stocked this perfect quarter zip sweatshirt in 3 adorable colors.  The bright coral is to die for, there's a lovely mint and the traditional heather gray.  We want all three for a month of Saturdays during college football season.

Our customers have been so thrilled with this sweatshirt and it monograms beautifully with our on site commercial embroidery service.  We stock sizes small to XL, but we've ordered the XS and the extra X's as needed, they ship to the store really quick.

Now for the best part of the story, how Lilly met Charles.  We offer a fantastic embroidered applique featuring your three initial monogram in a circle block font.  This is such an awesome stitch with a finishing bean stitch on top, the applique part allows us to use any fabric as the background of the monogram.  This is when Lilly arrived!  We've stocked 4 Lilly patterns for your enjoyment, choose your Charles River quarter zip, select your Lilly fabric, and a coordinating thread color and viola! You have a Charles River Meets Lilly Monogrammed Quarter Zip sweatshirt that will be your absolute favorite sweatshirt EVA!

Here are some of the fabric/color combinations that our customers have chosen in the store.  We love them all!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Monogram Jewelry Designs

Introducing new monogram jewelry designs featured at Carolina Clover! We love how the jewelers we partner with keep coming up with new monogram jewelry designs that end up being the new trend or the new classics!

We are seeing more trends evolve around the double bail necklace with monogram pendant.  Our newest jeweler is putting a frame around the hand cut pendant. We love this design as many of us in the shop wear our monogram necklaces on a daily basis and we find this nice little border around the monogram keeps it from snagging on your blouses!  Carolina Clover offers this necklace is a larger 1.60+ inch size and in a small 1/2 inch size in either gold or silver.

The girls at Carolina Clover are swooning over our new monogrammed cuff bracelets in script or block font.  We love the considerate design of this hand cut monogram bracelet as it is wide in the front and tapers around the back for easy wear.  This bracelet comes in sterling silver and 14k gold plate.
Black letter engraving is back with these stackable bangles engraved with a single name. We like these as a mother's bracelet to be stacked with her arm party. Does she collect Alex and Ani or Pandora?  These would look amazing stacked all together with her other collections and the price is amazing for a custom engraved bangle in silver, gold place or rose gold.
Our monogram earrings have a new twist too, literally. We are seeing a new trend emerge on a southern classic pearl earring.  On our new 360 earrings we have your engraved monogram on the front and the pearl serves a the earring back for a 360 jewelry look.
360 Pearl Monogram Earring
Wow, the last trend we are seeing is a WHOLE LOT OF state pride.  Whether you go to a state school or live where you were born and raised, Carolina Clover's jewelry partners are doing lots of designs with states.  The favorite is the state shaped monogram necklace featuring your engraved monogram inside the state. You get to pick your acrylic color and your metal component color for a custom little trinket for a really affordable price. Our southern belles are getting really creative and choosing acrylic colors for their school, their sorority or coordinating with their boutique apparel purchases.
The best place to shop for your monogrammed jewelry designs is Carolina Clover!  Shop online 24/7 for your gifts and new trends. If you're local to our retail shop, stop in to see what we have on display, or if you know what you want order online and select shipping to store for free shipping on your purchase from us.
Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique
123 S. White Street, Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stainless Steel Tumblers! Engraved or Decal?

This has been the summer of the double walled stainless steel tumbler, am I right?  These things are everywhere!  Whether you bat for Yeti or RTIC, the is no doubt that a double walled tumbler is THE secret to not letting your drink sweat!  If you are in the south, you KNOW your double walled tumblers keep from sweating themselves silly all over you all over the car, the furniture, out on the porch, the boat, the beach, everywhere and they keep your drink cold or hot depending on your potion.

Our customers are running in our retail store for their Yeti decals right now.  The story we are hearing is that "My dad keeps taking my Yeti and if I put a monogram on it, then there is no way he will take my Yeti again." HAHA! We have to laugh with our southern girls who know their way around a sassy swirly monogram a southern man wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole!  Make your mark, ladies!

If you're not close our retail store, where we are cutting monograms on site for your Yeti, check out our online store where you can order your decal for your Yeti online here. We recommend ordering the 3inch size for your tumbler, but we have seen the 5 inch on a tumbler! If you haven't splurged for a Yeti yet, check out our Polar Pro double walled stainless tumbler for LESS and includes a monogram decal applied for you.  This makes a great gift and we can ship super fast for this monogrammed stainless steel tumbler.
We are super excited to now offer an etched stainless steel tumbler that is engraved with your monogram in our retail store and our online store.  This is a forever lasting engraved process done by our local artist.  We are thrilled to a partnered with an artist to bring you a really AWESOME gift that is different than just pulling up to the store and buying a Yeti. The engraving is fantastic and such a classy personalized touch.  
Shown above is our pearl monogram style we are thrilled to offer as an engraving font style on our tumbler. We tried to do this monogram style in a decal and it was a nightmare, but our customers loved it so now it is back for this engraved tumbler.

If you are budget savvy, go for the decal if you really want a nice gift, go for the engraved stainless steel tumbler with a name or a monogram.  And yes, our artist has put together a selection of engraving styles that would even suit a man, so this is a great gift for husband, father, uncle or brother.  We even love these as a Groomsman gift.  This item takes up to 2 weeks in production, so you must order early. This item cannot be a last minute gift for Christmas, so please order early as our cut off date will be early in December so we can get them all delivered by Christmas.

We can do a swirly monogram too, so ladies make your mark with your engraved stainless steel tumbler from Carolina Clover!  

Shop or Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique
123 S. White Street, Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Monday-Saturday, 10-6pm

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.