White Cotton artistry celebrates the character that comes from owning an item for a long time – it becomes faded, scratched and worn because someone has loved it and kept it in their family. The gifts I have loved have been scratched from the moves, worn smooth from touch or from being treasured.
My designs have the “character” that comes from time – they will appear chipped, worn or faded. I believe this gives them the patina that creates a home with warmth and history. Each piece is unique – no two items are exactly alike. They are all imperfect and worn – showing the wear that comes from being treasured. I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoy creating them.
VINTAGE PERSONALIZED TRAYS:
These trays can be personalized with the family name and year they were married or a monogram.
Tray dimensions and price:
14″ x 21″ $85.00
Child’s tray dimensions and price:
12″ x 12″ $65.00
All trays are completely hand painted. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for each design. Products can be ordered online through the White Cotton Shop by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit my Etsy Shop at: WhiteCottonDesigns
Gifts have always been very important to me – and I always search for the most meaningful one for brides and special occasions. I never want to give just a piece of silverware or a dish – or any item that won’t be special or stand out to the recipient. The wedding gift that stood out most to me was a tray with my marriage initials engraved into the center. It was my most treasured gift because I was so excited to see my initials intertwined with my fiance’s. Because this was my most treasured gift, I decided to create something similar that I could give. This is how my trays began. As I began painting them – I fell in love with the monogram even more than the single initial. One day as I was painting this beautiful design, I was struck with the fact that it is a perfect symbol of marriage. Marriage is designed to be the union between husband and wife – as they leave their family to become “one”.
As I began to search out the origination of the monogram, I came across this definition
”The decorative combination of letters known as monograms and ciphers are often interchanged to a point where the distinction between the two may have disappeared in all but scholarly circles. Strictly speaking, a monogram is the combination of two or more letters in such a way that one letter forms part of another and the overall design cannot easily be separated (Fig. 3).”
Fig 3. Slipper Monogram, metalic thread. By kind permission of M Hand & Company, Ltd., London W1R 3HQ.
This description declares that the ”letters combine in such a way that one letter forms part of another and the overall design cannot easily be separated.” In a day when marriages can be easily separated – the monogram illustrates the forming of “one” overall design. In marriage, God designed us to become one – so that no one can tell where one begins and the other ends. A beautiful example of “oneness”. This is my favorite symbol for weddings and anniversaries – or any special occasion that deserves a personal and meaningful gift. ” Diann