Create Your Own Nailhead/Studded Hat

By Goldie

One of the many trends for this season and one of my favorites are nail heads. I’d like to share with you a way to create your own hat using nail heads. I purchased this inexpensive hat at H&M.

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Choose a design you like or you can work at random.  Once your design has been chosen mark points for nail heads to be applied using fabric marker or chalk.  Applying nail heads is quite easy and requires nothing more than a little time and a simple rhinestone setting tool, if you do not have one you may use the side of a pencil or pen.  Apply nail head to the mark and push the prongs completely through the fabric, then using your rhinestone setter or side of pencil push the prongs inwards to secure.

M&J Holiday Style Guide

By Blerona

No more plain tops for your holiday fun, this season it’s all about dressing up, and standing out. Here are some fun pieces perfect for any occasion, the hottest holiday looks start with silk, sequins, and all-out statement pieces.

Gold and black are the new colors of the season, lots and lots of chains to tie you up for a fun night of kisses under the misltoe and dancing competitions. Shimmering colors and sequin dresses that will make you the center of attention. Let’s face it when you look great, you feel great! Here some of my favorite looks and pieces for the holidays.

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Create Your Own Swarovski Bangle

By Goldie

We all have old bangles cluttering our jewelry boxes.  I’d like to share with a quick way to turn your old bangle into a blingin’ Swarovski art piece.  I embellished only a portion of the bangle so that you can get a feel for the before and after.

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Directions:

When using different shapes and sizes for this type of embellishing I like to draw out the shape and exact dimensions of what I am going to embellish on paper first.  Then lay out my design.  This helps you find a pattern that works, so that you avoid gaps or a cramped looking design.  Once you have decided on the design of your choice you may begin gluing your stones to your bangle.  I believe that the E-6000 adhesive works best.

M&J ribbon featured by Dana Lorenz on Michelle Obama

By Blerona

On the cover of December’s Glamour Magazine, wearing  a Fenton necklace by Dana Lorenz,  which features M&J Trimming hand dyed silk ribbon, Michelle Obama is recognized as the Woman of the Year for 2009. She’s nominated for her fashion, status as a role-model, her intellect, and title as the first ever African-American First Lady.  In her interview, Michelle Obama shares her passions, struggles, and enjoyment to Glamour readers who look up to her.

Michelle Obama is not only the first African American First Lady; she is a woman on top, political player, mentor, wife, devoted mother, activist, and now a glamorous style icon. Nevertheless, Michelle Obama manages to focus on her passions in life.  Such as,  her development of improving better health care for woman, planting the White House Vegetable Garden to help with childhood health, nutrition and obesity, and gathering women around the administration to work as mentors to girls in need.

And yet, Michelle Obama still finds the time to look amazing at every function she attends, whether it be day or night, her everyday wardrobe is classy and chic. On the cover of Glamour magazine, an honor well deserved, she sports her own dress and a custom made necklace by Dana Lorenz, which features hand dyed silk ribbons  by your very own, M&J Trimming.  

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Get her Look 

DIY Beaded Fringe and Denim Cuff

Roseann

So, as many of you may or may not already know, I am absolutely in love with beaded fringe and certainly cuffs.  This week I’ve decided to combine my two loves, and am loving the result.  Hope you dig it too.

Materials:

  • ½ yard 3” beaded fringe
  • 1 package of ss30 nail heads
  • Scarp denim (I used a piece 2 ½” wide and 9” long.  The length measurement depends upon your wrist size.  Take your measurement and add 2”)
  • Craft glue
  • 1 12” separating zipper
  • Ez rhinestone setter  or you could use the side of a pencil t o finish the prongs of your nail heads
  • Needle and thread

 

Instructions:

  1.  Cut your denim into 4 equal sections and cut 3 pieces of fringe 2 ½” pieces.
  2. I used a little glue to secure the pieces of fringe between 2 pieces of my denim and stitched.  Stitch as close to the twill tape of the fringe as possible so that it will not be visible from the other side.
  3. Mark two columns down the two center panels of your denim cuff.  My marks are 1/2” apart.
  4. Apply nail heads at your marks
  5. Fold the ends of your cuff over ¼”, you may press this down or secure it with a little glue or stitch. 
  6. Attach the bottom portion of your zipper to finished ends.  To shorten the zipper cut the top portion off, then using a needle and thread wrap some thread around the top tooth.  Doing so will keep the zipper from coming off the teeth.
  7. Wear and Enjoy!

Twilight Fever

By Blerona

To get into the spirit of the ‘New Moon’ premiere on November 20th , I wanted to make some kind of jewelry that represented the Twilight Series. I had in mind the charm that Jacob made for Bella in ‘Eclipse’, but I came across this picture of Alice. She has on this cool necklace that looks like a pendant attached to ribbon. So I decided to make a necklace like hers instead.

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Here’s what I came up with

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Materials all from M&J Trimming:

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Directions:

  1. Cut the ribbon in half to make two smaller ribbons each should measure 9-10inches
  2. Take apart snap and sew one part onto each end of both ribbons.
  3. Make one slit 2inches from the other end of both ribbons
  4. Insert shank through slits and glue together
  5. Let it dry and enjoy the movie.

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DIY Seed Bead and Chain Necklace

By Goldie

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For my first post I decided to create an easy DIY chain and seed bead necklace.  Although I choose these materials solely many other combinations can be created from the array of trims offered by M&J such as; ribbons, lace, cording, and leathers.

Materials:

To get the look:

  1. Cut 1 piece of beaded trim 3” longer than length of 1 of the chains.
  2. Thread this piece through the chain and secure ends with glue
  3. Next thread the other piece of beaded trim through second chain, knot the excess trim off to one side and let hang
  4. by widening one of the links in the back of the chain attach the two chains together

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Trend Alert: Heavy Metal DIY Biker Inspired Necklace

By Roseann

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This season every designer has jumped on the biker chic bandwagon and fortunately I happen to love this look.  Chains, leather, and hardware is used to adorn all looks casual to evening.  This naughty but nice look can be intimidating to some and can come with a hefty price tag.   Using some leather cording and chain you can create a necklace that’s ultra hip, works for almost every age group, and is easy on the wallet.

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Materials:

  • 1 yard 6mm leather braid
  • ½ yard 17mm gold chain
  • ½ yard metal oval link chain
  • One yard 3.5mm mesh link chain
  • Gem-Tac glue
  • Four15mm rings
  • Four 6mm end caps
  • Two 7mm jump rings and four 4mm jump rings
  • Metal clasp
  • Wire clippers and needle nose pliers

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Instructions: 

  1. Cut leather braid into two pieces 1 measuring 14” and the other 18”.
  2.  Finish the ends of the leather pieces by gluing the end caps
  3. Cut mesh chain into three pieces 1 measuring 13” and 2 pieces measuring 8”.
  4. Cut oval chain down to 12”.  Thread 13” piece of mesh chain through oval chain and secure with 4mm jump rings.
  5. Cut 17mm chain down to 16”.
  6.  Attach the 17mm chain to the 18” piece of leather using the 15mm rings.
  7. Do the same with oval metal chain and 14” leather.
  8. Attach the front of the necklace together by threading 8” pieces of mesh chain through 15mm rings.  Secure the mesh chain with 4mm jump rings.
  9. Attach clasp to jump ring.
  10. Wear, enjoy!

Dressing up for Halloween without really "Dressing up for Halloween"

By Dara

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When it comes to Halloween many of us enjoy dressing up and pretending to be someone we’re not for just one day.  However, there are certain years like this one, when we wonder if  a $100 costume is practical.  With the economy the way it is, some people are going the other route for Halloween. 

If you don’t feel like wearing a costume this year, then you also have the option of wearing the colors of the holiday.  The great part is that you can reuse the outfit later on for other special occasions.  You can wear an orange dress and use black ribbons as a sash.  Then top it off with black leggings and shoes.  If you really want to make it stand out, then also use unique stitch fabric glue to add some loose sequins to your leggings.  That’s all it takes to look great for a fun night out.  If you don’t want to wear an orange dress, then wear your little black dress with orange ribbon sash and orange accessories like a ribbon bow with applique headband. 

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DIY King of Pop Military Inspired Jacket

By Roseann

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I suspect that we will see a lot of MJ impersonators this Halloween, so I’d like to help those who are interested in celebrating the King of Pop’s iconic style do it right.  The late pop star’s style was always evolving and maturing from his bell bottoms and afro in the early 1960’s to tailored and refined yet glitzy looks of late.  While the white glitter glove became the corner stone of MJ’s on stage uniform, military inspired jacket’s endowed with cording, crests, and rich shoulder embellishment will forever remain inscribed in my mind as his most important contribution to fashion.  Creating the jacket is easy and paired with the right accessories will make a great Halloween costume or an awesome addition to your closet this Fall.  

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Materials:

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How to:  

  1. Remove the buttons from your jacket.
  2. Cut 8 pieces of metallic cord to 8” long.
  3. Curve the cord around so that the two sides are parallel to each other and the ends are even.
  4. For ease of workability I stitched the parallel sides together
  5. Remove the closure loop and knob of your frogs, you just need the design loops.
  6. Glue the rhinestone appliqués to the shoulders of the jacket.   If this piece is for more than costume, I recommend stitching the appliqués on.
  7. Attach your patches or crest to the left arm.  In case you wanted to get really authentic you could attach a band of ribbon or leather around the right arm.
  8. Glue or stitch (recommended) the metallic cord pieces to the front of the jacket in place of the buttons and covering the button holes.
  9. Attach the ornament portion of the frogs over the unfinished ends of the cords
  10. Measure 1 ½” from the end of the sleeve and mark.  Following these marks sew or glue the remaining metallic cord around the sleeve.  Depending on how much is remaining you could do a second row.
  11. If you used glue let dry for 24 hours before wearing out.
  12. Happy dressing up!