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Take the M&J Blogger Challenge!

Are you feeling inspired after seeing all of the amazing DIY creations each of the M&J Blogger Challenge participants created? Why don’t you take the M&J Blogger Challenge!
Blogger Challenge Box PictureThese are the supplies we gave each of the bloggers that participated. 

8MM Foldover Elastic in Grey-Style No. 25068
Metal Clip in Matte Gold- Style No. 30438
Embroidery Thread
Flatback Rhinestones
1.5″ Double Face Satin Ribbon in Wild Berry- Style No. 44334
Rayon Weave Ribbon in Fuchsia/Multi-Style No. 58325
4MM Metallic Vinyl Braided Bolo in Gold- Style No. 48588
E-6000 Craft Mini Glue

Send us pictures of your own creations! #MJTRIMMING

If you’d prefer having the supplies shipped to you with easy to read instructions, PROJECT DIY may be perfect for you!
Want to learn more about PROJECT DIY? Check out www.mjprojectdiy.com

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M&J’s 2 Day Sale! Swarovski Flatbacks Rhinestones!

It’s that time of the year to start saving on glamorously beautiful Swarovski Flatback rhinestones.  Save 10% starting right now until March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. EST.  It’s only a 2 day sale, so hurry and let’s get started.

Holiday Store Hours

Please be advised that our holiday store hours are as follows.

Saturday, December 24th:  9am– 4pm

Sunday, December 25th:  Closed

Monday, December 26th: Closed

Saturday, December 31st:  10am– 4pm

Sunday, January 1st: Closed

Monday, January 2nd: 10am – 5pm

Our staffs at M&J Trimming would like to wish you a happy holiday and wonderful New Year.  Thank you for choosing M&J Trimming.

Runway DIY Blogger of the Month- September!

M&J has always been my go-to source for supplies and inspiration, so being asked to be September’s Blogger of the Month was so flattering and exciting! When I was very young, my great-aunt gave me a beautiful box full of gorgeous silk ribbons for my birthday. I was only about 6 at the time, but I still remember it as one of my favorite presents. When I opened M&J’s box and saw the stunning ribbons they had picked out for me, I felt like a little kid again! There are so many ways to use ribbons and embellishments to take pieces you already have and update them to look fresh off the runway.

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Project 1: Button Elastics

I am always tying my hair back in the middle of the day to get it out of my face so I wear a hair elastic on my wrist at all times. This easy DIY brightens up boring hair elastics for a tie that looks just as cute on your wrist as it will in your ponytail!

M&J Items Used:

Enamel Fashion Button Item# 45870011 (Call 1.800.9.MJTRIM)

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Project 2: Sweet Rocker Tee:

I absolutely love a great vintage tee. Adding some frills and beaded embellishments can give them a feminine touch – making the perfect top to pair with some leggings and booties for a sweet hard rock look.

M&J Items Used:

3″ Rigid Lace Item# 37077
7/8″ Sequin/Organdy Border Item# 47225 (Call 1.800.9.MJTRIM)
Beaded Applique Item# 39350 (Call 1.800.9.MJTRIM)

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Project 3: Prada-Inspired Striped Midi Skirt

Prada’s S/S 11 lollipop colored stripes on sophisticated black items inspired the midi skirt I created. I don’t have a sewing machine, so everything you see here was sewn by hand. It doesn’t take much time, and if you make sure you get a perfectly-matching color of thread, it doesn’t take much talent either!

M&J Items Used:

50Mm Midori Dupioni Silk Item# 37302 in Burnt Sienna and Dahlia
Needle and Thread in colors Item# 42681 Magenta and Poppy

Studs and Pearls Blogger of the Month – May!

I had so much fun creating these projects with the surprise box that M&J Trimming sent me. There’s a lot of variety within these 6 projects, so I hope you’re inspired to try out at least one of them! Enjoy, and Happy DIY’ing!

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Project 1: Multi-Finger ring

Multi-finger rings have been spotted everywhere lately. As one of this season’s hottest trends, you can make your very own multi-finger ring with just a few supplies.

Supplies:
3 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
– Button shank remover
– Scissors
– Scrap of pleather or leather (1.5″x2.5″)
– Super glue
– 3 ring blanks

1) Fold the scrap pleather/leather in half, lengthwise.
2) Glue along the inside.
3) Remove the shanks from the back of the buttons.

4) Glue the buttons onto the rectangle.

5) Glue the ring blanks on the back of the rectangle.
6) Let dry.

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Project 2: Chain and Cord Bracelet

This statement bracelet looks complicated, but it really isn’t! I love the combination of different textures, between the chain and the cord.

Supplies:
Cord/Braid Item# 887060198 in Ovocado (1.800.9.MJTRIM) , about 60 inches
– Kelly Green Color thread Item#42681
1 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
– Thick wide curb chain
– Sewing needle
– Scissors
– Jewelry pliers
– Jewelry clasp and jump rings
– Clear nailpolish

Tip: Wrap tape around the ends of the cord to prevent them from fraying while you make the bracelet.
1) Cut the cord into two 30 inch pieces, and thread one piece through the first link of the curb chain. Fold the thread in half to make sure that there’s the same amount of thread on either side. Take the bottom strand, fold it over the top strand and then through the second link. 
2) Take this strand and fold it back over the chain, and under the other strand. That other strand then goes through the chain.

3) Repeat steps 1-2 until you reach the end

4) Thread the other piece of cord through the first link of the chain, and repeat until you’ve braided the other side.

5) Sew the ends together, and sew on the button to accent the bracelet.

6) Sew the clasp onto the cord, trim the ends and secure with clear nail polish to prevent fraying.

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Project 3: Ribbon Wrap Bracelet

This Ribbon Wrap Bracelet is the ultimate spring accessory; it totally reminds me of flowers, sunshine and nature. You can also use the same method with different types of ribbons to create a completely different vibe.

Supplies:
Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon Item# 33583 about 120 inches for a 7 inch bracelet
Rhinestone trim (*this is actually from M&J Trimming as well, but I had this beforehand.)
– Scissors
– Hot glue gun

1) Fold the ribbon in half about 4 times. You might need to fold more or less times depending on the size of your wrist.
2) Tie the ends together in a bow.

3) Wrap a 1.5 inch piece of rhinestone trim around the bow, and secure with hot glue.

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Project 4: Shoulder Trim Shirt

You can give some life to a plain old shirt by using gold trim to accent the shoulders. I love the way the trim hangs off the sleeves – it adds a sultry, flirty element. Regardless of what color shirt you choose, the gold trim will look amazing with any color.

Supplies:
– Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM)
– Peacock Color thread Item#42681
 – Sewing needle
– T-shirt of your choice
– Scissors

1) Find the seam on the shoulder of your shirt. Line the trim along the seam and sew the edge of the trim to the edge of the shirt.
2) Sew the trim in the middle, with just a one or two simple stitches.

3) Sew in a few more spots along the trim.

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Project 5: Gold Trim Headband

This headband is my personal favorite; it can add some gypsy-inspired flair to any outfit, and will look great whether you have short or long hair.

Supplies:
Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM), about 13-15 inches
– Elastic, 7-8 inches
– Super glue1) First and only step – glue both ends of the trim to the elastic. Instant headband.

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Project 6: Thread Tassel Keychain

Tassels are one of the hottest trends right now. You can easily make your own tassel with some thread, a pair of scissors and a small book. The best part?  You can even use different colored threads to create fun, multi-colored tassels.

Supplies:
Metal Tooth Pendant Item# 42406
Peacock Color thread Item#42681
– Small book
– Key ring
– Scissors

1) Create your own skein of thread by wrapping the thread around the book, about 40-50 times.

2) Slowly slip off the thread and tie the top section off, with a spare piece of thread. This will form a loop.
3) Attach the tassel and horn pendant to a key ring.

Swarovski Rhinestone Employee Discount Sale!

 

 

TODAY ONLY, save on Swarovski Rhinestones like an Employee (25% OFF).  For a very limited time, our Swarovski Rhinestones are discounted at Employee rate.  So save big on Flatback and Hotfix rhinestones like an employee!  Sale ends at 11:59pm EST.  April 27th, 2011 Only! 

Sketch42 Blogger of the Month – April

Hey Everyone!  Nicole from Sketch42 here! I am delighted to be this month’s blogger of the month, and even more delighted when I opened the gorgeous little package that the folks at M&J sent over! 

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color so when I opened the box and found neon grosgrain ribbon and Rit Dye, I was thrilled! I have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair. 

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost. 

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)

For my second project, I spruced up one of my daughters shirts, by adding a strip of neon grosgrain underneath the buttons. I love this idea because its so subtle and yet it really makes the shirt seem super fresh. I also adorned the collar with a beaded flower to add that little extra something. I totally want to make one of these for myself using the neon yellow ribbon… but thats a project for another day. For a man’s shirt, I would add the ribbon on the underside of the collar. Just a little peak of color is the key to keeping this DIY sophisticated. 

Materials Sent
4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange 
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange  
1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
2mm Round Learther Cord Item# 00260 in Turquoise
Thread Item# 42681 in Golden Rod and Poppy
Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange 
Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.  
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear. 
  • Dry and iron. 

Project 2

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow. 

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint. 
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun. 
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other. 
  • Place the napkin inside. 

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Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord. 
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying . 
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist. 
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster. 
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila! 

Finished Look

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Project 4

Project 4:  Neon edged white button down: 

  • Take a plain white button down shirt.  Find a ribbon that matches the width of the area you want to cover.
  • Remove all the buttons. 
  • Using a no-sew iron on stitching, fold over the edge of the ribbon and iron it so that fraying is not exposed.  
  • Measure the length of the ribbon to your shirt adding a 1/8 of an inch (for folding over) and cut the ribbon. Then finish that edge with the iron on stitching as well. 
  • Iron on the entire ribbon to the length of the shirt. (I made sure that the side edge of  my ribbon would jut out just past where the shirt would cover so that the ribbon would show the entire length of the shirt even when it was buttoned.)
  • Sew on all the buttons using colored thread. (Even just simply changing the thread would have subtly spruced up this shirt!) I also stitched the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to the shirt.
  • Stitch a few beads in a flower pattern at the collar.  
  • I paired it with jeans and a bracelet I made by braiding the enclosed leather cord. 

 

 

NEW Flatback Swarovski Colors!!

By Blerona

As if there weren’t enough beautiful colors already, Swarovski has surprised us with some more! Take a look at Swarovski’s new flatback rhinestones colors! Click on the size to view more colors in that size.

DARK SAPPHIRE Size: ss9 – EMERALD AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12GREEN TURMALINE Sizes-ss9  – FUCHSIA AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12 LT. SAPPHIRE Size: ss12  – AMETHYST SATIN Size:  ss20  LT AZORE Size:  ss9 – BLUE ZIRCON AB Size: ss12 LT AMETHYST AB Size: ss12 – CITRINE Size: ss12  INDIAN SAPPHIRE Sizes: ss9, ss12– LT. AMETHYST Size: ss9 MONTANA AB Size:  ss12 – SHADOW CRYSTAL Size: ss12TANZANITE AB Size: ss12 – SMOKED TOPAZ AB Size: ss12 SUNFLOWER Size: ss16, ss20 – CRYSTAL SILVER Size: ss16, ss20    ROSE SATIN Size:  ss20 – JONQUIL SATIN Size: ss20 

 LT SAPPHIRE SATIN Size: ss12 

DIY: Valentine’s Day Pearl Bracelet

By Blerona

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I had to make a fun accessory to celebrate the Loving Day! Here are the easy steps, perfect gift for freinds, family and loved ones!

Materials

Step1: Put the elastic thread through needle and tie knot. Then start slipping pearls through the needle onto elastic thread. When it fits around your rist, cut off end of the thread that’s attached to the needle.

Step:2 Now tie a double-Knot to connect both ends. And cut extra string off.

Step3: Tie a tulle onto the string of pearls, and start wrapping it about the pearls and elastic thread. Be sure to tie  a knot every other time you wrap it around. When you go all the way around, tie a bow with the other end of the tulle.