The Perfect Spring Accent

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By: Goldie

It is finally March and I am very excited.  The thought of shedding the many layers worn to keep warm through yet another rough New York winter has got me doing cartwheels.  But, we can’t pack up the sweaters and plush fabrics just yet, the cooler days still linger.  However, there is no reason why we can’t add some spring like accents to help get us in the spirit of the up coming season.  Flowers symbolize spring better than any I can think of and M&J has got a large assortment of flower pins.  A flower pin makes the perfect spring time accessory and is quite versatile. 

 It can be added to a velvet bag or scarf so they can easily be carried over from winter to spring, and of course it looks great on your spring apparel too.

Create Your Own Charmed Bracelet

By Goldie

I would like to share with you an idea so you can create your own charmed bracelet using buttons as your charms.

I used:

Directions:

  1. Choose your chain and buttons then decide the order you would like to place the buttons in
  2. The easiest way to attach your buttons to the chain is to use stretch magic elastic
  3. Slip the elastic through the shank of your button
  4. Knot it as close to the chain as possible than cut of the remaining elastic you have from the  knot
  5. Make sure your buttons are not to close to each other you don’t want your bracelet to look too cluttered
  6. The final step is adding the clasp to your bracelet in order to close it
  7. Start with attaching the two rings to the two opposite ends of the chain
  8. Slip the loop of the clasp through either ring you added to your chain and you can use the remaining ring to close your clasp

Lace and Chain Necklace

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By Goldie

Spring is just around the corner, so it is time to switch our focus from cumbersome looks to more ethereal choices.  Delicate lace in alabaster tones were seen all over the Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks.   I would like to share with you an idea I have designed to help you acquire this look using chains and delicate lace.

 I used:

 

Directions:

There are many different ways to design this kind of necklace, use your creative mind and have fun experimenting numerous ideas.

  1. Choose your chains and lace you would like to work with.
  2.  Once you have decided on how you want your design to lay you will need to use your jump rings to attach your chain and lace together.
  3.  Using a needle nose plier open the jump ring slide it through the lace and end of chain.
  4. Close and secure jump ring.
  5. Slide jump ring through each jewel and attach to jump ring securing lace to chain.

Embellish Your Clothes Using Rhinestones

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By Goldie

There are many simple ways to add some fun and color to your clothes. Whether being something you already own or a new purchase you want to spruce up. I would like to share with you a quick way too embellish your clothing using rhinestones and a rhinestone setting. I choose to embellish a small portion of the pocket of these jeans.

I used:

Directions:

  1. Choose the rhinestones you would like to work with and accompanying setting.     
  2. Using a fabric marker or chalk draw your rhinestone design.  It works best to do this on the back of the fabric since you will position your fabric face down in the setter.
  3. Place your rhinestone on the bottom part of the rhinestone setter and place the nose at the top of the setter through the rhinestone setting.
  4. Place your fabric in between the two face down and press firmly .

 

 

Fashion Flat Sketchpad

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By: Roseann

Fashion illustrations are the guts to any designer’s portfolio, but more important are flat sketches.  While I was in school we spent semester after semester learning to render beautiful elongated figures in draped georgette and unfortunately not enough time creating flats.  A flat sketch is a detailed illustration of your design in actual human proportions using a figure called a croquis.  It is the understanding of how to create this type of illustration that is important in the real fashion industry.  A portfolio full of gorgeous fashion illustrations lacking flat illustrations will never land you the job.  M&J recently discovered a great product to help young designers create flat sketch illustrations accurately and quickly, it is a Flat Sketchpad.  The Flat Sketchpad has an industry standard front and back female croquis on every page.  Draw your concepts right onto the page of your pad and then photocopy or scan your design, the croquis will not scan or copy eliminating the need for a light box or tracing paper.

Remodel Your Lamp

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By Goldie

Here is another way to add your own personal touch and style to your home from what you already own. I would like to share with you two quick and easy ways to remodel your lamp.

I used:

Directions:

  • Start by choosing your trim.
  • Once you have decided on your trim you can glue the trim to the lamp, for this project E600 would hold the trim best.

  • For the first lamp I decided to go with a funkier look with a feather trim. 
  • Then I glued a braided trim over the feather trim to give it a neater look.

 

  • My second idea was more traditional, using this black brush fringe.
  • You also have the option of cutting the extra string off the bottom to give it a more elegant look.

Recreate Your Pillows

By Goldie

Seeing the results of your creative work in your home can be very satisfying. You can add your own personal style  to just about anything; I would like to share with you two simple ideas you can use to recreate your own pillows by which you can express your own personal style. You can spruce up one of your own old pillows or you can purchase one. I purchased these inexpensive pillows at Kmart.

I used:

Directions:

Organza rosettes pillow:

 

Greek key jacquard pillow:

  • Sew the trim onto the pillow. It is not necessary to stitch all around the trim fold the trim at each end of your pillow into a triangular shape and sew it together this will give your  pillow a clean cut look.

Fabricate Your Own Leather and Spike Cuff

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by Goldie

I would like to share with you a quick and simple way to create your own edgy cuff. I used two of my favorite items to create this cuff, leather and nail heads.

I used:

  • ¼  yard of 81503 Gun Metal/ Ivory (to order please call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
  • one package of Spike Nailheads
  • Sew on Snaps (439320) (to order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM

Directions:

  1. Start by measuring your wris
  2. Take that measurement and add one inch
  3. On the back of the leather sew on one side of the snap ¼” from the edge.  On the face side of the leather at the opposite end sew the other sides of your snaps ¼” from the edge.
  4. Apply your nail heads to the leather.  Mark points to the back of the leather where you would like your nail heads to lie. Since the leather is thick you will need to use a Brisk-set Rhinestone Setter with nail head adapter to apply your nail heads. Be sure to use the correct adapter for the size nail head you use.

Decorate Your Own Napkin Holders

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By Goldie

Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.

Material I used:

 

Directions:

These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.

Adorn Your Own Shoes

By Goldie

I would like to share with you a quick way to adorn a pair of shoes with Sequin Rosebuds.  This project can be used to spruce up an old pair or class up a recent purchase.

Directions:

Start by choosing which trim you would like to use, M&J has a plethera of colors to choose from. Choose which part of the shoe you would like to embellish and stitch in place.  If you are applying your trim to elastic as I did,  you must cut your rosebuds into separate pieces so that the elastic can still be stretched.  Then stitch them close together so your separate pieces look like the original trim.