M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

What’s New in July

This month has been all about trims and ribbons at M&J Trimming! We’ve brought a lot of great options to the site this July, and we’re happy to share some of our star products with you! Oh, and one thing we may have forgot to mention: a lot of them are on Clearance at 50% off!

DSC_0478This Chenille Rosebud Knit trim is the perfect floral trim for adding to a girl’s dress, or using as a creative summer headband!

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Whether you’re a sailor, animal-lover, or astrologist-extraordinaire, we have the jacquard for you! The best part? They’re 50% off!

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At some point in your life, you’re going to need beautiful metallic ribbon, and our wire-edged metallic ribbon will be the perfect fit! The thin wire in the edges will help your bows keep their beautiful shape, making this ribbon ideal for presents and holiday wreaths!

DSC_0481Like a little more color? Our wire-edged taffeta ribbons are the ideal bow-makers, and come in a rainbow of shades!

Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Saralee

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For my second adventure at M&J’s creative department, I got to sit with Saralee Gordon, M&J Trimming’s graphic designer. She is the woman behind the website graphics, the promotions and everything in between. Without her, customers would not receive the awesomely designed weekly emails and the website would not look as fun and inviting as it does!

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Cookie Cohen: When did you start working for M&J Trimming?

Saralee Gordon:I started working for M&J Trimming in April 2012, right when I moved to New York from a small suburb in Michigan.

 

CC: What are your key responsibilities at M&J Trimming?

SG: I am in charge of designing the graphics for the weekly emails and campaigns. I also am in charge of redesigning the website to make it more intuitive. 

 

CC: How did you get started with graphic design? What school did you go to?

SG: I went to Michigan State University, and started as having no preference. I decided to take a journalism class. One day our professor invited the graphic designer from Newsweek to do a presentation for our class. The presenter said that if we liked design and organizing, graphic design might be a good career path for us. 

 

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

SG: It’s different every day. Some days I spend designing the weekly email and other days I am setting up a photo-shoot with Chris, our photographer and Allie, our visual merchandiser.

 

CC: How would you describe your graphic design style?

SG: I like to keep things as clean as possible. It allows me to emphasize the M&J products.

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CC: How do you decide how you would like to photograph the M&J products for the website?

SG: Allie, Chris, and I started to photograph the products in atmospheres instead of having the products float around. We also started taking close up pictures of the products, which allow you to see the details (stitching, beading, etc.) of the products.

 

CC: Do you have a favorite font? If so, which one?

SG: There is one font, Mrs Eaves, it’s similar to cursive. It adds fun little ligatures to the letters. It’s very fun.

 

CC: What’s your favorite graphic design software?

SG: My favorite is Illustrator because it’s easy to use. I’ve noticed that there is a love-hate relationship between Photoshop and Illustrator. I absorbed Illustrator quicker than Photoshop so I stuck with it.

 

CC: What’s your favorite part of Illustrator?

SG: You could merge shapes and then divide them, so basically, you could “hole-punch” a shape inside another shape.

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CC: What’s one of the coolest projects you’ve done working for M&J?

SG: One of the funniest I’ve done is the van wrap. I made a graphic for the M&J van, and now my graphic drives around the city!

 

CC: What is your favorite M&J product?

SG: There is a new applique that I love. I just have to decide what to do with it. Maybe make shoulder pads? Another product I love is beaded trim! I just add some elastic and make headbands.

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CC: Have any hidden talents?

SG: I have great memory for TV and celebrities. I could name any famous face and remember every episode of TV shows.

 

 

What’s New in May

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We’re finally smack dab in the middle of spring, and you know what they say about April showers, right? This month we’ve added not only flowers, but colorful pompoms, lace, ribbons, and more!

Patent Leather and Chiffon Flower PinsThese chiffon and patent leather flower pins bloomed just in time for May! Which flower is your favorite?

Fur PompomsThere’s a rainbow of new fur pompoms in the store in two different sizes! If candy-colored isn’t your style, we also have beautiful pompoms in natural shades.

Crochet Flowers and Lace Nothing goes better together than these crochet flowers and this muted floral lace. The detail on the lace is absolutely breathtaking, and flowers are soft to the touch!

Textured Woven RibbonThese linen-like ribbons are definitely on our favorites list. They’re thin, have a great texture, and come in an assortment of earthy colors.

Which products do YOU have your eye on this month? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Our Favorite Florals at M&J

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We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:

 

4” POLKA DOT WITH TULLE FLOWER PIN

 

The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.

40MM X 30MM ROSE AND LEAF OVAL CAMEO

 

Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.

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This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!

TWO-HOLE FOIL FLORAL BUTTON

This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.

FLORAL RHINESTONE PEARL TRIM

This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

Spring Cleaning Clearance

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This week we welcomed some new items to our Clearance section, just in time for spring! Take a look at a small preview of the items we now have in stock, and head on over to MJTrim.com while supplies last!

Spring Style Grosgrain Ribbon in Striped Pattern

We’ve added a huge selection of multi-stripe grosgrain to the website in color combinations that are perfect for spring. Use them for Easter baskets or as a ribbon for a beautiful wedding present. You can even attach an elastic to the bottom, and make a cute spring headband for the little lady in your life!

Nautical Striped Grosgrain in Navy and WhiteFeeling nautical? We’ve added new styles of blue grosgrain ribbon that are perfect for summer day on a sailboat! Add them to your cover-up or captain’s hat for a personalized look that will have you ready for the seven seas!

Lovely Lace TrimSpring is the time for love, and we believe lace is the loveliest trim around. It’s romantic, delicate and usually floral, and a few select styles have made their way into the clearance section. Grab them while you still can!

The Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Allie

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Allie in Baroque n' Roll

M&J’s creative department is where all the fun happens! The creative team helps to run the M&J website, blog, social media channels, visual displays, and Project DIY! I got to sit with one of the essential members of the M&J creative team, Allie Scalici, to learn more about her role in the creative department.

Cookie: What is your role at M&J Trimming?

Allie: I am the visual merchandising coordinator. I first started doing window displays and visual displays for the store. Then Project DIY started, and I was in charge of making the Project DIY displays and packaging. I also make the weekly DIY for the blog and style the photos.

CC: When did you start working for M&J Trimming?

AS: April 10,2013

CC: When did you start crafting?

AS: Oh elementary school! There would be arts & crafts in school, but I really started at home. My mom and I would craft, and my grandfather taught me a lot about art and visual displays.

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

AS: I check my emails and then check my Visual Display Projects Chart. It’s a chart I made with all the projects and deadlines. I see what’s a priority, and what I could put on hold.

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 CC: How do you showcase the trim on the blog or in the store?

AS: I come up with the size board I want. I pick fabrics to cover the board and other elements to bring the board to life; if it’s patterned images, fashion photos, or creating depth with foam core. I experiment with how to lay out the products; whether I want to twist the cord, roll the ribbon etc.

CC: Where do you get inspiration for your DIY’s?

AS: Pinterest. It’s my go-to thing. Lets say I’m looking for an idea for a belt DIY, I just type in “2014 Runway Fashion” and see if there is are belts on the runway. Style.com is also good for inspiration because they have all the Fashion Week fashion shows.

Chunky Chains from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite M&J product?

AS: Chunky chains! I’ve bought so much of this M&J product. I have three necklaces made out of their chain. I’ve given so many people necklaces I’ve made and they love them!

Tassel Fringe Pump DIY from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite DIY you ever made for the M&J blog?

AS: I have to say one of the more recent ones, the pumps with the home decor tassels. It was simple, but fun. Those were inspired by Manolo Blahnik.

CC: Favorite Project DIY collection from past months?

AS: This is a hard one! I would have to say Joan of Arc. I was obsessed with the cuff. It was based off of Dolce & Gabbana. I took elements from the Joan of Arc necklace and added them to my cuff to customize it.

CC: Favorite DIY blog?

AS: Studs and Pearls is a good one. I also like Miss Kris Turner!

CC: Biggest DIY pet peeve?

AS: When you glue something, and you see the glue. It looks rushed and unfinished.

CC: Must have DIY tool?

AS: Glue!? You need glue…? Never-mind, I know! The Crystal Katana! This thing is a MUST HAVE! This tool allows you to pick up rhinestones with the wax tip. Very convenient when you are working with tiny rhinestones. 

CC: Rhinestones or ribbon?

AS: Ribbon.

CC: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AS: Junk food! I eat so much junk food. (She answered this after asking Michelle to heat up her queso.)

CC: Have any hidden talents?

AS: Yes. I can quote the whole Mean Girls movie. Maybe not the WHOLE movie. I am very good at movie quoting. Is that a thing? Movie quoting?

New Items for March

This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!

High Shine Buttons

These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!

Fabric Applique Patches

Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.

Tomato Push Pin with Needles

If you love sewing, March is the month for you. We’ve added lots of new pins, needles and other sewing notions, including this cute Tomato Pin Cushion!

Ivory Lace Trim

We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!

So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!

M&J Trimming Resource Guides

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We don’t like to brag, but we’re kind of experts when it comes to ribbon, buttons and all sorts of trimming. (We should be, we’ve been in the business for over 70 years!) We try to provide our customers with the best, most unique trim and findings; but we ALSO want to help you learn what to look for and how to use it. We’ve created some great guides, videos and tutorials for some of our most-asked questions. Here are a few of our favorite resources!Purple Buttons from M&J Trimming

If you’re looking for some information on buttons, check out our Button Basics blog post! If you’re ready to purchase but the measurements are confusing, take a look at our Button Size Chart. It will show you the conversions for popular-sized buttons.

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If you don’t know the difference between E6000 and Gem-Tac, our Glue Guide might be just the ticket to get your DIYs to a good (and mess-free) start!

Pink Swarovski Crystals from M&J Trimming

One of our most popular items is our collection of Swarovski crystals. Learn the AB & Cs of Crystals, check out our Rhinestone Size Chart, or  find out what crystals are REALLY made of.

Rainbow Ribbon Wall from M&J Trimming

Do you know what you’re looking for, but have zero idea what it’s called? Take a look at our Product Glossary for terms and definitions of popular products.

If you’re obsessed with lace like we are, take a look at our Lesson in Lace!

We have a lot of great resources for DIYers new and advanced, and we’re always going to strive to bring you the latest news and resources. The question remains: what would YOU like to know more about?

New in January

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Well ladies and gentlemen the holidays are over, but obviously that won’t stop M&J Trimming from bringing in beautiful trims, ribbons, and buttons! (Who says Christmas comes but once a year?) This month the website is full of new goodies that will be perfect for inspiring your DIYs. Here are a few of the new items we know you’ll go nuts over!

Webbing and Elastic from M&J Trimming

The month of January was all about elastics and webbing. We love this 1 1/2″ Botanical Pattern Webbing and the varied sturdy elastics we received. They’re simple, yet have small details like ribbing and weaving to really set them apart.

Patterned Menswear Elastic Trim from M&J Trimming

We put up some understated elastic trim with a dark muted color palette. These are perfect for menswear and menswear-inspired DIYs!

Novelty Buttons from M&J TrimmingIf you’re a fan of adorable things, these new novelty buttons are perfect for you. From funny bunnies to pretty kitties, we have everything you’d need to really amp up the cute.

Which items would YOU like to see on the web? Let us know below!