Back to School Essentials 101


It’s Back to School season! How excited are you to be back in school? Or if you’re a parent, how excited are you for your kids to go back to school? Well, whether you’re a student looking for some quick tips on how to dazzle up your style this year, or a parent just looking for more ways to be creative this school year, you have clicked into the right place. Here are some great tips for the upcoming school year. Remember to focus on your studies, and stay fashionable!

M&J Trimming - DIY: Milk Jug

Lesson#1: Lunch Box – This is by far one of the most creative, yet so simple, DIYs. Lunch is a very important meal of the day, so bring it to school in style. Personalize it with your choice of pattern and button.

M&J Trimming - DIY Backpacks

Lesson#2: A Stylish Backpack – Check out these creative DIYs for styling up your backpack! Loving the studded, ivory backpack, it’s so chic!

M&J Trimming - Button Bookmarks

Lesson#3: Fancy Bookmarks – Never lose track of that last page. These adorable button bookmarks are perfect for bookmarking homework pages, study pages, or just book marking that favorite book of yours.

M&J Trimming - Personalized Supplies

Lesson#4: Personalize Your Supplies: This is such a great way to add a personal touch of creativity to your school supplies. Personalize your supplies with these easy and quick tips for your school supplies can have a little sense of fashion as well. Such a fun project to do by yourself or with the kids.

M&J Trimming - DIY: Organizer

Lesson#5: Stay Organized – Organization is key to a successful year. Keep your books stored, and your supplies together with this simple supply organizer.


Favorite DIYs from July


As the summer slowly comes to an end, keep yourself busy with these DIYs that surely come in handy.

M&J Trimming - Hardware Necklace DIYWho said hardware couldn’t be a girl’s best friend? Check out this necklace made out of hardware pieces and leather cording.

M&J Trimming - Bleached Beach Towel DIYThese personalized bleached towels are to die for!

CornholrKeep the summer going with these fun DIY outdoor games!

FrameHave your memories surrounded by summer all year long with this nautical-inspired picture frame.

BraceletWho knew hook and eyes would make such a cute accessory piece?  These bracelets are a must-have for the perfect arm candy.



Sparkling Brilliance Stones DIY Roundup


Our newly featured Brilliance Collection of rhinestones is here for all of your sparkling creative needs.  Tackle your biggest projects with our Brilliance Collection.

Flip-Flop-RhinestonesDazzle up your plain jane flip flops with our Brilliance rhinestones before the summer ends.

15-how-to-crystallize-a-champagne-flute-tutorialThe perfect engagement or wedding preset any bride can have is this beautifully designed Crystallized Wine/Champagne Flute Glass.

c93dc3a756599051352dc7ca92e78086Shine bright like a diamond in this amazing tropical-inspired bra top. It’s brilliant! (And perfect for Halloween.)

DIY-Gem-ClusterEarringsA cluster of sparkles makes this the perfect DIY accessory for any formal event!



DIY: Father’s Day Keychain


This Father’s Day make your dad something he is sure to love! If your dad has a habit of losing his keys, make them harder to misplace with a guy-approved keychain. No rhinestones or baubles here! We created a braided faux leather keychain that has an edge of rustic masculinity.


Leather Braid

Key chain clasp

Needle and Thread


Sobo glue

DSC_02111. Take your leather fold over to create a loop. Make the loop as long as you desire. Cut excess leather.

DSC_02132. Slip the leather through the metal clasp opening.

DSC_02153. Sew the edges of your trim together.

DSC_02174. Glue the edges of the trim with your Sobo glue so it does not fray. Let dry.DSC_0259

Inspiring Embroidered Art


Let embroidery inspire your weekend with these beautiful works of art using a needle and thread as a brush with paint. We love the diversity of the shapes and colors used, and the way artists pair the thread with such unique canvases.

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DIY: Embellished Valentine’s Day Cards


This Valentine’s Day why not get a little crafty and make a card for your loved one? With our two templates, creating the perfect Valentine’s Day card is as easy as printing and pasting.

Valentines Cards Template

DSC_0273LOVE Card

What You’ll Need:

LOVE Card Template

3mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord


E6000 or Hot GlueDSC_02761. Trace the word “LOVE” using your glue.

DSC_02792. Place the cord in the script shape. cord3. You will have to cut the cord when getting to the “O” and “V” to avoid the overlapping cord..


What You’ll Need:


5mm Brass Figure Eight Chain


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1. Trace the heart-shaped filament inside of the light bulb using glue.DSC_1296

2. Place the chain over the glue path.DSC_1323

Favorite DIYs of January 2015


We think staying inside to escape the cold has made some bloggers super creative because the DIYs we were introduced to this month are nothing short of incredible!
DSC_0031These adorable bee cloches are the perfect way to add a little bit of sunshine and warmth to the dreary winter day!

6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d0c7aebb970c-800wiFor the book lovers in your life, these quotation mark bookends are the perfect present!

DIY-Travel-Mug7-600x900Keep your beverages hot and sassy with these DIY travel mugs!

dip-dyed-diy-blue-green-stationery-set-10Make your letters and notes pastel and personalized with this dip-dyed watercolor stationery.

Fall-For-DIY-Watercolour-TablewearThis watercolor tableware is almost too pretty to eat off of, even with the use of non-toxic porcelain paint!

DIY: Holiday Gift Wrapping


Sometimes, it’s not only about what’s inside that counts! Taking time to wrap a gift shows care, and makes the giftee even more appreciative of the effort. If you’re looking to upgrade your gifting game, check out these three fun ways to wrap your holiday presents!

What You’ll Need:

DSC_02891- Place the largest velvet ribbon going across the front. Flip over and glue the two pieces together when they meet.

DSC_02922- Flip box over, and place the 36mm velvet ribbon on top of the larget velvet you just pout down. Flip over and glue down.

DSC_02993- Take a piece of the 36mm ribbon and place under the two velvet ribbons you placed down. Create a bow.

DSC_03024- Take a piece of your 50mm velvet and create a 4 inch. motif. Glue end to the back of the ribbon. Place aside.

DSC_03055- Repeat step 4 but with 36mm velvet and 2 inch. motif.

DSC_03116- Take your 22mm ribbon and place the tassel threw it.

DSC_03137- Take the 50mm velvet motif and 36mm velvet motif and place together with the smaller one on top.

DSC_03168- Lay the 22m velvet and tassel combo across the motif and glue on the back. Place in the center of the gift.


What You’ll Need:


1- Place velvet ribbon across and glue end on the back.

DSC_03192- Place a piece of grosgrain ribbon an each side of the velvet  and glue on back.

DSC_03273- Take the silk ribbon an create a bow. Create another bow by adding another piece of silk ribbon.


What You’ll Need:

DSC_03322- Take a piece of velvet ribbon and place the fur pom pom threw. Tie a knot so the fur pompom does not slide off.

What You’ll Need:

DSC_03441- Create a hole with your hold puncher at the end of each ribbon. Make the tags as long as you like.

DSC_03462- Cut at different angles to create different styles.

DSC_03483- Take your maker and write the person name or desired text.

Easy Autumn Decor DIYs


When it comes to DIY decorating for the holidays, some of us are already too overwhelmed with food and party prep that we can’t even wrap our heads around making elaborate DIY creations. No need to worry! These DIYs are easy to make, and stylish to boot! So if you have an hour to spare, you can probably knock out all of these projects, and make your home ready for fall hosting.DIY Autumn Leaves GarlandThis autumn garland from Decor Envy is a stunner, and takes about 10 minutes to make! Quick, simple, and sparkly!

Who knew popcorn could look so festive? This simple and inexpensive DIY from Passionate Penny Pincher celebrates the harvest season with the ultimate movie snack as the main “ingredient”.

Painted Wood Slice Pumpkins | anightowlblog.comAll this DIY from A Night Owl calls for is a few wood slices, some paint, and a few extras to really make your “pumpkin” pop!

DIY with the Sweetest Occasion

This pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion is not only simple and sweet, it will take you right through  the winter holidays too!

Embroidered Art by Ana Teresa Barboza


Embroidery artist, Ana Teresa Barboza isn’t your average needlepoint star. She takes a medium that has often been relegated to high-society women in history books, and breathed life into this forgotten art form by thinking outside the box, or in this case, the hoop. landscape-3landscape-5Barboza created a collection of landscapes that appear to be growing out of the embroidery hoop, and take on a life of their own with wide knits and knots crawling out of the frame.

plantsBut she doesn’t stop at landscapes. Barboza also recreates plants and uses the natural likeness of thread to roots to create a multi-dimensional piece that straddles reality and art.

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