We had some incredibly stylish guests this weekend, as some of our fave fashion bloggers stopped by to celebrate the grand opening of Trollbeads in our store. Natalie of Natalie Off Duty, Bonnie of Flashes of Style, Nadia of Frou Frouu, and Justin of Munrowe all came to check out our new selection of Trollbeads, munching on macaroons in the process. We also taught them all about the history and making of Trollbeads, and then each blogger got the chance to make their own bracelet. Can’t wait to see them rocking their new bangles!
Jenni Radosevich, the blogger behind I Spy DIY, has just released a book full of crafty projects to try! I Spy DIY Style features 30 stylish DIY tutorials, as well as tips from some top fashion insiders. Jenni is a familiar face in the M&J Trimming store, and we’ll be supporting her at her book release at Coach tomorrow. Stop by and get crafty!
Hi Everyone! I’m Grace Atwood, from Stripes & Sequins. I’m so honored to be December’s Blogger of the Mont. I’ve been obsessed with M&J Trim from the moment I moved to New York City. It really is a candy store for the crafty… more ribbon, gems, cord, and treats than one could imagine. I could (and have!) spend hours just ogling the goods – and getting inspiration for my next DIY project.
I’ve put together four easy projects using the products that M&J sent me… I hope that you enjoy – and attempt to recreate them yourself!
Project #1: Tory Burch Inspired Collar
I also used the 24mm Double Faced Satin Ribbon Item# 02324 , a scrap of suede, and my glue gun.
I snipped off the mesh edges of the trim and cut the trim into four pieces (2 short, 2 long.) I then just glued them to the suede in the shape I liked, and cut it out. I finished the necklace by sealing the edges of it with Fray Check, and gluing on two long pieces of the black satin ribbon.
And you’re done!
Project #2: Striped Button Ascot
I love stripes, and I love the idea of wearing a fun striped pin with a striped t-shirt. I made this one and have been wearing it constantly. Pinned to a comfy sweater, my favorite trench, etc… it adds a more creative and fun element to my more classic pieces.
- Take a piece of 1 1/2″ Mono Striped Ribbon Item# 39516 (about 8”) and form a loop. Close with glue.
- Form another loop with a smaller piece of ribbon, and attach perpendicularly to first loop.
- Add two pieces of striped ribbon to the bottom.
- Glue on two pieces of black satin ribbon.
- Add a botton, and then another sparkly button.
- Flip over, and add a pin to the back. Reinforce with a bit more glue and a small piece of ribbon.
Yup, I’m a little bit obsessed with this one.
Project #3: Safety Pin and Chain Necklace
This was a fun and easy one. There’s really no rhyme or reason to this project… just have fun with it!
Using the chain M&J sent me 9mm Black Metal Chain Item# 36959 (and I can’t say enough good things about this chain – it’s metalized plastic with the coolest little mirrored facets that give it the coolest sparkly touch) I attached three similar length pieces to a jump ring and then to a clasp. From there, I just pinned and pinned, until I had a messy – yet sophisticated necklace. I love that it’s a bit rock & roll… I will wear it with my preppier pieces (striped tees, shift dresses, etc.)
Project #4: Embellished Silk Shell
This was another simple one… I had a silk shell in my closet that I was going to get rid of, but I decided to liven it up a bit with the 10mm Heart Metal Sequin Item# 39960 that M&J sent me.
All it took was a little patience and my glue gun… such an easy way to spruce up a boring basic!
I’m Olga from M&J Trimming. I’ve been here for a few months and I’m very excited to write about my very own first DIY project experience! Now to put things into perspective for the readers who feel that they’re not creative enough to do their own DIY’s, this is literally my FIRST DIY project, ever. Except for sporadic art projects here and there in grade school . I’ve always admired other peoples work but felt I didn’t have what it takes to make my own. Well M&J not only proved me wrong, but ignited a creativity flame within me. So I have one thing to say to the self none believers; If I can do it & love it, you most definitely will!
To those who haven’t had the opportunity to come into our New York City show room, the rumor is true! This place is amazing! I didn’t know where to look first. It was overwhelmingly exciting and inspirational. With the holidays quickly sneaking up on us, I thought what would be better than designing your very own party accessories! This adds a personal touch to your party and wow’s your friends with your creative ability, killing two birds with one stone!
The inspiration for my project came from the very controversial Mayan 2012 “Doomsday Theory”. It’s something that almost every person has heard of. And whether you believe or not, you can’t deny that it’s in interesting and perhaps humorous topic. For those who aren’t familiar with the Mayan theory, it states that according to the Mayan Indians the world will end December 21, 2012. There are many theories as to how it will happen but I know one thing for sure, theories such as these won’t stop me from having the best New Years Eve yet! That is why the Mayan Indian culture inspired my DIY party accessories project. Because what’s better than bringing in the New Year with bright and beautiful colors, patterns, and sequins!
Mayan Pyramid Name Place Setting
- 3” Assorted Mini Indian Feathers #54130 in Multi
- Ribbon – Your choice of color
1) Cut out three long strips of paper. All 3 different sizes. Each about 2 inches thick.
2) Fold each strip into 4 pieces. Piece each strip together like a square.
3) Cut out a square piece of paper to cover the top of each new square you made.
4) Cover the outer edges of each square with different fabric.
5) Stack the boxes on top of each other in the form of a pyramid
6) Cut out paper into angled in piece. Attach smaller end to the top of pyramid. Let the other side drop. This will give an illusion of stairs.
7) Cover the top of the pyramid with feathers
8) Fold a very small piece of paper in two. Paint it gold. When dry write person’s name at the top
9) Paint the parts not covered by the fabric gold. Allow pyramid to dry.
2012 Mayan Party Mask (Venetian Style)
- Thick paper
- Gold Paint
- Popsicle Stick
- #42902 Sequin Skull and Cross Bones
- #34076 Ombre Stripe Velvet Lt.Blue/Royal
- #88739 Sew on Jewels
- #54130 3” Assorted Mini Indian Feather – Multi
- #42642 Straight Hackle Pad – Turquoise
- Black Sharpie
1) Trace out “2012” on the paper then cut it out.
2) Paint the number gold. Let dry
3) Outline each number with black sharpie after the gold paint is dry
4) Glue on jewels to embellish each number
5) Take the mini feathers and place them in a fan shaped arrangement.
6) Glue the arrangement to the lower half of the turquoise hackle pad.
7) Take the new arrangement of feathers and glue an inch and a half of the bottom (stems) to the back center of the “2012”
8) Place the skull patch on top and glue in on.
9) You can continue to embellish however you desire.
10) Take your pencil and wrap the velvet Ombre Stripe until you can no longer see any more of the pencil.
11) Attach wrapped pencil to either the left or right back side of the “2012”
12) Take you Popsicle stick(s) and glue it across the back of the “2012” for more support
13) Your 2012 party glasses are ready to wear!
Mayan inspired “Hostess” necklace
- Mini Indian feather – Red
- 4MM Braided Vinyl Bolo – Aqua
- 8MM 60” Faux Pearl PKG – Ivory
- Thick Cotton string
1) Take the aqua vinyl bolo and hot glue it into your desired shape
2) Make sure you attach a thick cotton string to the left and right of your necklace centerpiece
3) Decorate the necklace center piece how ever you desire. I added feather pieces, pearls, rhinestone, and added gold paint for a Mayan touch.
4) Bead the pears on the strings of each side. When each side has enough pearls take the hot glue gun and squeeze a line of glue across the back side of the pearls from the first to the last.
5) When the glue hardens, take more cotton string and wrap it in between the center of each pearl.
6) You’re ready to wear your beautiful new creation!
If you loved these ideas then I’m pleased to announce that I will be doing a part 2 for this Mayan inspired party theme! I will be decorating “his and her” champagne toast glasses, making napkin rings and giving ordinary silverware a Mayan make over! I hope you’re as excited and inspired as I am for a dazzling 2012 New Years Eve!!
Our New Favorite blogger for December is Grace from Stripes & Sequins!
Hi everyone! I’m Grace from Stripes & Sequins. Ever since moving to New York City six years ago, M&J Trimming has been one of my favorite places in the city… a virtual candy store for us crafty folks! I’m honored to be M&J’s blogger of the month. If I had to describe my style in two words, it would be human magpie. I love all things shiny and sparkly.. By day, I work for BaubleBar, where I run their social media. I’ve been blogging for about two years and love DIY – it forces me to be creative and helps me temper my expensive taste. My blog has been featured on Guest of a Guest, the Wall Street Journal, and Dismount Creative as a Top DIY blog. I’ve also DIY’d with The Glitter Guide, which is, very fittingly, one of my favorite online publications!
Stripes & Sequins DIY’s
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 to see what she made!
So the big day has passed and its back to our regular clothes, but the fun doesn’t have to stop just yet. I’ve decided to write a post about some of my favorite Celebrity Halloween Costumes this year. Being that many of us dress up like our favorite celebrity, I love seeing what the celebrities dress up as. Here are some of my favorites.
Which Celebrity was your favorite this year?
With Halloween well on its way, I wanted to share some amazing Halloween DIY’s I’ve come across recently. What are you DIY’ing for Halloween?
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Hi everyone! I’m Carly from Chic Steals, and I’ve been a huge fan of M&J Trimming for such a long time. I make it a point to always stop in the store and meander through whenever I’m in New York City. It’s like a glittering treasure trove for me, stocked full of beads, baubles, trims, rhinestones, and appliqués – so much so that I’m never able to leave with empty hands. It’s amazing how easily you can update a piece of clothing or an accessory with said beads, baubles, and appliqués…and how incredibly high-fashion projects can look when you’ve added a bit of frivolous sparkle to them.
I love a metallic manicure as much as the next girl, but most polishes aren’t bright enough to truly gleam like the real thing. Though a little tedious, a sequin manicure gets those fingertips a-sparkle: a true conversation piece!
*6mm Flat Loose Sequins Style# 34424 in Turquoise
*thick clear base coat nail polish (the stickier the better!)
*thick clear sealing topcoat nail polish
1. Cut a bunch of sequins in half, and some into quarters.
2. Work on each nail one-by-one. Spread a thick coating of base coat onto a nail. While it is still wet, use the flat end of the toothpick to pick up a half-sequin, and place at the tip of your nail in the center. (It’s easier to pick up the sequin if you lick the end of the toothpick.)
3. Fill in the sides of each nail with the quarter-sequins.
4. Continue to fill in the nail with more half- and quarter-sequins, layering each one overlapping the previous one a little, covering the center of your nail going back to the cuticle.
5. Cover with at least one coating of topcoat; thick enough so that the edges of the sequins don’t lift up or feel too scratchy.
Flash those holographic talons! My manicure lasted about 5 days before the edges of the sequins lifted up too much, so something like this would be perfect for a party or a special occasion.
It’s so simple to update an old bangle with wrappings of brightly-colored ribbon and thread! You can even use scraps of fabric to keep things fun and festive.
*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire and Grey Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM)
*M&J Trimming ribbon
*contrasting color of fabric paint
*glue for fabric, metal, and plastic
1. Use fabric paint to paint designs on your ribbon; I chose lines and dots. Allow to dry.
2. Place a small amount of glue on the end of a ribbon, and glue it to the inside of the bangle. Wrap the ribbon around the bangle a couple times, then cut and glue the free end to the bangle inside.
3. Add the other color of ribbon, and the painted ribbon as well, overlapping the ribbons on the bangle as you go.
4. For visual interest, add an area of thread wrapped around the bangle as well.
5. After all ends are glued down and the bangle is covered completely, add a contrasting ribbon tied around the bangle for a little sass.
Wear stacked with other bangles or on its own as a cute accessory to brighten your day.
Bead-Edged Cut-Out Top
Give them all the cold shoulder with this skin-baring top. Take it to the next level with a border of bright metallic beads around saucy cut-outs.
*8mm 60″ 8MM 60″ Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*long-sleeved knit top
*clear bead cord (I’m using Magic Stretch)
3. Turn the top inside-out and carefully notch around the cut edge so the fabric won’t pull too much when you turn it inwards. Spread a small amount of fabric glue around the edge of your cut-out. Fold the fabric inwards to create a finished edge.
4. Make a double knot in your beading cord and thread your beads onto it, until you have enough to go all the way around the cut-out. Knot the end loosely so you can add more beads later on if you find you haven’t strung on enough.
5. Use a doubled length of matching thread to stitch your string of beads around the cut out. Stitching over the cord in-between each bead I found is
enough to secure the string onto the top.
6. If you get to the end of the string and find you still haven’t gotten all the way around the cut-out, un-knot the cord and add more beads on. Finish the cord with a double-knot and trim the cord close.
Bead-and-Ribbon Fishnet Necklace
*8mm 60″ 8MM 60″ Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM)
*6mm Mesh Tube Ribbon Style# 36876 in Grey (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*large crystal pendant
*assorted jumprings, rings, and chains
*pliers (I used round-nose, flat-nose, and wire-cutting)
*optional: lighter or open flame
1. Tie the end of the ribbon to a ring.
2. Make the closure of the necklace and add a jumpring with chain attached to it to one side. Add a jumpring to the other side and attach it to the ring from the previous step.
3. Make the pearl bead string by dropping beads into the mesh cord, and knotting the cord on either side of each bead.
4. Attach the pearl bead string to the ring with the ribbon by simply double-knotting the metallic mesh cord around the ring, and trimming the excess.
5. Make the metallic bead string by threading a sequin onto an eyepin, then a bead, then another sequin, and finishing the eyepin in another loop, trimming the excess. Attach each beaded segment to each other to create the bead string.
6. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it. Cut the attached chain accordingly, and attach the beaded string to the end of the chain with a jumpring.
7. Attach another large ring to the end of the beaded string – this will lie in the center, and hold the pendant.
8. Tie the free end of the ribbon to the ring, and trim the excess. If the ends of the ribbon are fraying too much, you can heat-seal them with an open flame.
9. Attach a smaller chain to the end of the pearl bead string, trim the excess, and attach it to the center ring as well.
10. Slip the pendant inside the mesh cord. Twist the ends tightly around the pendant, roll to the back, and trim.
Wear a regal piece like this with simple, understated clothing so it stands out all on its own.
Tip: Choose black or orange beads for a spooky Halloween-style spiderwebby piece!
Sparkly Beaded Hairclip
*4″ x 2 1/4″ Rhinestone Applique Style# 47335 in Black ( 1-800-9MJTRIM)
*stiff black felt
*hot glue & glue gun
*hand-sewing needle and matching thread
This piece looks lovely securing a ponytail, or glittering out from the back of a braided chignon. The ways to use a beaded appliqué are numerous: you can add it onto a ribbon belt, a boring cloche, an old clutch, use as a shoe-clip, attach to a ribbon and wear as a wristlet, or even attach a chain to either side and sport it as a pretty pendant necklace. Wear it with flair!