Blogger Highlight: Evelinas Fashion Cafe

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We’ve been following Evelinas Fashion Cafe for quite some time and can’t get enough of her fashion forward and not to mention easy to follow projects.  We adore her Emilio Pucci Clutch Tutorial along with her Stella McCartney bag DIY. Since Fashion Week is rapidly approaching, we felt it was the perfect time to whip up these amazing designer inspired DIY projects. Pucci Clutch 1

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Blogger Challenge: thanks, I made it

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Erin Pruckno lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches by day and crafts by night. Her site, Thanks, I Made It, is a DIY style blog for encouraging creativity, sharing inspiration, and enjoying being able to say, “Thanks, I made it!” There you’ll find do-it-yourself projects that range from the super simple to more complex, while learning crafty skills and how to get designer looks with less money and more personality.

PROJECT ONE:

Materials

10 inches acrylic chain
22 inches of 12 mm gold chain
Clip
2 large jump rings and pliers (not pictured)

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Steps

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  1. Weave the gold chain in and out of the links of the acrylic chain, leaving an equal amount of gold chain on either end of the acrylic chain.erin-diy-1.3
  2. Attach the gold chain to the last link of the acrylic chain with a jump ring.erin-diy-1.5
  3. Add the clip to the ends of the metal chain.

 

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PROJECT TWO:

Materials:

Gold bolo cord
2 barrel cord ends
Jump rings and clasp
Super glue
Scissors

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Steps

  1. Cut the cord into two 8 inch pieces.erin-diy-2.2
  2. Loop the cords together in a square knot.erin-diy-2.3
  3. Measure the cords to fit around your wrist, and trim the ends.erin-diy-2.4
  4. Put a drop of glue in one of the cord ends, and press the ends of the cord into the cord end.erin-diy-2.5
  5. Repeat on the other end.erin-diy-2.6
  6. Once the glue has dried, add the jump rinds to each end and clasp.

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PROJECT THREE:

Materials:

18 inches braided trim
6 inches pink ribbon
5 inches elastic
Needle and thread
Scissors

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Steps

  1. Sew the end of elastic to the braided trim.erin-diy-3.2
  2. Wrap the pink ribbon around where the trim and elastic meet, and sew in place.erin-diy-3.3
  3. Repeat with the other end of the elastic and trim.

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Final Headband

 

Blogger Challenge: Swell Mayde

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity.  It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.

DIY | STATEMENT BIB NECKLACE

I loved the concept of M&J Trimming’s Blogger Challenge, and was absolutely on board when they approached me to participate.  They sent me a mystery box of supplies to utilize in a DIY.  The day the box came to my door, I quickly opened it and so many ideas came rushing into my head.  I couldn’t wait to get creative with this challenge. The one idea that stuck out the most was to make a statement bib necklace, inspired by the amazing tutorial Drew of Dylanex created with Geneva of A Pair and Spare.   I just couldn’t get over how utterly beautiful all of Drew’s handmade pieces are!! Check out my version, using her tutorial below.

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 Materials:

  • 5 or 6 necklaces that you are willing to break up, hit your local flea market to find bulk deals
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Jump Rings
  • Stringing Wire (Metal or Rope)
  • Ribbon from the M&J Trimming Mystery Box

Materials

Steps:

1. Find the steps to the Drew’s DIY Necklace Tutorial (here).  I followed her steps to create my own.

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2.Then, to incorporate a feminine and colorful touch, I used ribbon from the mystery box to use as the closure of the necklace.   You can simply cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 8 to 10 inches long.

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3. Tie one end of the ribbon to one end of the necklace.  Repeat for the 2nd piece of ribbon. Then, tie onto your neck.

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Blogger Challenge: Studs and Pearls

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StudsandPearls-HeaderStuds and Pearls is a DIY fashion blog owned by Kirsten Nunez. As a New Yorker and longtime lover of crafting, she’s inspired by everything from music to food to nature. She is currently working on publishing her first DIY fashion book.

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Chunky Chain Necklace and Rhinestone Hair Tie
Contrary to what most people may think, elastic can be used for more than holding up your bottoms. This underrated craft material can be incorporated into accessories in just a few steps. My favorite uses for elastic include quick and easy necklaces, and snap free hair ties. Check out how I made both projects, below!

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Supplies:
***chunky lucite chain, measurement provided in box***
***gray elastic, measurement provided in box***
– Flat backed rhinestones
– Scissors
– E6000 ChunkyChainNecklaceandRhinestoneHairTie02

1) Cut the elastic so that you have two strands, with one strand measuring about 11 inches.ChunkyChainNecklaceandRhinestoneHairTie03

2) Take the longer strand and tie the ends of the elastic to the ends of the chain.ChunkyChainNecklaceandRhinestoneHairTie04

3) Glue rhinestones to the elastic. Let dry completely.

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4) For the hair tie, fold the 11 inch strand of elastic in half. Tie and glue the rhinestone embellishments. Let dry.

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Layered Gold Necklace (and bracelets!)
I’ve always had a soft spot for anything gold and minimal. This necklace features a tier of bright gold cord, creating an eye catching yet simplistic look. The natural curve of the cord is ideal for a neck piece, making this project so much easier than it actually seems.

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***gold cord, measurement of material that was provided in the box***
– Brass chain
– 6 head pins
– 6 bead caps
– 8+ 6mm jump rings
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Optional: ***gold thread*** and ***multi-faceted flat backed rhinestones***

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1) Cut a strand of gold cord measuring 9.5 inches. Cut a second strand, measuring slightly longer. Cut a third strand, measuring slightly longer than the second.

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2) Insert a head pin through the bead cap. Trim down and create a loop. Glue the bead cap onto the cord’s end.

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3) Repeat on all the ends of the cord.

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4) Join all three ends with a jump ring. Repeat on the other side.

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5) If desired, glue rhinestones to the bead caps, or wrap the ends with gold metallic thread.

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6) Attach chain to both sides.

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7) Attach a jump ring and a clasp to the ends of the chain.

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8) For the bracelets, take any leftover gold cord and add bead caps to the ends, as you did in Steps 4 and 5. Connect with jump rings and jewelry claps.

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Rhinestone Tassel Pendant
I’ve always found multi-faceted rhinestones to be absolutely gorgeous. Depending on the angle of the light, various colors will shine through. With this project, you can wear a rainbow colors.

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Supplies:
– ***gold metallic thread***
– ***multi-faceted rhinestones***
– Clear nail polish
– Scalloped 25x18mm cameo setting
– Scissors

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Tip: Plastic jewelry tweezers may make it easier to handle the rhinestones.

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1) Apply a small amount of clear nail polish to the setting. Add rhinestones, one by one, starting along the outer edge.

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2) Continue until the setting is filled with rhinestones. Add another layer of clear nail polish on top to secure.

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3) Let dry completely. I love how the colors in the multi-faceted rhinestones show at different angles!

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4) For the tassel, wrap thread around your fingers as shown above. Tie the top end with a
strand of thread, and cut the bottom to create an instant tassel.

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5) Attach to the bottom of the setting.

Textured Coin Purse
I adore this project because it uses trim and ribbon in an unconventional way. I’m constantly working with different types of fabrics, so I thought – why not use the trimmings as fabric? By sewing the ribbon and trim together, you can create a custom made “panel” of material to work with. All you need is a chic gold carabiner to top it off.

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- ***pink satin ribbon, measurement of material provided in box***
– ***weaved trim,
– ***gold carabiner***
– ***metallic pink ribbon***
– 7 inch zipper
– Fabric scissors
– Straight pins
– Sewing machine (not shown)

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1) Cut two lengths of trim of about 15 inches (when folded, a bit longer than 7 inches) and a length of pink satin ribbon (same measurement) The 7 inch zipper can be used as a guide, but the finished coin purse will be smaller than this.

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2) Unfold the trim and ribbon. Pin the trim and ribbon, “right” sides facing each other. Look closely to see the pins in the above photo.

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3) Sew along the edge. I’d recommend using a zig zag stitch, as a straight stitch may not hold the weaved trim in place.

4) When sewn, the trim and ribbon will look a little like this on the “front” side.

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5) Pin the trim to the other edge of the ribbon, right sides facing each other.TexturedCoinPurse07

6) Sew.

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8) Fold in half, and trim down the sides. Trim the zipper, if needed.TexturedCoinPurse10

9) Pin one half of the zipper to one side of the coin purse (or what will be the coin purse!)TexturedCoinPurse11

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11) Sew the other half of the zipper to the other end of the coin purse. This may be a bit awkward, so take your time while maneuvering the material.

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11) If you cut your zipper, sew a few hand stitches at the end to serve as a stopper. Machine sew down the end and bottom to close up the coin purse.

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12) Insert the carabiner right through the trim.

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Your coin purse is good to go! You can also use it to store jewelry while traveling.

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Blogger Challenge: Smart N Snazzy

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Hi!  I’m Lia.  My real name is Amalia which rhymes with Mama Mia and not Somalia.  This is why I go by Lia.  I’m a single mom of 2 amazing kids who are 8 and 11.  I recently lost my job and am trying to blog full time now while looking for my next endeavor.  You know how you hear some kind of adage that goes something like ‘what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should be doing with your life’?  Well for me it was blogging.  And here I am!  A former data analyst, now loving life at home with the kiddos! I started Smart n Snazzy to share my love of fashion, DIY projects, beauty, and decor.  I have expensive taste but a limited budget, so I wanted to hopefully inspire others!  I also started it to have a creative outlet.  I’ve always been making things since I was a kid; it’s helped with my anxiety and focus issues.  I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with my degree in Mathematics after also studying a lot of physics and astronomy. I am obsessed with 90s punk music, the beach, Mediterranean food, sports, and a good drink. I snowboard, surf (well I did when I lived in FL), and work on DIY projects in my free time, what little of it I have that is.
Project 1 ~ Glam Cans!
I haven’t met anything I can’t upcycle into something else, and I’ve been dying for just the right embellishment to make some glam can succulent planters.  So when I spotted the gold bolo cord, I knew what it would be perfect for!

Challenge materials:

  • Gold faux-leather bolo cord

Other materials:

  • Tin cans
  • Decorative buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Cutters to cut the button shank off the back of the buttons
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Lighter
Determine how much cord you’ll use for each can, cut and set aside with its can.  Measure the ribbon as well.  Hot glue your cord onto your can.

Hot glue the ribbon over the cord, and then remove the shanks from the backs of the buttons so their backs are flat.  Hot glue those on the ribbon.

I wanted to plant succulents in my glam cans, but you could also use them for pencils, craft supplies, or whatever you desire!

Project 2 ~ Woven Headband
I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to make with this gorgeous woven ribbon trim, so I asked my daughter and she immediately said ‘a headband!’  So I did!

Challenge materials:

  • Woven ribbon trim
  • fuchsia thread
Other materials:
  • Elastic hair tie (I was lucky to have a matching fuchsia one!)
  • Needle (we’ll be doing some simple hand sewing)
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Lighter (not pictured)

Wrap a piece of washi tape around the trim, centering it at about 20.5″.  Cut down the middle of the tape (this prevents the ribbon from unraveling.)  Fold the trim over one side of the elastic, and sew the trim back on itself – make sure you don’t sew through the elastic!  I sewed up and down three times to ensure the stitches were tight.  Then trim the ends and fuse with the lighter.

Repeat with the other side, making sure that the ribbon is not twisted.  When done sewing, trim the excess and fuse the ends with the lighter.

All done!  So pretty, and I love the colors for fall.  It looks chic for the gym, or with any hairstyle!

Project 3 ~ Chic Tassel Keychain

Once I saw this lovely carabiner clip, I immediately wanted to make a chic keychain clip of it.

Challenge materials:

  • Gold carabiner clip
  • Gold and fuchsia thread
  • E-6000 glue
Other materials:
  • Scissors
  • Split key ring
  • Wooden bead (or any bead you have with a wide hole)

Start by making the tassel.  Use your fingers and wrap the fuchsia thread around them as shown, interspersing with a few wraps of gold thread here and there.  Once you have a good amount for a tassel, slip it off and tie it in the center, snip the ends, and slide your bead on from the tied top.  Slide the bead down a little so you can slip the tassel on the carabiner clip.  Apply a dollop of glue to the inside of the bead (or just on the threads where the bead will ultimately sit) and push the bead into its final resting place.  Add your key ring and you’re done!

I love how chic yet practical this is.  I can never find my keys in my purse, and now it’s so much easier to find them!

Project 4 ~ Chunky Link Necklace

As soon as I saw this gorgeous milky acrylic link chain, I wanted to weave metal chain through it.  It was so easy and makes such a unique statement piece.

Challenge materials:

  • Acrylic link chain
Other materials:
  • Lightweight aluminum chain
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Tape measure
  • 2 medium jump rings
  • 1 large jump ring
  • Lobster clasp

Measure and cut 5 pieces of chain 22″ long.  Measure your acrylic links and remove any links past 18″.  Gather the ends of the chain and attach using a jump ring at either end.  Weave through the acrylic links.

When you get to the end, wrap the chain around the last links.  Attach the lobster clasp to one jump ring, and the large jump ring to the other.

So pretty and fun!  I can’t wait to wear this with a plain shirt.  I think it will especially be set off by fall’s rich jewel tones.

Project 5 ~ Preppy Ribbon Clutch
Of all the challenge materials, I struggled the most with the fuchsia satin ribbon.  But once the idea came to me, this is now hands down my favorite project I made!

Challenge materials:

  • Fuchsia satin ribbon
  • Fuchsia thread
Other materials:
  • 9″ zipper
  • Coordinating colors of satin thread
  • Muslin
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle (we’re hand-sewing again)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Measure and cut a piece of muslin fabric about 10.5″ x 12″.  Fold it in half, this will be the shape / size of your clutch.  Don’t cut the ribbon yet!  Use your fabric glue to adhere the ribbon to one side of your pouch, then flip it over.

Fold the ribbon over the edge and glue it down on the other side.  Let dry overnight, cut the ribbon where it was folded, and cut the ribbon excess so it’s flush with the fabric.  If there’s excess fabric at the top and bottom, fold it so it’s flush with the fabric and use the bottom edge of your scissors to crease the fold.

I didn’t want the zipper to be the entire length of the clutch, so I used some excess fuchsia ribbon to extend it at either end.  Sew it on, as shown above.  Now it’s time to sew it to your clutch.  Normally, you’d sew the zipper right side to right side, but I wanted for the entire stripe of ribbon to be visible, and I like the contrasting thread showing, so I sewed it right side (zipper) to wrong side (fabric).
Bring the other end up to meet the zipper.  You’ll have a tube, with openings on either end.  Open the zipper so it’s easier to sew on.  Once the zipper is done, turn the pouch inside out, I found it easiest to do this through the zipper.  Now you’re going to sew the sides.  When both sides are sewn, turn right-side out and use a pencil or something to poke the corners out.  I chose to add a simple tassel to the zipper pull by just looping through some thin velvet ribbon.
This is so easy to make, is sturdy, and beautiful for fall!  I love this color combo, and can’t wait to carry this with everything!  You could also use it as a makeup pouch, or for whatever your little heart desires!
Project 6 ~ Hair Ties

These might be the easiest project yet.  When I saw the foldover elastic, I thought ‘Twistband hair ties’.

Challenge materials:

  • Silvery foldover elastic
Other materials:
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Lighter

Cut lengths of elastic about 9.5″ long.  Fold in half, tie the loose ends in a knot leaving about a half inch excess.  Singe the ends with a lighter, and that’s it!

This style hair tie is so popular right now, and for how easy they are to make (and how inexpensive too!) I will never pay the outrageous prices when I can DIY my own!

Project 7 ~ Crystal and ‘Lucite’ Earrings
I love the look of bold, bright crystal stones on lucite, it really sets off their beautiful color.  There’s a much easier alternative to lucite, and you won’t believe how easy it is!

Challenge materials:

  • Blue crystals
  • E-6000 glue
Other materials:
  • Shrinky dink plastic
  • 2 sew on rhinestones
  • Hand-drawn template (for the marquise shape I drew it 5″ long by about 4″ wide; for the large circle I traced a soda bottle cap and for the small circle I traced my chapstick!)
  • Tape
  • 6 small jump rings
  • 2 earring wires
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Skewer or toothpick

Tape your template to the plastic and cut out the shapes.  Repeat for 2 of each shape.  Make sure to punch holes where you’ll want your jump rings to go before you bake the plastic!  Bake the shapes according to the directions on the shrinky dink package.

Squeeze out a dollop of glue onto some scrap paper, and use the pointy end of the skewer to apply a dot of glue to the back of a rhinestone.  Use tweezers to put the rhinestones in place.

When you are done with your stones, it’s time to attach the pieces.  Use jewelry pliers to attach jump rings, adding an earring hook to the top jump ring.

I can’t get over how glam these earrings are and how expensive they look.  You’d never guess it’s not lucite!

Blogger Challenge: Glitter ‘N Glue

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Kristen Turner: A Southern Belle living the champagne life on a beer budget, Kristen created her blog Glitter ‘N Glue in 2010 to give readers a creative way to craft the looks for less. Glitter ‘N Glue is a collection of weekly fashion and decor do-it-yourself project tutorials and videos.

METALLIC GOLD CORD WRAPPED VASE
Add a little glam to a plain clear vase by dressing it up metallic gold cord.

Materials: Glass Vase, Metallic Gold Cord, Glue

Supplies

Place a healthy amount of glue at the bottom of your vase. Place the end of your cord in the glue, hold and let set. Then, wrap the cord around the vase.

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Wrap the cord around the vase adding glue to the back of the cords as you go.

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Allow at least an hour for your glue to dry before use

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RHINESTONE ROPE NECKLACE
Versatile statement necklace should always be a staple in any jewelry box. This project mixed two of my fashion favorites… crystals and a pop of color!

Materials: About 2 yards of cupchain and thread also barrel necklace closure, a lobster claw, a jump ring and glue

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Start with four pieces of cupchain each about a half a yard in length

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Use your thread to tie all four pieces together at one end

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Wrap your thread through the spaces of the cupchain leaving the rhinestones exposed

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Add a healthy amount of glue to the inside of your barrel closure. Place the closures on the ends of your necklace. Allow it time to dry overnight, then place a jump ring and lobster claw on one of the barrel closures and a jump ring through the hole of the other.

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It can be worn as a necklace…

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or as a bracelet

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CRYSTAL CLUSTER NAIL ART
No outfit is complete without the perfect manicure. While a trip to the nail salon can be fun and relaxing it can also be costly. At home mani’s allow you to personalize your look and save a few bucks!

Materials: Flat back crystals, clear nail polish, your favorite nail color plus other essentials you might need for an at home manicure

1First apply your favorite color to your nails. Then, apply a clear top coat. Place your crystals directly to the nail while your top coat is still wet. If needed use a pair of tweezers to help you pick up the crystals.
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Your crystal design can be as simple or as creative as you desire. The design is completely up to you. Once the top coat has dried, apply another coat of clear polish over your crystals.

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Use finger nail polish to remove.

Blogger Challenge: Chic Steals

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Carly J. Cais has been a DIY’er from the moment she strung macaroni on yarn to make necklaces at age 3. Completely self-taught, she produced a short-lived clothing and jewelry line, RIVETED, in 2007, and founded her DIY and fashion blog Chic Steals in 2008. She loves sharing ideas and how-to’s for making one’s own clothing, accessories, and jewelry on her blog, along with local fashion lines lookbooks, styling inspiration, and outfit photos.

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I was thrilled to be able to take part in M&J Trimming’s latest DIY Challenge, this time using rich Fall purples and shimmery golds from their box overflowing with fun DIY supplies and trims. I had a blast playing with pretty ribbons, delicate thread, and chunky chains! With M&J Trimming’s latest trims and embellishments, it’s easy to add personalization to pieces to take you from late Summer into Fall. Here are the projects I’ve been working on:

DIY Thread-Wrapped Hoops
Add a little texture and color to some plain hoop earrings by wrapping them in thin embroidery thread: an easy project to do while watching TV to keep your hands busy! Colored thread pops against metallic thread and creates a delicate – rather than overbearing – decorative touch.

Materials:
2 or more colors of embroidery thread
Plain hoop earrings
E-6000 glue
Scissors

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1. Dab a small amount of E6000 glue onto the inside of one of your hoops where you want to start wrapping.

2. Place the end of the thread into the glue.

3. Wrap the thread numerous times around the hoop until you’ve built up enough.

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4. Cut the end of the thread, dab on some more glue, and press down to finish one color.

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5. Wrap the second (and third, if you’re using 3) color of thread in exactly the same way.

6. Allow the glue to dry before handling.

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That’s it! This technique can be done on any jewelry as long as there is something to wrap around – and it is also a great way to hide tarnishing or rubs! Plus, if you get tired of the colors – snip, snip! – And you’re back to your original piece!

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Enjoy jazzing up some boring jewelry with a bit of color for Fall :-)

DIY Chunky Chain Ribbon Necklace
Sometimes a chunky chain is just begging for a bit more adornment. Adding a bright pop of color with a soft satin ribbon adds a feminine touch that contrasts with the boldness of the chain.

Materials:
Chunky plastic chain
1″+ – wide satin ribbon
Scissors
E-6000 glue
Lighter
Clothespins
Pliers

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How To:

1. Use pliers to separate a chain link so you have a choker-length chain.

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2. Heat-seal the end of the ribbon with an open flame.

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3. Thread one end of the ribbon into the last link of the chain.

4. Spread a small line of glue onto the end of the ribbon.

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5. Fold the ribbon over.

6. Use clothespins to secure the fold until the glue dries.

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7. Repeat for the other end of the ribbon.

8. Once the glue is dry, cut the ribbon in half, angling the ends.

9. Heat-seal both ends to finish.

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And you’re done! With a statement piece like this, you can wear all on its own, or layer more delicate chains underneath for a truly over-the-top feel.

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DIY Ombre Hair Elastics
It seems in every store soft, tied hair elastics are flying off the shelves – and at $16 or more a set, they pose a pretty serious threat to your wallet. Foldover elastic by the foot is much more affordable – and totally customizable – for your own unique take on the trend.

Materials:
Stretchy foldover elastic
Paint in your favorite colors (try to use fabric paint if you have it)
Paint brush
Scissors
Lighter
Something to protect your work surface

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1. Eyeball the size of your elastics by making sure you have enough to go around your wrist + 2″ or so. Fold over.

2. Tie near the end in a tight knot.

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3. Cut the ends close to the knot.

4. Use a flame to heat-seal the cut ends.

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5. Dab paint on to the folded end, putting less on near the knot to create an ombre effect.

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6. Allow to dry.

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And that’s all there is to it! You could potentially use the elastics as-is, without color – but I love adding a bit of personalization to everything, so why not? Try different colors of elastic, and contrasting colors of paint, to create a fun rainbow!

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DIY Rhinestone Focal Braided Bracelet/Choker
Sparkly jewelry livens up any outfit and brings glamour day or night. Creating your own custom rhinestone-encrusted setting to a focal piece is a challenge, but the results are amazing and truly worth it. Plus, what could be better than a piece you can wear as a bracelet or a choker necklace? Double duty accessories are always a blast!

Materials
braided gold leather trim
rhinestone crystals
focal druzy stone
Apoxie Sculpt epoxy clay in black
necklace end crimps
small round jump rings
2 oval jump rings
clasp & ring
toothpick
scissors
pliers

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How To
1. Remove an equal amount of both parts of the Apoxie Sculpt.

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2. Knead together for a minute or so until thoroughly mixed.

rhinestonefocal_step23. Form into a long snake.

rhinestonefocal_step34. Wrap around the edge of your druzy focal.

rhinestonefocal_step45. Smooth the Apoxie clay with your finger to fix any cracks or bumps.
6. Press an oval jump ring into either end of the focal, pressing into the clay and smoothing any gaps around the wire. Allow the jump ring to protrude slightly so you can attach jump rings to it later.

rhinestonefocal_step57. Use a toothpick to press the rhinestones into the clay around the edge of your focal, making sure to sink them in slightly so the clay “grips” them.
8. Allow to dry 24 hours until the clay is hard. (*hint: For a glossy enamel-like finish to the epoxy clay, once dry you can coat with 1-3 coats of Mod Podge Gloss if you so choose.)
9. Attach an end crimp to one end of the leather braid.

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 10. Use a jump ring to attach to the loop at one end of the focal.

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11. Wrap the braid around your wrist several times, until it is the length you want.

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 12. Cut.

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13. Attach a crimp end and jump ring to the cut end of the braid, and attach to the other side of the focal.
14. Cut the braid in half, and finish each end with a crimp end, jump ring, and the clasp pieces.

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You’re done! Wear wrapped around your wrist several times (as a single piece arm party!), or even as a necklace if the mood strikes.

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Introducing Our M&J Blogger Challenge Participants!

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We are very glad to announce our Third Annual M&J Blogger Challenge! We will be posting each blogger’s DIY posts throughout the week…Stay tuned and enjoy!

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Carly J. Cais has been a DIY’er from the moment she strung macaroni on yarn to make necklaces at age 3. Completely self-taught, she produced a short-lived clothing and jewelry line, RIVETED, in 2007, and founded her DIY and fashion blog Chic Steals in 2008. She loves sharing ideas and how-to’s for making one’s own clothing, accessories, and jewelry on her blog, along with local fashion lines lookbooks, styling inspiration, and outfit photos.

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Kristen Turner: A Southern Belle living the champagne life on a beer budget, Kristen created her blog Glitter ‘N Glue in 2010 to give readers a creative way to craft the looks for less. Glitter ‘N Glue is a collection of weekly fashion and decor do-it-yourself project tutorials and videos.

Smart n Snazzy LogoHi!  I’m Lia.  My real name is Amalia which rhymes with Mama Mia and not Somalia.  This is why I go by Lia.  I’m a single mom of 2 amazing kids who are 8 and 11.  I recently lost my job and am trying to blog full time now while looking for my next endeavor.  You know how you hear some kind of adage that goes something like ‘what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should be doing with your life’?  Well for me it was blogging.  And here I am!  A former data analyst, now loving life at home with the kiddos! I started Smart n Snazzy to share my love of fashion, DIY projects, beauty, and decor.  I have expensive taste but a limited budget, so I wanted to hopefully inspire others!  I also started it to have a creative outlet.  I’ve always been making things since I was a kid; it’s helped with my anxiety and focus issues.  I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with my degree in Mathematics after also studying a lot of physics and astronomy. I am obsessed with 90s punk music, the beach, Mediterranean food, sports, and a good drink. I snowboard, surf (well I did when I lived in FL), and work on DIY projects in my free time, what little of it I have that is.

StudsandPearls-HeaderStuds and Pearls is a DIY fashion blog owned by Kirsten Nunez. As a New Yorker and longtime lover of crafting, she’s inspired by everything from music to food to nature. She is currently working on publishing her first DIY fashion book.

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity.  It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.

Thanks I Made It LogoErin Pruckno lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches by day and crafts by night. Her site, Thanks, I Made It, is a DIY style blog for encouraging creativity, sharing inspiration, and enjoying being able to say, “Thanks, I made it!” There you’ll find do-it-yourself projects that range from the super simple to more complex, while learning crafty skills and how to get designer looks with less money and more personality.

Trinkets in Bloom LogoCathy Attix is the creator of Trinkets in Bloom, a fashion DIY blog with an eye for design and creative expression. Her DIY’s are inspired by runway fashion, street style and vintage finds. She brings more than fifteen years of fashion industry experience to her creations and a lifetime of creativity and experience to her tutorials.

The M&J Blogger Challenge Box

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Want to do your own 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

Home Depot Guest Post: All About Windows

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All About Windows (Trappings and Treatments and Trim, Oh My!)

They say windows are the “eyes” of a home. In the same way that mascara, liner and eye shadow can convey different messages based on how they are applied, various types of window dressings can express different styles in a room.  Here are some different ways you can cover your casement windows and give your home that distinctive and personal look. Let’s expound a bit more as we discuss some ideas for the myriad messages and numerous ways you can cover your casement windows.

Roman Shades

First on the list is the elegant roman shade. Whether mounted on the inside or outside of the window, roman shades prove crisp, clean lines that help define the parameters of both the window and the overall room.

Here are some general ways to achieve a custom look when you create your own treatments:

When you have a smaller room or have other busy patterns on the furniture or bedding, consider a clean and simple fabric or pattern for your shades for simple understatement.

Use fabric with edge banding or add trim to add color contrast and definition to your shades.

Drawback Curtains

This is where you can really show your style! With drawback curtains, you not only have the particular fabric through which to express your personality, you also have various hardware and trim options to add to the mix. Here are some suggestions on the different “feels” you can evoke through specific pairings of fabric and trappings.

The Eco Advocate

Using organic fabrics and all natural materials can indicate your dedication to bringing the outdoors in while keeping your carbon footprint outside to a minimum.

Why not drape organic cotton curtains from a unique bamboo rod? Tie it all together with jute strips or lengths of rope as tiebacks.

Alternatively, attach a strip of natural jute trim to the edge of your curtains. You can find these in varying widths and styles – some of the knit braids even have a shimmer to add a bit of sparkle! Select a fabric in a darker color for contrast or in a complementary pattern that will coordinate with the jute’s neutral color.

From Red Carpets to Royalty

Not much says “luxury” and “extravagance” quite like heavy drapes or richly colored tapestry-style curtains. From silk to velvet to heavy brocade, just-above-floor to just-below-ceiling hanging curtains help to elongate a room and add an “A-List” touch of class.

All bets are off when it comes to the styles of trim these regal beauties can pull off. Consider pairing these types of curtains with silk ties, braided cords, ribbons, or fringe and piping with beads or tassels – when done tastefully, you can make it the more the merrier!

For hanging heavy drapes, go with thick rods in brushed metal finishes – just make sure when you mount the rods, they can support the weight of whatever treatments you choose!

What are some of your favorite trims or trappings to add to your window treatments?

Jay Harris is a Home Depot “on the floor” sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog. His interests include providing tips to homeowners on energy efficient windows and casement window advice.

 

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