Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

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The holidays are a  time for togetherness and celebration, but they can also be extremely stressful. From planning to shopping, hosting and decorating; the stress of the holidays can take the joy out of the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some ways to keep your cool during this busy season.

Black Wrapped Presents

Keep It Simple – When it comes to gift wrapping or decorating, you can use shortcuts without sacrificing style. Wrap all of your gifts with one type of wrapping paper, and then customize each with different trim.

Gingerbread from Honestly YumFocus on One Thing – Whether it’s wrapping the presents beautifully or making a gingerbread house even a seasoned architect would be envious of, focus on doing one or two things really well. If you put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect, you’re bound to crack.

Dining Room Thistlewood

Accumulate Over Time – There’s no reason to buy or make all of your decorations at once. If you choose a decorating style that’s timeless you can continue reusing the same pieces year after year! Don’t hop on the color trend bandwagon every year. You can also reuse gift bags, and gift wrap. You’ll save yourself both time and money.

Vintage Star DecorationsEnjoy Yourself – When it comes to the holidays, sometimes we become so wrapped up in getting ready for the season that we forget to enjoy it while it’s here. Try to take a breather every once in a while, and take part in the holiday fun!

How do you stay sane every holiday season? Let us know below!

Tips for Holiday Decorating

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Does holiday decorating have you stressed out? Don’t fret because we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to keep your holiday decorations from getting the best of you.

Tiny Prints Holiday Garland

Simply Styled – Pick a theme before you start decorating. Do some Pinterest perusing and Tumblr digging for fun and festive ideas. Keep the same style throughout the house so that you can easily move items around, and the space will still feel cohesive.

Ornament Wreath from Terrain

Color Combinations – If your home is generally neutral and not decor-heavy, you can get away with some interesting color combinations. If your house is already pretty colorful, keeping to a simple color palette will help keep your holiday decor from looking over-the-top.

Child’s Play – If you have kids, you probably cherish their artist creations. Here is their time to shine! The holidays are one of the best times to showcase your child’s festive art. Even though they may not match your theme or coordinate with your color palette, they add a sweet touch to any home.

Danish Christmas Style from My Scandinavian Home

Bring the Outdoors In – Decorating with natural elements is one way to keep your holiday decor from being too stuffy. It adds a nice rustic touch to any home, and the natural scents of the season are absolutely incredible! There’s nothing like having your whole house smell like a huge pine forest!

DIY It – We obviously love DIYing, and the holidays are the perfect time of year to “do it yourself”. You can save a lot of money by decorating with items that you already have at home! If you love to DIY your decor, don’t forget to go to mjtrim.com for your decorating needs! We have an amazing sale on ribbons, trims, buttons and notions for Cyber Monday, but don’t delay because the offer is only good today!

Remember that these are just suggestions, and if you prefer a different style of decorating, go for it! You may be allergic to pine or prefer to have a rainbow of colors at your holiday table, and these tips may not work for you. Just make sure you’re having fun during the process!

Holiday Decor DIY Roundup

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If you would rather spend your money on gifts than decor, here are a few ways to decorate your house for the holidays without having to break the bank! All of these DIYs are easy to create, and will leave your guests impressed.
Ribbon Wreath from The 36th Avenue

This dazzling wreath by the 36th Avenue is the perfect addition to any doorway. You would think wrapping a wreath in one style of ribbon might look a little boring, but that’s obviously not the case when using a ribbon coated in glitter!

Christmas Star DIY from Vosges Paris

This rustic Christmas star is unassuming and quaint. It’s ideal for those who subscribe to the theory that less is more.

Bottle Brush Dye DIY

Some people use a limited color palette for the holidays: red and green, gold and silver, blue and white. If you don’t like limiting yourself to only two or three colors, take a look at the tutorial above to learn how to dye bottle brush trees!

Color Blocked Menorah Centerpiece from Confetti Pop

We love the bold pop of color on this disassembled menorah by Confetti Pop, and the assorted color blocking patterns create a mix-and-match look!

Gingerbread Centerpiece from Hanielas

Make your holidays sweet with a gingerbread centerpiece, and try thinking outside of the house. This Eiffel Tower centerpiece from Hanielas is simple, elegant and romantic. Perfect for a pair of Francophiles celebrating the season!

From wreaths to ornaments, this is the most decor heavy season of the year! What’s your holiday decoration strategy?

Bringing in the 2012 New Years Eve right! – Part 1

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Hey friends!

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!

My Inspiration

Project 1

Mayan Pyramid Name Place Setting

  • 3” Assorted Mini Indian Feathers #54130 in Multi
  • Ribbon – Your choice of color
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Paint

How to:

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.

Project 2:

2012 Mayan Party Mask (Venetian Style)

  • Thick paper
  • Scissor
  • Gold Paint
  • Pencil
  • 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

How To:

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!

Project 3

Mayan inspired “Hostess” necklace

  • Scissors
  • Mini Indian feather – Red
  • 4MM Braided Vinyl Bolo – Aqua
  • 8MM 60” Faux Pearl PKG – Ivory
  • Thick Cotton string

How to:

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!!

4th of July BBQ Cups: Because beverages taste better with gingham ribbon

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By Eleah

 

If you are hosting the hot-dog holiday event this year, try thinking, “What would Martha Stewart do?”.  Most BBQ’s I have frequented have been stocked with sleeves of plastic cups for summer beverages.  Thus far I have witnessed only weak attempts of adornment to these disposable drink holders.  And by weak attempt I mean illegible scribbling of someone’s initials at a last minute effort to rescue an abandoned cup from contamination or “sharing”.  So get out your scissors and glue America, it’s time to celebrate our country’s birthday.

 Supplies:

(Yields 4 cups, multiply depending on how many friends you have or divide if you have no friends)

 Making the Cups:

  1. Measure out 9″ pieces of gingham ribbon
  2. Roll up one end of one piece of ribbon with your fingers to make it small enough to lace through buttons.  Refer to my blog image for suggested button arrangements. 
  3. Once your buttons are laced onto the ribbon piece, slide them so that they are centered in the middle of the ribbon.
  4. Apply E600 glue to the backside of the ribbon and some to the buttons for good measure.  Carefully place the ribbon glue side down around the cup.  Refer to blog image for placement on cup, or if placed lower simply cut off access ribbon.
  5. Set aside to dry and move on the rest of the cups.
  6. Write down the names of the people on your guest list on the cups in the coolest font possible. 
  7. Place the cups on a tray for guest to pick up as they enter.  I would suggest making some extras and leaving the Sharpie beside them for any lurkers or tag-alongs.