Our Favorite Blogger of the Month!!

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By Blerona

It’s that time of the month again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our Pick for March is coming from NYC!

Meet Stefanie Schiada, design and lifestyle blogger better known to her readers from Brooklyn Limestone simply as Mrs. Limestone.  Whether working on a DIY home decor project, traveling to all corners of the world in the pursuit of a full passport or prepping for a costume party, she documents it all on her blog. Stefanie is a lifelong New Yorker and self confessed trash tv addict. Check out more of design, decor and travel at Brooklyn Limestone. And that’s why we love her, her home renovation just blew us away and so did all her other creative projects!

Heres what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…now let’s see what she can make! Check back on Thursday March 17, 2011.

Phosphene Blogger of the Month – Febraury!

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M&J’s First Blogger of the Month!!! *February

Pretty Little Things

A grosgrain ribbon here and a handful of appliqués there is all it takes to add a few pretty accents to your wardrobe. Using some bows, iron-ons, and tulle trim, this is how I revamped an old shirt, made a brooch perfect for pinning onto bags and jackets, and whipped up a hairband.

Dotted Collar Blouse

 What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Before any ironing, experiment with how you’d like to place the iron-on nailheads. I decided on outlining each collar and then filling them in with rows.
  2.  Iron the sequins one at a time. Place one onto the fabric and press down firmly for about 10 seconds. I recommend placing a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the surface of the iron-on nailhead so as to not damage them with direct heat.
  3. Make sure each iron-on nailhead is in place and can’t be flicked off easily. After all of them are in place, iron all of them one last time.
  4. Add a large black ribbon around the collar for a girly touch.

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The Super Easy Brooch

What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Sew the rhinestone to the center of the grosgrain bow.
  2. Fold the tulle ribbon like a fan. Gather on the bottom and sew into place to the back of the bow.
  3. If you don’t have a pin back sitting around, a safety pin is a possible substitute. Just stick one in the back of the bow.
  4. Affix the brooch to lapels and collars, canvas bags, and more.

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Gold Pompom Hairband

What you’ll need:

 Directions 

1. Sew appliqué into middle of the bow.

2. Sew both onto the side of the hairband. If the box can’t be sewn onto the hairband, for instance if you chose a metal or plastic hairband, you can use hot glue instead.

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month!!!

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By Blerona

We have very exciting news!! Starting this month, (and every other month) we are choosing one of our favorite bloggers to guest post on our blog as M&J’s Blogger of the Month!  We will send the blogger some of our finest trims and see what he/she can do with them! Similar to the DIY Challenge! Each blogger we chose  every month will have to create some amazingly creative DIY’s with all the trims we send.

Our First ‘M&J Blogger of the Month’ Goes to Phosphene See her M&J DIY’s on Tuesday 15th, 2011 

Sophia Chou of Phosphene is a Boston-based style blogger. Though currently a full time graduate student, she is a multi-tasker at heart, dabbling in computer programming, web design, and DIY for good measure. She drinks at least 3 cups of coffee a day and enjoys polluted city air, open spaces and, of course, fashion. Check out some of her Amazing DIY’s on her Blog!

 What we sent Sophia

 

Think you have what it takes to be M&J’s Blogger of the Month? Well leave a comment with a link to your blog and we might contact you soon!!

The Ultimate DIY Competition!

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By Blerona

Are you guys ready for another DIY CHALLENGE! Well we’re so excited to announce that “The Ultimate DIY Competition” is now live on Cut Out + Keep. Sign up today and enter your project for a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a $100 Gift Card from M&J Trimming and much more!

Click on the links for more information and how to enter. Good LUCK! Submission starts today –til September 5th

Click on this Flyer for More information!

or Go Straight to the Contest and Sign UP

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/contests/the-ultimate-diy-competition

M&J Challenge

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By Blerona

M&J Trimming has come up with a new challenge… for bloggers. We recently received new trims in our NYC retail store and we love how inspiring they looked.  Therefore, we decided to put together a challenge for some of our favorite bloggers.

How does the challenge work? We hand picked some of nicest trimmings, packaged them up and mailed each of the same trims to the bloggers. Their challenge is to craft a creative DIY using the trimmings that we sent them. They can use all the trims in one project or they can use each trim in a different DIY, but catching is that they have to use all of the trims.

On June 9th all of the Creative DIY’s will go up on our blog and where we can see all of the creative DIYs that each blogger came up with!

Here’s A Sneak Peek of What We Sent Each Blogger! 

 

Meet Our M&J Challengers!

Alisa From Alisa Burke

Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She’s also been exhibited in a variety of galleries, books, and appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and Quilting Arts TV on PBS.

 

Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Cheri is a mother of two boys. She loves to take pictures, sew and refashion, write music, decorate, craft, paint, and eat.  She spends a lot of time blogging her creations and recently started a hair accessory business with her sister.  Cheri loves creating and always has a project or scheme in the works. 

 

Disney from Ruffles and Stuff

Disney is a passionate sewer and crafter, and has been since she was 6 years old, when she started making quilts with her mother. Her other loves are photography, nature, and strawberry pop tarts. She lives with her husband and daughter in Washington state, where they enjoy lots of rain and coffee. 

 

Maegan from Love Maegan

Honest LA blogger who posts daily about fashion, her own style via her “Completely Gratuitous Outfit Posts”, DIY projects and home decor as well as general lifestyle, fertility & thoughts on being a {30-something} woman in today’s world.

 

Nicole from Sketch 42

After years as a freelance writer in NYC  and a major home renovation, Nicole decided to join the conversation with her blog Sketch42. In it she discusses her love of fashion, food and furniture, as well as her unhealthy addiction to reality TV shows. She invites her readers into her home as she chronicles her forage into interior design, her many art projects and DIY attempts. 

 

Sachiko from Tea rose home

Sachiko started blogging in 2008 and hasn’t stopped ever since. She loves getting to know different people in the blogging community and gets inspired by most of her fellow bloggers. She loves creating stitchery patterns, quilts, and sew clothing. We love that she’s a big fan of repurposing clothing and refinishing furniture.

 

Sarah from 2gigglesboxes

You could say Sarah’s inspiration is ‘all in the family.’ She learned all of her skills and knowledge about crafting from her own mother. And now after having two little beautiful girls, Sarah’s love for crafting and sewing started once again from the inspiration of her children. Nothing is more fulfilling for Sarah than taking a piece of fabric and turning it into something unique and useful for a bright, smiling face!