The summer heat has finally arrived. We crave it all year round, but once the hot air rolls in, we often wonder what to do with our hair. Rest assured these styles will inspire you on those days when you’re truly stuck in a rut. With flowers crowns, ribbons, bows, spikes, and rhinestones to chose from, what look will you be dabbling in this summer?
Floral Prints have been a key feature on the runway. The nature infused trend has been revamped in a major way. Designers have been using various mediums such as fur, lace, beads, fabric and appliques to incorporate these patterns. Below are some of our favorite floral runway pieces that give us the urge to create some of our very own pieces.
Flowers come in many shapes and sizes. Even though everyone has a flower preference, most would agree on their beauty. When creating an arrangement you are greeted with something unexpected; a sophisticated rose may look great next to a playful sunflower or an adorable daffodil. Likewise these odd pairings work well in fashion. Often taking a risk and combining two unique prints will create something better than you had anticipated. The following floral editorials prove that floral prints are no longer restricted to feminine detailing.
The best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that are handmade with love. That’s why a DIY floral bouquet is the perfect gift! It is beautiful and never dies! Using ribbons from our Valentine’s Day inspired secetion on our website, we love the way this DIY came out and we hope you do, too!
4 yds of red double faced silk ribbon
1 ft of red sheer satin edge ribbon
1 yd of twine
1. Cut 2-3 ft of your red double faced ribbon. At one end, fold the longer end over the shorter end making a right triangle, as shown.
2. Make a second right triangle with the longer end of the ribbon, as shown.
3. Keep making right triangles by folding the longer ribbon over itself until you have made several squares. Make sure to hold your squares together with one hand as you work.
4. Once you’ve made enough squares, take what is left of the longer end and slide it through the center hole of your squares. Pull it close so that it makes the center of your flower. Make sure to keep holding your squares in place.
5. Slightly twist some of the levels to make the flower look more believable. Glue some of the layers together so that the flower doesn’t unravel.
6. Cut about 2.5 ft of your wire and fold it over twice, as shown.
7. Add some glue to the ribbon that is at the back of your flower and wrap it around the wire.
8. Add glue to the end of your green ribbon and add it to the very top of the wrapped wire. Keep wrapping the green ribbon around the wire until you are about 2 inches from the bottom.
9. Cut the green ribbon and add glue to finish the stem.
10. Repeat steps 1-9 to create more flowers.
11. Use your twine to wrap your flowers together. Starting at the middle of your stems, wrap down to the bottom of your wires and then back to the top where you started. Cut and hold the twine in place with glue.
12. Use your sheer ribbon to add a bow in the middle of your twine.
13. And now you have a beautiful bouquet to give to your loved one!
We love anything that combines girly and edgy elements, so when we saw these adorable ceramic flowers in our store, we knew they would look awesome paired with some rock-n-roll studs. So we created the ultimate summer headband,which could be worn by girly girls and downtown rockers alike. Follow along below to make your own!
1. You’ll only be needing the tops of the spikes, so unscrew each spike.
2. Begin gluing the flowers and studs onto the headband. Place a dot of glue onto each flower or stud, and press it firmly onto the headband. Hold down for a few seconds while glue dries.
3. Continue covering the headband with flowers and spikes, alternating between the two. Make sure you allow time for each piece to dry.
4. When you’ve finished gluing on all of the flowers and studs, let your headband dry for 30 minutes, then you’re ready to show off your new hair accessory!
M&J Trimming is so happy, excited & honored to see a full-page feature of M&J Trimming in Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2011 Issue! Martha Stewart Weddings is the perfect magazine for helping you plan your wedding with great tips in diy, fashion, and decorations we are happy to know that they feel the same way about us. Be sure to pick up a copy in a local store today.
“New York City’s craft mecca, our one-stop shop for the best DIY details” -Martha Stewart Weddings.
Links to Categories in Order Below
Half Ball Button, Mother of Pearl Buttons, Tuxedo Buttons, Fashion Buttons
Important Rayon Twist Cord and Mesh Tube Ribbon
We’ve been featured in the December 2010 issue of InStyle magazine. InStyle magazine shows you how you can use ribbon and flowers to make your gifts more dressy and fun.
Item 3 African Violet Style #42053 (1.800.9.mjtrim), Purple Style# 02315
Item 4 Purple Style # 02315
It is finally March and I am very excited. The thought of shedding the many layers worn to keep warm through yet another rough New York winter has got me doing cartwheels. But, we can’t pack up the sweaters and plush fabrics just yet, the cooler days still linger. However, there is no reason why we can’t add some spring like accents to help get us in the spirit of the up coming season. Flowers symbolize spring better than any I can think of and M&J has got a large assortment of flower pins. A flower pin makes the perfect spring time accessory and is quite versatile.
It can be added to a velvet bag or scarf so they can easily be carried over from winter to spring, and of course it looks great on your spring apparel too.
While planning my wedding for spring of 2007, I was in a tizzy trying to get everything done and come up with ideas while keeping it cool with my soon to be in-laws. Floral arrangements, menu options, favors, gifts and attire were keeping me busy just about 24/7!
However, M&J made my life a bit easier since they provided such a wide variety in one place. The gorgeous silk ribbons and Swarovski rhinestones were just what I was looking for to add a little something extra special to my wedding day. I was able to glue rhinestones to all my accessories, but I had to stop short of bedazzling my cat in the excitement of it all.
I remember carefully arranging the rose stems and crystal sprays for my bouquet (while getting my hair done. Wrapping the stems with silk satin ribbon in ivory to match my dress. The result was just the way I wanted. It was a great feeling to tell my friends that I made the bouquet when they asked about it. However, I wish I had thought of using silk roses like my friend did for her bouquet. My poor bouquet that I had made is now all dried out and sad looking. Silk roses would have still looked fresh and new everyday as my husband and I grow old and wrinkled together.
Now that I work at M&J, it has been really fun and exciting for me to help soon-to-be-brides make their big day special. I’m able to lend advice on what I learned from planning my wedding and giving options on the choices they make. I look forward to making this blog helpful for all brides-to-be.