5 Ways to Stay Creative

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Every DIYer has faced a creative block at one point or another. It’s natural! Sometimes you just run out of ideas, and don’t know how to proceed. There are ways to boost your creativity though! 

Peruse Pinterest or really any other website with a lot of images. You may get an idea of what you’d like to make, find a DIY you’d like to try, or just become inspired to make something new altogether!

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Brainstorm with pen and paper. You can create an idea map, a flow chart, or anything else that allows you to get your thoughts down to help boost that creative flow.
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Explore outside of your comfort zone. Whether you try a new type of cuisine, read a fiction book when you usually read nonfiction, or go to an event you’d never step foot in; seeing the world from another point if view can only help your creativity.
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Take a nap. We know we just told you to take a walk two tips ago, but sleeping can also boost creativity! Just keep a journal by your bed to capture all of those creative thoughts.

Egg-cellent DIY Roundup

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This Easter don’t just DYE your eggs, DIY your eggs with these fabulous ideas! From vegetable dye, to hidden message eggs, there’s so much you can do with your Easter eggs to make them unique and special this year!

Message in an EggForget sending a message in a bottle. What about sending a message in an egg? This inventive egg from Poppy Talks will certainly add a special something to the average egg!

Easter Bunny EggCombine two Easter favorites with this adorable bunny egg! The details are just too sweet. We love the little pom pom tail!

Vegetable Dyed Easter EggsWant eggs that you can definitely eat afterwards? Try dye made from vegetables and spices! You’ll be amazed at how many different colors you can create using ingredients from your kitchen!

Pattern Dyed EggsThese eggs from BHG  use wax to create beautiful negative space designs!

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

For a glam touch to your table, create these gold marbled “robin’s eggs” from She Knows!

This year take on a new egg challenge, and DIY a creative alternative to the usual dye! Which of these ideas will YOU be trying first?

Superbowl Party DIYs

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It’s almost Superbowl Sunday, and we know you’re probably stressing out thinking of all of the things you need to do before the big game! We’ve put together a list of our favorite decor DIYs for the big day to make your party go smoothly, and your guests wonder how you did it. Paper Football Banner from the Krazy Coupon LadyGet your scissors out because this perfect paper banner from the Krazy Coupon Lady is both simple to make, and so sweet!

Football Field Part Table from A Night Owl Blog

This fun party table from A Night Owl Blog will get anyone into the spirit of the game!

Pigskin Menus for Beer Menu from Camille Styles

Planning on having an impressive beer selection at your next gathering? Showcase it with this “pigskin” beer menu from Camille Styles!

Football Mason Jars from Flamingo Toes

Take your mason jars from hipster to sports enthusiast in ten seconds flat with this super simple DIY from Flamingo Toes!

Super Bowl Bingo from Studio DIY

These fun bingo boards are made especially for Sunday’s big game by the uber-talented Kelly of Studio DIY!

What are your plans for the big game? Are you hosting, or venturing out this weekend? Let us know below!

Creativity Mixed In A Blender

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By Dara

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With hundreds of people visiting M&J Trimming in NYC everyday, you can image how busy the store is. Every person who walks into the store has a mind for creations of his or her own.

Customers storm the store with amazing ideas on using M&J’s products. It’s great to know that our products can bring their creations to life.

I wanted to share with you today what some customers have been using the products for. For instance, last week a young lady stepped into the store in search for some sequins and matching organza ribbons. While assisting her I had asked what the items were going to be used for. She said that she works for a make-up company and they were holding a special event promoting a new product. Therefore, she wanted to artistically embellish the sales girls with some sequins along the side of their face and tie the organza as a bow around the neck. I would have never imaged using the items in this way. It’s amazing how creative people’s mind can get.

Some of the more popular trend is of course, bedazzling cell phones with Swarovski rhinestones. None other than Paris Hilton started this addictive trend. Today, many customers storm the store in search for the perfect color to match their phones as well as ipods, headphones, shoes and clothes. The list goes on forever when it comes to bedazzling projects and garments. It’s so easy and the sparkles are definitely irresistible.

At M&J we try very hard to place all of our items online. However, it’s not as easy as many may think. The process is long due to the fact that we must precisely take photos that best represent the true item, but today I’m able to share with you some photos of items that are available for purchase by calling our customer service.

The items you see are cute little sew-on cotton appliqués. I saw these and wasn’t sure what to use them for yet, but you can be sure that I will use them in my future projects. Some costumers have been using these for knitted projects such as scarves, hats, blankets, sweaters and the list goes on forever.

I’m sure you also have some creative ideas. I’d love to hear about them. There’s no need to be shy.