Nail Art DIY Roundup

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If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

a40e2841835e0544092aeb131b457640The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

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Dear Blog Readers,

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Happy Monday!,  Blerona

Remodel Your Lamp

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By Goldie

Here is another way to add your own personal touch and style to your home from what you already own. I would like to share with you two quick and easy ways to remodel your lamp.

I used:

Directions:

  • Start by choosing your trim.
  • Once you have decided on your trim you can glue the trim to the lamp, for this project E600 would hold the trim best.

  • For the first lamp I decided to go with a funkier look with a feather trim. 
  • Then I glued a braided trim over the feather trim to give it a neater look.

 

  • My second idea was more traditional, using this black brush fringe.
  • You also have the option of cutting the extra string off the bottom to give it a more elegant look.

Decorate Your Own Napkin Holders

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By Goldie

Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.

Material I used:

 

Directions:

These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.

Decorative Placemats

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By Goldie

The Holidays are finally here, so I suspect that many of you will be doing a lot of entertaining at home.   Part of being a great host is creating a festive and inviting environment.  Table setting preparation is key, so to help you out I have created a couple of easy DIY placemats that will look great on your holiday table.  Not only are these projects quick and easy they can also be done pretty inexpensively.  I purchased these mats for under a couple of dollars and if you are handy with a sewing machine you can create your own from some colorful fabrics purchased at your local fabric store.

  

  

 

 Faceted Fringe

 

Jacquard Ribbon

 

 

 

 Cord Edge

Sewing is not necessary for these projects.  I used my glue gun to attach all the trims listed above.  M&J Trimming has a wide variety of trims to choose from, so be creative.  We’d love to hear about any of the looks that you’ve designed.

Happy DIY

Bridal Wedding Veil

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By Kristin

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The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories.  Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom.  Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away.  It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman.  There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.

 My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil.  As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste.  I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with.  Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be!  They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up!  So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.

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Materials Used:

Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip.  It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer.  Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though. 

 

Directions:

  1. Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
  2. Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn).  Fold this piece in half length wise.  From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
  3. Mark with pins a quarter oval.  Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look.  When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
  4. Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape.  Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge.  Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
  5. Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace!  This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed!  You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine.  Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
  6. Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
  7. If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.

 The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge.  You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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There’s many things to be thankful for every day of the year.  This Thanksgiving M&J Trimming is truly thankful for receiving care and support from all of our customers.  You are the one of the reason why M&J Trimming has been around for over seven decades and will continute to service you with quality merchandise for many more years to come.  We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

Christmas Decorations

Rhinestone Jingles

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Decorating the Christmas tree with family and friends is a very special time.  Making the ornaments yourself also means the quality time spent together more memorable.  Here are a few ideas you can use for decoring this holiday. 

 

Materials

Instructions

You can create any design you’d like on the jingle bells using gem-tac glue and flat back rhinestones. Also laying one ribbon on top the other, you can tie it around the handle of the jingle bells.

 

Ribbon of Jingles

 

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Materials

Instructions

  1. Using pliers take one end of the wire and hook it onto the jingle bell handle.
  2. Using the emerald velvet ribbon, tie a bow onto the wire to cover the area that was hooked onto the jingle bells.
  3. On the red velvet ribbon, measure 1″ and poke a hole through the ribbon.
  4. Insert the wire through the hole.
  5. Insert one silver pearl or as many as you prefer.
  6. Create a zig zag shape with the red velvet ribbon and poke a hole through the ribbon where appropriate.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 until there is no more ribbons left.
  8. Using pliers been the left over wire to create a loop.

Note: you can use any size or color of pearls and ribbons you like.

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