What’s New for August

This month we’ve welcomed a bunch of bright and beautiful new trims and accessories to our website! The trims we have brought in are great for anything, from fashion to home decor! And with school just around the corner, these trims are perfect for your upcoming DIY projects!

DSC_0151This fun braided trim comes in three styles. Our favorite feature of this design is the interwoven metallic trim!

DSC_0158These braids are absolutely beautiful, and make for a cool addition to basic home decor.

DSC_0161Another set of braids that are so soft and sweet, and come in an array of colors. These would look great as an accent on any dress.

DSC_0163If you need to spell it out, or are looking for that varsity vibe, check out our chenille letters!

DSC_0166Does your dress need a little pizzazz? What about a trim with metallic tinsel? Available in four dazzling colors, this trim is a knockout!

What’s New in February

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This February we have put some really special items up on the web. From furry pom poms to the perfect blazer button, we have everything you would ever need to create some stylish winter gear. We even have some cool new home decor additions too! Take a look below to see what’s new this February.

Fur Pom Poms

These colorful fur pom poms are the perfect addition to any winter hat! We love the gorgeous rainbow of colors they come in.

Fashion Buttons

Need to make a fashionable style statement? Try one of our fashion buttons! The Dome Faceted Button adds some dimensional sparkle, and the Concentric Ridge Button comes in an unexpected design. Our Perforated Faux Leather Button with Shank is also a great choice for adding some classic style to your clothing!

Metallic Buttons

Nothing looks better on a blazer than our gorgeous Dome Blazer Button with Crest! For added interest, try our Two Hole Metal Concave Button or Cast Metal Flat Rim Button!

Home Decor Fringe

Dress up your home with this gorgeous Braided Tassel Fringe! It comes in an array of colors to match any decor and style.

Which of these items are you most excited to try out?

What’s New in December

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This month we’ve stocked up on some amazing items that are ideal for making a very stylish DIY. This accessory is perfect for pairing with pants because it keeps them in place. It can be made out of many materials, but is most commonly made with leather, and usually has a fixture on the front to make it adjustable. We’re talking about belts! We’re sure that our beautiful new trims and buckles will guarantee that a handmade belt will be on everyone’s holiday wish list!

Tri-Color Trim from M&J Trimming

These tri-colored trims consist of three vinyl braids sewn together. We love the idea of a fun colored belt with a modern buckle.

Embossed Trim from M&J Trimming

These beautiful embossed trims are ideal for an understated belt with a little bit of edge, and this style comes in six colors, from tame neutrals to a vibrant green! Why not pair this trim with this buckle?

Buckles from M&J Trimming

We got a LOT of fantastic buckles in this month, and we think they’re perfect for pairing with our braided trim! We particularly love the 2″ Crescent Buckle with Prong and the Bottle Opener Interlocking Buckle!

So we know what we would make with our latest treasures, but what would YOU make? Would you embellish a pair of boots or a bag? Add the braided trim to an accent pillow? We would love to hear your DIY ideas, or better yet, see them!

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!!

NEW Flatback Swarovski Colors!!

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By Blerona

As if there weren’t enough beautiful colors already, Swarovski has surprised us with some more! Take a look at Swarovski’s new flatback rhinestones colors! Click on the size to view more colors in that size.

DARK SAPPHIRE Size: ss9 - EMERALD AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12GREEN TURMALINE Sizes-ss9  - FUCHSIA AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12 LT. SAPPHIRE Size: ss12  - AMETHYST SATIN Size:  ss20  LT AZORE Size:  ss9 - BLUE ZIRCON AB Size: ss12 LT AMETHYST AB Size: ss12 - CITRINE Size: ss12  INDIAN SAPPHIRE Sizes: ss9, ss12- LT. AMETHYST Size: ss9 MONTANA AB Size:  ss12 - SHADOW CRYSTAL Size: ss12TANZANITE AB Size: ss12 - SMOKED TOPAZ AB Size: ss12 SUNFLOWER Size: ss16, ss20 - CRYSTAL SILVER Size: ss16, ss20    ROSE SATIN Size:  ss20 - JONQUIL SATIN Size: ss20 

 LT SAPPHIRE SATIN Size: ss12