Our Favorite Florals at M&J

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We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:

 

4” POLKA DOT WITH TULLE FLOWER PIN

 

The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.

40MM X 30MM ROSE AND LEAF OVAL CAMEO

 

Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.

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This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!

TWO-HOLE FOIL FLORAL BUTTON

This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.

FLORAL RHINESTONE PEARL TRIM

This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

Celebrating Carnival

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Every year before Lent, many cities participate in festivities that basically blow all of the others out of the water. Whether you call it Carnival or Mardi Gras, these celebrations are over the top and outrageous, but what WE love most about them is the style inspiration! Check out these amazing photos of Carnival around the world!
The-Rio-Carnival

Brazil Carnival Headdress

Brazil Carnival Blue Dresses

Brazil Sea of Feathers

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is wild, loud, and vibrant!  Paraders dance to the classic Brazilian dance, the samba, all while wearing gorgeous costumes with gigantic feathered headpieces. The celebration lasts for days, and the revelers are invited to join in on the fun by jumping into the parade! We love the costumes because they are so intricate and exciting!

Venetian Gold Mask

Celestial Venetian Mask

Venetian Couple During Carnival

While the Carnival in Rio may be racy, the Carnival festivities in Venice might be the exact opposite! Most people walk around cloaked in ornate costumes with beautiful masks covering their faces. Many centuries ago masks were worn frequently in Venice, and scholars have suggested that it was a way to disguise your social ranking in everyday life. When the mask came on a pauper could be a prince. These masks are often made with leather, porcelain or glass, and then decorated with gold and jewels.

Mardi Gras Mask

New Orleans Mardi Gras

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is the main event. A combination of Venice’s masks and Rio’s headdresses with a penchant for gold, green and purple; this celebration is known nationwide! People flock from all over the globe to experience this event with a uniquely Louisiana vibe.

Have you ever been to any Carnival-type celebrations? If not, which would you love to go to?

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Unveiling

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This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Project DIY Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.

Project DIY On the Rocks Bracelet Duo

The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.

Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!

DIY: Sparkling Money Holder

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Looking for a new wallet that’s extra special? This bold blue box is perfect for carrying your loose change, credit cards and any other small knick-knacks you might need every day. Then when the sun sets, bring this little number with you out to dinner or dancing. Your sparkling wallet will be the talk of the town!

Materials for Sparkling Money Holder

What You’ll Need:

Altoid’s mint container

Rhinestones:

Chrysolite Opal SS20

Pacific Opal SS20

Light Turquoise SS16

2 10mm Half Dome Buttons with Shank in Turquoise #58614

E-6000

Gold paint

Paint brush

Rhinestone glue

Rhinestone tool

Painting Tin Gold

1. Paint your mint tin gold. Your tin will need a few coats to cover the information on the back. Let dry.

Rhinestones Glued onto Altoid Tin

2. Use the ridge of the tin as a guide, and outline it with rhinestones. Create your own fun pattern, and glue it down. It is easier if you use a rhinestone tool to place the stones onto the lid since you’re dealing with such tiny pieces. Once all of your stones are in place, let the glue dry.

Cutting off Button Shank

3. Take your two buttons, and carefully cut off the shanks.

Buttons Being Glued Onto Mint Tin

4. Have the mint case standing up with the opening upward. Glue one button onto the smaller lip of the tin, and glue the other to the opposite side. When you close the tin they should connect creating a little purse. Let dry.

Finished Rhinestone Money Holder

When you hit the town, hit it in style with this adorable accessory that’s sure to dazzle any passersby.

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Inspiration

This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Doe Deere as Ice Queen

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Crystal Jewel Dress

This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Spike and Stone Shoes

This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.

What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?

M&J Rhinestone Roundup

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At M&J we’re very proud of our selection of rhinestones. It could have to do with the fact that we sell the most amazing genuine Swarovski crystals, or because we have a penchant for anything sparkly. Whatever the reason, we thought we would highlight our rhinestone love by showing you some of our favorite DIYs using rhinestones! An added bonus? Today you can receive 10% off Swarovski flatback and hotfix crystals, which means these awesome DIYs are only a click away!

Nutcracker Inspired Ballet Slippers

These Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Flats are the perfect gift for any princess or ballerina! They use an assortment of crystals that can be easily customized to fit any costume or outfit! Want to make a black flat instead? Try using Jet AB, Dark Indigo or Crystal Silver Night!

Fringe Bag DIY

Our Fringe Bag DIY has a subtle shine that comes from golden Swarovski crystals! Mix and match your metals by using Light Gold or Crystal Rose Gold.

Rhinestone Clutch DIY

This Rhinestone Clutch will be your perfect partner-in-crime for a great night out! The rhinestones blend seamlessly into this graphic clutch, making it a bejeweled work of art! For an unexpected approach, highlight the leaves with Dark Moss Green!

Rhinestone Collar Necklace

This Rhinestone Collar Necklace is THE piece for glamming up any basic outfit! It adds just the right amount of sparkle without being overwhelming. Try Crystal AB for an iridescent alternative.

So now that you’ve seen what you can make, what’s stopping you from stocking up on our beautiful Swarovski Rhinestones for your upcoming DIYs? But hurry! Our spectacular sale on Swarovski ends tonight!

M&J Trimming Resource Guides

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We don’t like to brag, but we’re kind of experts when it comes to ribbon, buttons and all sorts of trimming. (We should be, we’ve been in the business for over 70 years!) We try to provide our customers with the best, most unique trim and findings; but we ALSO want to help you learn what to look for and how to use it. We’ve created some great guides, videos and tutorials for some of our most-asked questions. Here are a few of our favorite resources!Purple Buttons from M&J Trimming

If you’re looking for some information on buttons, check out our Button Basics blog post! If you’re ready to purchase but the measurements are confusing, take a look at our Button Size Chart. It will show you the conversions for popular-sized buttons.

Store Photo | M&J Trimming

If you don’t know the difference between E6000 and Gem-Tac, our Glue Guide might be just the ticket to get your DIYs to a good (and mess-free) start!

Pink Swarovski Crystals from M&J Trimming

One of our most popular items is our collection of Swarovski crystals. Learn the AB & Cs of Crystals, check out our Rhinestone Size Chart, or  find out what crystals are REALLY made of.

Rainbow Ribbon Wall from M&J Trimming

Do you know what you’re looking for, but have zero idea what it’s called? Take a look at our Product Glossary for terms and definitions of popular products.

If you’re obsessed with lace like we are, take a look at our Lesson in Lace!

We have a lot of great resources for DIYers new and advanced, and we’re always going to strive to bring you the latest news and resources. The question remains: what would YOU like to know more about?

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013

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New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!

How to Rock an Ugly Sweater

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Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.

Ugly Sweater

SweaterDiamond Cluster Rhinestone ButtonLarge Jewel Rhinestone Button, Flat Rhinestone Button

Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.

Ugly Sweater

Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic

Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!

Ugly Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle

This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!

Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Materials

This month we’re rolling out a Project DIY collection that is sure to turn a few heads. (Probably because it’s packed with sparkle!) Our Baroque n’ Roll collection is lavish, elegant and luxe; perfect for the holiday season. While we aren’t revealing what the projects are just yet, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what materials you’ll be introduced to in this collection.Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Lace

This is our first Project DIY collection to feature a big band of trim, and beautiful lace trim at that! If you’re wondering what you’ll be making, we aren’t spilling the beans yet, but you will need to use a needle and thread to create it.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold

It wouldn’t be a Baroque n’ Roll collection without a little bit of bling! From pearls to rhinestones, we picked materials that were incredibly glamorous and elegant. You’ll also be using rich gold pieces that invoke Baroque with their scrolling filigree details.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Cameo

Since this collection is so elegant and feminine, we wanted to include one of the most elegant and feminine items we know, a cameo embellishment. It’s delicate, charming and a perfect addition to one of our projects.

Any guesses about what projects are in the latest Project DIY collection? Leave them down below!