Adorable Office Supplies

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When it comes to working at a desk, getting new office supplies is sort of like Christmas morning. The excitement of tearing open the packaging, the oohing and ahhing when the item is revealed, and the feeling you get when you finally use that pen/white out/washi tape for the first time is unbeatable. And do you want to know what feels even better than getting new office supplies? Getting cute office supplies!

inlinezoom-kontorkontur-colorchart-2012A Swedish design studio organized objects found around their office by color, and the result was so sleek!

90b16af3064d3efa5348b2412880d195 There’s nothing more luxe than a pair of gold scissors.

cdff0ee6e751f527173bc6cd9c583f0aWe spoke too soon. There’s nothing more luxe than a pair of gold scissors shaped like the Eiffel Tower!

7671fc56bd11cd6f69eacab91a83a98cNot only are these pencils hitting a special place in our hearts strictly reserved for all pastel things, but they’re also recycled!

a2b59b7a04c3b670112401ab9e40323aThis little jumble of erasers is calling out to us. Go ahead, make a mistake! Make twenty!

 

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You might be asking yourself, “Do I really need a little rainbow mountain of notebooks?” Yes, yes you do.

Do you love using a fresh pencil as much as we do?

Floral Sweater D.I.Y

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Upon seeing Oscar De La Renta’s Spring 2013 collection, we were in awe.  The floral embellishments had been kicked into high gear leaving us with waves of excitement. Clearly we were left with no choice but to recreate an affordable but just as fabulous piece using M&J products.

INSPIRATION:
Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013 RTW
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SUPPLIES:

Crew Neck Sweater ($7 at K-mart)

Rosette By Yard(21 Rosettes) in Light Pink

Flower By The Yard 1 1/2″

Needle

Thread

Scissors

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STEPS:

Cut each rosette individually.

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Now individually cut out each flower from the other trim.

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Lay out the flowers in a design that you’re fond of.
We spaced the flowers out but feel free to play around with the layout.

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Pin down each flower once you have finalized your design.

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Begin sewing each flower onto the sweater.

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The Final Look…

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You can find all our floral trims and brooches at our store located at 1008 Sixth Avenue, New York NY 10018 or on our website!

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!

DIY Rhinestone Belt

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By Roseann
 

 

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Looking for an easy way to jazz up that little black dress in your closet?  A simple belt with an exquisite buckle makes a great addition to a fashion classic.  Stick to a black belt, you do not want to draw too much attention to the waist. 

To get the look you will need

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 Instructions:

  1. Measure your waist.  This belt has no adjustment so don’t cheat or you will be holding your tummy in all evening.
  2. Add one inch to this measurement and cut ribbon at this length.
  3. Create ½” pleat at the top of the ribbon and press.  Ideally you want the lines to create an up right V, this is a much more youthful look.
  4. Thread your ribbon through the back of your buckle, stop at 1″ and fold over.
  5. Hand stitch the tab you’ve just created down to the ribbon as close the bar as possible.
  6. Trim off excess, if you own pinking sheers these are ideal to use.  If not a straight cut is fine.
  7. Enjoy!

Ribbon Beaded Necklace

By Milton

Fall is around the corner and with a new season, some changes in our wardrobe are required. As I said before, sometimes spending money in a new wardrobe is not necessary. With some creativity you can transform pieces you already own or create new ones and accessories are one of the easiest. An outfit can go from boring to breathtaking just by selecting the right accessories. This time I’ll show you how to make a necklace that you will often see in magazines and stores a lot this season.  Why buy it when you can make your own unique version of it?

 

Materials:

 

How to:

  1. First fold the ribbon in half and pin it along the edge.
  2. Sew the two edges together which will create a tube.
  3. Turn it inside out. You need to be patient in this step, since turning the tube inside out may take you a few minutes. You can use a chopstick to push the ribbon thru. You can also use a safety pin or a paper clip.
  4. Now you can start putting the pearls inside the tube, make knots on the sides of it to make it stay in place.

I used about 9 pearls for this necklace, but you can do as many as you wish. Just make sure that if you do more pearls you have some extra ribbon, so you still have enough at the end to tie a knot. You can also do different variations of this necklace, by using more than one size of pearls or leaving more space in between.  Use your creativity and specially have lots of fun!

Storage Box

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By Eleah

 

Fabric covered storage help keep your little odds and ends in order while simultaneously adding a splash of color to your space.  It’s a pretty quick and inexpensive project to undergo.  The supplies are minimal and the usefulness factor is high. 

 NOTE: The decorating method described below is merely a suggestion that happens to mimic the common design of storage boxes seen in home décor magazines.  Remember, you can also use buttons, rhinestones, Appliqués, fringe and tassels to decorate your box.  This can also be a fun project to do with a kid to help encourage putting away toys although I would suggest doing the fabric wrapping of the box yourself if your child is under the age of 12.

Supplies:

  • ½ yard of medium weight opaque non-stretchy fabric in a color of your choice
  • 2 yards of ¼ inch grosgrain ribbon in a color that compliments your fabric or ties into the boxes designated setting
  • 1 yard of 2-¼ inch grosgrain ribbon for the inside of the box
  • 1 old shoebox

Making the box:

  1. Lay the main compartment of the shoebox on your fabric and estimate how much you will need to wrap the entire outside of the box, adding an extra inch and a half to fold into the inside of the box.  Cut a square/rectangle from your fabric that will accomplish this.
  2. Repeat with the lid of the shoebox, except measure the depth of your shoebox lid to determine how much overhang you will need to pull and glue down the fabric.
  3. Lay the shoebox in the middle of the first piece of cut fabric and begin to fold into the center of the box.  Put down a strip of fabric glue on the inside rim of the box and seal down the first edge.  Go around the box wrapping in snuggly.  With the excess fabric, fold in a similar fashion as you would if you were making your bed… Consult 1950’s housewife if you don’t know how to do this. You want this to be pretty flawless or your box will look messy.  Make sure to apply glue in areas needed to hold fabric in place.
  4. Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
  5. Now you should have a wrapped shoebox that sort of resembles one of those TV show presents that doesn’t require actual tearing of the wrapping paper.
  6. Wrap your ¼ inch ribbon around the lid of the box applying fabric glue to the ribbon as you go.  You only need a thin spread otherwise the glue will push out from behind the ribbon and look messy.
  7. With the remaining ¼ inch ribbon, glue down along the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the shoebox lid for a more professional finish
  8. Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
  9. Use any access ribbon to make bows or extra lines on the outside of your box.  This is especially useful if you are making multiple boxes and want to be able to differentiate them from one another