It’s been a while since I last wrote an Arts & Crafts blog. So here I am today, finally updating after so long.
I’ve been contemplating on getting a puppy lately. Can you guess what kind of puppy? Yes, I want a bull dog. They’re just so adorable. I know a lot of people think they’re ugly, but they just make me so happy whenever I see one.
Well, I haven’t gotten one yet, but I did get a poster with three cute puppies on them. The wall in my office is kind of dull right now, so I decided to place the small poster in a picture frame. It’s not just any picture frame. It’s one that I handcrafted myself and is pretty proud of it. The best part is that it was fun and anyone can do it.
If you want to make one similar to mine, you’ll need is a small foam core board (you get this at an arts and crafts store. You’ll only need one small enough to fit your picture with an extra inch around all corners of the picture. You’ll also need one weight sheet protector, cords, sequins, sew-on jewels, glue-gun, double sided tape and a pair of scissors.
Using the double sided tape, attach your picture of the center of the form core board. Trim the weight sheet protector to fit over the board. You can tape down along the edges. Use the glue-gun for attachment, start decorating the frame according to your style. It’s really that simple.
Today embellishing is seen everywhere, from necklines to ankles. It’s a great way to add color and a little flash to an everyday piece. I was really inspired by John Hardy’s new bamboo and sterling silver cuffs. Since I am not an expert jewelry crafter, I figured a leather cuff would be a great way to get the look.
Please note that M&J Trimming offers a wide selection of sew on jewels and beads. So explore our selection and be creative.
You will also need:
- Gem Tac glue
- 2 18mm snaps (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
- Leather needle
- Measure wrist
- Cut Leather 2″ longer than wrist measurement.
- Create your design
- Using Gem Tac lightly glue down your design to the leather. Be sure to measure and center. I like to wait about 4 hours to allow the glue to set. Once you feel that your jewels are adequately attached you may sew the jewels on to the leather. I like to glue the jewels down first, I think it makes this step easier. If you’re comfortable with sewing them without glue feel free.
- Measure in 1″ from sides. Center snaps in center of 1″ edge. Sew them down in a vertical position from one another. The female piece should be sewn on the outside of the cuff and the male piece on the inside. This will make the cuff easiest to get on and off.
- Wear, enjoy!
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.