Halloween DIY: Frozen Fantasy Shoe

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This year almost everyone was obsessed with an icy cool animated film, and we have yet to “let it go”. This year, embrace that Arctic-freezing fashion with your Halloween costume! Learn how to make a shoe that’s worthy of an ice princess. Not the princess you had in mind? Check out our Fiction and Fantasy Halloween Shop for everything you need to create the most magical costume of all!

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What You’ll Need:

Pumps with clear siding

Crystal Meridian Blue

Sapphire

Light Sapphire

Crystal

Crystal AB

14mm Round Jewel With 2 Holes

24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel With Holes

E6000

Crystal KatanaDSC_06201. Decide on the pattern you want to create on your shoes.

DSC_06322. Use up the larger stones and pieces first. This ensures that you will have space for them.

DSC_06433. Hold each stone in place for a few seconds so that the stones don’t slip down the shoe.

DSC_06474. Let dry overnight before wearing.DSC_0701

DIY: Shimmering Nail Art

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Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own!  DSC_0487 What You’ll Need:

Polished nails

SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks

Nail Glue

TweezersDSC_0488 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d  like to be the accent nail.

DSC_0490 2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later.DSC_0502 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.

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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!

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!

DIY: Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there seem to be two popular schools of thought: embracing rustic roots or going glamorous. Rustic holiday decor uses warm colors, natural textures like burlap, and brown butcher paper wrapping. On the other hand we have the glam holiday decor which is all about sparkle and shine, metallics, and grandeur!

This holiday season the twain shall meet in our holiday DIY segment! First up we have a set of Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards. The natural-colored card stock offers a nice contrast to the metallic lace and rhinestones. It’s the perfect mix of styles!

Wreath Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Lt. Siam SS20

Emerald SS20

Lt. Colorado Topaz SS30

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Silver 3mm Cord #00329

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 12 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out the shapes to form a circle, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Glue the Lt. Colorado SS30 at the widest end of each tear. Repeat this step with the other two colors.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Take your cord and create a bow for your wreath. Glue it down in the middle-lower part of the wreath.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Christmas Tree Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Emerald SS20

Lt. Siam SS16 and SS20

Siam SS34

Capri Blue SS20 and SS34

Peridot SS20

Citrine SS16 and SS20

Topaz SS34

Fuchsia SS34

Tanzanite SS20

Purple Velvet SS34

Lt. Sapphire SS16

Jonquil SS16

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 23 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out each piece to form a tree shape, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Use the Jonquil and Citrine rhinestones to create a star on top.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Embellish your tree with the rest of your rhinestones.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

You don’t just have to make the tree or wreath either! Make stars, snowflakes, gingerbread men, and menorahs. The only limit is your imagination!

AB & Cs of Crystals

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This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.

Swarovski Rhinestone Rainbow | M&J Trimming

When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.

Swarovski Rhinestone Flame | M&J Trimming

Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!

Swarovski Rhinestone Cool Tones | M&J Trimming

Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!

Sparkle, Shine, Swarovski

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This week we are totally inspired by the sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystals! If you aren’t familiar with them, these Austrian crystals are some of the most beautiful, colorful, and most versatile DIY elements we know. Adding jewels or gems to an article of clothing or a home decor item can instantly take it from boring basic to one-of-a-kind. Take a look at some of our favorite bedazzled pieces.

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Circular jeweled embellishments were huge at this year’s Burberry Prorsum SS14 show. We’ve been seeing a lot of great DIYs using that pink embellished jacket as inspiration!

Miranda Kerr in Jeweled Capelet | M&J TrimmingJenny Packman Bridal Necklace | M&J Trimming

Crystal necklaces, headpieces, belts, and other assorted accessories are popular with brides because they add just the right amount of sparkle to their dresses. These high-fashion pieces may be a little too bold and heavy for most brides, but we love the look of these ornate accessories.

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Bejeweled Horn Headband | M&J Trimming

Headbands are one of the easiest ways, aside from regular jewelry, to inject some sparkle and shine into your look. We think crystal headbands look exquisite when paired with a messy updo.

So what do you think of these “shining stars”? Do bedazzles make your life more dazzling, or do you prefer a more understated embellishment?

Button Basics

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Buttons have a place in our hearts at M&J Trimming, and for good reason! This often overlooked item is on some of the most beloved staples including the blazer, the button-down shirt, and almost every jacket! We thought we would let you know a little bit more about the so-called “basic” button. Natural and Leather Buttons M&J Trimming

Before the invention of plastic, buttons were primarily made out of natural materials like bone, horn, pewter and shell. While they were originally used as an adornment, the invention of the buttonhole during the Renaissance took them from stylish to practical. Who knew they were initially created with fashion over function in mind?

Rhinestone Buttons M&J Trimming

Buttons fall into one of two categories determined by how you attach them. There are sew-on buttons, which are flat with visible holes going through them. These provide a more secure hold, which is why they are more often used on heavier materials like coats and winter jackets. Then there are also shank buttons which attach through a loop in the back of the button. These are usually more decorative. Our rhinestone buttons look more like elegant brooches than buttons!

Blue Buttons M&J TrimmingButtons are measured by their diameter using millimeters in the United States. In European countries they use ligne as the unit of measurement. There are 40 ligne in an inch!

If you need help figuring out what size button you need, check out our handy Button Size Chart!

We hope this post has inspired you to give those buttons a second look! Not only are they great for keeping your jacket from flailing, but they’re also a great way to give your clothes a little upgrade!

New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

Dark Green Moss Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

Promo Alert: 2 Day Swarovski Rhinestone Sale Starts Now!

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Our 2 Day Online Rhinestone Sale is back!

Rhinestone Sale

This Rhinestone Sale ends September 25th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST or while supplies last. Discount is valid only on Swarovski hotfix and Swarovski flatback rhinestones in orders containing 10 or more packs of any size of Swarovski hotfixes or Swarovski flatbacks. Packs can be mixed and matched between hoftixes and flatbacks of any color, size or package size (small pack, 1 gross, 10 gross, etc).