Blogger Challenge: Swell Mayde

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity.  It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.

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I loved the concept of M&J Trimming’s Blogger Challenge, and was absolutely on board when they approached me to participate.  They sent me a mystery box of supplies to utilize in a DIY.  The day the box came to my door, I quickly opened it and so many ideas came rushing into my head.  I couldn’t wait to get creative with this challenge. The one idea that stuck out the most was to make a statement bib necklace, inspired by the amazing tutorial Drew of Dylanex created with Geneva of A Pair and Spare.   I just couldn’t get over how utterly beautiful all of Drew’s handmade pieces are!! Check out my version, using her tutorial below.

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 Materials:

  • 5 or 6 necklaces that you are willing to break up, hit your local flea market to find bulk deals
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Jump Rings
  • Stringing Wire (Metal or Rope)
  • Ribbon from the M&J Trimming Mystery Box

Materials

Steps:

1. Find the steps to the Drew’s DIY Necklace Tutorial (here).  I followed her steps to create my own.

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2.Then, to incorporate a feminine and colorful touch, I used ribbon from the mystery box to use as the closure of the necklace.   You can simply cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 8 to 10 inches long.

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3. Tie one end of the ribbon to one end of the necklace.  Repeat for the 2nd piece of ribbon. Then, tie onto your neck.

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Introducing Our M&J Blogger Challenge Participants!

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We are very glad to announce our Third Annual M&J Blogger Challenge! We will be posting each blogger’s DIY posts throughout the week…Stay tuned and enjoy!

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Carly J. Cais has been a DIY’er from the moment she strung macaroni on yarn to make necklaces at age 3. Completely self-taught, she produced a short-lived clothing and jewelry line, RIVETED, in 2007, and founded her DIY and fashion blog Chic Steals in 2008. She loves sharing ideas and how-to’s for making one’s own clothing, accessories, and jewelry on her blog, along with local fashion lines lookbooks, styling inspiration, and outfit photos.

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Kristen Turner: A Southern Belle living the champagne life on a beer budget, Kristen created her blog Glitter ‘N Glue in 2010 to give readers a creative way to craft the looks for less. Glitter ‘N Glue is a collection of weekly fashion and decor do-it-yourself project tutorials and videos.

Smart n Snazzy LogoHi!  I’m Lia.  My real name is Amalia which rhymes with Mama Mia and not Somalia.  This is why I go by Lia.  I’m a single mom of 2 amazing kids who are 8 and 11.  I recently lost my job and am trying to blog full time now while looking for my next endeavor.  You know how you hear some kind of adage that goes something like ‘what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should be doing with your life’?  Well for me it was blogging.  And here I am!  A former data analyst, now loving life at home with the kiddos! I started Smart n Snazzy to share my love of fashion, DIY projects, beauty, and decor.  I have expensive taste but a limited budget, so I wanted to hopefully inspire others!  I also started it to have a creative outlet.  I’ve always been making things since I was a kid; it’s helped with my anxiety and focus issues.  I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with my degree in Mathematics after also studying a lot of physics and astronomy. I am obsessed with 90s punk music, the beach, Mediterranean food, sports, and a good drink. I snowboard, surf (well I did when I lived in FL), and work on DIY projects in my free time, what little of it I have that is.

StudsandPearls-HeaderStuds and Pearls is a DIY fashion blog owned by Kirsten Nunez. As a New Yorker and longtime lover of crafting, she’s inspired by everything from music to food to nature. She is currently working on publishing her first DIY fashion book.

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity.  It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.

Thanks I Made It LogoErin Pruckno lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches by day and crafts by night. Her site, Thanks, I Made It, is a DIY style blog for encouraging creativity, sharing inspiration, and enjoying being able to say, “Thanks, I made it!” There you’ll find do-it-yourself projects that range from the super simple to more complex, while learning crafty skills and how to get designer looks with less money and more personality.

Trinkets in Bloom LogoCathy Attix is the creator of Trinkets in Bloom, a fashion DIY blog with an eye for design and creative expression. Her DIY’s are inspired by runway fashion, street style and vintage finds. She brings more than fifteen years of fashion industry experience to her creations and a lifetime of creativity and experience to her tutorials.

Top 5 Rhinestone DIYs

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Rhinestones are some of our favorite treasures here at M&J. Each day we come across a new DIY project that expands our creative appetite even more.  Our selection of Swarovski crystals seems endless due to the many shapes and color combinations possible. We can’t wait to ransack our rhinestone trims, and swarovski crystals to create each of these DIY’s.

a pair and a spare DIYA Pair and a Spare

Lace Rhinestone DIYAll Good Girls go to Heaven

Unique USASwell Mayde

ps i made thisPS I Made This

Ipadcase2Punky Little DIYer

We are having the rhinestone sale on Monday April 29th and Tuesday April 30th. We’re offering 10% Off Swarovski flatback and hotfix rhinestones only.  Please note, this does not include rhinestone trim, sew on jewels, appliqués, or anything else.  This promotion is only valid for our rhinestone flatbacks and hotfix line

Top 5 Floral D.I.Y

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Top 5 Floral D.I.Y’s

This week we are obsessed with floral prints. The once girly print has transitioned itself into a wearable everyday piece.  Each of these D.I.Y Bloggers has showcased a floral project in a diverse way making these blogger our top 5 d.i.y’s of the week. Click on the images for the full tutorials on each piece and stay tuned on Tuesday for our take on the spring trend.

SwellMaybe DIY ShortsSwell Mayde’s D.I.Y Floral Denim Shorts

Free PeopleFree People’s D.I.Y Denim Repair

Floral Embroidered Bib Necklace DIY 2Home Heart Craft’s floral bib necklace

Beautiful-Ideas-For-Necklace-12Fashion Diva Design’s Floral Necklace

lana del rey flower crown wreath diyFuji Files’s D.I.Y Flower Crown

Top 5 DIY Dip Dyes

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The ombre trend has been going strong for a while now, and we’ve been keeping an eye out for dip-dye tutorials that will help us get the perfect ombre. With everything from skirts to jackets, we’ve gathered up our favorite dip dye tutorials to share with you DIYers. Here’s our top 5! Which one do you want to make the most?

DIY Dip Dye Maxi Skirt by A Pair and a Spare

DIY Dip Dye Shirt by Refinery 29

DIY Ombre Denim Jacket by Syl and Sam

DIY Dip Dye T Shirt by Wit & Whistle

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Denim by Swell Mayde

Top 5 DIY Clutches

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The weather is warming up, so we know everyone is gearing up for those summer weddings and events. This means we’re in serious need of some fun clutches, so we rounded up the best clutch DIYs. Check out our list below (in no particular order) and let us know which one is your favorite!

1. DIY Neon Stud Clutch by Glitter ‘N Glue

2. DIY Lucite Clutch by Stripes + Sequins

3. DIY Prada-Inspired Clutch by Refinery 29

4. DIY Christopher Kane-Inspired Neon Clutch by A Matter of Style

5. DIY Envelope Clutch by Swell Mayde

Top 5 DIY Jeans

Even though summer is quickly approaching, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to our trusty jeans. Plenty of DIY bloggers have been jazzing up their classic denim, and we have loved looking through all of their tutorials. From floral print to tie-dye, you can seriously do anything with a pair of jeans! See our favorite DIYs below.

1. Jason Wu Inspired Denim by A Pair & A Spare

2. DIY Tie Dye Denim by Swell Mayde

3. DIY Floral Print Jeans by Love Maegan

4. DIY Ombre Bleached Jeans by Taby’s Meow

5. DIY Galaxy Jeans by The Sun Was High