Blogger Challenge: thanks, I made it

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Erin 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.

PROJECT ONE:

Materials

10 inches acrylic chain
22 inches of 12 mm gold chain
Clip
2 large jump rings and pliers (not pictured)

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Steps

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  1. Weave the gold chain in and out of the links of the acrylic chain, leaving an equal amount of gold chain on either end of the acrylic chain.erin-diy-1.3
  2. Attach the gold chain to the last link of the acrylic chain with a jump ring.erin-diy-1.5
  3. Add the clip to the ends of the metal chain.

 

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PROJECT TWO:

Materials:

Gold bolo cord
2 barrel cord ends
Jump rings and clasp
Super glue
Scissors

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Steps

  1. Cut the cord into two 8 inch pieces.erin-diy-2.2
  2. Loop the cords together in a square knot.erin-diy-2.3
  3. Measure the cords to fit around your wrist, and trim the ends.erin-diy-2.4
  4. Put a drop of glue in one of the cord ends, and press the ends of the cord into the cord end.erin-diy-2.5
  5. Repeat on the other end.erin-diy-2.6
  6. Once the glue has dried, add the jump rinds to each end and clasp.

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PROJECT THREE:

Materials:

18 inches braided trim
6 inches pink ribbon
5 inches elastic
Needle and thread
Scissors

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Steps

  1. Sew the end of elastic to the braided trim.erin-diy-3.2
  2. Wrap the pink ribbon around where the trim and elastic meet, and sew in place.erin-diy-3.3
  3. Repeat with the other end of the elastic and trim.

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Final Headband

 

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.

DIY Hair Elastics

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We’re back with another DIY, brought to us by the awesome Erin of Thanks, I Made It. Keep reading to see how to make some fun hair elastics, and stop by Thanks, I Made It to see more of Erin’s original DIYs!
With the season’s heat and humidity, a hair elastic is an absolute summer staple. They are easy to make and incredibly fun to collect. Make your own colorful hair ties with an M&J elastic and a sharp scissor.
 Cut a piece of fold over elastic about 9 inches long.
Tie the ends in a simple knot.
Trim the ends at a 45 degree angle. To keep ends from fraying, use fray check or gently fuse with a lighter.
As simple as they are to make, you can make a whole rainbow!

Top DIYs for Spring

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We love looking at bloggers for inspiration. We’re often in awe by the amount of talent and dedication of the DIY Blogger community. Many DIY Bloggers are influenced by runway trends, street style looks or materials at local stores. Using these ideas, they create pieces that replicate store bought items. Rather than keeping these gems to themselves, they generate an audience by sharing their crafts and welcoming others to tackle their projects as well. Following step by step guides each blogger demonstrates how to achieve the desired demonstration. Even though we have tons of ideas about how to use our trims we’re often amazed by the creations we come across. Feel free to tweet, or Facebook us some of you own DIY projects. We’d love to see what you’ve created!

Here are some of our favorite DIYs that are perfect for spring.

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The Average Girl’s Guide featuring Erin from Thanks I Made It

DIY Camera Strap by Thanks, I Made It

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We teamed up with Erin of Thanks, I Made It for another original DIY. Keep reading to see the tutorial for Erin’s adorable camera strap!

I recently purchased a great new camera that, while compact, deserves a great camera strap to match. I was inspired by one of M&J’s original DIYs, the studded neon leather bracelet, and adapted it for a camera strap. In my favorite color, the strap has come in handy so many times since I made it– it’s perfect for carrying around my new baby.
 
Tools and Materials:
40 inches of faux-leather braided strap (comes in loads of bright colors!)
Fold over the prongs of two sides of the stud.
Press the remaining prongs through the braided strap, about 2 inches away from the end of the strap.
Fold over the prongs to attach to the strap.
Slid braid through metal clip, and add glue.

 

 

Fold braid over itself, press firmly for 30 seconds, and then hold in place with a paper clip or binder clip until the glue dries (overnight for the strongest hold).

 

 

(A quick DIY trick– I added large jump rings to my camera to the original carrying strap bracket, which was too small to clip anything to it)

Check out Thanks, I Made It for more original DIYs!

DIY Crochet Inset Dress by Thanks, I Made It

One of our favorite DIY bloggers, Erin of Thanks I Made It recently created this awesome crochet insert maxi dress and we just had to share. Keep reading to see her tutorial!
Hey friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. For the first time this summer, I’m upstate in the Adirondacks, my home away from home. In addition to hiking and relaxing, I’ve been crafting in the great outdoors. I was recently asked to come up with a DIY using this simple black maxi dress from ValRouge. (The dress is a whopping $8, perfect for experimenting with DIY!) They sent me a dress, and I immediately got to work, adding a some visual interest and built-in ventilation system for this hot summer weather with a crochet inset. Keep reading for the how-to!

Tools and Materials:
Maxi dress
Wide crochet trim (I used a yard)
Needle and thread in matching color
Scissors
Chalk
Ruler
Straight pins

Try on the dress, and mark where you want the trim to go using the chalk.

Measure down from the armholes of the dress to your original mark (for me, it was 7 inches). Make sure each side matches in distance between mark and arm hole and draw a straight line across with the chalk.

Cut just below the line.
Fold the newly cut edge of the dress top under (along the chalk line) and iron in place. Begin pinning the trim in place. Ihighly recommend not cutting your trim until everything is sewed in place and you sure you have enough. I had a very close call but cutting first.
Sew the trim to the dress top, and repeat the steps to attach the dress bottom portion. Be sure to line up the dress side seams on the top and bottom. Up close, it doesn’t look perfect because I hand-sewed, but I’m very happy with the results!

DIY Neon Rope Belt by Thanks, I Made It

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We enlisted the help of Erin of Thanks, I Made It to create another cool DIY project for us. Keep reading to find out how she made this awesome neon rope belt!

I love accessories and clothes that are trend multi-taskers, and this belt definitely ticks off a few summer trends. Neon? Check. Nautical? Check. Fun? Check! Here’s how to make your own rope belt with a nice little pop of neon.

Tools and Materials:
Leather punch
2 yards of cotton rope/cord
Tape

Decide where you want to wear your belt. Measure the rope so that it is long enough to wrap around your waist twice, and trim so it is about an inch shorter than that length.

Find the middle of the rope, and bring both ends to the center, like above. Line up both ends, and tape together to the center of the rope, wrapping the tape to secure. This forms a loop on either end.

Spread glue along the tape, and press one end of the thin cord into the glue.

Hold the end in place, and begin wrapping the cord tightly around the tape.

Once you’ve wrapped enough to cover the tape, trim down the cord to about 1 inch, add a drop of glue, and use a toothpick to tuck the loose end underneath the cords.

To attach the buckles, fold the belt closure around one looped end of the cord. Note where the edge wraps around and meets the longer end of the closure.

Using the leather hole punch, punch out four holes, two at the edge of the closure, and two where the the edge meets the longer end (what you measured above).

Lace the thin cord through the holes and over the rope like the picture above.

Pull the ends of the cord tight, and tie the cord into a tight knot. Add a dab of glue to secure.

Repeat with the other side of the faux-leather closure onto the other loop of the rope. Slide the buckles on the cord and into place. Let glue dry.

DIY Bracelet by Thanks, I Made It

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This bracelet is essence of summer: natural materials, a bit of sparkle, and a fresh mint color come together for some arm candy that’s sure to be a new favorite. Keep reading for how it’s made.

Tools and Materials:
25mm herringbone trim, in mint
36mm jute braid
1/8″ rhinestone trim (1/2 yard)
Embroidery thread in Aqua
Needle
Sew-on snap closure
E6000 super glue

Cut a piece of jute trim long enough to wrap around your wrist, plus an inch extra. Cut a piece of herringbone ribbon to the same length.
Measure and cut another piece of the herringbone ribbon as long as the width of the trim. Use fray check or a lighter to melt down and fuse the ends to prevent unraveling.
Spread a layer of super glue on the ribbon.
Place on one end of jute and stick to the trim.
Place larger piece of herringbone on the jute, and fold the smaller piece of trim and glue over the trim. Repeat on the other end of the trim.
Use a clip to hold in place until the glue dries completely.
Sew one half of the snap closure to the outside of the trim.
Sew the other half of the snap to the inside of the trim, making sure to line up the snaps before sewing in place.
Cut two pieces of rhinestone trim to fit on the ribbon.
Sew the trim onto the bracelet, with stitches in between the stones.
Sew the second row of rhinestones.

Enjoy!

Created by Erin of Thanks, I Made It. You can find more DIY inspiration and tutorials on her site.

DIY Fringe Earrings & Necklace

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This faux-leather fringe comes in gorgeous shade of bright pink that is perfect for summer accessories. Check out the different ways you can use a yard to make fun fringed jewelry.
Tools and Materials for Earrings:
Jump rings
Cut a piece of trim about an inch long.

Place trim in ribbon crimp, and close crimp shut with the pliers.

Open up a jump ring with your pliers.
Loop jump ring through the ribbon crimp, and add an earring hook.
Close the jump ring.
Trim down the fringe to make a point.
Repeat to make a second earring.
Tools and Materials for Necklace:
32 inches of 3mm chain
8 jump rings
Clasp
Pliers
Cut the leather into 3 2-inch pieces.
Trim the leather, making a point.
Repeat with the other 2 pieces of fringe.
Open up two jump rings with the pliers, and loop through the corners of the fringe.
Attach the jump rings to each end of the chain.
Add jump rings to the second piece of fringe, and attach to the chain, above the first piece.
Repeat to create a third tier of fringe. Add clasp to the back of the necklace.
Written by Erin of ThanksIMadeIt

Blogger Interview: Thanks, I Made It

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If you haven’t stopped by Thanks, I Made It yet, you definitely need to update your blogroll. Erin, the lovely DIYer behind the blog, constantly wows us with her inspiration posts and creative projects. Our personal favorite is this DIY necklace,which she created with trim from M&J Trimming. We chatted with Erin about her blog, her DIYs, and her favorite products – see our interview below!

How did you get started as a blogger and a DIYer?

I’ve always been very hands on and making things, something that runs strongly in my family. I love the sense of accomplishment I get from doing it myself, from changing my own car battery (that was major for me!) to creating a new necklace. I was a “lurker” for a while on a lot of other DIY blogs, and thought I should show off my ideas and creations too. It started just shared with friends, but it became such an important personal and creative outlet that I loved putting the energy into making it grow.

Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?

I spend too much time on my computer perusing other blogs, Pinterest and online retailers for ideas. I love to check the day’s popular posts on Bloglovin’ and Style.com’s accessory index is another go-to. Offline, inspiration comes from everywhere, like magazines, museums or people I see on the subway.

Which of your DIY projects is your favorite?

My Dannijo-inspired chain and rhinestone cuff definitely ranks high. It’s made from pieces from my grandmothers, and I was so excited when a woman at Bendel’s asked me if it was from Dannijo!

Have you noticed any upcoming DIY trends?

I think embellished shorts are really popular with summer coming. Other style trends, like neon and florals, definitely will influence people’s DIYs. DIY can be such a fun and low-cost way to try a trend.

What advice would you give to DIY beginners?

Be flexible–not everything will turn out the way you had in mind, but you can find a way to make it work differently or become something new all together. It can be a lot of trial and error, but don’t get discouraged. Take a break and then come back to it with an open mind.

What are your DIY must-haves?

Strong super glue (I like E6000) is probably the most used thing in my tool kit. A set of pliers (round and needle nose) are essential for jewelry making. I also think having a stash of old jewelry (from hand-me-downs or thrift stores) is very useful– you can reuse old or broken pieces so many ways!

Thanks, Erin! Stop by Thanks, I Made It to see more of Erin’s DIY projects.