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  • Mood DIY: Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace

    I just love a good statement necklace....and with the ever growing trim department at Mood Fabrics (find metal chain and rhinestones here), there are no shortage of ideas of ones to create. This one is perfect for spring! Once you get started...you'll think of so many options and color combinations. Do you have a statement necklace you just love to wear with everything? Tell me where you got it below. Want to check out other necklaces I've created? Take a look here, here, and here. Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 1 Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 2SUPPLIES: embroidery floss in 2 colors, 1/4 inch satin ribbon, semi-circle upholstery needle, metal chain, rhinestones, wire cutters, and scissors. Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 3HOW-TO: 1. Measure out the desired length of the metal chain you want, and use the wire cutters to cut two pieces to size. Next, tie one color of the embroidery floss to the end of the chain. (Note: Err on the side of caution and make it an inch longer than you actually want, because you will lose a little length when it begins to bend into the circular formation). 2. Repeat Step #1 for the desired length of your chain, and cut the rhinestones to size. Then, cut an extra long piece of embroidery floss for weaving. Next, take the floss you secured to the chain, put the needle on it, and began intertwining the chain and rhinestone (i.e. loop the floss around one rhinestone, take it around the back, and up through one rung of the chain, repeat). 3. The beginning few loops are a little tricky as you try to pull it all taught as you go. But, after you've finished securing one of your chains to the rhinestones with one color floss, repeat this step with the second piece of chain, adjoining it with the other two with the second color of floss. (i.e. again, loop the floss around one rhinestone, take it around the back, and up through one rung of the chain, repeat...you'll see sort of a braided formation on the back). 4. Cut two pieces of ribbon long enough to make a bow. (Note: Feel free to use a little glue or fingernail polish on the ends so they won't fray). 5. Lastly, feed the ribbon through the chain and loop the loose ends through it. (Note: After it was all done, because it wasn't laying exactly how I wanted it on the neck, I flipped the necklace over and squeezed a tiny bit of glue in between random joints (where chain met rhinestones) just so it would always lay nicely -- it's just an option). Enjoy! Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 4

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Stella & Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace

    It's no secret that I am absolutely in love with some of the creations from the jewelry line Stella & Dot....but don't always have it in the budget to rock every piece that I want -- unless, you opt to do it yourself.  So, I grabbed some metal chain, crystals, thread, and a closure from Mood Fabrics NYC; and opted to create my own version of Stella & Dot's Tempest Necklace.  Now, I must admit, my first attempt at a Statement Necklace was good....but I couldn't figure out why it didn't lay on my neck the way I wanted the all time. But I eventually figured out the solution -- you have to perfect the formation you want from the very beginning, and that is what I did this time. Like the Tempest, my necklace can be worn two ways. Double the bang for your buck. Hope you enjoy! Do you have a favorite Stella & Dot Necklace you've been eyeing? Tell me below. Stella and Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace 1 Stella and Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace 2

    Stella and Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace 3 SUPPLIES: wire cutters, pliers, glue, chain, crystals (in black and clear), upholstery needle, closure, and yarn Stella and Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace 4 HOW-TO: 1. Using your wire cutters, cut down 3 pieces of crystals (I used to 2 black and one clear), along with 2 pieces of chain (Note: due to the nature of them curving, one will be gradually longer than the other from the inner edge to the outer edge). 2. You want to play around with the chain and crystals visually to figure out what you want.  Once you decide, lay everything out FACE DOWN in that formation exactly (Note: This step is extremely important, because once it is set, it's set). 3. Now that you have an idea of what it's going to look like, remove the 2 pieces of chain from the outer and inner perimeter, and begin to apply glue to the back side of just the crystals you will be working with (Note: you want glue not only on the back, but in between each chain a bit. You don't want it to be too messy and show through the front of the necklace, but at the same time you do want them to adhere to each other). Let this sit for about an hour to dry. 4. Add back in the inner chain, and begin to add glue along the side of the chain and crystals. 5. Do the same thing for the outer chain, that you did for the inner. (Note: I used a pen cap to make the glue application in between chain and crystals, easier). 6. With my needle and thread, start binding just the 3 rows of crystals together.  You will ultimately tie the whole thing together, but start here.  I began on the back side and brought my needle up over top of the first row, drove needle beneath the middle row, and then went over the top of the last row -- ending on the back side of the necklace.  From there, I fed my thread diagonally over to the top of the next row, and began again. 7. Next step is to bind the inner chain to the row of 3 crystals you tied altogether already. Knot the thread to the first link on the chain like I did in Step #10 -- as always, starting on the back side.  Then drive needle from bottom over the top of the first row of black crystals, through the eye of the next adjoining chain link, back through the bottom. Repeat. 8. Repeat Step #7 for outer chain. 9. Grab one side of your clasp, you decide what will be top and which will be bottom.  I used black thread for a sleeker look. Starting with chain on one end, weave needle through each opening of crystals and chain, making sure to drive the needle over the bar of the clasp, with each pass. Then tie it on the back. (Note: the picture is a visual of how the under side of the necklace looks at this point). 10. With needle attached to thread, knot one end of a very long orange string (I'd say at least 3 feet) to the first link in the chain. 11.  Chain and crystals are all bound together at this point, so this threading is purely for decoration.  Take this same string and drive needle over the adjoining link to the right, and directly through its middle.  Right before you pull the thread taught, bring the needle back up directly between the necklace and the anchor thread (NOT BEHIND this thread --See picture). Stella and Dot Tempest Inspired Necklace 5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. She’s also a finalist in the voting contest  for ALL YOU MAGAZINE’S Smartest Shopper.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Metal Chain Necklace

    So much chain....so little time; and that's why I was oh so excited to mix, match, and play with loads of it last week at Mood.  Gone are the days where you're only allowed to wear one metal at a time.  Throw caution to the wind and try this rocker chic favorite.   It's fun. It's functional....and it definitely stands out! Tell me how you'd pair it. Metal Chain Necklace 1A

    Metal Chain Necklace 2 Metal Chain Necklace 3 SUPPLIES: Assortment of metal chain, closure, safety pins, spikes, needle and thread, needle nose pliers, and wire cutters. Metal Chain Necklace 4

    HOW-TO:  1. Use wire cutters to make a break in the clasp; being careful not to do so at the bottom of the loop so as not to have chains slip off. Then pry the ring open with your pliers. 2. Chains are easy to attach to the master ring, but the crystalized chain requires as extra step.  So, use a matching thread to stitch together the ends of the crystalized chains. 3. Add a safety to ends of the chains you have with no rings. Remember, you'll cut all your chain the same length; taking into account those chains that have safety pins. 4. Take a single strand of the pink chain and add 7 equally spaced spikes.  (Note: Feel free to add a dab of glue inside the spike's end cap if you feel you need extra security). 5. Add all of your chains to one side of the closure ring.  (Note: Its easy to get the chains a little jumbled, so I laid them out to keep them all organized. 6. Collect the group of chains, add them to the second closure ring on the opposite side, and give the group a twist. Keep the pink chain with studs and the two strands of black chain, separate. 7. Keeping the single pink strand with studs and the black chain straight (no twist here), add them also to the closure ring on the opposite side and close the second ring. Metal Chain Necklace 5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Cord and Chain Bracelet

    I'm a firm believer that every girl needs a little (or a lot) of color in her life....and our accessories are a great way to pull together any look. With lots of skin showing in the sizzling temps you'll want to hit up the festivals and concerts in style. Right? Well, your arm candy is a great place to start.  Mood Fabrics has a great trim department, and it was here that I was able to snag some beautiful cord and metal chain to help me get my (arm) party started. What accessories are you rocking this summer? Please share below! Cord and Chain Bracelet 1 Cord and Chain Bracelet 2

    Cord and Chain Bracelet 3 SUPPLIES: Cord, Chain, 2 pair of pliers, tape measure, wire cutters, 3 jump rings, lobster clasp, 2 end caps, e6000, and scissors. Cord and Chain Bracelet 4

    HOW-TO: 1. I want my  bracelet to be about 7 inches in total, so the cord part of the bracelet will be about 4 inches (both halves 2 inches each). Cut the first piece. 2. Cut a second piece equal in length. 3. Squeeze half a cap full of glue into the end cap (be careful not too add too much, you don't want it to ooze out onto the cord). 4. Fold the first piece of cord in half and squeeze both ends into the end cap. 5. Slip the second piece of cord through the loop of the first cord. 6. Now, repeat Step #3 with the second cord. 7. To complete my 7 inches, I'll need about 2.5-3 inches of chain. 8.With wire cutters, cut the desired length of chain. 9. With both pair of pliers, carefully open up 3 jump rings. 10. Take one jump ring and place it on one end of your cord connection, then attach your chain and close the jump ring. 11. At the end of this chain, add one more jump ring and a lobster clasp, and then close that jump ring. 12. On the opposite end of the cord connection, add a final jump ring, close that one up....and you're all set.

    Cord and Chain Bracelet 5 Cord and Chain Bracelet 6

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Chain Link Heels Inspired by DVF

    Designers this Spring/Summer 2013 season are really taking liberties and kicking the shoe detailing into high gear -- there's tons of baubles and chains everywhere.  As usual, I was inspired to create some of my own.  So, when I saw these heels from Diane von Furstenberg with the fun ankle strap, and  unforgettable back....I thought, "what a fun combo, it's something I'll have to definitely try."  So I grabbed some chain, closures, and glue from Mood Fabrics and immediately got to work. This takes my heels from drab to fab in no time. Tell me what you think!

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 1 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 2 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 3

    SUPPLIES: a pair of heels (I got these from a thrift store for $5 instead of $10 when I mention the ankle strap was missing on one shoe.  I didn't need it anyway...but they didn't know that), matches, large chain, smaller chain, 2 leather/metal closures, clear illusion cord, E6000 glue, wire cutters, and pliers.

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 4

    HOW-TO: 1. Measure how much chain you think you'll need for your ankle strap (allow room for the metal toggle that will be attached. I used 10 large ones in total), and the chain that will go down the back of the heel (here I used 8) -- use your wire cutters to pry the links open, and twist. 2. Remove one link from the smaller chains for the left and right foot. 3. Add this one link to the base of each of the chains that trail down the back of the shoe. 4.Remove the 2 "toggle bars" and "loops" from the leather pieces. Be sure to keep the little rings attached that connect them to the leather, because you will use them in a second. 5. For the ankle strap (again, mine was 10 rings) attach the toggle bar by its ring to the chain (Note: If its for the right shoe, you will do the right side of the chain.  We'll start with the right foot). 6. Now add the loop via it's connector ring to the left side of that chain. 7. For the right shoe, you will count in 3 rings from the toggle bar, and then pry open that link. 8. Slide this 3rd link onto the loop on the back of your heel, and close it back. 9. Next take your chain that is 8 links long (the one with the small ring at the base), and attach it to the loop on your shoe as well. 10. Pulling the chain really taught while keeping it straight, slip the clear illusion cord through the small ring at the bottom of the chain that goes down back of shoe. Wrap this cord around heel a couple times right above the shoe tap, and double knot it on the inside of the heel. 11. Snip the excess cord right near the knot you created. 12. Use a match to ever so slightly melt the knot at the base of the heel tap (Note: you want to be really careful doing this or the cord will snap). 13. In the middle of the heel, place just a dab of glue just beneath the chain to hold it in place (Note: you can also add a tiny bit to the chain itself to keep it turned in the direction the desired direction).  I also used a piece of string to tie it in place while the glue dried for about half hour.

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 5 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 6

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. She’s also a finalist in the voting contest  for ALL YOU MAGAZINE’S Smartest Shopper.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Gold Ring Necklace

    We saw hints of the gold hardware during the Spring Fashion Week, and it really packed a punch during the Fall Shows....so of course I had to grab some chain from Mood Fabrics and make a little something of my own. Whether you use remnants from an old tshirt or synthetic leather cord like I did here....this necklace may be easy to construct, but speaks volumes in the bling department! Gold Ring Necklace 1 Gold Ring Necklace 2 SUPPLIES: gold ring chain from Mood (also available in silver), and synthetic leather cord. Gold Ring Necklace 3 HOW-TO: 1. With the two layers, maneuver chain around to decide how you want your necklace to drape. 2. Pry open the ring. 3. Remove excess rings, and reattach it to the main part of your necklace (so, now you have a complete circle). 4. Take your first piece of cord and fold it in half.  Place the loop that is now formed at the bottom, through your gold ring that is your anchor point. 5. Slip loose ends of cord through the loop and pull tight. Repeat of opposite side. Gold Ring Necklace 4 Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Halloween Contest Entry #14

    Brittany H.'s Biker Chick Costume

    Brittany H.'s Biker Chick Costume

    Brittany H. made Miss Piggy's Biker Chick costume with Pink Aluminum Metal Chain & Black Spandex Vinyl
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!