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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Velvet Ribbon Choker Necklace

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    Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!

    On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.

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    Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they're made with.

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    In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.

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    The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.

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    Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.

    Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.

    Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!

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    If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.

    After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.

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    And that’s it; you’re all done!

    Here’s a list of the items that we used:

    Hand Sewing Needle Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 0.5" Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards) Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards) 1.5" Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards) Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards) 20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes

    Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?

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  • Mood DIY: 2 Minute Bridesmaid Necklace

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    Wedding season is coming. And for most people it comes with joy, excitement, and often a little anxiety. Flowers, venues, weather; there are simply too many things to worry about. However, the perfect gift for your bridesmaids does not need to be one of them.

    This necklace is both adorable and elegant, perfect for showers, receptions, or for simply dressing up a day look. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to make.

    Things you'll need:

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    First, thread about 10" of pearls onto some string or jewelry wire. Connect one end to your clasp. Fold your ribbon in half and tie the other end of your beads to the ribbon, about 7" from the fold. Simply tie a bow with the remainder of the ribbon to hide the knot from the beads, and your necklace is complete! Clip the clasp to the ribbon fold to close.

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  • Mood DIY: Gold Coins Necklace

    A couple years ago I came across a necklace called Loose Change made by Anthropologie -- I was immediately impressed by the piece's simple construction and high potential for versatility. But I wanted my coin pendants to have a little more character. So, when I  came across these gold coins at Mood Fabrics NYC, I knew I'd found just the foundation I needed to complete it. A few supplies, and a little suede cord from Mood and I was well on my way. Editor's note: These gold pendant coins are $1.75 each and are available by visiting Mood NYC, or calling 1-212-730-5003 and asking for the trim department, or by sending an email to trim@moodfabrics.com.

    DIY gold coin pendant necklace modeled after one seen in Anthropologie and made with supplies from Mood Fabrics NYC.DIY gold coin pendant necklace modeled after one seen in Anthropologie and made with supplies from Mood Fabrics NYC.Gold Coins Necklace 4SUPPLIES: gold wire, scissors, (2) 1/4 in findings, pliers (2 pairs, help), wire cutters, 15 gold coin pendants, suede cord, a few cocktail straws, packet of tiny findings, can a spray paint, and some newspaper. Gold Coins Necklace 5HOW-TO: 1. Take both sets of pliers and open up the tiny findings that will attach each of the 15 coins. 2. With your wire cutters, snip your cocktail straws into 1/2 in pieces -- I cut 17. 3. Cut 2 pieces wire -- one slightly longer than the other (about 1.5 inches). 4. Slip the findings onto the coins and close them back with your pliers. 5. I cut another long piece of wire and slipped all my pieces of straw onto it, and then sprayed them with gold spray paint. (Note: I suggest letting them dry overnight). 6. Take your 2, 1/4 in findings and slip knot your 2 pieces of suede cord through them both. 7. Alternate gold coins and straw pieces on your 2 pieces of wire -- 7 coins on shorter wire, and 8 on the longer. 8. With your needle nose pliers, bend the ends of the wire onto the findings. DIY gold coin pendant necklace modeled after one seen in Anthropologie and made with supplies from Mood Fabrics NYC. DIY gold coin pendant necklace modeled after one seen in Anthropologie and made with supplies from Mood Fabrics NYC.

    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, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester. 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: 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.
  • Mood DIY: Bead and Chain Bib Necklace

    Over the holidays while browsing the lovely pieces on the Stella & Dot website, I happened to fall in love with one of their absolutely stunning mixed metal bib necklaces, but lost a little steam when I peeped the price tag. Not one to let finances dictate fashion...I took to Mood Fabrics for my jewelry supplies, and let the creativity fly to create my own. Supplies: Multi-purpose glue, bib template (download here), satin ribbon, tiny individual glass and plastic beads, straight pins, needle and thread, tweezers, felt, black rhinestone chain, loose leaf chains (purchased from another store), clear rhinestone chain, wire cutters, and scissors (Note: I also at the last minute added a bit of gold chain around the neckline for an extra special touch). Step-by-Step:

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    1. Download bib template here. 2. Fold a piece of felt or ultra suede in half, and then pin the template to these two layers. 3. Cut out these two forms, and then remove straight pins. 4. Choose one layer of the cut out felt; set the other layer aside.

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    5. With wire cutters, remove leaves from their chain. 6. Cut rhinestones and beaded chains to desired length (Note: I suggest playing around with beads to get an idea of layout before doing any gluing and sewing).

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    7. Add a tiny bit of glue to back of chain to adhere it to the felt, following up with stitching where necessary for added stability. 8. Glue beaded black rhinestone chain within the body of the necklace; cutting where necessary to wedge into tight spots for a seamless appearance. 9. Apply a tiny amount of glue to fix leaves in place. Let leaves dry for at least 20 minutes before stitching them into place, and then repeat.

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    10. Take a needle and feed a single thread through top necklace layer, knot the back, thread tiny plastic beads onto the string, and then remove needle for ease of applying beads. 11. Once you reach your desired amount of beads, add needle back to thread and use it to drive this string back through this layer, and knot the back (Note: I also added a tiny bit of glue to the under side of the finished row of beads just so they wouldn’t move).

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    12. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to your desired length (Note: You can cut one side straight across, and then cut the exposed side at an angle for added effect). 13. Apply glue (or clear nail polish) to ends of ribbon to avoid fraying. 14. Turn top layer of necklace over and glue each ribbon about 1.5 inches from top of each side. (Note: Feel free to also stitch ribbon to necklace). 15. Take 2nd layer of felt that you set aside in Step #4 and glue it to the back of 1st layer. Enjoy! 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, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. 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: Feather Collar Necklace

    STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS: Plumes just make everything glamourous -- don't you think?! From Flappers to the present day, we have been using feathers for ages to dress up everything from hats to handbags to skirts. Want an easy way to update the simplest dress? Try this twist on a Statement Necklace that is sure to be a conversation piece. WHAT YOU NEED: 1. Hot Glue Gun & Sticks 2. Feather Trim (Note: the exact length of trim needed is directly related to desired length to drape your shoulders.) 3. 4 Different Types of Chain at varying lengths (1 main chain for collar, and 3 other chains that will be cut and used twice each). 4. Needle and Thread 5. 3 Gold Rings 6. Clasp 7. If desired, add 2 gold brooches for accents (I added old earrings that were my grandmothers) THE PROCESS: 1. First cut feather trim at main gold chain to equal desired length (mine is 18 inches). 2. Hot glue this main chain to the satin ribbon on feather trim. 3. Turn feather with gold chain now attached over, and stitch your clasp to one side (doesn't matter which, you decide which side you want clasp on). 4. Cut first chain to create Chain 1 (31 inches) and Chain 4 (17 inches); Cut second chain to create Chain 2 (25 inches) and Chain 5 (13 inches); and then cut third and thinnest weight chain to create Chain 3 (20 inches) and Chain 6 (7.5 inches) 5. Add chains IN ORDER from 1 to 6 to gold rings on both ends. 6. Sew and hot glue one ring (with chains attached) to whichever side you did not attach clasp. 7. Open clasp and close necklace with this free ring that has chains now attached. One more step and you're almost done. 8. Hot glue earrings, 2 brooch, or whatever accents you'd like to add to the base of the feathers for a polished look. Voila! Now tell me, what's your favorite way to rock feathers? 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, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. 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.