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DIY: Brass Ring Necklace

DIY HeaderI recently came across a brass ring necklace on Pinterest that caught my eye. Not only is the necklace super original, but it uses unconventional materials that make it such a statement piece.  So… I decided to head to the hardware store! Give this DIY project a try and you’ll absolutely love the finished product!

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Step 1. I began by selecting about four different sized brass rings and laid them out on the floor of the hardware store. I played around with different patterns and sizes until I decided on one shape. I took a picture of the pattern so that I could remember the layout and refer back to the original pattern once I brought the materials home.

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Step 2. Begin by taking the two center rings out of the bunch. Take a 12″ piece of nylon and connect the two rings by wrapping the cord about three to four times around the rings. Once you feel they are as secure as possible, tie a tight knot and trim both ends with scissors. This is where you will need to take your lighter out and melt each end.  Once you have burned one end, immediately take your lighter to the melted end and press the side of the lighter firmly against the melted tip. This will seal the knot and prevent the ends from separating or fraying.

You will essentially want to repeat this step with the next ring, working your way from the inside out.  Once you have connected the pattern, you will then need to make the strings from which the rings will hang from. Simply take two 40″ pieces of nylon and loop each cord through the top two rings of your pattern and adjust the length.

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Voila! There you have your very own brass ring necklace!

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Trend Alert: Get Your Plaid On!

You can’t get more traditional than a tartan –  but we love this classic pattern used in whimsical and unexpected ways.  Every April, Hilton Head is covered red tartan – the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament trademark. In honor of one of our favorite spring events on Hilton Head, we’d like to share some idea’s for you too…

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1. A tartan shade looks chic on a clear lamp base 2. Bright yellow painted plaid wall 3. Tartan passport covers 4. Joni Vanderslice’s collection of tartanware lines the mantle of her living room 5. Plaid cufflinks by Wurkinstiffs (available in J Banks Retail)


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1. Plaid dining chairs in Casale San Giuseppe at the Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design project in Tuscany 2. A bright plaid shirt paired with trendy accessories 3. Plaid  salad plates (available in J Banks Retail) 4. Tartan pumps by Christian Louboutin

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1. The ever fashionable Princess Kate donning a plaid ensemble and knee high boots 2. A Burberry-inspired plaid painted building 3. Plaid chocolate covered strawberries 4. A large multi-plaid jar (available in J Banks Retail)

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A classic study yearns for perfect plaids (especially for our clients who have a love affair with anything Scottish)!  We upholstered the walls in plaid and used it for window treatments, chairs, footstools and event throws!

We hope to see many of our friends at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament this week!

Get Your Plaid On!

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Valentine’s Treats – Made With Creative Love!

J Banks Design = Creativity & it even shows in our Valentine’s Day treats! We just had to show you some of the creative ways our team has shared “the love” this Valentine’s Day!

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From top left clockwise: A bottle of pink Moscato with goldfish in a box that say’s “Will you o’fish’ally be my Valentine?” A Valentine balloon bouquet and hot pink heart-shaped pancakes!

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Chocolate covered pretzels are salty sweet perfection!

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Oooh La La! Homemade Oreo Truffles! Divine!

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Homemade Valentine’s made from paint swatch cards and conversation heart rings and earring sets.

How did you celebrate today?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,

JB

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J Banks Design Group Gives Back

At J Banks Design Group, a large part of our culture is based upon giving back and the strength of family, community, laughter and love.

We are proud to announce that in 2012, J Banks Design Group contributed, or helped to contribute almost $60,000 in goods and services to local charities and not-for-profit organizations.

In the fall, we partnered with Palmetto Bluff, Coastal Living Magazine and Shoreline Construction in designing the Palmetto Bluff Style Home. Over a nine week period 3,731 people toured the home donating $10 each (sometimes more). These tours enabled us to raise a total of $38,396 for Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.

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Representatives from Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton accept checks for their organizations.

In addition to donating thousands of dollars in direct services, gifts and monetary contributions, during the holiday season, we also invited many organizations to host special shopping events within our retail store with a percentage of sales going back to the organization.

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Below is a list of the many groups we were able to assist in 2012.  We welcome you to explore these organizations, their needs and seek out opportunities to assist them.

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchhill

If you are a part of organization that is interested in partnering with J Banks Design Group for the donation of goods or services, please email info@jbanksdesigngroup.com for more information.

xo,

JB

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Perfect Presents: Shop our A to Z Holiday Gift Guide!

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Sharon Cleland: Fabulous Gift Under $50

I have pulled together items for everyone on your Holiday list.  Here are some of my favorite gift ideas:

For the Fashionista or Design Lover:

This compact Pantone color palette book is THE essential reference to inspire every designer. This would be a wonderful item to pair with a sketch book or project journal.

For the Chef or Gardener:

(Inside this burlap wrapping is…) a recycled ‘green’ wine bottle that has been repurposed as a grow your own basil herb kit. This pairs nicely with a gourmet dip mix.

For the hostess or colleague:

A simple low cost gift idea would be to use this delightful antler handled mug filled with chocolate treats and presented with a pack of holiday napkins. I tied an ornament into the bow for a bit of added sparkle!

For the Holiday Lover/Decorator:

I love this fabulous crackle glazed candle holder. One of these would look great on a mantle amongst greenery. 

We have a vast selection of mercury glass trees. Some of them even include LED lights. These would add that extra holiday twinkle to bookcases and tables!

For the Golfer:

A book containing a ‘bucket list’ of golf destinations complete with novelty golf tee keychain is an essential for the avid golfer.

For Him:

What fellow would not be happy to receive a collegiate football bottle opener with beer glasses, and a six pack?

For Her:

The essential clutch – these beaded and velvet clutches are the perfect accessory for this holiday party season.

For the Pet Lover:

Gourmet ‘sushi’ dog treats with the latest in leash technology (treat holder, clock, flashlight, baggie holder & leash all in one!) would make great gift for your four-legged friends and their owners.

J Banks Retail has gifts for everyone on your list!  Come see us M-F 10am-6pm & Saturday 10am-4pm.

Happy Holidays,

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