Tuesday, January 27, 2015

diy: Anti-Valentine's Day Candy Heart Magnets

If you've been following Studs & Pearls/myself for a while, you know how much I love to combine craftiness and sassiness. This holiday project is no exception. Last year, I created a just-for-fun watercolor painting of anti-Valentine's Day candy hearts. Everyone loved it, so this year I wanted to re-create it in a different way. Keep reading to see how!


- Wood Heart Shapes 
- Magnets (I used 3 per heart. If using heavy duty rhodium magnets, 1-2 would probably be enough!)
- Foam Brush or Paint Brush
- Red Letter Stickers (These are by Recollections, available at Michaels)* 
- Pastel Acrylic Paints (Or you can mix white with various shades you already have on hand)

* I love the clean block design of these particular stickers. Recollections makes these letter stickers in quite a few colors. Whatever brand you use, choose a font that is simple and easy to read - just like the real candy hearts!

1) Paint the hearts and let dry.

2) Add cheeky and sassy sayings! I'm definitely liking the look of all caps, but I made a few with lowercase letters just to show you how they would look.

3) Glue magnets to the back side of each heart. 

4) Once dry, send them to your ex-boyfriend, your evil college Physics professor, or the lady that cut you off in the parking lot.

Or, you can spare yourself the trouble and stick them on your fridge for a good laugh.

It's a great way to send a message, though...

Just kidding. I like you guys. 

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, January 22, 2015

darice: Copper Triangle Garland DIY

I recently shared an exclusive DIY Copper Triangle Garland for Darice Crafts' blog. Can you believe this is made out of foil tape? I'm adoring this one.

Xo, Kirsten

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

feature: Speckled Stone Bracelet in DIY Lifestyle Magazine Issue #22

Check out the newest issue of DIY Lifestyle Magazine (Issue #22) for an exclusive Speckled Stone Bracelet by yours truly. You can check out the issue on Apple news stand, right here!

Don't forget to follow DIY Lifestyle on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Xo, Kirsten

a dash of inspiration: Nasty Gal, Marc Jacobs, Wildfox, River Island



Night Dazzler Faux Fur Jacket in Ivory, $98
 (Nasty Gal)

right: Marc Jacobs Breton Stripe Heart Top, $895 (Saks Fifth Avenue)


left: Add beaded embellishments and appliques to a faux fur jacket. 

right: Cut out a big heart from an iron-on fabric transfer sheet, or use cotton fabric and a fusible webbing sheet to create a custom heart that can be applied with iron. Choose a striped long-sleeved shirt for the same look.


Wildfox You Love Me Lips-Print Cotton Tee, $64 
(Saks Fifth Avenue)

right: River Island Black Chain Padlock Beanie Hat, $26 (River Island)


left: Dip a rubber lip stamp into red or pink fabric paint, then stamp away on a white shirt!

 Stitch a strand of curb chain to the front of a beanie and add a padlock charm.

Xo, Kirsten

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

eHow diy: Stay Warm with a DIY Jeweled Fleece Head Wrap

My latest project at eHow is a Jeweled Fleece Head Wrap. All you need is some leftover fleece and a vintage brooch to keep you warm and cozy during the winter. Of course, if the jewels aren't your thing, you can keep it simple and make a basic fleece headband that will match with everything.