Sunday, November 23, 2014

feature: DIY Guru at

Thank you to Outsa Pop Trashion, a popular Finnish fashion, DIY and lifestyle blog, for the feature! They have been extremely supportive of Studs and Pearls since the very beginning. Click here to check it out

Xo, Kirsten

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

book highlight + giveaway: Beautiful Bracelets by Hand by Jane Gedeon

Ever since I published my own DIY book, I've developed a new appreciation for fellow crafty authors. I've truly experienced all of the hard work and planning that goes into producing a book; it really is a labor of love! That's why I'm very excited to share an upcoming release by Jane Gedeon of We Dream in Colour, titled Beautiful Bracelets by Hand: Seventy Five One-of-a-Kind Baubles, Bangles and Other Wrist Adornments You Can Make At Home (Page Street Publishing, 2014). Set to be released on December 9, this publication is nothing short of gorgeous. I even took on one of the projects, and picked out a few of my favorites to share.

Pictured here are my own silver versions of the Geometry Bangles. You can find the full tutorial in this post.

The 75 projects are categorized by type of material, raanging from chain to leather to plastic to wood. There's something for everyone.

I also particularly loved the watercolor headings and backgrounds.

Gold flakes suspended in a bangle? LOVE. I'm adding this to my (extremely long) to-do list!

As for those Geometry Bangles - keep reading to learn how to make your own set, plus a chance to win your very own copy of Beautiful Bracelets by Hand!

a dash of inspiration: Saint Laurent, Finds, Free People, Aurélie Biderman



Saint Laurent Studded Cotton Jersey Sweatshirt, $1250

right: Finds + Moxham Snipe gold-plated and leather necklace, $170 (Net-a-Porter)


left: Iron-on studs or rhinestones + iron + cotton jersey sweatshirt. Easy! And for much less.

right: Using a leather hole puncher, create two holes at each end of a leather strip. Fold the ends around heavy duty clasps, and secure with a pronged stud. Attach the hooks to jump rings and a strand of chunky metal beads. This is definitely going on my to-do list! 



Free People Nordic Nights Jacket, $498 (Free People)

right: Aurélie Biderman Gold-plated and cotton bracelet, $330 (Net-a-Porter)


left: After spotting this, I'm now on the hunt for the perfect faux fur jacket to make my own DIY version! Add an array of flat back studs and leather remnants using stitching and/or E6000/fabric glue. Can't wait to try this one.

right: Wrap thread and wire around a plain bangle for a design inspired by this high-end piece.

Xo, Kirsten