Thursday, January 29, 2015

to-do list: 4 diy books to read this winter 2015

Ever since I wrote and published my first DIY book, I've had a newfound respect and appreciation for all types of authors. And when it comes to authors that design and create tutorials, I can relate even more. The process is a crazy one, from beginning to end. It really keeps you on your toes, because anything - literally, anything - can happen. I personally feel like my own book is my blood, sweat and tears in paper form; I poured my heart and soul into the making of my title. That's why I decided to share a few DIY books that will be released during the first few winter months of 2015 (if not already) - I really want to help support my fellow crafty authors, and what better way than a curated list? Here are four DIY titles that you'll want to keep an eye out for these next few months!

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1. Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry & Accessory Projects by Janet Crowther & Katie Covington (March 10, 2015 / $22.95, Chronicle Books LLC)

Janet and Katie are co-founders of the DIY kit company, For the Makers, based in Brooklyn. For the Makers makes it easy to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces by curating monthly themed boxes full of not one, not two, but several DIY projects. The pieces range from jewelry to hair accessories to home decor - and sometimes even stationary - but all fall under a common theme, or "collection". What's awesome is that you can even purchase the projects individually, which is great if you want to re-create or gift something for a friend. My personal favorites are the Havisham Collection and the Heavy Metals Collection. Janet and Katie are both jewelry designers who have been consulted by brands such as Anthropologie and Kate Spade, so they know what they're doing when it comes to sourcing the most amazing materials.

Last November, I met up with Janet for coffee in Brooklyn, and I was lucky enough to flip through her advance copy of Make a Statement. Jewelry lovers will ADORE this book- I know I did! Fun fact: Janet's publisher is the American "sister" company of my publisher, Laurence King, which is based in the UK. The DIY world is pretty small :)

2. Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation by Brit Morin (March 3, 2015 / $22.99, William Morrow Paperbacks)

Brit has taken the DIY world by storm, and there's no stopping this lady and her crew! I'm especially stoked for this title for several reasons: 1) who doesn't love browsing through the lively, eye-catching articles at Brit + Co? ... 2) I may or may not have a DIY in this publication... 3) I'm in the process of becoming a freelance contributor, and have been planning exclusive DIY tutorials just for Brit + Co. I'm an excited lady over here.

Homemakers will have it all, just like Brit + Co. Beauty, home decor, clothing, food, style, tech, and then some. If you're like me and love creativity in all types of areas, this title will be right up your alley. 

Another fun fact: I am actually moving to San Francisco this early May (!!). I'll always be a New York girl at heart (born + raised for almost 27 years) - but I think it's time for a little adventure. Brit + Co - plus many other amazing DIY companies - are based in the Bay area. It's almost like it's a sign, at least from where I'm standing!

Pre-order: Amazon
Barnes & Noble - William Morrow Paperbacks
Follow Brit + Co on Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest 

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3. Scraps: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch by Vera Vandenbosch (January 6, 2015 / $21.95, The Taunton Press)

I'm a sucker for stash-busting projects, and Vera's book is full to the brim of just that. As a Brooklyn-based artist and designer, her experience includes working for a trend-forecasting company in Paris, along with interior design and textile companies in New York. The book covers all types of projects, ranging from jewelry to gifts to home goods. Materials used come from textiles you most likely already own...jeans, socks, old shirts. Scraps is a must-have for any crafter who loves to make the most out of their supplies. Vera recently did an interview with Cut Out + Keep - click here to read it! You can also check out her blog at Style-Diaries.

Follow Vera on Twitter - Pinterest

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4. Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas (February 10, 2015 / $19.95, Laurence King Publishing)

A fellow Laurence King author and New Yorker, Lesley is a designer, teacher, artist and blogger at The Creative Cookie. From the LBD to hair bows, her new book features clothing & accessory projects for young girls ages 8-13. Lesley doesn't just teach readers how to sew, but also how to add a personalized creative flair in a way that expresses unique style and taste. The illustrations are darling, too. I wish I had this book when I was's the perfect title for any aspiring young DIY'er!

I'm planning on pre-ordering this book soon, so keep an eye out for a review.

Pre-order: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Laurence King
Follow Lesley on Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest 

That's it for now - I'm sure I'll be sharing another list of amazing DIY books to look out for as the year goes on! Keep an eye out, and support your fellow DIY'ers by checking out their publications.

Xo, Kirsten

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