Tuesday, April 15, 2014

art: Colorful Messes

Ink and some watercolor on Bristol paper. Just felt like messing around with color the other day!

Xo, Kirsten


Monday, April 14, 2014

feature: Off-the-Shoulder Top on Cosmopolitan Philippines

The latest DIY at Cosmopolitan Philippines' website is the Off-the-Shoulder Top! Click here to check it out on Cosmo.ph, and click here to read the original tutorial on Studs & Pearls. Definitely one of my favorite project on s&p to date!

Xo, Kirsten


Friday, April 11, 2014

instagram roundup: April 11, 2014




1) Candle wax and flower petals.
2) $4 thrifted frumpy dress turned into a tunic. Cut off the sleeves, gutted the shoulder pads, chopped off about 2 feet from the bottom.
3) My friend Caitlin had her baby shower last weekend!
4) As part of her gift, I dyed a pair of size 4 infant Optic White low tops. I used the same method from the Watercolor Hi Tops DIY! These turned out adorable.
5) Overdue reunion with my friend Adam after about 2 years. 
6) 3am VIP Webster Hall hangouts. 
7) A throwback to 2011, with Mark of Glamour Kills at the GK headquarters in Soho. Right after some DIY t-shirt projects. 
8) Made a fabric and feather dream catcher the other night.

Have a lovely weekend!

Xo, Kirsten


Thursday, April 10, 2014

feature: Reloved May 2014 (UK)


If you're in the UK, take a look at the latest May 2014 issue of Reloved Magazine! There is not 1, not 2, but 3 (yup, three!) projects straight from my book. If you're in the US, check out your Barnes & Noble in a few weeks - some locations carry international magazines, and I've noticed that Reloved is one of the more common ones that many locations seem to stock. Regardless of where you are, you can also purchase the digital edition at PocketMags.com, the Reloved iTunes app or Apple Newstand/Google Play. 

Pictured above is the Beaded Circle Necklace, modeled by friend Samantha in the Meatpacking District. The Beaded Circle Necklace was made using the most ordinary of materials - key chain rings! I wrapped wire and metallic beads around each ring to create an edgy statement necklace.

UK readers will also find a special code to purchase the book at a discounted price from LaurenceKing.com.

Xo, Kirsten


in a new york minute: Burlap Rose Brooch by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken here, your DIY Fashion expert over at About.com and rainblanken.com. Kirsten and I often cross paths on social media, where fashion and craft inspiration abounds. When she challenged me to craft a New York Minute with the theme ‘flowers’, I had the perfect project in mind.

No matter how many times I do business in Manhattan, I always feel like a wild hillbilly given free-reign of the city.  Sometimes I just want to kick off my shoes and run barefoot down 5th Avenue… hey, it doesn’t happen; I’m just saying that I have the urge to. In that spirit, I created this rose pin, a bit of country-mouse-meets-city-mouse.

What You’ll Need:
·         Burlap
·         Lace or sheer material
·         Scissors
·         Glue
·         Felt
·         Needle & thread
·         Pin back
·         Small bead or jewel (optional)
Step 1:
Cut a 1 ½” strip of burlap. It should be at least 12” long for this size of rose. If you aren’t sure where to find burlap, look in the potato or even the coffee section of your grocer. Mine is a coffee bag!
Step 2:
Lay a strip of contrasting material on top of the burlap. This is actually some glitter green mesh leftover from a mermaid costume. Save those scraps! Make a tight knot at the end of your strips.

Step 3:
Fold the strips at a right angle to create a point. Fold them again about 1” from the first point. Repeat this folding pattern, spacing your points out more and more as you go around.  Be carefully not to simply curl or twist… your really want straight folds to create the rose dimensions.

Step 4:
Starting at the back of your rose, stitch through the layers with a needle & thread. This is where the knot comes in handy; stitch through to anchor the folds to the back of the knot to secure them.
Step 5:
Cut a round piece of felt to make a backing for your rose. Glue on the felt, and then a pin back. Add a jewel to the center of the rose, if you like.

If crafting is anything, it’s a safe way to channel my insanity. Now I’m all set to hoot & holler in the city without breaking any health & safety codes. Thanks so much, Kirsten, for challenging me to get crafty.