Friday, November 28, 2014

news: 40% off Darby Smart Kits with code HOLIDAY40

This year, on Black Friday, I'm only spending money on labor-conscious companies (like Everlane) and handmade. What about you? If you're shopping at Darby Smart, you can use the code HOLIDAY40 to get 40% off everything, including my Build a Clock and Mini Felt Succulent kits.

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, November 27, 2014

in a new york minute: Velvet Typography Tote by Minted Strawberry

It's been a while since I've had an "in a New York minute" feature - this one's by Aki from Minted Strawberry, and her theme was: velvet. Take it away, Aki! 

  • Iron-on Adhesive - I used Heat n Bond Ultra Hold
  • Scissors
  • Velvet Fabric
  • Canvas Tote

1) Print the words you like onto the back of the iron-on adhesive. Make sure that the letters are flipped over when you print them. Iron it down onto the back of your velvet fabric.

2) Cut the letters out with your scissors - make sure they are really sharp as fabric is hard to cut with dull scissors.

3) Take off the backing part of the iron-on adhesive and then position them onto your tote - it's easier with a ruler! When done positioning, iron it down and you are done!

Optional: To prevent letters from peeling off, you may want to stitch it down.

Thanks so much, Aki! To check out the rest her ideas, visit her blog, Minted Strawberry. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Xo, Kirsten 

About "in a new york minute":
This feature invites fellow DIY bloggers to contribute a guest post & create a simple and quick project. The only rule? It must be made in 5 steps or less, and it must have to do with a specific theme that I provide. I always love seeing what they come up with! To check out past projects under this feature, click here

Monday, November 24, 2014

diy: Studded Sweater Leg Warmers

One of my favorite parts about do-it-yourself is the ability to use something in more than one way. I love taking an item, material or technique and adding an unconventional spin. Admittedly, some of the less quirky & unadventurous types might raise a brow...but who cares?! An "intended purpose" is a concept created by the human mind - so I say, why not do something different. 

...Like wearing your sweater's sleeves on your legs, for example. But hey, with a couple snips and stitches, a pair of sweater sleeves can actually be a set of wearable, cozy leg warmers. This is a great way to recycle an old sweater you might laying around, proving that it all comes down to how you look at something.  


- Sleeves from an old sweater
- Fabric Scissors
- Liquid Seam Sealant (such as Fray Check)
- Iron
- Iron-On Studs (I used 12 dome gunmetal studs)
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine & Thread (Optional, or may not be needed)

1) At the fraying end of the sleeve, along the shoulder seam, trim across to create a straight edge.

2) Turn inside out and determine where you can sew, vertically, to straighten out the width of the sleeve. You may not need to do this step if your sleeve is already an even, straight tube - the "extra" fabric on the right is due to the style and size of the sweater I used. If so, skip to Step 5.

3) Sew straight down. Because my sweater already had ridges, I used one as a guide.

4) Tie off and trim the thread. Cut away the excess sweater material.

5) With the sleeve still facing inside out, fold down the raw edge about 1 inch/2.54 centimeters. Pin all around.

6) Sew.

7) Add liquid seam sealant (or clear nail polish) along the raw edge to prevent the fabric from fraying.

8) Iron the studs on on a protective surface, such as ironing board. 

9) Let cool. Repeat with the second sleeve.

Pretty easy!

Here, I wore the leg warmers with my favorite Rag & Bone jacket, black knee high boots and a Leopard Print Scarf (c/o I'm loving how the bit of brown from the leopard scarf plays off the scattering of yellow leaves! Brooklyn in the fall is my favorite.

Depending on the material, size and style of the sweater, you might be able to wear them with knee-high boots like I did. Otherwise, most sleeves will be more appropriate for shorter autumn and winter footwear, such as combat boots.

And if you're trying to figure out if  a sweater will work for this project? Just do me a favor and don't slip your legs into a sweater...while it's still a sweater. And if you do, don't tell anyone I gave you the idea. 

Tutorial Photos: Kirsten Nunez for Studs & Pearls
Street Style Photos: Haruka Sakaguchi (The Denizen Co.) for Studs & Pearls

Xo, Kirsten

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