Blogger Challenge: Studs and Pearls

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StudsandPearls-HeaderStuds and Pearls is a DIY fashion blog owned by Kirsten Nunez. As a New Yorker and longtime lover of crafting, she’s inspired by everything from music to food to nature. She is currently working on publishing her first DIY fashion book.

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Chunky Chain Necklace and Rhinestone Hair Tie
Contrary to what most people may think, elastic can be used for more than holding up your bottoms. This underrated craft material can be incorporated into accessories in just a few steps. My favorite uses for elastic include quick and easy necklaces, and snap free hair ties. Check out how I made both projects, below!

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Supplies:
***chunky lucite chain, measurement provided in box***
***gray elastic, measurement provided in box***
- Flat backed rhinestones
- Scissors
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1) Cut the elastic so that you have two strands, with one strand measuring about 11 inches.ChunkyChainNecklaceandRhinestoneHairTie03

2) Take the longer strand and tie the ends of the elastic to the ends of the chain.ChunkyChainNecklaceandRhinestoneHairTie04

3) Glue rhinestones to the elastic. Let dry completely.

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4) For the hair tie, fold the 11 inch strand of elastic in half. Tie and glue the rhinestone embellishments. Let dry.

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Layered Gold Necklace (and bracelets!)
I’ve always had a soft spot for anything gold and minimal. This necklace features a tier of bright gold cord, creating an eye catching yet simplistic look. The natural curve of the cord is ideal for a neck piece, making this project so much easier than it actually seems.

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***gold cord, measurement of material that was provided in the box***
- Brass chain
- 6 head pins
- 6 bead caps
- 8+ 6mm jump rings
- 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
- Optional: ***gold thread*** and ***multi-faceted flat backed rhinestones***

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1) Cut a strand of gold cord measuring 9.5 inches. Cut a second strand, measuring slightly longer. Cut a third strand, measuring slightly longer than the second.

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2) Insert a head pin through the bead cap. Trim down and create a loop. Glue the bead cap onto the cord’s end.

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3) Repeat on all the ends of the cord.

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4) Join all three ends with a jump ring. Repeat on the other side.

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5) If desired, glue rhinestones to the bead caps, or wrap the ends with gold metallic thread.

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6) Attach chain to both sides.

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7) Attach a jump ring and a clasp to the ends of the chain.

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8) For the bracelets, take any leftover gold cord and add bead caps to the ends, as you did in Steps 4 and 5. Connect with jump rings and jewelry claps.

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Rhinestone Tassel Pendant
I’ve always found multi-faceted rhinestones to be absolutely gorgeous. Depending on the angle of the light, various colors will shine through. With this project, you can wear a rainbow colors.

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Supplies:
- ***gold metallic thread***
- ***multi-faceted rhinestones***
- Clear nail polish
- Scalloped 25x18mm cameo setting
- Scissors

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Tip: Plastic jewelry tweezers may make it easier to handle the rhinestones.

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1) Apply a small amount of clear nail polish to the setting. Add rhinestones, one by one, starting along the outer edge.

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2) Continue until the setting is filled with rhinestones. Add another layer of clear nail polish on top to secure.

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3) Let dry completely. I love how the colors in the multi-faceted rhinestones show at different angles!

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4) For the tassel, wrap thread around your fingers as shown above. Tie the top end with a
strand of thread, and cut the bottom to create an instant tassel.

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5) Attach to the bottom of the setting.

Textured Coin Purse
I adore this project because it uses trim and ribbon in an unconventional way. I’m constantly working with different types of fabrics, so I thought – why not use the trimmings as fabric? By sewing the ribbon and trim together, you can create a custom made “panel” of material to work with. All you need is a chic gold carabiner to top it off.

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- ***pink satin ribbon, measurement of material provided in box***
- ***weaved trim,
- ***gold carabiner***
- ***metallic pink ribbon***
- 7 inch zipper
- Fabric scissors
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine (not shown)

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1) Cut two lengths of trim of about 15 inches (when folded, a bit longer than 7 inches) and a length of pink satin ribbon (same measurement) The 7 inch zipper can be used as a guide, but the finished coin purse will be smaller than this.

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2) Unfold the trim and ribbon. Pin the trim and ribbon, “right” sides facing each other. Look closely to see the pins in the above photo.

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3) Sew along the edge. I’d recommend using a zig zag stitch, as a straight stitch may not hold the weaved trim in place.

4) When sewn, the trim and ribbon will look a little like this on the “front” side.

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5) Pin the trim to the other edge of the ribbon, right sides facing each other.TexturedCoinPurse07

6) Sew.

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7) The back side, when sewn.TexturedCoinPurse09

8) Fold in half, and trim down the sides. Trim the zipper, if needed.TexturedCoinPurse10

9) Pin one half of the zipper to one side of the coin purse (or what will be the coin purse!)TexturedCoinPurse11

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11) Sew the other half of the zipper to the other end of the coin purse. This may be a bit awkward, so take your time while maneuvering the material.

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11) If you cut your zipper, sew a few hand stitches at the end to serve as a stopper. Machine sew down the end and bottom to close up the coin purse.

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12) Insert the carabiner right through the trim.

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Your coin purse is good to go! You can also use it to store jewelry while traveling.

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Introducing Our M&J Blogger Challenge Participants!

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We are very glad to announce our Third Annual M&J Blogger Challenge! We will be posting each blogger’s DIY posts throughout the week…Stay tuned and enjoy!

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Carly J. Cais has been a DIY’er from the moment she strung macaroni on yarn to make necklaces at age 3. Completely self-taught, she produced a short-lived clothing and jewelry line, RIVETED, in 2007, and founded her DIY and fashion blog Chic Steals in 2008. She loves sharing ideas and how-to’s for making one’s own clothing, accessories, and jewelry on her blog, along with local fashion lines lookbooks, styling inspiration, and outfit photos.

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Kristen Turner: A Southern Belle living the champagne life on a beer budget, Kristen created her blog Glitter ‘N Glue in 2010 to give readers a creative way to craft the looks for less. Glitter ‘N Glue is a collection of weekly fashion and decor do-it-yourself project tutorials and videos.

Smart n Snazzy LogoHi!  I’m Lia.  My real name is Amalia which rhymes with Mama Mia and not Somalia.  This is why I go by Lia.  I’m a single mom of 2 amazing kids who are 8 and 11.  I recently lost my job and am trying to blog full time now while looking for my next endeavor.  You know how you hear some kind of adage that goes something like ‘what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should be doing with your life’?  Well for me it was blogging.  And here I am!  A former data analyst, now loving life at home with the kiddos! I started Smart n Snazzy to share my love of fashion, DIY projects, beauty, and decor.  I have expensive taste but a limited budget, so I wanted to hopefully inspire others!  I also started it to have a creative outlet.  I’ve always been making things since I was a kid; it’s helped with my anxiety and focus issues.  I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with my degree in Mathematics after also studying a lot of physics and astronomy. I am obsessed with 90s punk music, the beach, Mediterranean food, sports, and a good drink. I snowboard, surf (well I did when I lived in FL), and work on DIY projects in my free time, what little of it I have that is.

StudsandPearls-HeaderStuds and Pearls is a DIY fashion blog owned by Kirsten Nunez. As a New Yorker and longtime lover of crafting, she’s inspired by everything from music to food to nature. She is currently working on publishing her first DIY fashion book.

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity.  It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.

Thanks I Made It LogoErin Pruckno lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches by day and crafts by night. Her site, Thanks, I Made It, is a DIY style blog for encouraging creativity, sharing inspiration, and enjoying being able to say, “Thanks, I made it!” There you’ll find do-it-yourself projects that range from the super simple to more complex, while learning crafty skills and how to get designer looks with less money and more personality.

Trinkets in Bloom LogoCathy Attix is the creator of Trinkets in Bloom, a fashion DIY blog with an eye for design and creative expression. Her DIY’s are inspired by runway fashion, street style and vintage finds. She brings more than fifteen years of fashion industry experience to her creations and a lifetime of creativity and experience to her tutorials.

Blogger Highlight: Studs and Pearls

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This week those of us at M&J are officially having a floral phenomenon. Our obsession with the floral print trend has gone to an extreme now that Spring is upon us.  Apparently we are not the only ones crazed by this trend since we stumbled across this great D.I.Y Painted Floral Purse courtesy of studs and pearls. We’re all about a stand out piece and this bag will certainly get you noticed. Click on the image for the full tutorial provided by Studs and Pearls.

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Blogger Highlight: Studs and Pearls

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No matter what craziness erupts in the DIY world, we know we can always fall back on Kirsten from Studs and Pearls for great DIY projects. The New Yorker constantly inspires us with her original tutorials, adorable jewelry, and edgy clothing. Her site is definitely one of our daily reads, and of course we love that she’s a frequent visitor of M&J Trimming! We adored her creations when she was our Blogger of the Month last May, so we wanted to catch up with Kirsten and steal all of her DIY secrets. Check out her interview below!
How did you get started as a blogger and a DIYer?
I’ve been making and creating things for as long as I can remember, so I suppose I’ve technically been a “DIYer” my entire life. It’s something that’s always been second nature to to me and has always been a significant part of everything I do. As for blogging, I started in July of 2010. I was always making fashion projects as it is, and finally came to the realization that it would be almost impossible to solely shop for things that truly expressed my evolving taste and style. I also always believed that true style doesn’t have to come from a certain store or a brand, and really wanted to support this concept. I decided to create a blog to share my DIY projects, in order to show that there’s more to fashion than the monetary value. Even if I didn’t start studs & pearls, I’d still be making all of these projects.The only difference is that I’m sharing them with readers from all over the world.
Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?
Many different places. Most of my ideas come from seeing items in stores, on the web or sometimes even on other people. I have a really photographic memory, so when I see something, it sometimes reminds me of something else I’ve seen in the past…thus resulting in a project idea. Often, inspiration stems from simply seeing or working with certain materials or supplies.


Which of your DIY projects is your favorite?
So far, one of my favorites have been the Studded Trench Coat (inspired by Burberry), however I’m planning on redoing this to make it even more awesome! Another favorite is the Leather Sleeved Denim Jacket, which is in constant rotation in my wardrobe. Other favorites are the Multi-Strand Chain Watch (so useful!) and all of the bracelet projects.
Have you noticed any upcoming DIY trends?

Neon and ombre are still going pretty strong, as well as lace in every style and form.

What advice would you give to DIY beginners?

Don’t be afraid to try a new technique or work with a new material. You really never know how it will turn out until you try. Most people I talk to who are hesitant to try DIY projects are scared of messing up…which, to be honest, isn’t even a bad thing! The awesome thing about making things is that you can always just try again. If you’re working with something of value, like a favorite shirt or jacket, try doing a test run on a thrifted or old piece of clothing. Another piece of advice would be to use the Internet to your advantage. If you can’t figure out how to do a certain method or want to learn about certain materials, Google is just a few clicks away.

What are your must-have DIY supplies?
Black and white thread, sewing needles, super glue, a hot glue gun, a pair of scissors, and jewelry pliers. There’s a really good chance you’ll use at least one of these items in any DIY project!

Top 5 Blogger Collar DIYs

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Collars have been trending for quite some time now, so naturally they have been popping up on all of our favorite DIY blogs. Whether they are sequined, spraypainted, or starred, we’re really digging all of the different versions. Here’s a list of our top 5 – which one is your favorite?

1. DIY Louis Vuitton Gold Collar by A Pair & A Spare

2. DIY Miu Miu Inspire Pop-Up Collar by Boat People

3. DIY Sequin Collar Necklace by Stripes + Sequins

4. DIY Faux Fur Collar by Studs and Pearls

5. DIY Chainmail Embellished Collar by Glitter ‘N Glue

Top 5 Blogger Ring DIYs

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Rings are always super simple to DIY, so we’re constantly scouting for the best blogger tutorials. We’ve rounded up a list of our top 5 – check them out!

1. Delicate Gold Chain Rings by A Pair & A Spare

2. Pamela Love Arrowhead Ring by Chic Steals

3. Ball and Chain Stackable Rings by Glitter ‘N Glue

4. Heart Ring by I Spy DIY

5. Spike Ring by Studs and Pearls

DIY Thread Wrapped Love Necklace

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Supplies:

- Craft wire (I used 24 gauge)
- Embroidery thread, one skein
- Scissors
- Round nosed jewelry pliers
- Chain (length is up to you)
- Clear nail polish (you’ll use this in more than one way!)
- Jump rings and jewelry clasp (optional)
- Charm or tassel (optional, not shown)
- Ruler (not shown)

To follow all the steps visit Studs And Pearls blog to recreate Kirsten’s necklace.

Blogger of the Month, September!

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By Blerona

I know we’ve missed a couple of month’s after May, but luckly we had Five amazing bloggers for our M&J Challenge 2 to keep your creative juices flowing for the summer. And I’m happy to say that we are back in action. Our New Favorite blogger for September is Arianna from Runway DIY!

Arianna Berk is a true DIY girl who believes there is no need to want when you can create! Arianna has been making her own clothing, artwork, and accessories since before she could walk and talk. Growing up with a fashion designer mother, Arianna was raised around bolts of fabric and sewing machines, and learned from a young age that with enough creativity and imagination, you can make anything you see.

 

Her website, Runway DIY aims to make high fashion accesible to everyone through step-by-step do it yourself projects inspired by current trends. Her focus is on creating arts, not crafts- she never uses a glue gun where a needle and thread would do better. Arianna views the world through DIY eyes- flipping through magazines and walking past shop windows gives her constant inspiration for her posts and creations. When Arianna isn’t blogging, you will find her trying new restaurants or playing with her dogs- Baye, Rosie, and Sam.

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, September 13th 2011 to see what she made!

Studs and Pearls Blogger of the Month – May!

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I had so much fun creating these projects with the surprise box that M&J Trimming sent me. There’s a lot of variety within these 6 projects, so I hope you’re inspired to try out at least one of them! Enjoy, and Happy DIY’ing!

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Project 1: Multi-Finger ring

Multi-finger rings have been spotted everywhere lately. As one of this season’s hottest trends, you can make your very own multi-finger ring with just a few supplies.

Supplies:
- 3 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
- Button shank remover
- Scissors
- Scrap of pleather or leather (1.5″x2.5″)
- Super glue
- 3 ring blanks

1) Fold the scrap pleather/leather in half, lengthwise.
2) Glue along the inside.
3) Remove the shanks from the back of the buttons.

4) Glue the buttons onto the rectangle.

5) Glue the ring blanks on the back of the rectangle.
6) Let dry.

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Project 2: Chain and Cord Bracelet

This statement bracelet looks complicated, but it really isn’t! I love the combination of different textures, between the chain and the cord.

Supplies:
- Cord/Braid Item# 887060198 in Ovocado (1.800.9.MJTRIM) , about 60 inches
Kelly Green Color thread Item#42681
- 1 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
- Thick wide curb chain
- Sewing needle
- Scissors
- Jewelry pliers
- Jewelry clasp and jump rings
- Clear nailpolish

Tip: Wrap tape around the ends of the cord to prevent them from fraying while you make the bracelet.
1) Cut the cord into two 30 inch pieces, and thread one piece through the first link of the curb chain. Fold the thread in half to make sure that there’s the same amount of thread on either side. Take the bottom strand, fold it over the top strand and then through the second link. 
2) Take this strand and fold it back over the chain, and under the other strand. That other strand then goes through the chain.

3) Repeat steps 1-2 until you reach the end

4) Thread the other piece of cord through the first link of the chain, and repeat until you’ve braided the other side.

5) Sew the ends together, and sew on the button to accent the bracelet.

6) Sew the clasp onto the cord, trim the ends and secure with clear nail polish to prevent fraying.

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Project 3: Ribbon Wrap Bracelet

This Ribbon Wrap Bracelet is the ultimate spring accessory; it totally reminds me of flowers, sunshine and nature. You can also use the same method with different types of ribbons to create a completely different vibe.

Supplies:
- Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon Item# 33583 about 120 inches for a 7 inch bracelet
- Rhinestone trim (*this is actually from M&J Trimming as well, but I had this beforehand.)
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun

1) Fold the ribbon in half about 4 times. You might need to fold more or less times depending on the size of your wrist.
2) Tie the ends together in a bow.

3) Wrap a 1.5 inch piece of rhinestone trim around the bow, and secure with hot glue.

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Project 4: Shoulder Trim Shirt

You can give some life to a plain old shirt by using gold trim to accent the shoulders. I love the way the trim hangs off the sleeves – it adds a sultry, flirty element. Regardless of what color shirt you choose, the gold trim will look amazing with any color.

Supplies:
Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM)
Peacock Color thread Item#42681
 - Sewing needle
- T-shirt of your choice
- Scissors

1) Find the seam on the shoulder of your shirt. Line the trim along the seam and sew the edge of the trim to the edge of the shirt.
2) Sew the trim in the middle, with just a one or two simple stitches.

3) Sew in a few more spots along the trim.

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Project 5: Gold Trim Headband

This headband is my personal favorite; it can add some gypsy-inspired flair to any outfit, and will look great whether you have short or long hair.

Supplies:
- Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM), about 13-15 inches
- Elastic, 7-8 inches
- Super glue1) First and only step – glue both ends of the trim to the elastic. Instant headband.

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Project 6: Thread Tassel Keychain

Tassels are one of the hottest trends right now. You can easily make your own tassel with some thread, a pair of scissors and a small book. The best part?  You can even use different colored threads to create fun, multi-colored tassels.

Supplies:
- Metal Tooth Pendant Item# 42406
- Peacock Color thread Item#42681
- Small book
- Key ring
- Scissors

1) Create your own skein of thread by wrapping the thread around the book, about 40-50 times.

2) Slowly slip off the thread and tie the top section off, with a spare piece of thread. This will form a loop.
3) Attach the tassel and horn pendant to a key ring.

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month, MAY!

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By Blerona

It’s that time again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our pick for May is the very talented, Kirsten !

Kirsten Nunez is a New Yorker with an unending love for anything handmade. Founder of the DIY fashion blog Studs and Pearls, her style is equal parts edgy and classy. If she’s not creating, she’s probably baking, thrifting, or writing for About.com’s Style section. She believes that DIY has absolutely no rules. Kirsten is inspired by everything and anything; she has multiple sketchbooks overflowing with ideas, and she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, May 17th 2011 to see what she made!