Studs and Pearls – DIY Fashion Book Giveaway

I’ve been pretty excited about this blog post for a while now having got my hands on a copy of Studs and Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion a couple of months back!

New Yorker Kirsten Nunez is the author of creative DIY Fashion blog Studs and Pearls. Nunez shares her creative flare through her blog DIYs and scored her first book deal in her 20s. She has had countless fashion features in Mollie Makes, Cosmo, CNN and tons more. This girl is one to watch!


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Studs and Pearls the book is pretty impressive for a first title. If you like DIY fashion you will definitely find something to create. Each DIY is laid out in a simple, clean way followed by pages of variations and further inspiration.


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The book offers DIY jewellery projects, customisation for your favourite clothes and shoes and tons of DIY accessory ideas. Nunez shares her tips and tricks as well as her inspiration and you get a feel for her passion and drive right from the beginning.


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Suggested suppliers for the UK and US are listed in the back of the book which is an added bonus and Nunez explains which tools she prefers to use when crafting.


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If you are a DIY beginner, there are some great projects that require very little skill (think gluing and cutting) and in contrast, some that require a little more experience such as wire wrapping and sewing. This handy index of projects by difficulty level is at the back of the book.


I tried out a couple of projects from the book in the accessories section (of course!).


Now I just need to book a summer holiday so I can wear these floral embellished sunglasses!



Fancy winning your very own copy of Studs and Pearls? All you have to do is enter using the widget below. The giveaway is open worldwide and a winner will be drawn at random and contacted after the closing date. Good Luck!

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If you can’t wait for the giveaway to end, you can also purchase a copy of the book via Amazon when it is released on 5 May 2014.



Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher, but I am under no obligation to review it. I will only review items I believe are worthy of sharing with you all -good or bad!
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April Favourites 2014


It’s time for another favourites post! Today’s favourites are floral and pastel themed and begin with Spring flowers. How pretty are these lilac and white tulips from Cambridge market?


I often buy daffodils for the craft studio too. SO cheery.


I have been looking for a new business card holder lately as I didn’t want one of the boring silver cases. Rachel at OH NO Rachio makes these super cute glitter card wallets so I snapped up the parma violet one.


In a couple of weeks I’ll be attending the next Crafty Fox talk and will definitely be taking this sparkly baby stocked with cards!


Staying on the glitter theme, I am loving this Crown and Glory glitter heart headband. We recently went to a family wedding and I wore this instead of a hat with this frock.


The sun has been making a few appearances in Cambridge this Spring! It always makes me want to wear this wooden sunglasses necklace by Onetenzeroseven. I’ve been wearing it with my hand stamped star ring too.


Lush bath melts are my favourite treat! This time I got a Butterball, Melting Marshmallow and Floating Island.


These floral glass water bottles from Dunelm are now in our fridge giving us chilled water and OJ on demand. Much prettier than a plastic bottle right?


My sister got me some amazing loose tea from Fortum and Mason for Christmas and I’ve been enjoying a cup or two in the afternoons. I must be extremely British as I do think the afternoon is the best time to enjoy fresh tea.


I also want to say a little thanks to my Twitter followers who voted for me in the UK Arts and Craft Blogger competition run by Medals UK. I got the silver! You can take a look at the other winners here.



What have you favourites been this month?



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DIY Wooden Peg Photo Frame


Today’s DIY is a simple one I promise! I’m showing you how to create this wooden peg photo frame which can be used in a craft space or office, or indeed anywhere in your home. I quite like the idea of one of these in the kitchen to hang recipes up….

Anyway, let’s get started with the tutorial.

You will need:

  • Box Frame
  • Fabric
  • Bakers Twine
  • Double Sided Sticky Tape
  • Small Wooden Pegs
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pencil


Step 1

Begin by removing the backing for the frame and the glass which you will not need. Lay the backing onto your fabric and draw around it. Cut your fabric out using fabric scissors and press.


Step 2

Turn the frame backing over and edge with the double sided sticky tape. Once you have peeled the tape covering off you can smooth your fabric onto the backing. The good thing here is that you can usually lift the fabric and replace it (provided your tape isn’t super sticky) to ensure you remove any creases or folds.


Step 3

Cut a length of the bakers twine which is 0.5 inches wider than the frame backing on each side. Loosely lay the twine across the front of your fabric around 1.5 inches from the top (I moved mine up after taking this photo).


Step 4

Holding your bakers twine in place, reassemble the frame (without the glass) and adjust the twine accordingly. I used the frame clips on the back to catch the end of the bakers twine and then cut off any excess.


Step 5

Attach a few wooden pegs to your bakers twine and you are now ready to hang some photos in your frame!


I think I’ll use mine for notes and pretty reminders.


Or you could add some business cards, tickets or Polaroids.


These peg photo frames can be made in any size, just adjust your fabric and peg amounts accordingly! I like the idea of a long one for family pictures and the best thing is, you can change what you hang whenever you like.


What do you think? I would love to know your ideas for displaying photos around the home. Please share your inspiration in the comments below.



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Filofax Inspiration #4

It’s time for number 4 in the Filofax Inspiration series. Here’s a round up of my favourite Filo themed items this month, with a little stationery thrown in too. Enjoy!

I adore this amazing Totoro decorated Filofax uploaded by Robin Imhof on Pinterest. This woman has some seriously cute kawaii designs in her planner!


I do love Totoro, as you can see here and here!

These clip sets were both gifts so I’m afraid I can’t share where they are from, but cute eh? I use them to keep receipts and notes attached to certain pages in my planner.


I wanted some pastel fineliner pens and found this set on Amazon. There was also an orange one, but I seem to have misplaced it already! They actually come out darker than the lid colour, but the can be left for days without the cap on and wont dry up.


I found Ice Cream pens!! Need I say more?


My store has been busy for Scrabble items lately! I am currently switching between a Scrabble Filofax Charm and the tag below for my Domino Filofax.


This fabulous tag is by gorgeous Stationery store Oh Squirrel. I’ve refashioned it as a Filofax charm as I think it is a good reminder to have a cuppa when I’m decorating my planner!


Well that was a bit of a mish mash of things, but I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have found any good Filo inspo online or do share your Filofax blog posts in the comments below!



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Claireabellemakes Etsy Sale – Floral Fancy

There is currently a little sale in the Etsy store for the floral fancy collection. It’s a one off selection of vintage style flower rings and hair slides, so once they’re gone that’s it! All starting at just £3 per item.

Claireabellemakes-SaleAlso on sale is the CAT Scrabble Brooch Pin for just £5.50 (usually £7). All you crazy cat ladies out there need one I’m sure!

CAT Scrabble Brooch

Not on sale but new to the store are these custom Scrabble Word Art Frames! The large frame (8″ x 10″) is £40 and I will work with you to find the most suitable fabric backing and letter layout.


The small frame (8″ x 6″) is £20. These make great gifts for new families, weddings or meaningful place names!


In the next month or so I will also be releasing some new bicycle accessories including a limited edition Tour De France yellow jersey coloured bicycle bracelet! I’m pretty excited.


Here it is on the far left! I probably wouldn’t have chosen this colour ordinarily, but I totally love it now. This rainbow of bracelets makes me very happy.


Thanks for reading this little shop update today. Back to normal scheduling tomorrow with some Filofax inspiration.



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