Blogger Highlight: Studs and Pearls

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!

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