I am really proud of this project, basically because it uses a piece of an old necklace of mine that broke when  I was in Singapore recently. I loved that necklace and was annoyed it broke but found a way to repurpose it into another feature necklace:

For this project you will need:

You can see the piece of the broken necklace front and centre. I then used some rhinestones courtesy of Wander and Hunt and pom pom trim from my trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand. You’ll also need jump rings, pliars, clasps, curb chain and embroidery thread.

Knot 4-6 strands of embroidery thread (3 times the length of your chain) to the end of the curb chain. Weave the thread to the chain as shown here.

Weave the embroidery thread as shown in this tutorial until the whole chain is covered.

Lay out all of the stones to have an idea of the design you want to have.

Attach the front piece with jump rings.

Hand stitch on the pom pom trim:

Now hand stitch on the stones:

That’s it. This is how I styled it up!

Happy DIY’ing




I know these are a few seasons back but I love the colours of these creations by Bimba and Lola. They inspired me to use my colourful embroidery thread remnants and some fab new supplies from Thailand in an interesting way!

When I was in Chiang Mai celebrating my 30th birthday, I went on a DIY mission with my cousin. She’s the uber-talented cake maker behind Charles and Violet and a great hobby photographer for this blog. Paula and I both love making things, it’s in our blood and lucky for us Chiang Mai is Thailand’s handicrafts capital. Just a stone’s throw from where we were staying at Le Méridien in Chiang Mai we discovered a whole host of craft and fabric stores where the locals go to buy supplies to make everything from table centrepieces to beautiful Buddhist offerings.

The cord I used for this bangle was found while I was mesmerised by two monks in bright orange walking around the store. I was so intrigued by them and of course, not allowed to take a photo of them (hence no photo here). The lengths of this cord (shown below) is dyed into several different colours and every time I look at the rainbow of colour I am reminded of those monks.

For this project you will need: Coloured rhinestones, (mine are from Wander and Hunt), a cheap/old bangle, colourful embroidery thread, E6000 glue and some interesting thicker cord (like the stuff I got from Chiang Mai).

Begin by wrapping small sections of the bangle with embroidery thread, use the E6000 glue to bond it neatly to the bangle.

Now glue on the cord in addition:

Finally glue the rhinestones where you’d like them to sit:

So easy! I think the bangle looks great stacked with other DIY arm candy…but more on that other braclet to come soon!

Simone and DIYnamic Style were in Thailand courtesy of Le Méridien Chiang Mai.


I recently caught up with a high school friend Petrolyn Vanessie upon my return to Perth. Petra had contacted me when I was in Dubai about her designs from her label Petra Vanessie. She was so sweet and I was delighted to see how much her work has matured since I last looked at her first collection. She gifted me this amazing blazer that you may have seen me in here:

I teamed the Petra Vanessie blazer with jeans from GAP and a t-shirt from COS.

This gorgeous blazer can be worn so many ways:

Shoes by Mango. Pants by Mersels (lovely gift from the team). Top by Portmans. Necklace by BYSI.

Pants by C.Wonder (lovely gift from them). Shoes Vintage. Blouse by Gisella Blu (another lovely gift).

Top by Forever 21. Shoes Vintage (my mother’s). Pants by Wardrobe.

Top by GAP. Necklace from C.Wonder. Shoes by Vince Camuto (a gift from them). Shorts from Mrs Brown Vintage.

Shoes by Seed. Top by Portmans. Jeans by French Connection but DIY’d here.

Here’s the best part, the designer of this amazingly versatile piece, Petra Vanessie, has offered me a $100 voucher to give away to her store.

To win all you have to do is:

1) Like the Petra Vanessie Facebook Page.

2) Follow me on Instagram.

Contest closes on June 14th. Contestants must reside in Perth, Western Australia.

Thankyou to the amazing Paula Fitzgerald for the photography.

I was inspired for this by a Matthew Williamson sweater I saw a few seasons ago. I loved the combination of colours:

This beanie is such a great Autumn update for here in Australia where things are getting colder. It adds some colour to otherwise dark colour palettes.

For this project, you will need:

Rhinestones (mine are from Wander and Hunt), thread scissors, needle and thread and a grey beanie (mine was a bargain on sale at Sportsgirl).

First I began by laying out my design, once I had it right, I took a picture of it on my phone to use as a guide:

Once you have your arrangement, start stitching the rhinestones on, referring back to your phone photo as you go:

And then you’re done!

Seriously one of the easiest DIYs ever! Happy head warming!

I have been following the crafting kit team from Darby Smart online for a while now and was devastated when I realised they didn’t ship outside the US. However, my Google analytics tells me that the US is my second most visited market for the blog.

So when I emailed the ladies from Darby Smart to share my Prada Inspired Art Bag DIY which was similar to one they were doing and chatted with them, then kindly decided to send me one of their kits to review for my blog.

Each kit comes with instructions and all the tools you will need. I had to use my own pliers in the end as I am not too adept with the 3-way ones.

I was so excited when the parcel arrived and then I became really busy with so many things and created the project but was just waiting to post it. Lucky for me the necklace stays in fashion. Here’s how I made mine:

I started off by measuring the length of the chain and using the pliers (supplied in the kit) to cut 2 lengths of chain. One for the outer chain that goes around the PVC and another which goes on top and around the neck:

From here I laid out all of my stones glued them into place, measuring how the chain would look:

Glue the chain to the PVC and cut around it:

That’s it! You can leave it to dry for an hour (to be safe) and it’s ready to wear. I wore mine with a nude dress for a party. I also layered another double stranded gold chain necklace from Kmart to give it more focus:

Thanks so much Darby Smart! The lovely team have also offered readers of DIYnamicstyle.com a special discount. The code is DARBYCRAFTER and with this code you will get $10 off of your first Darby Smart purchase of $19 (USD) or more until May 18th.

Darby Smart only ships within the United States of America.