April 24, 2014

“I had the privilege of capturing this adorable couple in Monterey, CA a couple of months ago. We laughed and danced our way down Cannery Row, The Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Pier outside of The (Intercontinental) Clement of Monterey Resort. Later, we snuck away to a tiny beach for a quiet moment before walking over to Lovers Point. Once we reached Lovers Point the wind started to pick up. The waves crashed up against the rocky peninsula as the sun began to set. As Samantha and Felipe reached to tip of Lovers Point, Felipe grabbed Samantha as the wind blew her hair and the sun set around them perfectly with a full moon in the background. It was a perfect way to end the day! I hope that you enjoy the love captured, that these two share!” – Jamie Bearg Photography


“A friend of ours recommended Jamie Bearg. As soon as we met with her, we knew right away that we wanted her photographing our wedding. Her photography is beautiful and captures so many of those “natural” special moments, which was exactly what we were looking for. We had such an incredible time during our engagement photos, and were so thankful that she traveled to Monterey just to capture us in our favorite spots. Jamie is so easy to work with, and we loved sharing all of our engagement photos with our family and friends.


..One DIY project that I am excited about is wine barrel tables. We have been collecting wine barrels and will be covering the top of the barrel with glass to make into a table. Underneath the glass we will be placing photographs of us. The wine barrel tables will be set on the balcony where the cocktail hour will be. Another project that we will be working on is a curtain backdrop. We are using PVC pipe to create a frame, and will cover it with sheer and ivory curtains. Among other DIY’s, we have designed our own invitations, and wooden signs with our favorite sayings!


..The Honeymoon!!! But really, I would have to say I am looking forward to having all of our family and friends together with us. Out of everything, I am probably most excited for the dancing. We have an awesome DJ and although I am excited for the “I do’s” and first dance, I can’t wait until we can just relax, be silly, and dance the night away with all of our family and friends.” – Samantha, the bride-to-be

April 24, 2014

I am super excited to announce that Darby Smart has added me as their most recent creative designer and picked up my ‘Glittered Wooden Spoon Favor‘ tutorial!!!! What that means is you can now easily purchase all the supplies you’ll need – in one box- quickly from their website! 

But wait there’s more!
In celebration of this being my first designer craft box, one lucky ST reader will win a Glittered Wooden Spoon box for free!!! So enter now!!! Contest ends at midnight on 4/30/14.


April 24, 2014

I’m super excited to finally be able to share my big news with you guys today!!! A few months back I was contacted by The DIY Network to create fun and fresh new DIY wedding ideas for their website… and of course I was completely honored! My first project gallery is now live on their {website} and you have to check it out… ideas for the DIY bachelor and bachelorette party…

I’ve given you a preview below, but you really have to see them on the site… we created tons of free downloads and even editable printables for your creative event!
Click on the images below to find each project…


April 23, 2014

“It’s not often that a photographer from Ohio has the opportunity to photograph a beach wedding, so I was thrilled to be a part of Kirsta and Darin’s gorgeous waterside ceremony and reception in Huron, Ohio. Aside from the beautiful location where their special day took place, I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful group of people to work with. From the very start, the couple and their families were so easygoing and hospitable. They even invited me to stay for an amazing filet mignon dinner at their home after our engagement session! The wedding day was no different, we felt like a part of the family. And, of course, their DIY decor was lovely and perfectly reflected the fun-loving nature of Kirsta and Darin.” – Kristen Nicole Photography


“It’s hard to pick just one, because it was an amazingly perfect day! But my top three moments are:  1. Seeing my husband and the ceremony set up for the first time when I turned the corner of the sidewalk onto the beach. Our guests had perfectly set up a human barrier so that I couldn’t see anything until I was down to the “aisle”. It was an unplanned perfect thing that happened!  2. My husband and I were really emotional at the start of the ceremony. We have had a mustache joke for a couple of years, so I put mustaches on the finger of myself and all of my bridesmaids as a way to take some funny pics through the day. We were both on the verge of crying right when I got down the aisle, so I put my mustache to my face and we both started cracking up (including my Pastor!). It was a great break to our emotions and allowed us to relax and enjoy the ceremony. There are a few pics that captured that moment too (although only we knew what was going on). 3. At the end of the night, we had a fireworks show on the beach. My hubby and I went out to the beach to sit and watch away from everyone. We had a chance to sit back and enjoy the event from afar and look at everyone having a fantastic time. It was a great one on one moment that allowed us to appreciate the night/day and I am so glad we had that moment!


..Yes, we did a LOT of DIY! Mostly everything was a DIY, and we are so happy we spent the time on this. It made the event so much more personal, and we had all of our family and friends helping out. This made it more special as well, sharing the jobs of the day with everyone we love. They were champs and did so much to help us get things done and to make it beautiful and unique!


..Enjoy it! I was really stressed in the beginning, and really didn’t want to do the “work”.  I wanted to just plan a destination wedding and have a planner do everything in the beginning. But after I actually got into the process, I absolutely loved making this event our own and special to us. I am so glad we did things the way we did, and that we didn’t do a destination. I loved having our family and friends there to celebrate, and I had such a great time doing it all. If I could go back, I would have relaxed and enjoyed it from the very beginning instead of after a few months in, because the time goes so quickly!” – Kirsta, the bride


photography: Kristen Nicole Photography // venue: Old Homestead Beach // dress: Robin Jillian // bridesmaids: Mori Lee // hair: Angels Hair Salon // makeup: Lindsay Oliveria // mens attire: Macy’s // invitations: Marilyn Windau // flowers: DIY purchased from Sam’s Club // caterer: Mesenburg’s Creative Catering // cake/bakery: Pink Moon Bakery // lighting and rentals: Witt’s Tent // music: The Going (Live Band) and Joe Steager (ceremony)

April 22, 2014

“We go together like Salt & Pepper!” Me and my hubby sure do, in fact we’ve gone as that for halloween… #cheesy. If you share the sentiment and are planning a rustic, shabby chic affair –  this is the perfect, memorable favor for your guests! Combine salt and pepper in one absolutely darling mason jar spice shaker and you have a thoughtful, usable and adorable gift to give! One that is sure to be talked about highly…



  • these darling Mason Jar Spice Shakers
  • lots of salt
  • lots of pepper
  • cute twine
  • mixing bowl and funnel
  • scissors
  • our FREE tag design download
  • cardstock


Again, since Salt & Pepper always go together… here we are mixing them and putting them into the same shaker – genius right!? Pepper can overwhelm the salt a bit, so use less pepper than salt. However the exact mixture is going to be up to you – based on your taste – no science or measuring needed. Each mason jar shaker holds approximately 2/3 cup of spice.


Fill all your clean jars with your S&P mix…


{ We go together like Salt & Pepper Tags }

Download our FREE, adorable tags above and print them onto the cardstock of your choice. I cut them into little flags and punched a hole in the top.


Tie a tag onto each jar… and your done!


Freaking adorable right!?! Now these little guys can get expensive because of the cost of the shaker, so I recommend giving one to each couple or family. That way they can refill as they please… and remember you and your special day every time they season their food ;)


As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

Find everything you’ll need to make this project from our Amazon affiliate links:


Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial + free download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // darling mason jar salt & pepper shakers: Amazon // Martha Stewart Crafts scissors and Crop-a-dile: Michaels // salt & pepper: Smart & Final // nail polish: OPI – Designer de Better

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