February 10, 2014

“We went for a more sultry version of Little Red Riding Hood with this styled session, using darker colors to go with our noir theme of Little Red Riding Hood Marrying the Wolf. It was our little twist from the original version… still very much a fairytale albeit a dark one. We wanted something different from the usual Little Red Riding Hood theme so the women working on this coordinated together to make sure that what was brought into the session felt dark and beautiful at the same time. Since we were so specific in what our vision was, our designer Rachel even sketched out an image of the table beforehand to give us a visual of the scene. We chose Sanborn County Park in the Santa Cruz mountains because of its lush forest setting. It felt perfect for Little Red.” – Nerinna Studios

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photography: Nerinna Studios // event design: Fatty Freckles // event planning: Blissful Events // floral design: McCallum Designs // hand-lettering: Steele My Heart // hair + makeup: Ellyse Bernales // jewelry: NCC Diamonds // dress: Watters // bakery: Artistic Bites // venue: Sanborn Park // bridal accessories + table brooches:  Something Treasured via Etsy // model: Sarah Agar 

December 20, 2013

Isn’t DIY Friday just the best!?! Today we are sharing our very last 12 Months of Martha project for 2013, I’ve had such a wonderful time with this year long concept and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too! How to make these darling ribbon bow rings ~ which will make wonderful bridesmaid or holiday gifts! These super fun cocktail rings make your hands look fancy!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • 18″ of fun ribbon per ring
  • silver or gold ring bases
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Stiffener
  • paint brush
  • sharp scissors
  • E6000 Glue
  • little box
  • optional: MSC Decoupage Glue, Craft Paint and Glitter

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The only talent that you will need for this project is being able to tie a cute bow.

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Starting with 18″ of any type of ribbon, tie a cute bow.

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Next, liberally apply Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Stiffener to your entire bow.

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The fabric stiffener can change the look of your ribbon; in some types of ribbon it will make the color appear darker. Make sure to paint a test strip of your ribbon with the fabric stiffener first, to see if it changes your ribbon color and if you like it!

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Make sure to thoroughly saturate your bow with fabric stiffener. Inside the loops and all. Front and back. Top and Bottom. Then let it dry completely, usually takes a few hours. Here we are doing this step on a piece of waxed paper, which is recommended. 

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Once your bow is dry you are ready to glue it to the ring base. First you want to make sure that where you are gluing is a steady and flat surface. I cut holes in a little box, then inserted the ring base – this way the bow will dry on a flat surface.

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Here are our bows fully dry…

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Place a small dot of E6000 glue onto each ring base and then press your bow into the glue. Make sure your bow is drying at the right angle… you might need to prop the bow ends up with something like a folded piece of paper or the like. The angle that your bow dries is the angle you are stuck with. This glue takes 24 hours to dry completely.

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There you have it… a darling ribbon bow ring!

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Now for fun embellishments… you can paint them with craft paint…

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You can add glitter with decoupage glue! One coat of glue, shake on the glitter and finish with another coat of glue once the first coat is fully dry…

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And if you want your ribbon bow rings to have a specialty finish like gloss or glow in the dark, you can paint them with any of Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage glues of your choice!

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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!

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Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Stiffener, Decoupage Glue, paint in beach glass, paint brushes and scissors: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // all ribbons, ring bases and E6000 glue: Michaels // nail polish: Essie, Mint Candy Apple

Easily purchase these supplies from Whimseybox:

 

June 21, 2013

I’m a tad bit obsessed with ‘something blues’… after all I named this website after my ‘something turquoise’… have you chosen your special blue wedding item yet? If not, I think you should do this ~ simply paint the bottom of your wedding shoes blue! This is the perfect something blue for a crafty bride and makes for absolutely adorable pictures…

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SUPPLIES:

  • your special wedding shoes
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint in your choice of blue; these are in Pearl Aquarium
  • MSC paint brush and stencil tape
  • rubbing alcohol

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Start by taping off the bottom area of each shoe – this is optional but better to be safe than sorry. Then throughly clean the area to be painted with rubbing alcohol.

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Next, start painting! Depending on the color and finish of your paint choice, each shoe will require anywhere from 2 – 5 thin coats of paint.

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In between each coat, you can save your paint and brush in a plastic baggie.

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The paint needs to dry at least one hour in between each coat.

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This shoe (with the pearl type paint finish) required 4 thin coats of paint.

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Once you are happy with the paint coverage, carefully remove the tape.

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There you have it ~ a fabulously crafty ‘something blue’ for under $5!

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You could really have some fun with these shoes in photos!!!

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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 share using the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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beautiful photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // RSVP ‘Jovita’ silver peep-toe heels: Zappos // Martha Stewart Crafts paint, brush and stencil tape: Michaels // wedding dress: Nordstrom // nail polish: OPI liquid sand in Get Your Number

June 13, 2013

If you are looking for incredibly unique and artisan style jewelry for your special day then you have to check out Fragments. A finely curated gallery of both fine and fashion jewelry, known for discovering and launching the careers of today’s most celebrated designers. Designers who’s gorgeous pieces are all in one place. So whether you are searching for a wedding ring, the perfect pair of earrings or a necklace to complete your bridal look – this one stop shop is the place to start!

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Drawing inspiration from the raw streets of NYC – specifically SoHo, Fragments designs personify the fashion that lives in the city. With their roster of talented artisans; Fragments continues to excite and inspire their customers with original designs, unparalleled craftsmanship and innovative collections. The jewels below are just a few of my favorite pieces that would be stunning on any bride!

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I love their ‘Trend Watch‘ page ~ fab jewelry inspiration boards covering the latest trends!

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May 22, 2013

After 30 years in the wedding industry, Weddingstar.com has learned a great deal about making dreams come true. From traditional to contemporary, today’s Brides are constantly searching for accessories that reflect their personal style and wedding theme. Weddingstar’s extensive selection of bridal products feature many exclusive designs, inspired and manufactured by their talented staff. Hand finishing by skilled and experienced crafts people results in unique, quality wedding accessories. They have thousands of products to choose from so there is no doubt that you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for while shopping from the comfort of your own home!

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Weddingstar has recently introduced a fabulous new way of shopping for your wedding accessories called the Lookbook. Their lookbooks are exclusive online magazines that allow brides to easily explore and shop wedding accessories while being inspired by gorgeous dream wedding themes. Shoppable by color and theme these beautiful guides are launched monthly. The theme below is one of our favorites, it’s called ‘Something Borrowed‘…

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The best thing about these new lookbooks from Weddingstar is the interactive clickable shopping buttons! While browsing these inspiring themes and see a product you would like to buy – all you have to do is click on it and you can add it directly to your shopping bag! It doesn’t get any easier than that – try it out today!

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