April 29, 2013

“We have affectionately called this stylized shoot “Feather and Stone,” as we wanted to commemorate the true Las Vegas history beyond the glitz and glamour with eco-friendly and sustainable resources, and of course, the beauty of the desert. Springs Preserve in Las Vegas was the perfect venue for us and our theme, not only in scenery, but in philosophy. As stated on their website: “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas’ dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future.” It couldn’t have been more perfect than that!” – Bit of Ivory Photography

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photography:  Bit of Ivory Photography // event planner: Green Orchid Events // heirlooms and extras: Alta Sue’s Dirty Dishes, Studio Arno and Every Last Detail // dresses: Free People and Bella Bridesmaid // flowers: Blossoms by Gayle // Bakery: Peridot Sweets // invitations: The Girl Tyler: Design & Photography // rentals: The Wooden Trunk // mens attire: Tuxedo Junction Las Vegas // makeup: Your Beauty Call // videography: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema // venue: Springs Preserve

February 27, 2013

“Anne and Andy’s wedding at D’Amore was all about the details and I loved capturing each and every one! The colors could not be any more beautiful, Tiffany blues and shades of pink were paired with bold black and white stripes… this fun theme was the creation of the talented ladies at Eventfull Planning.” – Meg Miller Photography

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“There are so many amazing memories from that day. I had to remind myself to take those mental snapshots because those moments are so special and they go so quickly. The biggest highlight from our ceremony was reading the vows we had written to one another. At our reception, Andy and I particularly loved the toasts. We laughed and cried, and really got to take in the whole day…

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I love to DIY! Having some handmade things at our wedding meant a lot to me. I painted the “Mr. and Mrs.” window and crafted old windows for the escort cards.  I glued dowels to clothespins and painted them for our table numbers and menu cards. I fell in love with a pair of $1500 Jimmy Choo’s, so I decided to DIY my own pair for less than $100 (and several hours of crystal applying!) I turned an old crate into our card holder with some moss sheets and an “H” wood cutout. I started a lot of the crafts in the slower winter months before our wedding and had a few “wine and painting” evenings with my girlfriends. My mom, who taught me all I know about craftiness, made monogrammed pillows and refurbished two garage sale end tables into beautiful aqua tables for our reception. She also made my garter which used satin from my grandmother’s wedding gown. She sewed black and white stripe tissue covers for our guests and shoe bags for my bridesmaids.

I was really pleased with how everything turned out, in fact we use some of the decor in our home, post wedding! I will be reusing/repainting several items for upcoming friends’ weddings and bridal showers…

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Make sure you enjoy the process! We both work in sales and can have crazy schedules. In our situation, we knew the only way we were going to enjoy the planning process was to enlist the help of a planner who could take care of pairing down all the options out there and get things done that we didn’t have time for. We focused time on the parts that interested us the most and she helped with the rest. That let Andy and I focus on preparing for our marriage as much as we were for the wedding itself.” – Anne, the bride

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photography: Meg Miller Photography // event planner: Laura of Eventfull Planning // ceremony venue: Holy Cross Lutheran Church // reception venue: D’amore, Events of Indianapolis // wedding dress: La Sposa from Blue House Bridal // brides jewelry: Elen Henderson Designs from Blue House Bridal // bridesmaids necklaces: Angie Kelly – Lia Sophia // bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung by Dessy from Blue House Bridal // shoes: Lulu Townsend from DSW + crystals DIY-ed by the bride! // invitations: Pink Poppy Ink // hair: Paul Gividen from Salon 6 // makeup: Jentura Summerville // grooms suit: Andrew Porter // florist: JP Parker // cake: Cake Zen // rings: custom designs by Tom Christenson // caterer: Tomas Caterers of Distinction, Inc.

February 1, 2013

I absolutely love DIY Friday’s… especially when I get to share a super easy (and gorgeous!) project with you like this one. How to quickly turn glass jars into glamours and glittery works of art! These would make the perfect addition to almost any wedding decor, they would be wonderful for bridal showers and even better decoration for Valentines Day!

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SUPPLIES // gorgeous Martha Stewart Crafts glitter – my set below is themed for Valentines Day, straight-sided glass jars, double sided craft tape, and Martha Stewart glitter clean up cloth is totally optional but your boyfriend or hubby will thank you for using it!

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The first step is to apply your double stick tape to your clean glass jar. There are so many different sizes of tape and so many different designs that you can make with it!

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I prefer a double-sided craft tape like this one that has a backing to it, which protects the surface of your tape until you are ready for the glitter. You can of course use regular old double stick tape but it is much more difficult to work with.

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Once you peel the protective backing from your tape, add your choice of glitter!!! Martha Stewart Crafts glitter is by far my favorite… and if you want to regularly make fabulous holiday decor, they always come out with holiday themed sets like the one I am using.

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Once the tape is covered in glitter, carefully press the loose glitter into the tape – if you see any bare spots, go back and add a little more. Don’t worry too much about full glitter coverage, the beauty of this project is the candle light showing through the glittered tape.

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Then using a loose bristled brush, gently brush the excess glitter off your jar…

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Aren’t these just gorgeous! They seriously take minutes to create and you might even have all the supplies at home… isn’t there an old jar of jam or olives in your fridge that needs new life?

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Don’t waste glitter! Save what you can…

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…and easily clean up the rest with Martha Stewart Crafts glitter clean up cloth. It’s tacky to the touch and magically picks up loose glitter – the man in your life will thank you.

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Now for the whole sheet of double-sided tape… I wanted this jar to be completely covered in glitter, so measure your jar and cut accordingly.

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For this size jar I was able to cut the sheet in half and ended up needing almost all of both pieces to completely wrap the jar.

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Then cover with GLITTER! I am obsessed with this coarse, flake style glitter… it adhered very well to the tape. Carefully pat the glitter into the tape…

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…and gently brush off the excess! Done and fabulous!

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What’s wonderful about these, besides the fact that they take minutes to create, is that they aren’t permanent if you don’t want them to be. Simply rip the tape off the jar and make them into something else when you want to! There are so many different designs and patterns that you can make with the tape… not to mention all the different shades of glitter that you can use… the possibilites are endless!

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And now for the candle light… so romantic…

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These will definitely be on my Valentines dinner table, how about yours?

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I have some huge crafty news to share!!! Martha Stewart Crafts has chosen their favorite craft bloggers to participate in a special year long program called “12 Months of Martha” – and Something Turquoise is one of them! Each and every month, we will be receiving an amazing box full of the latest Martha Stewart Craft products with the expectation of creating a DIY tutorial from the supplies within each box. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of this crafty program and I’m really looking forward to a new monthly challenge! This tutorial is officially our very first ’12 Months of Martha’ post… but I was actually so inspired by the products I received this month that next Friday’s post will also be a ’12 Months of Martha’ tutorial. From now on, look for the logo above to denote a ’12 Months of Martha’ tutorial.

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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 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Valentine’s Theme Glitter and Glue Set: Martha Stewart Crafts // all these adorable clear straight glass jars : Specialty Bottle // Recollections Double Sided tape, Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer and Martha Stewart glitter clean up cloth: Michaels // nail polish: Essie in Turquoise & Caicos and Mint Candy Apple

January 18, 2013

Of all the wedding DIY projects you can create… I think table numbers can be the most fun. Unlike seating cards and favors… table numbers can be a quick and inexpensive project because usually you aren’t making more than 20. So here is a fun and glittery way to easily make your table numbers stand out!

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SUPPLIES // 8″ x 10″ value canvases (meaning the cheapest ones!), Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Satin Finish, Martha Stewart Tinsel style glitter, wax paper, pencil, paint brush and a small paint roller.

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Start by painting your canvases. I’ve found that using this small Martha Stewart paint roller is much easier than using a brush – and the canvas will have a much smoother finish. I did two coats for each color.

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Using a pencil trace each table number onto your freshly painted canvases, after they’re dry of course!

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Using Mod Podge crafting glue, carefully paint your table number. Make sure there is an evenly heavy amount of glue creating the number – this is what will hold the glitter onto your canvas.

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As soon as you are done painting with the glue, add the glitter. Let it sit for a minute or so and then gently shake off. GLITTERING TIP // If there are areas where glitter is missing from your number – wait until the glue has dried to add more – if you don’t the paintbrush will pull extra glitter away with it!

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To add little polka dots, dip the end of your paint brush in the Mod Podge and pounce it onto your canvas. Pick up excess glitter and sprinkle over your polka dot glue!

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Gently shake off excess glitter…

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Once the glitter and glue has dried for at least an hour, take a soft bristle brush and gently brush away any excess glitter. TIP // I like the difference between the matte satin paint and the sparkly glitter – but if you’d like you can paint the entire canvas with the same Mod Podge Glue to seal the glitter and add an overall gloss finish to your canvas.

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So cute and SO easy… these will make terrific table numbers, perhaps a Mr & Mrs sign, maybe even your initials… or just a funky design!

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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! Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints in Beach Glass, Wild Salmon, and Lake Fog, Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter in Copper, Martha Stewart paint brush and roller, Mod Podge Glue, 8″ x 10″ ArtMinds Super Value Canvas Pack of 10, – all of these supplies were purchased at: Michaels

December 18, 2012

This darling bridal shower inspiration shoot from Lizzi Photography was inspired by the Martin Scorsese film, Hugo. POP Champagne & Dessert Bar provided the perfect backdrop for this Parisian themed event. I am completely and utterly obsessed with the favor idea – having your guests pick their own bunch of gorgeous blooms to take home – how lovely!

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SHOOT CREDITS // photography: Lizzi Photography // event planner: First Pick Planning // florals: Primary Petals // invitations and menus: Jen Caughey Graphic Design // dresses: Anna Elyse Bridal // makeup: Melissa Abad Makeup // venue: POP Champagne & Dessert Bar