September 27, 2013

We are always trying to dream up ‘useful’ favors that your guests will actually take home and enjoy… and this one is terrific! Just a few simple ingredients will instantly make a delicious mocha latte mix that is sure to tickle your taste buds. These darling test tube favors will be perfect for any event, especially a bridal shower or wedding. This mix tastes best in an 8 oz cup of warm milk, but water is good too… love is not the only thing brewing around here!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts darling test tube favor kit (halloween themed)
  • sugar
  • dry creamer
  • instant coffee
  • dry milk powder
  • cocoa powder
  • salt + cinnamon (optional)
  • mallow bits and chocolate sprinkles (optional)
  • sticker paper
  • FREE label downloads below
  • recipe card print out

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Instant Mocha Mix
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Serves 28
Mix these 7 simple ingredients together to create a delicious 'instant mocha mix' that is wonderful for gift giving! Especially wedding favors...
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 3/4 cup dry creamer
  3. 1/2 cup instant coffee
  4. 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. optional;
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. mallow bits
  10. chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until completely combined. That's all there is too it!
To brew
  1. Add 1.5 tablespoons to an 8 ounce glass of hot water or milk
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Print out the recipe card above. Add all the ingredients into a blender…

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…and mix until they are completely combined.

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Each adorable test tube will perfectly fit 3 tablespoons of mix. Using a funnel helps. Once all 3 tablespoons are in the test tube, gently tap the bottom of the tube onto the counter a few times to pack the mix down. This recipe will make about 15 test tubes.

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Next, add your choice of cute toppings… here I’m adding chocolate sprinkles and mallow bits. You can add anything you’d like or nothing at all, it’s your call.

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Place the cork on top and you’re done! Aren’t they so cute!

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//////////   FREE  ’Love is Brewing‘  LABEL   //////////

Download the super cute ‘Love is Brewing’ label above and print it onto sticker paper.

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Carefully cut each one out, leaving a little white edge around the outside… peel the sticky backing off and place onto your ‘mocha mix’ test tube!

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These little test tube favors are just too darn cute!

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Guess what!?! One lucky reader will win 40 of these darling test tubes from the Editors at Martha Stewart Crafts because they love crafty brides!!! Empty ones, of course :)

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TO ENTER: Comment below (using the FB widget or our regular commenter) with your name, wedding date, and what wedding event you would LOVE to make these favors for… and you might just WIN!!! Winner to be announced here and on our FB page, next Friday morning – October 4th. Good Luck!!! **If winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours another winner will be chosen.

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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 Crafts test tube favor kit: Editors at Martha Stewart available at Michaels and on Amazon // all mocha mix ingredients: Pavilions // sticker paper: Staples // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

June 15, 2013

Another wonderful week is behind us and an epic week is fast approaching!!! I will soon be in NYC… hanging with my favorite gals at Martha Stewart, attending ALT, and finally getting to meet with my advertising agency face to face ~ I cannot wait! Keep up with me and my trail of turquoise on Instagram: jen_somethingturquoise, xoxo.

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Image Courtesy of: Seriously Sabrina Photography // color inspiration: Jen | ST

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Monday: gorgeous turquoise, vintage themed bridal session by Photography by Valerie

Tuesday: super sweet engagement of Michael + Jay by Kylie Chevalier Photography… as well as planning your destination wedding with Ever After

Wednesday: Luke + Christina’s beautiful Vail, Co mountain top wedding by Brinton Studios

Thursday: darling engagement of Tim + Sara by Anna Lee Media… along with the introduction to beautiful bridal jewels from Fragments

DIY Friday 2x: the last two DIY tutorials from our special ‘Seaside Bridal Shower‘… the seashell seating cards and the darling bridal chair signs ~ with free design downloads!

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June 12, 2013

“Christina and Luke were so smiley and their wedding was one of the most beautiful we’ve ever been a part of. We started things off with the ceremony on the breathtaking Vail wedding deck and then cruised on over to the Westin Beaver Creek – we saw some of the best that Colorado had to offer; and by adding these two, you get one fun day! The scenery for the day was to die for and the details were gorgeous…the deep red combined with the trendy reception venue really made the decor unique and fun!” – Brinton Studios

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“My favorite wedding day memory would have to be the gathering of all of our family and friends in our favorite place of all of Colorado, the Vail Valley. It was a picture perfect day, and I love the memory of Luke and I saying our vows on top of Vail Mountain. I just remember being so happy the entire day…

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..Unfortunately, I am not the DIY type of person. All credit goes to my amazing wedding planners at Alexan Events who came up with the beautiful flower arrangements and decor…

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..My garter had my something blue on it, along with my something old and borrowed which were praying hands that my Mom wore on her wedding day and passed on to me…

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..Just take a deep breath!  I know at times the planning process can be stressful, but I just kept telling myself that in the end it would all be worth it, and it was. The amount of joy and happiness I experienced on my wedding day far outweighed the stress of the planning. Try to enjoy it because it goes by so quickly. Everyone always told me that leading up to our big day, and I couldn’t believe how right they were.” – Christina, the bride

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photography: Brinton Studios // dress: Paloma Blanca // bridesmaid dresses: Dessy // event planner, rentals & florals: Alexan Events // venue, catering, & cake: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Cima Restaurant // ceremony venue: Vail Wedding Deck // officiant: Father Gold // hair & makeup:  Weemala Hair & Makeup // ceremony & cocktail hour musicians: Jude Del Hierro & Co. // band: Chasen The Dream

May 10, 2013

“Seed Bombs” are all the rage right now… and if you are looking for a truly hands on wedding favor – you might have found your match! Seed bombing or ‘aerial reforestation’ actually started as a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping compressed bundles of soil containing live seeds. Basically hippies would make these little seed bombs and throw them onto random areas of land with no vegetation to kindly spruce up an area. Little did they know that their mother-earth loving ways would start an ecological trend! So go get your ‘guerrilla gardening‘ on and make these fun seed bomb wedding favors! Warning: this is a dirty craft!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay (terra cotta color)
  • Earthworm Castings fertilizer
  • wildflower seeds – native to your area
  • glass bowl and spoon
  • the FREE download tags below
  • your choice in color of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • stapler and decorative scissors
  • 3″ x 4″ clear gift baggies and paper crinkle
  • paper trimmer

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This recipe is extremely easy. You will need one part air-dry clay to two parts earthworm castings fertilizer (or the like). So if you do one cup of clay you’ll need 2 cups of fertilizer – if your off a bit it’s absolutely no big deal! Place clay and fertilizer in a glass bowl. **A three cup recipe makes roughly 50 seed bombs or 16 – 3 bomb favors.

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Mix – mix – mix! You’ll feel like it’s never going to actually mix together but all the sudden it will! **Did I mention this is a dirty craft!

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Once you have your clay mixed, pour some of your wildflower seeds into a small bowl. Then taking a small quarter size piece of the clay/dirt mixture, dip it into the seeds!

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Next roll the mixture into a little ball with the palms of your hands and place on a foiled or newspapered tray. **I dip the clay/dirt mixture into the seeds is for two reasons; one – when you mix the seeds into the clay and dirt, the seeds are sharp and can really hurt your hands; two – the dip method ensures the perfect amount of seeds in each bomb.

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Keep dipping and rolling your seed bombs! Then let them dry in a well ventilated area. My bombs took around three days to fully dry. The picture below of the tray of bombs are what they look like fully dry. You do not want to package moist bombs – they could grow mold!

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You’re the Bomb‘ Seed Bomb Favor Tags

Download and print our FREE ‘seed bomb’ tags – then using a paper trimmer or scissors cut along the lines. There are six tags per page.

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Next, fold each tag completely in half – then finish off the edge with a decorative scissor.

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Stuff a little paper crinkle into the bottom of your clear gift bags – then add three seed bombs!

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Next, take your tags and place them around the top of the stuffed gift bags and staple the tag twice. The top of the gift bag should be inside the folded tag – the staples will seal the bags closed.

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Staple all your adorable ‘seed bomb’ favors!

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They read; front: ” You’re the Bomb – wildflower seed bombs – thank you for sharing this day with us!” back – {plant & watch love grow} Love, the Bride & Groom. So cute!!!

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These seed bombs make such a fun and interactive favor!

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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 and FREE download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Earthworm Castings and Wildflower Seeds: Amazon // Recollections archival gift bags, paper crinkle, decorative scallop scissor and Martha Stewart paper trimmer: Michaels // 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in Paper Bag: Paper-Source // little seafoam green bowl: Target // glass mixing bowl: Pampered Chef // nail polish: OPI Up Front & Personal

February 19, 2013

With love in the air this month… we wanted to share a romantically inspired dream wedding bouquet that embodies passion and whose different textures keep your eye moving constantly throughout the bunch!

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BOUQUET // This Bouquet is rich in textures and romantic tones. Burgundy is a perfect color for winter and fall weddings or for a romantic theme anytime of the year. The mix of the traditional and modern elements of this bouquet creates a romantic feel that photograph amazing! This bouquet as a whole is available fall and winter. Anemones are available spring, winter and fall; dahlias are in peak season summer to winter; cymbidium orchids are available year round and come in two sizes. Shown in this bouquet are the full size cymbidium orchids.

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BLUEPRINT // 10 stems of White Anemones with black centers // 5 stems of Burgundy Anemones // 2 Stems of Burgundy Cymbidium Orchids (minimum of 18 blooms) // 6 stems of Galax leaves // 1 bouquet holder // Small handful of Preserved Lichen // Ribbon + floral glue

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CARE // Cymbidium Orchids are very hardy flowers, however Dahlias and Anemones do need a water source therefor it is best to use a bridal bouquet holder for this design. Using a bouquet holder also makes it easier to use the cymbidium orchids. Cover the base of the bouquet holder prior to designing the bouquet. After finishing the design glue in touches of Preserved Lichen to cover any foam or holds in the bouquet.

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BOUTONNIERES // Cymbidium orchids are the best option for a coordinating boutonniere. Above is a traditional boutonniere or a modern boutonniere that will match the bouquet beautifully.

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amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling/layout by: Jen | Something Turquoise