March 25, 2014

This easy DIY table number project is the result of me being in product heaven at Michaels. I was wondering the aisles like I normally do, and first saw these gorgeous, stretched burlap canvases – in the basket they went! Didn’t know what I would use them for but I had to have them. Then I came across the beautiful new Heidi Swapp display, I picked up a few things including the color shine below. It’s like paint + ink… not thick like paint, more like thin liquid ink – it’s so fun! After playing with the color shine, I knew those burlap canvases would make the perfect palette! So without further ado, here are my painted burlap table numbers… which would be perfect for any rustic or shabby chic wedding!



  • 6″ x 6″ stretched burlap canvases 
  • wooden numbers (or the like)
  • Heidi Swap Color Shine (ours are Mint and Navy)


This project is simple but packs a major ‘cute’ punch. Place each number onto the burlap…


Then spritz with the color spray, as heavy or as light as you want. I chose to do it heavier on the right side, fading off on the left. I did about 10-12 sprays total.


Quickly remove the number stencil and you’re left with a perfect table number outline! These need to dry for 24 hours.


These color shine sprays are so awesome, such a unique twist on painting… and could have so many uses for your wedding. From these table numbers, to escort cards, other stationary and anything else you’d like to tie in with a little spritz!


The perfect addition to any rustic or shabby chic wedding!


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 // 6″ x 6″ stretched burlap canvases, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, wooden numbers: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!! In honor of this charmed holiday, I decided to create an Etsy wedding inspiration board for those of you who are ‘Lucky in Love’! This spirited board was inspired by the gorgeous wine bottle pendant lights from Bottle Built… could you imagine those romantically illuminating your reception, I can!!!


All of these gorgeous images are from current Etsy listings, that’s right – you can purchase all of these items right now! For these exact listings and many more please follow this {link} to find our shop-able Etsy treasury:

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Frilly green bridesmaid dresses: Amanda Archer // Lucky in Love cake topper: Skye Art // Cork Save the Date Invitation: Cork Country Cottage // Wine bottle pendant lights: Bottle Built // Chunky green statement necklace: Handmade by Semra Ascioglu // Green linen bow tie: Divine Domestication // Gold clover peel and stick faux wax seals: Sally’s Heartful Creations  // Printable ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ Poster: My Paper Parade // Gold Mr & Mrs Wedding chair signs: Z Create Design 

January 29, 2014

“Samantha + Sean met the night before Sean left on a 3 month trip to Europe ~ at his going away party to be exact. They hit it off and talked all night long… and ended up having breakfast the next morning before his flight. They had such a strong connection from that moment on. At some point during his trip Sean decided that Samantha was going to be his wife one day and a few years later in Hawaii, that dream came true. I loved hearing their fairytale and had an amazing time photographing them!” – Rachel Robertson Photography


“There are too many favorite memories to list them all, but here are two:

We decided to write our own vows, in addition to exchanging traditional vows, because we felt it was important to share our love in a more personal way in front of our families and friends. We did not share our vows with each other before the big day, and as we read them to each other, it became very clear that we were meant to be. They were so similar it was kind of funny, but at the same time, showed our love was in sync.

Our second favorite memory has to do with our first dance. We had taken lessons for our first dance to make sure we had something fun planned to impress our guests, and when we got out there, we totally spaced on our steps. We improvised and danced and laughed and people thought we really knew what we were doing. Sean twirled me and dipped me like a pro, and although we didn’t stick to our routine, we pulled it off!


..Living in California, it was difficult to make items and bring them to Honolulu. Luckily, my mom is extremely crafty and wanted to help in any way she could. With the help of my extended family, my mom made the napkins, table runners, ring bearer shirt, pants and pillow, flower girl dress (the night before the wedding), folded 1001 cranes, printed and stuffed the table name picture frames, printed and assembled the program fans, organized all the tableware (plates, utensils, cups, etc.), and assembled the out of town guest bags. Sean and I coordinated the guest cards, personalized cornhole boards, and the guestbook photo album. In addition, my brother Scott made the card box, the Wedding sign (for guests to know where to turn in for the property), and the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs. The sand for the sand ceremony came from the Yellowstone river in Montana thanks to Sean’s parents and Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii thanks to mine…


..Yes! My gorgeous necklace and earrings were my something borrowed from the same wonderful woman who designed my engagement ring and wedding band. My something old was a handkerchief passed down to my Mother-in-law, from her mother. My something new was my pearl and rhinestone hair comb from Etsy, and my something blue, well; I wore that under my dress ;)


..My best advice for brides currently planning their wedding is to find vendors that fit their style, trust their instincts – hire good people to help you if you can because planning a wedding is overwhelming. Enjoy the process every step of the way. Also, it is important to do your research because you can find ways to save money and get creative. There are so many websites out there, especially look at sites like Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. I know it sounds cheesy, but our wedding was exactly what Sean and I had hoped for. We wanted a venue that was intimate but also had the space we needed for all of our guests. We happened upon Loulu and were lucky enough to get the date we wanted. I had faith that everything would work out because I trusted all of the vendors we contracted with to make our day special. Did everything go exactly as planned? No, but in the end, everything worked out better than Sean and I could have ever imagined.” –  Samantha, the bride


Photography: Rachel Robertson Photography // venue: Loulu Palm Estate, North Shore, Oahu // coordinator: Karisa Ramolete Hayashi of Say I Do by Karisa // pastor: John Fuchigami // accommodations: Turtle Bay Resort // dress : Mary Me Bridal in Orange, CA // shoes: Vera Wang // bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhullier // groom: Kenneth Cole suit, Perry Ellis shirt and Clarks shoes // groomsmen: Tommy Bahama shirts and Dockers // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // hair: Jo Vogelbacher // flowers: Su V Expressions // catering: Big G’s Catering // cake: Cake Garden // music: Kamuela Kahoano // hula: Kelsi Chan // transportation: TP Transportation // corn hole boards, table numbers, sand ceremony, escort cards, guest bags, programs and etc: DIY-ed by the Bride and her mother

January 2, 2014

“Nestled between Lake Michigan on one side, and Lower Herring Lake on the other, The Watervale Inn truly is a gorgeous venue for a wedding. It is also a place that has been special to Alex’s side of the family for many years. I had always heard how gorgeous northern Michigan is, but I’d never been; it does not disappoint. The woods and lakes surrounding this quaint bed and breakfast, make for incredible photographic opportunities. Abby had the most beautiful bouquet I’ve ever seen, and all the details fit perfectly with the rustic vibe of Watervale. The tall trees, the sand dunes, the cottages; all of it so unique to Watervale, and in turn, helped make Abby & Alex’s day so special and unique. I was so thrilled to be a part of this one.” -Ben Elsass Photography


” It’s so difficult to choose, but my favorite part of the weekend was reading each other our vows. We wrote our own and kept them secret from each other – this was a big deal because we’re both pretty bad at keeping secrets! I’m known to be a cry baby but my husband was actually the one who became so emotional that he struggled to get through his vows. It was such a special moment and a great reminder of what a wedding is really about – celebrating your love in front of the most important people in your life…


..I actually didn’t DIY anything. I’m literally the opposite of a crafty person, but I did have a handmade vision so Etsy was definitely my best friend! So lots of handmade items – but not by me! 


..Don’t lose sight of what the day is about! I got caught up in the details a bit too much, trying to make sure everything was perfect. Ultimately, everything was beautiful and I’m glad I put the work in and found the vendors I did, but I definitely made myself a bit crazy. Just remember that what everyone (and you) will remember most about your wedding is the love, laughs and fun times.” – Abby, the bride


photography: Ben Elsass Photography // second shooter: Melissa of Lux Light Photography // dress: Demetrios // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // DJ: Harbor View Entertainment // strings: Jasper Snow // hair stylist: Pam Tayer of The Styling Company // flowers: Victorias Floral Design, Inc. // invitations: VO Handmade // venue: Watervale Inn // men’s attire: Ted Baker // calligrapher: Stacey Shapiro // Officiant – The Reverend Dr. Ned Edwards // chalkboards: Shugabee Lane // signs + card holder: Sweet Carolina Collective // ties: Tie Obsessed // birch table number holders: The Vermont Branch Company // ring bearer pillows: Platinum Bridal

October 10, 2013

“How we met is kinda unique. 7 years ago I was working as a nanny in Rome, Italy and Tom was stationed in Naples, Italy with the Navy. He came up to Rome with friends on St. Patricks Day and we met on a sort of ‘pub crawl’ that my friends worked for. We exchanged information and he called me a few days later to say he heard there was a good Indian restaurant in Rome. So, he came up to to see me and we went out on our first date! There were many more dates and many more trips to follow. I would go down to Naples, he would come up to Rome. We got to travel together and experience the country. We kept in touch and he came to visit me when he could. When his tour ended there, he got orders to go to Connecticut. I moved there as well and we stayed there for 3 years and then he got orders to go to Hawaii ~ like we had hoped for!! We did a cross-country road-trip with our dog in tow from Connecticut to California. He proposed at our last stop, San Diego, before we flew to Hawaii. When it came to picking a wedding date, it was pretty easy to decide… it had to be St. Patricks Day. And my favorite color is green so that was a bonus! It was truly a perfect day… marrying my best friend on the day we met 7 years later with our favorite people there to be a part of it.” – Samantha, the bride

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I absolutely adore all of Tom + Samantha’s beautiful DIY projects!!! From this gorgeous Italy shaped string art to their creative table numbers… these two have the crafty gift ~ which we love! To hear more about all their projects, read the brides interview below.


“Do I have to pick just one? My favorite wedding day memory would be seeing the look on Tom’s face as I walked down the aisle and when he read his vows…


..Yes, we did quite a bit of DIY projects! Tom was awesome and made our amazing wedding sign. He really put so much time into it to make it just right. It came out great! I also found some programs that I liked on a wedding website and decided to recreate those as well. That was probably the most time consuming project for me. For our centerpieces, we ordered some wooden boxes from Etsy and Tom drew the table numbers on them. I also did the menus with craft paper and printed them. For our guest table assignments, we found a frame at Pier 1 that looked like an old window with six spaces and wrote a table number with the guests in each space. For our guest favors, we found some green and yellow flip flops at Target…dollar bin! …and tied them with ribbon. I painted some signs that said ‘Kick off your shoes, relax, and take some aloha with you!’ and we found some wicker baskets at Ross to put them in. Also for the centerpieces, we gave our florist old liquor/wine jars to use to give it a more rustic look. Oh, also one of my favorite finds were St.Pattie’s day straws from target…I was sold when I saw the Leprechaun mustaches!


..Yes, my something new was my dress. My something old was my ring, it’s vintage 1930s. My something blue was my garter and my something borrowed was a pin that my mom found with a picture of my dad and I when I was in preschool. We have St.Pattie’s Day badges on… so perfect since our wedding was on St. Patricks day!


..If you plan on doing DIY projects for your wedding, start early. I thought I gave myself enough time but when I got started, I realized that some of the projects were more time consuming than I had anticipated! Enlist family and friends if you can!


photographer: Christina Heaston // location: Kualoa Ranch, Moli’i Garderns // florist: our neighbor Ram Pascua of ‘White Lotus Flowers’ // coordinator: Melissa Veenstra from “Let’s Do This” // rentals: Royal Party Rentals // catering: Off-Menu // cake: Nixon Diabolos from ‘Madcakez‘ // hair and makeup: Flaunt Makeovers // officiant: Piula Ala’ilima // transportation: Cloud Nine // brides dress: David’s Bridal, alterations done at ‘Bijou Bridal’-Honolulu // bride’s hairpieces: Lo Boheme via Etsy // men’s attire: Nordstrom Rack

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