April 7, 2014

“Rachel and Bradley’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year! It was a beautiful outdoor event held at a lovely vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is also where I grew up. I knew Rachel as a little girl and our families are close friends so Rachel’s wedding was extra special to me. Rachel, who is an artist, was involved in planning every single detail of her wedding and it definitely showed. I loved her creative style, and the fact that she and her family handmade so many of the lovely details made the day extra special. I was honored to be a part of this lovely wedding.” – Gayle Driver Photography

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“It is so hard to pick one moment. Some of my favorite moments were getting ready with my friends and spending the whole morning doing hair and makeup and drinking mimosas. I also loved the conversation my dad and I had while he walked me down the aisle. He is such a tender hearted man and he told me he proud he was of me and the life I was about to start with Brad, I couldn’t help but tear up. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Brad’s face light up. We didn’t do a first look, so those moments before I got to him, were so sweet to see his reaction…

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..What didn’t I make?! I am a self described DIY fanatic. I get all kinds of crazy ideas from Pinterest and try to figure out how to make them happen. I spent a lot of time with family and friends crafting before the wedding. We got married at a vineyard and so I made lots of things including a big “T” (for Tenny our last name) out of wine corks. I worked with my dad routing & painting the signs that were displayed throughout the reception out of old barnwood. My bridesmaids helped me make all of the favors that also acted as the escort cards,  which were S’more packets with a tag that said “sending S’more Love”. I grew up at a camp and loved making them as a child. I learned a little bit of calligraphy (I definitely have a lot more to learn!) so I could letter all of the tags and signs throughout the reception. It was so much fun for me to have that quality time making them with my family and friends. I am sure they got tired of my ideas, but I loved the process and being able to see all that we had done come together on the big day…

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..I love this tradition. My something borrowed and blue was a broach (carried on my bouquet) that was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother. They have both passed away and it really felt like I was carrying them with me through that day. My something new was the beautiful earrings and bracelet I wore that were given to me by my mother-in-law. My something old was the lace in the hair piece I wore that was made by Amelia of AMD and put together by my mom and I.

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..I loved planning our wedding. I spent hours and hours reading blogs and putting together ideas. I designed most everything from the centerpiece idea to the lanterns and place settings. I was actually kind of sad once the wedding was over, that the planning was over too.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being married, I just so enjoyed the planning process. My advice is something that most brides say, but I truly mean it… Enjoy every single moment of being a bride, from the showers to the wedding. You will only get these precious moments once, so be present in all of them AND get a wonderful photographer to capture them. So much of the day seems like a blur, but I am so thankful to have great photographs to look back at and remember the details. Take it all in and don’t stress yourself out. Nobody else will care or notice the tiny things that go wrong.” – Rachel, the bride

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Photographer: Gayle Driver Photography // Event Designer: Ameiia Marie Designs // Venue: Bluestone Vineyard // Caterer: Hank’s Smokehouse & Southern Grillery // Cake Designer: Sue Dean // Flowers: The Weekend Florist // calligraphy chalkboard signs: Diamond Designs

April 1, 2014

“Abigail is one of those people that cares so much about other people, but never expects it in return. Because of that, her bridesmaids wanted to throw her the perfect shower. Being one of her bridesmaids myself I helped plan, excite, and enjoy this special day for Abby. All of us girls were on a budget so we needed to be very cost aware, but we still wanted to throw a good shower. We delegated obligations, took over her mom’s house, and only had a few minor panics. Since Abby and her soon-to-be husband love to cook together, we decided to have a kitchen themed shower. All of the paper goods had silverware and dishes on them, we gave away hand stamped tea towels for favors, and (my favorite) had everyone write a word of advice on a wooden spoon. Overall the day ended up great, and perfect for our bride to be. There were lots of laughs, hugs, and love towards this wonderful girl that we all cherish. Seeing her be a bit emotional because of all of the love coming her way was an absolute delight for me. My favorite quote of the day? “This is the best shower I’ve ever been to!!” – Spencer Studios

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“My favorite things about my bridal shower were seeing the faces of all my beautiful friends, how well everything was coordinated and how thoughtful the kitchen theme was! I absolutely love cooking and my bridesmaids took all of that into consideration…

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..All of the decorations, invitations, game cards, food, and favors were DIY-ed by my bridesmaids! They made an adorable flag banner from fabric scraps and ribbon, a fabric floral arrangement of epic proportions, hand-stamped tea towels to give to guests, matching stationary for the invites and thank-you’s PLUS cards to use during game time, pretty paper badges for myself and the winners of each game, and they even made me a fabric bouquet. It was precious and entirely scrapbook-worthy! A perfect way to say bon-voyage right before my destination wedding…

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..Our wedding was a planned elopement, so there wasn’t a lot of decoration required but I did DIY my hair piece for our ceremony! It’s now one of my favorite DIY projects. I took my great-grandmother’s old string of pearls and turned it into a hair comb. It’s the sentimental things that meant the most to me at our wedding. In addition to the comb, I broke the flower bouquet tradition and carried a journal. Over the years, we’ve written letters to each other in this journal, and now our vows are kept among them! But the best part of all was simply marrying the man I loved and sharing it in a beautiful, intimate setting!” – Abigail the bride

January 24, 2014

We LOVE our guys, right!?! So why should us girls have all the cute ‘Pinterest’ type fun with invites, will you be my bridesmaids, and bachelorette party goodies? Today’s project is for the BOYS! A fun and silly tutorial for a touching ‘bachelor party invitation’… guys will always be excited to party, but we think this will get them cracking up!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘mini-pizza box‘ die cut template
  • your choice of cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 10″ long)
  • FREE design download below
  • 8.5″ x 11″ text weight paper for design printout 
  • Krylon Metallic Spray paint in Silver
  • manly-looking washi tape
  • scrapbooking adhesive
  • silly boy toys and maybe headache medicine… maybe a bottle opener… the gifts that you put in your bachelor invites will depend on what type of guy you have!

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Dress up the usual silly boy toys with a coat of Krylon metallic silver paint (front and back), we think it makes them look more grown up! **After these have been painted, and you see them sitting on the dresser or counter – they look like they are made of stainless steel – it’s awesome!

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While the paint on the toys is drying you can cut out your fun mini-pizza boxes! Perfectly appropriate for a bachelor party invitation… place the pizza box cutting template onto the die cut platform for the Evolution machine. Place your paper (6″ x at least 10″), design face down over the cutting template, then cover with the platform top. Place into the machine and roll it on through…

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In a matter of seconds you will have a perfectly punched template. There is a random tab on the bottom of the template, which I found it easier to fold the box without – so cut it off…

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Then using a firm scrapbook adhesive, fold and secure your darling pizza box!

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The finished, folded size of this adorable mini-pizza box is: 3.75″ x 3.75″ x .75″

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/////    It’s Time to Party with the Groom!   /////

Download the design above, three to a sheet. Print onto 8.5″ x 11″ text weight paper, either at home or your local print shop. Cut out each invite card on the lines… then fill in the party info!

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Attach the card to the top of the box using scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots…

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..and then attach the other card to the inside flap of the box.

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Gather up your freshly painted silly boy toys…

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Fill your bachelor party boxes with whatever you please…

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I think it might be time to party with the Groom…!

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To seal the box, use a few pieces of manly-colored washi tape… and your done!

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To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

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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 // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Mini-Pizza Box Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // Kryon spray paint, both shades of gray paper and silver striped washi tape: Michaels // travel size pain relivers, all boy toys and bottle openers: Target // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos, and Mint Candy Apple

January 21, 2014

Are you in search of a fun and silly way to entertain your wedding guests? Then look no further than this simple DIY… wedding Mad-Libs, or Wed-libs are a light hearted and easy game perfect for any type wedding event! Since everyone loved the 3 versions that we published {last year}, today we are sharing 3 more! Happy Crafting!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • FREE ‘wed-libs’ downloads below
  • 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • bakers twine
  • pencils
  • printer

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Download. Print. Cut your 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half, lengthwise – at 5.5″.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it… these designs are full front and back!

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We have 3 brand NEW ‘Wed-libs’ theme downloads for you!!!

HOW THEY MET  //  Front  &  Back

THE REHEARSAL  //  Front  &  Back

THE BIG DAY  //  Front  &  Back

These fun Wed-libs were written by my fabulous mother exclusively for Something Turquoise!

Once downloaded, print as many as you need – both front and back. Do test prints to make sure that you are happy with the paper and printer quality. You can also take these files to your local print house and have them print them for you. Two ‘wed-libs’ are on each 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.  Most print house’s will cut them for you as well, with one swift chop.

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If you’d like to add pencils we used 18″ of twine…

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Tie a simple knot or a bow… and you are done!

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SO fun! Now… for those of you not familiar with how to play ‘Mad Libs‘… you are supposed to blindly fill in the words asked for (on the back of these cards) and then transfer or read them into the front paragraph. It makes the story sillier if you don’t know what it’s about…

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Click {here} for the other 3 versions:
The Proposal Story, Bachelorette Party and Honeymoon Plans

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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 // DIY tutorial + free downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Wed Libs written by: JoAnn Causey // cover weight 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in Gravel + purple bakers twine: Paper Source // Martha Stewart paper trimmer + jewel topped pencils: Michaels  // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

October 11, 2013

We are 100% in love with the new ‘string art’ trend.. and decided we’d bring you the easy way to DIY string art table numbers for your wedding! With the simple steps below, you can make these adorable yarn-wrapped table numbers in no time… and it’s cheap too!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • wood plaque
  • hammer
  • small nails with heads (ours are 1″ wire nails)
  • yarn
  • thumb tacks
  • stenciling tape
  • paint is optional
  • number print outs

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Obviously, painting your wood of choice is optional. We were looking for a soft mint color… so we mixed Martha Stewart Crafts ‘wedding cake’ and ‘beach glass’ in a little paint jar. 

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For this color we were happy with only once coat of paint. Let it dry for at least an hour before you proceed to the next step… it’s even better if you can paint them the night before.

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On your computer, print out each table number using your favorite font. Cut the letter down to size and tape it onto your wood plaque using ‘paint safe’ tape.

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Using a simple thumb tack, keeping even spacing in mind… pierce little holes along the outline of the number. Every half-inch or so will be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be precise! If detail in the number calls for more holes – then pierce away! This will give you the perfect number outline and the starter holes for your nails!

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Next, simply hammer a nail into every little starter hole that you created! See how our nails have a nice little head on them, if that wasn’t there –  the yarn would slip right off the nail.

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Now the fun part! Wrapping all the nails with yarn! Start by tying a knot onto one nail and wrap, wrap, wrap… keep a slight tension on the yarn or else it will pop off. Feel free to tie off smaller sections at a time if need be. Don’t forget to wrap the entire outline of the nails! 

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Wrap and keep wrapping every which way until you are satisfied with the yarn coverage. Tie a simple knot onto a nail when your design is complete. Tuck the cut yarn end.

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There you have it, the easiest way to make string art…

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The great thing about this technique is that you can use it to create almost any design… from these darling table numbers to your initials… or possibly even your wedding logo ~ we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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I love how crafty this yarn looks… I love it so much that I’m going to take on a few larger projects and let you know how it goes! 

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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 paint in Satin finish in ‘wedding cake’ and ‘beach glass’, MSC yarn in ‘gray pearl’, MSC scissors, MSC paint brush and stenciling tape, ArtMinds 6.5″ square wood plaque, paint jar: Michaels // gray chevron fabric: JoAnns // 1 x 16 wire nails: Lowes // font used: Malayalam MN Bold // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

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