April 8, 2014

This #12MonthsofMartha project is simple, sweet and comes with a treat! A Giveaway!!!! Here we show you how one tool makes personalizing your wedding details quick and easy… from invitations to napkins, it does it all! 

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  • Martha Stewart Crafts Self-Inking Stamp Designer Starter Set
  • coasters, napkins, tags, invitations etc!

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This stamp designer set is super easy to use… place your choice of text into the stamp plate using the pair of tweezers included. Many, many letters are included so that you can have full phrases and sentences unlike other stamp kits. 

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Once you have your saying set, pop in the stamp pad and test your design on scrap paper.

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Then simply center on your item to be stamped and press down. It’s that simple.

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Next, stamp anything and everything that you’d like to!!! From your Save the Date invitations to your thank you cards and everything in between. When you are thinking about purchasing something that will get you through it all – consider this stamp kit!

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This Giveaway has ended. Thank you to the winner and all who participated.

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Get the supplies you need to make this project from our affiliate links below:

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 Self-Inking Stamp Designer Starter Set and Coasters: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // napkins and tags: local party supply store // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

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 4, 2014

Today I have a super fun, totally easy and completely cost effective “favor” project for you! How to create these sparkly (glass-like top) glitter wine stoppers… which would make the most perfect bridal shower or bachelorette party favors! Or maybe if you are having a wine themed wedding, and you feel brave, you could make one for every guest! I must add, that after all is said and done – these beauties only cost $0.60 a piece… aren’t they even better looking now that you know how cheap they are!?! 

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Start by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glue to the top of the cork.

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Next, shake on a bunch of chunky glitter. Using your finger pat the glitter that is hanging off the edges inward and make sure you are happy with the coverage of glitter across the top of the cork. **I tried out lots of different styles of glitter, but the larger sequins look best.

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Now, make a whole bunch – it hardly takes any time at all! I’ve made at least 50 of these and I still have 1/3 bottle of glue left, just to give you an example.

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Once the first coat of glue/glitter has dried completely you are ready for the “thick, glass style” coat of glue. Make sure you are working on a surface where you can leave these corks to dry completely without moving them.

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Apply a SUPER THICK coat of the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. As you can see from the images below, you are looking for the glue to pile up and form a dome on top of the glitter/cork. If there are any air bubbles you MUST remove them, otherwise they will dry just as they are. You can pop or scrape them away with a needle. 

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This ‘dome’ will dry completely as is; crystal clear and beautiful… just like glass! 

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Make sure to leave them alone while drying. If you tilt the cork, the glue will leak right down the side. Ours took about 10 hours to dry completely, so I recommend doing this last step in the evening – so you can just let them dry overnight. 

Once dry, they have an awesome “glass-like” finish on top with loads of glitter underneath!

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These sparkling beauties would make perfect bridal shower or bachelorette party favors!

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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 // tapered corks: Jelinek Cork Group // Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter (in sterling, florentine gold, tourmaline, kunzite, charoite) and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

April 2, 2014

“It might have been the hottest day of the year, but that did not stop Bryn and Mark from having a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Kern County Museum. I loved everything about their wedding, from the grey suits to the beautiful flowers by House of Flowers. Bryn has been a friend of mine for most of my life and it was just so special to be able to photograph her and Mark’s lovely wedding day.” – Ashley dePencier Photography

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“It’s so hard to pick just one! The whole day was AMAZING! But if I had to pick, I would pick two. The first one would be seeing my husband and his reaction as I was walking down the aisle. We decided to go the traditional route and not see each other on our wedding day until I was walking down the aisle. Nothing is better than seeing your grooms expression the first time he sees you. The second one would be the reveal I did with my dad. I didn’t see him the whole day until an hour before the wedding when I was all ready. We cleared the bridesmaids out of the room we were getting ready in and had my dad come in. It was very emotional ( it helped me get all the “ugly” crying out so I wouldn’t be a mess walking down the aisle ha) and so nice to have that special moment alone with my dad. It’s a memory I will cherish forever…

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..Yes! My uncle made the arbor that we used over our head table to hang chandeliers on. We did our own wedding favors by filling little coffee bags and tied them with a little thank you note. We also made signs directing people to where our wedding ceremony and reception were…

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..Enjoy the process and your engagement, it goes by so fast! Also, don’t stress the little things! If something doesn’t go the way you hoped or wanted, you are going to be the only one who knows. The guests will have no idea, and they won’t care. :)” – Bryn, the bride

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Photography and Invitations: Ashley DePencier Photography // Venue: Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, CA // Wedding dress: Liancarlo, ‘Style 5830′: Mon Amie // Mismatched Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor // Grooms and Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang in Gray Slim Fit Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse // Coordinator: SHE (Shannon Hough Events) // Flowers: House of Flowers // Cake: Courtney Ghilarducci // DJ: Let the Music Play – Bino’s Entertainment // Rentals/Decorations: A Berry in The Wild

March 27, 2014

Garden weddings are a trend that will never disappear! This bouquet is a modern twist on the traditional hand tied bouquet since it’s designed in a crescent shape. These wild flowers were selected in a variety of tones and textures to embody the garden feel. Hanging amaranthus is one of my favorite flowers, so are orchids and dahlia’s – so when I saw this bouquet Jacki literally had to scrape my jaw off the floor… I’m beyond obsessed and I’m so glad I finally get to share it with you today!

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AVAILABILITY // Most of these flowers are available year round except the bouvardia which is available only in late winter early spring. The bouvardia can be substituted with wax flower for a similar look. 

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RECIPE // 6 stems light pink stock, 1 bunch pink bouvardia, 5 cymbidium orchid blooms, 6 stems of dahlia in white and pink, 1/4 bunch of clover, 1/4 bunch pepper berries, 1/2 bunch burgundy hanging amaranthus, 2 stems black berries and a small amount of ribbon. 

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CARE // Dahlias can be very fragile and it’s best to touch them sparingly. They can also wilt quickly in high heat making it best to keep them in water as long as possible. A mist of water over the bouquet will help to keep the orchids fresh as well as the foliage. 

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BOUTONNIERES // From modern to traditional, this bouquet can be paired with many different bout options! From left to right; a masculine boutonniere made from hanging amaranthus (which we are obsessed with), a modern mix of foliage and the center of the cymbidium orchid, a traditional cymbidium orchid accented with berries, a simple clover boutonniere, and finally a modern orchid petal and clover boutonniere.

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Amazing Photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // Gorgeous Florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // Styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise

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