December 17, 2013

Cocktails make the world go round… so why not serve something a little extra special at your bridal shower, wedding or holiday party! This tastebud tantalizing champagne cocktail is just the thing you need to embellish your wedding toast… or maybe just your afternoon… 

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To me – it’s all about the color. I encourage all my brides to serve a ‘signature drink’ at their receptions and/or other bridal events. One that matches their party either in theme or in color.

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This cocktail is very easy to make as you can see from the ingredients and it’s also very easy to drink! One of the things you need to keep in mind when serving a ‘Signature Drink’ at any wedding event, is how easy it will be to produce – over and over. Also, it shouldn’t be too strong – we don’t want your guests to be trashed before the cake cutting! 

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Adding a few fresh raspberries and a heaping tablespoon of Raspberry Liqueur like Chambord will make your next champagne toast the talk of the town… cheers!

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dry sparkling wine
fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur 

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photography: Studio Eleven Photography // cocktail recipe: Jen | Something Turquoise

December 6, 2013

The holidays are upon us… and I am sure that you are feverishly looking for something to embellish your entertaining efforts or maybe even a little something special for your bridal shower or wedding! With that thought in mind, we are sharing a very simple technique for making these darling polka dot champagne glasses! They take hardly any time at all, yet look so impressive. Can you imagine if everyone at your wedding (or New Years Eve party!) was toasting with these ~ it would be amazing!!! Best part is they are dishwasher safe…

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Supplies:

  • glassware
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Paint (yellow gold, pure platinum, tartan red, beach glass)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint daubers
  • rubbing alcohol 

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Start by cleaning the surface of your glassware to be painted with rubbing alcohol.

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Using your choice of paint colors… carefully dab on the polka dots!

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This project is so simple! All it takes is one pounce and you have the perfect polka dot!

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Here we are using two different size daubers from Martha Stewart Crafts. The 3/8″ for the metallic gold and silver, and the 1/4″ for the red and turquoise. You can easily clean them with soap and water to use again and again.

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Using the smaller diameter dauber, we added an accent color!

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The great thing about this design is that it doesn’t have to be perfect; it’s actually better if it isn’t. Dab a little dot here, there and wherever you want it…

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/////  HOW TO CURE MARTHA STEWART CRAFT PAINT  /////

There are two ways to cure this paint, the air-dry method or the oven method. To air-cure, simply let the paint dry for 21 days. To oven-cure, after the paint has dried for 72 hours, place your glasses in a cool oven and set it to 350 degrees. Set a timer for 30 minutes, when the time is up turn off the oven and let your glasses cool down inside the oven to prevent cracking. *All glitter and metallic paints should only be air-cured! 

Once correctly cured these glasses will be top shelf dishwasher safe!

***Even after they are cured we don’t recommend letting them sit or soak in water in your sink, it may make the paint come off!

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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 Craft Paints (yellow gold, pure platinum, tartan red, and beach glass) and dauber set: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // Svalka champagne glasses: Ikea // gold serving tray: Home Goods // nail polish: Essie, Mint Candy Apple (and watch out for a tutorial soon on how to make that darling bow ring that I’m wearing!)

October 31, 2013

“Jodi and Jared’s wedding day was full of scary monsters, pumpkins, skulls, and spiders! They tied the knot a couple days before Halloween and had a very festive wedding! All their guests were in full costume so there were appearances by Cruella Deville, The Cat in the Hat, Fred Flintstone, ring bearer vampires, royalty, and lots of other fun characters. Jodi wore a gown with just a small red rose on it to accent the red and black decor, during the reception she changed into a gown perfect for Halloween. The reception looked awesome, black linens, tall red rose center pieces with little pumpkins and carmel apples as favors for their guests. Jodi made the chocolate skull on top of the cake and Jared’s chocolate skeleton cake. Such a fun party complete with scary Halloween music all night long!” – Carrie Wildes Photography

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“My favorite wedding day memory was watching the shocked faces of the on lookers as my bridal party walked down the aisle to toccata en fugue in d minor lol (very creepy music)…

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..I did a lot of DIY projects – I designed my reception dress, we made the stenciled pumpkins for the ceremony decor, I sculpted the solid white chocolate skull cake topper, I made my grooms cake, and compiled my entire playlist, we also did our own flowers, favors, and table decorations!

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..Yes – my something old: a vintage cat pin on my dress, something new: spider broach on my dress, something borrowed: my moms necklace, something blue: a ribbon tied on my garter.

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..My advice for planning is to take at least a year to make everything happen. Appoint someone from the bridal party to keep you on track so you don’t lose your stuff or miss your exit like we did! Also, have someone to check your makeup – my blush was so uneven and no one ever told me!” -Jodi, the bride

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photography: Carrie Wildes Photography // venue: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL // ceremony dress: Alita Graham for Kleinfelds // reception dress: custom designed from Maggie Sottero // bridesmaids dresses: Bettie Page // favors: handmade candied apples by the bride and groom // skeleton invitations: Invitation Box // catering: Olympia Catering // hair: Creative Touches Hair Salon // flowers: Sue Tamberino // dj: Jeff Staples Group // officiant: Chip Schofield

July 17, 2013

Whether your taste is contemporary or classic, minimalist or magnificent, the Baccarat bride will be spoiled for choice! For nearly 250 years, Baccarat crystal has been guest to the most elegant soirees and has graced the world’s finest tables. You may choose to share the beauty of Baccarat with your bridal party – gifting your bridesmaids with delicate jewelry, your groomsmen with cufflinks and barware, or you might choose to embark upon your newlywed life by building your very own Baccarat gift registry…

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Baccarat is a French luxury brand internationally renowned as a leader in high-end and exclusive crystal products. With two new collections per year and a catalogue of more than two thousand long-term works, Baccarat illuminates tableware, decorative objects, jewelry, carafes and chandeliers. The magic is at work, from the company’s iconic legacy to it’s special commissions.

The goal of a Baccarat gift registry is to create an easy and memorable gift giving experience for yourself and the gift giver. From stunning champagne flutes and handsome barware to gorgeous crystal decor, they make it easy to bring elegance and luxury into your new home!

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July 6, 2013

Happy, happy weekend to all!!! Wishing you lots of fun in the sun! xoxo

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Image Courtesy of: Laura Hernandez Photography // color inspiration: Jen | ST

best wedding blog 2013

Monday: Etsy Inspiration Board ~ for a rustic, americana themed wedding

Tuesday: darling sunset engagement of Troy + Leslie by Leif Brandt Photography
…and the super sweet engagement of Adam + Amanda by BMW Photography

Wednesday: beautiful vineyard wedding of Harry + Debra by Kelly Miranda Photography

Thursday: ::: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY :::

DIY Friday: how to make an adorable ‘Just Married Tin Can Garland’ for your bike or car

… and our very special Martha Stewart Craft tools giveaway!!!

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