January 17, 2014

This past year we have definitely seen chalkboard styles trending… and of course everyone loves a pretty mason jar – so today we’ve combined the two! Here in our first “12 Months of Martha” post for 2014, we are sharing a super easy technique to achieve a distressed chalkboard mason jar look – which would add the perfect rustic look to your wedding decor! For those of you who might not have heard of the #12MonthsofMartha program; the MSC Editors send their favorite crafty bloggers a box full of fun goodies every month and we get to create something with the ingredients… it’s a blast!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts chalkboard paint (blue, green, and clear)
  • mason and jelly jars, with texture!
  • coarse grit nail file or sand paper
  • soft bristled paint brush
  • chalk
  • wax paper

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On a waxed piece of paper (or the like) start painting your first coat of chalkboard paint onto your mason jar with a soft bristled brush, the softer the better – it will leave less ‘paint lines’ behind. It’s always best to start with a clean jar… clean with rubbing alcohol if needed.

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Let the first coat dry completely; at least one hour if not a few.

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Then add a second coat, if you’d like. You might be totally happy with the coverage of the first coat, which is fine. The lighter the color, the more coats you might need… it’s completely up to you. Let dry for 24 hours.

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We made all these shades below with the three chalkboard paints pictured above. Green, blue and clear (looks like white and dilutes like it too!). For the turquoise shade we mixed the blue and green! Get creative… the colors are up to you and your theme!

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Once your paint has dried at least 24 hours you are ready to sand. This technique works best on jars that have a raised detail, like “Ball”, “Kerr”, or jelly jar hexagon patterns.

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Using a coarse grit nail file or piece of sand paper, gently sand the paint off the raised design areas of your glass jar…

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You can also sand the smooth areas of the jar to add extra texture and don’t forget the top!

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I love seeing that lovely old-school logo…

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Jelly jars (and tin cans) make this technique look good!

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Now for the chalk. To finish the distressed look, you need to rub your entire jar with chalk. Once the jar is covered, wipe the chalk dust away with your fingers and then go back and add a little more for decoration.

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The chalk step really finishes off the distressed look of the jars…

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Add some chalk…

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…rub it in and then add a little more!

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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 // Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard paint in Green, Blue, and Clear and MSC soft bristled paint brush: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // nail polish: Essie, Mint Candy Apple + Turquoise and Caicos

You can easily purchase these supplies from Whimseybox:

January 9, 2014

This week has already been so absolutely wonderful and now it’s even better!!! Today is the first of a brand new article called ‘Carly Rae Mood Board’… where one of our favorite wedding planners; Carly of Carly Rae Weddings is going to share a fresh and hip mood board with us! Of course we had to start the year off right with the turquoise and all… but seriously if I was getting married again, this would be the absolute perfect inspiration! 

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The thought behind a beautiful mood board like this is that it should be the starting point of inspiration for your wedding day. Something to share with your vendors, family and friends or whoever is helping you plan your wedding. We share these boards with you to help you along in your process and vision… but by all means please compile your own! Let us know if you end up planning your event based on one of our boards ~ we’d love to hear about it!

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mood board design: Carly Rae Weddings // turquoise + khaki invitation suite: Every Last Detail // turquoise candle + flowers: Wedding Sparrow // guys with turquoise ties: Grace Note Photography // wedding dress sun salutation: Your Cloud Parade // rustic cabbage rose wedding bouquet: Green Wedding Shoes // gold glitter shoes and jewlery: Green Wedding Shoes // mens turquoise stone ring: Clayton Austin // girl with white balloon: Wedding Sparrow // glamourous rose gold rings: Wedding Sparrow // feather and flower boutonniere: Style Me Pretty // amazing turquoise high heels: Style Me Pretty // bride + groom in chairs with tassels: Modern Vintage Weddings // honey wedding favors: Clayton Austin // soft mint bridesmaid with peach flowers in her hair: Landon Jacob // turquoise stripe wedding cake: 100 Layer Cake

January 7, 2013

Happy 2013 everyone!!! We are absolutely thrilled to be back! We truly had a wonderful holiday season filled with love and laughter and we hope you did as well! If you regularly read ST, we are so very pleased to see you again… and for those of you who were lucky enough to get engaged over the holidays, we wish you congratulations and want you to know that we are beyond excited to have you here today!!! There is so much beauty headed your way starting with this darling engagement from Hayley Lord Photography

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how did you find your photographer

We found our photographer Hayley through a mutual friend. We also went to High School with Hayley so we knew her prior to knowing her professionally.

Are you DIY-ing anything for your wedding?

Our wedding has a lot of DIY projects! I love anything DIY so I had to incorporate something I could do myself with some help of my lovely bridesmaids. I decided to take on the project of making mason jar flower vases that will hold the flowers lining our aisle! The mason jars will give a rustic vintage feel which is exactly what I’m going for!

Of all your wedding plans, what are you looking forward to the most?

Of all my wedding plans I’m looking forward to marrying the man of my dreams and getting to build a life together! What could be more exciting than that!?!

EVENT CREDITS // photography: Hayley Lord Photography // venue: St. Augustine Beach, FL

April 20, 2012

Happy DIY Friday! This project was originally created as a guest post for the terrific Sparkle & Hay. If you are planning a rustic, down to earth, outdoor, style wedding… these hand painted brick table numbers would be perfect {and ridiculously cheap} for your event! Customize with your wedding color and choose a glaze to fit your style… within an hour or so your table numbers will be done and completely adorable!

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Supplies: bricks – one for each table you have, Stucco Paint medium from Martha Stewart Craft Paints, your choice of paint color to match your wedding decor, felt – approximately one craft sheet per 4 bricks, E6000 glue, Mod Podge, scissors, paint brush, pencil, and a container to mix your stucco paint in.

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Start by tracing each table number onto each brick.

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Next, you will need to mix your choice of paint color with the stucco paint medium. Start by thoroughly mixing up the stucco medium, I used the end of my paint brush to do this. Then add some of the medium to a separate mixing container. My container is from Michaels, and what I like most is that it has a lid.

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Next add your choice of color. You only need a drop or two of paint for about a tablespoon of the stucco medium. Thoroughly mix the two together and clean the end of your brush.

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Now start painting your numbers on each brick. We will be painting three coats. If you are using a lighter color paint, don’t worry if the pencil line smudges with the paint, it will be completely covered by the third coat. Bricks absorb moisture very easily so your paint will dry quickly.

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Make sure to cover your mixed paint in between each coat so that it doesn’t dry up, this is why I used a container with a sealable lid. If you choose to use a small dish that has no lid, just place it into a zip lock bag and seal.

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Coat number two!

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Coat number three! By this coat you will have a nice thick texture formed with the layers of paint. That is what I loved about the stucco medium – it resembles the texture of a brick!

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In this example on the #7 brick I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint in ‘Deep Sea’. Here is where your wedding style can determine the rest of the project, for the #7 brick – I wanted to keep it rustic and chose not to seal it with Mod Podge.

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In this example, on brick #4 I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint in ‘Sea Glass’. Using the regular Mod Podge with gloss finish, I painted a thin layer all over the brick to give this version a more finished look. The picture below is actually the finished product.

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Gloss finish, yet still rustic. Only one thin coat necessary.

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Brick #21 however, is sealed with ‘Glitter’ Mod Podge for a fun rustic-glam look – this is my favorite! Same steps, apply a thin layer of ‘glitter’ Mod Podge to cover your brick. This paint color from Martha is called ‘Root Beer Float’.

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Below I am showing an option for finishing your project; applying felt to the bottom of your brick. This is definitely not necessary, but if these will be sitting on top of nice tablecloths or something even semi-delicate, you might want to consider this step. Bricks are actually very rough!

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Measure a rectangle of felt, roughly 1/2″ shorter than the dimensions of your brick. So that when the felt is glued to the bottom of your brick, it won’t be sticking out – we want no one to see this part! It is only for protection of the surface that your brick will be sitting on.

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Cut your rectangle out of the felt and using your E6000 glue apply a thin bead around the edge and a little in the middle. Firmly press your felt onto the bottom of your brick and stand right side up to dry. The weight of your brick will hold the felt snug while drying.

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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 - my handsome hubby! / DIY: Jen | Something Turquoise / Martha Stewart Craft Paint and Stucco Medium: exclusively sold at Michaels / bricks: $0.45 at Lowe’s / Mod Podge, felt, scissors, E6000, paint brushes and paint container: all from Michaels / Nail Polish: turquoise + caicos from Essie  [this DIY project was created specifically for Sparkle & Hay ]

April 2, 2012

My favorite way to start one of my ‘Etsy Inspiration’ boards is by finding one image that to me, can inspire a whole board. On todays board I first fell in love with the nautical save the date below from Sans Serif Design. I am a huge huge fan of beach and nautical themed weddings… I believe that your beach themed wedding can be gorgeous and romantic… just like the sea.

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Click {here} for all these and more fantastic nautical wedding listings on Etsy!

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{etsy seller/image credits} vintage inspired chiffon wedding gown: Katie Jean // nautical save-the-date invitation: San Serif Design // starfish ring bearer pillow: The Seashell Collection // sea green & grey bows: today is a sunny day // trio of fresh water pearls necklace: Beazuness // grey and white paper straws: Cupcake Social // nautical crochet fish cake topper: Cherry Time

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