April 17, 2014

Today we are talking about newlywed entertaining and how to do it in style! We have teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design an inspiration board that embodies the ‘Something Turquoise’ entertaining style using our favorite items that are currently for sale… so it’s no surprise that it’s turquoise! To play hostess, all you need is a few key coordinating pieces to get started and you can build from there:

  • first-class flatware
  • a lovely table (or tablecloth)
  • dinnerware that fits you as a couple
  • centerpiece options (by season is best)
  • cloth napkins that accent the table
  • serving dishes

The best way to acquire new entertaining pieces is to include them in your Crate & Barrel wedding registry. Take the opportunity to add beautiful, unique and complementary pieces that will help make newlywed entertaining easy, fun and gorgeous! It’s actually a proven fact that the wedding guests (let’s be honest, the women) who will be purchasing from your registry would prefer giving you a stunning serving bowl or romantic candelabra, rather than a toaster – it’s just more fun. So load your list and load it well. Make sure to give your guy a choice in things too, especially if he’s handy in the kitchen!

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All of the images above are current items available at Crate & Barrel, find them below:

1. Aquatic Bowl // 2. Helena Aqua Tablecloth // 3. KitchenAid Artisan Aqua Sky Stand Mixer // 4. Newlywed Cookbook // 5. Mallorca Wavy Three Taper Candleholder // 6. Gemma Candle Holders Collection // 7. Riviera Carafe // 8. Mallorca Linen Napkins and Napkin Rings

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Crate & Barrel knows how to make signing up for your wedding registry a real celebration! Attending one of their in-store wedding registry events is an absolute must… click {here} find one near you and RSVP today!

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Sign up for a Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry Now!

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April 10, 2014

“MINT DESIGN, a company based out of California recently designed a fresh south of the border fiesta! We proudly partnered with Marcos and Lotta, a newly engaged couple from central California to design their engagement party. After 5 years of being together, Marcos proposed to Lotta during a surprise planned trip to Chicago! After a social media wildfire spread they knew a big celebration was next. Our vision and feel for the party was gathered by elements of the southern California lifestyle; street tacos, fusion drinks, bright colors and lots of swagger. There were lots of fun DIY elements that went into creating this fun fiesta! Streamers danced throughout the party as guests were greeted at the door with drink nametags, glitter heart stirrers and fun straws! Guests entertained themselves into the wee hours of the night with props at the custom photo booth wall, mixing up crowns and mustaches to lips and confetti! We created a gold heart piñata that served as a fun unique party prop! MINT DESIGN used inspiration from the couple and wowed guests with the little details, which were all created on a budget! Who doesn’t love that?” ~ Cheers from MINT DESIGN!

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“Marcos and Lotta are a very fun and exciting couple that we were beyond thrilled to photograph. Their fiesta themed engagement party, designed by MINT DESIGN, was complete with street tacos, fusion drinks, and, of course, lots of glitter! We loved photographing all of the little details that MINT DESIGN dreamed up along with the fun and love between Marcos and Lotta and all of their family and friends! Cheers to the happy couple!” - Ashley dePencier Photography

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Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography // Event designer: MINT DESIGN // Catering: Agave Grill & Cantina // Paper goods: Matinae Design Studio // cookies: Imperial Sweets

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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SUPPLIES:

  • 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

March 12, 2014

“Rachel + Andrew’s wedding was such a relaxed, fun celebration of love! They were so smart to pick such a fantastic venue… Orcutt Ranch is one of those locations where everywhere you turn you see something new. Having the reception in the garden created a feeling of being transported to another time, and the little details they brought in worked so seamlessly with the space. You don’t need much when surrounded by roses and a historic house from the 1920′s!” – Candice Benjamin Photography

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“The wedding venue lent itself very well to a DIY bride, because it was a beautiful blank slate – every little thing had to be brought in. After making lists upon lists of everything we needed, from extension cords to ribbons, one of my favorite moments of the wedding day was finally being done with the lists and the worrying and walking from the bridal suite to the ceremony. When I heard the song that I had chose so many months earlier (Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day”) and saw my soon-to-be husband waiting for me under this breathtaking sunny sky and huge tree, its one of the memories that I flash on most often…

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… Yes! The burlap wreaths on the aisle were sewn by my mom, the kid gift bags at the reception with coloring books and little toys were stuffed and stamped with love by me, my Mom sewed the awesome purple lace that was made by her Mom onto the ring pillow, I made the chicken wire table assignment from a frame I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the street name signage at the tables were an Etsy purchase, my mom and I glued ribbon around the edges of the cheap-o dessert stand to class it up a little bit and it hid the corrugated cardboard really well, and Andrews graphic designer friend made the cutely worded bar signage for us. I strung the childhood photos in the dessert room on the twine to fill up the empty shelves, it was a fun way to get our moms involved (they are both out of state) by going through old photos and choosing their favorites. I also had a friend string nylon rope outside and then he attached all those globe lights to the rope with zip ties and that alone saved us over $2,000! My brother and cousins did all of the globe light removal/tear down at the end of the night too, total lifesavers. The caterer also was the table/chairs/linens vendor and that was a huge relief, less coordination for me to do! Our officiant was one of my oldest friends from growing up in New Mexico who did such a great job, people asked if he was a professional wedding officiant!

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..My something blue were my shoes; something old was my grandmother’s handmade lace wrapped around my bouquet; something new was my dress and something borrowed was my earrings…

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..My planning advice is to only focus on what’s important to you and your husband. I don’t remember every detail of the menu because it wasn’t as important to us as spending hours deciding on music playlists! My ceremony advice to the future brides is to remember to look over at your family after you become a wife – with your family sitting on your side, they end up being a bit out of sight and I didn’t really make eye contact with my parents or brother after we became husband & wife!” – Rachel, the bride

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Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography // Dress: Maggie Sottero/Madison Marie – purchased from Kay’s Bridal in Simi Valley // Grooms Attire: Jos A Bank // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor // Flower Girl Dresses: Mini Boden // Hair Stylist: Novak Salon // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Orcutt Ranch // Caterer + Rentals: Pierre’s Catering // Mini-pies: Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop // Florist: The Exotic Green Garden // Invitations: ‘Dappled Glade’ by Wedding Paper Divas // DJ: DJ Bumbaclot – Andrew Veeder

February 5, 2014

“Maggie & Chris – we’ve got to give them as much praise as we can. They got it 100% right. Their day was beautifully accentuated with amazing style and class, incredible Green Mountain beauty, super fun loving friends and family, intricate design and crowd moving live soul music. Every made to order customized detail stood out strong! Their rings, the clothes, a typewriter for personalized messages, super fun photo booth – you name it. Having this incredible day nestled at the Riverside Farm in Pittsfield was an obvious choice. They provided an incredible space full of eye pleasing places to photograph. School House Gardens provided their usual floral excellence, Occasions Catering did an incredible job making sure everyone was fed in style while My Little Cupcake perfectly sweetened up the whole deal. Grippo Funk Band melted the crowd all night long and right before leaving we witnessed a striking sparkler send off. Congrats on both your love AND your wedding day perfection Maggie & Chris!” – Ampersand Wedding Photography

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“I’ve heard many brides say their day was a blur… but truly I remember each and every little moment, from the blessing my yoga instructor said during my morning practice to the final toast my husbands grandfather made at our after reception. One outstanding moment was my walk down the aisle to my husband to be.

I chose to walk alone because in my heart that was what felt best. I stayed calm and collected all day getting ready, but as the bridal procession began their walk my knees began knocking and the butterflies in my stomach began fluttering. The walk from the farmhouse, across the field, to the arbor where I was to meet Chris was a long walk (probably 2 1/2 minutes). As the last of my bridal party had left the farmhouse, my nerves settled and I felt an overwhelming calm. I’m ready to marry my man! The song I chose to walk alone to was “Bliss” by Phish, a sweet instrumental that always gives me chills. I began my entrance, I was fearless and excited. As I got closer where our friends and family were seated, Chris came to meet me, I took his arm, he told me I was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. We happily walked up the final leg of the aisle together, arm in arm. Nothing could have felt so right. BLISS

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..from start to finish I created every detail from our handmade save the dates to the extra long sparkers we used for the send off. I wrote the entire ceremony and we each wrote our own vows. We designed our programs, menus, and lots of different kinds of signage from old painted fence posts, chalkboards and stencil stamped burlap. My mother-in-law helped me find a vintage typewriter for guests type out their advice and best wishes and I found photos of all 4 of our grandparents on their wedding day.  

My thoughts on DIY: Don’t try to do it all yourself if you have people who know you and understand your vision, delegate! Wedding planning is very stressful if you are doing it completely on your own like I did. Your wedding can still have a lot of character and reflect both of you without getting glue gun happy!

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Old- I wore my Grandmother Ann’s wedding veil, however I had it refurbished. It was a lace edged, 2 tier, cathedral length veil from 1947. I had it cut to elbow length and found some gorgeous 1920’s style hair clips to attach it to my head.

New- I got a tattoo with my big sister, a couple weeks before my wedding day. It is a mantra written in Sanskrit on the inside of my right bicep.

Borrowed-  My ring! My husband had my engagement ring custom made. He recycled some of his mothers diamonds to create the perfect ring for me. A beautiful, ethically sourced Malawi Sapphire surrounded by diamonds borrowed from his mother. 

Blue-  My shoes! I am a petite 5’2 lady so I always can get away with wearing high heels to stand with my burly 6’5 husband. I found a super cute 1920’s style shoe in light blue they were about 4 inches and super comfortable. I had no problem in the grass or getting down on the dance floor. I wore them all night long. Happy feet!

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1. Stay Calm and Trust the Universe.  (another mantra I continue to live by)

2. Whatever amount of time you have is enough. Work with what you’ve got! 

3. Try your best not to get overwhelmed, ask for help, talk it out. Everyone wants to help, sometimes they just don’t know how. Also talk to your vendors, I didn’t have a wedding planner but my vendors were more than happy to help me feel confident that things were going run smoothly on my wedding day.

4. Accept that there will be errors. I planned every little detail and all the big ones too from types of seating to linens to flowers, transportation, food, music, etc. Things get lost in the shuffle for sure and in the end it really didn’t matter.” – Maggie, the bride

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photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography // venue: Riverside Farm, Pittsfield Vermont // dress: Claire Pettibone // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // grooms suits: Alton Lane // ties: Tie Crafters // shoes: Allen Edmunds // groomsmen: Brooks Brothers “Gatsby Collection” // engagement ring: Lisa Linhart // wedding bands: Vanessa Lianne // favors: Vermont Maple Syrup from the Begin family sugarhouse, Pittsfield, VT (Trees were tapped less than a mile away from the venue!) // florist: A Schoolhouse Garden // cake: My Little Cupcake // invitations: Paper Source // band: Grippo Funk Band // caterer: Occasions Catering // hair: Cailyne Crowder // transportation: Gramps Shuttle Service

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