January 14, 2014

I don’t normally post about my personal life… but this I just had to share! For the past five days I have been teaching how to use new Martha Stewart Crafts products at the largest craft industry convention in the country called The Mega Show by CHA (Craft & Hobby Association). I was so completely honored to be a member of the amazing Plaid Crafts team for the week – and of course overjoyed to be representing one of my favorite brands…

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Originally this was going to be my first year attending.. walking the immense convention floor and checking out the latest and greatest new craft products that will soon be hitting the store shelves. You have to be credentialed as part of the craft and hobby industry to attend, it’s not for the general public – and they accepted me, yay – that was good enough! Lucky for me, every year this convention is held in Anaheim, CA… less than 30 minutes from where I live.

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Then I got an email from the marketing manager at Plaid (the company that manufactures Martha Stewart Crafts paint, decoupage and stencils) asking if I’d be interested in demonstrating/educating conference attendees on a few brand new items for the Martha Stewart Crafts collection. Can you say omg – dream come true for me! A phone interview and a few emails later it was confirmed – I was hired and I couldn’t be more excited! 

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Martha Stewart is releasing an assortment of fun new items… from new colors of regular paint and chalkboard paint, to a brand new line of furniture paint and waxes… but what I’m most looking forward to is the new erasable liquid chalk!!! Use the liquid chalk like paint, but once dry it won’t smear like chalk and it’s fully erasable with water!

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Arriving I didn’t know what to expect, one – because I’d never attended the conference before and two – because I’d never been an educator before. And this is what I saw first… are you kidding me? My picture on a poster board… I felt like such a big deal! lol!

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And so the crafting madness began! Our booth was directly in the front of the conference and I constantly had a line of avid crafters waiting to learn about the new products. My {make-n-take} was incredibly popular because it was SO darn cute!! We made chalkboard plaques embellished with Martha’s silkscreen adhesive stencils (my fav!)… Plaid created the project and I did a full hands on demonstration. It was SO popular in fact that we ripped through over 500 chalkboards in less than two days… and that was all we brought!

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Of course they included my favorite paint color ‘beach glass’ in the project – that is until ‘caribbean cool’ is released! Yay… more turquoise colors to come soon! 

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We used the new ‘chalk inspired’ silkscreen stencils to embellish wood plaques painted with MSC chalkboard paint… peel the stencil from the backing and place on your surface…

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Press the silkscreen firmly to the surface…

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Then using a paint dauber, gently pounce paint through the silkscreen…

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Gently peel the silkscreen away to reveal a much more detailed design than you could ever achieve with a regular stencil…

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The crafters really had a blast with this project as you can see it was just darling!

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We also added a little ribbon to the back of the plaque to hang on the wall.

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I had such an amazing time with all the crafters – and the Plaid Crafts team treated me like a movie star. I cannot express to you just how grateful I am for the opportunities that have come my way from simply sharing my passion with you all – crafting. xoxo

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HUGE thanks to my girl Amber from Damask Love for taking these awesome pictures of me! 

January 8, 2014

We are beyond excited to share today’s post with you… because it’s The Not Wedding from Cape Cod! We had the pleasure of attending this amazing event back in November of 2013 and we hope that all the beachy brides out there are inspired!!! We sure are…

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If you are unfamiliar with The Not Wedding; it’s essentially a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding Guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action!

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Yay!!! Do these gorgeous robes look familiar?? Yep – we made them!

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Isn’t her necklace to die for?!? All the jewelry is handmade by Argonauta Jewelry Designs.

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This table below was our favorite!!! Ohh… and the table itself was handmade by True North Events… isn’t it absolutely gorgeous! They make all types of custom farm tables for rent.

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That is our DIY Wedding Cake Plate below; isn’t it darling?!?

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The Tunnel of Love is where the guests get to meet all the talented vendors…

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Check out this wonderful highlight film of the event from Harborview Studios:

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all the amazing photography above is by 3 talented vendors: Hike PhotographyOrganic Photography, and Shoreshotz Photography // venue + catering: Sea Crest Beach Hotel // floral design (Head Table & Tables 2,5,9,10,16,17,19,23): All About Flowers For Weddings // day-of coordination + event design (Head Table & Tables 4,6,11,13,14,20,21,24): Cape Cod Celebrations floral design (Head Table & Tables 3,7,8,12,15,18,22,25): Patrice R. Milley Floral Designs // gorgeous jewelry + accessories: Argonauta Jewelry Designs // ice cream favors: Ben & Jerry’s Catering // media partners: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce + WeddingsOnCapeCod.Com + WellWed // DJ & lighting: DJ Danny Walsh // floral design (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Designers Touch Florals // invitations + menus: Dulce Press // flip book favors: Flipchix // videography: Harborview Studios // harpist + vocalist: Katie Lynch Koglin // Invitations & Paper Accents: Lady Slipper Stationery // hair + makeup: Lisa George // live wedding painter: Neil Collins // invitations + ceremony programs: M. Smith & Company [msmithstationers@gmail.com] // hand painted signs: On Cape Time // rentals: Cocktail Hour & Tunnel of Love: Party Cape Cod, Reception Linens, Chairs & Square Tables: Rentals Unlimited, Rehearsal Dinner Event: Taylor Rental Party Plus, Farmer’s Tables & Boardwalk Aisle: True North Event Rentals // wine sponsors: Ferarri // registry: Shoreline Interiors // media partner + DIY elements (Cake Plate & Bridal Party Robes): Something Turquoise {Ideas for the DIY bride} // gowns: Sposabella Bridal // mens attire: The Cape Cod Tux // favors: The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop // cake + dessert table: The Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery // candy table: The Perfect Table Cape Cod

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Curious about the design of the day? At the beginning of every NotWedding event process, their creative director and guru on all things graphically gorgeous Ashley McHugh creates an inspiration board and distributes it to all the participating vendors; this board is all the vendors have to go off of for the event! All the Cape Cod vendors had the pleasure of working with the pastel-laden Parisian Whites board below. These soft hues where a perfect complement to the sand, sky and sea of the northeastern coastline, making for a sweet, almost wintery feel from the cakes to the centerpieces. **Of course it was our fav because of the turquoise!!!

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Inspiration Board Photos, clockwise: Elizabeth MessinaMarchesaCeci New YorkJose VillaLauren KinseyAshley Forrettefrom this featureKT Merry, flowers via ZsaZsa Bellagio

March 14, 2013

The Not Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. The wedding guests’ are brides-to-be who get to enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing wedding vendors in action. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Los Angeles event which took place on 2.27.13 – where we incorporated 5 of our DIY tutorials into the wedding day. The fabulous images below are from Candice Benjamin Photography, who was one of the talented vendors that participated.

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Everyone asks about the situation regarding the couple… each ‘Not Wedding Couple’ is already married and durring the ceremony they are actually renewing their vows. In this senario, the attendants are their close friends and the darling little flower girls are their adorable daughters!

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Each vendor is asked to do what they do best; the photographer takes the pictures, the florist does the flowers, the bakery does the dessert, the planners plan, etc… with all those ‘cooks in the kitchen’ it truly creates an event like no other!

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You might recognize the two projects below… they are our very popular ‘Time Capsule Guest Book‘ project and our tech savvy ‘Instagram your Wedding‘ project…

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Different wedding planners and designers are given a few tables each to go wild – they get to create any type of decor their hearts desire (based around an inspiration board created for the event) in hopes of gaining the attention of brides-to-be…

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One of the home-runs from the night were the ‘Wed-libs‘ – our fun wedding Madlibs. Each guest received one at their table and we had a fabulous time watching people as they filled them out and then laughed at their answers! We had an overwhelming response to them on Instagram  - which absolutely warmed my heart.

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All over the venue we also provided our ‘conversation starter mason jars‘… which help to break the ice and get people talking. They are pictured below on the bar…

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Another one of our DIY’s… the ‘chalkboard here comes the bride sign‘ made the most darling appearance of the night!

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Such a lovely couple and such a heartfelt ceremony, they wrote and read their own vows and I was in tears!

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After the ceremony and the yummy dinner… guests get to wander around and meet all the talented vendors who created the event in an area called ‘The Tunnel of Love”… where we each had a cocktail table to display our best – here are just a few…

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At the very end of the evening we were able to watch a fantastic ‘highlight film’… which Amari Productions worked feverishly on throughout the entire day! Watch it below…

Here are a few images I Instagramed durring the evening… a huge THANKS to my dear friend Christin who helped me with the event and another huge THANKS to all the vendors who made the entire day a success! They are all listed below, xoxo.

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the event images above are courtesy of: Candice Benjamin Photography // other photographers associated with the event: Meghan Christine Photography and Chelsea Mitchell Photography // videography: Amari Productions // venue: Lot 613, Los Angeles // The Not Wedding event coordination and design: Couture Events // event designers/planners: Sweet Emilia JaneTwo B Events and Fabulously Wed // other decor: A Fresh Coat of Paint // florist: The Little Branch // stationary: Smitten on Paper // catering: Premiere Events // wine: Ferrari // cupcakes: Sprinkles // dress: Maude Couture // wedding accessories: Happily ever Borrowed // makeup: Shelby Wilson // photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth Co. // production, lighting, and DJ: SOS Entertainment // event rentals: Pico Party Rents & Sales // media sponsor: Ceremony Magazine // marriage resources: StartMarriageRight.com // DIY decor: your’s truly!

January 29, 2013

The Not Wedding - a fake wedding to inspire real brides

Complete with a sit-down dinner, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Not Wedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. Hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and touch the linens… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises!!! The goal of The Not Wedding is to create an event that brides and singles alike would walk away from thinking, “That was the best wedding ever! I want mine to be like that one! I have to have _______ be a part of my wedding!” Here are some inspiring images from previous years events… that’s right, this is what you have to look forward to…

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that Something Turquoise is partnering with The Not Wedding Event that is being held in Los Angeles on February 27th!!! I am completely giddy because we are going to be showcasing some of our most popular DIY projects throughout the entire event! I will be there the whole evening and cannot wait to meet you all… make sure to bring your crafty wedding questions ~ I will be happy to answer them all!

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I will be snapping pictures and Instagraming what we are working on for the event (…and of course the event itself) so make sure to follow us and say hi on Twitter or Instagram!

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Click {here} to RSVP and get your tickets to one of the upcoming Not Wedding Events!

February 25th: Atlanta  ~  February 27th: Los Angeles  ~  March 5th: San Diego

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If you are a vendor looking to be a part of The Not Wedding, you can apply {here}

December 13, 2012

Are you engaged and busy planning your wedding? Wouldn’t you love to win a dream wedding at the Empire State Building with Preston Bailey as your wedding designer? Well, here is your chance! Three lucky couples will celebrate their special day with a customized wedding or vow renewal ceremony held at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day 2013 – designed by the premier celebrity event designer Preston Bailey! Read below on how to enter and click {here} for more details on this special contest.


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TO ENTER // Create a video submission of your love story and submit via Facebook - detailing your dream to get married in the Empire State Building with Preston Bailey as your wedding designer. All videos must be submitted by January 11, 2013. Both the Entrants and his/her bride or groom must be legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and 18 years of age or older. Click {here} for terms and conditions. Winners to be chosen on or around January 18th, 2013

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