Wow, 5 years. 1,610 posts. Over 11,000 comments. Over 21 million page views.
I’m still in shock that this is my real life and what I get to do for a living! Seriously, I’m crying tears of pure joy as I’m typing… I’m just so grateful! I don’t typically celebrate my yearly blog-iversaries but this one really hit me. It’s been five years since that very first post. There was nothing special about that day, April 18th 2011 to be exact, it was a Monday just like today and I figured my first post should be on a Monday, lol. What came before that was a few months of owning my url and being terrified to start. So terrified in fact that I actually applied to be a virtual assistant to a few other very popular wedding blogs, that thankfully didn’t work out. I was finally so sick of being scared that I just started. Why did I care? No one was looking! And they didn’t for a while, but each and every day I still put up a post. Now five years later, quite a few people are looking… and I’m so very thankful for each and everyone of you!
….A Giveaway In Celebration….
5 Winners For 5 Years
In celebration of this 5 year milestone, I put together one of the BIGGEST giveaways my blog has ever seen! 5 very lucky DIY brides (or grooms) will win ALL of the amazing prizes below! That’s right; ALL. Including each winning a Cricut Explore Air + Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer… they just wouldn’t fit in this basket! I’m going to describe each prize for you in detail as I’ve carefully selected each item included!
I’d like to give a very special thank you to all the brands involved who gladly decided to celebrate with me! I’m so grateful for your continued support and honored to partner with you on this project. Cricut, Canon, Martha Stewart, Michaels, Fiskars, Little B, Kate Aspen, sockprints, Happily Ever Etched, Chalk Ink, Twigs & Twirls, Mod Podge, Flhair Accessories, Bling Wipes and Glue Dots.
Cricut Explore Air
Yep. That’s right. I’m giving away 5 Cricut’s! Not only will each winner receive a Cricut Explore Air but they will also receive a Cricut tool set and a few starter materials! How amazing is that!?! This machine has forever changed the way I craft and I cannot wait for it to do the same for you!
ps. Yours will not come with my “Something Turquoise” decal, lol, this is my actual machine and I cut my logo out using silver vinyl!
Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer
Oh yes I did. I called in the big guns at Canon and got them to give me 5 PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printers! Each of our winners will receive this amazing printer in GOLD, my favorite! From being able to print things right from your phone, to being able to scan, print borderless and more – this printer is a DIY brides dream come true. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I rely on my printer… and you could win the actual printer that I use!
Year Subscription To Martha Stewart Weddings
You guys. This magazine was my holy grail while planning my wedding (10 years ago there was no Pinterest or wedding blogs) and the only wedding magazine that I get excited about these days. I’m obsessed and still have a subscription, which is totally justified because I’m in the industry. Every single one of our winners will be receiving a years subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine!
It literally just keeps getting better, so get ready for more fabulousness!
Martha Stewart Paints + Brushes
Martha Stewart is also giving each of our winners my favorite colors of her craft paint, and a set of brushes that aren’t pictured here! A large bottle of “wedding cake white”, and regular sized bottles of “mermaid teal”, “caribbean blue”, “cloud”, and “rose copper”! These are the only paints I use and if you’ve ever seen my craft room, you know that I have almost every single shade that MSC makes!
ps. next week I’m sharing the most awesome DIY wedding sign using these paints and Chalk Ink Markers!
$50 Michaels Gift Card
All 5 winners will receive a $50 gift card to Michaels! Seriously! I warned you that it was just going to get better! The gift card can be used in-store or online, just in case you don’t have one close by. I’m at Michaels about once a week. It’s my absolute favorite store. Most of the supplies I use come from Michaels and so it’s only fitting that they were included in the special giveaway! I actually met a bride in my local Michaels a few weeks ago that was making one of my projects – which was SO awesome!
Stash Of Fiskars Tools
I could only love Fiskars more if their handles were turquoise and not orange! …ok, actually I do have a special edition set of turquoise feather Fiskars scissors which you might have seen… but you know what I mean! Fiskars is giving each winner 5 of my favorite, “must have” tools:
- 8″ Amplify Scissors. Literally my favorite scissor ever. They are especially made to cut thick and heavy mixed media and I know I can rely on them for all my crafting needs.
- 8″ Amplify Scissors RazorEdge. These are specifically created for thick and heavy fabrics! A must have in your crafty tool box. Have you ever seen this meme? It’s true, you really do need a pair of paper scissors and fabric scissors!! Paper will dull your fabric scissors and if you sew, there is nothing worse than having dull scissors!
- Tag Maker Punch. This awesome punch not only makes the tag shape but will also punch the hole in the tag and add the eyelet too!
- Fingertip Craft Knife. You might have seen me use this knife last Friday. The grip is so amazing that once you try it, you won’t go back to a regular craft knife.
- Rotating Cutting Mat. I used this last Friday too! Definitely a must have for any DIY bride!
Stash Of Little B Washi Tapes
Little B. paper tapes are my absolute favorite! They have so many wonderful designs and they have a great “stick” to them which is important, I’m sure you’ve seen me use them quite a bit. Each winner will receive 12 of my favorite tapes including the most adorable wedding washi tape you’ve ever seen! They even come on these special holders that have a serrated edge for ripping – built right in!
Wifey Mug From Happily Ever Etched
Happily Ever Etched (or Let’s Tie The Knot on Etsy) is a fabulous gift shop full of darling items that can be personalized any which way! They are giving each of our winners this darling “wifey” coffee mug, so that you can sip and enjoy your new MRS status in style! Did you see this mug that my bestie bought for me from them, so freaking cute!
I’m actually hosting a DIY Workshop at their shop in Buena Park on April 30th – and you should totally go!
Pack Of Chalk Ink Markers
For those who haven’t experienced the wonderfulness of Chalk Ink Markers, it’s time you try them for yourself! They are by far, my favorite chalk marker ever – in fact I use them like paint pens. They are an absolute must have in your crafting tool box and so that’s why each winner will receive a Brides Chalk Ink Marker set!!
Twigs & Twirls Balloons + Straws
Twigs & Twirls is one of our favorite decor shops on Etsy and they were kind enough to create a special mix of turquoise straws just for our winners! They are also giving away our favorite Mr + Mrs wedding balloons that you might have seen on our Instagram a few weeks back… seriously the cutest!!! Perfect for your reception chairs or photo props!
Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
In my opinion, the dishwasher safe version of Mod Podge is the best version out there – and it has a turquoise label so it’s a win-win! It’s also a win-win for each of our winners because they will be receiving a bottle of this fantastic decoupage glue!
Future Mrs. Socks from sockprints
Ohh sockprints how I love you! Whether you’re looking for personalized wedding socks for your bridesmaids, your groomsmen, yourself or any other member of your family – they’ve got em’ and they’re adorable! You can customize one of their designs, have your photo put on socks or even have them put your wedding logo on a pair! Each of our winners will receive this darling pair of “future mrs” socks!
Turquoise Flhair Accessories Hair Ties
Emma of Flhair Accessories on Etsy very kindly created this darling assortment of turquoise bridal hair ties – specifically for our winners! Each winner will receive this adorable set, perfect to tie up your hair while busy crafting! If you haven’t seen her shop before – you must go – because she sells the most fabulous hair tie favors you will ever see!
Box of Bling Wipes
Keep your jewelry sparkling with Bling Wipes! These individually packed towelettes for your fine jewelry are the greatest thing since sliced bread, seriously. Each box comes with 10 individually packed wipes, perfect for carrying in your purse or travel bag to assist you when in need of some shine! Great to have around the morning of your wedding in case your ring or any fine jewelry needs a quick cleaning… which is why each of our winners will be getting one box!
Stash Of Glue Dots
Last, but certainly not least – my favorite adhesive of all time; Glue Dots. These powerful little dots of glue hold your projects together with ease and make “drying time” a thing of the past. I’m sure you’ve seen me use these before and if you haven’t, you must not have been reading my blog for very long, because I actually used them in a tutorial 3 days ago, lol. They are an absolute must for DIY brides and so each of our winners will receive a big stash of these awesome adhesives!
5 Winners For 5 Years
All in all, I think I’ve put together a pretty amazing prize pack – wouldn’t you agree? Just in case you missed it – there are 5 winners of this contest. Each winner will not just receive one item. Each winner will receive everything pictured here including the printer and Cricut… minus only the copper wire basket and faux fur rug!
Enter By Sharing Your DIY Wedding Projects On Instagram
Since this giveaway is HUGE, packed full of the best DIY bride stuff on earth, and valued at over $900 total (that’s a value for each of the 5 winners, not combined) – I’m asking that you do a little bit more than what I normally require to enter a giveaway…
I want to see the DIY projects you’ve been working on for your wedding – or that you have already completed! To enter, you’ll need to share them on Instagram. No, you can’t edit an old post – create a new one… the potential winnings are worth it! Full requirements below.
How To Enter:
Mandatory Entry. Share a picture on Instagram of a DIY project that you’re currently working on, or have completed for your wedding day and let us know that you have through the Rafflecopter widget! I seriously cannot wait to see all your projects! Both brides and grooms can enter!
To make your entry valid you must add the following to your image: tag us @something_turquoise, use the hashtag: #somethingturquoise5, include your wedding date, and finally tag all 15 brands involved; here is a list of all the brand @handles to copy and paste right into your comment. (Don’t know how? Visit this post on your phone, select the text below and copy, then paste into your comment on IG!)
@something_turquoise @OfficialCricut @CanonUSA @FiskarsAmericas @PlaidCrafts @GlueDots @LittleBLLC @TwigsandTwirlsLLC @Chalk.Ink @BlingWipes @sockprints @HappilyEverEtched @emmaflhair @kateaspen @MichaelsStores @Martha_Weddings
***If your IG account is private, we won’t be able to see your posts! So, private message us and we will follow you!
You can gain an entry this way by sharing a new DIY project once a day. Contest ends Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at midnight.
Entrants must be engaged and planning their wedding; both brides and grooms can enter.
Additional Entries: Enter using the other social options listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. These will give you additional entries into the contest, but you still MUST share a DIY project on Instagram to be officially entered.
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Good Luck To All Who Enter!
I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to bless 5 of my amazing, creative, DIY bride/groom readers with this fantastic prize package! I hope that it brings you joy during your wedding planning + crafting process, and helps you create not only unique projects but fabulous memories! xo, Jen
Contest ends on Wednesday, 4/27/16 at 11:59:59, Pacific Standard Time. Five (5) winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be contacted via the email address that they provide to the Rafflecopter Widget. If the winner doesn’t respond to our contact email by 5/2/16 at midnight, another winner will be chosen in their place. Winners will be announced here within this blog post no later than 5/6/16. Available to US residents only. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Entrants must be engaged and planning their wedding; brides or grooms can enter. Click here to read the official rules surrounding this prize package.