Friday, September 28, 2012

Simplicity's Electric Scissors Review & Giveaway

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel then you probably already know about the new giveaway I have going on thanks to my very generous friends at Simplicity. {If you're not subscribed you can click HERE so you don't miss out on any of my new tutorials or giveaways!}

Simplicity's Electric Scissors
I was recently provided the opportunity to try out Simplicity's new Electric Scissors and I'll be honest.  I'd never heard of such a thing.  I thought a rotary cutter was the miracle invention for me and my crafts.

In my video review of the product I show you what it comes with, how to charge (yup! Has a rechargeable battery!) and use it.  I use it to cut everything from a regular sheet of paper to thick acrylic.  By my reactions on camera you can definitely tell that I was surprised to see it perform live!

It's one of my new favorite gadgets to use and I know any crafter would love to have a pair for themselves. So, I've teamed up with Simplicity to bring you my latest giveaway where one lucky viewer will be randomly selected to win their own pair of electric scissors! For complete contest details please watch the video below (if you are reading this in my blog) or click HERE to go to the video watch page on YouTube.

The giveaway deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  Contest is open to worldwide viewers. 

For info on where you can get your own pair of Simplicity's Electric Scissors click HERE.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Transplanting Seedlings to Veggie Garden

One great thing about living in Florida is that while most of the country begins to brace themselves for a chilly Fall/Winter season we are getting ready to enjoy some of the most beautiful and cool weather of the year.  Which for our farming lifestyle also means--- veggie garden time!

The kids and I transplanting seedlings
Our summers can be piping hot but I'm used to it- my family is from the Dominican Republic and I grew up in Miami.  Heat and humidity is all I've ever really known.  I had one follower recently write me to say she could only enjoy a veggie garden this time of year via my online videos because she lives in, Canadian Arctic! Brrrrrr. That is just way too cold for me to even imagine.
Meanwhile, the kids and I are enjoying our days running in the rain and playing outside with fewer bugs and more butterflies, dragon flies, bees and birds.  It's like Spring all over again! Which is exactly what my gardening buddies told me earlier this year- where we live in North Central Florida we can basically plant two Spring gardens a year.  I'm now planting almost all the exact same crops we grew in March-May.  Things like tomatillos, cucumbers, beans, etc.

J direct sowing Golden Beets
This week I'm back with another gardening video where I show you how I transplant my seedlings into the vegetable garden.  As you can imagine, my 3 yr old, Jonathan, loves to be front and center whenever it comes to dirt so he makes another on camera debut in this video tutorial. He is just the cutest little character and I'm thankful he enjoys spending time with us growing his own food.

Where do you live? Are you gardening this time of year?

Hope you enjoy the video! Click HERE if you don't see it below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to Make a Tank Top- Part 2

This week I posted Part 2 in the tank top making tutorial series I started a few months ago.  In Part 1 I showed you how I take a baby's onesie to create a new pattern for the tank top.  In this Part 2 video, I show you how I take the pattern and sew up the tank top using stretch knit fabrics. 

Finished tank top I made from a onesie for my baby girl- Allie @ 9 mos
 The fabric I used was from one of my video sponsors- Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I discovered them a few months ago after coming across a $1.99 US per yard fabric sale on their facebook page. If you haven't heard of them check them out! They specialize in ALL KINDS of garment making fashion fabrics and notions.

Here is the video:

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Happy sewing!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fall gardening time!

It's still pretty hot here in North Florida but I'm excited to get a start on my fall garden. I spent this past week starting some seeds indoors.  I've planted a ton of different veggies and varieties- some we grew last year and others are totally new.  Just to give you an idea we are growing, cucumbers, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, cabbage, kale, bok choy, chinese cabbage, beets, carrots, and a ton of herbs. Phew! I anticipate it being a lot of work but we are okay with that... because nothing beats harvesting homegrown organic veggies!

Just looking at pictures from last Fall/Winter's harvest gets me so excited to grow more this year.... especially since I had no idea what I was doing last year and grew some gorgeous veggies!

Chantenay Red Core carrots
Belstar Broccoli

Gonzales- early green Cabbage

Champion collard greens

Red Globe radishes

Don't last year's veggies look delicious?! Well, if you don't already grow your own food I definitely suggest you give it a try.  Obviously, it's going to depend on where in the world you live but at least consider doing some research either on the internet or at your local county extension office to gather more info on the appropriate planting season in your area.  It really is a lot of fun and oh, so gratifying!

To help get you started I've posted my FIRST gardening video tutorial. I'm not an expert by any means but I'm definitely always wanting to learn. So, if you have some tried and true seed starting suggestions please post them as a comment below so I can check them out. If you're new to gardening... it's all about taking that first step and just getting your hands in the dirt!  I hope this video helps get some of you started this Fall/Winter or at least inspire you to do your research in preparation for the Spring.

In the video I give you info on where I like to buy my heirloom and organic seeds, how I prep my seed trays, where I store my seed trays to help them germinate, how I made a temporary hoop house for my seedlings out of stuff we already had, etc. 

You can click HERE to watch the video or you click the thumbnail below if you are reading this post on my blog.

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