DIY Carrot Seeding Tape

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DIY: Carrot Seed Tape - Easy Easy Easy!  www.SuzySewCrafty.com

As you know, gardening is my jam… well one of my jams. LOL….

Anywho, this year my carrot seeds have kept getting washed away with the rains, so I decided to get creative and make my own carrot seed tape so that they stay in place and can grow securely.

Check out the pictorial I made, it’s so easy with the final result being a lush bed of carrot tops! <3

Supplies Needed:

  • 2-ply Toilet Paper
  • Seeds
  • Prepared Gardening Container or Bed
  • Soil
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Split apart 2-ply toilet paper.
  2. Set 1st layer of sheets in prepared garden area.
  3. Scatter seeds.
  4. Lay 2nd layer of atop seeds.
  5. Cover with light layer of soil.  Water your seeds.

Etsy Finds and Faves

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Time to put a spot light on a few of my latest Etsy finds and favorites. As you probably know by now, I’ve had my Etsy shop open for quite some time but some of the unexpected delights of Etsy are finding shops that make awe-inspiring handmade goods and gifts. It’s my mission to share some of those amazing shops and finds with you!

This little gem (Sorry couldn’t resist!) is such a fabulous find. Mandy of Unique2ChicDesigns handcrafts these necklaces and so many more that are one-of-a-kind and truly unique. Personally, I’d love one of these on the gem rock itself, I think it’d make a wonderful paperweight or fabric weight for seamstresses and embroiderers like myself. I’m always in need of a little inspiration and beauty in my sewing studio.

Showing some state lovin’ with this necklace by Unique2ChicDesigns.etsy.com

Next up is the Little Miss Po Bean owned by Angie. This shop sings to me every time I visit it, the colors are vibrant and happy and I can tell she takes great pride in her craft. I know how time consuming sewing can be and am so happy I ran across her shop because sometimes I just want something pretty to use and not have to make it myself – because it may never get done!

Look at all these vibrant fabric colors from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleMissPoBean

Look at all these vibrant fabric colors from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleMissPoBean

How about this gorgeous blue and green fused glass necklace pendant by Wizard Glass Fusing? Noel is from my neck of the woods, she’s out of Central Florida as well, and though I haven’t met her in person yet she radiates such a friendly and vibrant personality. This pendant is so stunning, I absolutely love anything blue, especially deep hues of blue and aqua like this and her craftsmanship is beautifully executed!

One last beautiful find I came across was this Pressed Rose Resin Ring by Perfectly Bloomed. I love anything “Rose” related because my maiden name was related to roses. I love how Dakota hand-crafts each of these rings and presses these flowers into resin so expertly. I would totally wear a ring like this, especially out on dates with my hubby. :)

I hope you enjoyed my newest Etsy finds and faves as much as I have. If you have some time, stop on over to their shops and see if anything strikes your eye. I love supporting local artists and shop owners because I am one too, and know the love and dedication we put into our work. :)

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How To Make Your Own Embroidered Koozie

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How To Make Your Own Embroidered Coozies by www.SuzySewCrafty.com

Hi All!  This tutorial is for people who own an embroidery machine or are thinking about getting one.  Alternatively, if you have a vinyl cutter like a Silhouette, you could also possibly do a heat transfer vinyl.

I took a video of my machine embroidering a koozie.  I am using fast frames, however, you can easily use a 4×4 hoop.  Here is how:

  • Hoop your stabilizer (I used tearaway).  Make sure the stabilizer is taut and makes a nice drum-like noise when you tap it.
  • Pin or spray your koozie in place with temporary adhesive on top of the hooped stabilizer.  I prefer to pin it in place.  Make sure it’s centered.
  • Then send your design to the machine and your koozie will stitch out similarly to my video.

From there, I created this handy-dandy pictorial for you to follow.  Hope you enjoy making a koozie!  It’s super simple and really makes a statement and/or great gift!

How to Make Your Own Embroidered Coozies: www.SuzySewCrafty.comwith love

 

 

Some Fabulous New Etsy Shops I’ve Come Across

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The ever changing and constant flow of handmade goodness that streams through Etsy can keep me busy for days and make me go broke in hours! LOL… seriously, I love Etsy.  At first I thought it was just a place to sell crafts and knits but the more I delve into what it has to offer, I’m constantly amazed!

For example, this set of faux gauge steampunk earrings literally made my heart skip a beat.  I’m not usually an impulsive buyer, but I drooled over these earrings for days before deciding to buy them.  I LOVE them.  I didn’t know when or where I was going to wear them but I didn’t care, I had to have them.  Then it struck me, I have a reggae concert I’m going to in May and yup these would be perfect!  SOLD!

These faux guage steampunk are my impulse buy of the month.

And how about this super amazing shop I found called Erica’s Crafties.  My youngest son loves everything nautical and boat-related, so naturally when I saw these cupcake toppers I thought, these would be perfect for his 2nd birthday party!

Nautical Themed Cupcake Toppers

But with graduation right around the corner, I may have to get some of these for my 5th grader turning middle-schooler. (Oh my, where did the time go?!) These would be perfect for celebrating his graduation from elementary school.

Class of 2015 in da house!

Even better, I talked with Erica of Erica’s Crafties and she’s offering 15% off for Suzy Sew Crafty readers!  Whoop Whoop!  If you’re in the market for some great party decor then shop with her and use “SUZYSEW” for 15% off your total purchase.

I think I’ll start doing these posts more often.  I’m always on Etsy working on my shop and come across so many fabulously amazing shops.  They’re just too good not to share!

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The Cutest Embroidered Baby Bibs

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Are you guys ready for all the cuteness?!  Some of my more popular items in my Etsy shop are embroidered baby bibs.  I started making these for a local vendor fair I was attending.  Since most of my embroidery work is personalized or business logos, it can be hard to show up at a vendor fair with ready-made items to sell, so baby bibs were the perfect solution for me.

Below are the pics of my faves and most popular.  What’dya think?  My favorite are Diaper Loading and AB/CD:)

Creative Stitch Embroidery

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Hey ya’ll, it’s been a while, I know!  The holidays got the best of me, and I was doggone tired.  I’m better now, been keeping busy.  How’ve you been?!  :)

After the holidays, I took some time to build my embroidery website.  It’s so fancy!  😀

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I’ll be running most of my commercial and business embroidery off of that site, and keeping all the fun cute stuff over here on Suzy Sew Crafty.

If you have a moment to check out my site, or come on by to the Creative Stitch Embroidery Facebook page and give me a like, I’d love that!  :)

 

Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover

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Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover using the color Serene. www.SuzySewCrafty.com #ModernMasters #FrontDoorPaint #makeover

Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover using the color Serene.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Regardless of compensation, the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.

I had the opportunity to use Modern Masters Front Door Paint to redo my old white door.  We bought this house in 2011 and I’ve always wanted to redo the door, I just never got around to it.

Plain white door.

Plain white door.

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Ugly door: skuff marks from previous locks and old age.

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More skuff marks and scratches around the door.

When I found out about the Modern Masters Front Door Paint and how quick and easy it is to use, I had to try it!  It was time!  I ordered the Modern Masters Front Door Paint color Serene after I used their awesome and FREE app to help choose the best color.  This app is great cause I didn’t have to spend money on paint samples and I could see what my door would look like with all the different colors in a matter of minutes.

Love this clear jar, shows the true color.

Love this clear jar, shows the true color.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Serene.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Serene.

Before painting my front door, I had some definite questions so I hit up the Modern Masters website to find some guidance.  They have step-by-step instructions for us newbies or perfectionists and a really great video to see as well, and off I went to paint my door!

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Tape the door.

First, tape and prime door.

Prime door because it had oil based paint on it previously.

Here’s a shot of the door after it’s first coat.  I was really impressed with how quickly this paint dries!  I was ready for coat number two after half-hour but safely after an hour.  Even with the first coat, the color was rich and gorgeous!first-coat first-coat2

After a super quick second coat and my door was ready to be left open for another hour or so and it was done!

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I love how this color pops against the house color and the red brick.  I’ll still be adding to my home, this beautiful color now has me addicted to sprucing up the front entrance some more.

Before & After Shots of Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover

Before & After Shots of Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover

Wondering where you can get some of your own Front Door Paint? It’s available at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardwares as well as online via Amazon or the Modern Masters online shop.

Royal Design Studio Christmas Stenciling & Wallternatives Decor

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Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!

Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas spirit is in full effect around here!  Each year we throw a Christmas day party where all our friends and family are invited to come and spend the day with us cooking, laughing, drinking and enjoying each other’s company.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year and getting ready for it is also part of the fun!  The folks at Royal Design Studio sent me some amazing holiday stencils and boy did I have a great time working with them and decorating my home.

 Stenciled Table Runner

Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner

Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner

This year, I am going to have a table runner for my Christmas dinner. I thought it would be great to stencil said table runner with the Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stencil.  My amazing sister, Regina, (who also happens to be a stenciling and faux finishing expert) came through to help a sista out!  She even brought me supplies!!!  I got to use her Bronze and Copper Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes and Stencil Brushes.

Once she helped me get set up, we lined up the stencil so it was nice and straight on the runner, taped it down and went to town.

Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.

Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.

Now stenciling the copper fleur.

Now stenciling the copper fleur.

On a roll!!!  Ain't no stopping me now!

On a roll!!! Ain’t no stopping me now!

Inspector Silar making sure I'm doing a good job.  hehehe....

Inspector Silar making sure I’m doing a good job. hehehe….

Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.

Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.

Stenciling the borders for added depth.

Stenciling the borders for added depth.

Look at the difference now!  The transformation of this table runner was incredible.  I love it so much and if it wasn’t for the embroidered Christmas trees I might have used it all year round!

Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!

Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!

Stenciled Table Napkins with Embroidered Initial

Ok, I saw this Falling Stars Christmas Stencil by Jennifer Rizzo and I had to have it. I wanted to do stenciled table napkins to compliment my table runner, but I also wanted to spicen it up a bit with our embroidered last name initial.  Using the same Bronze and Copper Stencil Cremes to match my table runner, I went to town on stenciling our napkins.

Tape stencil to napkin.

Tape stencil to napkin.

Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.

Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.

Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin

Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin

When repeating the stencil above, I figured out that this particular stencil is small enough that it doesn’t need registration marks.  You just have to eyeball the pattern above the previously stenciling and it works seamlessly!  Took me about half an hour to figure that out!  Dohhh!

Repeat above design.

Repeat above design.

Almost finished!  All I need to do next is embroider.

Almost finished! All I need to do next is embroider.

Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

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Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
I’m drooling over how good these came out!!! What do you think so far? We’re not even done yet! Up next is the Wallternatives.

WINTER SNOWFLAKE REMOVABLE CHRISTMAS WALL DECAL SET

This was probably the easiest project so far!  Royal Design Studio came out with another really cool line called Wallternatives, which is basically removable wall decals.  I ordered the Large Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set.  It came with 5 gorgeous wall decals and each one must be about a foot big!  They were perfect for my living room where the Christmas tree is set up.  I love how they subtly compliment the room.  My favorite quotes from both my husband and older son, “Wow!!! Those look painted!” and  “Wait, did YOU paint that?”  Ahhhh no my dears, no I did not, and while I wish I was that talented to paint something so beautiful, I don’t have to worry about repainting it after the season is done!  hehehehe…. just peel and stick back on the roll it came on.  :)

Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set

Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set

And last but not least – my Christmas gift-wrapped front door!

Stenciled Wrapping Paper, Gift Wrapped Front Door

I’ve done this lots of times, wrapped my front door in wrapping paper but I’ve never done it by stenciling my own wrapping paper!  I wanted to do something with red and white cause it reminds me of a candy cane.  LOL….  I expected it to be beautiful, but what I got was down right stunningly, drool-worthy, gorgeous!  For this stencil, I ordered the Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Again, I called in the big guns and asked my sis to help me out.  She graciously agreed!  We loved working with this big stencil because it went by so quick, and instead of a stencil brush we used a small roller and white paint.

Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.

Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.

Royal Design Studio Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Our fully stenciled wrapping paper by Royal Design Studio: Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Next, after it dried it was time to put this baby up.

Tape wrapping paper to door.  I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.

Tape wrapping paper to door. I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.

Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.

Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.

Hide any imperfections - I chose garland.

Hide any imperfections – I chose garland.

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Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!

Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!

Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!

Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Regardless of compensation, the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.

Why I Have a Worm Farm and You Should Too!

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Hi folks! This post contains an affiliate link to the Worm Factory 360.  If you choose to buy one from the link provided below, I will receive a small percentage of the sale (at no extra cost to you).  This small commission helps me run and maintain this blog. The purpose of this post is NOT to sell you anything but only to tell you how much worm farming rocks!  Thanks!

Vermicomposting: Why I have a worm farm, and you should too! It’s been a long time coming, but this is something I’m so excited to tell you guys about.  I’ve been worm farming or rather, vermicomposting, for almost a year now.  When I started gardening last year I was determined not to make the same mistakes, so after much research I decided the most sustainable and eco-friendly/natural way I can garden and maintain that garden is through worm farming.  Sure, they may seem nasty but these little guys are a gardener’s best friend. 
worms-worthI wasn’t sure how well the worm compost would work for me or even if I could do it!  But I just felt so guilty throwing away scraps, and my hot compost bin wasn’t working, really it was just attracting pests, so I decided to start my worm farm.  I found really easy ways to make my own, but for my first worm bin I wanted to ensure success and didn’t want to take chances on messing up my own DIY bin.  What if my worms found a way to escape?  Or worst, they died!  So I ended up buying the Worm Factory 360 off Amazon and am so glad I did.  I had some gift cards I could apply to it so I ended up getting it for a steal.  It came with a ton of instructions and a book on vermicomposting that answers a ton of questions.  I still refer to it often, plus it came with really great supplies that I wouldn’t have thought of making my own – like a shovel, a scraper and a thermometer.  To me all that, plus the starter kit was totally worth it.

 I followed all the instructions that came with my snazzy new worm bin and set up my first tray.  At first I had it inside the house (don’t judge, they said I could in the videos.).  But that lasted less than a week, I ended up moving it outside in the shade, protected from rain.

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Worm Farm

I found a local guy who breeds worms for a living, I drove over to his farm (impressive btw) and bought 1.5 lbs of worms.

Ok, now I’m going to tell you how I got my amazing worm compost!  Ready?!  It’s SO EASY!

Worms doing what they do

This is a shot of my worm farm outside already in action.  You can see some scraps to the sides and some coconut coir to the right and newspaper around the scraps.  Worms are buried under there, just chillin’ minding their business, making my compost.

Below, are the extra kitchen scraps that I didn’t want to throw out.  I chopped them up kinda chunky-small and shredded some old junk mail and newspaper.  I set the food to the sides of the bin, leaving a space that has no fresh food so the worms are not smothered.  (Actively composting food can get hot, and worms need a cool place to move to in case it gets too hot for them.)

Feeding the WormsNext, cover up the worms with some damp newspaper. This helps keep critters out and the worms cool and happy.

Cover the worm bin up with damp newspaper.I learned the hard way, that keeping a worm bin outside has it’s challenges.  One morning I found my worm bin ransacked and toppled over, apparently a racoon or some other scavenger got to it eating the scraps and more than likely some of my worms.  So now I bungee cord the top on and have had no issues since.  You might also be wondering what that white dusty stuff is, that is Diatomaceous Earth and it is safe for worms but keeps the bad critters out like ants, beetles and other potential worm predators.  I had some red fire ants invade the worm bin at one point so I dusted it and got them outta there quick!

Bungee Cord The Worm Bin ShutHere’s a close up of the top of the bin.  It gives you some great tips on how to care for your worms and what they like and don’t like.

Worm Factory 360 - helpful tips

Worm Factory 360 – helpful tips

End result?  All those kitchen scraps and old newspaper turned into this pic below!!  The most amazing and nutritious compost!!!  Amazing right?!

The Most AMAZING Compost Ever!!
Wondering what worm compost can do for your garden??  Check out what it did for mine.  I’m not kidding, this is the first year of gardening that I have had a tremendous yield and tremendous success.  I only garden naturally, so I never use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.  I give credit for last season’s plentiful harvest 100% to worm composting, regular watering and weeding.

My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!

My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!

Vine Riped Tomatoes

My gardening helper, picking these huge ‘maters.

Luscious tomatoes

Tomatoes ripening on the vine.

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Freshly picked tomatoes from the vine. So delicious!

Eggplant harvest - over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!

Eggplant harvest – over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!

Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden - Seedlings starting to flourish.

Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden – Seedlings starting to flourish.

Pretty cool right?!  What do you think?  Comment below and if you worm farm, I’d love to hear about it too!   :)

The Tardis Meets Towel

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My friends recently celebrated their little boys 3rd birthday.  Yup, the big “3” and who would’ve thought that he could be a Whovian already.  This of course makes me so completely happy because I love Dr. Who and so does my own big boy.  We watch Dr. Who together all the time and I’ve made him Tardis pillow case before.  :)

I was excited to give Ryan his birthday hooded towel, and even better I found the perfect Dr. Who font to use when embroidering his name.

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Ryan opening his Tardis Hooded Towel

He loved it, thought it was so cool!  I, of course, had to take pics of him modeling it.

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I thought the Tardis was fitting for this little Whovian. He may be small but he definitely is “Bigger on the Inside”.

Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.

Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.