My Attempt at Growing Sweet Potatoes…You Can Try Too!

I LOVE sweet potatoes. So much. Like I would be perfectly okay with trading out sweet potatoes out for regular potatoes in everything…

Sweet potato fries, chips, baked, mashed, scalloped…even sweet potato hash browns! Which I don’t know if they exist, but I want them!

Anyhow, I heard it’s pretty easy to grow sweet potatoes. So I did some research,  and I found that:

  1. You have to start with an organic sweet potato. Apparently if it’s not organic, they treat it with a chemical that keeps sprouts from growing!
  2. You cut the sweet potato in half.
  3. You put the sweet potato halves cut side down, into a container of water.
  4. You leave them in a place that gets a decent amount of sun.
  5. That’s it! Well for the initial process that is!
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My sweet potato halves in a container of water! Super simple!

I first put my container in our kitchen window. But that window barely receives any sun. So after a few days of feeling like nothing was happening, I decided to leave it out on our screened-in back patio.

I FAIL at gardening. Anything I have tried to grow in the past has NEVER worked. So when I saw that all this took (initially) was water and a food container (the soil thing is still a bit scary for me at this point), I had to give it a shot!

It has been 12 days since I initially put them in water. I don’t have to keep re-watering them. I just let them sit. On the back patio. That’s it.

And look at what has happened so far!!!

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Sweet potato #1: There is actually a white root growing! I’m SO excited!

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Sweet potato #2: It has a brown root growing! Pretty cool!

Both sweet potato halves each have a little root growing out of them! That is too exciting! I cannot wait to see the progress! I will keep you all posted!

And I challenge you to try growing your own! I heard it’s the perfect time of year to start, because the timing of it works out to where you can plant the sprouts in the spring. So go ahead and try! And let me know how it goes for you!

Tutorial: Sharpie Designs on Glass (Superman, Avengers, Batman & Freehand)

Hello! So I’ve been wanting to try the Sharpie on glass project I’ve seen on Pinterest. I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time!

I headed over to Old Time Pottery. My original plan was the Dollar Tree, but I remembered that OTP has a huge selection of glasses.

I knew I’d be making one for my hubby, as well as a few for our friends who are regulars at our home! I figured I’d give them each their own personalized glass to use when they come over!

Thankfully, OTP had some tall 24 oz. glasses on sale for 89 cents each! Can’t beat that! I bought five, and am going back for some more today. I also got a plain white mug at the Dollar Store for my Mami!

To make your Sharpie glasses, here is what you’ll need:

  • Sharpies (I’ve heard BIC permanent markers work too)
  • Glass, mug, or whatever you’d like to use
  • Oven (this is SUCH a cheap project!)
  • Alcohol/Nail polish remover & Q-tip (for mistakes)
  • Optional:
    • Tracing/parchment paper
    • Tape
    • Pencil
    • X-acto blade or scissors (check out the SWEET x-acto kit my hubby bought! It came in a cute wooden case and anything! I would’ve never bought this for myself, so I was thrilled!

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If you want to do a logo or clean design, the tracing paper/x-acto option is the way to go. It came out so nice this way. But if you’re doing lyrics, a quote, a Bible verse, etc., you can free-hand it. I posted photos of some like that further down.

Instructions for making your AWESOME custom Sharpie glasses:

  1. Google the logo you’d like to do. My hubby is a Superman guy. So I did a search in Google images. I liked the way the negative image looked, so I decided to go with that.
  2. Tape your tracing paper over your screen. Make sure the image is the size you want it to be on your glass.
  3. Trace your design.

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4.Once you’ve traced your design, use your x-acto to cut out the correct parts. I found that it is easier if the parts you cut out are the ones that you will fill in with the Sharpie. I hope that makes sense. Because of the Sharpie being thick, it comes out nicer if you are filling in the empty spaces with the Sharpie, instead of tracing the outlines of the parts you want to fill in later. Comment if you need clarification!

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Clarification for Step #4: This is what I did before I cut my design out. I shaded in the parts THAT I WANTED SHADED on the glass. Cut out the shaded parts! (That’s better!)

5. Tape your design onto the glass. Use your Sharpie to trace around the lines.

6. Remove the tracing paper. If you want to use it again, be careful not to rip it!

7. Now you can fill in the areas you traced. It can sometimes be tricky filling in large areas, because the Sharpie makes lines that sometimes erase parts you’ve already filled in (you’ll see what I mean). Just play around with it until you get it the way you want!

Here is the Superman glass and the Avengers glass before I put them in the oven!

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There are many reports that the Sharpie on glass starts to come off, even after putting it in the oven. The general way to do it is to put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Diyopolis did a DIY Sharpie and BIC Mug experiment, and she found that a higher temperature seems to work!

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Oven directions:

1. Put your glass on a cookie sheet. If you’re doing just one mug/glass, you can place it right on the rack. This just makes it easier to put them in and take them out.

2. Preheat your oven to 425. Diyopolis recommends putting the glass in while the oven is preheating.

3. Once the oven reaches 425, set a timer for 30 minutes.

4. After your 30 minutes are up, turn off your oven and slightly open the oven door. Leave the glass in there as the oven cools down. This gives your glass some extra bake time, and it allows everything to cool a bit before you take it out!

And here are the finished products!

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The first mug is for my Mami. It says “Walk by faith, not by sight.”

The next four are for our guy friends, and then my hubby (Batman, Avengers, Korean, and Superman). The one in Korean says, “wit” for our witty friend! 🙂

And the last one is for our sister. It is also a Bible verse.

You can see close-ups of some of them below:

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Walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

 

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My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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I was going to do the regular Batman logo, but I thought this one was TOO cool, with the Batman face in there!

I hope you all like this! I’m telling you, 89 cents + a Sharpie + an oven is probably the cheapest, coolest gift you could make!

We will probably fill our friends’ cups with their favorite candy, as we surprise them with their permanent and personalized glasses for when they come over!

And I am giving my hubby his Superman glass tomorrow morning for Valentine’s Day, along with a soda I bought him that says “You’re SODA amazing.” I wrote about all my candy gifts for him here.

I can’t wait to see what they all think! Let me know if you try this project! I am going to make two more today for two other friends!