Thursday, November 3, 2011

in the garden- sponsored giveaway! CLOSED

X-ACTO asked me if i'd like to try out a few of their products and help introduce their new E-Book and i said sure!  bye bye, ancient but trusty old X-ACTO knife.  check out these cool knives!  i love the retractable blade on the blue one.  they also are giving two of my readers a prize pack!  hooray!



there are tons of uses for X-ACTO knives, and you can read some of them here.  i love X-ACTO knives for making freezer paper stencils, and for cutting through cardboard.  oh, and for cutting the strings off of my vacuum cleaner roller thingy.

i also used my knife to take some cuttings of my plants, prior to bringing them inside for the winter.  here's what you need.  X-ACTO knife, a vase of water, root stimulator, and a pot with potting soil.



look at my airplane plant!  babies everywhere!  too bad i don't need any, but i can give them away at thanksgiving, and i will pot up a nice big batch for my mother in law's birthday next week.  anyways, before bringing this plant in for winter, i cut off all the shoots with my X-ACTO, dipped them in root stimulant, and potted them.  i love to give away plants.  they grow a history that way!


i got this creeping charlie from my old dentist's wife - i used to be his receptionist, and she gave me an enormous plant that had been in the window of an old building downtown forever.  it was so big and heavy, they had it tied up to the wall!  i got it home and it tried to commit suicide by jumping off onto it's head.  but i gave it a haircut and potted all those cuttings to give to friends in town.  last time i checked - it's been years - they were all still alive!   and i still have the original.

ok, sorry for the long story.  back to the cuttings!

**please try not to slice off your finger - i'm not responsible for injuries.**

find a nice spot and use your X-ACTO knife to just slice through the stem!   the knife makes a clean quick cut.



depending on the type of plant, you will either stick the cutting in the vase of water, or dip the end in root stimulant and poke it into a hole in the soil.




one thing i do every year is buy a bright green sweet potato plant at the beginning of the season.  then i take cuttings from it and keep them in a glass of water on the kitchen windowsill.  they sprout quickly, which the kids enjoy, and it's easy to tuck them into my hanging baskets and pots on my patio.  or give them away :)



this year i am trying to transplant cuttings i took off the sedum plant - not sure what variety it is, nothing fancy.  it was one of the only things planted when we bought the house.  i planted them, and we'll see in the spring if they make it!



i also used my knife to clean up the last of my zinnias.  the kids helped pull the stalks, and i sliced the ends off using the X-ACTO.  one last bouquet before the cold weather strikes, brr - we lit a fire last night! 

do any of your plants tell a story?  i'd love to hear about it!  just leave me a comment (any comment is fine) to be entered to win!  Two lucky winners get a prize pack!

Prize packs include:
  • Retract-a-Blade knife
  • Designer Series Gripster craft knife
  • Self-healing mat
thanks for reading!  i'll randomly draw a winner on Nov. 10th, one week from today!

    29 comments:

    Mindy said...

    I can't believe I'm the first comment. Love these x-acto knives. I have some of the old knives, but these would be cool to have. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Chiska said...

    Those look very fun. Here's my plant story. My mother-in-law had a gorgeous plant she called a wandering jew. I loved it every time we went to visit I would comment on it. Well She moved into a basement apartment and decided I should have it if I wanted it. I was so excited. I had a short time and set it out on the rail on our front porch to get a little sun, trying to keep something alive for a change. Then I forgot about it for several days--in part because something knocked it off the porch. When I found it, it was mostly dead and with since I am no Mad Max, no miracles occured and it died shortly after that. I'd love to use the x-acto's for making books.

    Jessica said...

    I loved reading this post Tammie - I'm pretty new to gardening though hopefully with the lovely large garden in our new home I'll be able to practice lots! I love the idea of taking cuttings and growing new plants from them to give as gifts... that's definitely something I'm going to be trying next year!

    I've not got much in the way of plant stories yet - we did use to have a tiny palm type thing that we got from Ikea... it moved flat with us twice before having to be left down in London with our latest move as it had since grown too big to fit in the car. We did find Albert (yes - we had even named him) a new home so hopefully he is getting on well there.

    Kama said...

    This would be cool to win! I know it would be super useful around our house for various projects and my husband is an architect (who works from home) so he is always doing a model using x-acto products. Thanks for a chance to win!

    Judi said...

    thanks for the plant tips. What a great thrifty gift idea!!

    Marci Girl said...

    None of my plants can tell a story because I murder them all. I don't think I have any house plants now at all, and I recently killed an aloe vera I had for years...oh well, I defiantly don't have a green thumb.

    Candice @ Made With Love said...

    Oh man, I LOVE x-acto knives, as they were a must have in architecture school. I still use my +/-11 year old knife, and would love an updated version. Thank you for this opportunity! :)

    PS- My plant story is that I end up killing everyone I touch. :(

    Sharon said...

    The only story my plants have is they're lucky to be alive. You make it look so easy. Maybe I'll keep trying after all.

    Allie said...

    I have one of the old knives, not near as pretty as these. I'm sure these are sharper than mine too.

    poppyinpink said...

    I have had my share of neglected and suffering plants to my shame. I hated seeing them deteriorate..one time I put some seeds (Aster, I think) into a small jar on a bed of cotton wool damped with water. The idea was to let the seeds germinate on the window ledge and then transfer into the garden. Forgot them, didn't I. A while later, while cleaning, I came across the little jar and wondered what was inside..my little seeds had indeed germinated but instead of flourishing in my garden one seed had survived and sat all of 2 inches tall with one colourful petal...did I feel awful??? You bet! Just like plants everybody needs lots of tender loving care to flourish into the best people we can be. The sight of that poor little flower illustrated that for me. I think every experience good or bad can teach us something helpful.

    Marcia W. said...

    My mother is a great gardener. She tells me, it doesn't matter if the plant beds are weeded if they (the plants) die for lack of water. Seriously, we do not have an X-Acto and it would really help with our pruning. I can see cutting back our chrysanthemums similar to what you did with zinnias. KNOW that we can put a set to good use. Please enter us.

    Anonymous said...

    I am not a gardener. My mums are already dead. But... I do love crafts and would love to have the x-acto knives. I teach an elementary special needs class. I will always have need for these and promise to keep them locked up and away from the kids when not in use.

    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

    Carla G said...

    Your plants are gorgeous!! Everything is dead & frozen outside here now... But I do have some plants indoors that are alive. I have a tropical tree (no idea on the name) that I rescued from a store over 12 years ago. It has grown from about 6" tall to about 5 ft tall. So, some plants survive at my house and others have a short life (I even killed a cactus). Thanks for a chance to win x-acto knives, as they would be well used at my house! :)

    Lauranie said...

    I'm joining the Plant Murdering crew!! Can't keep anything for too long! :) But I did get a cutting from a neighbor TWELVE years ago that has managed to survive outside...without my interference except to keep sticking back in a pot when my kids and dogs knock it over!! LOVE that plant...too bad I have NO IDEA what it is, but it does make lovely red flowers from time to time...again with NO INTERFERENCE from me!! HA! Thanks for the chance...good luck with your other giveaway, you did a great job on your quick page...and my advice? Get an external hard drive to store all of your papers and embellishments!! :)

    Binks said...

    none of my plants tell a story because they are all dead! i'm an environmentalist that can not, for the life of me, keep a plant alive. it's pretty sad really...
    although some of the ones i have tried to raise and lasted the longest are the ones that had special meaning to them.

    Jittina said...

    I can keep most of my plants alive. Although I did kill a cactus recently (totally dried out). Because of that I sometimes throw them away, just because I want some other plants, not the ones I'm looking at for the last x years.

    Colleen said...

    WOW, these x-acto knives looks fantastic. AThese will really come in handy in making my homemade cards.
    Thank U 4 this opportunity.
    ColleenB.

    Paula said...

    I have an old x-acto knife that is begging to retire; would love to win this set, thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

    Amanda B said...

    Sadly I'm not that great with plants. I do however have a bamboo plant that's still happy as can be after 6 years! Thank you for this great giveaway! I could definitely use some new x-acto knives!

    serenityspeaks (at) ymail (dot) com

    MollyP said...

    It's amazing what ideas can pop in your head when an Exacto knife is in your hand. Here's a plant story, when I took my first job out of college and moved to Alabama 6 years ago, I had to leave behind most of my large potted roses because I had no sunny spaces at my apartment. I bought a tiny little aloe plant at Wal-Mart for $2 and put it in my bedroom window. That tiny little aloe is now 4 feet tall and 5 feet in diameter. Twice a year, I remove all the baby aloes from his pot and give them away. On average, each repotting leaves me with 10 aloes to give away. I'm pretty sure my co-workers are getting tired of seeing pots of aloes decorating the break room table twice a year. Amazingly though, they all find a home every time. My husband thinks I should quit work and become an aloe farmer. Can you imagine an acre of aloe plants? Just call me the aloe whisperer.

    MollyP said...

    P.S. I love a sweet potato vine, too. That color just pops!

    Jeanne said...

    I don't really have a plant story to share. My husband is the plant raiser and they are all in the greenhouse or garden or flower beds. I just water, feed and keep clean. I had never thought about the x-acto knife use with plants, I will be sure to share with him. Thanks for the chance to win. If I do, I will put them in his stocking for Christmas. He will love that.

    Lee said...

    The knives look great! My plants are all stay outdoors ones because of allergies with my son. But we do love them! thanks for the giveaway.

    Nikki McDonald said...

    These look like a lot of fun! :) I have a nice scar on my thumb from an exacto knife in Jr. High School...

    I'm more careful now...

    christy said...

    i love this giveaway. My fingers are crossed
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

    Leanne said...

    I'd love to try this thingy.

    Connie said...

    I always buy a lime green sweet potato plant in the Spring but I never thought of taking clipping and starting new ones, great idea! I use old knives for plants and never thought about using x-acto knives. Great giveaway!

    Sue D said...

    I use X-ACTO knives in my crafting but never thought to use it for palnt cuttings--thanks for the tips.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

    Laura said...

    I don't garden much (would love to, just don't have the funds for it right now). I would love to win that X-acto set though!

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