"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY self watering plant containers

Sorry folks, I have been MIA lately. I have just been a busy bee! 

I saw my friend post this on Facebook a while ago.

I loved it so much I asked her if she could guest post here.

Thanks so much Desarae for the fantastic post!

So I was cruising around on Pinterest the other day and came across a blog about how to make self-watering start containers for growing fruits and veggies. It piqued my interest because that's the big problem I have with growing things, I have no clue when or how much to water things! And an even bigger bonus, all i had to buy was potting soil and seeds, everything else I already had on hand!

2 liter soda bottles (empty and cleaned) with caps (1 for each type of seed) I planted 5 types so I have 5 bottles
thread/string/yarn you will need about a foot for each bottle
potting soil
rubber mallet/hammer
phillips head screwdriver
sharp knife

first, after cleaning the empty bottles cut them in half with the knife (a lot harder than I thought it would be! mine definitely don't have straight or pretty edges but hey, it works!)
second, place the cap on a hard surface (I put a cutting board on the floor) and punch a hole through the center with the screwdriver and the mallet. Don't worry about damaging the surface underneath, it doesn't go in that far as long as you don't keep hitting it!! Twist the cap a few times to make a hole, otherwise you just get a useless cross pattern and you can't get the string through!
third, fold your string in half and make a knot at the looped end and string through the cap, place the cap back on the bottle
fourth, put potting soil into the top half of the bottle (hold onto the string so it comes up into the center of the soil), leave at least an inch open at the top, plant your seeds according to the package
fifth, put water into the bottom half of the bottle, make sure not to submerge the cap when the top half is placed inside
sixth, water the soil thoroughly making sure all the soil and the string is wet, otherwise the string will not be able to pull water up when it needs it. Then all you need to do is make sure the reserve doesn't get empty, just lift the top off and put water in then put the top back on!
seventh, if you want you can add something pretty to the container so it doesn't look so ugly! I added green ribbon so the containers match my kitchen!

And there you have it, six easy steps to making your own self-watering containers!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

what i wore...Easter outfit.

Dress Banana thrifted, Loft blazer, scarf F21, Boots Coach via Ebay, watch TJ Maxx, pearl earrings from the hubby.

My chickens wanted to join in on my post...lol..


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A little health update

    I havent written about my health issues for a while so, I wanted to give you all an update. I am maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. My pain has gone from a 4 to about a 1-2. I can't say wether it has been a medication change or answer to prayer. But either way I am praising God for times with little to no pain. I have no clue if my mystery pain/illness will strike again but I am trying to live moment by moment thanking God I can focus on life without the worry of pain looming in the back of my mind. Anyone who has dealt with chronic pain can understand it takes a part of yourself captive. In those times I can only operate at 50% or less. That means my kids and husband get only half of me (if that). It makes me feel almost guilty even though it's out of my control.

But, I am truly blessed God has taught me to trust in Him and not take a day for granted. Things could be so much worse! Health is an absolute blessing! Don't take for granted that you are without pain or sickness. Being healthy and pain free is a blessing in itself!

 14 On a good day, enjoy yourself;
   On a bad day, examine your conscience.
   God arranges for both kinds of days
   So that we won't take anything for granted.
Ecclesiastes 7:14

If you are going through a hard time, (wether it's pain, sickness, family issues, or you just need a prayer ect...) please leave me a comment below and I would love to pray for you! 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

what i wore..... totally a jeans girl.

Top Old Navy thrifted, scarf F21, jeans Macys COH, belt Marshalls, wedges Macys Lucky,  earrings Stella and Dot.

Blazer thrifted, lace top Marshalls, jeans AG Marshalls, nude pumps Payless, jewelry Stella and Dot. I got all fancy for dinner out with my husband and friends. Of course getting fancy is dressing up a pair of dark jeans most of the time. I am totally a jeans girl!

Happy Wednesday!

Have a blessed week... 

Don't forget to enter my 100 follower giveaway (previous post)!!!

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100 Follower GIVEAWAY!!

I am so HAPPY ( umm, elated!) to reach 100 followers!! I am seriously smiling from ear to ear right now! 

So, I want to show you all my appreciation by having a GIVEAWAY!

The prize to be won is a sweet little hodge podge of goodies including: a Buxom lip tarnish (in a lovely nude shade), Revlon nail polish (in a sweet pink color), a $5 Target gift card, a crystal drop necklace made by ME on an antique bronze chain, and a white rose pin made by myself!!

YUP, pretty nice right?

To enter: 

1. you must be a follower of my blog Blissfully Blessed. If you are not, please become one (that makes me happy!).

2. Will you please share this giveaway via your blog, Twitter, or Facebook pages. Or simply share with a friend or co worker. This will count as one entry, just leave a comment telling me that you did so.

3. Please tell me your favorite posts on Blissfully Blessed ( decorating, recipes, crafts, outfits, thrift store goodies etc......) This will count as a second entry. Just leave a separate comment telling me what your favorite posts are.

Each comment will count as one entry. Please leave me your email address (in your comments) or a way I can contact you if you are the winner. Of course the winner will be announced here too.

This giveaway will end April 10