Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday's Tip of the Day & A New Attitude!

Good morning everyone! Thank you all so much for the kind and encouraging words you've left for me the past few days. I have decided to start today out with a brand new attitude! So here's hoping for the best!!

Today's tip of the day deals with planting. Hubby and I are discussing trying our hand at a very small garden this year so with that in mind, I thought a couple of tips regarding planting would be in order.

Recycle old mini blinds as garden markers. Cut the slats to the needed length with a point at one end. Write the plant name with a Sharpie marker and use them to mark seeds or garden rows.

Use cardboard or fiber egg cartons to grow seeds then plant the entire tray. It will disintegrate

Now, in light of my new attitude, I was thinking about what I could do to make myself feel better. And I have come to the conclusion that in order to make myself happy, I will try to be a blessing to someone else. So with that in mind, I have decided to have a small St. Patty's Day giveaway for my faithful followers who have helped me out so much these past few days. The rules for this one are simple:

~ You must ALREADY be a follower. I will not take entries from anyone who signs on to follow today or after today. This is open to my followers in any country.

~ Leave a comment on this post only to let me know you want to be entered.

~ Don't post about this on your blog or anywhere else. It's only for my faithful friends and besides, who needs the competition, right??!!

~ I will draw the winner on Monday, March 1st, so entries will be accepted thru Sunday, February 28th.

Here's what the winner will receive: a handstitched pillow that reads "blessings",
a set of clover bowl fillers handmade by me, a box of Candleberry tarts in Apple Brown Betty scent, a clover grow kit, and a cute magnetic note pad that reads "I'm not Irish but you can kiss me anyway!

Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. My eyeballs aren't working so well this morning and they didn't look quite so blurry when I was taking them!! You can get a better look at the pillow and clover bowl fillers in my header.

Well, that's all I have today. We received quite a bit of snow overnight and it's still coming down this morning. Hubby is driving me to work today and he's ready to go so I guess I'd better run! I hope everyone has a great day!

Until next time. . .



  1. Donna that is what we are here for. We are to encourage each other when we can and make each other feel better when we are down. I'm so glad you are starting to feel a little better about things.
    Girl I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I had mentioned before that I loved your header and I would love to have your pillow and shamrocks to make a display out of for myself. How sweet you are.

  2. Good Morning, Donna! I would love to win your great giveaway. That little pillow is so sweet, and I am really ready to grow something green..LOL!!Please enter me and continue to have a better day!


  3. I am a follower and would like to be entered!

    Cute items you're giving away!

    Hope you are feeling much better today!

    Tanya ~

  4. That's funny that you posted about doing a small garden because I have been thinking the same thing. I want to plant some sweet corn, tomatoes & maybe some green beans...oh I can't wait for warm weather!!!
    What a nice giveaway but I won't sign up since I won your last one...I'll let someone else have my chance=) I hope things are going much better for you today!
    Big Hugs,

  5. Oh, aren't you the sweetest, Donna. These giveaways are wonderful.

    Today is a new day, it will be filled with joy.

    I am a follower ...

    Have a beautiful day.
    Hugs, Marydon

  6. Glad to hear your feeling a bit better today, Donna.

    What better way to get the ball rolling for your great giveaway than have your first entry from Northern Ireland?!!!
    I am already a follower and would love to be entered!
    Many thanks

  7. Hi Donna. I just love old mini blinds for making plant markers and you can get so many out of one old blind.The foam egg cartons are good for putting the little jiffy pelts in to start seeds too. You can have a dozen or less plants that way. They hold water also for watering the seedlings and can be reused.
    I would love to be entered in your beautiful giveaway.

  8. Thanks for the encouragement-- I need a new attitude as well!!

  9. You go girl, don't let anything keep you
    down! I know attitude is everything. Some
    times it seems like everything bad comes at once, but we have to get through it and try
    to look on the brighter side...I hope every
    thing works out ok, for you! Please enter
    me in your give-away.
    Now, I need to decide what I am going to
    post for my tip for today.

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  10. I love all your tips! Please enter me in your giveaway! And I sure hope you are having a good day today too!

  11. Hi Donna, I just happened to find your blog and just love it. I love the pillow that says BLESSINGS, it is beautiful. I am a follower and proud of it, I also have a blog nothing like yours but I hope you can hop over and join mine and become a follower. I love your blog so much that I have you under my favorites!!!!!! I love your title One Simple Country Gal!!!!!!!That is how we feel.We live in the woods and we love it!!
    When my husband retires we are going to build a home AWAY from MASS and build it in the mountains.

    I LOVE your header and you take great pictures. I see everything.

    Be careful in the snow think Spring it will be here soon I hope!!!!!
    Blessings friend,
    Hillcrest Home Prims

  12. Great way to celebrate a new attitude.
    Hope you day is good!

  13. Donna, I'm so glad today's a better day for you after losing your buddy. I love everything you have going on up there! Would love it you considered me! Thanks, and I think a new attitude is what we all can use right about now.

  14. I love the egg carton planting tip! And I will have to remember the mini blind one when I finally get rid of the ones in the basement. We already tossed out a few and as a recycler it was a bit painful because I couldn't think of anything to reuse them for.

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!

  15. Hi Donna, It's kind of amazing how different life is when we change our attitude. At least for me, I need an attitude adjustment regularly:(

    Great giveaway! Please enter me in your drawing.



  16. Thank you so much for your generous giveaway. I would like to be entered into the drawing, please. Thank you so much! Donna

  17. Donna glad you are feeling a little better. If
    you need any help about going a garden let me know my dh goes at least 2 gardens and he is retiring in April so it no telling how many he will go this year. We have vegetable to give away
    by the bushel. O'yes please enter me in your
    give away. Kay

  18. Great giveaway and new attitude, but we are all here to help each other on this journey and sometimes we ALL need a shoulder or two, goodness knows I sure have in the past, so big hugs to you and what a great tip for the mini blinds, I think we all have some of those laying around:)

  19. Hi Donna, hope you continue to feel better. Thanks so much for entering my giveaway and for putting it on your sidebar-I really appreciate your lovely comments!! Thanks for including us all in your great giveaway-count me in please:))
    Blessings, Shazy x

  20. So glad you are feeling better!! Attitude has a lot to do with our state of being. Keep up the positive energy!
    Hugs to you!

  21. I am so glad you are feeling better and talking about gardening. I love our garden and can't wait until the ground thaws out. It has been a long winter and rough enough to make even the strongest among us weary.
    Please enter me in your kind giveaway!

  22. Hi Donna,

    So glad you are feeling better. A postive attitude is like sunshine, it makes every day a little brighter.
    Please enter me in your giveaway.


  23. Oh my! I barely made it!! Throw my name in the hat too please! What cute goodies you have included in this giveaway. Wow, March starts tomorrow? This month has flown by! Yah for March, right?