Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

31 March 2013

DIY Pleated Skirt

 Pleats are actually quite easy to make; they just take a little bit of extra pinning. It's a quick and easy skirt to make and can really spice up your closet with different patterns.

You'll need:
  • Fabric, length twice the size of your hips
  • Matching thread
  • Button
  1. Cut fabric at length twice as long as your hips, plus 1 inch for seam.
  2. Cut fabric width at desired length of skirt, plus 1 inch for seam.
  3. Cut a piece twice as long as your hips with a width of 6 inches (this will be your waist band).
  4. I prefer to secure around my fabric first to prevent any fraying and so that it is held tight, so I would pin the rectangle of fabric all the way around creating a 1/4-1/5 inch seam.
  5. On one of the long sides, pin each pleat, over lapping the fabric 1 inch.  Sew along pleats to secure.
  6.  Folding waist band piece in half (hotdog style) with right side facing outward, pin and sew along all open edge to create seam.
  7. Lining one end of waist band up to one end of pleating, pin pieces together and sew.  The excess of the waist band will over lap to secure button.
  8. Pin and sew ends of skirt together, leaving 2 inches at top free.
 9.  On waist band that lines up with the edge of skirt, sew a button 2 inches in from seam.
10.  Try skirt on and mark where the button hole needs to be.
11.  By folding over fabric, cut a small hold, big enough for the button to fit through, but be careful not to make it too large that it won't fall out.
12.  With thread and needle, sew around button hold to prevent fraying.

25 March 2013

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This is a great gift for mothers, mothers-in-laws, sisters, cousins, teachers, co-workers, bosses, etc.  It really takes only 5 minutes to make.

You'll need:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil (I found this at GNC. A small $6 bottle goes a long, long way.)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond or grapeseed oil
  • Red sugar sprinkles and/or red food coloring
  • Canning jars or other container of your choice

1.  Mix sugar and oil.
2.  Add a few drops of peppermint oil. (About 6, always start slow so it's not overpowering.)
3.  Mix in about a tablespoon or 2 of sprinkles for a fun coloring mix and 2 or 3 drops of red food coloring to give it a slight pink tinge.
4.  Pack into jar.
5.  Add a cute matching ribbon for display and enjoy!

Check out the other scents I've made:

20 March 2013

Sweet Charleston, South Carolina

My mom & I went on a weekend trip to Charleston, SC to see the sights and from living outside of Gettysburg, PA for a decade... to learn how the south remembers the Civil War.

 St. Michael's church, complete with family pews

Rainbow Row, a must see.
Battery Park

Boone Hall Plantation, recognize from The Notebook? I love the spanish moss!

Boone Hall Plantation
Live oaks

Cotton fields

And, of course, there was some good shopping and bar areas.  Definitely somewhere I recommend making a visit to!

14 March 2013

DIY EAT Sign for the Kitchen

I had no idea what to do with the overhead space above my cabinets.  From the generation ahead of me, I had a few options.... baskets, baskets, antique kitchen supplies, baskets, and I'm not so keen on those.  From the show Cougar Town, she has a big, bold sign that just says, "EAT" with a fun fabric over.  When I saw it, I loved it!

Unfortunately, we have limited wall space in our kitchen because of doors and cabinets so I decided to put it above the cabinets.  I bought wooden letters, painted them with a few coats, and glued them to a base board.  And I had a perfect sign in my kitchen, which I want to switch out for holidays and put different key words such as, "THANKS" during Thanksgiving or "NOEL" during Christmas, "LOVE" around Valentine's Day, and whatever else comes to mind.

09 March 2013

Knit Summer Shrug

I love this sweater!  It's great with shorts, jeans or a dress, and I get so many compliments on it.  Currently making it in different colors.  Pattern is for a size small.  For larger sizes, simply increase the number of stitches casted on and continue with measurements.

You'll need:
  • Straight knitting needles, size 5
  • 2-3 skeins of yarn
  • Darning needle
  1. Cast on 42 stitches.
  2. Work ribbing as K6, P6 across rows until piece measure 1".
  3. Work in st st pattern, increasing 2 stitches (one at each end) every 3 rows until you have 90 sts.  Sleeve should be 16.5" long.
  4. Continue st st pattern until back measures 12"
  5. Begin decreasing 2 sts (one at each end) every 3 rows until you have 42 sts remaining.
  6. Work in K6, P6 ribbing for 1".  Bind off.
  7. Sew sleeves together beginning at ribbing for about 11.5"

April 20th, 2013 edit:
I've now added one to my collection in black!

    04 March 2013

    I got BANGS!

    In an effort to make my boring Navy approved bun a little more fun I took the courageous step and got bangs!  (Also in conjunction with my obsession with Zooey Deschanel and the show New Girl.)

    Reasons I think Zooey's character Jess and I are basically the same person:
    1.  We tend to say things that we haven't thought through or make awkward noises and quote movies that no one really gets the reference.
     2.  We made awkward faces.
    3. We have an awkward sense of humor and tend to get ourselves in super awkward situations.

     4.  We have an overactive imagination.
    5. We're AWESOME! (or we think so.)

    So I got bangs and immediately felt like I gained a super identity.
     Or needed to change careers to librarian.