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.

26 June 2013

DIY Burlap & Hydrangea Wreath

You'll need:
  • Wreath (Michael's ~$5)
  • Fake hydrangea flowers
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  1. Remove flowers from stems and cut off a few leaves.
  2. Position on wreath where you want them to be and hot glue in place
  3. Tie a large bow with the burlap ribbon and hot glue the center to the wreath.
It's that simple & takes about 10 minutes.

21 June 2013

DIY Decorate your own Coffee Mugs... Harry Potter Edition

You'll need:
  • Plain white coffee mugs (mine are from World Market $3.99)
  • Black sharpie
  • Oven
  1. The most important step! Plan & attempt your design on paper before writing on the mug!
  2. Using the Sharpie, write on the mug.  Be careful not to smear for the first few minutes after writing.
  3. Set design by cooking in the oven.  Do this by putting the mugs on a cookie sheet (upside down for a wider base) and putting in the oven that has not pre-heated.  Turn over up to 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.  When done, turn oven off and crack oven door to vent out hot air, leaving mugs in to cool.
The mugs are top rack dishwasher safe but staying on the safe side, handwashing is best.

I made two mugs for a friend.  The first said, "Happiness is found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light... and the tea kettle."  A little Dumbledore quote with a little twist :)  The inside was the grim tea leaves made by just dotting with the Sharpie.

My second mug was Marauder's Map themed.  The outside read, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good," and had a bunch of tiny footprints you see on the map.  The inside said "Mischief managed" with the same footprints disapparating.

Check out my other blog about painting wine glasses!

16 June 2013

Hersheypark Happy!

If you're not from the state of Pennsylvania & the states that surround it, you've probably never heard of Hersheypark, located in Hershey, PA.  In fact, an entire amusement park built around the Hershey chocolate bar sounds very... fat American? It's actually, a really good amusement park with some great rollercoasters and now they've added a pretty big water park in it so that you need a good 2 days to do it all and enjoy it.

Looking at the pictures I've taken, Hersheypark seems quite absurd, what with the dress up characters of a Hershey Kiss and Reese's person... and "Chocolate World" that takes you on a ride through the making of Hershey's chocolate and ends with a large food court of every Hershey product imaginable, including sweat outfits, plush toys, and kitchenware.

Chocolate World Ride

Large Hershey's syrup & Reese's

 And the town's lights are Hershey kisses!

12 June 2013

Deployment Homecoming Decorations: How to make a Pendant Banner

And after all the thorough cleaning, organizing, & shopping, I had a pristine home ready to welcome my sailor back into.  I wanted my home to have a few decorations to celebrate and something I could re-use for holidays or around the house.

Pendant Banner:
You'll need:

  • 1 yard of each fabric you use (I used 4 different patterns)
  • Ribbon/string for the length you want
  • Hot glue
1. Measure and cut triangles with a 6" base and 9" sides.
2.  Arrange triangles in pattern you want them to be hanging.
3.  Lay out string and hot glue a line across the base of the triangle on the wrong side of the fabric.  Carefully place the ribbon on the line of glue.
4.  I wanted mine to be secured tightly because it would be hanging outside so I put a second line of glue on top of the ribbon and folded the fabric over so it was the whole way around.

The banner is great for parties and in kids' rooms!
 There's going to be a lot more of these in my future...

06 June 2013

Swansboro, NC Date Night

One of the great things about being stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC is that a vacation is literally 10 minutes away.  It's easy to find a quiet beach and local seafood spots and lose yourself from the world for a day and feel like you're on a beach vacation.  

The coast is lined with little towns with mini "historic" districts like in Swansboro.  Although the historic district only holds a handful of restaurants and little shops here.

Date night included dinner at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, which was delicious! Lots of local seafood and everything made on site.

The view from where we sat inside.
It was so easy to feel like you're on vacation when you immerse yourself in the beach and a dinner surrounded by vacation-ers from Emerald Island.
Mmmm chocolate cake!

01 June 2013

DIY Lemon & Orange Sugar Hand Scrub

I recently had a co-worker get me into making sugar hand scrubs and have made many that are stock piled currently under the bed, waiting for birthdays and holidays.  I have made peppermint and brown sugar vanilla so far and now tried out a lemon and orange mix.
To make a lemon sugar hand scrub:
You'll need:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Jars
  1. Mix together sugar and almond oil and add a few drops of the lemon oil.  Start small so it's not over powering.  Add food coloring drops a few at a time till it is at the color you desire.
  2. Scoop into canning jar or jar of your choice.
  3. Display with a cute ribbon!

To make an orange sugar hand scrub:
You'll need:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Yellow & red food coloring
  • Jars
  1. Mix together sugars and grapeseed oil.
  2. Add a few drops of the orange oil. Start slow so it is not overpowering.
  3. Add food coloring with a 3 drops of yellow to 1 drop of red ratio until you get the color you desire.
I used a taller canning jar so that I could layer the two scents into one for a nice summer treat.