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.

29 July 2013

Knit Kitchen Chair Leg Protectors

I needed a cute way to protect the bottom of my kitchen chairs without buying some ugly rubber or plastic protector so I came up with a knitting pattern to fit on the bottom of them.  This pattern works for thick square legs. Reduce the number of stitches for smaller chair legs.

You'll need:
  • 1 skein of yarn
  • Knitting needles, size 6
  • Darning needle
1.   CO 10 stitches.
2.  Working in seed stitch, work 1.5"
3.   For the next two rows, add on 10 stitches at end of row.
4.  Continue in seed stitch until piece measures 3".
5.  BO 10 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows.
6.  Work in seed stitch until piece measures 4.5".
7.  BO all stitches.
8.  Knit corners together to create corner seams.
9.  Make enough for all of the chair legs aka 16 for 4 chairs.

**Make sure you size it correctly and make one completely to be sure that it fits before you go through and make 16 that are too big or small**

24 July 2013

Our Engagement Photo Session!

We recently traveled home to PA for my sailor's post-deployment leave block and were lucky enough to pencil in our engagement photo session with our wedding photographer, Alison Mish Photography.  It was a nasty, humid, rainy day in Pittsburgh but the sun started shining by the end of our time.

We had so much fun getting our pictures done at the Mellon Institute and the block around it!

You can check out her blog post about our session here.

And here's some of my favorite photos from the day!

18 July 2013

DIY Knit Coasters

Have some small bits of yarn you've been hanging onto for ages in case you found a need for it?

The need is here.

Knit yourself some coasters!

 Using any yarn color you can add a pop of color to your living room.
And it's great because there's so wet ring when you're done.

Using a size 6 or 8 needle, CO 15-20 stitches, depending on weight of the yarn and knit until piece measure 4 inches and BO.

Mix it up by using the seed stitch.

This is a great and quick gift idea too!

13 July 2013

DIY Wine Text Painting

I saw this originally on Wanelo and wanted to make my own.  It was simple, but slightly time consuming to make.  I found a canvas the size I wanted and printed out the words I wanted on Microsoft Word and arranged them how I wanted them (it took a few tries).  

Then I cut out the letters word by word and traced around them.  Although time consuming, it kept the text similar rather than free handing.  Then I painted the background and finished with a few coats on the letters to make them stand out.  It's great because if (and when) we move, I can put it vertically or horizontally depending on the space I have. 

It's a great project because you can theme it around anything other than wine types like for a little girl it could be themed around princesses and for boys around different types of trucks or whatever they are into.

07 July 2013

DIY Glass Bottles Turned Drinking Glasses

I made a few drinking glasses out of Corona bottles and use them for drinking and on taco night to put condiments and toppings in.  They're also a great gift!

NOTE:  Be extremely careful when handing broken glass and fire.

You'll need:
  • Glass bottles of your choosing
  • String/Twine
  • Nail polish remover with acetone
  • Lighter or matches
  • Sink filled with cold water
  • Sand paper
After cleaning and drying your bottles, wrap and tie the twine around the bottle where you want it to be cut 5 or 6 times. Cut loose ends off of the knot.

Slide string off of the bottle, keeping the shape and soak in the nail polish remover for a few seconds, making sure it is all soaked.

Replace string onto bottle where you want it cut. Wipe off any liquid that drops down or is on your fingers.

CAREFULLY light the string.  Rotate the bottle to keep the flame moving around the bottle.  When the flame is extinguished after about 30 seconds to a minute, drop into the water.  There will be a large cracking noise but you will have a clean cut that is not hot.

Use sand paper to sand down sharp edges.  Make sure you test on your finger before drinking directly from the glass and wash good to get any glass chips off so you don't ingest it.

01 July 2013

How to Hide your Cat Litter Box

The one thing North Carolina is lacking that hurts me to the core is that they don't have basements!  Being so close to the coast, this was weird after all my life having a basement for storage and keeping the cat food & litter box down there.  We also do not have a garage so I've had to get creative while trying to hide the cat litter box so that our downstairs bathroom can still be functional.  It has sat next to the toilet for a couple months but with litter always getting trailed out and the unsightliness, I needed to find a better solution.

There's a lot fo nice furniture like end tables and benches with hidden cat litter doors to use but with limited space, I needed a better option.

I used the downstairs bathroom and dedicated the cabinet soley for the pets.  On the left side I store their bowls, cleaning supplies, and food. On the right, I removed the cabinet door and put the cat litter box inside.  I used a tension rod at the counter height and hung a plain valance curtain (Target $20).

The cats adjusted really well!  I think they might like it better because.. well, curtains are fun to hide behind!

When I get my sewing machine down here, I'm going to be making a new curtain with a fun pattern.