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.

16 December 2013

DIY: Christmas Ornament Wreath

One of my favorite things to come out of my pinteresting (yup, it's a verb now) is all of the creative wreaths that people make!  I made myself one for the Christmas season.

 You'll need:
  • Plastic ornaments (do not use glass... easier to break) I found mine at Walmart.  You're going to need more of these than you think!  I ended up using around 35 large ornaments and 35 small ones.
  • Hot glue & gun
  • Wire hanger
  • Plyers
  • Wreath hanger

  1. Separate ornaments into color so that you can decide how to make your pattern.
  2. Hot glue ornament tops into ornament.  Despite reading blogs that did this and said to make sure you do this, I didn't.  Ended up taking it apart and doing it later. 
  3. With your hands or plyers straighten wire hanger and form into a semi-circle.
      4.  Begin stringing on the ornaments.
     5.  When complete, twist hanger ends together to secure.
     6.  Hang on your front door and enjoy all your neighbors oogling it!

10 December 2013

DIY Rolled Paper Wreath

Every book lovers' best friend!

You'll need:
  • A couple of old books you won't miss, or free ones (this wreath took about 3 books)
  • Hot glue & Elmer's glue
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • String for hook
  • Scissors

Using a pen or pencil, draw a spiral beginning at the center of the page and cut spiral out, using as a marker for 2 or 3 pages.

Roll up spiral, beginning at the center and holding it tight.  Slowly let the spiral loosen until you have your desired shape and size.  Using 2 or 3 pieces of paper in 1 spiral with make bigger roses.  An assortment of sizes makes it easier to piece together as a wreath.  Glue the ends and add a few drops on the inside to keep steady with Elmer's glue.  Glue bottom to a backing of paper or felt.

Arrange roses and hot glue to styrofoam wreath.  Leave the back bare so that it hangs even to wall.  Hold wreath up to wall to mark any areas that you see need covered.

Attach a small piece to twine or string to hang your wreath using hot glue.


04 December 2013

Charlotte, NC Visit

After Thanksgiving, we took a 3 day trip to Charlotte, NC for a little getaway for my early birthday.  Neither of us had ever been there before.  We stayed right near downtown in an amazing bed & breakfast... the Duke Mansion.

 The mansion was absolutely beautiful!

We spent our 3 days doing a little shopping, walking downtown, checking out the Discovery Place (a great place for kids... although, we may have been a little old for most of it.), and Eric got me a surprise hour massage and we had a romantic & delicious dinner on the 27th floor at Bentley's and got to see Charlotte all lit up.

It was pretty chilly while we were there, but hopefully we get to go back this summer and check out Carowinds amusement park and go white water rafting.