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.

28 January 2015

DIY Seashell Pictures

I have a million cool seashells saved up from various beach trips and I needed to find something to do with them.  One of our bathrooms is beach-themed so I found an idea on Pinterest to try.

All I needed to do was flip the photo in the frame so the white was facing, spread some Elmer's glue on the glass frame from the outside and once it was dry, shake off the excess sand.  Then I used Gorilla glue to secure the seashells on the parts that come into contact with the frame.  It was really easy and a cool 3D addition to the bathroom!

23 January 2015

Cheeky Kitchen Decor

I was finally able to sit down and play with my Silhouette cutting system and make a final product.  I found a project like this on Pinterest and used the play on words they had to make the designs for our kitchen.

My Silhouette cut out the letters and graphics.  All I had to do was glue them down onto cardstock and put in the frames.  Silhouette does have adhesive paper that I may use next time to make it quicker so I don't have to glue each letter.

18 January 2015

DIY Knit a Sweater with Mittens as Pockets!

I've included the pattern for the sweater as well as the pattern for the mittens.  The mitten pockets are a great add on for any sweater you might be knitting.


You'll need:

  • size 8 straight knitting needles
  • 3 or 4 large skeins of yarn
Back and front (make 2):
  1. Cast on 63 sts loosely.  
  2. K6 rows for garter st border.
  3. Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette st for 112 rows.
  4. Knit 6 rows for garter st border at neck and shoulder edge.
  5. Bind off loosely.
  6. Sew shoulder seams, leaving 8" center opening for neck.
Sleeves (make 2):
  1. Mark armhole edges 6 1/2" down on each side of shoulder seams.
  2. With right side facing, pick up and knit 30 stitches along first half of armhole edge, pick up 1 st at shoulder seam, and another 30 for second half of armhole edge.
  3. Starting with a purl row, work in stockinette st for 30 rows.
  4. Shaping:
  • Row 1: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog
  • Row 2:  Purl
  • Row 3 and 4:  K1 row, P1 row
  • Row 5:  K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, K2tog
  • Row 6-8: P1 row, K1 row, P1 row
  • Row 9: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog
  • Row 10-12:  P1 row, K1 row, P1 row
5. Repeat last 12 rows 4 times.
6.  K1 row, P1 row
7.  K 8 rows for garter st border
8.  Bind off loosely.

  1. Sew side and sleeve seams.
  2. Sew mittens onto front.

Mitten Pockets:

You'll need:
  • 1 skein yarn
  • Size 8 straight knitting needles
  1. Cast on 16 sts loosely.
  2. K8 rows.
  3. Thumb:
    1. K to last 3 sts, increase next st (knit 1 in front and 1 in back of same st), K2.
    2. K3 rows
    3. Repeat those 4 rows 4 times more.
  4. K3 rows.
  5. K6, turn, leaving remaining sts on needle.
  6. K2tog, 3 times.
  7. K3. Cut yarn leaving a long tail.  Thread into darning needle and draw through remaining 3 sts, pull yarn up to fasten.
  8. Rejoin yarn to remaining sts on needle. Knit across.
  9. K9 rows.
  10. K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1. 
  11. Knit row
  12. Repeat last 2 rows twice more.
  13. K1, K2 tog, 4 times.
  14. Knit row
  15. Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining sts with darning needle. Pull to fasten.

13 January 2015

DIY Rolled Burlap Roses

 You'll need:
  • Burlap, either ribbon or strips cut out of a layer of burlap about 2" wide, 2 feet long, depending on how big you want your flowers.
  • Scissiors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric or felt for backing.
  1. I used a large piece of burlap and cut strips from it to make my flowers.  I did this one at a time so I wouldn't waste any.
2.  Start by folding a 90 degree angle at the end of the piece.

3.  Fold the bottom corner of the triangle made to touch the opposite where the 90 degree corner is made.

 4.  Begin to roll the burlap by twisting away from the center.  This will create the rolled look in the leaves.  It took me a few attempts to get the hang of it and keep it tight.  It will seem to be a tall flower but when you finish it will lay flat.
5.  Turn flower over so that top is on your working surface and squash down with your hand to make flat.  Add a decent amount of hot glue in a circle and apply a small piece of fabric to bottom so secure it.
6.  Add hot glue where the rose needs extra support aroud the edges and in the center.  Let me just remind you to be careful while using hot glue with burlap... burlap has holes in it... the hot glue spreads easily.

07 January 2015

DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad

I recently found a cool way to use up all those wine corks I've been saving by turning them into a hot pad!

You'll need:
  • Picture frame the size of the hot pad you want
  • Wine corks
  • Gorilla or super glue
  • Cutting board
  • Serrated knife
  1. Remove the glass and any paper in the picture frame so that only the backing is left.  If it is a stand up picture frame, remove the stand.
  2. Cut corks in half lengthwise.  This is so the corks fit nicely inside of the frame and don't stick up super far.
  3. Pair corks by size and arrange in pattern. I wanted to put them horizontal and vertical in pairs.
  4. Arrange in picture frame before gluing!  They might pop out a little or need to be fitted by shaving off a few millimeters on the side to fit into your frame, depending on the size of cork and frame.
  5. When it's all pieced together like a puzzle, glue each piece down to the back of the frame and on the sides of the cork to hold snug in place.
  6. Give it a night for the glue to settle completely and enjoy!

02 January 2015

Goodbye 2014

2014 was a big year... we celebrated our 1 year anniversary and went on our honeymoon trip to Italy, something we will never top.  We both advanced in our careers and changed areas; I've now been working labor & delivery for 11 months.  We've grown in our faith, family & friends.

Coming in 2015:
Expanding our family in February with a new little golden retriever!
Moving to Bethesda, MD in September
Visiting Chicago in May
Lots more adventures with my favorite person in the whole wide world