Friday, May 16, 2014

How to make a paracord bracelet

Want to make a super cute bracelet like this? Here's a quick tut!

Paracord is what attaches a parachute to the skydiver. It is called 550 paracord because one strand can hold 550 pounds. These are also called survival bracelets because they can be used in emergency situations. There are 7 inner strands that can be taken out and used to make many things, including a fishing net in emergency situations. They are pretty cool! You can do any colors, show your pride with your favorite team colors, show support for a cause by using those colors. What a great fashion statement!

Paracord (Measure your wrist and do 11 or 12 times that amount)
Tweezers (not pictured, I have pointy ones)

~$13.00  The paracord is sold in 50, 100, and 1000 foot spools. I always buy 100 ft and you can make several bracelets out of that size. Prices vary, but expect to pay about $12.00 for 100 ft. The more you buy, the cheaper the price by the foot. The buckle was $1.00 at the local military surplus store, but you can probably find it cheaper online. You probably have the rest in your house.

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

This is my new Halloween Wreath!
Thick Black Polyester Ribbon (I had some 2.5 inch that I cut in half for this.)
Green Organza Ribbon
14 inch (I think) embroidery hoop
Price:  ~$10.00. The black ribbon I bought on sale, it was $5.00. The roll of organza was $1.99 at Hobby Lobby. The embroidery hoop was about $2.50.

Book Wreath

Finally got this one finished today! It is HUGE.
1 14" wreath
Jodi Piccoult novel (JUST the right size)
Hot glue
Price: Wreath $3.99 Book: Upcycled, originally $12.00, but you can use any novel you'd like.

ABU Rag Wreath

Good morning! I've finally gotten a new computer. It's sure been hard living without one for a week! I'm going to upload a tutorial to how I do one of my favorite wreaths. Here's the completed project.
These wreaths are SO easy to make.
About 1 yard of each fabric. I usually buy a yard and a half of each just to be sure I have enough, and usually have half a yard left over lol. I cut up an old pair of ABU pants instead of buying new fabric, and I didn't use the whole pair.
Mechanical Pencil/ knitting needle/ something long and pointy
14" Straw Wreath (I prefer straw over styrophome because I think it looks nicer and doesn't fall apart. You MUST keep the wrapping on.)
Price: ~$12.00 for this one. I usually choose fabrics that are 6.95/yard, and the pants were upcycled. The wreath is $3.99.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Five Tips for Shopping at the Commissary

I recently saw this article from Army Wife 101 about tips for shopping at the commissary. I thought they were more of general etiquette tips, so I wanted to share my own tips of shopping at the commissary.
1. Keep your Military ID handy at check out.
The cashiers scan these now, so you need to have your ID ready at the beginning of your transactions. When you hand your ID to the cashier, also present your coupons so hey can look over the expiration dates while you load your groceries on the belt.
2. ALWAYS tip your baggers.
They work for tips only, so it is important to tip them, whether they just bag or bag and bring your items to your car. If you don't have the money or aren't planning on tipping, please tell them ahead of time so they don't bag your groceries for free, they won't appreciate that.
3. Some commissaries have dress codes.
I haven't actually encountered this myself, but I know some commissaries don't allow flip flops, ripped jeans, short shorts, etc.
4. For the love of Bob, don't go on Pay Day!
Everyone is broke until payday. It is the worst time to go! (This means the first and fifteenth and the day before, since most military members bank with USAA and they get paid the day before actual pay day.) I've gone on pay say on accident before. It's hard to navigate and he lines are much longer.
5. Please return your shopping cart to the cart corral.
It is rude not to, no one wants their car hit with a cart and it makes the person returning the cart's job so much easier when they are in the cart corral.
Bonus tips:
The commissary gives overages on coupons!
Remember, the commissary is only for people with commissary privileges. You could lose your commissary privileges if you shop for someone else or allow someone else to buy while scanning your ID.