Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ombre Valentines Part 2

Well I finally got around to finishing the Valentines up last night.  I had been procrastinating working on them, because I don't have that great of handwriting, and when I do get it to look good I write crooked.  I really didn't want to mess these up.

For four of my Valentines I decided to add the lyrics to a Doris Day song, A Bushel and A Peck.  I got the idea from this pin that leads to a free printable.

I loved it!  I especially had to use it at least once for Zach's Grandma's Valentine.  She used to sing this song to her husband every day, so it has special meaning for her.

I printed it out (made sure it was the same size as my Valentines) and then took an X-acto knife to it.  I carefully created a stencil so I could be sure the writing would look good.  I then took my gold colored permanant markers (which I forgot to mention in part 1, I used them to make the edges of each Valentine gold) and went to town.  I turned out these two:

I decided I liked the stenciled look better than when I had filled in the small spaces in the letters.
I wanted one that looked more elegant/classy so I decided to brave my handwriting.  The handwriting itself is not too bad.  But it is slanted.  Which is drving me nuts.

So I went back to the stencil.

Even though I liked the looks of the Bushel and a Peck Valentines I wanted to have a few with another saying on them.  I looked and looked for a nice, sweet Valentine's saying I liked.  All I could find were long epistles of poems, cheesey sayings that have to do with whatever gift/goodie you are giving away, or cute short ones that you would only give to a spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend.  Then I came across the idea of using a scripture about charity.  So the last four of my Valentines have 1 Corinthians 13:13 on them.  I made a stencil, but the lettering I liked was too skinny to make a traditional stencil, so I cut out enough of the letters to use as a guide line.  And here they are:

If you are the lucky recipiant of one of these, sorry to have spoiled the Valentine's surprise.

Mom Let Me Make A Mess!!!! Part 2

After the finger painting Wyler was in need of a bath.  Even after I washed him off with a wash cloth I could see bit of the finger paint in his hair, and on the back of his neck, his shoulders (well bits of it everywhere that I had some how missed) drying.  While I still had the finger paints out I figured I would give them one more go for the day.  I took them down the hall and put a dollop of each color in the tub.

By that time he realized I had dissappeared into the bathroom.  He came hurrying in to see if I was going to let him in the bath.  (He looooves bath time).  When he saw the colors in the tub he had to pause for a minute and study them before trying to climb in.

And then the fun began.  He smeared, swiped, slipped and slid.  Oh it was so much funner in the tub than in the high chair!

But when he was determined to try to stand and walk across the slippery mess (which was all just a fun game for him, giggling and laughing the whole time) I decided I didn't want to add a cracked open head to the mix.  So I turned the water on, and stripped the diaper off.  It turned out cleaning the paint off the bottom of the tub was just as much fun as smearing it around was.  I finally found a way to let him paint and be entertained... as long as I didn't get in his way with paper :-) !

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mom Let Me Make A Mess!!! Part 1

Today I decided to make up some finger paints for Wyler. I had been looking around online for some a no cook finger paint recipe, and finally found one that I wanted to try.  You mix 2 cups flour to 2 cups cold water until no lumps remain.  Divide into multiple containers, and add food coloring.
Then, thinking of past attempts to get Wyler to color or finger paint, I knew that he would want to just toss the paper aside.  So I let him just paint on his high chair tray.

 Then using a pin from Pinterest (yes this is another Pinterest related post), I decided to help him do some Finger Print-Making.  After smearing the paint around on his tray I laid a pice of paper down on top of the mess art and helped him press it down.  I then lifted the paper and set it aside to dry.  Wyler decided he didn't like this.  He didn't like the fact I was covering up the paint.  As soon as I would lay a  paper down he would pull it back up.  By the time I had done the third piece he decided he had had enough.  The paint didn't taste good at all, and I kept getting in his way (even though I would add more color to his tray after each print).

By the time these had dried the paper had curled quite a bit, but I carefully flattened them and hung them on my refridgerator.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Be Mine // A Valentines Day Event

I am taking part in a blog Valentines Day Party.  "There will be giveaways, special recipes, DIY crafts, outfit ideas and movie picks for Valentines Day. You won't want to miss it!"  (If you click the picture in the upper left hand corner that says "Be Mine... Valentines Day Event" it will take you to the hosting blog.  The following questions are the first part of said party, and made me stop and think.  In the past I wasn't the biggest Valentine's person.  I never did much to celebrate (except eat the candy we got at school, exchange Valentines with class mates).  This year I am becoming more excited fro Valentines Day.  I have decorations planned.  I am making my Valentines for close family and friends.  I am planning a themed, semi-formal (nice Sunday dress) dinner that I am inviting my in-laws to.  I am getting pretty excited!

1). What is your favorite part about Valentines Day?
Honestly this is kinda a toughie...  I've never done much on Valentines Day , except for the school party where we swapped valentines.  This year though I am wanting to do a special themed dinner, which I am planning on inviting my in-laws to.  I am really excited about that.

2). Your favorite romantic movie?
North and South, based off the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.  Oh it is my favorite!!  (I'm gonna have to go find it again on Netfilx now :-) )

3). Dark or milk chocolate?
If it is plain I guess I would have to go with milk chocolate.  

4). What is something you do to make Valentines Day special?
Since getting married I try to do something special for my husband, and he all ways brings flowers home for me.

5). Which would you prefer getting as a gift on Valentines Day: Flower or chocolates?
Flowers.  I can buy me chocolate any time I want.  I kinda feel silly buying flowers myself.  So it is a treat to have nice flowers brought to me.

6). If you're married, what do you enjoy doing with your husband to celebrate?
We ususally exchange small gifts, maybe I'll cook a nicer than usual dinner.  But we haven't put much emphasis on Valentines Day.  However this year I am hoping to change that.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Naked Eggs

While once again looking around Pintrest I found what is called a Naked Egg.  It was an egg, still in egg shape (and raw), with no shell.  That caught my interest pretty quick.  I followed the link to the original site and read the article.  Put an egg in vinegar and let is soak for 12-24 hours, and the shell will dissolve.  Here's why: "The shell of an egg (typically a chicken egg) is made up of primarily calcium carbonate. If you soak this egg shell in vinegar (which is about 4% acetic acid), you start a chemical reaction that dissolves the calcium carbonate shell. The acetic acid reacts with the calcium carbonate in the egg shell and releases carbon dioxide gas that you see as bubbles on the shell.
The egg insides remain intact and are held together by the two fragile membranes just inside the shell."

And guess what?  I could do this at home!!!

I grabbed an egg, put it in vinegar, and soon bubbles started forming on the shell.

After a few hours I could see parts of the shell floating on top of the vinegar as it dissolved.  The shell itself was slimy whenever I poked it, from the shell dissolving.  It was so cool!

14 hours later (at 5 am, yes I was up at that time for a short while getting Zach out the door to work) I carefully poured out the vinegar, and rinsed the egg under running water.  I was left with a thin layer of white that still needed to dissolve.  So back into the cup it went with some fresh vinegar.

4 hours and 45 minutes later it was ready to be carefully rinsed off, it was where I could carefully rub off the rest of the white stuff.  I could start to see the membranes, and yolk and such.  It was slightly squishy.  It was soo fun!!  But I rubbed too hard and it burst in my hands as I was rinsing it.  Sad sad day!!  The egg whites all went down the drain but I was able to catch the yolk (which was fun to slighly squish before breaking it, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.  But then again I am easily entertained) and hang on to the membrane.

I am determined to make this work.  I am going to be revisiting this one in the future.  I am just going to wait awhile, because I need to save what vinegar I have for other purposes.  I'll let you know when I get this working.  Supposedly you can bounce the egg (lightly), you can color it, you can shrink it, and then regrow it.  It is gonna be pretty awesome!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ombré Valentines Part 1

I was looking for fun Valentines crafts on Pinterest when I came across some beautiful ombré Valentines.

I fell in love with them and had to give them a try. While mine didn't turn out like the original crafter's did I love them.

Sadly I didn't get pictures of the process, but I did get pictures of the finished (mostly at least) boards.

The first thing I had to do was cut down my white mat board.  I pulled out my cutting mat, X-acto knives, a straight edge and went to town.  Not as easy as I had thought it would be.  Wish I had a mat board cutter.  Then I could have the nice beveled edge, the edges would be smooth and straight the whole way down.  But they didn't turn out too wobbly.  Some were actually pretty straight.

Once I had my boards cut down to roughly 5x7 sizes I started to gather up my other supplies: paper towels, water colors, paint brushes, two cups of water, and severly bruised toes... I was holding my cutting mat and the roll of paper towels under one arm (I used the cutting mat to help carry the little bits of scraps I trimmed off of the boards as I was cutting them to size) when the mat slipped.  There was an almost instant line across a couple of my toes it hit so hard.  So I had to add an ice pack to the list of needed supplies.

Once I had everything set up, including my foot on an ice pack, I pulled out my phone to double check the instructions on how to do this project.  I wanted to have a pin win and not a Pinstrosity, so I reread the instructions.  After the review I added water to my water colors, picked up the first pice of mat board and flooded it with water like the instructions said.  Easy peasy.  Then I grabbed my narrow brush, loaded it with paint, and ran it across the top of my board.  Simple enough.  Tilt the board upright, and touch the bottom to the paper towels so the water and paint will wick downwards.  That is where I started to have issues.  My mat board had absorbed the water too quickly, the paint hardly ran down the board.  So after a moment I grabbed my big brush loaded it with good clean water and carefully added the water to the top of the board.  Voila!  It worked beautifully.  The paint did exactly as it was supposed to!  Success!!  Once the water and paint had wicked down to the bottom of the board I set it aside and proceeded with the other boards, and a few different colors.   While not all of the boards did exacly what they were supposed to they all turned out really fun!

This is the first one I did.  It was perfect, loved it!  Sadly couldn't quite replicate it on the other boards.

I tried using the other side of the board than I had with the others.  It absorbed so much faster than any other board.  I couldn't get this to run as far.

Now the real test on wheather or not this becomes a Pinstrosity is if I can get the writing to look good.  My handwriting is not all that great, so I am really afraid I am going to mess these up.  We will see what happens in part number 2, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Baby Steps

What does financial peace mean to you?  For me it means no debt, a 3-6 month emergency fund saved up, and putting money away for retirement and college for the kiddos.  I don't have to/want to be super rich.  I just want to know we have those few things taken care of.  Weird huh?  In today's world debt is the norm.  No savings is the norm.  Why on earth, then, would I want to be weird and out of debt?  I mean, debt it good right?  By properly utilizing debt one can purchase the "necessities" (really nice car, that new electronic we have been drooling over, new couches, etc.)  Shoot credit cards would mean grocery shopping is easier.  Debt is a way to get ahead...


I don't want the headache of trying to figure out which bills to pay with which paycheck.  Then decide after the bills are paid if we have enough for maybe a small date night (a cheap movie rented/bought at Wal Mart).  Then after all that hope that nothing goes wrong before next pay day.  (Like the fridge we had go out right before Christmas...)  I want to find financial peace.  I want freedom!
Right before Christmas I purchased Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover.  I had it all read, and started to figure out our budget by the new year.  We set the goal of being debt free by the end of the year (well debt free except for the house).  Right now we are on Baby Step #1: Save up a $1000 emergency fund.  And we have a total of.... $13 dollars in it.  Gee, not much.  I am really hoping that nothing bad happens at least until we can get it up to $1000.

Getting started on this makeover is harder than I thought it would be.  Making all the numbers work in the budget is difficult.  I thought I had it all worked out, but I think I am gonna have to go back and work out a couple kinks, again.  And setting aside money for the emergency fund is harder than I thought.  I am used to going "oooo a couple extra dollars let's go spend it!"  Now I have to train myself to go "ooo a couple extra dollars let's put it in savings!"  Hopefully it will build up quickly.

I'll post tips and tricks that I learn as we go.  I'll tell you what we do through out the seven baby steps.

This is gonna be an intersting/exciting/frustrating journey. But I am feeling pretty gung ho... Let's do this thing!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 in Review

I have been procrastinating posting anything for awhile because I didn't feel like I had anything interesting enough to post about, since it had been forever since I really posted anything.  Well I decided to take a couple ideas from a few blogs I read and just spend fifteen mintues to post something.  And a few of the bloggers I follow have posted a 2012 year in review.  So I figured why not.  It will catch people up on the Hansen crew, and give me the pat on the back for having posted something.

So what happened in 2012?

  • Wyler started solids right around the beginning of January
  • Wyler's first tooth came in
  • Sewed my first quilt
  • We had our third anneversary
  • Wyler saw snow for the first time ever
  • Wyler started to army crawl/scoot everywhere
  • We had a family photo shoot with Marquette LaRee Photography
  • Bought the Impala and sold the Grand Am
  • Got my hair cut
  • Taught a cake decorating class for Relief Society
  • Went to Albuquerque, NM
    • Saw the Broadway performance of Les Miserables
    • Visited with awesome cousins, Josh and Jennifer Smith
    • Did lots of shopping and walking
  • We held our 2nd Annual 4th of July picnic
  • Wyler took his first steps
  • I started to get serious about weight loss (lost 10 pounds!)
  • Wyler turned one
  • We found out that Hansen number four is on the way (had to slam on the brakes, and throw my weight loss plan into reverse until April)
  • I discovered I have gallstones, yuck!
  • Big announcements at General Conferenct
    • Tuscon, AZ temple announced
    • Mission ages lowered, young men now can serve at 18 and young woment can serve at 19
  • Missed the trunk-or-treat on Halloween because Wyler decided to get sick
  • America made a dumb decision by re-electing Obama (note I did my best to make sure he didn't make it to the Oval Office again)
  • It's a boy!  We had the gender revealing ultrasound
  • Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the Hansen parents
  • I threw my 2nd annual Christmas Cookie Exchange
  • Our fridge died
  • Guest posted on my sisters blog Playing to Learn
  • We all got sick over Christmas, but still had a good holiday
  • Went to Animas for my birthday
  • Went to Tuscon the day after my birthday with Zach, while Wyler played and Grandie Richins house
  • Saw Les Miserables (which was amazing by the way)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Blog Make-over

Well, as you can see I have updated the look of my blog.  It was a lot of fun to find a new background (curtesy of Cutest Blog On The Block) and learn how to apply it to Blogger.
I have to give a shout out to my amazing sister, Marquette.  She created the banners for this blog and for  Cookies and Cows.  Marquette is the author/co-auther of  several blogs: PinstrosityMower Cookin'Made by MarquetteMarquette and Cameron, and Marquette LaRee Photography.  She did an amazing job the the banners.  Thanks a ton!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ways to Better Me and My Family in 2013

Happy New Year!!  I hope that 2013 will be an amazing year for all of you!

Last year I tried a list of 100 things to accomplish in 2012, but by about April I pretty much quit doing it.  This year I am trying again, but with fewer goals for now.  I will most likely add to this list during 2013.  My goals this year are more specific, I separated them into different categories, and they are all things I have been really serious about the past few months.  As I accomplish items I will update my Ways to Better Me and My Family in 2013 page.  Here we go....

1. Set up and use a budget
2. Save $1000 emergency fund
3. Pay off all debt, except for the house

1. Stay under 190 pounds this pregnancy
2. Burn off pregnancy weight by December
3. Walk at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes
     a) two weeks
     b) one month

1. Read scriptures daily for a week
     a) Read daily for two weeks
     b) Read daily for a month
2. Pray, at least twice a day for a week
     a)Pray at least twice a day for two weeks
     b)Pray at least twice a day for a month
3. Be to Church on time at least twice a month for 3 months

For the home
1. Hang curtains
2. Clean the house before noon for a week
     a) for two weeks
     b) for a month
3. Clean paint off front door knob

For the yard
1. Prepare the garden
     a) Plant the garden
2. Water the back yard so the grass will spread (Make it more Wyler friendly)
3. Pull weeds in the front yard at least once a week for a month

1. Make a Christmas Advent Calender
2. Sew a shirt for Zach
3. Finish all unfinished, and planned (that I all ready have the supplies for) projects
     a) apron
     b) paint wine box for decoration/craft supply storage
     c) table runners
     d) fix flip flop wreath
     c) patchwork quilt

1. Lean at least one new hairstyle a month
2. Read a book once a month
3. Learn a new skill

1. Have a yard sale/table at the swap meet
2. Have my menu planning system completed, and in use by the end of January
3. Have a week long Facebook/Pinterest/Blogger/games fast (only quick email checks, ordering Bountiful Baskets, check bank account, etc.)
     a) 2 weeks
     b) 1 month