{brighten your day with Astrobrights}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Working with craft paper might be the easiest and cheapest way to entertain little hands these days.  I don’t know about you, but as a little girl I had an odd fascination with beautifully colored papers.  I could sit for hours on end just sitting a creating.  That’s why I’m so excited to share this fabulous product with you today!

Astrobrights papers offers a variety of 23 colors that are perfect for projects at home, school, or the office.  There are several different types of papers to choose from as well.  They’ve got premium paper that is 20% thicker than ordinary sheets, which makes them perfect for everyday use.  There are some super cute note cubes that are useful to have around for a quick note in the office, book marks for little hands, color-coding for projects at school or the home, and so much more!   But my favorite types of paper they offer has to be the self-adhesive papers.  It’s an adhesive-backed, 24lb. paper and makes it wasy to create cute stickers, name tags, labels, and scrapbook decorations using your home printer!  

Another great thing about Astrobrights is that they are having a “Give a Brighter Year” sweepstakes contest right now.  You can enter easily by visiting Astrobrights on Facebook.  There is $30,000 up for grabs for the school of your choice!  How amazing would it be if a Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home reader won that huge prize?!

They also have other fun events happening at Astrobrights on Facebook.  The family-friendly “make Something Astrobright” design challenge is going on as well.  Here’s the chance to win $100 visa card just for being your crafty-self!  I have tons of ideas floating around for the contest, but at the top of my list are cute banners for holidays or birthdays and some adorable handmade cards.  It’s always so nice to have cards on hand for an occassion that may pop up!

Make sure to keep up with all the fun things going on with Astrobrights on Facebook by following along on Twitter and on Pinterest with #goastrobrights

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{he’s making a list…}

{he’s making a list…}

…. and checking it twice!
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice,
Santa Claus is coming to town!!
Seriously though,  don’t forget to enter to win a Christmas in July prize pack from Happy Hour Projects Christmas in July!
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Well, the big day is finally here – it’s Christmas, it’s Christmas!  Okay, not really, but I do feel like a parent who has just triumphantly finished assembling a tricycle at 4:30 am, and I have gifts abound for some lucky readers!!
Today’s giveaway is HUGE, with over $600 in prizes up for grabs from some amazing sponsors.  Check out these awesome prize packs – each of these are valued over $100!
Prize Pack #1 is available for US Shipping only.  $103 Value.
Wooden Name Puzzle in Primary or Pastel Colors from TLC Woodcrafters
$10 Gift Card to Target from Live Laugh Rowe
$10 Gift Card to Hobby Lobby from 4 You With Love
$10 Gift Card to JoAnn Fabrics and one Coffee Cozy of winner’s choice from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
$15 Starbucks gift card from Happy Hour Projects
Prize Pack #2 is available for U.S. shipping only.  $101 Value.
Stencil of choice from Cutting Edge Stencils (up to $50 value)
One Bar of Lavender Shea Butter Soap and Shea Butter Lavender Lotion, handmade by Natural Garden Soaps
$10 Michael’s Gift Card from Here Comes The Sun
Handmade Brooch by Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts
Random Mix of 4 Woven Bracelets from Happy Hour Projects
PrizePack #3 available to US & Canada.  $120 Value.
36″ Hand-Blackened Brass Necklace with Mother of Pearl Accents by Tumblestone Handmakery
$20 Michael’s Gift Card from The Painted Pear
Choice of Vinyl Chalkboard Labels from Ginger Snap Crafts
Item of Choice from Jessie Street Designs
Unfinished Wood Jewelry or Craft Item from Banglewood Crafts
Prize Pack #4 available to both US and Canada.  $100 Value.
Lowercase Ballroom Boogie Stamp Set
Jewelry Hammer
Bench Block
24 metal stamping blanks (not pictured)
Everything you need to get started metal stamping
Prize Pack #5 available to both US and Canada.  $103 Value.
Vintage Inspired Necklace from The Painted Pear
Choice of 2 Crochet Patterns from Petals To Picots
$15.00 Gift Card to Knit Picks from 4 You With Love
2 Crocheted Cloths and Michael’s Gift Card (or Canadian equivalent) from Seven Alive All Livin’ In A Double Wide
Fat Quarter Bag Pattern and 4 Made-to-order, Hand Stamped Fat Quarters from Homemade By Cameron
Initial Impressions Ty Pennington Fat Quarter Shop Bundle from Happy Hour Projects
Prize Pack #6 available to both US and Canada.  $102 Value.
Limited Edition Leaf Necklace with Orange Quartz Briolette and Sterling Silver Chain from StampCharm
Set of 3 Braided Polymer Clay Bracelets from Leslie Marquez Designs
$10 Starbucks Gift Card and Random Mix of 4 Woven Bracelets from Happy Hour Projects
WOW, right?
I know that rules are scary, but I have a few things to tell you about how this giveaway will run so that we are all on the same page.
There is just one Rafflecopter widget, one pool of names, a one-time shot to be entered to win one of the six prize packs.  I opted to run it just once to give everyone the best chance at everything available.  You don’t have to keep coming back and entering new giveaways every day – but that means there are a LOT of optional ways to enter to maximize your chances.  Please don’t get overwhelmed or feel as though you have to complete every entry task – but of course, the more tasks you complete, the better your odds.   So set aside some time to make the most of your chances of winning!
Only the #3, #4, #5, and #6 prize packs are available for shipping to both US and Canada.  If a Canadian winner is drawn for the #1 or #2 prize pack, they will be awarded the next numerical prize available.  Even though the #1 and #2 prize packs cannot be shipped outside the US, you may still complete the entry tasks for those sponsors if you wish!  That will still increase your odds of winning one of the other prize packs!
Facebook has an anti-spam system in place so that computers cannot auto-”like” pages.  The word “confirm” may appear on some entries – this is a random validator, ensuring that you are a real person and not a computer.  You must click “confirm” in order to like the page and for that entry to be valid.  Winners will be verified, so don’t risk forfeiting your prize because you didn’t click “confirm”!
A big thank you to these great prize sponsors!
Now, enter to win from through July 22!  If you can’t make it through the tasks you want to do all at once, just come on back anytime this week.  (Giveaway ends on July 23 at 12:01 am EDT).  Good luck!
Click here to enter!

WOW is right!  I cannot believe all the amazing prizes in this giveaway!  Good luck to all of you and THANK YOU Adrianne for such a fun giveaway.  You’re definitely on the NICE list!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{mod podge dyed mason jars}

{mod podge dyed mason jars}

Okay, voting has closed and the results are in…

Unfortunately I did not make it to the next round, but I’m so excited for my blogging bud Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects.  Her totally cool tree mosaic won first place!  It was a ton of fun competing in the contest, and I feel very fortunate to have gotten the chance to participate!  Thanks to everyone that voted….and please continue to go vote!

When I found out that this week’s mystery material was Mod Podge, I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous.  I’ve never really had much luck using it (weird, right?).  I guess you could call me Mod Podge Challenged :(

So I did some research and found out that by using Mod Podge and food coloring you can actually dye glass!  The process was super easy.

To make {mod podge dyed mason jars} you’ll need:

wax paper

aluminum foil

baking sheet

glass mason jars (3 for $2.68 @ Hobby Lobby)

food coloring (I used gels)

Mod Podge (I used the Gloss finish)

water

Except for the mason jar purchase, I had all materials on hand already!  So this was a $2.68 project!  Woo hoo!

 For each jar I used about two tablespoons of Mod Podge and a few drops of food coloring.  Swirl each mason until the inside is completely coated with the Mod Podge/food coloring mixture.  You might want to add a few drops of water to help the mixture move a little easier, but don’t add more than a teaspoon!

Once the jar was coated, I flipped it upside down on top of wax paper on my countertop and let it ooze out for about 10 minutes.  I then placed it upside down on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (you don’t want to ruin your cookie sheet).  I baked each jar for 20 minutes at 250 degrees, then used an oven mitt to move the jar to another location on the cookie sheet and baked for another 20 minutes (there will be some sticky Mod Podge gunk underneath the jar).  Moving it once, should take care of getting rid of all that extra stuff that has worked its way down the jar.

*I forgot to take pictures of the baking process, but there really wasn’t much to see.  The jar will slowly become see through again while it bakes!*
After baking for 40 minutes or so, the jar should be done!  Keep in mind that it was in the oven and is VERY hot!  Use oven mitts and place on a safe surface to cool for at least 20 minutes!
I used my jars to spruce up our homemade wine rack in our kitchen.
I added some jute twine and a few flower stems and now have another cute centerpiece for the summer!
Have you tried using Mod Podge to dye glass?  How did the process work out for you and what did you make!?
Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers!
Enjoy!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{round one: one crafty contest}

{round one: one crafty contest}

If you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve noticed all of my pleas for votes in the One Crafty Contest that Amy, the mama of One Artsy Mama, is hosting.  Last week I made the Top 20 with this beaut…

For a full tutorial on how to make your own Mad Planter click here.

Yesterday voting came to an end for Round 1 of the Contest.  All participants were asked to create a project that incorporated beads (and any other materials we needed).  There were some amazing entries, and luckily all of you thought mine was worthy of the Top 15!  I’m honored to be continuing on in the contest after having created these…

To make your own {twine & bead wrapped patriotic jars} you’ll need:

  • jute twine
  • glass jars (recycled spaghetti jars)
  • beading wire
  • seed beads (in your desired colors)
  • other decorative beads (I had stars and larger circular beads)
  • glue gun
  • items to put in the jars

I already owned most of the items, but did have to go out and buy the beads, buttons, and felt stars.  The seed beads, buttons, and patriotic bracelets were all purchased at JoAnn’s and were part of their Memorial Day Sale (50% off).  I found the felt stars in the $1.00 bins by the registers.

{red, white, and blue beads used in the project}

{some other materials used}

To get started, I cleaned all the “stickiness” left behind by the food labels on the jars using first warm water and Dawn, then Goo Gone.  Looking back, I really didn’t have to do this since they were all getting covered in jute twine.  I wrapped the bottles in jute twine using the same method I did here.  Make sure you have some extra sticks of hot glue on hand for this!  I covered three jars, putting a dot every few inches to secure the twine as I wrapped them and probably used almost 10 sticks of glue.  Keep in mind that I have a mini glue gun!

I like them just wrapped in the jute, but this was not a jute round, it was a bead round.  So to the wire and beads I went.  I’m not going to lie.  This part was tedious (and probably why I usually don’t work with beads).  I wove the wire through the jute and wrapped it a few times so it stayed securely in place.  Then I slid on between 20-30 beads at a time, randomly, before weaving the wire through the twine once again.  This way, the beads and wire were connected to the jars and not just wrapped around the surface.

After a couple of naps (sadly, not for me), I had three wrapped jars.  I’m planning to use them as decor during my son’s 1st birthday on July 3rd (now you understand the red, white, and blue).  I’ll either keep the stars in them or use them to hold utensils…I don’t quite know yet!  I do know that I love how they turned out!  Here’s a closeup…

Thanks to Amy for hosting this awesome (and super fun) contest and thanks again to all of you for voting (even though you didn’t know which entry was mine)!  I’m so excited to start working on my entry for Round 2, The Mod Podge Round!

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{mason jar pin cushions}

{mason jar pin cushions}

This year for Mother’s Day, I got a sewing machine!  Some may find this to be an odd gift, but I was ecstatic to finally get one!  Now I just need to figure the thing out.  Since I know sewers use lots of pins to hold fabric in place, I thought it was time I made myself a super cute mason jar pin cushion.  They’ve been popping up pretty regularly on my Pinterest feed.  I followed most of the tutorial I found at life {made} simple.  As you can see, Natalie used smaller masons for her pin cushions.

To make {mason jar pin cushions} you’ll need:

  • mason jars of your desired size and shape (I got mine at Hobby Lobby when they were running a 50% off glass sale)
  • coordinating fabrics (leftover from my Covered Diaper Boxes project)
  • cardstock that goes well with your fabric (already owned)
  • fiberfill or cotton balls (already owned)
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • sewing notions (to fill the jars)
The total cost of this project was about $10 if you include the thread, stitch ripper, and pins that I also purchased to put inside the jars!
To get started, lay out your fabric and cardstock pretty side down.  Trace the lid of the mason jar on the cardstock and cut it out to be exactly the same size as the lid.  I made two circles, since I’m working with two mason jars.  Also use the lid to trace a larger circle on the back side of your fabric.  You want the fabric circles to be about an inch larger than the actual lid.  It’s okay if they aren’t perfect; you’ll be cutting off excess material in the next step!
Once you have the fabric and cardstock circles cut, you’re ready to begin assembling each jar!  Grab a handful of fiber fill or cotton balls and place it on the back side of one of the fabric circles.  Place the lid on top of the fiber fill and  begin to stuff all of it through the band of the mason jar.  Make sure the fabric is laying smooth and if it’s got a pattern it’s positioned how you like it.  Once you’ve got a little dome on top of the lid, and you feel good about how it looks, you can trim most of the leftover fabric off and hot glue the rest to the inside of your lid.  (*Note: You’ll want to trim off as much fabric as possible so the underside of the lid doesn’t get too crowded…if there is too much fabric, your lid may not close properly!)  After cutting and gluing your fabric, use one of your cardstock circles to cover up those fabric cuts.  You could totally skip this step, but it gives the jar a nice finished look in my opinion!
Now, fill your jar with thread and other sewing materials…
Load your pin cushions with cute pins, and twist the tops onto the masons!
There you have it!  Instant sewing storage and cute pin cushions!
Now I just need to learn how to use my new machine!  Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have some fun sewing projects to share :)
Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers!  AND…

…Don’t forget to vote today in Round 1 of the One Crafty Contest!  Voting is open until noon on Tuesday!  I cannot share with you all what I made since voting is now anonymous!  Hopefully one of your five votes will be my entry!

Enjoy!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.