Hello, My Name is Jenny, and I'm-terrible-at-painting-walls-with-handmade-stencils

I admit it: I'm feeling a bit of a DIY / design failure. I tried to paint my wall with my own stencil. I tried, thought I was doing pretty well, and then my husband saw it. . .

If there's something wrong, a line that's crooked, a painting hanging slightly to the left, or a wall that's been stenciled in varying spacing between shapes, Justin R. Smith will discover it. And let you know.

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How are you supposed to accurately measure this anyway? Make the entire wall a tape grid? Measure each stencil three times before painting? I don't know. What I do know is that I feel extremely under the weather about this project and am almost ready to give up. If I weren't so stubborn I'm sure I would have already given up. There's that Jenny determination kicking in again . . .

And to make it worse:

I have searched high and low for a rug that is a) beautiful, b) soft, and c) affordable, and d) colorful with no success. Until this morning when I found *drum roll please* a DIY stencil rug tutorial. I know. If I can't stencil a wall, you think, why on earth would I try and stencil a rug? Because I am stupidly determined. (See above paragraph.)

The base of the project is a soft and inexpensive white Ikea rug: $40 ERSLEV rug

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Here's some pictures from the Charm Home Blog that inspired my latest bought of determined insanity:

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Here's the link to the full post: http://charmhome.blogspot.com/2011/05/chases-nursery-diy-painted-ikea-rug.html

I think that I might try a striped version of this idea in blue for our living room (with Justin's approval and or supervision)

I also really like the Chevron Pattern:

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(images from: http://www.cape27blog.com/2011/04/diy-chevron-rug/ ).

So at the beginning of Friday, with the prospect of an evening date with my wonderful husband at this lovely place,

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{Mr. Chopsticks in Denton}

I'm hopeful that it's going to be a wonderful weekend, inevitable DIY disasters included.