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.




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


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





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,


{Mr. Chopsticks in Denton}

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