DIY: Make your own wall stencil

Sunday, 28 September 2014

easy white cloud stencil wall

Ever since we bought our first home 2 years ago, I've been wanting to decorate. DECORATE! Every time I run ideas by my husband though, more often than not, I'm faced with rejection. At first I wanted to try a false brick wall. He said no because he was worried that if we didn't like it, we wouldn't be able to remove it. Ok, I agree. On to the next idea; wallpaper. That got the same response. A white trim at 1/3 of the wall got a maybe.

Then I saw this super cute wall on Mer Mag and the stencil idea got a yes because it could easily be painted over. Oh my god a YES! After that, I just knew I had to try to make my own. I wanted to paint clouds on my son's wall so bad that I was dreaming about it every night. Ok, maybe not that much, but I just couldn't shake the idea. I'm glad I ended up doing it because it makes the room look so much brighter.

I haven't finished decorating yet but the new accent wall is one step closer to making the room complete. I've been trying to make it a bit of a Montessori style and I'm really glad I did. My son just loves having everything at his level. He does belly flaps on his bed and takes pride in aligning his book neatly on the little shelves. He's just too adorable this one.

Sponge roller
Paint dispenser (or whatever that black thing you pour the paint into is called, lol)
Painter's tape
Clear paper
X-Acto Knife

materials for stencil wall

1. To start, I drew the shape I wanted on a piece of paper. It took me a few tries to get exactly what I wanted but it turned out super cute. At this point you can draw pretty much anything you want. You could even do geometric shapes.

draw your stencil shape on a piece of paper

2. Using an X-Acto (and a piece of cardboard to protect my surface), I cut out the shape.

cut your wall stencil shape with an x-acto

3. I stuck a grid on the wall using painter's tape. Each square is the same size as the piece of clear paper I cut my stencil out of.

make a grid on the wall with painter's tape

4. I taped the stencil in one of the squares and painted the shape with the roller. At first, I thought if I used a tiny bit of paint, that it wouldn't go under the stencil and ruin the shape, but it did because I had to go over it so many times. I then tried by rolling an ample amount of paint on right away and it was much better. I also tried to roll the paint from the outside in as much as possible. Every time I moved my stencil to another square, I made sure to wipe any excess paint off from the under side. Oh, and please don't laugh at my funky hairdo. It was one of those days. ;)

using a sponge roller paint the stencil on your wall

5. I painted a cloud in every other square on the grid and did opposing squares in the next row.

make your own white cloud stencil wall decor

Overall, this project took about 2 hours but I went back over the shapes the next day just to make sure they were well painted so it took me just over 3 hours total.

When my 2 year old son saw me painting clouds on his wall his initial reaction was: "Waaaoooow"... and he just kept repeating it every time he entered his room. I'm pretty sure that means I won. God I love that little mister.

montessori kid's room with cloud stencil wall

Halloween apothecary

Sunday, 21 September 2014

halloween apothecary with magic potions

I am so unbelievably psyched right now (and a little ahead, but I just couldn't wait!). I've been thinking about this project for EVER and it's finally done. Isn't it just cool? Magic potions guys. MAGIC! Anyone want to fly? Fall in love?'re in for a treat because today, it's all possible! Just don't drink the poison ok?

I've been collecting all sorts of different glass bottles. Ketchup bottles, essence bottles, oil dispensers, maple syrup jars, soya sauce bottles, fizzy water bottles... even alcohol bottles (that others give me because I don't drink).

With a sprinkle of Fairy Dust and a Unicorn's Tear, let me present to you my new favorite Halloween decoration, the Apothecary, magical potions included! Right now I'm using it as a table center but come Halloween, this baby's going to be next to my big cauldron full of candy.

I love Halloween. It's the only time of the year where you can get crazy creative and have no one judge you. Always wanted to be a princess? No problem. Prefer being a naughty nurse. You got it. Secretly think you're a spy? Live it out! Personally, I'd love to dress up Steampunk with a big pouffy dress.

What's your favorite Halloween costume?

materials for halloween apothecary magic potions

Glass bottles
Food dye
...and anything else you'd like to put in your bottles

glass bottles for halloween apothecary magic potions
filling for halloween apothecary magic potions

Baker's twine

tools for halloween apothecary magic potions

1. The first thing you want to do is fill your bottles and jars. I filled mine with beads, dried flowers, glitter and of course, colored water. I left some empty as well, just for decor.

fill your glass bottle for halloween apothecary magic potions

2. Next you want to identify your bottles. You wouldn't want to confuse the Poison with the Love Potion! I used tags for some, and for others I used props.

make tags for halloween apothecary magic potions

For the poison I added a skull on top of the jar. I got a whole bunch at the dollar store for a buck.

poison for halloween apothecary

I added a simple tag with pretty lettering for the fairy dust. Glitter!! Don't you just love glitter?

fairy dust for halloween apothecary

And for the the flying potion I added some wings!

flying potion for halloween apothecary

So there you have it. A super cute and fun Apothecary! This Halloween DIY is super easy so even kids could jump in and decorate a few bottles. You could use a few plastic ones if you're concerned they might break them. You could even paint them. Be creative! :)

spooky halloween apothecary magic potions

What kind of decor will you be making this Halloween?

decorative halloween apothecary magic potions

Maple banana nut breakfast lentils

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A few days ago, I decided to try my luck at making lentils and you know what? They're ridiculously easy to make. Seriously. Just dump about 1/2 cup in a pot, add water about an inch over the lentils and boil until soft (you may need to add water as it's cooking). Adding a bit of salt as they're cooking adds flavor so I strongly suggest it, although not necessary.

So anyway, here I am, serving my lentils to my family, when my husband asks: "Hey sweety, are there any bananas left?" And I'm like: "Say-waaaaa? Bananas? In your lentils? Really?" He goes on to saying that's how he ate lentils at home, back in Mexico. So I figure, why not?

As I'm sure you've all guessed, I found it delicious; unusual, but delicious. The next morning, I decided to mix it up. I'm usually more of a toast person, boring I know, but quick and reliable! The only problem with toast is that it's not really long lasting energy and I always end up hungry 1 hour later. So you can guess what happened next... I decided to turn the left over lentils from the previous night's dinner into my protein packed breakfast. I wanted this to be a well balanced meal so with the fruit, I added some yogurt and sweetened it with some maple syrup. Oh goodness, what a treat it turned out to be.

Lentils (cooked)
Plain yogurt
Maple syrup (to taste)
Nuts (get creative)

Just mix all the ingredients together and serve; warm or cold, it's just as good! Let me know what you think if you try it!

Do you have any unusual breakfast treats?

DIY: Decorative cork mobile

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I don't know what it is with me and the moon, stars and the sky. I seem to associate everything about myself to that and am constantly inspired by it. My blog name, my personality, my studies (astrophysics), some of my preferred activities (lying in the grass staring at the sky and star gazing), my favorite quote (which can be found in the attribution right at the bottom of this page)... and even my decor ideas.

As part of our home decorating project, we ended up painting all of the bedrooms in our home powder blue because I find it peaceful... perfect for a bedroom don't you think? Anyway, every time I enter our bedrooms now, all I can think about is the sky, so I figured I could do some decorations around that concept. I originally wanted to do some sort of mobile for my baby, but seeing as his bedroom walls were completely bare (and he already had a mobile) I figured I could make something else with the materials I had.

Let me introduce to you, the cork wall hanging. Pretty sweet if you ask me. You can use any patterned fabric you like, and use anything you want for the falling strands (flowers, pompoms, leaves, charms). You can even pin things on the cork board if you want (like photos or notes)! This project is super easy to do, you could even ask your kids to help!

Cork circle (I got mine at Ikea)
Fabric of your choice
Colored paper

Paper punches

1. Cut your fabric to fit the cork board and staple it on tightly.

2. Using the desired paper punch, make cuttings from the colored paper of your choice.

Glue the paper shapes together (or sew them), whatever you prefer.

4. Staple the strands of paper punches to the cork board and add a piece of rope to the top to hang it.

What would you pin on your cork wall hanging?

This was such a fun project. It's super quick and very versatile.

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