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Stunning Office Tour of New Pediatric Gastroenterology Practice in San Antonio 0Going to the doctor just got a lot more fun for the young patients of South Texas Pediatric Gastroenterology in San Antonio, Texas. This newly renovated space features colorful waiting and exam rooms filled with beautiful flowers, giant safari trees and friendly jungle animals.
Parents "To Be" Create Whimsical Forest Room for Baby McKenzie 2
Parents "to be" Charles and Genevieve Foxworthy knew without a shadow of a doubt, they were looking for a fox and forest themed room for their new baby girl on the way, McKenzie. Well, once they saw our site: mywonderfulwalls.com, they looked no further! Though we also sell sticker versions of our stencil kits, the Foxworthy's went the stencil route creating a beautiful and whimsical space for their new baby girl. Read the interview we had with Charles below to hear about their nursery decorating journey:
My Wonderful Walls: What gave you the idea and inspiration for such a creative nursery project?
Charles: We have always loved foxes and thought what better way to decorate a baby girls room then to litter it with fox and forest imagery. It is also a part of our family crest which help solidify the center piece of the fox.
MWW: For whom is this Forest Themed mural intended?
Charles: The mural is going to be for my yet to be born daughter McKenzie Marie.
MWW: What made you choose this theme and what made this mural a good fit for your project?
Charles: I picked out the Forest Friends kit, mainly we did this because it had a fox in it and we have always loved foxes.
MWW: What do you think your child's reaction will be to the wall mural when she first sees it?
Charles: Well, once I finished the project I brought my pregnant wife in the room and unborn baby McKenzie kicked her, so we think she’s pretty excited to live in there.
MWW: About how long did it take you to complete the project?
Charles: I think total it took me about 6-8 hours spread out over 3 days. Progress was slow going at first while I was figuring out the best way to use the stencils on the textured wall, but after that, when I started lining up multiple stencils that used the same colors, and I had about 5 brushes with different colors going at once, things sped up considerably.
MWW: What did you enjoy most about the your mural creation experience?
Charles: The best part about the creation of the mural was probably painting those foxes they are just so darn cute and I wanted to cuddle with them.
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to the mural/room other than what came with the kit? If so, what gave you the inspiration?
Charles: Being a woodworker, I made a heart that says, "Love" out of Purple Heart, Mahogany, and Koa. It was a blast to make as well and she will be able to put it up in her kid’s room one day. I also sew and make quilts as well as some other crafts, mainly learned from my mom.
MWW: Do you have a favorite piece or favorite scene you created? If so, please describe.
Charles: Yes, the pink shell’d turtle going to eat the mushrooms reminds me of Mario Brothers.
MWW: Do you have any helpful tips for people who use our stencil products?
Charles: I have some very helpful advice, first have a plan. Put as many stencils on the wall as possible. Then pick color to pain that is shared by most of the stencils you plan to paint. Then paint all the stencils with that color by the time you finish the first coat on all the stencils the first stencil should be ready for a second coat. And repeat the process. Also, don’t try to paint in strokes, dab the paint on, and put as little paint as possible on your brush. This will help prevent bleeding on a textured wall.
Charles: The only resource I used was the how to video on the Forest Friends main page. I also read the instructions that came with the kit. I found both resources pretty useful. It definitely helps to plan the mural out since the more pieces you can paint at once the faster it goes. And the instructional video helped with the technique for painting the stencils.
MWW: Tell us your overall experience with the stencil kit and with the My Wonderful Walls folks in general.
Charles: Everyone was very, very helpful. There was a little issue where McKenzie’s name was missing a capital 'K' and I let them know. They sent out 2 corrected name tags with the correct spelling immediately and I got it like 2 days later. Best customer service ever. <(Aww, thanks, Charles!)
MWW: What else would you like us to know about you and your project?—parents are important too!
Charles: Really, I just like to be unique and this project allowed me to make my daughter's room one-of-a-kind. There is no one on this planet who will have the same layout or room as her. I feel that this room is something special I can give to her even as a baby. I know she will grow to appreciate it, love it, and make it her own. I’m glad I also put up my little wood working heart of "Love" in there as well, since it will be something that can be remembered forever.
Well, I'd say baby McKenzie is in for a real treat! A unique forest room that will grow with her for years to come. Thank you Charles and Gen for sharing your experience and beautiful photos with us!
Calming lilac colored walls compliment room and stencil colors while creating a dreamy sense of wonder. See Charles' handmade "Love" plaque above the bed - perfect!
McKenzie's bi-plane stencil flying high over mirrored closet doors - cute!
Cuddly, plush foxes sit on McKenzie's dresser in the pic below, patiently awaiting her arrival. Also, don't miss the adorable matching deer tote in the corner! - super cute!!
Forest Friends Themed Teepees Prove Our Stencil Kits Aren’t Just For Walls! 2
Back in March, our friend Connie from kokoandkoko designs in the UK asked us if she could use our stencils on fabric for a teepee art project she was planning to do with young children. Brilliant idea, right?! Connie has created many different lines of teepees and wigwams for children using a variety of designs and materials. This time she wanted to take the teepees to a new level by encouraging the children to create their own designs using our forest friends stencil kit hoping to ignite within them the same passion for arts and crafts she harbors within herself. We couldn’t wait to see how the teepees turned out! Here's what creative Connie had to say about this fun and rewarding experience:
My Wonderful Walls: How did you find out about My Wonderful Walls?
Connie: I stumbled across My Wonderful Walls while searching for reusable stencils using the Google search engine.
MWW: These teepees are amazing! What gave you the idea and inspiration for such a creative project?
Connie: Having made teepees with applique designs, I thought it was going to be interesting for children to take part in decorating and personalizing their own teepees using permanent fabric markers or paint. This project was aimed to help children develop their creativity and art skills by having fun. I also make plain teepees for doodle art where children can have hand prints, sponge art, and any doodles from their great imaginations.
MWW: What are the first names of the people who did the mural on the teepee?
Connie: The names of the children in the picture are Bithiah (girl aged 10yrs) and Shemaiah (boy aged 6yrs).
MWW: Where was your masterpiece created?
Connie: Essex in United Kingdom.
MWW: For whom is this mural intended?
Connie: This was my new design and lines of teepees and wigwams and intended for children.
MWW: What product did you purchase?
Connie: I purchased the Forest Friends Reusable Stencil Kit.
MWW: Tell us a little about why you choose this theme and what made this mural a good fit for your project?
Connie: I love nature and wildlife. The Forest Friends Stencil Kit has all of the classic nature designs that will always be appealing to little ones.
MWW: What was your son's reaction to the mural when he first saw it?
Connie: My son loved it. He was happy when I asked him to show his art skills by painting the teepee.
MWW: How long did it take to complete the project?
Connie: It took [the kids] a few days as an after school project and a weekend. My son asked if I could create another teepee to paint.
MWW: Obviously you have lots of artistic skill, but describe your artistic comfort level. Have you always had a love for arts and crafts?
Connie: I live for art, crafts, and any other creative activities. Having worked as a children's clothing and accessory designer for many years, designing is my life. I enjoy experimenting, but often I don’t have enough time to try all my designs.
MWW: What did you enjoy most about the teepee mural creation experience?
Connie: I enjoyed using the stencils to create a small indoor wildlife scene.
MWW: Was it what you had expected?
Connie: It is definitely what I expected and I would like to try different media or paint if time permits.
MWW: What did the kids think about the process/experience?
Connie: They would like to do another one. I would like them to colour a lampshade, cushion, or a canvas bag.
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to the teepee other than what came with the kit?
Connie: I added the brown and green felt at the bottom to create landscapes.
MWW: Do you have any helpful tips for people who use our products?
Connie: My advice to people is: do not hesitate to invest in one of the My Wonderful Walls mural kits and grow your creativity. You definitely will not be disappointed but will be amazed with the "WOW " results.
MWW: Did you utilize any or all of the resources on our main website (how-to videos, virtual mural maker, or customer photos)?
Connie: I did not use any videos or virtual mural maker because I had my ideas flowing before purchasing the kit. All I needed was to interpret it onto the fabric.
MWW: Would you recommend our products to others? why, or why not.
Connie: I cannot recommend your product enough. Your products are impeccably awesome, and easy to use. With your products there are guaranteed beautiful wall murals for those special people in your life.
Connie, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience using our forest friends stencil kit! If you’re feeling as inspired as we are, see for yourself how easy it is to have fun, and get creative with our unique stencils, stencil kits, and wall stickers. If you have a creative way you’ve used our stickers, or stencils, share your awesome idea with us in the comments! Or, let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your project could be our next blog post!
‘Tis the Season to Be Giving! Top 5 Reasons Why ColorMe Decals Make the Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your Holiday List: 4As part of the growing adult coloring trend as well as a great coloring activity for kids, ColorMe Decals make a great gift for people of all ages! As you well know, it’s that time of year again, and if you’re anything like me, you realize, “OMG! It’s already November and I haven’t done ANY Christmas shopping!” But, have no fear, ColorMe Decals are here! Here are the top 5 reasons why ColorMe Decals make the perfect gift for everyone on your list:
1). Coloring is just plain fun! Whatever your age, whatever your gender, coloring is just plain fun for everyone! Whether you’re looking for some alone time to relax and meditate, or know someone who does, ColorMe Decals are a perfect way to spend some enjoyable creative time solo. They also make a great party activity for adults and kids alike and are fun way to socialize with friends. So, whether you’re young in years or young at heart, ColorMe Decals make a great gift for everyone, bringing peace and happiness to any occasion.
2). ColorMe Decals are unique! Whatever you do, don’t buy another last-minute scarf, or matching hat and gloves to gift this Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough of these to last a thousand winters! Give a gift that’s distinct and unique. Unlike coloring books or designs printed on paper, ColorMe Decals are high quality, durable decals you can color and use for stunning home decor, like this nature inspired branching out mandala, that will last for years to come. And, because of the variety of materials you can use with ColorMe Decals, each design will be a unique, one-of-a-kind gift every time.
3). Gets the kids away from electronics! We’re all guilty of allowing our kids too much screen time. Whether it’s the computer, their ipad, video games, or good ole fashioned television, kids nowadays spend more time indoors gazing at screens than they do outdoors gazing at stars. So what form of entertainment can we offer them that trumps all that? ColorMe Decals! Because ColorMe Decals are high quality stickers you can color or paint, your kids will get swept up in the process of creating their own decor for their bedroom, locker at school, or laptop. They’ll get so absorbed in the creative flow of choosing their own colors and materials, they won’t even miss their electronics, at least until their done. So don’t reiterate the use of electronics this Christmas by getting your kids a bunch of new video games, a new ipad, or a television for their room. Do yourself, and your kids a favor by getting them a quiet, meditative activity that inspires their imaginations and ignites their creativity.
4). ColorMe Decals make a wonderful keepsake! Every holiday season, we search high and low for the perfect gift, a gift that will remind our loved ones how much we cherish them. ColorMe Decals make the ideal keepsake because they are so unique and engaging. When you think about it, what is more appealing than your loved one coloring or painting a design hand picked by you. Or better yet, a loved one receiving a ColorMe decal colored by you or your child. I couldn’t imagine grandma getting anything better. And once they’ve finished coloring, your loved one can display their one-of-a-kind masterpiece virtually anywhere: in their home, office, on their locker at school, and even on their laptop. Wherever they choose to put it on display, it will remind them of you and the awesome memories they made while coloring. It’s a gift they will treasure for a lifetime.
5). It’s a high quality gift at an unbeatable price! While Adult Coloring Books and free downloadable coloring images are all the craze, there really aren’t a whole lot of ways for folks to display their beautiful masterpieces when finished coloring. Their ambitious efforts just hide in a coloring book, or get easily torn while displayed around the house. Bummer. But how about a coloring page that also works as a decal? Now we’re talkin’! Because ColorMe Decals come in a variety of sizes and designs, like this beautiful butterfly mandala, there’s something for everyone, no matter your budget. Each design is handmade to order and printed on an eco-friendly, high quality canvas-like material that can stick to virtually any flat surface, so they’re never lost! They’re also repositionable, which means you have the option of moving them from room to room. And since they work with a wide range of artistic media, such as; crayons, colored pencils, markers, and paints, you’re free to focus on coloring or painting inside the lines while thinking outside the box! So, don’t spend your hard earned moola on an expensive gift that might get lost, forgotten, or hide away in a book. Give a unique, high quality gift that inspires togetherness, relaxation, individuality and creativity. Gift a ColorMe Decal. Your friends, loved ones, and wallet will thank you for it!
Now that you know the top 5 reasons why ColorMe Decals make the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, don’t put yourself through fighting the holiday traffic, bah humbug shoppers, and waiting until the last minute! Order easily and quickly online today a treasured gift that will last a lifetime!
ColorMe Zen! Top 5 Reasons Adult Coloring Is Good For The Soul 0
When we color, we color for lots of reasons. It's fun, it gives us a sense of creative accomplishment, it’s relaxing, and it’s meditative. But, how can such a simple, age-old activity bring our body and mind to a much needed state of zen? Check out these top 5 reasons why coloring is good for the soul:
1). Coloring is Meditative: Because coloring is a repetitive activity, it brings your mind to a peaceful, trance-like state while also allowing you to focus on what you’re coloring and easily shut out other internal and external distractions, just as you would do in meditation. Serenity mandalas and geometric patterns are the perfect designs for anti-stress. The idea is not to think too much about the colors you choose, just let yourself be free and enjoy the moment. You will be amazed at the beautiful color combinations when you’re done!
2). Coloring Gives Us a Chance to Slow. Down: In our hectic, fast paced lives, we need a chance to escape our electronics, and take our eyes off the television. Stop and color the roses every once in a while, such as this Calming Calla Lilly ColorMe Decal, and give yourself some time to indulge in your inner artist. It’s important to take breaks and spend time with family and friends, or just some quiet time to yourself and delve into the nostalgic world of coloring to help you de-stress and decompress.
3). Coloring is Cheaper Than a Therapist: Let’s face it, we all feel frazzled from time to time. But, it’s understandable considering the loooong “to-do” lists ahead of us each day. From the early morning rush to work, getting the kids off to school with backpacks and lunches in hand, after school activities, dinner, and homework, it’s no wonder we all need a therapist! We just didn’t expect to find one in a box of crayola. The truth is, you don’t need expensive yoga classes or a big time commitment to relax and meditate, you just need to grab yourself a ColorMe Decal and a box of your favorite markers or paints. Your kids, your spouse, and your pocket book will thank you for it.
4). Coloring is FUN: These days, coloring isn’t just for kids. As a matter of fact, adults of all ages are getting in on the ever growing and popular adult coloring trend. Because coloring allows you to be social and creative at the same time, it’s a great activity for social gatherings and family get togethers. Coloring can also help you focus your mind when alone, travel inward into deep state of consciousness that allows you to relax, reflect, and meditate. So, whether you’re in a party mood and looking for an enjoyable group activity, or you just want some quiet, reflective time to yourself, look no further than your ColorMe Decal and a box of markers or your favorite paints.
5). Coloring is a Form of Artistic Self Expression: You don’t have to be an artist or have a fancy schmancy art degree to express yourself in a creative way. You just need simple, elementary coloring skills! When you’re able to solely focus on providing the colors for a picture or design, it takes away the dilemma and intimidating prospect of creating something from scratch. While it might pay off to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen, it’s not necessary to be Van Gogh when it comes to creating your very own decorative masterpiece. With coloring, the design is already there for you, you just have to provide the color. So go ahead and express yourself by staying inside the lines, while thinking outside the box!
So, now that you know the top 5 reasons why coloring is good for the soul, whatcha waitin for?! Grab your markers and paints and get your zen on!