Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Living in a Understanding Way

Designing Women - show in 1986 - 1993
I have these hormonal moments at different times that bring about the ready to flee instinct.  I guess that is better than the fight instinct.  I am glad I know the source and these too will pass away.

So on Friday I woke up and said, "this isn't a good day!"  My husband heard the despair in my voice and the frustrations of not being able to overcome these feelings.  My husband's marriage verse is

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. I Peter 3:7

Hubby was also leaving for an out-of-town trip leaving me behind with a continuously talking, energetic five-year-old and a teenage boy who needed to be ready for a mission trip by Sunday.  He gently knew what would lift my spirits and re-energize me....besides it was on sale.

He jumped in the car to save the day and run to the 40% off sale at.....................have you guessed yet?  What would be on your list?

To Sherwin Williams he fled to purchase four gallons of paint!  He knows what energizes his wife.  Now I am sure that didn't top most of your list or even make your list, but that is the uniqueness of knowing one's wife.

Oh Friday I painted the family room, the first coat of my kitchen baek-splash and the 1/2 bath.
Saturday I painted the walls in my exciting new sunny, cheerful and energetic kitchen.  Later I re-arranged the furniture in the den and hung new sun-giving blinds.

The flee hormones just left and went sailing away as I created.  My energy level went through the roof as I changed my environment.  The excitement of a completed project kept me up until 10:30...when I normally hit the bed by 10:00.  Then I plopped down on the couch, turned on the TV to unwind, flipped through the channels and there was Designing Women....I just had to laugh.

Wise husband left for his trip with a happy wife taking care of the home front.

HERE IS MY HANDIWORK OVER THE WEEKEND! Sorry all you photographers...I am not one.
  • Repaint all the gold walls - the wall to the kitchen is in Accessible Beige, other walls Grand Canyon Tan

Finished Project in Family Room - Still no staging...and pictures still missing

Okay...just boring plain paint...but it did change the atmosphere and at 40% off,
Now here is where the fun came in.  Half bath was painted a green...which I also had 11 years ago in our home....but now time to go!
I wanted to continue to use the pictures that had been stored in boxes for three years...so I had to find a way to combine both.  I took the paint from the Family Room and painted all the walls....this pulls both rooms together.  Then I grabbed a old friend....a stencil!

I Love It....Husband Invested Well!!
Now I am off to finish more painting the kitchen....it is my fun room...I will probably post hints before it is ALL finished.
Happy Painting!!  Then off to the sewing Room!  

40 Joining in with more words:

Karen said...

I can see something in your future!
You will need a get-away - TO MY PLACE. I love it Janette! So elegant, traditional,and FUN. You know me "don't go changing" - but, you've got me "wanting". Just cannot wait to see what you are doing in the kitchen. I want final pictures.

Nancy said...

WOW is all I can......I am so proud of you for taking all that energy and turning walls into beautiful spaces....Love the stencil and I can't wait to see what's ahead......What a hubby to know just what you needed....I hope you gave him a big hug and kiss........

Creating does the same thing for me........so glad God passed on His creative abilities to His children.....

Your home is fast becoming "your" space........with your big heart imprint all over it.....

Hugs and blessings,

Mary said...

Janette I am sitting here with my mouth wide open...i cannot believe the transformation and how fast you did that!! it looks amazing!


Farm Girl said...

This is the hormonal week for me, so I am doing my windows and cleaning and rearranging and it just makes it all go away. I had to laugh. I love, love all of the things you are doing and it looks so pretty. I am so glad you are having such a good time and I am so, so very thankful that God did all of this for you. I love what I couldn't understand when it happened I see now it was very perfect. I just have to praise Him for His goodness to you and your family.
Have a lovely day.

Sonja said...

I'm telling you... you are the real deal! The stencils are super, it looks regal and yet so up to date. The colors are perfect... yep... hubby scores again! :)

You are semi-motivaing me to start the same thing. You just get a home right, and the whole thing needs attention again. I love the energy it has given you... creativity works like that, and YOU are on a roll!!!!


Ma said...

How wonderful...I do not like to paint, but did do my living room and dining room a few years ago..what a difference a little paint can make:)

Vee said...

Oh my! We are such opposites. Having that kind of a project to do while hubby away would send me into a deep dark funk. You, on the other hand, soar! Wonderful job, Janette. And how nice to have things more the way you enjoy them. It all looks fabulous!

Lisa said...

You are too funny! My Mom is the same way. She LOVES to paint. Me...not so much. Don't get me wrong. I like it to be painted, I just don't enjoy actually doing it. LOL!
You did a great job, Friend. And the bathroom is beautiful.

camp and cottage living said...

I'm past those horomonal days-but if I could get as much done as you did during your "moment" I'd take a day of it back!
You are a real whirlwind. Compared to you I feel like a deflated ballon!

no spring chicken said...

I'm having an anxiety attack. You did all this in a day? And when I get hormonal I just sit and stare? I'm definitely not showing anyone this post. But I'll still love you.

Blessings, Debbie

Crickit said...

WOW! That is not the "gift" I was thinking! But... it sounds like that is what you enjoy doing! You Go Girl! Great job on the painted walls and I love the stencil, it looks great!

JillAileenJones said...

Oh I love it. So sweet of your hubby to do that knowing that it was something that would lift your spirits. It look wonderful. I love to paint too, it is amazing what a little paint on a wall can do to change the whole look of a room. My husband hates to paint though, so anytime you want to come down and paint I'll let you. :) Can't wait to see the kitchen-I may have to make more towels to send you to match-:) Happy Day to you!! Brandon made out well, he didn't feel so great yesterday but is doing better today. Thanks for your prayers.
Love ya

Debbie said...

WOW!! I don't know what I am more impressed with. All of your energy, or the final results. It just looks soo good. I LOVE it! The stencils look really good. I personally can't wait to see the kitchen. I know how you feel too. Nothing gets me going quite like a GOOD project. Your hubby is not only smart, he is a gem. ENJOY! HUGS!

Mrs.B said...

YAY for wise husband! :) & you did a beautiful job, The paint looks great!

Karen said...

Will you come make my place pretty?

Sally said...

Honestly, paint would not have made my list but on yours great things have happened. Well done!

Cindy said...

I am utterly impressed! I'm just sitting around the house looking at all that needs to be done and not a lick of inspiration in sight...until now! lol

Sandy said...

Everything looks beautiful,Janette.
I am about to start the downstairs
guest bath. Have to prime the gray
paneling first then I plan to use
the same taupe we used in the
living room. Should be pretty. I
get super energized painting and
decorating too. Your hubby sounds
just like mine. Real keepers, those

Lorie said...

Wow! Your home is beautiful!

Your hubby is a wonderful man for sure. So happy you are feeling better.

Theresa said...

Wow Janette! Are you sure you don't want to come to Long Island and go crazy on my home?! It looks so great :)

Canadagirl said...

Ohhhhhh oh ohh ohhh!! You are starting to inspire some creative juices in me. [o= I have a book on stenciling that I have had for 15 years and REALLY want to use it. I need to start with the bathroom and see where that takes me. ((sheepish grin))

I loved seeing your bathroom. GOOD JOB girl!

Blessings and ((HUGS))

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Your home is beautiful, Janette! I love everything you have done! I also love Designing Women. I was sad when the show ended and one (can't remember her name) passed away. I am the same, when I am down, I need to do something - create. Works every time. Thanks for sharing with us!

Sharon said...

Look at you go! Amazing what re-directed hormones can accomplish. Paint is almost a miracle, isn't it? It transfers the mood and feeling and light of a room in relatively easy fashion.

I'm glad to see that these projects are livening up the big move...


Trisha said...

Beautiful, Janette!! I used to love to stencil, and you did such a lovely job. You are doing great at making your house a home!

Debbie said...

I'm crazy about it all! I really love the stencil idea and the colors are terrific.

What I love most is that you figured out a way to chase the hormones away and that your very UNDERSTANDING hubby got it just right.

Everything is becoming HOME, isn't it?

Maryann said...

You have done an amazing job,I feel some motivation coming on. Love the stencils in the bathroom. What a sweet hubby you have.
Looking forward to more posts on your transformation.

Donna said...

The rooms have such a fresh updated look! Nice work! I am curious what color you used for the stencil in the powder room?


What a lucky husband . . . he buys you 4 gallons of paint, leaves on a trip and comes home to a freshly (beautifully, too) painted home and a happy wife.



ps. love the hair on the designing women.

Anonymous said...

Creating is always a good escape. You did good. He did good. It's all good.

Crown of Beauty said...

It is amazing how little it takes to make us happy! Just a gallon or two of paint, and off we go!

I loved this post... and you are a good painter indeed.

Your husband could read the signs, and being the wise man that he is, knew what needed to be done.

Will be waiting for more pictures of your accomplishments!


Karen said...

OH girl I just love you.. and wow.. you have trained your husband well..lol... what a great man, and oh how he loves you.... but I have to say,,when we moved, that would of been on my list as well..I love to paint a room, and decorate..and your house and the colors you picked are just beautiful..what a great job you are doing and I love the stenciling..beautiful..and it beats wallpaper.. you go girl.. paint away.. i love it..

Rebecca said...

That half bath is amazing! (I always forget about stencils...)

What a way to harness those hormones and put 'em to work!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are on fire, girl!! You are doing an amazing job of creating a beautiful home, Janette! Love it and look forward to seeing more!! blessings ~ tanna

Bevie said...

Janette your home looks awesome..I love how you were able to do all that in a weekend, and that your hubby knows you so well. Can't wait to see what else you create!
We are thinking about moving so I'm excited to leave this little house in the woods with all the paneling that suits it so well to a place where I can create new settings...COLOR yea!!!
You go girl!!!

Cactus Country said...

You did a great job on the decorating. And why didn't I think of ripping up the master bath and redoing it when my husband was out of town for two weeks. Oh, yeah, at my age it would've taken me ten weeks to do all by myself. Guess I'll have to keep bugging him until he can help me with me...and he's home so I'll start buggin'. Neat house!

Diana Ferguson said...

Love everything!! You are still one busy lady.

RB72 said...

This is so awesome. Thank you for sharing this. May God's blessings pour into you as you touch people with your heart.
Blessings to you,

Sue Anne McKinney said...

lookin' good!!!! I know...I finally bought a power washer from someone that was moving at a great deal...HAD SO MUCH fun power washing our back patio a couple of weeks ago. I'd been asking for a power washer for my birthday and nobody believed me! Mowing the yard used to do it for me, but not any more ;( Your home looks just as warm and inviting and comfortable as the one you had in Shady Hollow. I wish I could figure out a new color for my kitchen since I am tired of my dark olive green.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

What a great husband. What a great artist! Love the look. Especially the walls n hand towel matching! Eager to see your fun kitchen. Please send me some of your energy! I too face those days. I hate hormones so will try a dose of creativity THANKS to YOU!

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