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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shabby Chippy Windows

I have always loved photographs of shabby chippy windows and houses,
but when it is your own . . .
Well, that is a different story :)
I found these two glasses at the Goodwill yesterday, for 49 cents each.
I think that they look perfect in my vintage kitchen.
What do you think?
Can you see the hard water spots on the window?
That is after CLR and steel wool :)
 There are so many jobs to do around here
that I could not see spending too much time on windows 
that we plan to replace before winter.
So, I will enjoy the old chippy look for now,
but I will enjoy it more when 
I have tight fitting, clear and pretty new ones :)
It rained last night.
Boy, did we ever need it!
It has been months.
Look how green everything looks after a good rain.
I love it!!!

Have a glorious day . . . 
How are you celebrating LIFE, today?

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

45 comments:

  1. Those glasses are so cute filled with your zinnias. And yes your garden is lush and green! Have a great day too!

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    1. Hi Kelly, the rain does make all the difference in the world:) Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Hi Connie, Thank you so much for the nice comment you left on my blog!! I just wanted to pop in and ended up reading several of your posts (the zinnias hooked me). My, so many lovely things going on here. Your garden looks incredible and I can totally relate to the chippy windows. We are proud to have all but one old window replaced on our 100 year old farm house! Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Good Morning Lisa Sall, We have not spent a winter here yet, but I know that if we don't get those new windows in, it is going to be a long cold winter:) The shabby look is great for photos, but hard on the heat bill,LOL. I don't think I would be laughing come January and February:)
      Thanks for the visit, I love getting company.

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  3. We put new windows in upstairs, Connie, because ours were like that.

    We have had some torrential rain - much needed I will confess, and the garden has benefited, but enough is enough, come on, this is SUMMER!

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    1. I woke up at about 12:30 A.M. to run to the bathroom, when I heard the rain coming down . . . it had been so long for us that it was all that I could do to not wake Steve up, so that we could go outside and dance in it. If he hadn't have had to get up early and go to work, I would have :)

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  4. Love your decorating. I started a new project...another wooden castle for my granddaughters friends. I am keeping busy with what I can do.

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for visiting, I love seeing your face among my many lovely sisters who leave comments. I tried visiting your blog and could not get it to open, but will try again later. I would love to see photos of this project . . . you are such a sweetheart making your marvelous crafts for your granddaughter's friends.

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  5. Loving those glasses! So cool! xxx

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    1. Thanks, I thought so too and only 49 cents each :)

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  6. Hello Connie.
    Beautiful pictures! Love the flowers in the thrift glasses, the old windows and all the green in the gardens :)
    Rain is such a blessing!!

    I can certainly relate with you about the old windows. We've renovated so many houses, and windows are just one of the things that we have to address.
    In our son's house, we have dozens of windows to completely renovate; take out the old broken glazing, replace points, and glazing, window stops, cotton rope, and window weights.
    In this case, it is far better for us to do the work, and maintain the integrity of the house and windows.
    In other renovations, we've opted for new windows.... it just depends.

    Around here, we're working canning, dehydrating and freezing . All good stuff for winter preparations :)

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    1. Wow! We have no idea how to go about doing all of that to these windows, so if we do the labor ourselves (which budget wise, we have to) we will be putting in new windows. Sounds like life is very busy in your neck of the woods:) Winter is coming :)

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  7. Cute glasses. Whenever I complain about things starting to look a little shabby around here, my husband says, "it's the Versailles look" because he knows I love that palace. Stops me in my tracks. Chippy is fine but tight-sealing is better.

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    1. Chippy is charming, but tight-sealing keeps us warm, right :)

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  8. Chippy windows do make great photos! I love yours! But they do not make for a cozy home in the winter. So glad you got some rain!

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    1. We have waited so long for a good rain . . . that it feels like I should throw a party:)
      Instead i join some of my old friends for a jam session this afternoon . . . it was so much fun.
      I haven't been picking up my guitar and the calluses have left my fingers . . . I need them back,LOL.

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  9. oh good, you got the rain that I sent. I was hoping it would arrive quickly....lol
    I'm like that too with old chippy and shabby things. I love the look but yet I don't necessarily want that look for my house. When I saw that picture of your window I thought you had added a texture to the picture. I've never seen water spots on a window like that before

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    1. Oh, that was nothing to what they looked like when we moved in. Absolute truth, there where windows that you could not see anything through. It took a whole lot of elbow grease to get them as good as you see them now. That is what happens when you have very hard water and you allow it to hit the windows for years. Can you imagine how much more light we will have with new windows?

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    2. P.S. thanks for the rain:)

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  10. Ah Connie, my sentiments too on shabby chippy windows, but even though you are playing the waiting game you are making them look bright and lovely in the meantime, so well done! I'm glad you got rain at last - isn't it such a welcome blessing when it finally arrives and everything is freshened and greened up. I do believe it's like a thorough cleansing for us too, inside and out - I love it! Wishing you loads of happy days, Joy xo

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    1. There is a magic in rain, especially when you have had a long dry spell. The air this morning was so fresh and wonderful and breathing it was heavenly :)

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  11. Hi Connie....Glad you got some rain. I think the glasses are adorable! Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan . . . and thanks for stopping by to visit. I love chatting with my blogging sisters:)

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  12. The glasses are lovely especially with those glorious flowers. We are in the process of putting windows in the wheelhouse which will give us the most wonderful views. Pictures to follow. Oh and I got my hat yesterday xxx

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    1. Good Morning Fran, Oh, I am excited about your hat . . . and will be over to see it:) Your panoramic views are going to be outstanding and with the wheelhouse you will be able to enjoy them, rain or shine. It is going to be wonderful! Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly value our blogging friendship.

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  13. Those glasses are just perfect... and I love your little scarecrow too!
    Happy weekend,
    xx

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    1. Good Morning Gilly, thank you . . . I think that the bright checkered pattern on the glasses, just add a little more cheeriness to the kitchen :) I built that scarecrow with a plywood base about 4 years ago when I had a backyard baby-shower for my niece. I dressed her up and put a big rubber ball under her clothes and set her in my flower garden. She ended up being the backdrop for several baby-shower photos, LOL. Every year I give her a new outfit,; she has become family :)

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  14. Good morning, Connie. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world and I am lovin' yours. Your home looks so cozy and full of all that you love.....and your garden, oh I am envious of those with veggie gardens. I just don't have enough sun around me to grow them. Sure wish I lived next door, maybe you would share your bounty.

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    1. Hello Deanna, of course I would share, that is part of the fun of gardening:) Thank you for visiting and do come again someday.

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  15. I love that garden picture. You may want to keep your old windows for future decorating projects. We had ours replaced years ago, but the old ones were not wood. The glasses look so cute in the windows.

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    1. Hi Betty, thank you for your sweet words. I do have a concern. I have thought about keeping the old windows, even using them to build a green house, but I'm afraid that they contain lead paint. I don't know how much I want to mess with that. They say it kills brain cells, and believe me I have none to spare :)

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  16. I love your vintage glasses in the window, Connie! You may have to think of a new project to do with those old windows when you replace them!
    Your garden scarecrow just made me smile. You're lucky to have gotten rain.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. I love the old windows and was thinking about using them for a green house, but I'm not use about the lead paint and growing things around where it could chip into the soil. Any ideas?

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  17. What a gorgeous garden you have! We just replaced windows. Such a job. Glad it is behind us now.

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    1. Oh, I know that it will be a major job, we just finished doing it a couple years ago to the house that we moved from and are now selling. Now, we are starting over with this house . . . funny, the avenues that life takes you down, LOL. Thank you so much for following my blog, I truly appreciate it and want to say "Welcome" :)

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  18. Hey, Connie! Everything is so pretty at your house! For the windows, have you tried "Stain Bully"? Do you guys have a Bi-Mart? They carry it there. Well, yesterday was my last day of work, and I made a blog post this morning. I am sooooooooooo happy to be done with that experience. Hugs and have a super weekend.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, no Bi-mart here . . . but we are soon going to start pulling all these old windows out and replacing them :) I am not going to let the sprinkles hit them, like the people that lived here before us :) Hard water and windows just do not go well together. I'm coming over to read your post. It will be great to see you blogging again:)

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  19. LOVE your blue dishes!!! LOVE your blue porch! Love your chippy window photo! :-)

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    1. Hello Marie, well you made my poor old heart skip a beat when I saw that you were following my blog. We have so much in common and I know that we will be great blogging sisters. Welcome! I wanted a blue porch, but I had to muster up the courage to be brave enough to do it . . . I'm so glad that I did, because it makes me happy when I'm sitting out there :)

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  20. The glasses are a great find. New windows will make a huge difference. We replaced ours a few years ago and it stopped so many drafts.

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    1. I just hope that we can come up with the time to get them all put in by winter :) I know that it will make a huge difference :)

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  21. How perfectly beautiful! The containers are cute and you chose the perfect flowers..........zinnias! If you read my blog.........you know how much I love growing zinnias! Glad you got some good rain!

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    1. I'm so delighted that you came by to visit. I was just sitting here checking out a few ideas for fencing our backyard, when I saw that you had left a comment. I love reading them and getting to know all of my blogging sisters better. Have a marvelous day and thanks again for stopping by.!

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  22. Chippy windows are the best.. until it begins to get windy! I changed the downstairs windows already and I'm hoping to change the upstairs ones in a year or two. There's always so much to do in a cottage... Your garden looks beautiful.

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    1. Good Morning and thank you so much for stopping by and for following my blog. I always get very excited when I get a new follower. Looking forward to a great blogging friendship.

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