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Monday, November 24, 2014

Old Window Make-Over


 What do old windows and Christmas have in common?
Well, I hope that your answer isn't,
that they let too much cold wind into your home.


Here is what my friend Shirley and I did 
with two of the old windows from our house. 
We had so many left after putting in the new ones.  
I want to thank all of you that left comments
on my last post.
They were very helpful.
I have decided to hang on to these old windows
 for a while, while I research crafty ideas:)

Here's what we did.

#1.  Scraped and sanded off all the loose paint.
#2.  Cleaned the frames and windows.

#3. Gave the frames a coat of varnish,
this will seal any lead paint from chipping off. 

#4. I used my Circut cutter and a cartridge
 called New Testament and cut the characters.
I cut them on black vinyl.

#5. Peeled the backing off and stuck to the windows.



#6.  Decorated with Christmas do-dads.


I am planning on using mine on the mantle
and Shirley has hung hers in her mud room.

I hope that you like our Christmas project.
They were quite simple to make.
We saw some exactly like these at 
a Christmas Barn Sale for $45.


Here's a photo of my lamp shade project,
I have it all wired and hanging above a work table
in the Art Barn.



I cannot wait to start doing my Christmas mantel,
but I always wait until after Thanksgiving.
Sometimes the day after, LOL.
It is so nice having this big fireplace to decorate.
We are loving all of our first times in our little bungalow.
  • First real garden.
  • First dinner guests.
  • First Thanksgiving.
  •  First snow.
  • First Christmas.

We know that buying this little bungalow was
exactly what we were suppose to do 
and we are exactly where we should be.
It is the perfect little home and a great place to retire:)

Here's wishing all of you that celebrate
Thanksgiving, a very happy one.
For those of you that do not have this holiday on your calendar . . .
it's a simple day to get families together 
to thank the Lord for all of our many blessings.

I think that this is something that most of us do 
on a daily basis. 
God is good, and worthy to be praised. 

God bless you all.

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 

63 comments:

  1. danke für die tollen bilder!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

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    1. Thank you Angie, I am delighted that you like my photography. You are a sweetheart:)

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  2. Connie, You and Shirley did an awesome job on the windows...I love them. Now I know you crafty ladies will be able to think of more fun things to use the old windows on. Blessings,xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, I am delighted that you like these. I think that they turned out so pretty, I cannot wait to put it up on the mantel:) Thanks to all of the wonderful ideas sent in by all of you lovely blogging sisters . . . it's like the sky in the limit with old window ideas:)

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  3. Oh how well they turned out! Lovin the cutouts for a christmas scene!
    Blessings to you!

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    1. Hello Christine, I'm glad that you like them; I'm very happy with how they turn out:)

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving week to you Connie. Your window redo is really lovely and perfect for the upcoming season.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too:)

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  5. Those windows came out great. I love the silhouettes

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  6. Love how both of the windows turned out. I have 2 old windows hanging above our corner fireplace and I have a very large old window leaning against the fireplace in our downstairs family room. Gotta love old windows!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cynthia, I am going to visit and see if I can find any photos of your windows. I've been looking for ideas for projects using them. I'm very pleased that you like our windows. We both really think how they turned out and they were fun to make:)

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    1. I am so pleased that you like them :)

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  8. Hi Connie! I love how your widows turned out - what a beautiful presentation of Christ at Christmas :)

    Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs

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    1. Hi Stephanie, Thank you :) I think that they turned out nice, too and I'm looking forward to creating a Christmas mantel.

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  9. Your window creations are outstanding, Connie, as are the trees in your last post! Happy Thanksgiving to you in your new little home!! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Darnell. Our little bungalow has a huge fireplace, it is going to be fun decorating it for Christmas.

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  10. your windows will add vintage charm to your first christmas, connie:) love them! have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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  11. Connie,
    I love your tutorial. The windows are great. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Hi Cora, thank you, I'm delighted that you like this post:) I just came from one of your blogs, I am now following two of them.
      You are a very talented lady; I love how you have an interest in many mediums.

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  12. Oh Connie, I LOVE that window. Can't wait to see your finished Christmas mantle. What a blessing to look upon such a lovely list of "firsts". God is so good.

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    1. Hi Gloriade, we have been enjoying so many firsts this year. We have had a lot of work to do on this place, but it has given us a new little spring in our step. New surroundings, if you love them, can be like a fresh drink of the same things. If you understand what I'm trying to say, LOL.

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  13. the two windows turned out so nice. The one with the cheery swag would be my favorite. Your new redone lamp looks so cute hanging over your work table. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you and I agree, I like the swag better, too. The nice thing is that they are just wired on, so they can be changed each Christmas to another style or color:) I am loving my work-space lampshade light. It's pretty and functional. It was a very useful project to learn and I'm so happy that Shirley shared her talents with us:)

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  14. Hello Connie and thank you for visiting Cattails blog! I love what you and your friend have done with the windows. You could do a similar window project for each of the holidays! God bless you and yours in your first Thanksgiving in your new to you bungalow. What a fun project and I love your craft barn. I will be visiting with you often. Blessings, Mildred

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    1. Hello Mildred, I am delighted to have you as a follow and happy that you like my blog:)

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  15. I love your idea and they looked so pretty and festive.

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    1. Hello Betty, thanks for stopping by to say "Hi", it is always nice to see you , and thank you for your sweet comment:)

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  16. Beautiful, Connie! I've always wanted a Cricut. So fun to craft with a friend.

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    1. Hi Brandi, it is so much fun when you have a friend to craft with, we enjoy each others company and we laugh a lot while working together. I have the very first Cricut, so it doesn't jump through hoops and do the tricks like the newer ones, but I have gotten a lot of pleasure from it. I especially like it for making stencils:)

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  17. That is really a neat project Connie!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you for the compliment and the wish:)

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  18. How wonderfully creative!! I absolutely love this :)

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping my to visit, I love making new blogging friends. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  19. Such a wonderful project - love it! Congratulations on your new home and property. There is no doubt after visiting here that you will be making the most of it : ) I will be following along.

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    1. Hi Mindy, it is great to have you stop by and visit. I love blogging and making new blogging friends. Thank you for the sweet and encouraging words and for following my blog.
      Here's wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  20. You did a lovely job turning those old windows into useful decorations!

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    1. Hello Bethany, thank you and I might say that it is a pleasure to have you visit my blog.

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  21. Hi Connie, what a wonderful window project. Love it!! I too enjoy working with old windows. This design is special!! Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
    HUGS

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    1. Thank you so much. I will have to go through some of your window makeover posts. I'm looking for more ideas to use some of the ones that I have:)

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  22. Love the silhouette you chose. The embellishment across the top and the wreath are so pretty, just the right touch. I'm thinking I need to invest in one of those machines that cuts
    vinyl. Your newest follower~~~Mickie

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    1. Welcome! I always get excited when I get a new follower. I love your blog and the lamp you found is amazing:) Very unique, I would leave it as is . . . so French:)

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    2. You are so clever, Connie. Great idea for repurposing the windows!

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      Hug's,

      Carolyn

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  23. Came by way of Woolie Mammoth, just wanted to say I love your windows!
    Hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving!
    Blessings!

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    1. Hello Annie, I am so happy to have you visit and thank you for your sweet and encouraging words:)

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  24. You have a wonderful collection of old windows. I have no doubt you will magically transform them into art pieces. I love the one you show here.

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    1. Hello Rosemary, well, I'm looking at all kinds of ideas, it is amazing what people are doing with old windows.
      I'm very happy that you like what we need with these two:)

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  25. Connie, I love what you did with your first window project. I need a Cricut!! Your craft barn is a crafters dream. Yes you live in a little slice of heaven I see why you love it! Thank you for your kind words on my last post. I wish we lived closer, we would hang out all the time....And I could use your Cricut lol!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving
    Carol

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    1. Carol, if you lived closer I would love to hang out and you most certainly could use my Circut whenever you wanted. Then I would get first hand tutorials on all of your fabulous ideas, LOL.

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  26. Connie,
    You did a beautiful job!! Love how the project turned out.
    I am so glad that you are saving the old windows!!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Kerin

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    1. Hi Kerin, thank you! I think that it is going to look lovely on my mantel. Now to decide what to do with the others.

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  27. Connie, these turned out beautifully! What a great idea. Just stopping by to wish you and Steve a very happy Thanksgiving.
    Hugs,
    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. One of my girlfriends and I have been meeting at her house for Monday morning weigh-ins. We just talked the other day and decided to hold off on weighing again until after the holidays. That means a second piece of pie , please and maybe a bigger scoop of whipped cream, LOL.

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  28. Your window is seriously beautiful, Connie! You are so creative and artistic that I think everything you touch comes alive with beauty. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

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    1. Melanie, you are so sweet. My Thanksgiving was wonderful. Our daughter and granddaughters where here to spend it with us:)

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  29. wow, your window is just awesome!

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  30. Oh my! I am crushing on all of your projects this morning. What a beautiful way to use an old window!

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    1. Hi Sherry, when my girlfriend and I saw these at a Christmas barn sale, we knew that we had to each make one for our homes :) After all I do have the old windows, right :)

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  31. Hi Connie. I'm an avid Australian Crafter currently living in Northern England and I 'discovered' your Blog over the Christmas holidays. Your new home is looking really LOVELY and I look forward to following your journey. Your Art Barn is a delight to behold.....What a fantastic place to craft and sew. I'm very pleased to 'meet' you. :)

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