Sunday, August 30, 2009

Window with a view































DIY Day @ ASPTL






This weekend was a junk lovers dream!!
I hit junk pay dirt........
Did you hear me??
Paayyyyyyyy duuuuuurt!!!!
Mr. M and I were child free (WOOOOOO HOOOO)!!
We went curbside cruising and to a flea market close by and scored big time!!!
More of those little projects later.
I went to visit my parents in my hometown and saw my great grandmother's house that is marked for demolition.
The house suffered tremendous damage after Hurricane Ike and couldn't be salvaged.
I asked my parents if I could have somethings from the house before it was destroyed.
They looked at my like I was crazy.
There's no furniture or any personal belongings in the house.
My great grandmother passed away when I was eleven.
I asked for the doorknobs and the french door that led to the kitchen.
My parents were like, "If you're willing to go in there and get it, you can have it."
So off I went.
Mr. M was not amused.
There was mold everywhere people...I've probably developed a case of black lung as I type.
The roof was pretty much gone and the floors were rotting through.
The doorknobs were rusted but came without a fight.
(I think they were glad to be rescued.)
The french door was won single handed by Mr. M who bravely fought off a whole nest of wasps!!
(I love that man!!)
As I was walking out, there was a window pane that used to be in the kitchen just sitting on the floor, so I brought it home.

Here it is.
It had a small family of spiders living on it and enough dirt and grime to make ANYONE shudder.
I didn't care.
I spent a many day looking out that window when I was young and I loved that window.
So I cleaned her up and evicted the spiders....I'm sorry but sometimes bad things happen to good spiders.
And here she is...

I decided to add a vinyl wall word quote that I had purchased from Hob Lob many moons ago.
I thought that the quote was perfect for this occasion.



She is now hanging on the wall and will soon be accompanied by some other window frames that
will showcase some family photos.

I still have a view from this window... to all of the wonderful memories I had with my great-grandmother.


P.S.  Don't forget to check out my giveaway here!!!!

41 comments:

  1. What a great transformation! Great job braving the spiders too!

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  2. what a precious memory & sweet way to preserve it. i'm so glad you were able to make it in & out of the house safely.

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  3. Absolutely Stunning!! I have used those wall decals from HL too but I what a creative way to use them in a window! Love your blog!

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  4. I love that and you have a great way to remember your great grandmother! My sister and I would have been digging through the rubble right there with you!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the other projects from the house! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post because that is exactly what I would have been doing. I'm glad you were able to rescue what you could and that you will use them in other projects. It's a wonderful way to keep memories of your great grandmother alive. I have two doors (the front and back doors) from the house my dad grew up in. His father purchased the house in 1904 and it was in the family for over 50 years. A couple of years back someone bought it and was fixing it up. I stopped by with my dad and they told me I could have any of the old stuff they weren't going to reuse. I think I had those doors in my vehicle before he finished talking. My dad thought I was crazy! The doors are still in my basement waiting for a redo so if you come up with a great idea for yours let me know!

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I am following and hope you will do the same. Hurry over if we reach 200 followers by midnight there will be a give-a-way entry for only my followers.
    Cheri

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  7. What a great rescue. I love the sentimental value of it, that is so neat. Great transformation!

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  8. That turned out great! What a fabulous find with memories attatched.

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  9. The sign looks fantastic! And, every time you look at it, you'll think of your grandmother. Great job!

    Jane

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  10. I love the use of old windows and window panes. Something like this might be perfect for a family portrait wall I'm planning. Looks great!

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  11. It looks gorgeous!!!

    I just pust up a NEW POST! If you get a chance, stop by for a visit and say hi!
    Have a great day,
    Aimee

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  12. What a creative way to remember those beautiful memories through the window of your great grandmother's. I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for visiting mine and leaving such a nice comment. I've signed up to follow yours.
    Gail

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  13. What a great way to cherish memories. Kudos for going into the house and salvaging it :)

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  14. Wonderful...you'll be glad you saved these items for years to come. Love it and the story behind it!
    Janell

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  15. Love it, you did a great job on it :)

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  16. Oh, I love this! I can't wait to see where you use the french door.

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  17. Gorgeous and meaningful, I love it.

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  18. What a wonderful way to rescue your memories and cherish them everyday!
    Paula ~ Mise en scène

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  19. What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I'm sure she approves...I know I would!
    Debbie

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  20. So cool! I really like the phrase too!

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  21. I went through something similar when my childhood home was sold to make way for medical buildings. I went up to the home site, took the wrought iron gate, metal water cover and a old pantry door. I was able to salvage five of the door knobs as well.

    Are we not fortunate to have pieces of our childhood to carry on to our own families?

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  22. Love what you did with this and love the sentimentality of it! Thanks for linking up today!!

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  23. How lovely that you could rescue these treaures & the memories that go with them.
    a bientot
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

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  24. Great job!!! Can't wait to see what else you do with your treasures....

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  25. Hello! I'm late to the party and making my rounds! Love how you rescued your childhood window. How special is that. I really like the words you chose. Perfect. Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  26. Great vision you had here and very nice transformation. Not everyone can see hidden potential. Great job.

    I dont know if I have ever had the pleasure of you stopping by my blog... I would love you to stop by anytime.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  27. I love what you did with the window!!!

    Ally

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  28. You were featured TODAY as one of my Favorites of the Knock Off Knock Out par-tah!!! Go grab your I've been featured button and read what I had to say about YOU.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  29. That looks great! And what a keepsake! Im glad you got to rescue some things!

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  30. I really love how it turned out. Those vinyl letters look hand painted!

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  31. That is GORGEOUS! LOOOOOOVEEEEE IT!

    Thanks for joining me today and make sure you entered the giveaway for the Purdy paintbrush!

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  32. What could be better than salvage with a story? Salvage with a story that is YOURS alone! I love love this post, and the sweet sentiments.

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  33. I love that quote! It will go great with your family memories.

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  34. This is a fabulous idea, and so appropriate. The lettering is wonderful. Brave couple you were, but I would do the same!
    Debra

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  35. What a brilliant idea! And Girl, I can't believe you found something to post about that fit ALL 6 of those themes! Now THAT'S brilliant! Thanks for sharing your marvelous view!

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  36. Loved your story & the sense of humor you have in writing it. I love, love, love what you have done with the window.

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  37. What an incredible idea! I love what you did with the window. I love your story and your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing; I will never look at an old window the same again!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  38. Hello Angelique - you already know how much I love this window make-over, but had to tell you again! Fabulous! And such special meaning.

    Thank you for joining me for the party!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  39. To bring something from your past into your future, how wonderful! I love the transformation, so creative.Great heirloom.
    ~Myrna

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