One of my dearest friends and her husband came to visit for the Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a wonderful time together.  She came bearing a most unusual hostess gift.   A window from one of her previous homes.  It was a window to a sun porch where we spent lots of time together, drinking tea – me and coffee -her, planning, and creating.  An old window is so much fun to play with….but this one is special because of the memories associated with it.

 

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I couldn’t wait to decorate with my new window!

My husband helped me hang it up for the Christmas season.  He screwed into the back of the window two pan head screws (they have heads on them unlike a wood screw that has slippery shoulders) about a quarter of the distance in from each end.  Then he carefully and tightly wound heavy picture hanging wire around the screws so that the window hung on two strands of wire.  Next, we placed two nails in the wall about eighteen inches apart and level, but within the distance of the screws on the back of the window.  It was then easy to hang the wide heavy window on the wall.

 

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Rejoice!  An easy to make banner.

For Christmastime I created dark red die cut letters.  Next I selected black, khaki, and ivory 8.5 x 11 cardstock which I cut in half to make 5.5 x 8.5 sheets.  These were then stacked in an offset fashion and glued together.  Then using my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile Punch, I punched uniformly placed holes for the jute, through all three layers, at the top corners, and then threaded jute through the holes to create the REJOICE banner for the window.  It made a pretty dramatic statement.

 

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The window needed something more, so I grabbed a fabric floral wreath.   Originally the wreath was made of felt flowers of different colors depending on the season, but over time I removed the colorful flowers and added osnaburg fabric flowers, which decorated my tree and window garlands the previous year,  and burlap flowers to give it a new and fuller look.   The wreath was placed a little higher to break the top line of the window to make it a bit more interesting.  Using a piece of ribbon and pins, it was secured via the picture hanging wire on the back of the window. To finish it off I made two little mini swags of fresh greens and pine cones.

Voila!  A Christmas window was born!

 

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Christmas passed and it was time to change it up the window for winter.  
It needed to be something simple and easy as I can’t spend my time doing a lot of creating if I’m going to pack and keep up the blog.  If you remember I already had on hand some heart garland made by using a heart punch, cardstock, embroidery floss, and a glue gun.  So easy.  I took just two strands of that garland that I didn’t need for the tree which I talked about here….and swooped the hearts across the front of the window and attached them with sticky tack.  Don’t you love sticky tack?  It’s a great solution for temporary decorating situations like this.

Voila! A simple and shabby Valentine window!  And the best part for me is that took all of 10 minutes to dress it up.

 

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Do you have any old windows decorating your home?

If you do…do you change them up with the seasons, too?

 

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  1. So glad you said hello today. I’m glad to have found you as well. Love this Valentine project. I’ll have to go through your whole blog!
    Nita@ModVintageLife recently posted..Mod Mix Monday #85My Profile

  2. Love this idea. I have the same window and wasn’t sure what to do with it.

  3. What a gal to tote that lovely window and deliver it to you! And what an awesome pressie! I can imagine the strange look I’d get when Iannounced where it was going to have a home…….LOL Oh, but what a work of art you’ve turned it into. It’s awesome!! I LOVE it! Now…….I want one! *laughing*

    It’s equally amazing that you keep yourself focused on being productive and hopeful and loving during all this uncertainty. You GO girl! ;-)

  4. This is such a cute idea! I have yet to decorate for Valentines….thanks for the inspiration:)

  5. How cute! I LOVE your look so much! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jaime

  6. I love love love old windows! What a great way to change out for the seasons, love the heart garland with the wreath and your Christmas look was beautiful too. I just decorated my mantel with one but I’ve used it above my bed and in my laundry room as well. How cool that yours has special meaning and was from a friend. I had about 20 old windows at one point but I”‘m not a hoarder so I gave them to friends. Now I only have three and they will be mine forever. :)
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  7. This is really pretty! :)
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  8. Oh how pretty. I love the window itself but you have make it even more lovely.

  9. I love your window and what you did with it! What a great idea! I have two that currently hang on each side of my mantle and those little hearts will be just the thing to do. Thanks for the inspiration! Visiting from Chic on a Shoestring and now following. :)
    Laura @ Our Prairie Home recently posted..Window Treatments on a Dime {Tutorial}My Profile

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for taking the time to hop on over. :D Those little hearts are the easiest to do and the simplicity makes a big happy bang! I’ll be watching to see what you do. ;)

  10. LOVE your window! Beautiful display for Christmas and cute Valentine’s theme now. Stopping by from Studio JRU.
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  11. It is beautiful. I love the wreath and the banners and garland you’ve created. Excellent way to display it.
    Ruth
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    • I’m so glad you like it, Ruth! It was a so fun…and easy…to put together.
      Thanks for coming by today!
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  12. Just LoVe your **ReFreShiNg VaLentine Window Display**…
    Jeanine Burkhardt
    ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  13. Thinking where i could find a window like that….love your ideas!!
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  14. I adore this!! I really have been wanting to hunt down a window like this and now I REALLY want to. :) The heart garland is so sweet too. I recently made a wreath out of book pages and love making them. Fabric may be next!
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  15. So pretty! I love how you transitioned the piece from Christmas to Valentine’s.

  16. What a fantastic gift! I love that the window has meaning to you. I adore old windows and that wreath is to die for. Stopping in for the first (but not the last!) time!
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  17. How lovely! I’m in pinning for sure :) I hope you’ll come share at Super Saturday Show & Tell party tomo :) http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

  18. Oh wow what a lovely gift. The sweet friendship and shared time together will always be a part of your home. That is some wonderful friend, and a lovely idea. Your seasonal decorations are wonderful too. I’m so glad you joined me for the party and shared your sweet gift.
    Blessings,
    Doni
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  19. It is beautiful! I love the heart garland!
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  20. Love your vintage window! You decorated it beautifully for Christmas, and I absolutely love what you’ve done with it for Valentine’s Day!! Thanks for sharing :)

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate
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  21. you make that wonderful window look terrific for the holidays. Love the heart garland too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo
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  22. This is sooo cute! I love the little hearts garland!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

  23. Simply beautiful!
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  24. This window is adorable! The cutest post i have seen yet today! You really have and eye for decorating!

    hugs x
    Crystelle
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  25. This is so romantic and pretty!
    Laurel Stephens recently posted..Winter CandlesMy Profile

  26. This is gorgeous!! I love everything about it. Pinned!!
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling recently posted..A Love WishMy Profile

  27. I love old windows and your really know how to dress it…coming over from Life on Lakeshore Drive.

  28. Gorgeous! I’m pinning this!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
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  29. It is *so* pretty! Love the strings of hearts. I do have old windows here and there around our home. Painted and unpainted, papered and unpapered. lol All sorts of things with my windows! :)
    Jennifer {StudioJRU} recently posted..it’s a small world {blog hop}.My Profile

    • Thank you! Again…simple and easy. This is my first window. I had no idea they were so much fun to play with!
      Hope your week is blessed in every way, Jennifer!

  30. Nice! I love the Christmas and Valentine’s incarnations…the strand of hearts is so simple, but looks lovely :)
    Gretchen@Boxy Colonial recently posted..Hmm….Schoolhouse Light FixtureMy Profile

    • Thanks Gretchen for your sweet words and for stopping by!
      Both iterations were fairly simple and quick to put together. I’m learning…simple is good. Now only if I remember that!! haha!!

  31. Wow, more amazing decor! I love the vintage window and the beautiful wreath. You are such an amazing inspiration!!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Have a wonderfully, blessed week.

    xoxo
    Kathy
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  32. So beautiful. That wreath is striking!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog’s FB and Pinterest. I blog for health: Lipoid Pneumonia, Breast Cancer & Petroleum Jelly
    The Quiet Mom recently posted..Valentine Heart WreathMy Profile

  33. So cute! I love your decor on the vintage window. This window looks so similar to my daughter in law’s window I posted about last year! http://decoratewithalittlebit.com/2012/05/01/tues-51/ Fun!! thanks for sharing! Little Bit http://www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com
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  34. SO CUTE! That is a beautiful window and the wreath and garland are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day :)
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  35. You created such an adorable old window decor!
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  36. Love your hearts garland!!!! I have a window frame coat rack that it would look nice with. Pinning:) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/choose-to-be-happy.html

  37. How beautiful! I love when you can add to your existing decor to make it Holiday/seasonal friendly!

    -Sara

    • Funny…I never really did much of this kind of thing in the past…but since I have plenty in my stash and not in my pocketbook I’ve been being more creative.
      Blessings!

  38. A Garden of Threads says:

    A quick costume change and it is ready for Valentines. Fantastic job.

  39. Your friend can bring me a hostess gift any day! :) How lucky are you? You’ve done such cute things with it! I need to go on a window hunt. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s been pinned. Have a great day!

    • I am blessed….with more than the gift, but a wonderful friend too.
      Oh I hope you find the perfect window. Happy hunting and decorating!!

  40. Beau~ti~ful!!!
    Homa Style is having a Valentine link party going on now. I would love it if you linked up your Valentine window.
    The link is
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2013/01/30/valentine-link-party/
    Jeanette recently posted..Comment on Valentine Link Party by AngieMy Profile

  41. Hi Diane,
    What a wonderful friend to bring you that window filled with memories! Love your idea. I don’t have an old window but I do have an old mirror that looks like an old window which I am planning to paint and hang as a window in my kitchen. Just never got around to it yet. Thank you for sharing your sweet inspiration with us and enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi
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    • How fun! I love mirrors…they reflect light and make a room even brighter. Hope you have fun putting yours together. :D
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary, too!

  42. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #60!

  43. I love your window all decked out for Valentines. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  44. Love the heart garland and the rest of the display. Thank you for linking it up at the party at http://www.finecraftguild.com. See you back on Wednesday, I hope! (And… thank you for LINKING BACK to the party. While that’s the party rule, i am still delighted when I find people who play nice online. So, smiles to you!!!)
    Rose :: Crafts recently posted..Shabby Chic Burlap & Lace Valentines or Wedding IdeasMy Profile

  45. Absolutely…. WOW!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!
    Christine recently posted..Valentine’s Day Ideas {Crafts, Desserts, Gifts, Printable and more}My Profile

  46. it’s truly adorable, and your wreath looks like a million bucks.

    stopping by via whimsy wednesdays and hope you’ll find a moment to come hang out, dream, reflect, share and notice lovely. http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2013/02/jadore-milieu.html?showComment=1360156518676

    smiles to you, lovely blogger.

    michele
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  47. I love the way you decorated this window. I have many windows that I use. the ones in the house I don’t change out too much except for the one in my bathroom. The ones on my deck I change out with the seasons. I have two more waiting for me in Vermont – all I have to do is figure how to get them to Florida :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Bev @ http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com
    Beverly recently posted..Valentine’s VignetteMy Profile

    • Hi Bev! Wow…how fun to have several windows to ‘play’ with!! Vermont is a long way from Florida. Hope you find out a way to make it work.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words. :D
      Happy Valentine’s week!

  48. Love that wreath! I’m inspired to create one for my front door.
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  49. LOVE! The red heart garland is just too perfect! :D
    Megan @ Two Live Colorfully recently posted..minimalist-lite | where to startMy Profile

  50. Love the window! I’ve made some pennants and garlands, but my old window is still lying next to the fence in the yard!
    sue recently posted..Wire HeartsMy Profile

  51. Love your window. It is especially nice that you have a history with this particular window and that you were able to resurrect it for a new life in a new home. I have a window that I am working on for Valentine’s day this year. I hope your beautiful window has inspired me to get mine done and up.
    Candy S recently posted..Plumcreek Place Looks Back On 2013My Profile

  52. What a pretty and whimsical way to decorate for Valentine’s Day! I have a couple old windows that I have been wanting to put up, but we move in a couple weeks so it will just have to wait :) I would love it if you linked up to The Makers! http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/01/the-makers-link-party-1/

    Have a great week!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
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  53. This is gorgeous. Wanted to let you know I’m featuring this when my link party opens up tonight !

  54. Hi Diane!

    This project is so gorgeous and I just wanted to stop back by and let you know that I featured you in my monthly “mad props” post. It’s a little bit nerdy but I just want to share the love and let you know that you are an awesome blogger! :D

    xo Megan @ Two Live Colorfully
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  55. I love the vintage windows. I’ve been thinking of decorating one for a long time just having a difficult time finding a window. Where do you find those? Thank you for sharing.

    • My friend gifted me that window. It was actually from her sun porch and when they had new windows put in she saved several and gave me one. Wish I could be more help. :-/

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