Thursday, August 29, 2013

Window with a view...............

Good Morning All!!!

It's no secret that I'm a little obsessed with Paris for those of you that have been following for awhile.
For many years John and I stayed at a little hotel near the Eiffel tower - and a couple of times we had a room there with a view of it.
( if I'm very honest with you any view of anywhere in Paris is pretty spectacular - but for the sake of this post I'll stick with a view of the Eiffel Tower )

It's also no secret that once I discovered Pinterest I went a little crazy...............
I have 310 pins on Paris alone - and some of my favorite ones are windows with a view................
You can see all my Paris Pins HERE ( it's my favorite board by far )

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Earlier this week I spotted a window in the garbage - which John graciously  begrudgingly got out of our vehicle to retrieve for me - and had no idea what I would do with it...............


All I knew was that no DIY blogger could ever live with themselves if they let it go.................
(A year ago I would have been quite disgusted by it - do you see what you all have done to me here?)
Last night I was adding some images to Pinterest - when an idea was born!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted a room with a view - a precise view actually - a view of the Eiffel Tower................

And so I scrubbed the window and gave it a very light coat of ASCP Pure white- a very light coat because I wanted it to retain it's vintage look ( but it was a bit too creamy - yellow for me )
I then printed out a photo of  the tower on regular paper - and scurried off to Block Poster to resize it.

This is a very quick project - really - quick projects are the only ones I do since I have zero patience.
I need instant gratification - or I'm easily distracted and on to the next one lol - this was about as instant as
I could get

First I took the lazy way very scientific precise measurements of each window pane so each page would fit perfectly
like this ( that's how lazy I am )

vintage, window, paris, photo

then I cut around the edges - and taped them to each panel.................

Eiffel tower, vintage, window

You see?  A very simple way to have a temporary view of your favorite city or neighborhood ( or neighbor for that matter LMHO ) and it could be changed whenever you felt like " moving " to another part of the world..............Tuscany would be amazing wouldn't it?


up close it's pixelated because of enlarging it -


but from a distance ( God is watching us )
it's the perfect view for me to rest my eyes upon


Paris in the rain?
John stared at me as I was spraying the window with one hand and trying to take a photo with the other

John says - What are you doing exactly?  Showing people that you washed it?
Suzan says - No - I'm showing them a view of Paris on a rainy day..............
John says - Why don't you toss some confetti at it to show it with snow?
John says - You know 50 or so years ago they locked women like you up - and walks away chuckling
He's saying that a lot lately - should I be worried?


Suzan says - Laugh if you want John - I know everyone else will appreciate the image
John says - You going to tell them you stood there with a spray bottle LOL ?


Ok - I'm going to take a break now - make a nice cup of tea - and sit and watch the rain pouring down on the Eiffel Tower................from my window.

John doesn't know I have plans for him now - I want a HUGE one like this - and I mean huge - he's going to have to build the window from scratch LOL

For now it rests against my wall of mirrors on my dresser - and just happened to be the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning - a nice way to start my day ( as you can see, it had stopped raining by then )



Have a great one everyone!!!
Enjoy the view, where ever you are :)


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104 comments:

  1. Good morning Suzan. You are so fun and funny too. I love your view of the Eiffel Tower through your rain splashed window. Amazing! Love the old window. Have a great day! Blessings, Pamela

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  2. Ahhh Torture him, it's good for men to know they're NOT the center of the earth.....a window with a view is!

    XO,
    Christine

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  3. Hey lady I am very proud of you not only do you paint wicked furniture that makes us drool over you now show us your crafty side. You are a very talented lady -love dee x

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  4. OH MON DIEU!!!!!! Unfreakinbelieveable!!! Totally love it!! I'm so stealing, um borrowing, this idea. lol. To quote Gabrielle in the movie Midnight in Paris, "Actually, Paris is most beautiful in the rain".

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  5. You are just a dang genius.

    xoxo
    -andi

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  6. oo la la!!! That is amazing!!

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  7. What a great idea! We, too, stayed in a small hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower and this is a great way to remember it. I may be doing a knock-off of this!!

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  8. I love it. I have a window that my dad made before he died. He used to make custom windows for historic homes, because, you know, they couldn't just go to Lowe's and buy a replacement window for an 1820s home, and this was one of his samples. Now I FINALLY know what I can do with it! Thanks for this! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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  9. Oh Suzan, it is fabulous!.. so creative you are!... I am French, but have never even been to Paris... I would love to visit Soual, (near Toulouse) where all my ancestors are from... maybe I should make myself a window with a view as well... I love your tutorial... I have ZERO patience too, and want my projects done NOW... and to look PERFECT... like yours... and the rain drizzling down... sigh... what a beautiful way to start my day too... Merci!... Bisous... Julie Marie

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  10. Oh my god, you have got to be the most creative lady I know! This is wonderful. As I was reading your post and got farther and farther down and started realizing what you were going to do with the window I started getting excited to see the end result. FABULOUS! I love the added touch of the rain. I actually have a photo of Paris in the rain that I use a my desktop wallpaper at work so this is right up my alley!

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  11. Never wanted an old window before, but this is a great idea. Great gift for my Paris-loving son.

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  12. This is awesome and I bet John's secretly happy you made such good use of the treasure you found. :)

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  13. I am an instant gratification diy'er as well. I try to do things while my husband is at work though so I don't get all those stupid questions. ;) Sometimes though I have to laugh when I see it from his point of view.
    I do like your window with a view! One of my favorites. I read someone who said it had to be photoshopped though as there is no window that could possibly have that view so close to the Eiffel Tower. I say they are a poopoo'er and need to find something constructive to do. ;)

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  14. Ha, I just checked out your board (I've been there before), stole some pins, and checked to see which of my boards had the highest number of pins. Paris. :) I don't have as many as you though, I love your board!

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  15. Oh Suzan.......... Love love love this. That came out gorgeous. See old windows, doors and shutters when you repurpose them can become beautiful works of art!!!!!! This is spectacular my friend. So pretty.
    Kris

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  16. This is my favorite project of yours ever!! (Not counting your furniture of course..that's another category!) What a great way to wake up! LMBO over the spray bottle!! I love this so much and I'm inspired..and you know what that means!! Great project and Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  17. A window with a view... What an amazing idea. You are so creative. I bet a room decorated with your ideas would be wonderfully eclectic!

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  18. When is John going to learn that he is married to a creative genius?

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  19. Oh, I absolutely love it! What a wonderful man you have to collect treasures for you.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  20. Suzan, tell John that I think your rainy view, er, window looks fantastic!! ;)
    Susan

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  21. I've never been to Paris and can't call myself a fan of the fair city, but I LOVE this idea! I have some old windows just begging to be brought back to life. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. But it could be a view of anywhere, right?
      Thanks so much for visiting!
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  22. Perfect view.....Mine has a chickadee sitting on a pine branch. I change it whenever the mood strikes. Brad never knows what he'll see when he sits at the diningroom table.....hahaha.

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  23. I have been wanting to do this for so long but wasn't quite sure how to. Thanks for giving me step by step directions!

    ~Trisha

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  24. You're so funny and crafty too! I love Paris anytime! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

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  25. In answer to your question, it depends. Was John's chuckle one of those evil movie-type chuckles? (: I LOL'd when I saw the first pic of your tutorial because that is exactly how I measure anything. I love the picture, especially with the "rain". I wonder if there is some product that one could apply to create a similar effect, more permanent than a spray bottle, but that could be removed when desired.

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    1. No I wouldn't say it was evil exactly lmho............
      If you find a product that produces rain - let me know, k???
      Re the measuring - that's gotten me into trouble before - it just happened to work out this time LMHO
      Thanks Betsy!!!!!
      XXX

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  26. I love the rain that you "created"!

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    1. Thanks Susan lol - John's right though - I'm completely nuts
      XOXO

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  27. this is so darn creative. I love it!

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  28. Your window looks awesome!! I love it...with or without the rain.
    ~Cindy

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  29. I love your window. Who wouldn't want to look at pictures of Paris, even in the rain. What a super creative idea!

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  30. Oh my goodness, that is so awesome!!! I would have definitely saved that window but never would have thought of something so creative like you did. It turned out great!

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  31. this is amazing and I LOVE the idea of raining falling on the window. Great story!

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  32. What you did Suzan is truly amazing. What a great job you have done!!! Let John know that many of us enjoyed seeing the Eiffel Tower on a rainy day in Paris, LOL!!! Now I want one for the new house big time....any offers????

    Cynthia

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  33. WOW! That looks soooo beautiful and real from where I'm sitting, lol! John sounds so much like my Ern commenting on all of my projects. Full of life and love, lol.

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  34. Bahaha!! He just doesn't learn does he. I adore your window even on a rainy day :)
    xo
    Laura

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  35. OMG! You are a genius. I absolutely adore it and will now scour town looking for a window to make into art!

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  36. Love this! New follower from the blog hop :)

    http://amylynn83.blogspot.com/

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  37. I love what you did with the window! What a great way to have your vision of Paris, even while still firmly in place at home. It's a wonderful use for a found treasure.

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  38. I am working with windows too! I might steal this!

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  39. WOW! I love this. I might steal -- ummm... I mean borrow -- the idea for my daughter's bedroom. Paris is our favorite city in the whole world. It inspired my blog and launched my business. Not to mention, we love the city! Your hubby should know that we are all a bit crazy and you are not alone. :)

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  40. I love this idea. And I am still LAUGHING! So fun to read your posts. :-)

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  41. What a great transformation!! Love it!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  42. Hi, this looks so pretty! I love this picture that you made of Paris.
    I saw it on My turn for us.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  43. love love love everything about this project and the view ahhhhhhh stunning love it

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  44. I have a pair of windows I'm attaching to the wall of a windowless hall and having trouble finding an image big enough. I wondered if this would work and now you have shown me it will. Thank you! The rain is brilliant! So there, John. If he commits you, we'll bust you out.

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  45. It's a lovely idea. I've been looking for an old window for a while. I'm still debating about which of my neighbour I should take a picture of to put inside the window though...

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  46. I like this. I like all things Paris as well. Love that it is a new trend on fabrics and decorative items. Thanks for sharing this found you on blog hop.

    Handmade at Warratahstree

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  47. I love this idea very much, and the interchangeable views means it would never get old.

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  48. Hi Suzan! You did a fantastic job on this window! Such a nice thing to wake up to..
    You might know it already, but Urban Outfitters online has a thin cotton bedspread that's printed with a view of the Eiffel Tower. I have it hanging on my bedroom wall and love it for the same reasons..just want to wake up in Paris someday!
    Peggy Hunt

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    1. Thanks so much Peggy - I had no idea about the bedspread - I'll have to check that out!!!
      Have a great long weekend!
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  49. Suzan,
    I did this with the insert from an old french door. I added pin holes on the tower and put a string of tiny white lights behind. Now,at night,the tower twinkles in my bedroom.
    Kay at Plum and Nearly.

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    1. Oh that must look awesome Kay !!!
      Thanks for coming by
      XOXO

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  50. It's when he stops talking you should worry. Love the project, it makes me so happy. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  51. Aaah, Paris. My girls are in dual French/English school here and for my 40th b-day I am taking my family to Paris. Hopefully by then they will have learned enough French to do all my speaking for me. :) Thinking maybe in the meantime we'll need to take a side trip to Quebec to give them a feel for things.

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  52. I love this.... And your post was hilarious! I would have done the same exact thing with the water bottle....lol!

    I'm really jonesing to find some good garbage that I can transform into beauty like this!!!

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    1. Get on Craigs List - you may find some there - check the free section too!
      Someone on Hometalk just reminded me of that - and she's right - it could
      be an excellent source!
      Have a great wknd!!!
      Keep looking lol
      XOXO

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  53. Great job. Your husband is way kind... mine would not stop, but I agree there is many a day when I cross the street so as not to pick up "things" I have no house left.

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  54. That is awesome Suzan, and the perfect view to wake up to! I love the rain, it adds the perfect touch :)

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  55. Oh my! You are to funny! Stumbled upon your blog from French Country & glad I did. I love this idea! Thanks so much! Brooke

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    1. Thanks SO much - have a great long weekend!
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  56. How perfect is your window? Wow, what a beautiful way to use it, I love your view! And if he locks you up somewhere, don't forget to take the window with you so you still have a great view ;) hehe
    Debbie :)

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  57. I love what you did with it - the rain too! Tell John EVERYONE loves the rain! Lol!

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  58. I have a few old windows sitting in the garage…you've given me an idea!

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  59. I LOVE this! What better view could you ask for? I was thinking of approaching a local firm that does window replacement to see if they can save any for me. xxx

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  60. Rofl!!! I SO get it! The last time I tried to stop for something (a pair of old, wooden crutches), John (yup - I have one, two) flat out refused to let me get them! "WHY would you want an old pair of crutches?" Well, of course, I'd seen this adorable bookshelf, made with a pair just like them, & I wanted to see what I could soon off of that idea. Perfectly reasonable, right?

    *sigh* C'est la vie, I suppose.

    But, now I absolutely must follow you! How could I not follow a woman after my own heart, with such an awesome sense of humor!

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  61. I had a pair of old wooden crutches that I threw out - they gave me the creeps LOL - where were you six months ago - I could have shipped them to you!!!
    Welcome to the insane asylum!!!
    XOXO

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  62. Absolutely fabulous! John, you need to see how CREATIVE your wife is!!!! I have been eyeing the garbage lately for a window just like yours to do I don't know what with, but now I know! My scene would be of a field of sunflowers in Tuscany, Italy. Gotta find that window!

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  63. Your window is awesome, Suzan! What a view :D the rain is a really nice touch.

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  64. Your window turned out great.
    I think you made a good choice getting John to pick it up from the garbage pile.
    Denise

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  65. Your window looks wonderful and your hubby stories always crack me up!

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  66. This looks great! I'm hosting a candle giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/fremont-candles-givewaway-20-for.html

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  67. Love your "view".....rain or shine☺
    Audrey @ http://eleganteconomies.blogspot.com/

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  68. Suzan, Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. You know I love Paris!! Great idea! Always love your projects!!

    Hugs,
    Jody

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  69. Suzan,
    This is fantastic! You know that a company that mass produces stuff for the home stores is so copying this right now. It will be for sale at Kirkland's this next spring! LOL! Thank you for sharing at HSH! I will feature it today.
    Sherry

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    1. Will you be my witness Sherry?
      We'll go half and half when I sue then lol
      Thanks SO much for the feature - wow!
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  70. I want to visit Paris too ibe day:) msybe I will try your method:)

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    1. It's such a simple way to see the world lol - I may choose London next time - there's no stopping me now I'm going to hit all my favorite spots lmho
      XOXO

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  71. Awesome cool! Wondering where on earth I can get my hands on a divided window like that -- and whether I can lug it home on the bus...

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  72. I so enjoyed this post.I feel about Ireland like You do about Paris.What made Me stop by though and visit and stay to be Your newest follower was the wonderful craft.I have been looking for a window to decorate for a long time now but I still can't find the right size,now esp. that We have down sized.Please do drop by and stay as long as You like for a visit with Me.Denise

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  73. That's beautiful, and that you have memories to look on every day. I have to say though I love John, that is so funny!

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  74. I absolutely LOVE this!! You can never have too much Paris!

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  75. Just wanted you to know that you were featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/2013/09/vintage-favorites-from-scoop.html

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  76. What a fun idea! This definitely has my wheels turning :)

    Steph

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    1. Thanks so much Steph - you'll be hooked - just saying lol
      XOXO

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  77. Sounds like I'm the only one not getting this--was rain effect part of the final product or only a temporary thing? I accidentally created a permanent effect on a picture I took of birds on snow covered branches in a window. I placed the pictures face down with 6000 adhesive and smoothed it out with a popsicle stick. When it dried it had this wet look in places and it blended with my winter scene perfectly! I enhanced with some tiny clear self-stick bubbles I found (placed them on the outside) and everyone comments on it!

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    1. LMHO - I squirted water on it for the photos !!!
      So not permanent at all - but the tiny clear stick bubbles sound like a great idea - thanks for sharing!
      XOX

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  78. Love your idea! AND, I have some divided wood windows I saved so I'm half-way there! Merci pour l'idée!

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    1. Bienvenue Mon Ami!!!!!
      and thanks so much!!!
      XOXO

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  79. Hello Suzan, stopped by from Ivy & Elephant's where we were both featured to say CONGRATS and to let you know that I pinned your great project....love it!
    JP

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  80. I see Paris, I see France, I see Suzan's.........window.

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