Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

August 3, 2010

My Window

My window has an interesting story. I first saw it at my fave antique collective in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California. The price was $750.00. I visited that shop several times a year, for about 5 years, and I would just stand there, coveting it. Wanting it so badly. And unable to part with that kind of coin. One day when I went into the store and made a beeline for it, the price had dropped to $500.00. I asked the shopkeeper where the window came from, and he said he thought it was from a restaurant that went out of business. Brian was with me that time and he thought it was cool too, but again, $500.00 just wasn't in the budget for a large stained glass window we can't really use.

One day I decided to take Holly up there to check out the collective, and when we went in, I said, "I have to show you this killer stained glass window!" The price was now $175.00. I wanted it. I couldn't stop thinking about it. She was trying valiantly to talk me into getting it (she and I are very accomplished at spending each other's money), but I was afraid to part with the money. I thought Brian would be mad or something. When we got back to Fairfax, I casually mentioned that the window had dropped in price to $175. Then Holly, my tactful (not) and fellow Year of the Dragon/Sagittarian, quickly pipes up with, "Yeah and I tried to get her to buy it, but, you know Jo. Didn't want to spend the money!" To which Brian exclaimed, "WHAT?! You didn't buy it? Oh my god what the hell is wrong with you!" and Holly shakes her head and says, "I told her....I tried....." I stared at them blankly and said, "So you guys think I should get it then?" In unison I got a very loud, "YES!". Brian actually made me drive back to Sebastopol the next morning to get it.

It's pretty large, about 3' across at the bottom and it's pretty tall too, and it's heavy. But it's absolutely exquisite. I guess it didn't sell because it was so name specific. I've always disliked my first name, but this time I was really glad that it it what it is. This photo does not do it justice at all.

It's still in the packing material, at the back of my closet, from when we moved up here 11 years ago. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it at all. It needs a wooden frame or something to stabilize the edges and keep it from twisting with the weight. Someday, maybe we'll be able to have a house where this can be custom installed in a west facing wall. It would be a shame not to display it.


  1. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Ohhh, it's beautiful JoJo. I too, am a fan of antiques and vintage items. I love hunting through boxes at garage sales, and love going to estate sales in the hopes of finding that special item.
    You have found yourself a real treasure.

  2. That is just beautiful!!
    I love antiques and this is so original you will not find something like this again anytime soon. So glad you bought it

  3. Anonymous3:02 PM

    There's one quite like it over the front door of Graceland ;0)

  4. It's lovely! Must be fate for you to have it, what with your name and all. :-) Hope you do get to hang it up somewhere in your home.

  5. 1. gorgeous piece
    2. loved the story
    3. i'm glad you bought it. no matter what you end up doing with it.
    4. it is a pretty name. but thats just my opinion
    5. is that a real picture on top of the blog ? (i have been meaning to ask this for some time now)

  6. Beverly - I really need to go to estate sales. But I do love to hit the big antique show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. I just love looking at old stuff.

    Elka - It is a very unique piece!

    Diane - Does it say Casa de Elvis? lol

    Music Wench - That is the dream, to find a good place for it. But then again we do live in earthquake country. :/

    justsomethoughts - Yes it's real. I shot it in Dec. 2008, from a street in my neighborhood. I broke every traffic law trying to get home to get my camera b/f the clouds blew away but they stuck around for hours and hours.

  7. forget a ticket, that's a shot worth getting hurt for.


  8. Dngrkitty2:56 PM

    BWA HA HA! I won't say "I told you so" but... well, okay, I just did. :)

    It really is a gorgeous piece. I'm so glad it continues to bring you joy.

  9. What a lovely thing. Peacocks are so stunning.

  10. you know when they say, this one has your name on it - well there ya go --- you two were meant to be together --- two beautiful pieces!

  11. Anonymous12:43 PM

    Can you imagine how beautiful that would be installed with the sun shining through it? Wow, great buy!