Sunday, April 2, 2017

Girls Weekend

Sometimes you just have to get away
and celebrate life with your tribe.

I had a mini getaway weekend with a few friends.
Two of them came from out of state.

We took them to Antique Archaeology
(home of the American Pickers)
so Karen could get a neat photo of her gorgeous quilt.
I tried to confiscate it (along with the PERFECT bag she made) , but alas, I lost.
I apologize for the poor picture quality.
These were all done on my phone as I forgot to take my camera with me.


We had an afternoon of wine tasting...


...which lead to this

Just kidding...maybe.

Believe it or not we also got a lot of sewing done.
But I have to tell you,
I cannot drink wine and then try to put a quilt together.
When all was said an done, my rows were almost 2" off.
I traded in the bottle of wine for a seam ripper and fixed the quilt.
Lesson learned.

Tara tried to get selfies of our group with her famous selfie stick,
but was getting a little frustrated as it was taking pictures
when she thought it wasn't.
(insert big laughing face here!)


In the end it worked out great for Tara
We all faded out in the background.
I think her goal was accomplished.
:)



It was just a great weekend the whole way around.  The kind where 
you laughed so hard your stomach felt you did a marathon round of crunches.
I dearly love these girls.
Feel free to check our hashtag on Instagram #runninganddrinkingwithscissors to see
more of our fun.

I finally finished an embroidery pattern I've been working on for a while.





It's called Friends and can be found on Esty at LiliPopo's shop HERE.
I dearly love her patterns and highly recommend them.
I used colored pencils to add color to the background.

Whenever I would work on this, I would think about so many 
different women in my life.  I think that's why I enjoyed working on 
this so much.  I would picture these two girls
talking in a field of flowers as different conversation scenarios ran through my head.
I would think about my mom, my sister, my sister's-in-law, my special cousins,
my dear friends, my sister from another mister (as we call ourselves, right Julie?...lol),
and new women I've been coming in contact with and just how much 
each one is special to me.

This project is very dear to my heart for each stitch
 represents all of the women who have touched my life at some point in time.
I thank you for helping me be the woman I am today and for helping me become
the woman I want to grow into.

Until your next visit at Breezy Lane,
God bless and much love.
xoxo
Cindy

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Big One!

Hey Gang!
Hope all is well.

We wanted to share a big project we are starting this year.
Our goal is to be done by May 2018.  We are doing this project
ourselves, which is why it's going to take a while.

It involves tearing down our barn.


It will come down piece by piece and stone by stone,


There's a lot to tear down.



It would cost more than our budget will allow to fix the barn, and sadly,
it doesn't qualify for grants.
We don't want it to go to waste.  We've had people stop and offer to tear it down for the wood,
but this barn is original to the house, so it needs to stay here.
This is it's home.

So we decided to tear it down and rebuild it  here.


This is what I see when I look out my kitchen window.

In a year it will be a beautiful shed with a farmhouse table.
The shed will be used for family gatherings,
craft sales, classes, maybe even a little farmer's market or two.




Maybe someone would even be interested in having a wedding rehearsal dinner out here.
The possibilities are endless.
Quite honestly, my heart bursts every time I think about what's going to take place!

All the lime stone will be used to make a large patio with a fire pit in the middle where
we will roast hot dogs and marshmallows and maybe make a s'mores or two.
Hopefully there is enough lime stone to do a walkway from the house to the party area. 

This is going to be such a labor of love.  We dearly love it out here
and want to share this with others who love country living.
By no means is any of it perfect, but it is full of love
and we are looking forward to making even more memories as 
this little project unfolds.

More to come as we document this project.  We hope you will stay with us on this adventure!
And if you wouldn't mind saying a prayer or two to keep our strength (as well as staying married!), we would really appreciate it.

Until next time!
xoxo
Skeet & Cindy




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mercury Glass

Hello out there!
I don't know about you, but we have been having some
beautiful weather here lately.
The winds have been a bit gusty, so true to our name,
it's been pretty breezy on the home front.

Our youngest son is getting married next year, so we are busy
looking for decorating ideas for the vintage romance theme of the wedding.
Hearing 'vintage' directed my mind right to mercury glass, but it's so expensive.

I did some searches on Pinterest and kind of combined ideas
from each of my readings into what I'm showing you today
(FYI...I am not being paid for any type of sponsorship in this post).

What you'll need:
  • Looking glass spray (I used Krylon...not sure what other brands there are, but found this at WalMart)
  • Any type of glassware you would like to beautify
  • A spray bottle that has a mist setting (trust me...you want this setting)
  • A mixture of equal parts vinegar & water (I used 1/2 cup each for this post, but still have some left)
  • Paper towels


You'll want to make sure your glass is clean and dry and absolutely make sure you are in a well ventilated area.

Since we will more than likely have candles or flowers in the jars, I did the process on the outside of the jar.  A lot of tutorials out there have this done on the inside, but I'm not taking any chances on a fire starting on their special day!


I used a cheese jar along with an olive jar, just to see how different I could make them.

Place newspaper down and set your jar upside down.
I stood about 2-1/2 feel away and sprayed a gentle mist on the jar.
You don't want any drips happening, just tiny water bubbles.
Right away, lightly spray with the looking glass spray.  



Wait around 45 seconds (give or take)
and use your paper town to blot the jar.  You can also push the paper towel a bit to give it a more crackled look. This dries rather quickly, so you'll need to find the right amount of time after spraying to blot it.  I'm going to try around 30 seconds next time.
You can do your next coat right away repeating the steps above.  Add as many coats until you have your desired look.

Now keep in mind this is the first time I've ever done this, so mine isn't perfect.
I'll be practicing a lot more until the wedding to get it how I want it.

The photo below is after two coats.


I ended up doing six coats.  I added some lace to soften it up.

The former cheese jar below.


And the former olive jar.


They do make for a pretty little vignette.


I plan on saving all my glass jars and keep practicing, but overall, this was a fun and fast project.
If you try this make sure to tag me on Instagram (breezylanecreations) so I can see it!
And if you are a pro at this, give me a holler with any tips & tricks you might have.

Happy creating!
xoxo
Skeet & Cindy

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Welcome!

Welcome to our home!
Please sit down and have a cup of coffee with us.
We can sit out here on the front porch.
(OK..right now it's still winter, but we can pretend, right?)


We have big dreams for this blog and our new adventure here at Breezy Lane..
We are in the beginning stages of planning a huge project
of tearing down our barn and rebuilding it into an 
area we are going to love to share with you!
More to come on that as the stages progress,
but in the meantime, we'll be sharing some DIY projects,
like touching up our kitchen and redoing our guest room.
We'll also share lots of quilting and crafting goodness,
new recipes, and of course, we'll be sharing our new grandson from time to time.



We have an incredible passion for country life and want to share as much of it with you as possible.


There's just something magical about hearing nothing but the birds singing
as the sun slowly rises in the morning.
There hasn't been a day that has gone by in the last 20 years 
of living here that we haven't felt incredibly blessed.


Our little country neighborhood is amazing.
We have the sweetest neighbors whom we love dearly.
We are even lucky enough to live up the road from one of my
favorite cousins (and actually live in the house he grew up in).
We give thanks every single day.

We really hope you enjoy our journey into our new phase in life.
We feel God has a great plan in store for us, and though we aren't quite sure
what that plan is, we know it's going to be a doozey!
Our hope is that you'll join us and be with us as we unfold
this new road map of life and see where this adventure takes us!
If you are so inclined, we hope you sign up and 
join our email list so you can follow along.
Just fill in your email at the top right under
"Follow by Email".  You can also follow us on Instagram as
@breezylanecreations.

In the meantime, from our little Breezy Lane to yours,
we wish you many blessings!



Much Love,
xoxo
Skeet & Cindy