What I’ve Been Up To…

As you know, I haven’t been doing much on the blog anymore.  It’s been in the process of fizzling out, as I suppose I’m not posting things which are of interest.  This little blog took a turn, somewhere along the journey, in quite a different and less satisfying direction than I anticipated.  And before I knew it the incentive and motivation for it all diminished.

Jesus was right in saying one cannot serve two masters.  My job robs all of my energy, and on my days off I find myself trying to recuperate in order to start all over, for little pay, constantly cut hours, and no creative satisfaction.  My talents and ergo me are decaying there.

So until I get back and on course, I’ve decided to let the blog continue to fizzle out.  I’ll start fresh when something really wonderful comes my way.  That’s right…comes my way.  Chasing after things gets one off course, and uses up a lot of energy best spent on other things.  If what I do is really worth while then the right doors will open, and the scale of weighted appreciation will tip in my favor.

That being said, to keep my mind off of desperate thinking (“What am I going to do? What am I going to do?), I’ve been creating with the needle once again.  The photos here represent some of the projects I’ve been working on .

IMG_1875Lovely crocheted doilies for my sister.

IMG_1877 (For Denise 2014)She loves the color purple in all of its shades.

IMG_1886 resizedAnd in all shapes and styles, as in this crocheted bracelet.

IMG_1889 (for Brenda's granddaugters 2014)When I shared a photo of my sister’s bracelet with a friend, she ordered two for her granddaughters.

IMG_1898 (with matching earrings)Then three more orders…one for my co-worker and friend’s, granddaughter;

IMG_1903 (Bracelet for Floral girl)and two for co-workers, in Teal.  I’m only showing one here for space saving, because the other is similar in style, but a few of the beads are different in color.

IMG_1905 (Double stranded knit coasters for Josh)And using the mini potholder knitted pattern I recently posted, I made 6 double-stranded cotton coasters for a male coworker.  He specifically wanted black and white.

All in all these have been quite busy, yet creatively happy days off.  I am looking forward to the day I can accomplish all of my creative ideas every day, in a more balanced and appreciated atmosphere.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these, and they’ve inspired you.  Thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane.

Marianne

Kare and Mare: Tally Ho II

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Kare and Mare:  Tally Ho Part 2 as promised…sorry, it’s taken more time than I expected, but I’m finishing up some crocheted doilies and jewelry for my sister’s birthday.

That’s all folks!  Until we meet again, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Kare and Mare: Tally Ho

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Welcome to Leisure Lane,

It’s playtime for Kare…well, at least she’s going along for the ride…COL (chuckle out loud).  And it’s nice to have a friend who’s always on your side. Stay tuned for part 2 of “Tally Ho”.

If you’ve missed any “Kare and Mare”, or you’d like to know more about them, you can go to the Kare and Mare page and view them there.  Also, Kare and Mare are now on Pinterest.  You’re welcome to stop by and visit me there.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  “Kare and Mare” is a comic panel created by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

Summer Potholders

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Hello everyone,

In a previous post, in which I featured similar potholders, a viewer requested the pattern.  So today, in featuring my pretty, summery potholder set, I am also offering the pattern for diagonal knitted potholders.  They’re so easy to make and if you are a minimal knitter, such as myself, they are perfect to try.

The following pattern is for mini potholders, but you can continue with the pattern for any size you want.  I created one large and two mini contrasting potholders.  Let your imagination soar.

Mini Pot Holders

Size 6 needles
cotton yarn – Peaches ‘n Cream or Sugar and Cream

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1 – Knit across the 3 stitches.
Row 2 – Knit 2, Yarn Over (YO), knit across.  Knit Row 2 until there are 27 stitches on needle.

Next Row – (Decrease) Knit 1, Knit 2 together, YO, Knit 2 together, Knit across.
Continue decrease row until you have 5 stitches.
Knit 1, Knit 2 together, Knit 2 together.  3 stitches left.
Next Row – Knit across the 3 stitches.
Bind off 3 stitches.

There is a lovely knitted edging that is formed with this pattern.  In the above photo, however, I added a crocheted edging to the existing one.  So just be creative.  I’d love to hear how yours turn out.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  I hope you found something here to enjoy.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Additional Information Update:

Oh, by the way, I neglected to say that these cotton threads tend to bleed a bit when washed, so pre-wash with some vinegar in the water to set the colors.

Kare and Mare: Girls’ Outing II

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Ahh, yes, the food pyramid…You know that this is just a joke – right? RIGHT?  :)

If you’ve missed any “Kare and Mare”, or you’d like to know more about them, you can go to the Kare and Mare page and view them there.  Also, Kare and Mare are now on Pinterest.  You’re welcome to stop by and visit me there.

If you missed the first “Girls’ Outing” and would like to see it, click here.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  “Kare and Mare” is a comic panel created by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

Today I’m joining Melody at Brown Gingham Creations for REDnesday.

Kare and Mare: Girls’ Outing

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Hello friends,

It’s been a while since Kare and Mare, so I thought I’d share some more.  Everyone needs an outing once in a while, and Kare and Mare love the opportunity.  Remember ‘Nilla?  She’s staying home.

If you’ve missed any “Kare and Mare”, or you’d like to know more about them, you can go to the Kare and Mare page and view them there.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  “Kare and Mare” is a comic panel created by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

 

Brighter Day


A splash of red always brightens the day.  I hope that your day is bright, and you are surrounded by those things that beautify your life.

Let’s join Melody at Brown Gingham Creations for REDnesday.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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