Sketching

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Hello, all….

Things are a bit sketchy here on Leisure Lane.  I’ve been sketching.  I think you can see I’m in love with vintage.  Sorry the group photo is so fuzzy.  I’ve never been able to figure out my camera very well, and it’s a very cloudy day.

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I hope all is well with you.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Kindness is Love Booklet

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Hello dear visitors,

In my last post I featured the “Kindness is Love” tag I made, and mentioned that I was hoping to make a matching booklet.  Well, I did, and I’d love to share it with you.  I used the same image, but printed it slightly bigger for the booklet, for both the front and the back.

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IMG_1938  IMG_1936I added some pretty pages inside, and tied it loosely together with a sheer ribbon so that it could open easily.  I’m giving them as a gift.  As you can see it stands opened just like a card, so it can be easily displayed.

I hope you enjoyed my new project.  I am excited to do more little beauties to share with you.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Kindness is Love Tag

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Hello and welcome to all who stroll by Leisure Lane today.  It’s always a pleasure to see you.

Today we’re featuring a new tag – “Kindness is Love”.  I hope to create a matching booklet.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

I Prefer Roses

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I Prefer Roses

Carnations are pretty,
but I prefer roses.
And daffodils smile
with the sun on their face.

Lilies are fragrant,
and daisies are happy.
But I prefer roses
with ribbons and lace.

Hydrangeas billow,
but I prefer roses.
And mums have a way
to make my heart smile.

Jasmine intoxicates,
bluebells inspire.
But I prefer roses~
(or maybe petunias…or maybe some lilacs…)

 Oh, I prefer roses
For miles and miles!

Marianne Coyne©2014

This poem came to me while walking past the grocery store’s floral department.  I love flowers of all kinds – well, except for a few.  But roses certainly have a way about them.  What flowers make you smile?

Thank you all for visiting today.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  Above image is from a watercolor sketch by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

Sing Me a Song

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Sing me a song, and I’ll pour you some tea.
Don’t make it loud, but hum it gently.
Let the words gracefully flow from your lips,
As I move to its rhythm with soft swaying hips.
And when you are done we will laugh and rejoice,
That life is so happy when that is our choice.

Marianne Coyne©2014

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Whatever Things You Desire…

IMG_1911Good day to all…

and thank you for dropping by Leisure Lane to say ‘hello’.

One of the most joyous times for me is early morning.  Especially when the sunbeams gently stream through the window and dance with the shadows.  It always invites me to sit peacefully and listen to the quietness of God.  It is at these times more than most that He speaks to my spirit and invites me to speak to His.

Today was such a day, and in such a day the Lord reminded me of ‘desire’ – the desires that are in my heart.  Those desires that are for my well-being and the well-being of others.  And he reminded me that if I desire it, then He placed it within me.  His Spirit placed within my spirit the desires of my heart, and that I should be at peace with that knowledge.

I was reminded that I am co-creator with Him; that He wishes for me to relinquish the struggle within, and to bring my desires to Him when I pray, believe I have already received them (that is to take them when I pray), and they shall manifest for me.  Simple teaching of Jesus.  So why do I, and so many of us, make it complicated?  That is a good question that only each of us can answer for ourselves.  God already knows.  So I answer it and then relinquish it.

My vow to myself and to God, who desires all joy and good things for me, is to relinquish ALL things that do not benefit, uplift, feed, and produce Life in my spirit, soul, and body…to be drawn only to those things which are in His will for me.  For I know that in that will be great expectancy and manifestation of  joy, peace, harmony, balance, and fulfilled purpose.

I hope that you will find a part of the day that will bring you into the quietness of God.  And throughout the day, stop and take a moment to extend that grace back to Him.  For that is the first desire of the heart.

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne ♥

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

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