My Book is Finished!

annie coverHello friends!  I’m so happy you could join me here at Leisure Lane.

Just a quick note to let you know that I have FINISHED my book, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God.  I am very excited and relieved.  Because of my job, this book has been put on hold often throughout the years, but finally it is completed.

Now comes the editing, the reading and re-reading.  I’ll let you know the progress.  I want to thank my friends both here and in blogland for being so patient with me, and for all of your encouragement.  God has blessed me with you, and I shall never take that for granted.  I’m going to lay down now ;)

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

A Little Something Extra

Congratulations, Deb!

One of my very dear UK blog friends, Deb, from Bee Happy has made her debut in Ideal Home magazine.  They featured her beautiful kitchen in their April edition.  Stop by and say hello to Deb.  You’ll find her very welcoming.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day With Love

IMG_2118 restyledWishing all of you, my friends, a very blessed St. Valentine’s Day.  May your Lives be filled with joy, good health, and all the radiant Love God has and wishes to give you in every way!

Today I’ll be spending the day celebrating my birthday; so until next time, may happy days abound!

♥♥♥Marianne ♥♥♥

Welcome Baby

IMG_2107Hello Friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane.

Sharing today a sweet hanging card made for welcoming baby.  I just love Bessie Pease Gutmann’s work, and chose “Awakening” for the card.  Growing up, I remember this print hanging in our home.  I always loved it.  I used some vintage binding tape that I lightly dyed and crinkled.

Hope your day is full of awakenings.  Until next time, may happy days abound.\!


Old Style Fairy Tale with a New Twist

Hello Friends,

I’m so glad you strolled by to say hello.  I always enjoy our visits.  Well, I’d like to let you know that I’m working on the last chapter or two of the Heart of Annie…The Strength of God, and I’ll let you know when it’s complete.  It’s coming along nicely and, oh, shall I hope to launch it within the next month or two?The Enchanted Dance cover - Author of

In the meantime, if you’d like to indulge in a story written in good old fashion fairy tale style, with a heroine that will capture your heart, then stop by Amazon and check out The Enchanted Dance.  An unforgettable story that will intrigue you for years to come.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Hanging Decorative Valentine or Anytime Card

IMG_2099 filtered sidesGood day everyone, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.

Yesterday I made a large hanging decorative card using one of the lovely vintage images I’ve been collecting.  It’s not a sunny day here today, so I did my best with the photo.

I certainly hope that you never give up on the song in your heart.

A Little Something Extra

IMG_20141218_180259(1)Back in October I made a tag called “Wedding Bliss” for a couple at work who were getting married.  About a month after the wedding, the young woman said that she was going through her wedding photos, and happened upon the one above that resembled the image on the tag.  She was so excited and put it on her facebook, and sent me a copy.  I was thrilled!  You never know how poignantly you may touch the lives of others.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


St. Valentine’s Day Giveaway Winner

Valentine craft goodies resizeHello visitors,

Welcome to Leisure Lane, and I apologize for the late giveaway winner announcement.  So without further ado…the winner is…

  ♥ B  R  E  N  D  A ♥

Congratulations, Brenda.  I know you will find some wonderful uses for these.  I’d like to thank everyone who entered, and for sharing this fun moment with me.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Redecorated Heart Box

IMG_2096 2Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane.

I know many of you are experiencing bitter cold temperatures, so I hope this post will give you a warm feeling inside.  In my neck of the woods the winters are a mix of warm and cold, then warm and cold then…well you get the idea. I appreciate the colder temps when we get them because it’s always so HOT most of the year.  It’s suppose to get cold again, but today it’s a beautiful day on the lane…full of sunshine and Spring kisses…perfect for a stroll.

Many years ago I decorated wooden boxes, painting them and adding handmade roses I made with bread dough (before my polymer clay days).  They were nice at the time, and lasted quite a while, but eventually seemed to need a makeover.  I kept the original painting in tact, but redecorated the top using some pretty papers, sheer ribbon, 3-D sticker, and a bird charm.

IMG_2093 2Box painted cream color with sea-foam green edge around the top. This time I decided to line the inside.

I just love the way it turned out…ready to receive little craft supplies or some Valentine treasure.  Well I’m off for my stroll now.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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