A Gift That Won’t Pail in Comparison

Happy day to everyone.  I’m excited to see you today, and to share the pretty pail gift idea I’ve prepared for a friend.  If you remember in my last post, where I shared her decorated birthday tag, I mentioned that she loves butterflies – so, I decided to make that the theme.  When I found this delightful small metal pail at the dollar store, I knew it would make the perfectly fun and creative receptacle for her gift items.  A crinkled yellow bow and dimensional butterfly top it all off.

You can see the handmade tag tucked in.

I wrapped some of the items in decorated napkins.

Give someone a gift today.  It doesn’t matter how little or big it is – a smile, a kind word, a compliment, something you bought with them in mind – it only matters that it comes from your heart.  If you open your heart, God will guide you to a variety of ways you can create a smile.  Sow delightful seeds of joy in someone’s life and you will have a big harvest in yours.

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and it sparked some good ideas for you, too.  May your day be filled with blessings, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Felicitations Tag and Promises of Spring

Good day to all,

Thank you for strolling by the Lane.  I hope you are experiencing some promises of spring.  Today I’d like to share a decorated tag I made for a friend.  Her birthday is coming up in May, and I collected some sweet items to give to her.  I’ll share the final package with you next time.  Instead of a birthday card, I decided to do a small tag that she could hang anytime/anywhere – “Felicitations” says it all – a nice reminder to begin the day with joy.

Back of tag

She loves butterflies, so I used them as the main theme.  The paper background for the tag was taken from a calendar.  I bought several back in 2015 at the Dollar Tree specifically for the paper.  Then added bits and pieces of paper, cardboard, paper rose, and dimensional butterfly sticker.  I love the calming effect.

I hope you enjoy this tag and this God-given day.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

A Little Something Extra

Julia Child Butter Gold Rose

Speaking of Spring, I went to a nursery yesterday to purchase fish emulsion plant food.  “Ulch”!  But the plants really love it.  If you’ve never tried it before and you can stand a bit of Ulch, then give it a try.  While there, I noticed this beautiful rose bush and couldn’t resist.  It’s a Julia Child and the color is Butter Gold – So pretty!  There are other buds waiting to bloom – I’m excited!  My pruned miniature rose bush is also flourishing and it beginning to bud.


The pruned back Lantana is beginning to bloom again, and the newly planted Alyssum are thriving.  Thank you for letting me share this day with you.  I look forward to seeing you again.  Blessings to you all!

Birthday Wishes Card

Birthday Wishes

Good day, Everyone!

Thank you for strolling by today.  I want to share a quick birthday card I made for a dear friend.  I used a blank note card for the background and card body, decorated a blue die-cut card I found at the dollar store (love to find craft odds and ends there) wrote “Birthday wishes” on the left side, and glued it to the note card.  I added a touch of glitter on the focal point and voila!  It was so much fun to do and got my creativity flowing again.  I hope you enjoy this friendly card, and I hope to make another soon and share it with you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


A Dash of Coffee and A Lot of Whipped Cream

Hello Friends,

Thank you for stopping by.  It’s been a while, I know.  I’ve been very busy with other things that have kept me preoccupied.  And of course one was trying to get Leisure Lane back to the blog I intended it to be; a place of leisure and creativity – featuring a bit of leisurely home life and a lot of creative things.  So bear with me as I begin that journey.

The weather is warming up in my neck of the woods, so it’s nice to have something special like a nice cool dash of coffee with a lot of whipped cream on top…MmmmMm!  What’s one of your favorite treats?  I look forward to hearing.  If you’re like me you have more than one.

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Introspective Autumn


“I really love Autumn! A time for introspection, cozy thoughts, cozy feelings, baked aromas, and tea.” Marianne Coyne

Good day, friends,

Take some time today to indulge in one of the above…..with an inspiring scripture on your lips – your soul will thank you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is a detail from the original oil painting, With the Within, by Marianne Coyne.

Day After


Day After

Jack O’ Lantern on the curb
Molding from his work absurd,
From keeping ghosts and ghouls at bay
And guiding children on their way.

Giving light through scary face;
A sentinel with noble grace
Lined along the porches many,
Guarding every chocolate penny.

He did his duty for the year,
Giving both a scare and cheer.
I wish he didn’t have to go,
But it’s time – I know, I know.

I wish I could go back a day,
Reliving all the fun and play.
The trick-or-treating and the laughter.
Alas, it’s Halloween – day after.

Marianne Coyne copyright 11/2/16

Good day, everyone.  I hope you enjoy this poem.  I was inspired to write this on a walk, as I came upon a poor Jack O’ Lantern on the curb waiting for the garbage truck.  He had seen better days.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so had to borrow a photo.

Enjoy a fabulous weekend!  Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note: The above photo is from The Bulb Shoppe & Gardens http://thebulbshoppe.com/events

Twilight in Autumn


Twilight in Autumn

There’s something lovely about twilight in autumn; the stillness, the serenity of it seems to penetrate into the heart.  As the last glow of day dims, and the shadows recede into nothingness, a peace enters in.  O, that peace that delights the soul and gives evidence that God is near, willing to hear our deepest desires and to share something from His heart with ours.

How strange then is the irony of a loneliness which wells up within.  Perhaps from memories of days long gone, or the silent wish of reliving those moments – a hug, a laugh, a shared dream.  A sigh wisps away from slightly smiling lips and awakens one to the present moment.

Ah, twilight in autumn; where mercy surrounds, and the hope of a new day containing all God’s goodness awaits in the wings.  You are a gentle reminder to pray and to breathe, and I cherish you.

Marianne Coyne copyright September 22, 2016


Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane, with a special welcome to Leisure Lane’s new followers.

I hope the above filled you with the beauty of Autumn.  Perhaps it persuaded you to slow down and take a cup of tea, while you ponder the delights of a new season.  I hope so.  I’m continuing to work on my newest romance book, River Runs Deep.

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


Note:  The above image is a detail from the original oil painting, Sheltering Oak, by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.


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