Transforming a Cold Heart to a Warm Heart


Hello Friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane! I hope you are all well and enjoying a lovely day.

A while back I found a very heavy gray metal heart at the local thrift store. It had a very dusty shear ribbon through the top hole for hanging.  I brought it home, and with a little paint, some decoupage, bits of odds and ends, and a lot of love, the plain cold metal heart was transformed into a warm and pretty one.  I painted and distressed a decorative key and added it with some ‘shabby’ ribbon. Then I replaced the shear ribbon hanger with a bit of jute cord, and it’s perfect for brightening up any room.


Well, I hope you liked your visit here today. I’ll have more to share soon.  Thank you for strolling by; I always look forward to your visits.  So…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Sailing Through the Day

Good day, friends…I hope you’re sailing through the day.  I don’t know why, but when I’m doing what I love to do the day really does sail by. Do you find that, as well?

Well, today I’d like to share my newest decorated mason jar. I decided to paint on the scene and used one of my favorites – a beach inspired scene I did many years ago on a small canvas (and even used it for one of my Knittington Fairies). I no sooner finished it and sent some photos to the young woman who’s decided to post my pieces on her Varage Sale site (and selling!!), than she said she wanted it for herself. She loves beach inspired things. So, today, I had to do another one – 😉

Well, thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane. I hope you’ve leisurely enjoyed your visit. Sit back, relax, and smell the salt on the breeze. And until next time…

may happy days abound!



Blue Bird Wood Hanging

Hello, friends…

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I’ve got a pretty little blue bird wood hanging to share. I had so much fun creating it. This one was painted, distressed, then decoupaged. I added a pretty blue ribbon in an already existing whole in the wood.

I hope you have a delightful day today, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Re-Purposed Bottle

Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope you are all doing well today.

Here is another project I promised to share with you. A bottle I repainted and re-purposed. It turned out so pretty.  It was a black glazed bottle which I primed and painted with an undercoat of brown paint; added crackle medium and painted an overcoat of a lovely sea mist color. I was nervous about painting the bird and flowers, but I took the leap of faith and did it. Then I lightly distressed it. I haven’t painted like this in about a decade. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I decoupaged the sides of this lovely hexagon shaped bottle with some musical notes.


Painted some buds on the back,


and added a charming watch face I found at a local thrift store to the top.

I hope you’ve been inspired and you’ve enjoyed your visit.  I will share some more soon. So…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Everything Old is New Again

Good day everyone,

Welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope your day is going well.  I’ve taken a break from blogging lately because I’ve been re-evaluating things and I’ve decided to get back to my first love of creating art.  To begin this journey, I’ve taken some old things around my place and refurbished them. I love the shabby chic and romantic chic look, so I’ve been working on some projects like that.

Here I’ve taken a black metal mirror I’ve had for a long time and painted and distressed it, then added some mini roses and blue ribbon. So pretty and matches the bathroom beautifully. I almost don’t want to sell it, but a friend of mine has been selling some of my things on an online site she belongs to. So, exciting things have been happening.

I began doing this to calm my mind from a job that I really need to dump soon. Looking forward to that day. And I must say that it’s been like magic. When I’m working – creating with my hands – I’m focused in the quietness of the day and it’s sublime! My thoughts are positive, happy, and calm, and seeing the progress is wonderfully surprising.  The pieces seem to take on the journey with me and take on a life of their own.

I also had a black metal candlestick, so I refurbished it to match the mirror.  Found a very pretty shaped old silvery butter dish at the thrift store, and repainted it with a bit of decoupaging. The tray has sold and will look so pretty in someone’s bathroom, kitchen or bathroom.  I got the little jar at Hobby Lobby on sale painted the wooden top, then did some crackling and decoupaging.  Added a cute button, and voila!  Perfect for cotton balls, buttons or bows 😉

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll share a beautiful re-purposed bottle soon. Enjoy a lovely weekend, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!




Vintage Hankies Jigsaw Puzzle

Good day, my friends! Welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are all doing well today. Yesterday, we had our first day of sunshine since the end of January, so that was very nice, indeed!

I just love pretty things, especially vintage. And I have a special place in my soul for vintage hankies and kitchen linens.  You may remember the above photo from a past post. I had found the lovely crocheted pouch in a nearby thrift store – perfect condition – and perfect for storing my dear mother’s vintage hankies. This lovely photo is now available as a jigsaw puzzle… the lovely crocheted pouch with the hankies spilling against one of my watercolor border doodles. It simply makes me smile and I hope it does you, as well. I’m hoping to also offer more floral jigsaw puzzles in the future.

Thank you for strolling by and visiting. May your day be full of color and cheer, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Arts & Crafts and Elaborate Bouquet

Good day, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope you are enjoying your stroll here.

As you may know from my recent posts, I have a line of jigsaw puzzles created from the lovely photos on my blog – just another way to enjoy them.  I’m always adding more to the shop on Create Jigsaw Puzzles and here are my latest.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts makes me want to rummage through my craft supplies and create something pretty (though my creative flow has sadly dwindled). Too bad I have to go to a depressing job instead (the very reason my creative flow has sadly dwindled – maybe one day I’ll post about it just to get it all out of my system). Well, at least I’ve still got a very worn, thin string of faith I’m still holding onto.  Who knows….

Elaborate Bouquet

And for those puzzle enthusiasts who like more of a challenge, Elaborate Bouquet is perfect.

I hope your day is full of happy things, and you are able to do what you love – that’s the secret of a good life.



New Leisure Lane Puzzles

Hello, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I expect you are all well today and finding inspiration at every turn.  I’m resting today on some very needed days off. I hope you’re having nicer weather than we are.  It’s been dreary, rainy with 80-90% humidity all month! The day is wonderful because, well, I woke up this morning :), but we could use a few dryer weather – just saying, Lord.

I have two new Leisure Lane puzzles in the shop at Create Jigsaw Puzzles.

Be Mine

And of course…

Leisure Lane

To see all puzzles available, click here, or go to my Leisure Lane Jigsaw Puzzle page here on the blog.  As always, thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy your time here, and don’t forget to leave a comment, I always love hearing from you.

May all your dreams and wishes come true, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


The Jig is Up!

Hello Everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane! I hope you are all doing well today and enjoying a delightful St. Valentine’s Day.

I am pleased to announce that the lovely photos you see here on my blog are now available as jigsaw puzzles on my Leisure Lane online puzzle shop. There are five beautiful photos available as puzzles so far, and I expect to be adding more to the shop very soon.

I’ve also added the shop’s link on top of my sidebar, so you can always pop over and see what’s new in Leisure Lane puzzles.  I’m also thinking of having a line of playing cards. I’ll let you know if I do.

Thank you for strolling by the Lane today.  Be blessed, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!




Happy St. Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Hello visitors, and welcome…

St. Valentine’s Day is a day of Love, and I’ve chosen three red objects to symbolize the three parts of our being which crave our love.   If we nurture these separate parts, they will fundamentally work beautifully as a whole, allowing us to love ourselves and others more deeply and healthfully.

☼ Red gogi berries ~ to nourish and restore our bodies

☼  A red candle ~ to restore tranquility to our minds

☼ A red heart ~ to feed our souls

It’s also my birthday on Valentine’s day, and a reminder for new beginnings.  And those new beginnings begin with me.  A new beginning of harmony and balance ~ peace and love.

Love begins in the home ~ not only the geographical home, but the inward one as well.  I’ve chosen to be re-illuminated to these fundamentals of perfect living.

So I wish everyone of you a Happy St. Valentine’s Day full of balance, peace, and love.  A day to remember to love not only those dear to us, but also, and most especially, ourselves.  A day to restore wholeness to our being so that we can love more richly.

Until next time, may happy days abound.


Note ~ the little heart pendant was a Valentine gift, made and given to me by my son when he was in kindergarten 16 years ago.  I wear it every year.

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