Happy New Year for 2019

Wishing you all a happy new year and a very healthy, prosperous and blessed 2019. Thank you, my friends, for your visits, your comments, your presence here on Leisure Lane. You have made this past year a blessing, and I am looking forward to many more delightful visits with you while sharing more wonderful things with you in the coming year.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note: The above image is by Marianne Coyne 2018.

July – Independence Month

Well, I missed posting for July 4th, but since it’s still July – and I’m still celebrating – I thought I’d share my Independence Day decorated mason jar.

Hello, everyone, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you are all having a wonderful day full of life, liberty, and happiness. When I made this jar, I liked it so much, I decided to keep it for myself, as I don’t really have any 4th of July decor. I added some Dollar Tree floral delights (I really like the stars and stripes flowers ♥) and a flag for added patriotic flare.

I had prepped the jar with paint and crackle beforehand, then painted a branch with with some stars and stripes draped over it. I added a raffia bow around the top and filled it with a fun and patriotic arrangement.

That’s all for now. I’ve been making earrings the last couple of weeks, so I hope to show them soon. In the meantime, may the joy of God, where, after all, true Liberty begins,  fill your heart, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


If Only Once…A new Poem

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If Only Once

There is no sleep,
I cannot rest.
My soul is sore within my breast,
And hidden so that none should know
Her sadness and forbidden woe.

How oft I wished she knew the mirth
That should have lightened her at birth,
And never felt the rough of life
That pushed her into endless strife.

How oft I wished she never felt
The cold, grim hearts with tongues like belts,
That flicked her back ‘till it was raw,
Then mocked at all the pain they saw.

If only once my soul could fly
And leer at evil in the eye,
And push their backs against the wall –
Poor excuses, tongues, and all!

But, nay, my only solace be
That my sweet soul hides within me.
Behind an ever growing wall
Where only God can hear her call.

Marianne Coyne©August 4, 2015

I couldn’t sleep last night until this was released.  May your day be a good one, and …

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is by Marianne Coyne

Thrift Store Finds

IMG_2168Good day, Friends…and welcome to Leisure Lane!

Yesterday I decided to visit my local thrift store, and though I couldn’t fit in all the sweet finds in the photo, I’d like to share a few with you today.  I love pretty boxes and I pick them up whenever I can at my local dollar store.  They don’t always have them, but when I see a pretty one, I purchase it.  At the thrift store I found this sweet one…in perfect condition, with a garden theme.  I love the soft colors, and inside the lid it reads, “Little pleasures are life’s greatest treasures”.

I found a lovely cream colored tea towel…well, I believe it could be used as one…I plan to crochet the edges…it could also be used as small table topper.  It’s also in perfect condition.  Found some lovely ribbons, borders, as well as brocade fabrics, and a valance that I will use the fabric for making some things I’ve been wanting to try.

IMG_2170I found an unopened package of MS Double Horse (trademark) cotton tap from Karachi, which I wrapped around a plastic holder.  I can’t find any information about it on the internet, so if anyone knows what it was used for, please enlighten me.  I can think of all sorts of things I will use it for, but I’d like to know its original use.

IMG_2171I can’t wait to begin this cross stitch I found.  Isn’t it delightful?

There were other things, also, like white millinery leaves, pink butterflies, a yellow gingham napkin, and more.  I wish I could share them all with you, but I’m a bit pressed for time today.  I’ll share what I make with them, as time goes on.

In the meantime have a wonderful week, be blessed…and until next time, may happy days abound!


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 ♥♥♥

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!


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!


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

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!


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


“Softly Spring”

IMG_1751 Good day Leisure Lane visitors, and welcome!

I’ve been away from the computer for this week, as I’ve an injured shoulder tendon which is healing quickly, thank God! Luckily I had previously typed this post.

Well, I’ve been in the process of organizing and simplifying things in my life and on my blog, and My Little Bloomin’ Shop is one of them.  I don’t have a lot in the shop at the moment, and perhaps the shop will only have a few items at a time.

Recently, I’ve been in the process of decorating gift boxes.  I’ve given some as gifts, and I’ve decided to put some in my shop for sale.  They are just so pretty that I enjoy simply looking at them.  They are quite cheerful.

“Softly Spring” is bursting with the colors and promise of the well loved season.  The handmade polymer clay rose above the portrait is accentuated with little rose petals trailing down.  I  created the roses and petals some years ago for other projects I was working on, and I have some left in my stash, which I’ve been using in special projects.  The primary ribbon is a lovely sheer pink, which echos the softness and airiness of Spring…then a bit of sheer green delight for accent. (Click on image for larger view)

IMG_1758With “Softly Spring” I used a different patterned paper for the bottom that I think sets a nice tone to the piece.

IMG_1754You can find “Softly Spring” for sale for a limited time in My Bloomin’ Little Shop.  In the meantime, I’ll be working on some other projects as well as continuing to simplify, simplify, simplify. (Sorry this item is no longer available for sale).

Thank you for strolling by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  May you be blessed today with good things and happy thoughts.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


“Valentine Hug” Tag

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Good day friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane…

This is my last Valentine tag with the last of the heart button covers, which I made for my friend and neighbor.  I used my own designed paper for the background foundation of the tag.  It was such a joy to give it to her wrapped in a red and white hand-knitted potholder.

I apologize for the white on white photo, but I didn’t have any of my colored items available at the time of photographing.

And speaking of Valentine Hugs…I’m sending one to each of you.

I’ll be working on some more boxes and tags, and will share them with you as I go.  Don’t forget to visit me on Pinterest, too.  Thank you for stopping by.  I’ll keep you posted on any cards and such I will be making available.

Joining Melody for REDnesday at Brown Gingham Creations.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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