Vintage Textile Soak

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane! I hope you are winding down your week in good health and creative ventures.

Eight years ago, I posted, “Giving Vintage Linens and Things a Second Chance”. Vintage Textile Soak was the star of the post, and though I had not used it myself at that time, I was recommending it through another person’s experience. But today, I’d like to share my own experience with the product.

Three vintage hankies, which were still in my mother’s home before it sold this year, were sent to me. They brought back many childhood memories when I opened the envelope. Two of which, shown above, were in need of some tender loving care. I tried everything short of bleach…vinegar and water, lemon juice, salt, and sunshine…you get the idea. Nothing helped and, as you can see in the photo, they were still as dingy and stained as they were when I took them out of the envelope.

Still stained and dingy

Then, I remembered the Vintage Textile Soak, and immediately ordered some. Since the white hanky with the playful young women was the worst, I’m using it as the example. I followed the directions and soaked all three hankies for 8 hours.

Results after an 8 hour soak

As you can see, the soak released the dinginess and most of the staining, but the arrows show some still noticeable stubborn yellow along part of the edge and the folding line.

The hanky with the little deer was not quite as yellowed to begin with and fared much better with the soak.

It says that you can soak up to 24 hours, but I felt at this point, this was the best I was going to get with the white one. So, since the hanky was already saturated with water, I dabbed the most wee bit of bleach onto the stubborn spots, and that did the trick.

My hanky went from this…

to this!

You can see it looks like new.

Now, I have three clean and pretty hankies ready for use.

All in all, the Vintage Textile Soak worked wonders. I would suggest that if you decide to use it on some very yellowed items, you soak it for the length of time they suggest, even up to 24 hours. I would not normally suggest bleach on fragile vintage linen fibers, but if for some reason you must use some on your whites as a last resort, make sure the fabric is soaking wet to help dilute the bleach and you use the least amount possible. I used literally a dab on the very wet white hanky, and then rinsed it out very well.

Well, I hope this inspires you to be hopeful about any dingy, yellow stained linens you may have needing just a little loving care to bring back to life. If you’ve used Vintage Textile Soak before, let me and our Leisure Lane visitors know how it worked for you.

Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. I look forward to our visits. Oh, I forgot to share the promised follow-up story to my “Home is Where…” post! My apologies. Next time, for sure! And…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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.\!


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!


“Good Morning”! in Red

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Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane…

Get your cup of tea or coffee ready, and relax while you visit.  Today I’m joining Rednesday with Melody at Brown Gingham Creation.  To celebrate her first Rednesday hosting, Melody is having a giveaway.  So if you like red, stop by and have some fun.  I’m having some fun lately using my art and photos for creating some wonderful card ideas.  Let me know if you have a favorite as I post them.  I always appreciate feedback.

Thank you for all of your support in my endeavors.  I appreciate your friendships and visits.  It’s always good to see you.  May your day be filled with sunshine no matter the weather.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  Above flower image and sentiment by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

Tea and Friends

Teapot - good friendsHello friends,

You are invited to join me for a cup of tea while we visit Terri at Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday.  Terri was one of the very first lovely ladies to welcome me in blogland.  Thank you, Terri.  And while you’re there, pop over to say hello to Martha, Terri’s tea-time partner.


I’ve been working on a couple of projects…sketching out the illustrations for the first of the Penelope Pumperschnook story book and paper doll series, and I recently recreated the cover for my second novella, “The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note: Above altered teapot and rose photo by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

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