Country Hen’s New Look

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you are all well.

Today, I’d like to share a sweet country hen thrift store find. It looks like an oil on panel painting and was in a very dark brown box-like frame. I became quite fond of the painting and felt it only needed a revised frame to brighten it up. So, I lovingly repainted and crackled it with a red. The original dark brown color underneath tones down the overcoat making it a wonderful country red and gives the original painting a whole new look.

I just love the way it looks so new, yet still retains that aged country charm.

Adding a couple of hooks on the bottom of the frame makes it more functional for hanging potholders, keys, a favorite teacup or two, etc.  The artist signed it “Kasper”. I did some internet research, but couldn’t find much. If anyone knows about this artist and his/her style, please let me know.  I originally re-purposed this to sell, but after it’s new look, I fell for it so much that if someone doesn’t claim it soon, I’ll just have to keep it 😉

Thank you for visiting today, and I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also follow me on Pinterest  Have a wonderful day, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Two Blah Items into One Pretty Piece

Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Grab your favorite cup o’ and relax as we stroll down another creative path.  About a month ago, I purchased a rather blah glass vase on sale at Tuesday Morning and glass dish at my local thrift store. The glass vase had wonderful potential with the swirling design, but it’s function needed a change. So, I primed it, painted it white, and distressed it.

I “blushed” the underside of the glass dish to bring out the design…light green on the leaves, pink for the flowers, and a light blue for the tiny center flowers. Then I attached the dish to the top of the vase. Now, it’s a perfect dish pedestal for any room and can hold jewelry, potpourri, fruit, cookies, finger sandwiches, or simply pretty on its own – you get the idea.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you are all well, and you’re inspired to do something that brings some pretty into your life. And speaking of which…

A Little Something Extra

One of my LinkedIn Network friends, Kristen Marie Schmidt, has a mission to help others bring back pretty, and her book, 30 Ways To Bring Pretty Back, is her newest way of inspiring prettiness in everyone’s life. You can check it out on Amazon or check out her Bring Pretty Back website.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Paris in Summer Mason Jar

Welcome to Leisure Lane today. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by, and your comments and “likes” are such an encouragement.

Today, I’d like to share a lovely Paris Mason Jar painted and crackled with a beautiful finish before decoupaging a Paris and floral theme. I added a sweet birdcage charm for some charm ;).

Side view

After priming the glass jar, I painted it a serene sea mist color.  After it dried, I added some crackle medium and painted it over with an ivory color.

Back view detail

I just love the weathered look. I don’t think I could have desired a more perfect finish. They all come out differently, which makes the process so much fun.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it inspired you in some way. May your day be blessed with good health and happiness. Look for more creations here soon, and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest.

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Pretty in Purple

Happy day, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.

My sister has loved purple since she was a child, and to this day her passion for the exquisite color is still going strong. For me, on the other hand, it was simply another pretty color. But, the older I get the more attracted I am to its subtle, yet bold invitation to succumb to its beauty – to allow it to adorn my soul with its strong, yet calm demeanor.  It’s truly a color one can lean on as the years progress – it compliments nearly every skin tone, perks up or quiets any room in the home (depending on the shade), and is just plain delightful in every way.  My mother loved its lavender shade, and it loved her, as well.

When I found the beautifully shaped silver butter tray (above) in my local thrift store, I knew it would make a perfect vanity or dresser tray. I painted it a lovely purple shade, adding its yellow companion as dots along the edges. Then I decoupaged a complimentary napkin along the bottom. Perfectly pretty, and hard to part with, but it sold in no time and now brightens the days of someone else, and that make me smile.

Do you like purple? If so, do you have a favorite shade, or are you like my sister and every shade of purple will make your day? I’d love to hear. Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit. I look forward to sharing more with you soon. May your day be filled with sunshine no matter the weather, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


A Little Something Extra

As mentioned above, my sister has loved purple all of her life. So, a few birthdays ago, I decided to send her a birthday package of purple galore. If you’d like to see the post about it, click here.  ♥

From Shabby to Chic

Hi, everyone…glad you could drop by today. I have a quick post to share. This jar came to me pre-painted – a very dark teal. Not very pretty, as it looked like it had been an experiment gone by the wayside. So, I decided to give it a coat of crackle, paint it a pretty ivory, decoupage some lovely flowers, and…

bits of cursive writing. Voila! A very pretty shabby chic style jar, perfect for a sweet bunch of flowers – real or faux – to brighten any room. This jar is no longer in my possession – it’s making someone very happy every day.

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

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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!


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.

The Lighthouse

Good day everyone.  I hope you are all well.  I saw a photo of a lighthouse today and it inspired me to write the following.  May something simple inspire you to do something great today, too.

The Lighthouse

The lighthouse stood before me;
‘Twas not so very tall,
But its light, it shone most brightly
For all to see its call.

“Beware,” it warns the ships at sea;
“Beware, and come not near.
For there are rocks beneath your sight.
Make haste, make haste to veer.”

The light within her never dims;
Her purpose never fails.
Not through clear and moonlit nights
Nor fog or stormy gales.

She knows the light she carries
Is the One who dwells within.
As long as He remains in her
The ships will always win.

The lesson learned so plainly
From the lighthouse sure and true,
Is for anyone who wonders –
It’s for me and it’s you.

For your height it doesn’t matter;
Nor your strength or muscle power.
The Light that lives within your walls
Will conquer every hour.

Marianne Coyne

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane today. I hope you find other things here to inspire you. Have a good week, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note: The Lighthouse poem by Marianne Coyne is ©2018.  The above image is a painting by Andres Orpinas. 

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