Merry Christmas with Sprinkles on Top

“Merry Christmas with Sprinkles on Top” sticker

“Merry Christmas with Sprinkles on Top” is one of my new designs in my LeisureLane1 shop.

Hello everyone…I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful day. It is very nice here with cool temps and lots of sunshine today.


“Merry Christmas with Sprinkles on Top” note card

A quick note to introduce one of my new designs for the holidays. The sticker and note card are just a couple of the products it comes in.

And for those who don’t like sprinkles (I have no idea who that would be), we have the simple message available as well.


“Merry Christmas” mug


(side)

Anyway you like it, we have it – and more. Okay, now I want to snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate – with whipped cream of course!

Thank you for strolling by the lane today. I wish you every pleasantness, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1

 

My Little Bloomin’ Shop Now Features Products from My Redbubble Shop

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to let you know My Little Bloomin’ Shop page is up and running with some new changes.

I’ll be featuring the products and designs available in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop on My Little Bloomin’ Shop page. That way you can check there as well, in case you missed any and keep up with what’s available.

Thank you for your interest, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1

The Midnight Monster – That Eerie Time of Year

OooeeeOooo! It’s that eerie time of year, and if you’re looking for a good, fun children’s mystery to read to your kids, check out The Midnight Monster on Amazon kindle. A perfect bedtime story that will keep them engaged, but won’t give them nightmares.

Reading with your children creates a bonding experience that will last a lifetime and memories they can pass on to their own children. I began reading to my son when he was about 6 – 8 months old with cloth books. We read together for many years and if I knew the last time I read to him was going to be the last time, I would have soaked in the moment more. Alas, he finally grew out of being read to and now I look forward to reading to grandchildren when that season arrives.

I hope you and your child enjoy The Midnight Monster – let me know.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

 

With Cherries on Top Fabric Makeup Pouch

Happy Saturday, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.

Sharing the cheeriest (and cherriest 😉 )makeup pouch I made for my friend, M. She loves pouches and I couldn’t resist this fabric.


The lining was a perfect match – don’t you think?


I added a pocket on the back for easy access to lipstick for a quick touch-up, without all the “rummaging”. And a little note to top it off made the gift.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. That cooler weather is on its way – a perfect time for snuggling with a cup of tea and a good read, so don’t forget to check out my e-books on Amazon, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Little Jack’s Big Purpose

It’s a little pumpkin lantern’s first Halloween, and he’s got a big job to do. But when things aren’t turning out the way he expected, feelings of failure enter into Little Jack’s heart. Can Little Jack’s zest be renewed? Perhaps the stars have some wisdom for him…perhaps they have some wisdom for all of us. Find out in Little Jack’s Big Purpose.

Hello everyone. I hope you’re enjoying a good day.

Do you sometimes need a reminder that you have purpose? Do you ever feel no one notices what you have to offer, or that the light within you isn’t needed by the rest of the world? I think we all feel like that sometimes, and Little Jack is no exception. Perhaps his sweet story might give you the encouragement to keep your light aglow, no matter if you wonder if anyone is noticing. Sometimes what we feel or think may be, is not really what is.

Little Jack’s Big Purpose is a perfect story for children of all ages, and young and old can glean its wisdom wrapped up in this delightful Halloween tale. It’s available on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents. And, if you don’t have a kindle you can download the free app to read it on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Just click on read on any device under the order section.

Let me know how this unique Halloween tale has helped you. And let your friends know about it – we all could benefit from some lifting up every now and again.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Delicious Leek Quiche

Good day, everyone. I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

Today, I’d like to share a delicious leek quiche recipe I found on Pinterest. It’s quick, easy and the leeks really make it wonderful. I happened to have one leek stalk left from a recipe I made earlier this week, so this was a perfect recipe, as it calls for one leek 🙂 .

I was so hungry, I forgot to take the photo before digging in. I’ve been doing that a lot lately.

The great things about these recipes is they can be altered to your taste, and you can add or subtract depending on what you have on hand. For the cheese in mine, I used only about 1/4 cup, maybe less, of goatmilk soft block cheese. I’ve been eating a lot of cheese this week, so I thought I’d give it a break. And, I didn’t add a crust because today I was giving carbs a break, as well. If you want it crust-less, just make sure you grease the pan or pie plate. I used grass-fed butter to grease mine. I also only baked it for about 33 minutes, then checked it, and the knife came out clean. My last quiche I cooked a bit too much, and it got a bit too brown on top.

All in all, this is a wonderful recipe, and I’d like to thank Joanna Anastasia, from Lifestyle and Design for sharing it. If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find it here. If you do, let me know what you think!

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane. I hope you enjoy your stroll. I’ll be sharing more things soon, so…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Fabric YoYos in a Pretty Round


Happy Friday, everyone and welcome to some leisure time. Pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee), sit back and relax while I share one of my fabric projects.

This pretty table topper idea is similar to one I saw on Pinterest and made with fabric yoyos. While it was my first time making them, I was very happy with how they turned out. I had my friend, K, in mind while making it, as she loves the color yellow. And I was able to enjoy it for a while on my own table until it was time to visit her. It was part of her birthday gift. I also gave her a very pretty vintage, yellow bone china tea cup and saucer, but forgot to take a photo of it.


The yoyos were quite therapeutic to sew by hand and I enjoyed the whole process. I used fabric remnants I had for quite some time, waiting for just the right project.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today. I’ll be sharing more with you soon. Please feel free to stroll around the lane or visit past posts you may have missed. I enjoy hearing from you, so don’t be shy about leaving a comment. Maybe this has inspired you to make your own table topper. I hope so.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Mug Rugs Galore

Autumn ensemble

Good Tuesday, everyone! I’m so glad you’ve strolled by the lane to visit. Since June my hands have been creating all sorts of yarn and fabric goodies. As you can see I’ve been quite busy knitting and crocheting mug rugs galore (also known as dishcloths or pot handle holders). Some to give away and some to keep. Just getting the above photo was worth making them.

I enjoy putting my morning cup of coffee or tea on them – it’s such a cozy feeling.

I’ve been finding good tutorials on Pinterest and learning all sorts of new and simple crochet and knitting patterns that I can practice while making these mug rugs and dishcloths.

Still on my autumn theme, I made this set for my friend, M. and presented them tied together with an autumn bow.


A set of 4 did the trick in the very first diagonal pattern I learned from another friend. I posted the pattern some years ago, but if you didn’t see it, you can get it on my Summer Potholders post. You can whip these babies out in no time and make them any size you desire. It’s a perfect pattern for beginners, too. Trust me, I know…I was a knit-whit ( 😉 ) when it came to knitting.

Since I was learning new patterns, I surprised her in her mailbox with this cute one and a letter of “thanks” for teaching me to knit. She loved it and said it came at a most poignant and perfect time. It made her know God was caring for her. Again, another God-gifting moment. They are amazing!

So, you can see I’ve been having a lot of fun making these in all different colors and patterns.

By the way, aren’t those little spring eggs in wire baskets the sweetest things? I bought them years ago at a small tea room and gift shop.


for my friend, K. (you may know her as Kare, from Kare and Mare).

The Linen Stitch in crochet. This is a very easy stitch and works up very quickly.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you were inspired to get out the yarn and create something fun for you or a friend. Visit me on Pinterest, where you can find most of these and more crochet and knit patterns. If you try them or have worked these patterns before, please share. I’d love to hear about it.

Thank you for visiting, for your comments, and for your support. I look forward to sharing more fun things with you, so…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Chocolate Covered Banana/Peanut Butter Bites

Good Monday, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you all had a nice weekend, and are ready to splurge on a delicious snack.

These snack bites are all over Pinterest. They’re a healthy treat and easy to make. One of my family members likes peanut butter and bananas, so I thought these would be something good to try without all the bread.

You’ll need:
2 bananas – sliced in 1-inch chunks
Smooth or chunky peanut butter (I used an Organic smooth)
Dark Chocolate Chips – enough for dipping. (I used Organic 72% dark chocolate chips)
Tooth picks (or any utensil needed for dipping banana ‘sandwiches’ in melted chocolate)

*Place the banana chunks on a cookie sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper, and put in freezer for about 30 minutes, or until frozen.
*In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
*Remove the bananas from the freezer and sandwich some peanut butter between two chunks. Place the still frozen sandwiched chunks on a toothpick and dip it into the melted chocolate. Wait a few seconds for the chocolate to harden and place back on cookie sheet, removing the tooth pick.
*Continue until all sandwich chunks are dipped and ENJOY! You can put any left overs (ha) in a freezer or refrigerator safe container and keep cold.

Easy and yummy and oh, so healthy, too. If you try them, let me know what you think. I’ll be back soon to share more homemade items. Be safe and healthy, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Encouraging Pins and Needles

No, not the kind you get when you’ve been kneeling too long 😉 ! Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane, where pins and needles are kept in check.

I made this pretty pin cushion in June, for my friend, M., while I was already thinking about autumn – hence the colors. I had heard she loved to sew, but hasn’t had the chance in a while, so I thought I’d make her something to encourage her to pick it up again. And I’m glad to say she’s been sewing a little here and there most recently.

I used materials and odds and ends I had around the house, and since she likes pompoms, I decided to add them from my stash. Of course, since my mood was gearing toward colored leaves and cool breezes, I decided to use autumn colors, and added that adorable maple leaf button.

Bottom

This is the first pin cushion in this style that I’ve made, and I hope to make more at some point. I just cut out one circle each of corresponding fabrics, and with right sides together, hand-sewed around the edge, leaving about a 2-inch gap for stuffing. After stuffing, I whip-stitched the gap closed and began to embellish, tying off sections with matching floss and adding the pompoms and buttons. At the time I made this, M and I had not seen each other in quite a while, as she had been so busy with work, family, and such. So, as I made things, her gifts just kept adding up, and I think I mentioned in another post, it was like Christmas when she finally got to open them. I’ll share other gifts I made for her and other friends in future posts.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope this inspires you to make one for yourself or give one to a friend. And, here’s a thought, they are a perfect place to store decorative brooches. Or, if you want to gift a brooch to a friend, a pin cushion would make a lovely presentation for it.

Well, I’m beginning to get pins and needles from kneeling on a chair while writing this (that’s what happens when you’re not tall enough to sit like a grown-up at the table…LOL!) See  you soon♥

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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