A Gift That Doesn’t Pail in Comparison

Happy day to everyone.  I’m excited to see you today, and to share the pretty pail gift idea I’ve prepared for a friend.  If you remember in my last post, where I shared her decorated birthday tag, I mentioned that she loves butterflies – so, I decided to make that the theme.  When I found this delightful small metal pail at the dollar store, I knew it would make the perfectly fun and creative receptacle for her gift items.  A crinkled yellow bow and dimensional butterfly top it all off.

You can see the handmade tag tucked in.

I wrapped some of the items in decorated napkins.

Give someone a gift today.  It doesn’t matter how little or big it is – a smile, a kind word, a compliment, something you bought with them in mind – it only matters that it comes from your heart.  If you open your heart, God will guide you to a variety of ways you can create a smile.  Sow delightful seeds of joy in someone’s life and you will have a big harvest in yours.

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and it sparked some good ideas for you, too.  May your day be filled with blessings, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Felicitations Tag and Promises of Spring

Good day to all,

Thank you for strolling by the Lane.  I hope you are experiencing some promises of spring.  Today I’d like to share a decorated tag I made for a friend.  Her birthday is coming up in May, and I collected some sweet items to give to her.  I’ll share the final package with you next time.  Instead of a birthday card, I decided to do a small tag that she could hang anytime/anywhere – “Felicitations” says it all – a nice reminder to begin the day with joy.

Back of tag

She loves butterflies, so I used them as the main theme.  The paper background for the tag was taken from a calendar.  I bought several back in 2015 at the Dollar Tree specifically for the paper.  Then added bits and pieces of paper, cardboard, paper rose, and dimensional butterfly sticker.  I love the calming effect.

I hope you enjoy this tag and this God-given day.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

A Little Something Extra

Julia Child Butter Gold Rose

Speaking of Spring, I went to a nursery yesterday to purchase fish emulsion plant food.  “Ulch”!  But the plants really love it.  If you’ve never tried it before and you can stand a bit of Ulch, then give it a try.  While there, I noticed this beautiful rose bush and couldn’t resist.  It’s a Julia Child and the color is Butter Gold – So pretty!  There are other buds waiting to bloom – I’m excited!  My pruned miniature rose bush is also flourishing and it beginning to bud.


The pruned back Lantana is beginning to bloom again, and the newly planted Alyssum are thriving.  Thank you for letting me share this day with you.  I look forward to seeing you again.  Blessings to you all!

Birthday Wishes Card

Birthday Wishes

Good day, Everyone!

Thank you for strolling by today.  I want to share a quick birthday card I made for a dear friend.  I used a blank note card for the background and card body, decorated a blue die-cut card I found at the dollar store (love to find craft odds and ends there) wrote “Birthday wishes” on the left side, and glued it to the note card.  I added a touch of glitter on the focal point and voila!  It was so much fun to do and got my creativity flowing again.  I hope you enjoy this friendly card, and I hope to make another soon and share it with you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Introspective Autumn


“I really love Autumn! A time for introspection, cozy thoughts, cozy feelings, baked aromas, and tea.” Marianne Coyne

Good day, friends,

Take some time today to indulge in one of the above…..with an inspiring scripture on your lips – your soul will thank you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is a detail from the original oil painting, With the Within, by Marianne Coyne.

Twilight in Autumn


Twilight in Autumn

There’s something lovely about twilight in autumn; the stillness, the serenity of it seems to penetrate into the heart.  As the last glow of day dims, and the shadows recede into nothingness, a peace enters in.  O, that peace that delights the soul and gives evidence that God is near, willing to hear our deepest desires and to share something from His heart with ours.

How strange then is the irony of a loneliness which wells up within.  Perhaps from memories of days long gone, or the silent wish of reliving those moments – a hug, a laugh, a shared dream.  A sigh wisps away from slightly smiling lips and awakens one to the present moment.

Ah, twilight in autumn; where mercy surrounds, and the hope of a new day containing all God’s goodness awaits in the wings.  You are a gentle reminder to pray and to breathe, and I cherish you.

Marianne Coyne copyright September 22, 2016


Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane, with a special welcome to Leisure Lane’s new followers.

I hope the above filled you with the beauty of Autumn.  Perhaps it persuaded you to slow down and take a cup of tea, while you ponder the delights of a new season.  I hope so.  I’m continuing to work on my newest romance book, River Runs Deep.

Thank you for strolling by today.  Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is a detail from the original oil painting, Sheltering Oak, by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.





October, October with pumpkins and spice,
With leaves multicolored like a quilt without price.
With billowed white clouds ‘gainst a sky deepened blue,
I long for crisp breezes brought only by you.

A nip here and there against rosy cheeks,
A walk along meadows, hedgerows, and creeks.
A plaid blanket and basket with goodies inside
For a picnic with you along countryside.

October, October my year seems complete,
As I quietly sit with a book at your feet.
My soul is serene, my heart ardently gay,
As I ponder your beauty in every grand day.

Copyright©2016 Marianne Coyne


Happy October, friends! And until next time, may happy days abound!



Easy-Peasy Homemade Natural Deodorant

img_2373Coconut Oil Deodorant

Good day, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing more natural things for a healthier me.  This all-natural homemade deodorant is one of those things.

It’s a simple recipe, yet works wonders, and I’ll never use anything else again.  If you’d like to make your own, the recipe is as follows:

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (for thickener)
1 to 2 tablespoon extra virgin, unfiltered, cold-pressed coconut oil
1/8  to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda**

In a bowl mix the ingredients until smooth, then transfer it into a clean container.  Play with the ingredients to see how much of the arrowroot you need to get it to the right consistency.  I sometimes add more.

The arrowroot powder works as a thickener.  Arrowroot can usually be found in the spice section of the grocery store, but if you can’t find it, you can most likely use cornstarch or tapioca powder.   Coconut oil is absolutely wonderful and has many uses.  In this recipe it helps to keep down the bacteria that causes odors.  So even on its own you get some protection.  The baking soda helps to eliminate or absorb odors, so its an extra addition to the anti-odor solution.

All in all, I am amazed with how wonderful this deodorant works!  And it’s not just for the ladies…it works very well on men, too.

**Though I haven’t had a problem, baking soda can severely irritate some skin types, which is why I added very little.  Some of the recipes on the internet add way too much, and many people complain of a burning reaction.  If you decide to make it, start out with the lower dose, and see how that works for you.  Everyone is different, so do what you think is best for you.  But, I firmly believe that the baking soda should be a minimal ingredient.

You can double the recipe if need be.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this.  Let me know what homemade products you use, if any, and how they work for you.  Thank you, again for visiting.  May your day be filled with blessings.

Until next time, may happy days abound!



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