New Arrivals from LeisureLane1 Redbubble

Hello everyone. I hope you’re all having a great day. More products arrived from LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop, and thought I’d give you a peek.

Some Christmas gifts of Primroses notebook and art board.

The art board print came out so well. It’s 5 x 7 inch and perfect for a tripod stand or for framing. A gift for a special friend.

Lovely postcard I’ll be mailing tomorrow to another dear friend. She’ll be happy to receive it with a short sweet note, as she’s working so hard in retail during the holiday season.


Adding to my Christmas and New Year stock, I think I’m ready for note writing and Christmas greetings to family and friends. What about you? Are you getting a head start? The note cards and postcards came out very well. My apologizes the photos are a little dark, the sun was beginning to set when I took these.

Well, that’s the new arrival today. I hope to share more stickers and cards soon. Have a wonderful week, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Forgetting and Forgiving

Here is a verse of an Irish Blessing.  If you’ve ever read Irish blessings before, you know that the Irish have a remarkable way with words.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

It’s interesting about forgetting…there are some things and people most of us have forgotten in the true sense of the word.  But I think that most of us can say that friends who’ve done us harm, or real troubles that have plagued us at one time or another still remain on file somewhere in our consciousness – pulled out to review at the most inopportune moments.

So perhaps the best way to forget is to forgive.  Forgiveness covers a multitude of ailments, don’t you think?  And forgiveness isn’t saying, “It’s okay”, but rather it’s a maturing in the understanding that ‘stuff’ happens; that people aren’t Christ-like until they realize that being that way is an actual possibility and decide to embark on that journey; and that misunderstandings are as common as reality shows.

It’s the releasing ourselves of all the icky feelings that accompany a less than pleasant memory.  It’s the ability to put the past behind, and allow ourselves to invite all the possibilities that good emotions can bring to the well-being of our minds, bodies, and every aspect of our lives in this present moment.

We can’t always completely put something out of our memory, and perhaps we shouldn’t want to – after all, memory has it’s place and purpose in our lives.  But when forgiveness takes place one’s breath becomes deeper, one’s mind becomes clearer, and one’s body becomes healthier.

And where do we begin?  With learning the art of forgiving ourselves.  From the most minor mistakes to the most disastrous.  If we love ourselves, we must forgive ourselves…and that gives us clear sight to see the world around us, and is the beginning of a whole new and wonderful life.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Above image from the oil painting: Resign, Refresh, Restore by Marianne Coyne


Hello friends,

I’ve been having an interesting time transforming my art and writing into beautiful affirmations of life.  I hope they speak to you, as well,  in some way.

Until next time, may happy days abound.


Above modified image is from an original oil painting, “Primroses”, by Marianne Coyne

Renewed Mind=Renewed Life

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:3

Hello, Friends,

With Easter coming up, I’ve been contemplating the concept of renewing the mind and rebirth ~ amazing topics which would not be hard to expound on.  Much could be said on them, but sometimes less is more.

In 2009 I began to write a group of poems under the category I called “Poetry Schmoetry” (how that came about is a story in itself, and surely for another time).  The following poem is one from that group, and written after an epiphany I had.  What’s remarkable about epiphanies is that they are not confined to a once-in-a-lifetime time frame, but can be repeated as many times as we need them to be, until they become actual practices in our lives.

The following epiphany, though experienced a couple of years back, came into its fullness only a few weeks ago.

A New Day

 Seems like every time I turn around an awareness hits
me.  Mostly about myself and then immediately about
my Self.  Does it ever end?  Hopefully not, because
then the journey would be over. 

 I use to say, “Tomorrow is a new day.”  Then I would
look forward to the dawn to start life fresh.  Now I say,
“Now is a new day; this very moment.  I don’t have to
wait for the sun to come up tomorrow.  The new day starts
now; this minute.”  Wow!  That’s a powerful Truth.
And the most wonderful part about it is that I’m aware of
it; heightened, and enthused. 

 So now, whenever I blunder, no matter how big or small,
I am aware, and can immediately change the
thought, the pattern, whatever…That’s power.  The present
moment is our dawn.  I always look forward to a “new day”.

 copyright©2009 Marianne Coyne

Jesus talked a lot about sowing and reaping.  I can feel His anxiousness in getting us to understand this simple concept for our own sakes.  He was always speaking resurrection concepts.  If our thoughts are seeds, then it stands to reason that our lives will be a harvest of our thoughts.  And the amazing, most wonderful thing is that since our thoughts can change in an instant, we always have a new opportunity to plant fresh seeds.  That’s very exciting to me!

Closer to Easter I will publish another post on this concept.  I hope to ‘see’ you then.  Until next time, may happy days abound.


Image is from the original oil painting, “Primroses”, by Marianne Coyne

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