It’s Almost Christmas Pin Time!

Reminds me of Emma’s first Christmas pin in The Christmas Pin Society novella.

Good day everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane! I’m excited because it’s almost Christmas pin time and you know how much I love Christmas Pins. I have a modest board on PInterest where I’ve been collecting some. So, if you’re also a Christmas Pin enthusiast, or you’re just curious, you can click here and take a look. You may see some that inspire you.

The candy cane pin above reminds me of The Christmas Pin Society novella and Emma’s first pin. For those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, The Christmas Pin Society is the perfect Christmas story with which to start off the season – full of traditions, family, friends, love, and miracles – everything Christmas.

Hear them ring!

There’s just something about Christmas pins. I remember them on my grandmother’s coat lapel. My mother and aunts wore theirs, as well, which always gave me a happy feeling inside. As a child, seeing them added to the warmth, excitement, and colors of the season. And to this day, whenever I see one, I envision a blanket of snow and a warm hug or two. Do you have any fond memories of Christmas pins? I’d love to hear.


The First Noel

This NOEL pin is such a beauty! An interesting tidbit – the word noel has its origin in the Latin natalis, meaning birth. It’s where we get the word natal. Oh, how fitting is the song, The First Noel – “the first birth, the angels did say…” – beautiful, indeed.

This coming season, get out your festive ornament. If you don’t have one then start your own tradition and get one for yourself and a friend. Pin it happily to your garment, and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face. Let it remind you of the time of year when a “Merry Christmas” and a warm smile just might be the thing that helps renew someone’s soul and give it the wings that will help carry them into the next year with joyful expectations of good things from above.

Thank you for strolling by the lane today. I always look forward to our visits, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note: the above Pinterest images were from the following sites:
Candy Canes
Red Bells

Hello Newcomers! Get Into the Christmas Mood

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Hello to all my Leisure Lane visitors…I hope you’re having a pleasant day.

First I’d like to welcome my new follower.  Thank you, and I hope you enjoy what you see here.

To all newcomers to Leisure Lane, the Christmas season will be upon us soon, and I know that many of you love to begin decorating and getting into the holiday mood before December.  My novella, The Christmas Pin Society, is a wonderful way to begin your Christmas season.  It’s a heartwarming story of faith, friendship, and love.  It’s a delightful version of what a tiny mustard seed of faith can accomplish.

If you’d like to see more click on Amazon Kindle. You will find the book’s synopsis and some great customer reviews.  If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t fret, you can download a free app for your smartphones, tablets, or computers right there. And you can also give it as a gift.  It’s all there on the Amazon page.

And don’t forget to check out recent posts with excerpts from my second book, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God, which is in progress.

Whether you’re a new visitor or a repeat visitor, I appreciate your presence.  Thank you for dropping by today.  May your day be filled with love and Light, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Thank you for dropping by today.

“The Christmas Pin Society” Free Kindle Promotion

3 gray borderHello friends and new visitors,

I’ve been updating my Kindle account by joining Kindle Select, where I get to offer “The Christmas Pin Society” for free for 5 days.  And I decided to jump right in, so from September 4th thru September 8, 2014 you can download the story for FREE!  So if you’ve never read it before, why not take advantage of this offer.

If you don’t have a kindle reader, you can download a free app for your computer or other devices.  Simply click here to see more about it, and to read the synopsis.  If you enjoy the Christmas holiday movies, you’ll love this story.

I’m rather new to the Kindle Select, and it seems all systems are GO, but I’m not sure where the free promotion will show up, because I don’t see it on the main page.  I’m suspecting it will engage during the ordering process.  If not, please let me know.
Update September 4th:  Everything is working fine, so ordering is easy-peasy! 

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  And remember to download “The Christmas Pin Society” for free during this 5 day promotion.  If you do, please leave a review on the Amazon page.  Word of mouth is everything, so tell your friends about it.  It’s a perfect story to wrap yourself in for the holiday seasons, or anytime.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥




Welcome Autumn Tag

Bro. Robert's Autumn Tag 2

Hello Friends,

Keeping the creative juices flowing with this 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″,  “Welcome Autumn” tag, which I’ll be sending to my brother.  Nothing went to waste, and after pulling out some of the burlap threads I wrapped them with a fall colored, checked fabric remnant.

Now, with Autumn on my mind, I’d like to wish all of you a beautiful beginning of fall.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


P.S.   Oh, and just a reminder that we’re headed into the holiday season.  For those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, don’t forget to pop over to Amazon Kindle and check out my book, “The Christmas Pin Society”.  If you like Christmas holiday movies, you’ll love this story.  If you don’t have a kindle, you can download a free app to read it on your computer.

Angels We Have Heard On High

Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane…

I’ve been busy the last few days making some very wonderful Christmas hangers.  Lynne from Adorn inspired me with hers, and I’ve been on a roll ever since.  I think they make really nice little gifts…something to be cherished for years to come..unless you sit on it :/ …so keep them hanging.

IMG_1610I think I’ll keep this one for myself
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The angel hanger was made using a lovely angel pendent.  I added a bit of netting which I sprinkled with some glitter.  The glitter doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in light, which adds a nice touch.  For the hanger I used a lovely cord with gold thread entwined within it.  The gold echoes the gold of the pendent.

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I used the same paper and green lace as the last hanger, but with a different ‘twist’.  As I continued making these my imagination really started to soar.  So stay tuned for my next two Christmas hangers, because I think you’re really going to like them.

Christ.Pin Society new lookAnd for those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, you can still order my novella, “The Christmas Pin Society”…it’s a great story to read even after Christmas when the hustle and bustle has calmed a bit.  It will keep the holiday mood alive.  You can order your favorite version from the sidebar.  And if you’d like to read a synopsis and some reviews, click on my Novella page to find out more.  I look forward to seeing you again soon.  Update…The Christmas Pin Society is at the moment offered on Amazon Kindle only.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne -)oO  (snowman with a cowboy hat)

Old Inspirations * 2

IMG_1600Hello Leisure Lane friends,

Welcome to Part 2 of Old Inspirations.  Well, in my last post I talked about making, what you might call, embossed paper designs, using rubber stamps and a water/glue solution.  If you missed that post, click here.  Today I want to show you what you can do with some of those embossed papers, as well as telling you how I made the ‘abstract’ painted papers which also can be used to create great effects.

As you can see in the above photo, the negative space created by the overlay painted paper can be quite nice.  I used card stock, whatever color you prefer, and craft acrylic paints.  An old credit card or something similar creates the pulled colors.  I poured out some paint onto the paper and dragged the card along the paper pulling the paint as I went.  Then I added a different color and repeated the process.

IMG_1607Here  I used some blue, rose, and yellow.  I tore the pieces and placed them on card stock.  Added a button and some embroidery floss.  I accented with a Chinese character stamp.  A matching envelope is always nice, too.

Taking advantage of the shimmer paints and using them with the matte can give a beautiful finish, as well.  After I’ve completed putting down the paints, and allowed the paper to completely dry, I tore pieces and placed them on cards.  You can see that you can get some really wonderful designs.

IMG_1608A more formal, masculine look.  I love using the buttons.  This is a small card with big style.

IMG_1609You can be as subtle or as wild as you want to be.  The bold colors really pack a punch on this one.  I used a sun stamp as accent, and if you notice to the right a little flap to seal your message in, so no envelope is necessary.

I hope you enjoyed this segment, and you’re inspired to try some for yourself.  Let me know if you do, and how they turned out for you.  I hope to be sharing some more when I make them.  These are fun, easy, and full of unlimited possibilities.

Christ.Pin Society new lookAnd for those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, you can still order my novella, “The Christmas Pin Society”…it’s a great story to read even after Christmas when the hustle and bustle has calmed a bit.  It will keep the holiday mood alive.  You can order your favorite version from the sidebar.  And if you’d like to read a synopsis and some reviews, click on my Novella page to find out more.  I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Take A Trip To Evergreen

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Second Edition

Good day, friends,

If you love a good Christmas story, then pack your imagination and take a trip to the town of Evergreen, where you’ll be surrounded by the warmth of friendship, the excitement of dreams, and the joy of witnessing what love can accomplish.

Welcome to Leisure Lane.  It’s exciting here on the Lane because the first prints of the second edition of The Christmas Pin Society just came from the printers.  I just love the new cover with the white spiral binding, which make it so much easier for those of you who like to fold books in half while reading.

This is a perfect time to begin ordering an autographed copy for yourself or friendsa perfect gift accompanied by a charming Christmas pin.  For more information and to order click here.  Also, for international orders, the shipping and handling should now be fixed in Paypal.

Kindle Version and Gift Giving

Also, there is a Kindle version for those of you who prefer to download your favorite stories.  And now you can give The Christmas Pin Society as a Kindle gift, or with the free apps, download it to their computer or ipad.  To give the Amazon Kindle version as a gift just click here and click the “Give as a Gift” button on the right in the green order square.

If you’d like to read Chapter One click here.

Thank you for visiting today.  You add purpose to this blog, and a chance for me to share love, friendship, and my creative ventures.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


An Unexpected Surprise

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Hello friends…

Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk.  The weather was slightly cooler, and the sun finally got over months of shyness and decided to grace us with its shining glorious face.  It was a wonderful walk, and as usual, the Lord and I had a conversation.  Well actually, I did most of the talking (as usual), but I think that He allows me that indulgence because He knows that I’m making some spiritual discovery…which I did, but I’ll tell you about that later in the post.

On returning from my walk I checked my email, and discovered a wonderful surprise.  Jenn, from Peacorn, Popnuts, Soda Gum, and Chewing Water, had written a post about me and my book, The Christmas Pin Society.  I say in my post title “Unexpected” surprise, but actually I’ve learned to expect the best from Spirit.  You see, expecting the best manifests the best.  So God’s been asking me to make my expectations big and glorious.   So I suppose the unexpectedness is in the venue.  In other words, I never know through which conduit the blessings will flow.

Jenn is a woman of faith, and like most of us, she’s learning daily what that really means.  Oh, I don’t mean just for the big stuff, but how to apply, claim, and receive for even the everyday seemingly small stuff…because you see, that’s where faith for the big stuff begins.  Jenn is a prolific writer about these amazing life lessons, and invites anyone to join her on this journey of discovery.

And Jenn writes about all of Life’s journey…from recipes and helpful how tos to the vintage family items she’s so carefully kept.

And she does it all with a unique style.  Even the name of her blog, Peacorn, Popnuts, Soda Gum, and Chewing Water, tends to make one give a second glance.  I won’t tell you how she came to that title…I’ll let her tell it in her own words here.

But what I find interesting about Jenn’s thinking, and I might add kindred to my own, is that she manages to see a spiritual connection in everyday things, which she profoundly incorporates into her writing.

Which brings me back to the earlier point about spiritual discoveries.  Some revelations are actually concepts we’ve already known about, but someone might say something, or one might experience something that lends a whole new light on it…makes it ‘click’, so to speak.

So here I was on my walk, letting things go, claiming my good, and letting God handle the details, enjoying nature and the beautiful day.  I noticed that I felt freer and lighter, because I wasn’t weighed down with all the clothes from my job – the coat, the apron, the things I carry, the bundled underclothes necessary to keep warm in that environment.  And I thought about how our material life, mirrors our spiritual life.  That perhaps once I truly release the heavy laden burdens within me, I will no longer need the job which requires the heavy laden clothes.

Freedom within means freedom without.  Lightness within means lightness without.  Our emotions, thoughts, and words, manifest for us exactly what we are creating from within.  I’m ready.  I’m ready for the freedom, for the lightness, for the greatness of God within me to create His expected best, and some very ‘unexpected’ surprises.

I encourage you to drop by Jenn’s blog.  Who knows what surprises you might experience there.

Thank you, Jenn.  And until next time, may happy days abound!



Project Updates And Cloudy Weather

Hello friends…

Here on Leisure Lane I’ve been painstakingly preparing The Christmas Pin Society book for Kindle.  Not an easy task, especially with the dreary weather we’ve been having day after day, month after month, which seems to taunt my efforts.  But I believe I’ve had a breakthrough, and will soon have the story on Kindle before long.  Once I succeed with this, I have many more stories I could upload to kindle.  I guess I won’t know unless I try.

So  to brighten my day, and hopefully yours, I’ve added a bit of sunshine of my own with the delightful sunflower photo.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ☼

The above sunflower image and quotation is copyright©2012 Marianne Coyne

Pretty Find

Hello Friends,

I’m very happy you came by to visit today.  Thursday I went to my local resale shop where I found a very pretty crocheted ‘clutch’.  I love to crochet, so I was impressed to find this sweet item.  To think of all the work that went into making it, and the little price tag read $1.99.

I like the filet crochet pattern.  It’s attached on the sides to form a pocket, and the flap folds over and is fastened with a pearlized button.  It can be used for holding just about anything from stockings to scarves.

    I decided to keep my mother’s vintage hanky and some of her scarves in it.  Maybe I’ll add a few more things of hers. A perfect memento holder.  It’s in beautiful condition, as you can see.  I’ll just give it a hand washing and dry it flat, and it will be ready to use.


I just love this hanky.  It’s so cheery with its blues and reds, pinks, and green.  And the red edging frames it in such a lovely way, don’t you agree?  And I remember it in my mother’s drawer from when I was a little girl.

I’m joining Pink Saturday with our host Beverly at How Sweet The Sound AND Mosaic Monday with our host Mary at Little Red House.

Speaking of Pink Saturday, you may remember Elizabeth from My Sweet Prairie Home.  Elizabeth was asking for fabric donations to make pillow cases for the residents in a local home.  Since I didn’t have enough fabric suitable for pillow cases I promised that for the month of October I would donate half of my profits from the October sales of my book, The Christmas Pin Society.  Well I am grateful to say that 5 books sold.  Since my profits aren’t all that much, I’ve decided to donate ALL of my profits, and I’ll add an additional $5.  I’m happy to say Elizabeth will be receiving $10.90.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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