Saturday, August 21, 2010

{feature} meet lisa leonard!

"hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul" 
- emily dickinson

Lisa Leonard
a few months ago I found lisa leonard's jewelry online.  i LOVE all things jewelry, especially silver necklaces. i was tickled pink by her creations! what makes them even more special is that she makes them all herself! being a mompreneur is hard work and balancing life, motherhood and a business is tricky. but Lisa Leonard seems to balance it all without breaking a sweat!  but wait, there's more... have you had a chance to visit her blog yet?  W-O-W!  she is an amazing photographer and her posts really reach out to you.  she finds the beauty in just about everything! 

i popped over to her site to to share with you some of my favorite jewelry designs!  she just introduced this new piece and I am hoping to acquire one by christmas! lol!

have you seen anything so beautiful?  this is my new FAVE!  want one? find it here!
(but please make sure there is one left for me to get!)

here are a few more favorites of ours: 



and someday when i have completed my family 
i will be acquiring this one! 
the Family Tree necklace...  

I was so grateful when Lisa even agreed to do a little interview 
with me to share a bit about herself, her inspirations and her motivations!  

1.) at what point in your life did you realize this is what you wanted to do, making handmade jewelry? 
i really wanted to start a business so i could be home with my boys and have more flexibility. i debated between wedding favors (i used to be a wedding coordinator) and jewelry. i jumped into jewelry and i'm so glad i did! 

2.) your pieces are so unique and refreshing.  With the many handmade jewelry designers out there - what makes Lisa Leonard Design different?
i really try to be unique and different. i make what i want to wear. if i look at other jeweler's sites it because i want to see what's out there, so i can make something else! i spend a lot of time brainstorming and nurturing creativity so i can be unique. then all of a sudden an idea will hit me out of nowhere! 

3.) do you have an all time favorite piece? 
i love the family tree and the family crest. i also love the banner necklace. it's so sweet and fun. 

4) if you could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of your life which would it be?
either my wedding ring or my grandmother's ring. i wear both every single day. 

5) as a momPreneur - how do you balance your boys and work? What challenges do you face? 
balance is sooo difficult. there are no easy answers. i work a lot but my boys are my first priority. we like to go on adventures away from the house, that way i can leave my computer behind. i want to cherish these days, the boys are growing so quickly.  

6) do you have any advice for other moms just starting out their biz and trying to manage it all? 
as soon as you are able, hire someone to do the things you don't like and also the things you can let go of. help is crucial for growing a  business. also, do something you love. be unique. be genuine and build real friendships. 

7) what's up next for you? 
i'm speaking at some conferences in the next few months. we have some super fun new designs coming out. more blogging of course!

 i cannot thank lisa enough for granting me the greatest pleasure of 
having her as my first {feature} on my new blog!  
it was such a pleasure getting to know her!
(i can now cross that off my bucket list!)

and to commemorate being my first {feature} lisa has
graciously agreed to give away a $25 gift certificate!
one lucky winner will receive a $25 to spend at lisa leonard designs!   

To enter, simply visit lisa's site and come back and leave a comment
telling me your favorite piece!

for extra entries tweet it (@lehlashop), blog it and facebook it!
**be sure to leave a comment for each extra entry!

winner will be randomly selected on friday august 27th!



  1. Great interview and post Lisa! I love the banner necklace - I would be so proud to wear that with my sons name stamped on it.

  2. Tweeted!

  3. Hope is the Thing necklace is really gorgeous. All of her work is so simple and yet powerful

  4. I love the necklace with the tear drop and the freshwater pearl. It's so simple and lovely!

  5. I love them all but the feather is really sweet. I will tweeted

  6. I really loved reading Lisa's interview! My favorite piece right now is the sterling ring. I would love to put my kid's names on it!

  7. all so beautiful! I love the "you are loved" necklace...

  8. and I tweeted! @abigaillauren

  9. I LOVE the true love hearts necklace... I've had my eye on it for a while now. :-) Thanks so much for the chance!

  10. Tweeted! :-D

  11. I have many favorites from Lisa's designs but right now my favorite is the illuminate necklace!

  12. lisa is such a beautiful woman, and she really is an inspiration!
    thanks for doing the giveaway.
    simplysarahanne at gmail dot com

  13. Great interview! I love reading about women who follow their hearts & their dreams! Keeps me inspired to keep on! :)

    I adore everything Lisa offers, but if I had to choose it would have to be between the true love hearts necklace or happy songbird necklace!

  14. my Tweet!