Lisa Leonard Designs

come on, summer!

April 29th | what I'm wearing

It’s been crazy warm here–and it makes me want SUMMER! In my mind summer means slow mornings, sunshine, strawberries and swimming. In reality it’s usually me rushing between the workshop and the boys–but it’s still awesome.

Today’s outfit feels summer with a sleeveless kimono. I think this is the first time I’ve bared my arms this year–I need some sunshine on these shoulders!

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

This kimono is light as air and adds some fun to the outfit. It’s a Target find–scroll down for details.

I’ve got some pretty new pieces from the shop, including this sweet necklace.

I have four diamonds set in my ‘walk the line’ necklace–one for each of us!

Jeans and tees is where it’s at–easy and comfortable.

And stacking up lots of rings–that feels so summer-y to me!

Outfit details–Jeans, Big Star via Zappos. Tank, Old Navy. Booties, Target. Kimono, Target. Walk the Line Necklace, My shop. Rings, My shop. Bag, H&M

What does summer make you think of?

hello wire wrapping!

April 27th | blog friends, DIY

Hello friends! It’s Monday and I’m back from Snap! Conference. It was such a creative, kind and wonderful group of women! I taught a wire-wrap workshop and sat on a panel about ‘Growing Your Instagram Community’.

Today I’m sharing pics from the wire-wrapping workshop. These ladies were awesome! The night before I got nervous–was the project too hard, too easy? They all watched the demo, jumped in and created beautiful earrings. And there was a little time to talk and connect too–so good for the soul.
It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello tools and simple instructions. When I started my jewelry business, I didn’t know how to wire-wrap. Crazy, but true!

Hello encouraging each other and learning a new skill, love it!

Hello meeting new friends and getting inspired.

Hello pretty, little handmade earrings.

Hello hotel living–they make the bed and replace the towels. Heaven!

Hello talking shop–blogging and social media. What’s working, what’s not.

Hello being brave and trying something new. Sometimes it’s scary, don’t you think?

Hello new earrings–how pretty do these look?!

Hello fresh flowers and candy on every table. Just what we need to keep going!

Hello blondes gathered around the table!

Hello learning one thing that leads to another idea and then another. That’s how inspiration works!

Hello smiles and kindness.

Hello feeling thankful to be back home with my boys!

Hello exhausted from travel.

Hello busy busy week with Mother’s Day orders. Have you placed yours yet?

Hello laundry and groceries and email. Neverending!

Hello meetings and workouts and a photoshoot. So much good stuff!

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

DIY sharpie mugs {fun!}

April 24th | DIY

This DIY is easy with super fun {and personalized} results! I shared the how-to on Studio5 in Salt Lake City–scroll down to watch the clip and for some tips.

I shopped for mugs at thrift stores and picked up a few at Target.

Studio5 is such a FUN morning show. I wish I lived closer! Brooke is the best.

How cute is this teacher gift? Tell her {or him} she’s the sweetest and fill with her favorite candy.

Personalize a mug or vase for mom and fill with fresh flowers.

For a bridesmaid or dear friend, how about their initials with nail polish and tools?

Supplies:
Ceramic mugs or other pieces
Windex wipes or something to clean away dirt and get the surface clean
Oil-based sharpies–I prefer fine tip. Make sure they’re oil based! I found these at Michaels Craft Store.

*Tips*
*Practice your design on paper first
*Keep it simple and  sweet
*Consider adding a scalloped edge around the bottom
*Let the pen wobble a bit–it’s hard to keep the pen completely straight
*Use a q-tip and nail polish remover to clean away errors
*Set mug in oven, let oven heat to 350*, bake for 30 minutes, then let oven cool with mug still inside
*hand wash

Want to see the video? Click above for all the details.

spring with a side of sunshine

April 22nd | what I'm wearing

A couple weeks ago I scored at the local Goodwill with this sheer dress and leather jacket. I love the thrill of a find! Spring is in the air and we are soaking up the sunshine. This dress is perfect with a full slip layered underneath–then a jacket for the cooler mornings and evenings.

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

And I adore this necklace–so simple, so pretty.

Outfit details: Sheer dress, thrifted. Full slip, thrifted. Sandals, Old Navy. Leather jacket, thrifted. Next step necklace, My shop.

I hope spring is showing itself where you are! I’m sending you some sunshine today, friend.

free necklace today!

April 21st | coupons, jewelry

Hey friends! The adorable ‘lasting love’ necklace is FREE today with any purchase from the shop!
Isn’t is sweet?

It’s hand cast in fine pewter and strung from an 18″ sterling filled chain. I adore the hand-crafted loop at the top and the bar style. So simple with lots of meaning.

It’s a great day to shop for mom! Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

Just shop your favorite pieces and enter code ‘lastinglove’ at checkout. We’ll tuck the necklace in with your order.

Click here to shop!

hello hiking, hello happy

April 20th | adventures, hello monday

We’ve been wanting a really good backpack for David for years. We’ve researched online, debated and waited. And yesterday we finally broke down and bought one. The one we got–a Deuter kid carrier II–is big enough for David. {It holds up to 48 pounds and he’s about 40 pounds} He was comfortable and happy. It has shoulder straps so even when Steve slipped one time, David was secure. It’s an investment but so awesome. We headed up to Montana de Oro to try out. Why didn’t we do this sooner? We had so much fun! It was a gorgeous day–the sunshine on our shoulders, the birds chirping. I can’t wait to go again.

It’s Monday and a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello exploring our own backyard and seeing things we haven’t seen before.

Hello moving and stretching and laughing and getting out of the house!

Hello laughing and climbing trees and running ahead on the trail. Matthias would prefer to stay home and play video games and draw–but we dragged him outside and he had a blast. Listen to your parents–they know best! ;)

Hello chillin in the backpack. David loves to be outside. He was happy the whole time!

Hello tree climber. I knew you had it in you!

Hello cross trainers instead of heels. Feels good.

Hello little quail perched in the tree.

Hello breath taking views and feels overwhelmed by God’s creation.

Hello blooming flowers and blue skies.

Hello butterfly with painted wings.

Hello family and being together. Hello connecting and talking and making memories.

Hello sunscreen and water and potty breaks.

Hello stepping away from my desk and email and the to-do list.

Hello lots to do and energy to do it.

Hello getting ready for SNAP! Will you be there? I can’t wait!

Hello groceries and menu planning.

Hello feeling refreshed and thankful.

It’s Monday! A fresh start and new beginning! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

 

kimono love

April 15th | what I'm wearing

This kimono was part of the inspiration shoot we shared yesterday. Is it a kimono or a cardigan or a drapey silk wrap. Whatever it is, I love and it I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day.

It’s jeans and a tank–nothing special, but the kimono takes it up a notch. And lately all I’ve got the energy for is jeans and a tee–so the kimono is a win!

Plus sandals, jewelry and a little lipstick pull it all together.

You wouldn’t even know I hadn’t washed my hair in days. ;)

The stacked up rings are from my shop. Love love love.

And these earrings are my every day favorites.

Outfit details: Jeans, Target. Tank, Old Navy. Kimono, Ruby Rose. Sandals, Old Navy. Bag, H&M. Rings, My Shop. Earrings, My shop. Belt, thrifted.

how to wear it {photo shoot!}

April 14th | inspiration, jewelry

Last week we teamed up with our friends at Ruby Rose to style a few outfits and pair them with new jewelry from the shop. This shop is one of my very favorites in town–filled with vintage books, clothing, succulents and other beautiful things. It was so fun! I took lots of pics–read on for inspiration.

The whole shop is breath-taking. I always say I’m going for inspiration–but then I want to buy everything. The way they style and set up the shop is artistic and out of the box.

Boots, Yes, please.

Lindsay is wearing our first outfit. Isn’t she adorable? Let’s call this outfit ‘Classic with a Hippie vibe’.

 Lindsay runs our customer service in addition to other responsibilities. For this look we used a flowy black top, flare jeans and clogs. Such a great every day outfit!

Lindsay’s wearing the sterling ‘Believe’ Necklace and two Chevron Rings. Classic and free-spirited!

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Onto our next look! Jackie was shopping at Ruby Rose and how cute is she? Super stylish and sweet. So we asked her to jump in on our shoot and she agreed!

I’m calling Jackie’s look ‘Relaxed to perfection’

I love outfits that are stylish but still relaxed. Her awesome jeans are belted and the kimono style cardigan with some pretty jewelry pulls everything together for a finished look.

Jackie is wearing the Half Full Necklace and the Twists and Turns Earrings. Gorgeous!

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Next is Kimmie! She helps us with production and marketing. And she is pretty with the best smile! Let’s call this look ‘Vintage Romance’.

How fun is this dress? I love the lace necklace and tiered skirt. Whimsical and sweet.

Kimmie is wearing the ‘Oval Mirror Ring‘ above and ‘Petite Your Heart in Mine‘ Necklace below.

Below is Lindsay again with a look called {and I’m making these up as I go} ‘Gypsy Love’.

Seriously how amazing is this dress? Just the kind of thing I could wear everyday. So pretty and easy and flattering.

Lindsay is wearing the ‘Tiny Tied to My Heart‘ Necklace above and ‘Very Loved‘ Ring below.

This last look below might be my favorite–but I mean, how can one choose?! This last look will officially be called ‘Boho Chic’.

Kimmie is wearing a spaghetti strap black dress with a floral kimono and sandals. I love that kimono, in fact in came home with me and I’ve worn it five times. It’s awesome.

For this outfit, Kimmie wore the sterling ‘Love Note’ Necklace with her initial.

And a few more pics of the shop just in case you need a little more inspiration.

I’m crushing on our new collection and I’m crushing on Ruby Rose and all the beautiful items so perfectly displayed. Ruby Rose is part of the Junking Trail {a bunch of awesome vintage shops} this weekend. Doesn’t that sound like FUN?!

Our new Mother’s Day collection is full of meaning.

What you do matters. Who you are matters.
You have a nurturing heart and a strong spirit.
You are a mom and so much more!

See the whole Mother’s Day collection here and find the perfect gift for your mom, auntie, grandma or yourself!

Hello Easter 2015

April 13th | family, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s a new week and a new beginning. We are waking up today in Los Angeles and heading for a few appointments for David at UCLA–just standard check-ups. I’m sharing some pics from our Easter celebration last week and feeling thankful for time with family!
How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello fresh fruit and visiting with old friends.

Hello father/son silliness.

Hello River–sweet baby girl! {and her amazing parents!}

Hello showing up to brunch wearing the same tees. Awesome and nerdy!

Hello Sarah, one of my dearest friends. {and we were college roommates–how crazy it that?!}

Hello backseat silliness with auntie Susan.

Hello yellow flowers. I really want to get this printed to hang on the wall!

Hello Steve, playing guitar. He sounds so good.

Hello twin sis and her sweet family. I love these people! {And yes, my twin sis has twins!}

Hello nerd glasses. Hello cutie nephew.

Hello hunting for eggs.

Hello finding eggs. With lots of fun stuff inside!

Hello Easter with cousins. So fun!

Hello loves. I love these three boys!

Hello driving in LA traffic.

Hello listening to Ira Glass and This American Life. {it makes the traffic so much better!}

Hello grabbing a Starbucks before we hit the waiting rooms at UCLA.

Hello catching up with my sisters.

Hello busy week with a long to-do list.

Hello counting my blessings and feeling thankful!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found! Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!

 

It’s here! {and a giveaway!}

April 7th | jewelry, what I'm wearing

It’s here, friends! There has been lots of planning and designing and dreaming and picture-taking behind the scenes for months! And I can finally share our new Mother’s Day collection with you! We’ve got a GIVEAWAY today! So read on for all the details.

These pieces were designed with you in mind. You are a mom and so much MORE. In the everyday busyness of life, it’s easy to get bogged down in the mundane. We move through tasks and to-do lists with fast fingers and caring hearts.

You tie shoes, wash dishes, pack lunches, write teacher notes and help with homework.

You wipe tears, give kisses, say prayers and snap pics to capture the moment.

You take a moment to breathe, read a book, run a few miles, try a new recipe or create a DIY project. You nurture your soul.

What you do matters. Who you are matters.

You have a nurturing heart and a strong spirit.

You are truly amazing.

Being a mom takes all that we are. It’s stretching and imperfect. It’s beautiful and life-giving.
And the more we tend to our own souls, the more love we have to lavish on our families.

The half full necklace {above} tells how my life is better, because you’re in it. We’ll set a diamond for each of your loves.

These gorgeous twists and turns earrings represent how we will stand together through every twist and every turn. It’s not easy, but together we are stronger. Sterling silver is only $39!

Rings, ladies! So many gorgeous rings!! These chevron rings above are perfect for layering.Point the arrow toward your heart to remind you of those your hold dear.
Sterling silver for $24!

The very loved ring is a heart-melter. Simple enough to wear every day, so beautiful it makes a statement. A statement that reminds the wearer how very loved she is!

It’s hard for me to choose a favorite piece from this collection–each one holds a special place in my heart. So much meaning!

Dear friend, these pieces reflect who you are–your nurturing heart and strong spirit.

You are truly amazing!

GIVEAWAY details…
1. Leave a comment and tell us which piece from the new collection speaks to your heart.
It can be anything from pottery class, to yoga, to a walk around the block.
2. Share you favorite piece{s} from the new collection on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and/or your blog.
Important, make sure to come back here and leave a comment for EACH share!
3. On Friday we’ll pick THREE winners and you’ll get to pick your favorite piece from the new Mother’s Day Collection.