Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Inspirational Interview, Lisa Leonard

 hello Lisa Leonard

Chances are that if you don't know this lovely woman's face, you know her jewelry.

When Lisa agreed to take part in my little series of interviews,

I thought I was dreaming.

Theres not a single day throughout this past year that I

can remember not waking up

and checking in on

Lisa and her darling family;

living their laid-back, super happy life in a

little slice of the California coast.

And, theres not a single day that I can remember

not feeling renewed and excited about life.

If that's not inspirational, what is?

(Thank you Lisa. Thank you, thank you, thank you.)

Please enjoy!

1.How did you choose the name of your business and or blog? What significance does the name hold?

When I first started my jewelry business, it was called ‘Petite Bijoux” which means little jewels in French. But everyone thought I was working for a larger company instead of my own little business. So I changed the name to Lisa Leonard Designs just to avoid confusion.

2. How do you take your coffee?

In a large cup with lots of cream. I love flavored creamers-right now I can’t get enough cinnamon vanilla. Yum.

3. What inspires you?

My family, smiles, sunlight, the ocean, beautiful music, photography, meaningful words.

4. Earliest childhood memory?

I have snippet memories {is that a term?} from being around four years old-sliding down a slide at the park, sitting a huge paper mache giraffe at Sunday school, being carried by my dad.

5. Favorite movie of all time?

Don’t judge me, but it’s Legally Blonde. Nothing gets Elle Woods down. I want to be like that!

6. How old were you when you gave birth to your first child? (If applicable.)

I had my first son David, when I was 26, right before my 27th birthday. He was born with a serious disability, so that was a crazy time for us. He is thriving and doing so well!

7. Sun rising or sun setting?

Oh this is tough, but I’ll do with sun setting. The light is so magical.

8. Greatest influence?

Probably my mom. She is so creative and isn’t afraid to try new things. She knows how to use tools, wallpaper a room, create an incredible centerpiece. And she’s the most generous person I know!

9. When did you know that you were ready to embark on creating your own business/blog?

It was a process of considering and being scared of looking foolish and wanting to be brave. And most of all, wanting to be home with my boys. The first leap I took was getting my business license. That felt very official to me.
10. Most treasured item?

I have a lot of things that are special or meaningful, but they all feel fairly replaceable. I love all the pictures we have taken over the years. I love our cozy little home. But mostly, I love our little family.

11. If there was a soundtrack of your life, what songs would be included?

It would probably be a Weepies Cd playing over and over.
12. Hopes for your future in both your business and your personal life?

I hope the business continues to thrive. I hope my product continues to be meaningful to people. I hope I can come up with truly original, creative ideas. I hope my family stays healthy and that my boys grow into strong men who love the Lord.

13. What is a little known fact about yourself?

My deepest, darkest secrets. Hmm. I sucked my thumb until I was 10 years old. I have a twin sister, a set of younger sisters who are twins, and a younger brother and sister who are twins. Three sets of twins in my immediate family.

14. By which is your favorite means of travel... Automobile, boat, airplane or hot air balloon?
If it’s a long distance, I’ll take a plane. If it’s a super short distance, I rather walk. I love to be able to walk to a restaurant and then back home.

15. What would be your everyday must have item?

Probably a pair of leather boots. I wear boots almost every day.

(If you are one of Lisa'a fans and are here visiting, please feel free to take a look around, 

even read a few more of my inspirational  interviews.


If you add yourself as one of my followers, and leave me a comment, 

you'll be entered to win the 

Thank you and have a wonderful day! )


Gussy said...

This interview is so special -- I love that I learned a little more about you Lisa.

And, it's so inspiring & encouraging to know someone so successful. {fist pump} ;)

Whitney said...

I am just a dreamer here who would love my own business one day doing something thing crafty like Lisa or here to you prominent crafty darlings. Little do you know that I live vicariously through you! Wink!

Tamara said...

I found you through lisa leonard's blog...which i too love! i loved the interview and your blog too..i'm now a follower! wonderful giveaway and i look forward to reading more from you.

Jennifer said...

love learning more about Lisa! I'm realing from the three sets of twins in her family...crazy!! :)

Linda said...

Always nice to learn more about the people we follow from far away. Three sets of twins---that IS one amazing mama! I came to this blog from Lisa's, but now I'm following here, too! :-)

Kelly H-Y said...

I adore LL, and wake up the same way ... checking in on her blog before we leave the house in the morning! :-) I had no idea she was one of THREE sets of twins in one family - - wow!!

Tricia said...

I as well have been reading Lisa's blog everyday since I discovered it last Fall. Loved the interview! Tricia

Biteofpunkinpie said...

I've been reading Lisa's blog for a while and knew she was a twin but didn't know that there were more twins in her family. How cool!