Lisa Leonard Designs

the creative connection event

September 16th | blog friends, events



i’m in minneapolis for the creative connection.

steve was going to join me, but stayed home since david is sick.

big bummer and i cried when he couldn’t come

but i am so glad he is taking care of our boys.

and the girl time is also helping to ease the pain.

{above pics} i spent the day with gussy and lindsey eating {more} chipotle

and doing just a little bit {more} shopping at target.




minneapolis is beautiful!

i love nicolett mall. so fun.

above is a pic of us reflected in a window.

and some pigeons nibbling.




it thunderstormed today.

loved the heart-shaped leaves.




tomorrow i’ll share more pics of my booth

and some other amazing handmade products.

there are people who sew, make jewelry, collect vintage finds,

photographers, bakers, and knitters.

the creativity is overwhelming!!

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what’s your go-to creative outlet?

40 Responses

  1. Stefany says:

    I’m looking at the Minneapolis skyline from my office desk – so glad you’re enjoying the city! The weather sure could be nicer for you, bummer. A family member of mine is actually showing there also – have a great time!

  2. beth says:

    gosh….if i had known you were going to be there, i might have driven up just to meet you !
    we’re about 4 hours away with good traffic….and the junk bonanza was calling my name, too !
    have a great time !!!

  3. Looks like a great time. Also…I LOVE your boots!!

  4. Gussy says:

    love getting to know you more! :)

  5. lisa says:

    i’m in minneapolis through friday–so come visit!! xo

  6. lisa says:

    i mean i’m here through saturday!! come hang out!!

  7. I get so inspired when the seasons change. We have wrapped up summer and are getting ready to enjoy fall… smells, new clothes (old ones brought back seem new), new colors, all around me……that inspires me. I simply have to create new things for my home, shop, children………
    Enjoy your weekend, Lisa!

  8. Gayle says:

    ‘Looks like a delightful and refreshing trip!

  9. Bobbi says:

    Loved when I worked in downtown Minneapolis for all the shops on Nicollet Mall, now I’m on the other side of the river in St. Paul. Hopefully our weather gets better for the rest of your stay.

  10. fun stuff!! my creative outlet is writing, which my husband recently encouraged (guilted) me in to making a priority. and i’m glad he did!

  11. kim says:

    my 3 favorite handmade shops in one post?! too much! :) have fun, girls!

  12. Jenny says:

    Your in my state Lisa! Welcome…glad to have you hear in Minneapolis! Have fun :-)

  13. Lindsay Lee says:

    Looks like SO much fun Lisa. Enjoy!

  14. Awesome pictures:)
    My creative outlet is blogging, taking photos (amateur) & knitting.
    Right now, I really need to get started on a baby blanket and the baby is due Sept 30th. YIKES!
    p.s. NOT my baby, a friends’

  15. Alina says:

    WOW! Your in my city…. Yeah this weather is a bummer, hopefully it will be better weather before you go. I guess I didn’t realize this was going to be here in Minneapolis. I am going to try and check out the Handmade Market on Sat.

  16. Kathy K. says:

    Minneapolis is my home town – but I haven’t been there for years : ( I’m glad you are enjoying her though.

  17. Amanda says:

    We do have a great city! If you have some time to explore, and have transportation, make your way out to Stillwater. It’s about 30 minutes outside the city, right along the St Croix River. Of course, I live out here, so I’m in love. It’s an old river town with some quaint shops and amazing scenery… which is even better when the sun is shining. Enjoy your visit!

  18. tiffany day says:

    hi lisa

    how fun – would love to see all the booths there!!

    my go to creative outlet would be redecorating my house – just changing things around and scrapbooking – i am totally not by nature a creative person so i get ideas anywhere i can and then tweak them to be more my own.

    :) look forward to seeing more pix of your booth


  19. Oh, how fun! Have a great and relaxing time!

  20. Tetcy says:

    I love to make cards, take pictures and blog….way fun!

  21. Renae says:

    Creative Connections looks and sounds like the place to be :) I’m glad you’re having a wonderful time.

    I Love Target… I Love Chipotle… YAY YOU!!

    The heart shaped leaves are beauitul!!

    My (new) creative outlet is the art/inspiration journal that I have recently started… it makes me happy :)

  22. deezie says:

    Love seeing the pictures, have a great time
    My creative outlet is creating. I love walking the beach and looking for seaglass and then making something wonderful out of it. Ahhhh its like nothing else to me. I do however love all kinds of crafting but the seaglass is my favorite

  23. Nicole says:

    my creative outlet is my sweet guitar! it’s a beautiful instrument (both physically and metaphorically) mine is made out of the softest wood, if you know what i mean by soft wood. it practically feels like velvet. it’s one of the best sounds i’ve ever heard when i play it (not that i think i’m great- i just love the sound it’s manufactured to make). it’s my favorite thing to do, just playin all day. = ]

  24. Suzanne says:

    For me, it’s different things depending on my mood – scrapbooking, decorating my house, making jewelry, cooking, making gifts for others…I just love to create new things and put a litlle bit of me into each project.

    Have fun at TCC – looks like a great time. My sister lives in Mpls and plans to go on Saturday!

  25. Kelly H-Y says:

    Love the pics! Mine is definitely photography!

  26. Your family photos on the side bar are great. It looks like your having fun at the event. My creative outlet is sewing. I love it.

  27. melissa says:

    So much fun meeting you today and working your booth. I will see you on Saturday when I am back…maybe even tomorrow with my girls.

    Hope you are having a great afternoon! So much fun to have you here in the Twin Cities

  28. Lisa~
    It was so much fun getting to chat with you today!! I enjoyed getting to know you!!
    So excited to see what you create for us!
    Chris Ann

  29. Kelli says:

    Baking! I have a little side business called “Fresh Scratch” and bake organic goodies.

  30. Oh wow. I wish I was there. Your booth will be amazing.

  31. Megan says:

    So glad that you are enjoying MN!

  32. debbie says:

    I’m a scrapbooker – that is about as creative as I get. would love to see you in the mid-west. I’m in Columbus, Ohio – do you travel this way at all?

  33. so cute! i barely recognized maggie with her cute blonde do!

  34. Claire Hill says:

    Can you take a picture of you toting whatever bag you carry around with this camera in it, everywhere you go? Love your pictures and I’d love to see that bag.

  35. Karne says:

    Glad you are enjoying Minneapolis! I wish I did not have to work, I would have loved to have met you in person. I hope you have a great time and a safe journey home!

  36. GretchenG says:

    My creativity corner is the “shelf” above my washer and dryer. I live in a tiny (no storage space), yet huge one bedroom loft. All my art stuff is sitting on the ledge, shelf, half washer room… It’s hip, fun, annoying, and beautiful all at the same time. And no matter what I call it, I still love it!

    And by the way… My friend recently turned me on to your site, and since then I have been obsessed! Thanks for being in the world! Many blessings, Lisa : )

  37. Southern Gal says:

    sewing and photography.

  38. Ewa Morphy says:

    Your booth is just gorgeous! I love it … wish I was in Minneapolis right now. We live 7 hours north in Canada and visited there this summer – it was lots of fun – a great city. If you have time, check out the beautiful Shoppes of Arbor Lakes (in Maple Grove) – they have an awesome Anthro!!! I was so excited to look at your conference website and see so many familiar faces from Country Living magazine (one of my favourites) … they are all amazing ladies (and the occassional guy!)! Keep having fun!

  39. Lisa, Lisa! I’ve got to say you are a woman after my own heart. I LOVE Target and everything beautiful. Your table is tickle my toes tasty! I just wish I could be there to see it in person.

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  40. looks like a great time was had! I so wish I could of made it!

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