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October 4th | adventures, inspiration, jewelry

i have photos to share! {courtesy of relativity media} as you know, steve and i attended the LA premiere of machine gun preacher a couple weeks ago.

we walked the red carpet, mingled with the cast a bit and saw the movie before it was released in theaters. we partnered with the makers of the movie to create a keepsake for the LA premiere. everyone who attended received a necklace!

the movie was intense and moving. if you plan to see the movie, please be warned that there is lots of violence {and some cursing and sex}. the violence is hard to watch since the movie is based on a true story. and the LRA continues to attack villages and tear apart families.

gerard butler was incredibly warm and kind. He spent a few minutes chatting with steve and i and he loved the necklace.

um, yes, that is gerard butler’s arm around me. insane!!

here’s gerard with the necklace we created. the shape of the sudan is hand-stamped along with the message ‘for the children’. it’s cast in fine pewter and it’s gorgeous! we are offering them to our community for a limited time–so if you want one, hurry!

a portion of the sale from each necklace will go to the angels of east africa.

want one for yourself? you can find the machine gun preacher necklace here!

56 Responses

  1. um, wow. gerard butler? arm around you? lucky, lucky lady.

  2. Margie Brown says:

    You and your hubby look Awesome! Gerard Butler doesn’t look too bad either! 😉 What a fun event! The necklace is special!

  3. Gussy Sews says:

    my goodness friend — what an amazing business partnership and experience for you & steve. soooo exciting! thanks for sharing it with us ;]


  4. Cheryl Bach says:

    How exciting that you had the chance to walk the red carpet & hang out with Gerard Butler!

  5. Bailey says:

    This is incredible Lisa! You guys looked great on the red carpet :)

  6. OMG! I’m sweating just looking at him! :-) Sooo jealous! What an amazing adventure you can tell your kids/grandkids about someday!!

  7. He is, let’s just say it, HOT. lol How awesome. I love the necklace, Lisa. You’re so talented and have a beautiful heart.

  8. Billie says:

    Gerard Butler… Swoon… :-)

  9. Amanda says:

    Wow! Lisa, you and Steve look fantastic!
    And I have to admit, I’m a bit jealous of you and the fact that Gerard Butler’s arm was around you!!!

  10. erin says:

    you look fantastic!
    what a wonderful experience :)

  11. Tricia says:

    I think that it is wonderful that you have had this opportunity! You do such good in the world. : )

  12. Kami says:

    Wow, Lisa! So cool! Holy Gerard! He is hunky! I think I need to add him to my laminated list. 😉

  13. LOVD says:

    You and Steve are red-carpet worthy for sure! What a great opportunity to help in a wide way. So many blessings to share.

  14. i’m dying.

    gerard butler is so amazingly handsome it’s just doesn’t seem appropriate.

    my mouth is still open. you are so lucky! wow. i’m speechless!!!!!

    {by the way, you totally look super super great too!}

  15. As if I wasn’t already jealous of your curls and crazy creative talent … but now, with Gerard? Oh my!! You lucky girl ;).

    What a wonderful project to partner on and so exciting for you to get to experience it all. So happy for you!


  16. Ashley R. says:

    ummm Gerard Butler…drool!!! You are such a natural beauty and really shined at the premier. Love the necklace and that it’s for a great cause 😉

  17. JosieK says:

    Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous!Jealous! Jealous!
    And you look fantastic!

  18. Becky Wright says:

    Did he smell good???? hahaha

  19. Jennifer says:

    what a fantastic experience!!


  20. Merideth says:

    You are stunning my friend and anyone would be honored to have your arm around them. That said…Gerard Butler is dreamy!

  21. Southern Gal says:

    Aren’t you something?! What a great way to raise awareness and money for a great cause.

  22. Carly says:


    That is such an incredible opportunity! I just saw the previews for Machine Gun Preacher this weekend, and am hoping to go see it. I also will have to get my hands on some of those necklaces :) Glad to see how God is blessing your family and your work and ministry!


  23. Kelly J. R. says:

    That picture of Gerald holding your necklace gives me goosebumps. What an incredible experience for you!

  24. Alima says:

    you look amazing! love the layered necklace look you had going on.
    this design turned out beautiful! any idea how long you will be selling them for? would love to ask for one for my bday, but its not till next month.

  25. Lori-Anne says:

    Lisa, you and Steve look like old pros on that red carpet! What a fun adventure! I hadn’t heard of this movie until you wrote about it, but will have to check it out for sure.

  26. wow, what a wonderful opportunity to be apart of something so big, amazing and different from your everyday life. plus you got to mingle with mr. butler!!

  27. Jimmy Agan says:

    I always knew Steve was way cooler than I am. This is just the nail in the coffin. Some guys have it all–faithful pastor, brilliant preacher, gifted scholar, AND Hollywood connections!

  28. Kelly H-Y says:

    What an amazing opportunity and experience! And you look gorgeously stunning!

  29. angie says:

    So exciting! So happy / proud of you!

  30. Lisa–you and Steve look fabulous!!!! I love that the Lord is blessing you personally (wow!) and professionally and that you are able to use your business to honor Him by bring attention to injustice in the world! You guys are the stars in my opinion… Love you!!!

  31. Kelli says:

    You guys look like you belong on that red carpet! I think Gerard is looking his absolute best in that pic with you. You’re going to frame it, right?! :)

    Mostly, though, I love the necklace and the message and purpose behind it.

  32. Sarah-Anne says:

    that is so exciting, lisa!! seriously, i’m so happy for you and i can’t believe i know someone that has walked the red carpet, ahhh 😉

  33. Karly says:

    Um….WOW!!! Pretty hard to top that!! I want to hear all about it! Love him & love you guys!!!

  34. Woah, Steve looks so handsome and you look absolutely BREATHTAKING!!! and gerard…well gerard makes my knees buckle!

    what a fabulous even to be a part of! perfect fit for such an amazing company!

    xoxo, ashley

  35. This is amazing friend!! Congrats! You look so beautiful! I’m so jealous you got to meet Gerard…. swoon!!

  36. Carol Peat says:

    Oh Lisa, I need this necklace! I love Gerard…am so jealous! What a great fit for the wonderful work you do! Well done and I am sharing this with everyone I know! You are such an inspiration to me! xoxoxo

  37. Morgan says:

    Aaackkk! Gerard Butler is GORGEOUS! And you have a picture with his arm around you – amazing! It is a beautiful necklace.

  38. Claudine says:

    Oh how wonderful you looked on the red carpet! What an exciting partnership for you — congratulations!

  39. Leslie says:

    Beautiful necklace and can I just say WOAH! You are your husband looked amazing and for Gerard I think I would have peed my pants.

  40. Lisa, you look stunning! Wow!

  41. Ramona Gordy says:

    Lisa Girrrlll!!
    Oh my gosh, I can’t help remembering the movie 300.You know Gerard Butler in a Spartacus type of movie. He is so hunky. Hot flashes all around LOL:)
    I love the necklace that you did. I haven’t seen the movie but I may just have to now.
    Congrats girl.

  42. Amy K. says:

    i love that you are making a difference!! i am also echoing leslie…i would have totally peed my pants. :) and you guys looked amazing (as always).

  43. Monika says:

    ? Don’t want to get on a holier-than-thou trip, but seriously? I find the comments above pretty sad. How about seeing Mr. Butler as just another human being? I’ve met many “superstars” and haven’t come close to wetting my pants…

  44. Angie H. says:

    How incredible for you and for such a great cause. I have heard so many good things about this moving and I do want to see it. Thanks for the “heads up” on the more tricky parts of the movie. I would like to take my daughter, but I will see it first.

  45. Lisa!!! That’s so amazing! I got goosebumps when I saw you with Mr. Butler. Fabulous!
    Ashley Crenshaw

  46. denise says:

    i love the ways God is using you for his glory!

  47. Natalie says:

    The MGP necklace is beautiful!! I’m ordering one right now. I was blessed to be a part of a mission trip with Sam and his family to the Childrens Village in Sudan. My heart is still with these amazing children. Thank you for getting onboard with Angels of East Africa!
    -I have seen and now a am responsible, Sudan 1/2010

  48. Kristin S says:

    Lisa, you looked stunning!

  49. Heather G. says:

    How cool! You look amazing, and wow Gerard Butler is hot!

  50. Danielle says:

    What a beautiful necklace and beautiful statement!

  51. Rachelle says:

    um, gerard is HOT! Right?!? Looks like such a fun date night. :) beautiful necklace too!!

  52. IndiviJewels says:

    WOW how did this all come about? You look great on the red carpet! Necklace is lovely and sweet and for a worthwhile cause.

  53. Amy-Lynne says:

    Lisa & Steve ~ Proverbs say, “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings;” [22:29].
    May your talents help the children in Sudan! <

  54. Sammi says:

    I LOVE it! i tutor 4 boys that are from sudan and that came here through a foundation to give them a better education. I really want one of the necklaces! but the link doesnt work to purchase one! : ( i really want one! how can i buy one!?

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      Hi Sammi! We may have taken it off the website. Contact us at customer service at lisa leonard online dot com and we’ll see if we have any more in stock! xo

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