Lisa Leonard Designs

my tools.

July 29th | jewelry


one definition of tool is

‘anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose’


i have tools i use every day.

like sterling silver, pearls, carving tools, hammers and pliers.

and then i have other {not so obvious} tools.

like sunshine (i need it to warm my shoulders and give me energy)

and my camera

and my sketchpad.

oh and my iphone. what an amazing tool.

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tell me about your favorite tools-

obvious or otherwise.

32 Responses

  1. Celeste says:

    I’m going to have to agree with you … sunshine, my camera (it goes *everywhere* with me), my BlackBerry, my van (yes – I rock the minivan!).. but – the most important in my life: my Bible. I read a few chapters each night, and it is so very true: there is such power in His Word.

  2. paper, scissors, adhesive, {LOVE} my work. I did a whole post on it yesterday! Link up your photos Lisa! and everyone :)

  3. Ewa Morphy says:

    Hi Lisa,

    In addition to loving your jewelry, I really love your photos. I am searching for a new camera right now and wonder if you can share what camera (I assume it is a DSLR?) you use and what lenses and equipment you have used with it? I have a Canon SLR but not digital yet (and I really dislike my digital point and shoot) – looking to make the jump! Also, have you taken any courses or have you learned through old-fashioned trial and error? I am considering some courses at a great local school …Looking forward to your advice!

    My tools – well, at work its the computer … but in real life I “use” my kids and husband to recharge and make life meaningful and to fill it with joy…

  4. Erika says:

    I love your jewelry….especially your family tree necklace. My tools include sunshine, my scriptures for daily reading, my new droid x, and my daily menu for meal planning. They all help me stay organized and positive :).

  5. faith says:

    With my hurried life, I use “post it” notes OFTEN. They keep things from falling through
    the cracks.

  6. Amy says:

    I love sunshine and my camera too. My favorite scrapbooking tool is my Cricut and now at CHA they came out with a newer model that’s a must have. It not only cuts, but prints too. Do you scrapbook?

  7. my favorite tool… much as I complain about it………. the body I’ve been given………… without it, I couldn’t use any other tools.

  8. Clare says:

    My favorite is my pushchair (stroller) great for containing my little ones when its not so safe to walk & putting just about everything we own in it, also saves lugging big camera about.

    My favorite tools of my daughters are her hearing aids, she now turns when I call her name, happy days x

  9. mary says:

    I’m not sure it’s my favorite tool, but every single workday I use Microsoft Excel. Less frequently used than Excel and way more loved is my Bernina.

  10. Denise C. says:

    My daily morning run is my tool for everyday. It sets my day. Unfortunately, due to a horrendous migraine I was not able to get out the past few days. Tomorrow, I will run again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. My tools are my laptop, iPhone, Sketch-A-Day journal, canary yellow note pad, and blue Papermate click ballpoint pen.

  12. Cait says:

    My literal tools are very utilitarian: feeding tubes, syringes, bottles, tape, diapers, scales and tape measures. But the most important things I take into work with me are my hands and a soft voice. Talking to the babies, holding them, helping their mothers feel safe and secure with them: these are so very necessary and so rewarding in work on the NICU

  13. Lisa McGriff says:

    My favorite “tool” would be my Kitchenaid Mixer that my husband bought me for Christmas last year.. How could I ever begin to bake all the cakes and make bowls and bowls of icing without it.. I have many other tools that are important as well but this one is the first one I use!

  14. Jenn says:

    Journal & Sharpie Pen. Coffee. Powerful vitamins that keep my outlook positive. An electric heating pad that helps keep my pain manageable.

  15. Amy P. says:

    My fave tool is probably my words, whether they be spoken, thought, written, or readโ€ฆ However, if I had to pick something else, my laptop would be in close second. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Southern Gal says:

    My computer. Camera. Appliances that make it so easy for me to clean, cook and store things.

  17. denise says:

    hugs, kisses, and LIPSTICK! need those to get me through my day.

  18. Kathryn says:

    Oooh favorite tools would be my fingers and my paints . . . I also need water though to wash up all the mess I create. Great pics, love those.

  19. Jenny says:

    I love getting a glimpse into your jewelry making! My tools… my laptop, my sewing machine, my coffee maker, my devotional.

  20. Philippa says:

    I love jewellery tools – my ex hubby was a jeweller and I loved watching him work. I did a jewellery making course in Chang Mai in Thailand in 2004 and got to make 5 items in sterling silver, I ADORED it!
    My main tool is my garden. It brings me joy EVERY single day and is the tool I use to keep me on an even keel when life is pulling me every which way! Smiles..

  21. Michelle says:

    So cool to read about everyone’s favorite tools!

  22. Claire Hill says:

    My favorite tools are my iPhone and my SLR camera, the really nice floral Cross pens my husband purchased for me, my new macbook, my size 5 bamboo knitting needles and my iPhone, Yes, I mentioned it twice. It’s my favorite.

  23. Lisa says:

    Sewing machine. Coffee.

  24. sarah says:

    hands. nikon point-and-shoot camera. computer to connect to family. truck. favorite, most used tools.

  25. Cathy says:

    My knitting needles are my favorite tool, oh yeah, and my Kitchen Aid mixer!

  26. deezie says:

    Oh boy this is a fun one. My main tools for work are a large drill press for drilling through my glass and lots of jewelry tools also, oh and beads, lots of beads, My legs for walking the beach to find my glass:) and like you,,,, lots of sunshine, oh can’t forget my Nikon, love my camara

  27. Tiffany Day says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Obvious tools: my blackberry, my hair dryer and my Keurig coffee maker!!

    Not so obvious; a random hug from my husband; a secret wink from my son and love the unconditional love i get everyday from my family – that is a tool that keeps me going no matter what!

    We are having a nice time away – relaxing, drinking in the peacefullness and being together is great! I am wearig my lld necklaces and finding new meaning in them – i am getting lots of compliments on them and spreading the word in PA!! Hope you get come orders from here!

    Have a great day!

  28. Tiffany Day says:

    what happened to my xo??


  29. Linda says:

    Okay, I love my Blackberry – which I’ve only had since June – it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, I love the balcony door open in the early morning, hearing the birds and the windchimes really relaxes me, I love my SLR, but really haven’t used it so much and just bought a DSLR – Olympic Pen – because it’s the most lightweight camera ever (I was going to buy a Nikon and go all out, but why have a DSLR you have to LUG around …), my tools are my brushes and canvasses and paints and the imagination to do fun things with all of them (especially ephemera), my cat, Homee – he keeps me company and when I’m not doing art or customer service at work, my bestest tools ever are my hands – because I can do all these things and Reiki too and it’s wonderful to share.

  30. Amber says:

    my favorite tool is the Bible. It guides me, leads me, and centers me.

  31. Renae Dudley says:

    My obvious favorite tool is my toothbrush.. a fresh mouth feels so good :0) But what really get’s my day off to a wonderful start is the big gummy smile from my 11 week old son that I get every morning before going to work. It’s the best feeling in the world. Also I don’t think I could go a day with out my camera, a pen and a journal to write in.

  32. Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, appreciate it. “To be positive To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” by Ambrose Bierce.

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