Lisa Leonard Designs

I never thought I’d be a model…

July 30th | older posts

but here I am taking photos of myself wearing my jewelry. I feel like a real dork doing it, but I don’t have any other ladies hanging around my house willing to let me photograph them on a whim. So there you go! Tips for self-portraits
1. Start with a halfway decent camera
2. Take a ton of pictures
3. Choose the best one
4. Doctor it up in iphoto

Okay, the giveaway. I’m giving away two ‘dream BIG’ necklaces (not giving away either boy this month, Penny, but if you’d like to borrow one or both we can arrange that!) Leave a comment telling us what you are ‘dreaming BIG’ about. I’ll choose a winner Wednesday.

The chain is 24″. Not long enough to slip of your head, but hangs at the bust. These will be on sale for the month of Aug. for $32.

Someone asked for a photo of this one being worn, so, here is the oval ‘sister’ necklace with large link chain. It hangs about 16.5″ but I can cut the chain to a longer length if needed. This one is $52

The CdLS fundraiser ends tomorrow and I am so excited that we have sold 46 necklaces. That is just plain INCREDIBLE! Thanks everybody!!

55 Responses

  1. Cathy says:

    Okay, as silly as this may sound compared to what others will post: I’m dreamin’ big that I will finally find the perfect planner/agenda for my life! Can’t find one that works. LOL

  2. Kyrissa says:

    Lately I’ve been wishing that my dearest friend and her family, who live in Oklahoma, would move a little bit closer to my home state, Washington. I’d love for our girls to grow up together, or at least see each other on a more consistent basis. Definitely fits the order of ‘Dream Big.’

  3. judi says:

    What I’m dreaming big about, is the upcoming opening of our quilt shop. It’s been a life long dream for my Mom to have a “little shop to piddle around in” and so I’m trying my very best to make it one that will be successful. She has suffered from diabetes, a heart attack and now CHF…… it keeps her a bit depressed and worries us so. But, since dreaming up this great idea of ours to open this shop, she has perked up so much! It has given her something to look forward to and has given her a purpose once again.

    And so, come September with my Mom, sister, and my little daughter…….. this “big” undertaking will begin. The “dream” will be for my Mom. (And a bit from us too!).

  4. Carrie Haughey says:

    My big dream right now is to get my home in order before my mom comes this weekend, so I can show her that I can successfully keep house too! That and it would be nice to have everything in it’s place since we have been in our place for 3 weeks with me not working, so by all rights I should have it all put away by now!!

  5. Kim says:

    I’m dreaming big that this will be the best school year yet. That the new team I am joining will be as receptive and welcoming to inclusion as my unbeatable team last year. That the children will be adorable, as always, and that I will love them as much as I always do. I’m dreaming of a year when I won’t lose one of them, as I have the past two years, but that if it does happen, my dream is that they will be safe and happy.

  6. Terra says:

    Right now I am dreaming my husband can find a better job. He is so talented and worth so much more than what he is getting paid. He works so hard for our family. We struggle from paycheck to paycheck. I am encouraging him to “Dream Big” and believe in himself. I sure do!!

    By the way, I love your site and all your pictures! You always look so happy!!

  7. beth says:

    lisa…your jewelry rocks. i am still deciding what i am going to order, but will hopefully decide soon! :)

    right now i am dreaming of a new job…something that makes me happy, doing something i love, etc., etc. it’s hard because i am not 100% sure what i should be looking for.

    thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

    happy dreaming big everyone!

  8. crafty moi says:

    I Dream BIG of my children growing up to be healthy, contented adults that find their purpose in life.That they will look back and say, “I had a happy childhood, my family loved me.”

  9. cynthia says:

    you make such a great model!
    my dream would be to have a side business doing something that i love and be successful at it…but still have the time to volunteer at the school with my 5yo son, jackson! i would love the extra money…who wouldn’t ? but i would NEVER want to quit my “day job”…being his mommy!

  10. Gretchen says:

    I’m dreaming that my husband’s new business continues to be successful so he can sleep easy at night.

  11. The Girls says:

    Dreaming big about just one thing is just hard for me :) I have two things, both are things I pray about daily, and I know God will Bless us with answeres to both, but here they are:
    1) For my brother and his wife to finaly have a baby that they have been longing for for 4 years now!
    2) That my girls would both grow up healthy and strong and not have to deal with the same horrible dieasae I have had to battle in my own life.
    These are huge dreams of mine and I cant wait for them to become reality!

  12. sarah vrolyk says:

    I am dreaming big about our upcoming school year. I am in the midst of selecting curriculum … and praying that I am making wise choices.

    What a great giveaway! :)

  13. mel says:

    I love your jewelry! it is just my style!

    My big dream is having my husband have his dream come true by owning his own business. This dream will mean a better life for our family and i share in anything that can make that happen! We are on the verge of that dream coming true, please pray for us!

    Mel Boniface

  14. Natalie* says:

    Since I’ve already been blessed enough to be a winner of your fabulous jewelry though Design Mom, if by some crazy chance I win again, this dream BIG necklace will go to my sister Nicole. She is a graduate student, finishing up her thesis – what’s extra fabulous about Nicole is that she made it into a very difficult creative writing program at a private university. She is a novelist in the truest sense of the word – highly creative, has a great command over the English language and knows how to write incredibly memorable characters. Her thesis chair is confident that her book will be published, which is so exciting! She is such an example to me of dreaming BIG and I know she would cherish this necklace. We’ll see if my luck pulls through for her!

  15. Danielle says:

    I have already won once, so don’t count this one in your tally (LOVE my necklace, btw!) but I wanted to let you know that your pics have SO inspired me to do some ‘self-portraits’ of my own..and MAN am I having fun!!

    Thanks Lisa!

  16. Laura says:

    Right now, I’m dreaming big that my father-in-law can beat his newly diagnosed cancer!! We’re not ready to lose him!!!
    On a lighter note, I’m also dreaming big that someone will buy our house so we can get a new one!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I’m “dreaming big” of a cure for Type 1 Diabetes to rid my little boy and all those suffering from this terrible disease.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lisa

    I love your jewelry and I am just thinking about which Portuguese words I would like to have written on one of them to order a beautiful necklace from you.

    I dreamed big 3 years ago when I decided to leave my country (Brazil), my language, my family, friends and Law School to move to Canada to get married with my wonderful Canadian husband. Everybody thought I was either too crazy or too brave (or both) but I followed my big dream and here I am living in Calgary and LOVING IT. Missing my country, my family, my friends and not missing Law School as much as I thought I would ! ha !

    Congratulations on your beautiful boys, they are just A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E , I love the pictures of them on their swimming suits. How cute.

    Rita Correa

  19. Joy says:

    You are an awesome Model.. you are so photogenic. Please stop making all this wonderful jewelry.. *grin*… love love love it. I love my blessed necklace.


  20. chrissie says:

    My big dream is to be a loving mom to a child who doesn’t have a mom.
    I love you, Lisa. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

  21. Christal says:

    My big dream is simple: To give hope and a future to students who have been told their whole lives that they won’t have either of those things. I’m working on this.. :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lisa, I’m dreamin’ of winning a necklace … also dreaming about having the opportunity of being able to spread your story if and when people comment about my lovely necklace, I’ll be able to tell them about your website and raise awareness all the way in Cape Town, South Africa.
    Thanks & holding thumbs

  23. says:

    My big dream is to open up a scrapbook store. Considering that my husband and I just bought a house and recently had my son my big dream has been put on the back burner for a little while.

  24. Richelle says:

    I am living my dream. I have an amazing loving husband of 22 years. Our daughter just turned 13, she is a joy to watch grow and develop into a beautiful young lady. My dream is to take care of my family and that each of us can bless those around us.

  25. Jessica Witty says:

    Dreaming big… about my new baby! Totally nervous, but I can’t wait to see what the little one looks like!

  26. Kristen Borland says:

    so awesome!

    i’m dreaming BIG about bringing home Amanda. That’s HUGE! I cannot believe we get to bring this little one into our family. I cannot wait for her to be here, and I really wish I could speed up the process.

  27. Andrea says:

    Im Dreamin Big about the day when my hubby and myself are both finished with school, its been a crazy couple of years and we are ready to relax and enjoy our daughter who is growing too fast.

  28. Anonymous says:

    My oldest daughter (she’s 20) will be a junior this coming year in college – still no major. I dream she will find not only her major but her nitch in life. She is doing what I didnt do (go to college) as I was a young (17 years old) single mom. I am so proud of all she’s done so far but know there are great things that lie ahead for her. She just needs to belive it too.

    Stephanie M.

  29. Jada2929 says:

    Dreaming big dreams about our newest arrival, baby Violet who has only been part of our family for 2 weeks now. Only 14 days but she’s been growing in my heart for years. Cheesy, yes. I’m sleep deprived and on cloud nine. Plus I haven’t had a shower in 48 hours and I have dirty dishes stacked up like a Jenga tower, so I’m dreaming about what Violet will become someday rather than face smelly reality. 😉

  30. cindy b. says:

    Hi Lisa. There are so many things I dream about that’s it’s hard to pick one!! However, when I first read your post for today I immediately thought about our dream to get out of debt and build a house some day on my in-laws farmland. I know it’s been a dream of my husband’s for a LONG, LONG time and hopefully it will come true some day. Thanks Lisa!!

  31. carrymesouth says:

    I am dreaming of peace in the world, it is a prayer I pray daily for all the children who we as parents will leave this world to.

  32. Cade says:

    After reading the other posted dreams, mine are rather silly, but… I dream about being diaper free! (Can you tell 3 in diapers is taking its toll?) My selfish dream is to be a writer someday.

  33. ania says:

    My BIG secret dream atm is to be allowed to learn how to become a decent pro-photographer. Dream big. Why not. I’d totally love to be able to maybe one day be doing this for a living. Ohwell. It’s just a dream. But sure a nice one. Ania from Norway :)

  34. baby james says:

    A VACATION!!!! We have not been any where in almost 4 years. Life has just not permitted it. And then there are your beautiful photos that make me constantly DROOL. Hopefully soon.

  35. tess says:

    I haven’t read the others, for fear I’d chicken out ~ I am dreaming BIG that the love my husband and I once shared for 10 years will return. It doesn’t have to be the same as it was…THAT couldn’t even happen! After the birth of our daughter (after trying for 6 years) and the loss of my MIL, FIL and BIL all within 2.5 years, somewhere along the way, we lost sight of each other. We each struggled to make it through each day…DH with his losses, and me with my fresh joy and the happy exhaustion that goes hand in hand with a baby(esp. when Drs told me I wouldn’t be able to have one!). We lost so much… hope, love and family that we also wound up losing each other… but *I* also know we gained SO much. Perhaps he’ll be able to see that. I’d love for our love to return, that’s my wish…

  36. {jennie} says:

    What a great necklace!
    I’m dreaming big about the birth of my boy/girl twins! I’m due September 21st, but expect them to show up late August!

  37. jjjourneyahead says:

    i’m dreaming BIG of a great year back to school teaching third grade after 2.5 years home with my little one. would love to have a little reminder to show the kids to dream big everyday. thanks!

  38. Teresa says:

    I’m dreaming of big wins at agility trials with my Aussie, Annie. It’s my current mom’s thing.

  39. The Hunt's says:

    I think my big dream now would be that a baby named Hope could show the doctors that even with their degrees and their text books God still show us miracles! Hope’s Mommy didn’t even know she was pregnant until she was 11weeks along, long story so I’ll try to sum it up…

    There was a tear in the ammiotic sac and the Drs were surprise the pregnancy wasn’t already over. Fast forward…Hope’s Mommy makes it to 22 weeks completely unheard of and is hospitalized and put on complete bedrest….fast forward Hope is now 32 weeks gestation it’s time to bring this angel into the world…Hope survived the entire pregnancy with little to no ammiotic fluid. She is now 2 months old and the docs are getting very discouraged. Hope has been living on a vent and has no lower body movement. The docs think it is nerological. (My heart is breaking as I am writing this). The don’t think she will survive more than another month or two. Baby Hope is my big dream. I dream that her Mommy and Daddy and big brother can bring her home. That she will continue to amaze the docs after all she shouldn’t have even made it this far. I’m a mother, I know what it is like to long for a heathly baby. I have 10 1/2 month old twins and they spent 10 days in the NICU. No major problems but nonetheless scary. My dream is for Baby Hope.

    Yu can read some of Hope story and she her picture on a site my friend has.


  40. Leah says:

    I’m dreaming big (and ALL THE TIME) about the baby my husband and I are trying to have. It’s been 3 months since a miscarriage, and we’ve been trying for a few weeks. I wish those pregnancy tests could tell me something a little sooner! Love all your jewelry, it is fabulous!

  41. Lizzy says:

    Dreaming big was buying my first house with an August 8th closing date, and getting married August 18. All while 6 months pregnant. (I think of it as dreaming big so as to ignore how crazy I am!)

    Congrats on the fundraising! Great job.

  42. samantha the great!! says:

    dreaming big eh?
    I am dreaming for all that I know to choose to live their life in the most joy-filled way possible.
    and to make every one of their dreams come true simply because they want them too & know that they will!
    your blog is pretty.

  43. Krista says:

    what i’m dreaming big about…
    having a second child. 2 years of trying and infertility treatment brought us our incredible almost-3-year-old son, and then an out of the blue pregnancy ended with a miscarriage. my son just melts around babies – he’s totally fascinated by them! i want him to experience being a big brother… that, right now, is my Big Dream.

  44. Monica says:

    I dream big about…..purchasing my own home and starting a family…. My husband and I hopefully will be doing both in the next year. So exciting, but scary. =)

  45. Grace 4 Russia says:

    My big dream is that someday we will live in New Zealand for a few years so my kids can know some of their heritage.

  46. Amy says:

    I’m dreaming BIG this month about my long awaited baby. After three miscarriages and a really rough beginning, my pregnancy is now 34 weeks along, and our baby girl should be making her appearance in about 6 weeks! I can’t stop dreaming about touching her tiny little toes, seeing if she has red hair (like her dad) and holding her for the first time. This is truly one of my BIGGEST dreams, coming true.

  47. Jennifer A. says:

    I just came back here this evening to see everyone’s big dreams and I am overwhelmed by the very personal thoughts we have all shared. WOW! My heart goes out to all of you who are dreaming of babies after miscarriage, I too suffered a miscarriage and understand the pain. Thanks for a place to share a little of what is happening in our lives. Your jewelry is amazing!

  48. Rachel Slagle says:

    I am dreaming big about two things: I have been dreaming about getting a kitchen overhaul for four years – my remodel starts mid-August… I am also dreaming about my upcoming vaction to New York with my Sister-in-Law/Best Friend and my niece. I have been dreaming about going to New York for as long as I can remember!

  49. KirstyB says:

    Ooohhh…I love them both!!! I’m dreaming big about my son’s academic future right now. We’re looking into a virtual academy as the school district in Las Vegas leaves a lot to be desired. Hoping we make the right choice for him…it could have a HUGE impact on him either way! Wish us luck!

  50. Susan Slagle says:

    I’m dreamin’ of living a long, long full life as I was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and am still undergoing chemo!! I’m dreamin’ of a cruise of Alaska with my hubby for our Anniversary in two weeks!! I’m dreamin’ of my trip to New York with my oldest daughter and my sister-in-law/bestest friend in December….wow, I’ve been dreamin’ alot!!! HeHeHe
    Thank you as always for all of your beautiful jewelry!!

  51. Une Belle Vie says:

    I’m dreaming of Dec. 15th-the day my husband will graduate with his DC degree. It’s been a long 7 years but worth it. I also have big dreams for my three little boys and hope they will be happy and successful people.

  52. Rebecca says:

    My whole dream is too big to write here (Believe me, it would take a whole blog to explain) but the general wrap-up…. I dream of creating a nice quiet peaceful and secure future for myself. I just turned 40, newly single after 20 years of marriage, facing an empty nest (my last kid just graduated), unemployed, and still trying to put my house back together from Katrina (It has been a very long 2 years). I just jumped into portrait photography full-time in an attempt to support myself and I’m setting up my studio again where I do lampwork beadmaking, glass fusing, and metalwork to make jewelry (as well as a little stained glass, mosaics, and scrapbooking). Between my new photography business and my resurrected jewelry business, I know I’m going to be ok. At least that’s my dream.

  53. erika says:

    Yikes.. I seem to be out of it lately- hope I didn’t miss this :) O.K., my dreaming big goal.. spiritual goal right now.. is that God’s Holy Spirit would control me each day… so the kids and I have memorized the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.. Guess I’m aiming high :) Pictures are beautiful- hope you’re well -E

  54. The 6 Pucks says:

    oohhh i hope i did not miss.. what i am dreaming about?? seeing my baby brother and sister n law this year in Jamaica, they just left for peace core (25 more months):) love the necklace. lisa you are so talented!!

  55. Kelly says:

    Too late for the contest, but I’ll share my biggest dream. To hear my daughter speak a word, any word, just any word! :)

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