how to hand-stamp spoons with meaning {so fun!}

DIY, inspiration By March 21, 2013 36 Comments

Hey friends! I have a SUPER fun DIY for you today. I’m going to teach you how to hand-stamp spoons! Here are the supplies you’ll need…

 This set of spoons {below} says, “I scream, You scream, We all scream, For ice cream”. How fun is that?!

Or how about a fun spoon for your morning coffee or tea? The one below says ‘Hello gorgeous”  I like to wake up to a sweet sentiment, don’t you?

Yesterday I taught hand-stamping spoons on the D Living morning show in Dallas. I was so nervous, but it was a ton of fun! The hosts Kimberly and Hilary were so sweet. My nieces and sister-in-law came to cheer me on. Click here {or below} to watch the segment.


for megan

finding beauty, inspiration By March 20, 2013 1 Comment

A letter to my niece…

Sweet Megan

Oh my goodness, you are so grown up already. I remember holding you as a tiny baby when I was pregnant with David.  I’ve loved watching you grow, getting to know your sweet spirit and seeing how God is already working in your heart.

As you know, I grew up as a twin, too. I was one part of a set of two. It was she and I–always together, constantly being mixed up, laughing over silly things and sometimes driving each other crazy.

Being a twin was mostly wonderful. I had my sister beside me on the first day of school.  She made friends more easily than I did and I depended on her to help me navigate new situations. Having her next to me made scary things easier.

When we were ten years old, she shaved her legs. She told me she couldn’t believe how smooth they felt. It seemed so grown up. So, of course I couldn’t wait to shave my legs too!

In the afternoons we practiced drawing for hours, listened to our favorites songs on repeat and quoted movie lines together.  No one knew me better than my twin sister.

And because we were always grouped together, I compared myself to her.
I noticed that her hair was a little curlier, her teeth were a little straighter and her grades were a little higher.

I’m blogging over at {in}courage today. Hop over and read the rest of the post!


packing for blissdom

what i wore wednesday, what I'm wearing By March 20, 2013 8 Comments

Hey friends! I’m in Dallas enjoying some gorgeous spring weather. I spent a couple days with my nieces which was, of course, wonderful! I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

As I was packing for this trip, I looked through my ‘What I’m Wearing‘ posts to get ideas for easy outfits that make me feel good. I want to look pulled together but also feel comfortable. Here are some outfits that caught my eye.

This first outfit was comfortable {this pair of shoes is so easy for all day} and the camo pants add a bit of unexpected pattern.

This black pleated maxi and jean jacket are about as easy and comfortable as an outfit can get!

This patterned, pleated skirt was on sale at anthropologie for $40, so I grabbed it. It’s super comfortable and it doesn’t wrinkle.

I’ve had this vintage green, floral dress for months but I’ve never worn it. Last week I pulled it out and paired it with leopard print shoes for an easy outfit that mixes patterns {I love mixing patterns!}

This is the dress that I styled seven different ways. It’s an easy dress and I like the red shoes and layered tops.

Layers are good, black leggings are super comfy and since I know I’m bringing my denim jacket, this outfit works for travel or spending a day at the conference.

I’m trying to keep from napping, but arriving late and having a time change makes me want to curl up in a ball and snooze for an hour. How do you cope with travel and time changes?


hello monday {original art at the sanitarium}

hello monday By March 18, 2013 22 Comments

It’s a brand new week. I’m waking up in Dallas today and I’ve got a to-do list a mile long. Phew!

This week I’m sharing pics of original art from the Sanitarium in San Luis Obispo. It’s a gorgeous B&B that used to be a hospital–and the owner and some employees create gorgeous paintings. How about some hellos?

Hello color! Hello pattern! Bright shades are making me happy. I’m longing for warmer weather.

Hello sunshine. We’ve had some gorgeous sunshine, but spring is fickle. I know it won’t last.

Hello seeing friends {and making new friends!} I think the connections I’ve made over the years at Blissdom is my favorite part of the conference.

Hello being stretched. This week I’m doing a morning show in Dallas and speaking at Blissdom. Have I ever mentioned I’m an introvert? I am so thankful for these opportunities–but it’s definitely stretching for me. And if you think of it, I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

Hello missing my boys. It’s hard to be away. I’m so thankful for my awesome husband who is also an incredible daddy. And for my mother-in-law who is coming to stay, too!

Hello craving beet salad with honey roasted almonds goat cheese. Random but oh so yummy!

Hello hotel room and not cooking. It’s nice to have a break.

Hello flowy skirts and boots packed for this trip.

Hello brother, sister in law and sweet nieces who happen to be in Dallas. It’s so nice to have family here.

Hello brand new, crazy busy, very exciting week.


friday love {instagram}

older posts By March 15, 2013 4 Comments

Hey friends! I’m sharing cell phone pics from the last couple weeks and linking up with Jeannett on Life Rearranged. If you’re on instagram, I’m lisaleonard.

This pretty shadow caught my eye.

I’m loving the colorful pieces from our hope{full} line.

Matthias’ drawing keep getting better and better. He just started art lessons and he’s so excited.

We were about to leave for church and he cuddled up and fell asleep!

At lunch, David laid his head on the table. I guess he was wiped out!

Favorite jeans, check! Favorite booties, check! Layered vest and yellow sweater, check!

Last week was gloomy and this week has been sunny. I don’t mind a little gloom, but I LOVE sunshine.

Colorful beads and pretty teacups. A perfect combination.

We had a jewelry making party for our friend Chloe. The cake is from The Madonna Inn and finished with our new alphabet toppers!

David loves his daddy. And vice versa.

Brothers. Melt my heart.

I had a way-too-short lunch with Ashley in Santa Barbara this week. It was good for my soul.

This weekend holds a birthday party, garage sale and hopefully some downtime. What are your plans for this weekend?


have I ever mentioned… {vintage framed chalkboards diy}

decorating, DIY By March 14, 2013 13 Comments

Have I ever mentioned how much I love scouring thrift stores for hidden treasures? I love taking ordinary finds and making them beautiful. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for vintage thermoses {to use as vases} and old rugs. One of my favorite things to reinvent is to take old frames and turn them into chalkboards. Chalkboards are perfect for doodling and making lists–I’ve got them around my home and in the workshop. Here’s a few steps to creating your own vintage framed chalkboard.

First things first, choose a frame. It can be literally anything– a framed mirror, picture frame, or even just a piece of wood. I often stumble across a beautifully dinged up frame when thrifting and pick it up, so I may or may not have a collection going. {don’t look in my garage, ok?!} Today I’m going to use a backless teal frame. I usually paint the frame, but I liked the vintage feel of this frame so I’m leaving it be.

I found my chalkboard paint for $10 at the Home Depot, but it can be made at home as well. Since my frame had no back, I found a large piece of cardboard from my workshop and cut it using a razor & the frame for the dimensions. Be careful to not cut too small. A piece of wood works well too.

After you’ve cut out your surface, it’s time to paint! Make sure the paint is well-stirred & apply a few layers to get a nice solid coating.

Time to attach your painted surface to the frame. I simply used a stapler, but a hot glue gun or small nails will do the job just as well. The cardboard will be a little bent from the paint, so make sure you use something secure to hold it in place. You can also have plywood cut to fit your frame for a sturdier surface.

Easy, peasy, right?! Time to get creative with some fun chalk colors.

Yay! This one is hanging up in the workshop now.

Here are some of the ways I have used chalkboards to inspire me both at home and at the workshop:

Sarah from our customer care team has these chalkboards hanging around her gorgeous home. So inspiring!

And here are some from the workshop:

Chalkboards are awesome and they make the atmosphere of a room more fun. And yes, those goldfish in the background are for snacking on. Inspiration makes me hungry, how about you?


what to wear or easy dressing basics

what i wore wednesday, what I'm wearing By March 13, 2013 12 Comments

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

I’ve been buried in a crazy to-do list filled with multiple projects that are each exciting and require lots of time and energy. I’m so thankful for our amazing team–there is no way I could accomplish what I do without their help.

With my attentions elsewhere, this week’s post is pretty much just the basic–with a few accessories mixed in. I have this great pleated black maxi that makes my outfits look more put together than they actually are–and to quote Martha–that’s a good thing.

Comfort and ease were key this week–so I mixed this basic pleated maxi skirt with my more comfortable tops and threw on a few accessories before bolting out the door. It’s real life. Well, real life is the yoga pants I put on at 4pm in the afternoon, but I’m not ready to blog those photos yet.

For look one {above} I wore my favorite booties, an easy tee and denim jacket with the skirt. Similar skirt, Target. Gray tee, Target. Denim Jacket, Gap. Brown booties, Steve Madden. You are necklace, my shop.

For this second look {above} adding the belt really pulled it all together and made the outfit look more polished. Similar skirt, Target. Denim top, Chicos. Brown leather belt, Banana Republic. Leopard print heels, Target. You are necklace, my shop.

For the third and final look I wore a black tee with my safari best and wedge sandals. I’m longing for summer-how about you? Similar skirt, Target. black tee, can’t remember! Safari vest, Old Navy. Wedge Sandals, Target. Hope{full} fair trade bracelets, My shop. You are necklace, my shop.

These necklaces are so sweet, filled with meaning and easy to wear every day. Find the perfect word for a special friend {or yourself!} and tell them you are loved, magical, inspiring, brave, etc. Perfect.

The next couple weeks are so crazy busy I’m just trying to keep my head above water! Which probably means when I put on clothes in the morning I’ll be grabbing the nearest thing! What is something you’ve been wearing over and over again?


Seen here and there

blog friends By March 12, 2013 15 Comments

The past few weeks I have seen our pieces popping up here and there around blogland. I love seeing how other people style our pieces so I figured you’d like to see too. Check out some of my favorite bloggers and hop over to their page for some serious inspiration.

Ashley, from Little Miss Momma, is beautiful on the inside and out. In this feature, she writes about being an only child. Such a sweet post. Ashley is wearing the gold basic rectangle necklace and the golden hearts necklace.

This beautifully decorated cake with our celebrate banner cake topper was featured by Rubyellen and her kiddos over at Cakies. Rubyellen blogs about faith, her four kiddos and husband, yummy recipes and more. I love catching up on her blog and getting inspired.

This is JJ from Blah Blah Blahger featuring our leather cuff with “blah blah blah” customized. Love it! JJ writes hilarious stories about funny experiences and amusing observations. I always walk away from reading her posts thoroughly entertained.

This is Heather from Cookie Mondays featuring February’s “love has found me” charm from our build a charm bracelet {no longer available} as a necklace.  Heather sells ADORABLE banners and writes about DIY projects. She definitely stays true to her slogan– “making everyday sweet.”

I love the styling of this photo. It’s inspiring– and taken by the adorable Rachel from Smile and Wave. Rachel writes about life, home décor and vintage inspiration. The necklace shown is one of my all time favorites– the gold chevron necklace.

It’s so fun to see my jewelry and keepsakes as part of your lives. Do you have a photo to share? Email me at Lisa at Lisa leonard online dot com and  let me know! Or share with us in the comments what piece your wearing lately and what it means to you.


hello monday {walking in morro bay}

an everyday moment, hello monday By March 11, 2013 26 Comments

Hello friends. After a restful weekend in Fresno, our family is coming home reflective and thankful. Steve attended a memorial service over the weekend. It was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, celebrate a life well lived and consider how we are spending our moments and days. We’re starting this week with a renewed perspective and softer hearts.

I’m sharing pics today from an afternoon walk in Morro Bay. I took the boys a few days ago, we soaked up some sunshine {before the fog rolled in} and ate ice cream. For some reason, I have to convince the boys to go on these adventures–I practically have to force them into the car. But once we’re there we have lots of fun and we never regret going.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine. I’m loving the warm rays after days of rain.

Hello Matthias. This is his ready-to-ride face. That kid can get some serious speed on his scooter.

Hello walking. We’ve been leaving the stroller behind and giving David more opportunities to talk. It also involves me giving up control and I when he drops to his knees I have to wait patiently until he’s ready to walk again. We’re both being stretched by this process–and it’s good for us.

Hello exploring. Hello 10 year old who craves independence.

Hello brothers. Hello melting heart.

Hello texture. I think texture inspires me as much as color and sunshine.

Hello chocolate malt. I told myself I would only have half–and then I sipped all the way to the bottom of the cup.

Hello fog rolling in as we got in the van to come home.

Hello list of big projects. I’m trying to make progress a little bit at a time.

Hello Blissdom. It’s coming quickly–will you be there? I’m speaking Friday afternoon about telling your story. I’ll also be at the handmade market. I would love to meet you. Please find me!

Hello grocery store run. We need food for dinners–otherwise I’ll be ordering pizza. Every night.

Hello brand new week. Just a few more sips of coffee and I’ll be ready to face you!