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Lisa Leonard    

Jewelry Designer & Author of "Brave Love"

Lisa Leonard has been making jewelry since high school but she decided to get serious after her first son, David, was born. Leonard wanted to start a small business that would enable her to quit her job and stay home with her boys. At the time, Leonard had never taken any formal classes or received special training in jewelry making. She just went for it! Leonard is the "jump in and learn as you go" type. Creating jewelry not only allowed Leonard to work from home, but it has connected her with so many amazing women along the way.

Leonard's desire is to create simple, lovely pieces that can be worn with jeans or your little black dress. She wants each piece to be meaningful. Lisa Leonard's custom jewelry is hand-stamped with your kids' names or a special phrase or verse. Lisa loves to touch my necklace throughout the day and reflect on my husband and my sweet boys.

Each piece created is a work of art—hand cut, hammered, polished, drilled and assembled with care. Leonard is inspired by other artists—painters, scrapbookers, clothing designers and poets. She also loves to soak up nature - the sky, the sea, the green hills. She lets all these ideas and images swirl around in her mind and then she creates. When an idea hits her, she will sketch it out and plays until the perfect design comes together.

She also recently wrote her first book, "Brave Love." It talks about her journey to love bravely and what she learned with the birth of her children, one of which had a severe disability. She also talks about how her jewelry business grew and the breakdown and subsequent rebuilding of her marriage.

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