Hi, I'm Leigh.
I'm just going to start off by saying that this "bio-writing" process is completely unnatural and awkward for me... which is why it's been "coming soon" for a year. LOL. Anyway, here's just a bit about me and Barberry + Lace...
Personally... I'm a self-taught jeweler + metalsmith. A mom of four (FOUR!) - including a spunky, tender-hearted 4 year old, a spicy, independent 2 year old and twins that joined the party in September of 2017. I'm also a wife to the man that I've loved for over a decade. A DECADE. Whew, where does time go? Needless to say, I wear a lot of hats and it's nothing less than a crazy party over here in my small corner of the world... and I love it.
A little background... I have two younger brothers who (today) I love dearly. They'll attest to the fact that I made them play "my games" with me and I was ALWAYS the boss. The teacher. The librarian. The checkout gal at the pretend grocery (IDK why I thought that was the boss... maybe because they took the money?). I played ALL the Tycoon games... Rollercoaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, Sim City, etc. Let's just say I didn't play a game where I wasn't building an empire. It's just in my DNA to build and over the years has become a deep passion.
The journey... I discovered jewelry in 2010 after being laid off from my gig in insurance (*snore*). It was a perfect fit for me... creative, a little bit industrial, and a whole lot of business. My now BFF (hi, Brit!) and I hit the streets every single weekend with a pop-up white canopy tent and a bunch of jewelry and built Barberry + Lace from the ground up. I started selling online just after Etsy was founded and navigated to my own site 4 years later.
Each step is an achievement and I feel deeply accomplished to have come as far as I have. I am so excited to continue learning and growing so that I can bring more to the table for you. There is nothing more rewarding that helping you immortalize your memories, loved ones, dates, etc. in a way that is tangible and wearable every day.
The product... I've spent the past 7.5 years developing and honing a skill that I didn't even know I was passionate about until I was elbow-deep in it. Metal-working was never something in the forefront of my mind, but the thing I love the absolute MOST about it is that it's a never-ending learning process. Learning the trade AND delivering a quality product that satisfies my type A personality is a constant job in itself. I went from teaching myself how to wire-wrap a bead to soldering an earring post onto a cut out shape to making 95% of my products completely from wire and sheet metal. What drives my passion more than anything is the constant room for improvement. When I find something that challenges me or a new skill I can develop, I'm all in head first.
Today... The beauty of owning a home-based business is that it's ever-changing and ever-growing. I started Barberry + Lace years before Abby was born in the hopes that someday I would be able to have kids and stay home with them while still fulfilling my deep need to create and pursue a career. I've worked hard, but it's because of YOU that my dream is a reality... and now here I am - sitting at my kitchen table, typing out the story of my life while my kiddos are running circles around me. And I couldn't be happier.
And I couldn't be happier to have you here with me.