Meet Leanne Raymond of Redford, MI, the talented girl behind the 100% natural and handmade personal care and household cleaning products, Terracotta Paste. Leanne's mission is to protect and nourish our bodies as well as the earth. Leanne shares below how she got started and what drew her original interest in personal care:
"Well, it all started when I was a kid and had stinky feet. What? Yeah. I've always had a thing for socks. Colors, patterns, mismatched, any kind. I'd patch my socks by hand and wear them again and again until they could be patched no more. My favorite pair even got framed once they became so unwearable. That same pair got left at a hotel by accident during a family road trip out west and then received a special stop to be picked up again on the way back home."
"Sounds crazy? Maybe not...my mom always made fun with my obsession of socks and consistently joked about my stinky feet (and they don't stink anymore thankfully). Eventually a spark went off in my brain and I decided that a company called Stinky Sock Corporation selling sock shaped herbal sachets was in order. I never took the idea seriously, however, and it wasn't until after years of my mom hassling me about it that I realized it actually was a good idea."
"So naturally, I used my inherited creative and innovative mindset to begin selling sock shaped herbal sachets called Smelly Socks - plus my handmade, metal jewelry, my unique, handmade greeting cards and my avant-garde photography. While everything I sell is still handmade, Stinky Sock Corporation/Leanne R. Designs has felt many winds of change since the very beginning."
"I've always had an interest in all natural living and the holistic approach to medicine (as a result of my upbringing-another brownie point for mom). After trying every product in the drugstore for my acne with no luck I turned to at home remedies and all natural concoctions. I felt good about being able to make my own products (and knowing exactly what was in them). The best part was they worked! It was then that I realized nothing could beat nature and why should it? So it began, I joined all my talents and passions into one company with love and respect for my body, my customers, and the Earth. Thanks mom".What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
My products are all handmade and do not contain any harmful or toxic ingredients. Not even synthetic fragrances, flavors, colors, preservatives or even so-called natural ingredients that aren't really what they seem. I am very particular about what I use on my skin and feel that others should be too. Most of my products come in amber glass bottles and jars to ensure an old fashioned qualit while giving a high end, luxurious feel.What do you love most about the creative process?
I love discovering miracle recipes and experimenting with new products. I love using only products that I make myself on my skin and in my home and knowing that others are out there enjoying the same ones. I love getting supplies/ingredients in the mail every week (it's like Christmas all the time!) and sending out orders. Most of all making money doing something I enjoy!
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
I am a self taught herbalist. I created my own website from scratch without any previous Dreamweaver/html code or web design knowledge. I experiment and create all of my own recipes for products and design and print all of my labels and paperwork.What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Yoga, going for walks, cooking, baking, bowling, eating, traveling, hiking, and spending time in nature.
Quotes you love or live by:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - The Golden Rule
Any other trivia you'd like to share about yourself?
My favorite car is a DeLorean.Leanne is currently participating in Smallknot's campaign to gain community exposure as well as the ability to offer the highest quality products at affordable prices. Her campaign is an all or nothing opportunity. If she does not reach her funding goal of $5,000, all investments get returned to investors and no return rewards are sent. Help our world take a step in the right direction by investing in real, natural products. Handmade with love in Farmington, MI. Leanne thanks you for your support and sharing with your friends!
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