Meet Leah Debene

Leah of Whimsical Designs creates bohemian inspired jewelry. All of which is handcrafted from high-quality faux leather and hypoallergenic, nickel-free earring findings. "I've been creating and designing jewelry since high school. I had always worked with clay but decided it took too much time and I couldn't find my niche in that world. When Corona-virus hit, I started working with faux leathers and fell in love. "

What do you love most about the creative process? I love the amount it allows me to focus in on one thing. I have terrible adhd, so creating allows my mind to relax." What inspired you to start creating and how did you grow it into a business? I've always loved jewelry and have created it since I was little. I turned in into a business by putting my all into my craft and believing in my product.

What makes your work unique or distinctive? Everything is created on the spot, without a predetermined plan or design. It's all just created from my imagination at that moment. Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your work? Since I never really have a plan when designing, I let the pattern determine how I design my items. The inspiration is pulled from nature or random things.

What are your goals for the future? To grow my small business into a storefront sufficient enough to support my family financially. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Follow your dreams, no matter how long it may take you. What do you enjoy doing when not creating? Spending time with my 8 month old.

What are some of favorite? Color: Tiffany Blue Animal: My pet Boxer Season: Fall Movie: "Stand by Me" Board Game: Sorry Holiday: Christmas Cup of coffee: Anything with a ton of sugar! What's the best piece of advice you've been given? Stop trying to control things you cant control.

Why did you choose to partner with Yellow Door? I have been shopping at YD for years and it has always been a goal to sell my items there. You can see more of Whimsical Design by Leah online and at Yellow Door Art Market!

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