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Handmade Portraits: Sunny Rising Leather

Dec 12, 2008

by sunnyrising

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(music by Allison Sattinger)

Allison Sattinger, aka Sunny Rising Leather, has had the nickname “Sunny” ever since she was a kid. When you watch this video, you’ll quickly know why: Allison just glows with warmth and goodness. She learned to tool leather in 2004, and her first pair of cuffs read “Let me be (L) that light (R)”…”Let me be that light”.

Allison still strives to be that light with everything she does, from crafting her beautiful leather goods, to singing with her angelic voice, to silversmithing jewelry, to being an inspiration for artisans wishing to quit their day jobs. Allison takes the old tradition of leather tooling and makes it her own with her signature koi fish necklaces and her custom made leather bags.

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Bluebird of Happiness Belt Buckle
Bluebird of Happiness Belt Buckle
Reserved for geowench
Reserved for geowench
Bluebird of Happiness Corsage
Bluebird of Happiness Corsage
Oversized Yellow Flower Tooled Leather Clutch Purse with Vintage Fabric Lining
Oversized Yellow Flower Tooled Leather Clutch Purse with Vintage Fabric Lining
Intense Turquoise Puffed Oval Stone Wire Wrapped Handmade Ring in Silver or Gold and Custom Size
Intense Turquoise Puffed Oval Stone Wire Wrapped Handmade Ring in Silver or Gold and Custom Size
RESERVED for Pingerlise
RESERVED for Pingerlise
TODAY ONLY 100 DOLLARS Nevada Blue Medicine and Black Poppys
TODAY ONLY 100 DOLLARS Nevada Blue Medicine and Black Poppys
Hand tooled leather wallet
Hand tooled leather wallet
Ink Blot
Ink Blot
Big Blue Flowers - Wide Leather Wristband
Big Blue Flowers - Wide Leather Wristband
Small Tudor Brazilian Cherry Earrings
Small Tudor Brazilian Cherry Earrings
Ripe Peeled Turquoise Ring
Ripe Peeled Turquoise Ring


  • katiearms

    katiearms said 12 years ago

    such lovely video of such a charming girl!

  • beeczarcardsandgifts

    beeczarcardsandgifts said 12 years ago

    BEYOND inspiring!! I adore your work Sunny(Allison) and your beautiful energy. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and spirit with us all. We are all so lucky and richer for it as a result. xoxoxo

  • katrinakaye

    katrinakaye said 12 years ago

    How adorable. The girl AND the designs. :) Leather looks amazing to work with! Have to try it one day... Thanks for sharing the enthusiasm.

  • MewPaperArts

    MewPaperArts said 12 years ago

    That was it WAS definitely...the best thing ever!

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 12 years ago

    Oh my goodness, when she hugs the hide it's the cutest thing I've seen all year. The peacock feathers are to die for!!!

  • gemmafactrix

    gemmafactrix said 12 years ago

    cutest. ever.

  • objecked Admin

    objecked said 12 years ago

    I love what she says about the masters of leather tooling sharing their techniques in order to pass on the craft. Her leather work is so beautiful, and her music ain't half bad either!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 12 years ago

    Awesome video! I love your blog. What an inspiration to take a leather tooling class. Just in time to ask for Christmas.Thank you!

  • thenoisyplume

    thenoisyplume said 12 years ago

    WELL! That's JUST how you are Allison! Sweet sweet sunshine! Loved this little documentary! With all my heart, J

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 12 years ago

    I LOVE Allison/Sunny! She is so talented and so supportive of others in the Etsy community. And her first CD is fantastic, I cannot wait to get her second one. Best video seg yet.

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron said 12 years ago

    She's the only person I've seen that can make a Madonna song seem thoughtful:

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 12 years ago

    well of course Allison is sunny! Yay!

  • DewberryVintage

    DewberryVintage said 12 years ago

    That was WONDERFUL!

  • taddyporter

    taddyporter said 12 years ago

    A beautiful angel on earth this woman is. multi-talented and a joy to watch, her fabulous energy is infectious!

  • sseloske

    sseloske said 12 years ago

    Sunny: You are talented and vibrant and I'm not afraid to tell you that I have a total girl crush on you and your craft.

  • pheeadornments

    pheeadornments said 12 years ago

    What a great feature :) Yay for leathercrafters!

  • sunnyrisingmetal

    sunnyrisingmetal said 12 years ago

    You have all been so kind - thank you thank you - Tara is amazing and this whole experience has been out of this world.

  • jmichelle

    jmichelle said 12 years ago

    What beautiful pieces of art!

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny said 12 years ago

    she is so wonderful - i'm so happy to see this video!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 12 years ago

    I am a huge fan of Allisunny!! At the end of our wonderful shoot she taught me a thing or two about tooling and even set me up with a little starter kit!

  • jessicajane

    jessicajane said 12 years ago

    best portrait ever. I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, wait to move down to Oceanside, and meet you! I loved this portrait, and i loved seeing my little tree stump utensil holder on your desk! :) You do beautiful beautiful work Allison.

  • magnoliastreet

    magnoliastreet said 12 years ago

    My dear friend, you are a radiant miracle. So lovely to see you featured here -- my best, heartfelt wishes for your continued success!

  • MissLissOriginals

    MissLissOriginals said 12 years ago

    WOW doesn't begin to say it! This girl has it ALL. Beautiful, sweet girl, absolutely stunning leather works!! Not to mention that she also works with metal and sings SOOOOO beautifully! Unbelievable!

  • hazelnutcottage

    hazelnutcottage said 12 years ago

    :) oh, hello sunny, or is it, allisunny? you and your video are beeeauuuteeeful! thank you for sharing yourself with this etsy community! sigh...i am inspired... :) jan

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 12 years ago

    your work and your music, sooo beautiful!

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 12 years ago

    What a lovely and talented young artist! Your work is beautiful, Sunny.

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 12 years ago

    That was such a great video!

  • evesimone

    evesimone said 12 years ago

    Mmmmm, love me some Sunny...great find. Love it.

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 12 years ago

    Delicious voice too, I'm in NEED of this cd.

  • flurrsprite

    flurrsprite said 12 years ago

    awwww what a great video!! it's kind of funny, i was going to the starbucks next to that tandy leather store and ran inside because i was so excited that there was an actual tandy store near where i had just moved! almost left with five million things before i decided that i should probably figure out whether or not i actually want to really try tooling leather or not ;) but yay for sunny!

  • Sinta

    Sinta said 12 years ago

    Nice feature ^_^

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 12 years ago

    Neat magnets.

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 12 years ago

    WOW - fantastic video. I absolutely loved seeing how you create your pieces! So much time goes into each one. I also love the bit where she hugs the hide! :D

  • bamboobaby

    bamboobaby said 12 years ago

    Adorable! And great shop.

  • EttiandOttisOddments

    EttiandOttisOddments said 12 years ago

    That was so great! Beautiful video, beautiful art! Thanks for sharing :)

  • wildstrawberry

    wildstrawberry said 12 years ago

    Lovely! Amazing work.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 12 years ago

    and that's what it's all about!

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 12 years ago

    You have an energy about you that is contagious! You deserve all the success in the world. Keep going with your passion and share it with everyone!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 12 years ago

    I love these features so much. gorgeous.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 12 years ago

    I love leather items and these are gorgeous! I enjoyed your story and wish you much continued success! Keep Smiling!

  • vozclothingandart

    vozclothingandart said 12 years ago

    So amazing and inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • thePhotoZoo

    thePhotoZoo said 12 years ago

    FANTASTIC video... i LOVE to see and hear artists who are SO passionate about their art/craft. it is contagious!! thank you for sharing this. it made my morning.

  • leatherprince

    leatherprince said 12 years ago

    Very nice work!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful artist!!

  • MissCrowland

    MissCrowland said 12 years ago

    I wish I had your peaceful spirit.

  • TheBritishEccentric

    TheBritishEccentric said 12 years ago

    Now I can see the where the amazingly stunning designs come from!! Sunny made me a leather Bee necklace with a gorgeous tuquoise stone, it really is a work of art and you can see the love that went into it! Her style is so unique, and she is such a lovely lovely person, it was great to see her in the flesh!!


    RADCOW said 12 years ago

    AHHHHHHHhHHHHhhhhh LisssUnnnnnnyyyyyyyy! I love you! I grinned like a fool the entire time watching this! Im so happy with/for you! and I totally got the whole hide excitement bit. yay!

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 12 years ago

    I enjoyed this interview very much, what a wonderful story.

  • sunnyrising

    sunnyrising said 12 years ago

    You are all so lovely!! Thank you :)

  • LeatherFromtheAbyss

    LeatherFromtheAbyss said 12 years ago

    very nice! awesome interview showcasing a talented artist. ~Mike

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 12 years ago

    beautiful- I really do love this stuff!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 12 years ago

    Oh, how beautiful and friendly. Very talented artist.

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 12 years ago

    Oh! I come here just to get inspired by those wonderful artists, sunny quit her day job, what can I say... hm... AWESOME! Beautiful shop, talented girl!

  • thepuddlepeople

    thepuddlepeople said 12 years ago

    Sunny, I love how your face lights up when you talk about your art. People tell me the same thing happens when I am describing my I know exactly what they mean! Wishing you rays of sunshine to brighten all of your days!

  • crzyskiier

    crzyskiier said 12 years ago

    Hey if you guys are interested in eco friendly clothing you should check out She makes really cool jackets out of recycled and repurposed materials and natural fiber wedding gowns. She also donates 5% of her profits to the Natural Resource Defense Council. It is really unique stuff so check her out!!!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 12 years ago

    It's so nice to meet the people behind the amazing items!

  • Suzan

    Suzan said 12 years ago

    Hi Their! Loved your video. I too have been to Tandy many times as leather excites me too! I use it in designs here and their,but still in the early stages of designing with it. Watching you hug the leather roll in the shop made me laugh! Paydirt indeed. Your jewelry designs are very inspiring,well made (even though I don't have one) I can tell by the pictures and now seeing your video. Ya gotta love etsy!! ..I just found you and will be back to see what your up too. Be safe..Be happy, Sincerely, Suzz ;)

  • TrilbyMade

    TrilbyMade said 12 years ago

    great portrait piece. thank you for sharing your craft! Can't wait to see what happens to that fresh role of leather..

  • vwendy

    vwendy said 12 years ago

    This is a great video, I love the art she created and shared this on my blog:D

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 12 years ago

    *LOVE* What a wonderful wonderful video & subject!!! Sunny's work makes me swoon & I can see the love in each fantastical piece. One day I will delight in wearing one of her koi around my neck... or should a get a peacock cuff - I dunno!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 12 years ago

    Thank-you for sharing your craft. Awesome video! Wishing you much continued luck doing what you love!

  • cthings

    cthings said 12 years ago

    Wonderful video!! Congrats on your beautiful work Sunny!!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 12 years ago

    beautiful work! Awesome viedo!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 12 years ago

    oh, great list!!

  • DirtyRottenPaper

    DirtyRottenPaper said 12 years ago

    How fantastic!!! Much success to you!

  • HelloBirdie

    HelloBirdie said 12 years ago

    you've made my heart happy. What a doll!

  • kalliART

    kalliART said 12 years ago

    aw, that was a nice video. I've never been that interested in leather tooling, but I can see why you enjoy it so much. The koi are beautiful!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 12 years ago

    Wow! Nice to meet you Sunny! Your work is stunning! I love the relaxed way of the video, passionate feel of the artist and the showing of the process too. Thank you for sharing!

  • millcreekcottages

    millcreekcottages said 12 years ago

    This is a nice peek into the leather tooling world. Thanks for sharing.

  • ravenwren

    ravenwren said 12 years ago

    Hey, we go to that Tandy all the time! Haha. I'm from L.A. and my husband is a holster maker. You've definitely inspired me to try something new, but for now, I'll just go pick out some great things from your shop. Haha.

  • lillah

    lillah said 12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Such great inspiration. I love your work. Hugs Lilla

  • SeptemberHouse

    SeptemberHouse said 12 years ago

    This was great! I'm looking at leather a whole new way now. :)

  • apinkmilk

    apinkmilk said 12 years ago

    I'm wondering if I was meant to watch that today, as bizarrely I had printed a couple of success stories off Storque, and was reading yours laying in bed this morning, and then came down turned on the computer and there you were on video. I've been feeling a bit pressured and a bit negative, thinking things aren't going to work, etc etc. And then I have a double dose of 'sun'. Thanks so much, it was almost like a random act of kindness. All the best with your dreams. Justine xx

  • RemnantsJewelry

    RemnantsJewelry said 12 years ago

    Allison is so genuine. She truly is an inspiration to me. This is the first time I have ventured into this side of Etsy. I learn more about what a phenomenon this site is daily and I am so excited to be a part of it. It is like the comment that Allison made about sharing... what would life be without it? Thank you to all. samantha~

  • decoratethediva

    decoratethediva said 12 years ago

    She is amazing!!! What an inspiration!!! Thank you Allison!!!

  • yaffa

    yaffa said 12 years ago

    Awwww!!!! Oooooo!!!! It is amazing what you are doing!I love it! Just bless your heart, girl!Use, develop your gift, let people enjoy and admire this talent you use so fruitfully!The heart melting video...

  • lisahopkins

    lisahopkins said 12 years ago

    Wow--so beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations, Sunny. These seller video portraits are my new favorite feature. I feel energized after learning about such amazing, creative people and their work.

  • TrishaBrinkDesign

    TrishaBrinkDesign said 12 years ago

    I am in love with this feature! Thank-you Sunny Allison!!! What an inspiration it was to watch you give others credit for sharing...when you were guilty of sharing yourself with us. Thanks for being so real. Thanks for being generous. You do beautiful work; may the sky be your rising limit!!!

  • grassrootsartworks

    grassrootsartworks said 12 years ago

    Fabulous story/video, beautiful work!

  • originalfancygirl

    originalfancygirl said 12 years ago

    Incredible video and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 12 years ago

    So inspiring! Loved the her story, Thanks for sharing the video.

  • kauaikwilts

    kauaikwilts said 12 years ago

    Beautiful work and personality.

  • sunnyrising

    sunnyrising said 12 years ago

    I am just so honored and blown away by all the kind comments and sentiment here. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!! If I was in front of you I'd surely hug you :)

  • Jenarter

    Jenarter said 12 years ago

    This video is amazing! Sunny, you are a gift!

  • FoglerGlassStudio

    FoglerGlassStudio said 12 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion. I truly enjoyed the video... and you were so adorable the leather shop!!! :)

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 12 years ago

    What an absolute doll! So "sunny" for sure! I love her and am off to see her shop! xo Melissa

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 12 years ago

    Completely enjoyed this video... definitely made me smile! :)

  • yokojewelry

    yokojewelry said 12 years ago

    I'm very very impressed! She is a natural born artist and I love her way to toward to design and passion of leather art.Thank you so much.

  • SouthwestFlower

    SouthwestFlower said 12 years ago

    I feel so lucky to have this forum to see artists from everywhere sharing there delightful products. Sunny is a truly blessed artist.

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 12 years ago

    Enjoyable video, beautiful work...I'm impressed with all the work that goes into leather tooling. A REAL art form.

  • savoystudio

    savoystudio said 12 years ago

    loved the video...very inspiring!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 12 years ago

    Sunny, you are very talented!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 12 years ago

    Yay, way to go Alison!! Absolutely fantastic:)

  • SWANclothing

    SWANclothing said 12 years ago

    love this and love your work Sunny :)

  • kickrocks

    kickrocks said 12 years ago

    Thank you for this. I really love your work.

  • weefaerie

    weefaerie said 12 years ago

    i just found this video! it's so awesome to see you work!!

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 11 years ago

    rise sunny rise :) love your stuff.

  • brynnalex

    Elaine from brynnalex said 8 years ago

    Just came across this! Wow, Sunny, so nice to watch your video! You are so talented and you have a wonderful heart!

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