About Us...

We're a family business...

After working all day at our secular jobs (Mike at a Credit Union and myself in a Ophthalmology Clinic) we'd often find ourselves in our garage listening to good music, enjoying a glass of wine, and experimenting with our new leather hobby.

 

After honing in our leather working skills for only a few months my husband encouraged me to start selling my leather jewelry on Etsy. So, I took a chance and launched Sweet Creek Leather in January 2015.  To my surprise our jewelry started selling immediately! In the following months we just got busier and busier. I couldn't believe it! I was soon able to quite my full-time job as an Ophthalmic Technician to pursue a leather working career. The growing stages of our business were a bit overwhelming at times (still are). Mike soon joined me in our little adventure. Now we both work from home together in our studio making you cute stuff and doing what we love. We couldn't do it without each one of you.

 

Thank you for loving our Leather Jewelry, we owe everything to you! xoxo

Mike Simpson (Hubby)...

Mike learned at a young age that at times if he wanted something bad enough he would have to build it himself, which motivated him to handcraft his own guitars! Mike's woodworking skills and eye for symmetry have made him such a valuable asset to Sweet Creek Leather. Although he assists in the design process he's primarily responsible for all of the tedious prep-work: sanding, drawing, measuring, and cutting the full-grain leather hides into whatever shape of jewelry that needs made. Having the prep work done just right is such a vital step in setting the foundation to making an aesthetically pleasing  product. Trust me, you wouldn't want me doing this part.

Alicia Simpson...

Hi. I'm Alicia Simpson.

 

I LOVE to travel and enjoy anything outdoorsie...we live in Oregon, in a small country town that rests close to the mountains + ocean and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am very much a health / science nerd, I love chocolate, documentaries, art, music, and of course my husband's goofy personality. BTW, have you seen his Napoleon Dynamite dance on our Instagram yet?...only then will you truly know what it's like working from home with Mike! Just scroll down on our Instagram until you find it.

Art has been part of my life as long as I can remember. My mother is an artist so I was introduced to all sorts of art mediums as a youth: watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, sculpting, pastels, pen and ink, dance, gymnastics, etc. etc. the list goes on. However, I discovered my true passion when I got my first set of leather working tools in 2015. I've always loved playing with color and texture so of course I started experimenting with hand-painting our leather jewelry in every color I could get my hands on. I can't believe how quickly this fun little hobby of mine turned into a career! We are an international brand that is stocked in Boutiques worldwide!

My responsibilities are hand-drawing, burning (pyrography), tooling (stamping), dying, painting, distressing, and sealing all of our unique leather designs, as well as handling all aspects of Customer service and Web Design. 

Why we chose the name "Sweet Creek Leather"...

Sweet Creek Leather is named after a little Creek "Sweet Creek" that runs through the backyard of the beautiful country home where I grew up in Mapleton Oregon. It's name is full of life and many fond memories of outdoor adventures: pristine waterfalls, summer swimming holes, hiking, camping, wildlife, fresh fruits, and wildflowers; building sand castles, beach combing, and running wild, barefoot, and free along the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast. These are the things that inspire us the most so naming our business after them just seemed right. If you're ever in Mapleton Oregon you need to check out "Sweet Creek Falls". It's a lovely hike that leads you to some of my favorite waterfalls and old stomping grounds. There's a little pool of water you can swim in at the base of the falls too if you're brave enough to handle the cold crisp water.

 

We love YOU Babes. We are easy to work with and always open to your feedback.

Mike & Alicia xx