Our Burning Inspiration!!!
Hello!!! First and foremost welcome to our shop, so glad to have you!!! We are husband and wife team Mike and Trish O'Leary, or the O'Learskis as we affectionately call ourselves. Two Wisco born and raised honey badgers, we actually met, married, and reside in the great Sunshine State of Florida. While we certainly enjoy our fair share of good weather and FL lifestyle, our life is not free from trials and tribulations. Each of us an artist in our own right, also a husband and wife team on an ever winding path to wellness, we were looking for a project we could both fall in love with and equally share our creative gifts. Mike is a retired, service connected, disabled Air Force veteran who employs his passion for photography in his daily uphill battle with PTSD. As for me, I'm Trish, a freelance Floral Creative, also known as Mis Sassy Floral, also a lifelong member of the hospitality industry. Our journey towards spiritual and emotional health seemed to grow exponentially the more I was able to scale back from my "real job" at the restaurant. We combined our mad fondness for thrifting, our universe granted gifts of creativity, our humble desire to inspire others and our deep yearning to hit the open road. And so Burning Buddha was born!!!
Our upcycled pieces start with premium leather treasures we painstakingly seek out from Community based thrift stores. Mike cuts, cleans, and refurbishes the leather and then I hand burn each piece with an inspirational or custom message. Due to the recycled nature of the leather and the unique burning process, no two pieces are exactly the same. We have chosen some words and sayings that are important to us, but we would love to create something meaningful just for you. Please, tell us your word and tell us why. At Burning Buddha, we believe the road to well being is paved with inspiration. Please join us as we journey.
Your Burning Buddha Team
Mike and Trish O'Leary