Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Scarlet threesome

My lovely aunty Judith in Australia recently ordered some Cheeky Leopard clutch bags to be sent over to her as gifts for family and friends. They were obviously well received as she has ordered three more! One was a re-make of a clutch she already had, but she also wanted two more, so I decided to make some up especially for her. All of them are in tones of red and they make a fabulous scarlet threesome!

The bag below is a remake of the bag Judith bought a few months ago.
It's made from a vintage kimono fabric depicting ikat-weave chrysanthemums.

The bag below is made from a beautifully soft vintage blossom kimono fabric.
I love the vibrancy of the red and the classic Japanese blossom motif.

The bag below is made from a modern cotton fabric depicting stylised chrysanthemum flowers in white and black with a stunning gold accent.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Ikats from Istanbul

This time a year ago I was in the beautiful city of Istanbul. I loved its vibrancy, its food, the locals and of course, the choice of stunning fabrics. I spent a great afternoon in the bazaar choosing fabrics and drinking tea with the stall holders, and I came home with some stunning fabrics which I made some beautiful clutch bags from.

The three bags below are some that I made a while ago.
I love the bright colours and each has a vibrant lining.

I now have two new additions to my store.
The clutch bag below is made from a stunning blue and grey ikat design.

It has a turquoise lining to match the outside.

The clutch bag below is made from a simple green and cream chevron stripe.

It has a stunning hot pink lining for a flash of colour when the bag is opened.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Fabric Friday

It's Fabric Friday time and this week I'd like to mention some fabrics that I bought at a lovely fabric shop in Wallingford called Village Fabrics.

I design fabrics for a company called Makower UK and it was great to see some of my designs on sale there, as well as to see what other fabrics are on sale. For some reason I was in a bit of a whale mood and homed in on some rather lovely whaley fabrics as well as a snail fabric.
Can't wait to get sewing.....

The whales above are a lovely simple modern design. I'm going to give them a spotty lining.

These whales are fun! I'm going to use the red and white polka dot fabric as a contrasting lining.

I couldn't resist the snail fabric. I love the fact that at first glance you can't tell that they are snails....

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Snail's pace

It's not often that I do custom orders here at Cheeky Leopard, but when I do, I love the fact that I am making them for a specific person in mind. This customer loved the snail tote I had in my store, but wanted slightly different dimensions. Luckily I still had some of the fabric in my stash - a fab black, turquoise and beige snail fabric that I bought in Tokyo - so I was able to make it up for her.

 The bag includes a large bottle pocket on the side that was requested by my customer.

The customer also requested a pocket on the front and back of the bag to store her phone and pens.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A new addition

There's a new addition to the Cheeky Leopard family! This cute little padded heart-shaped keyring, made from a red and white blossom tenegui fabric that I bought in Tokyo. It is lightly padded and has a blue ribbon loop that attaches it to the key fob.

This could be used as a keyring or as a bag charm and is perfectly charming!

You can find it in my store here.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Shopping in Brive

I am now safely back in the UK after a fab holiday in France and have been looking through my photos at all the fun times we had. The weather was beautiful most of the time we were there, but on Thursday it rained, so us girls decided to go on a shopping trip to Brive.

On our meanderings we came across a fab shop called Le 805 which sells a great selection of mid-century modern-inspired items and quirky pieces for the home.

I was taken by the woven French Bulldog cushions, which reminded me of the French bulldog fabric I use for my Cheeky Leopard cosmetic bag and card case. I love the orange of the cushion above mixed with the turquoise blue sofa.

All items were artfully displayed.
I loved the ceramics set below, designed in soft blues and turquoise.

We also popped into a shop called Cultura on the outskirts of Brive. We went there mostly to stock up on stationery items for my niece's new school, but I couldn't resist coming away with a few items.

I bought two lovely complimentary fabrics. The peachy tonal fabric will be the perfect lining to the turquoise blue and peach floral fabric. Watch this space for a cosmetic bag, coin purse etc in this fabric which will be in my store soon.

I also picked up some pretty ribbons. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm sure I will figure something out....

Saturday, 6 August 2016

A week in Coreze

After a fab weekend in Paris, I caught the train down to Brive on Monday morning to meet my sister and her family. We were staying at the beautiful home of her husband's mum in a hamlet called Priezac, about half an hours drive from Brive and close to the Dordogne. The house is high up on a hill with beautiful views.

Most of the time we were there the weather was perfect and we were able to enjoy the sun.

On Monday evening we went to a local village where there was a festival going on. We bought bbq trout and frites and ate them sitting next to the stream.

We then paddled through the stream to get back to the car. Much fun!

Flo looking wistful at the upstairs window.

On Wednesday we went to a local lake for a dip and a lie on the sand.

We also had lots of fun in the pool at the house!

Hanging with my homies whilst playing Monopoly.

We enjoyed a few French sweets....

...and some stunning evenings.

Au revoir France and lovely family! See you back in the UK. Xxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

Paris - Day 3

Day three in Paris began with a trip up to Marche aux puces to check out the antiques.

We came across a shop that sold all sorts of nick nacks including dolls and doll's heads....

Lots of vintage clothing.....

....and vintage letters

From there we walked down to Sacre Couer. It was pretty busy, but lovely to see the blue and gold encrusted ceiling.

The day was ended with a boat trip along the Seine. We took in the Eiffel Tower...

....the Statue of Liberty.....

...and Notre Dame.

A perfect end to a perfect day was eating galettes and drinking beer at a lovely little restaurant in the Marais district.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Paris - Day 2

Day two was a very relaxed day with a late start and brunch at 11am. This was followed by a trip to the Louis Vuitton Foundation, an amazingly space age structure in the middle of the Bois de Bologne.

It was so lovely to spend time away from the bustle of the city.

There were views out over the park and beyond.

An exhibition of Chinese art was on show inside the museum.

Then on to Galleries Lafayette to view the stunning glass dome and get some retail therapy, or at least window shop....

Dinner was at Blend, a simple burger place near Republique where we had camambert burgers. Yum!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Paris - Day 1

So I've only been in Paris for half a day and have already sniffed out a fabulous fabric store tucked down one of the back streets. It's called La Mercerie Fine and sells a great selection of modern cottons.

The fabrics are arranged according to colour.

There were so many I could have purchased!

I ended up choosing two fun fabrics, an owl fabric and a watermelon fabric. It's difficult to see in this photo but the watermelons are gold!

I also couldn't resist buying a pack of three co-ordinating notebooks. One always needs a notebook!

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