Designer of the Week - Cheeky*Chicas

This week get to know Frances of Cheeky*Chicas . She lives in South Florida and has 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters – 7, 5 & 2 ½, who are her little models.

See her current eBay auctions: Cheeky*Chicas

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

FRANCES: I have always been crafty. I remember being taught needlework in elementary school, hand sewing a dress for a standing doll (with the direction of my aunt, when I was about 7-8), art classes, piano classes and more. I was about 14 when my mother received a sewing machine as a gift. I taught myself to sew because it was another craft to master–the sewing machine was useless to mother.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

FRANCES: I started selling on eBay two years ago. I don’t sell anywhere else right now. I also work full time outside of the home. Creating little girl’s clothing is one of my creative outlets.

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

FRANCES:The first outfit was a dress called Garden Bugs. I think it sold for $9.99.

JM: How did come up with your name, Cheeky*Chicas ?

FRANCES:My granddaughters are cheeky little girls and part Hispanic. Hence the play on words: cheeky*chicas.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

FRANCES: I am a mod in Ginger Grove. Most of us were in another group whose leader stepped down a few months after I joined. We felt that the group name did not represent those of us who were left in that group. We became Ginger Grove in February 2007. The ladies are wonderful and support each other.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

FRANCES: Each of my granddaughters is different. When I create an outfit, it is with one or all of them in mind.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

FRANCES: I am an avid photographer and am looking forward to learning more. And as I am lead, I’m sure there are other crafts that I will learn as time goes on.

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

FRANCES:All over the world.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

FRANCES: I enjoy the time with my grandchildren and family, creating on the computer and photography.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

FRANCES: I’d like to thank you, Amy and Journal Modiste, for asking me to be designer of the week. I’d also like to thank my daughters and granddaughters, for without them, there would be no cheeky*chicas. I especially give thanks to God for the gift of creativity that He has blessed me with.

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Nicki | Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:36 PM | flag
Congrats on the feature Frances! You are a wonderfully sweet person who is extremely talented in so many ways and I'm honored to be one of your friends.

Frances | Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:22 PM | flag
Thanks so much for all your sweet comments, Christa, Sheila, Shelly, Patricia, Jenny and Tammy. :)

Tammy | Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:58 PM | flag
You are so wonderful and extremely talented. God has blessed you.

Jenny | Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:15 PM | flag
Congratulations, Frances! I admire your designs and your photography. Just as much, I appreciate your willingness to teach others, your always positive attitude, and the way you approach life with thankfulness and wonder!

Patricia | Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:17 PM | flag
Yay Frances! You are truly a woman of many talents! Congrats!

Shelly | Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:50 PM | flag
Frances, you are an incredible person. What a well deserved feature. Congratulations!

Sheila | Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:46 AM | flag
Frances, congratulations on the feature! Very much deserved for your many diversified talents!

Christa | Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:52 AM | flag
Congrats, Frances. Love your designs AND your photography! ;) Christa

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