Sketches & New Bags

Starting to add new bags to the shop today. It's often a big process for me because I take it way to seriously and probably add 10 hours to what should be a simple job. So to make it fun for me I will be slowly adding them to the shop all day today and tomorrow. Be sure to check in every now and then to see what has been added. Off to take pictures now!

CHA CHA Update- Better Late Then Never

I spent many evenings walking these beautiful valleys throughout May. Green became my favorite colour.

I passed! I can officially teach yoga, give me a call anytime. Purna was the first friend I made at the Ashram. She lives in the garden, enjoys long walks and trying to scare the local cats. We were tight.

This is Steve, the resident goat. JK. His name is not Steve and I am pretty sure he is a she. But Steve just suits him/her.
A perk of my new job at the Veggie place and my favorite topic- Food.

The cliche "Look I go on Planes!' shot. But its just so beautiful. Plus a shot of my favorite snack in California. I brought the package home so I can hopefully track them down here in Canada. If you like dark chocolate, these are made for you.

I would say I have a consistent history of biting off more then I can chew.  And this is exactly what I did by originally committing to have a new line of bags ready by June 14th. I want to make sure what I make is of the best quality and from the best materials. And of course very pretty. I want to make sure that what you spend your very hard earned money on lasts forever and ever! Or at least a really long time. So having said that, the new collection of CHA CHA bags titled- AHIMSA will be release June 28th.

Till then, a little update on what your favourite seamstress has been up to….

In the lat year and a half I have been searching for things a little beyond my sewing machine. I LOVE creating and always will, but I felt something was lacking. So I started to look for places outside of my studio that I could help. I love the excitement of small business and felt I had some experience in this area that I could contribute to another company. First I started working with a Mens clothing company and did so part time for about a year. It was interesting, I learned some things, they learned some things but at the end of day it for the most part was me creating ads and marketing strategies which were all driven by sales, sales, sales!  I wanted to find something a little deeper, so we politely parted ways.

Time went on, I continued to sew and searched for a new place I could help. I decide to volunteer. I thought maybe a new "job" would find me this way. I started with what I love-food. I became a part time cook at my local hospice and became an un paid employee at an organic veggie delivery place. This was a new company that was working to get healthy food into as many homes as possible. Both were a great fit. It allowed me to step out of my comfy sewing comfort zone and explore other passions I have. But at the end of the day, I am not a rich lady and as much as I would love to volunteer my life away, I need cash pay my bills. Luckily, my wish to work with another start up company was granted and I was hired part time by the Veggie place to help with all kinds of random stuff that a new business requires. It has been a great fit and its a job I can feel really good about.

So up until now, I have CHA CHA, Veggie place job and my volunteer chef (using this term loosely). I am diversifying and I am definitely not bored. But I want to add one more element to the mix. Yoga.
I have been practicing on and off since I was a teenager and in the last few years have really grown a deep appreciation and understanding of its benefits that are far beyond physical. So I decide to become a Yoga teacher. I want to be able share this amazing practice with others.  On May 1st I flew to California where I stayed in an ashram for 31 days and completed my Teacher Training Certificate at the Sivananda Yoga farm in Grass Valley. It was intense, difficult, fun, exciting and definitely out of my comfort zone. I am happy to say that I passed and I am currently using friends and family as guinea pigs as I get this teaching thing down.

So thats it,  that is where I have been and what I have been doing for the last 18 months or so. I am excited to be back in my sewing room, listening to library books on cd and watching ridiculous amounts of Netflix documentaries while I sew up a storm. I look forward to sharing progress pictures with you over the next two weeks. I will try to be more social media savvy and post pics on my Instagram and Twitter accounts.

I am always surprised by the amount of emails and messages I get from customers wanting to know where I am and when new bags will be available. I am just one small women in the crazy world of online retail and I am SO SO grateful for the love and support you all show me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lori Cha Cha

Cleaning up for Spring with 40% off

I am getting ready to launch a brand new line of Cha Cha handbags on June 14th. This new line will different then anything I have done before and I am really looking forward to it.
To make room for my new little creations I am have a sale.
40% off all bags when you use code 40 at checkout at

Before & After- Distressed Leather is the Best

I was excited to stumble upon this leather. It is rare to find a distressed leather jacket. This one had been broke in perfectly. I was only able to get one bag out of it but I have a little bit left that I am hoping to make a clutch with . Check out the SHOP for more pictures.

Winter Food- Roast Carrot & Fennel Soup

Soup is my go to winter food. It is easy to make, keeps you warm and most importantly it fills you up in the healthiest way. I made this Roast Carrot & Fennel Soup on my lunch break today.

Ingredients: Measuring is over rated, I just throw in what I have.

- carrots
- fennel
- garlic
- veggie stock
- salt
- pepper
- chilli fakes


1. Preheat oven to 450. Place carrots, fennel and onion on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 20 min, then add garlic cloves and roast for another 20 min or until vegetable are soft.

2. Remove the papery skin from the garlic and throw everything into a pot with vegetable stock. Add some salt, pepper and chilli flakes for a little warmth. Bring to a boil then blend until completely smooth.

3. Save the tops of the fennel plants to chop up and add right before you serve for a little extra fennel flavour.

Before & After- How many handbags can you get out of one jacket?

The answer is usually two. Working with a waist length leather jacket I was able to make 2 slouchy shoulder bags and one leather Bear. I have been trying to figure out what to do with all the scraps and bits and pieces I have been hoarding for the last 7 years. I have always held onto the bins of scraps because I feel like one day I will find them a purpose. The scrap experiments usually go to Winston who then carries them around the house.

Before & After- Slouchy Tote in Chesnut Brown

I could not sleep this morning. So instead of staring at the ceiling, I got out of bed at 3am, ate a mango and made this lady.  The jacket was older but well taken care of so the leather is soft with very few scuff marks.
Say hello to your new BFF.

Fold Over Clutch in Faux Leather & Real Canvas

Clutches do not need to be made of leather in order to be luxurious! This oversized, fold over clutch is made from repurposed faux leather. It used to be a VERY long jacket. Think Wesley Snipes in the movie Blade. It was time for an UPDATE.

CHA CHA Backpacks

Until recently, all of these backpacks had previous lives. A 90's leather jacket, a tweed cape, acid washed jeans, and a pair of Levis.
I worked my magic sewing tricks, took them all apart, and put them all back together. So I present to you…. Backpacks.

Before & After- From a Pile of Scraps to the Perfect Handbag

I had some bits and pieces of 2 different jackets left over and I wasn't sure if there was enough to make anything of it. But with a little creative pattern placing and fancy stitching, it came together beautifully. This slouchy leather bag has one exterior slip pocket, three interior pockets and is lined with  cha cha silkscreened canvas. Four hours ago this little lady was nothing but a pile of scraps, now she is ready for a NEW HOME!

Day Dreaming

Isla, you are so pretty.

Winter in Cha Cha Land

Winter in Canada. Hibernating and sewing. Changing things up over here at Cha Cha, nothing stays the same forever. Still sewing, still taking old to new. I will keep you posted.