Up Close & Personal With Cheri

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TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY

It has taken me quite a while to write a page for you all. To be honest I have found it hard to put pen to paper with observations detailing myself because I’d rather be telling you all about everyone else in my life! 

I love life. My husband Ben & I together have two sons; Hudson & Fred. We live rurally on a cattle station, managing “Cowan Downs” which is owned by a very lovely family; the Nelson’s of Herbert Hall Ent. Charters Towers. It is a wonderful life that is equally hard work & rewarding. We have both grown up on cattle stations & have a great love for the animals & their well-being & wanted to give our sons the same up-bringing. This rural community is wonderfully supportive; full of beautiful people who really look out for each other which we think is so important for our sons to be cocooned amongst. They say it takes a whole village to raise a child….

I love being around people who do things. Positive people who are open minded & not afraid to get their hands dirty or to try new things. There are so many inspiring people in this world. I love getting out & about talking to people, learning about what gives them drive & how they navigate situations.

I have always tinkered with the thought of making my own clothing & now Ben has helped bring it to reality with me. In 2014 I went to find a person who would make me a line of shirts of my particular taste & request & Ben said to me; why don’t you just make a few extra & see if anyone else shares your taste. He has always said to me ‘people are quick to compliment you on your taste of clothing, perhaps you should turn that eye into a business.’ Confidence is a huge emotion. It can rule your world for the better or it can wreak havoc & that is one of the many things that Ben has given me in bucket loads….And that is how it all started….I had over 100 shirts made up & most of them sold out in the first 3 weekends!

I am obsessed with fabric quality which would be a lot easier if I were in one of the major capital cities where I could run my fingers across the different textures & choices are plentiful. I constantly peruse the internet for suitable prints & then request samples – they graciously send them out & I decide from there. ( I already have a few favourite fabric wholesalers who look after me in my apprentice state!! ) Sometimes the samples are a 2cm square piece of fabric sometimes a little bigger. The design, fit & tailoring of the shirts is also so critical. If you have a sharp fitting shirt that fits perfectly it will be slimming & look finished no matter what your size.  

I have a Pinterest board where I find Inspiration whenever I need to…. If you would like to follow my journey you can on my Facebook Page HOUSE of CHERI or my Pinterest Board of the same name or on here where I will be updating frequently.

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I thought you’d like this board on Pinterest…

I am out of my league but I’m learning fast. This is a journey that I am taking you all along with me & I am excited beyond belief for what tomorrow will bring! The best is yet to come.  Cheri x