Thursday, 15 March 2018

New in Handmade Happiness

We have the full range of Kate Box's popular wrist warmers
A photo I took through one of Frank Higgins' teleidoscopes. Frank has just delivered five more of the smallest size teleidoscpes
I love these ballerina elephants designed and made by Sue Inglis. Four are in the shop now.
Justine Jenner is constantly adding new pieces to her impressive range of pottery for sale in Handmade Happiness

Every day I'm in the shop I feel proud to have such talented makers' work for sale. I am really lucky because their work gives the shop its welcoming atmosphere and provokes a delighted response from customers.

Tomorrow I plan to visit the evening preview of the Contemporary Textiles Fair where I may be lucky enough to find more talented makers who want to have their work in Handmade Happiness.

I've just written a piece about crafts in India in my other blog:
Do check it out. Today I've described block printing, rug making and jewellery making.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

In the shop now

Knitted chicks and knitted baskets with Lindt eggs in
The brooch board
New cushions made by Tanya Williamson
Pretty rose wreath made by Brenda Tilbury

Easter is on April 1st this year and the knitted chicks with eggs in are already proving popular. They are £1 each and once you've got them you can refill them yourself every year.

Handmade Happiness is well-stocked with new cushions by Tanya Williamson, more pottery from Justine Jenner, more wrist warmers by Kate Box and lots more knitted creatures by Sue Inglis including the irresistible elephant ballerinas. I'll take more pictures in the shop today.

Did you know I am also writing another blog? It's
- a day by day account with lots of photos of my recent trip there. 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Fabrics bought in India for making with

Cottons found at a Tibetan market
Fine cotton bought at a shop in Jodphur
'Silk' scarves that were irresistibly cheap but not real silk !

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

I went to India

Sorry for the very long absence.
The shop was closed for a fortnight when I went to India. It was an incredible experience and I am so glad I took the opportunity, while the shop is at its quietest in January to get away.
I am writing a blog about what I saw and learned in India  with lots of pictures.
Check out
This blog will now continue....

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Shop closed until February 3rd

From my noticeboard. Cards at top by Belinda Downes

I'm on holiday until Saturday February 3rd and the shop will be closed until then. I would hate anyone to make a journey to see the shop and find it closed...

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Late night shopping tonight!

One of the handmade invitiations I've been giving out for tonight's late opening

An opportunity for people who can't visit during the day to browse in the shop at night!
Parking directly outside the shop is limited but Marks and Spencer car park off St Peters Road is literally just around the corner. If you live near Petersfield come in and say hello!

More from a Winter Brocante

Exquisitely handmade pieces by Ayres and Grace. I would love to have this clever lady's work in my shop!
An interesting Christmas tree. Sorry I don't know who decorated it.
An eye-catching little lamb used as decor....

The experience of being at the Country Brocante's Winter sale in Cowdray Park, Midhurst continues to lie in my imagination. When I visited on the Friday it was packed with people who had travelled from all over the country to be there.
All credit to the organiser, Lucy, who has a shop in Midhurst, who had styled the event beautifully with large calligraphy signs on blackboards and had found so many people with attractive things for sale.
I look forward to visiting again- there's a Summer brocante, also in Midhurst...

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Winter Brocante

On Friday at Midhurst's Winter Brocante I bought a label hand written by  Kate at Oyster Bridge; a fairy made by Ayers and Grace and a heart made by Suzi Hearts with cards (top) by Liz Jones Makes.
Liz Jones' Slow Stitching stand with really pretty French vintage fabric kits.
The Snow Jewels stand

I visited the Country Brocante's Winter Fair on Friday and found some lovely handmade items.
One of the pictures has been eaten so I'll do another post soon.

Are you getting excited about Christmas? Handmade Happiness is opening from 6 til 8pm on Thursday this week to give more people a chance to visit.
Meanwhile keep warm and I hope you are enjoying this run up to Christmas as much as I am!

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Gorgeous colours of hand dyed wool
Making wool stockings with needlefelted patches
Necklaces using textile bits and pieces. I call these strings.Making lots of different ones now.

Its the busiest time of the year in the shop and I'm making as much as I can between customers.
The shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 to 5 and in addition will be open late on Thursday November 30th from 6pm to 8pm.
Happy making everyone!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Making for Christmas

Making simple faiies for tree decorations.
They all have different dresses. Fairy peg doll by Jenny Stacy
New! Textile art specs pockets made by Bee Mellor
New! Specs cases made by Bee Mellor

Someone said it's only eight weeks til Christmas. Help! So much to make so little time.

 I need to make jewellery and it's something I never seem to get round to. I've been making Fairy Boxes - just need to finish those off and those fairies pictured above - 12 done, eight more to go. I've done childrens' jewellery - all the easy stuff. Jewellery seems to require a lot more thought but while I'm actually making I love the feeling of time standing still. Totally absorbed in what I'm doing. I think lots of people experience this, it's like a form of meditation...

This year I have some truly gorgeous handmade items from makers new to the shop. I'll share those beauties and more about the makers in my next post. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2017

21st century yarns hand dye silk thread and fabrics. Love their colours.
Elizabeth Ashurst made these stunning pieces
This stand 'Bazaar' was like visiting a bazaar in India
Ann Small had a stand with lots of textural wall art.
Felting techniques shown in this piece by felt maker Clare Bullock

I love my annual visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show in October at Alexandra Palace in London. So much to see including students' work, the work of established textile artists and lots of tempting craft materials to buy.

From today on Handmade Happiness  will be stocking  21st century yarns who make the wonderful hand dyed craft materials so loved by textile artists and everyone who just loves the inspiration that looking at artistic colour combinations brings. More pictures and information in the next post.

Monday, 2 October 2017

New in the shop

Tanya Williamson made a big delivery of her wonderful stitched applique cushions 
I designed and  made a cashmere bear and dog to add to the popular cashmere bunnies.
Karen Boller has made this charming bird on a cotton reel. Pictured with party earrings made by Annie Sherburne.
After nine years of blogging I'm wondering whether I should continue this blog or start a new one with a different design and slightly different subject matter. I'd love to know your comments. I know the comment thing under is hard to use so please feel free to email me: Thanks.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Happy Birthday Blog! You are NINE years old!

I knitted this mouse from a pattern by Sue Stratford for a gift.
Playing around with Christmas ideas, this is my own pattern but the antlers need imrproving..
Love this dog from a pattern by Sandra Polley.Again not for sale.

I wrote the first blog post on September 22nd 2008. That was long before I opened a shop of my own. Having a shop was a recurring  fantasy that I used to write about about with no real hope of ever achieving. Rents were too high.

 I wrote about what I was making, how I was preparing for the Country Living magazine show in London and often about the clothes I liked in Tricot Too a shop I worked in and made jewellery for.

Then I moved to Petersfield and, six years ago the dream became a reality and I opened Handmade Happiness in Dragon Street. Since then this is the 'blog that became a shop' and its now all about promoting other makers whose work I sell in the shop.

Strangely, if the statistics are correct, the chances are that if you are reading this you live in France. The blog has more readers than ever before but most of them live in France. To start with I could rely on readers living in the UK or the USA. But recently lots of readers are from Russia, and above all from France. Since I have always thought that the French have excellent taste I am happy about this!! But the chances of them ever visiting HH the bricks and mortar shop are slim!

As its the blog's birthday I thought I'd share what I'm currently making. A bit of self indulgence from me... I have a large family to make for now that all of my children have produced children of their own and I feel very blessed!
It's important to me that the shop offers the very best of handmade. Most of it local although I am now looking further afield ... after 6 years it is time to spread the net a bit wider but everything in the shop is made from scratch and made in the UK and if I love it then I hope that you will love it too!