|Sweet peas for sale yesterday outside the shop|
|I love sweet peas|
|Sweet peas for sale yesterday outside the shop|
|I love sweet peas|
|This is what the outside of Handmade Happiness looks like. The building is 400 years old!|
Yesterday a friend came in carrying a box full of bunches of sweet peas from her daughter's garden. Their scent filled the shop. Sweet peas. along with delphiniums, larkspur and roses are my favourite flowers and it was a total joy to have some to sell. All but two bunches sold out immediately and I was pleased to be able to take the last two bunches home with me (first picture).
|Made lots of carrier bags this week|
|The shop is selling Drops Cotton Merino and these handmade velvet buttons|
|Pretty flowers in a Justine Jenner vase|
|Finger dolls and cashmere bunnies|
|Tanya Williamson's cushions|
|Tanya Williamson's textile pictures|
An irridescent pigeon feather against the grain of a bowl by Harry Butler
Justine Jenner has just delivered examples of her latest pottery designs to Handmade Happiness. Justine's experimental work with matt glazes is truly special and her work is colourful and 'of the moment'.
Pictured above are just two of Tanya Williamson's many textile pictures in the shop now. These make ideal little presents.
Some months ago I told you that Handmade Happiness has been shortlisted for Best Shop Award. On Friday night the actual winner will be announced. I will let you know who wins. But picture me at the awards ceremony with a stiff smile on my face - like a Petersfield version of the Oscars when nominees have to put on a brave face on hearing that someone else has won - and then heartily congratulate them!!!
|Raspberries discovered under the weeds in the garden|
|Love the colour of this hollyhock|
|Pleased to find this in a charity shop this week|
|Fancy brickwork on some old houses in Petersfield|
We're having a heat wave - a friend just got back from Turkey and the temperature was the same! My garden is overgrown - it's too hot to tackle it...
On my day off I walked round Midhurst and if I closed my eyes I could imagine being in a desert with the sun beating down on my head! I found the pretty embroidery book in Midhurst and a useful set of drawers for shop display.
The shop has been busy lately and it's good to have some new stock like these monoprint cards with pastel that local artist Carol Smith has just brought in.
|Heart from Harriet's Attic, wood bunny from Trunk and linen thread from The Old Habadashery|
|These pretty tea towels were being sold to benefit a charity.|
|A heaped table of old French fabrics and trims|
|Handmade perfection by Ayers and Grace|
|Pretty handmade jewellery by Snow Jewels|
|Heart and Daisy makes cushions, bags and hearts.|
|Poster advertising the Country Brocante Fair at Midhurst|
|Handmade, individual childrens' clothes|
|More of my pictures taken at the Fair yesterday|
The Summer Country Brocante Fair is on today, Saturday 30th June, in the grounds of Cowdray Park, Midhurst.
I went yesterday morning and thoroughly enjoyed looking at dozens of stalls. Rachel Ashwell, of Shabby Chic fame was there, signing her latest book, and Cabbages and Roses were there selling their pretty clothes and fabrics.
I went looking for handmade and I am hoping that some of the makers I found will soon have work in Handmade Happiness. Meanwhile I will show you what I was tempted to buy in tomorrow's post!
|Some Liberty bits I'll use this week|
|Pretty thatched roof cottage in Buriton|
Today I went round the Buriton Art Trail. Just a few miles from Petersfield, Buriton is a little village built around a church and a duck pond and it's full of the sort of cottages you would love to live in!
|38mm coral velvet button on painted paper background £3.50|
|Soft brown 38mm velvet button on collaged background £3.50|
|Rich rust 38mm velvet button on painted papers background £3.50|
|Red wine velvet 38mm button on painted paper £3.50|
|Yellow-green velvet 38mm button on collage background £3.50|
One of the nicest things to do is to sit down with a pile of white paper and layer paint onto it and see what results. I thought it would be fun to use some of these painted papers together with the odd torn paper from a magazine, like the background to the yellow-green button above, as background to the buttons.
These buttons are the largest I covered. See more colours and sizes by scrolling down to a recent post where I pictured lots of them.
I made these yesterday afternoon when the shop was quiet. Today I'm planning to make some textile necklaces and if they get finished I'll sew some smaller buttons onto collaged painted papers. Now the question is: Will anybody buy them?
|I've made more finger dolls. Dont know if I prefer short curly hair or long pony tails...|
|Old red buttons found yesterday|
|More old buttons bought yesterday. The blue ones are made of glass.|
Regular readers will know that finding an old 'finger doll' from a few years back made me want to make some more. These ones are a bit fatter than the original. I just drew round my longest finger for the pattern. Also these are new, improved because there are four different Liberty fabrics on each and because I like the back as much as the front I decided to embroider faces on both sides!
I love to use old buttons in my makes. Whether it's to do up a necklace or bracelet or to decorate a doll or a collage, old buttons have far more visual impact than new buttons. Agree?
|Gorgeous art fabrics at Liberty|
|Kaffe Fassett fabrics at Liberty|
|Love this Liberty velvet covered chair|
|A message in push pins at Anthropologie - always so innovative!|
|I bought this plate in the Anthropology sale. Love their paper bags as much as the plate!|
|Bunny slippers for a grandaughter from a pattern by Fiona Goble. The jumper is knitted by Patricia and in the shop.|
|I've been making cashmere bunnies for ages but I found the 'finger doll' when tidying and I'll make more of her|
|Velvet on velvet. Making lots of velvet buttons both to sell and to use in jewellery making|
Since having the shop I've made lots of small things to sell at a reasonable price. This week I've been sitting at my worktable making.
It was a nice surprise to come across the finger doll pictured above. Years ago I made lots of these and they must have sold well because she's the only one I have left. I drew round my longest finger for the pattern. Last night I soaked a piece of calico in tea to achieve a more flesh like colour and ironed Liberty scraps for the bodies. Hopefully I'll have the sewing machine out and get some made in the shop today.
I love velvet, especially soft silk velvet and even better, silk velvet that has been hand dyed in colours that blend into one another. Years ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on a quantity of velvet expertly dyed by my friend Alison Crosthwaite. We swapped because she liked my handmade buttons - not velvet ones, the ones I used to do with patterns on them. I've tried dyeing velvet myself but wasn't happy with the results. Woman - know your limits!
Happy weekend everyone!
|SOLD but more are available at Handmade Happiness|
|Roses on the shop counter|
Some makers always say their sales are 'fine'. I can only be honest. Life is hard at the moment. People aren't spending. If proof were needed that retail is in the doldrums, House of Fraser has just announced it is closing down half of its department stores. And you already know that Marks and Spencer is closing 100 of its stores.
One idea to bust the Brexit slump is to have something so cheap in the window it is irresistible. That was my idea this week. So I have painted dozens of 'friendship beads' and put them on a dyed silk tie. They can be worn as a bracelet or anklet where the silk is longer. Just £1 each. I wonder how many will sell today, Saturday? I'll let you know.
Meanwhile I have another 30 beads on the table in front of me to paint before work!