Friday, 18 August 2017

New in the shop

Lined purses, ideal for keeping jewellery in made by Carol Smith
Love Carol Smith's quirky big zipped bags new in Handmade Happiness
Paul Soden took this amazing picture of a hare locally. It's for sale as a canvas in the shop.
Karen Head's fine Nuno felted scarves with silk in Handmade Happiness
Handmade Happiness is full of the work of talented individuals! Right now it's holiday time and the shop is being visited by people from all over the world.
It makes me proud to be the custodian of so many desirable pieces. More pictures soon!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Nice things in the shop now

Large dried flower wreath made by Brenda Tilbury. Beautiful for above your bed or for a wedding.
Roxana Giles, artist, has painted this tile
Love this cup and bowl made by Justine Jenner 
 Do you look at these pictures and wish you could buy something?

I want to set up a website so you can.  It's just that I don't feel very confident about the technology involved. I can cope with blogging, Instagramming, emails and Pinterest but setting up a website feels like a whole other level of expertise.

I promise I will look at one of these 'free' website sites before the next post.

If you ever want to comment please comment in another language. I lived in France so I can understand French even though I can't write in French very well.
I love to visit France- so close to get to but so entirely different to the UK.

In the UK all retailers like myself are suffering the effects of Brexit uncertainty and austerity. No-one wants to spend money if they don't have to. So many people love the shop and tell me how beautiful the things in it are. Then, as they leave they say,'We'll definitely come back to do our Christmas shopping here.' What I would like, and need, is for people to start their Christmas shopping now!!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

New in the shop

More beautifully made cushions by Tanya Williamson
Four little maids in a row - my latest 'Art' dolls
Paper bags made for the shop from the pages of magazines
Pretty artificial flowers that came in the post for m aking with and selling
Bunches of little flowers for sale at £2.50 each. In a pot made by Niloo

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted. As well as being in the shop I have had a kitchen fitted in the last week. Really pleased with the way it looks so far. I'll show you some pictures soon.

How are you?
Tell me what other blogs you follow or if you have one of your own that I can look at. If you're on Instagram check out my page. I put more photos on Instagram than on this blog...jenny_handmade_happiness

Have a nice week and au revoir!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Just thinking...

I started writing this blog eight and a half years ago and a lot has changed since then. 
At first I was writing about my inspirations, making things and working in a shop I loved while longing for a shop of my own. Now I have that dream shop I used to write about and this blog has become about promoting the shop and the handmade items for sale in that shop.

I have stepped back and it's not about me, it's more about pretty pictures taken inside and outside of the shop. Now this blog gets 10,000 hits a month, which is not that great according to my daughter but seems pretty good to me.

 But the big change recently is that nearly everyone reading this lives in France. Whether they are French nationals or British people living in France I don't know. But in terms of ever visiting the shop I am promoting .. well it's just not working is it?  So we have a mis-match. 

I need to work out how to make more money for the shop in austerity Britain and this blog is just not helping!! 
 I love Instagram ( jenny_handmade_happiness  )  and Pinterest 
( jennystacy17 ) but again they are pretty pictures, nothing to do with selling. 

To bridge the gap between you, dear readers, looking at pictures and some of you buying the things you see, I need to have a means of selling online. I am not clever enough to set up a selling website nor can I pay thousands to someone else to do it for me so I'd be grateful for your ideas and as you don't like the comment thing this is my email address: 

Meanwhile I'll enjoy being in the shop and meeting, and often chatting with the wonderful individuals that buy the cards and gifts they need from Handmade Happiness.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

At the Country Brocante Fair

Three cards by Liz Jones of Sew to be Happy and some pretty fabric.
Gorgeous flower bought from Mercer and Rose
Nice applique work by Hearts and Kisses
Also by Hearts and  Kisses, love the little figures she creates on fabric.

Yesterday late afternoon I hurried to the Country Brocante Fair in Midhurst after work. The first two pictures show things I bought there and the second two pictures show a stall I admired.

Brocante says to me - all things French and there was a lot of old French linen, dyed, embroidered or just sold by the metre or in small pieces. Linen from Provence dyed pink or blue, scraps of old French cottons sold in bundles to be used in patchwork or for making small hearts etc. Lots of pink accessories and off-white chipped painted furniture.

I particularly liked a stall run by two ex-teachers who offer stitching workshops for children and adults called 'Sew to be Happy' based on the idea of mindfulness or craft as therapy.

One of the prettiest stalls was Mercer and Rose with vintage habadashery and Swarovski crystal jewellery. So much to see. I'll definitely try to visit the next show... It's on Saturday August 26th at Wisborough Green in Sussex.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Using strong colour

I love playing with paints and pastels to make pieces for collage
Blue flowers from the garden in a blue vase
Bee Mellor made this interesting brooch

Strong colour can exert a powerful influence over us. Today a customer said she wished she had a shed in the garden filled with things from Handmade Happiness. What a lovely compliment!

I remember how I used to believe that wearing red at a show made me sell more. This really worked but I expect it was more because wearing red made me feel more confident, not because red was a particularly lucky colour.

I once painted my sitting-room sunflower yellow thinking that strong colour would make me feel happy all the time, In fact it quickly irritated me. I admire other people who can live with strong colours in their homes but for me the novelty quickly wears off and I prefer relaxing neutrals on my walls now.

It's fun to experiment with puting lots of colours together and sometimes deliberately puting clashing colours together. But for me, less is definitely more.
Colourful cushions and colourful artwork but for me to be able to relax,the walls have to be pale.