Monday, 11 November 2019
|I have made dozens of these fairies. Just £5 each.|
|Gift tags in gold or silver.|
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
|Jenny Drant has knitted these pretty baby girls clothes in a mix of Alpaca and cotton. The Rachel Riley shoes were a lucky charity shop find for just £3 and are not for sale!|
|I hand sewed this lavender bag using old lace ribbons and grey silk.|
|Love these new pots Niloo Wickramasinghe has made for Handmade Happiness.|
|Seen near Waitrose car park in Petersfield this is a Madrone (US) or arbutus unedo (thanks Instagram friends!)|
I have always tried to have only the very best things in Handmade Happiness. I want visiting to be an experience, unlike visiting any other shop. I am lucky to have such talented makers.
Jenny Drant knits wonderful things for the shop and Niloo makes heavenly pots and vases. You only have to scroll down to see examples of other talented makers work.
I think I have been really lucky that these gifted individuals have found the shop to be a good fit for the beautiful things they make.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
|Pat Gude made this applique cloth hanging by copying a 1920s London Underground poster in applique and stumpwork. She has done 5 more.|
|Close up of one of Pat Gude's fantastic textile hanging from a 1920s Underground poster.|
When Pat showed me this textile hanging it took my breath away. It is brilliantly executed.
It is not for sale but would look brilliant on display at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden or the Contemporary Textiles Fair at Landmark Arts.
She has also made five other different hangings from other posters. I have not seen those but I daresay they are equally good.
If you want to display Pat Gude's works of art you can contact her through me by email or shop phone: email@example.com Tel 01730 267711
Thursday, 24 October 2019
|This week I dyed silk ribbon with avocado skins|
|The expert knitter Jenny Drant has knitted all sorts of wonderful things for the shop. This baby hat is for 3-6 months|
|I've made a lot of these pompom fairies. I like painting the faces best.|
|New leg warmers and adult hat knitted by me|
It's feeling like a busy week in the shop.
Wishing you a good day.x
Friday, 18 October 2019
|This beautiful indoor wreath is made by Brenda Tilbury|
|Love this lavender bag by Hambledon Rose|
|Another pretty lavender bag made with vintage fabrics by Hambledon Rose|
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
|Collage for front of carrier bag for Handmade Happiness|
|One of the new collaged carrier bags for Handmade Happiness made by Jenny Stacy|
|Freshly made bag front|
|Another just made collage piece by Jenny Stacy|
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
|Sue Inglis knits these decorations @eggandspoonstudio|
|Now in the shop. Sue Inglis' of eggandspoonstudio designs and knits these.|
|Very special Christmas card by Sue Inglis|
|I just made some 'Arty' carrier bags|
I've waited until the beginning of October to offer Christmas goods because I hate to see Christmas cards, advent calendars and gift wrap for sale in September or even August in some cases.
I wonder if other families, like mine are having a re-think about Christmas this year. One of my daughters has suggested we make presents for each other. My other daughter doesn't want us to give presents at all. We all want to avoid anything plastic, so no plastic toys for the children from now onwards.
All the busy,hard working people out there who love the idea of making presents but haven't got the time to do so can buy something lovingly handmade by an artistic individual from Handmade Happiness.
This year I'm aiming to have more choice and the best quality ever! I think after 8 years of trading the shop has a reputation for very special, always well-received presents. And this year, with all the political turmoil and unrest the little shop offers a safe haven for people to rest and dream and be inspired.
Sunday, 29 September 2019
|New jewellery made by Annie Sherburne including this large dragonfly brooch|
|I've knitted these leg warmers. Knitting shades of blue ones now.|
|More of these appealing cards from beach glass originals came in yesterday.|
Saturday, 28 September 2019
|Gold paper after washing|
Sunday, 22 September 2019
|First ever blog post 11 years ago today!!|
|Tiny fairies I made this week|
|Six hats I just knitted.|
|Jenny Stacy made this tiny fairy|
|New gorgeous pottery from Niloo that came into the shop yesterday|
|New cards that came into the shop yesterday|
|I like painting faces. Even on wooden teaspoons! Now to dress them!|
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BLOG!!!!
ELEVEN YEARS OLD TODAY.
I wonder if anyone reading this has actually accompanied me from the very beginning in 2008?
Then I was busy making stock for the Country Living magazine show in Islington which I used to do regularly. I frequently day dreamed of having a shop of my own. But that's all it was, a dream.
I made jewellery and cards for various shops then and shared trips to London and sometimes abroad with my readers who were all in the UK.
Then in 2011 I saw a small shop in Petersfield with a sign in the window saying To Let. What excitement as that shop took the name Handmade Happiness and became the fulfillment of my dream!
This blog has become the shop blog ever since.
Apart from a brief break when I visited India and wrote another blog called seeingindiawithjenny.blogspot.co.uk I have consistently posted on this blog once a week, twice a week, sometimes every day. I occasionally think about stopping but then something wonderful appears in the shop or I see something inspiring in London and I have to share it!
Monday, 16 September 2019
|Three pieces of finished felt|
|Made jewellery gift boxes from matchboxes|
|You know those wood teaspoons you get free?|
|New in Handmade Happiness. Jewellery made by Pat Gude.|
|My dolls on display in the shop|
Monday, 9 September 2019
|In a window behind Oxford Street|
|Cake counter at Selfridges|
|Beautiful flower display|
|A stunning bit of floor tiling|
|Ho Ho Ho? Oh No No No! Bit too early?|
It was my daughter's birthday so my other daughter and I met her in Argyll street off Oxford Street. It was 9.45am and we hadn't realised that the shops don't actually open now until 12pm. So we wandered and put the world to rights over a coffee or two.
Lots of homeless asleep in sleeping bags on the pavement. It's probably safer for them to sleep during the day than at night. But what really distressed me was a young girl, clearly out of her head on drugs, sitting slumped forward. Clearly in need of help. Back here in Petersfield the Salvation Army give practical help to so many people and hopefully one of those kind souls will get her back on her feet again.
It is quite mind blowing to go from crowded pavements into that bastion of all things luxurious that is Selfridges!! I bought a magazine because I think Selfridges stock virtually any magazine you could possibly think of! Nearby the Christmas packaging caught my eye and would you believe it, people were already buying it! I can't think of red and green while the sun is still shining!
I'm sorry I can't tell you who made the glass plates pictured. I'll try to find out and then let you know.
Our favourite place to share some food is Carluccio's but its Fenwicks branch was closed for re-furbishment and will re-open in about a month. So we walked back to the original cafe. I noticed that hemp seems to be the food of the day. More seeds anyone?