|Rushing waters of the man-made weir, part of the flood prevention scheme.|
|Established 1826. Like the coat of arms.|
These pictures were taken at night on Christmas Eve.
|A fake Father Christmas is waving high above a jewellers' shop with changing light projections below. Impressive.|
|Night time sparkle.|
|Pale gold gift topper or table decoration by Brenda Tilbury.|
|For Christmas or a wedding. Pretty decoration by Brenda Tilbury.|
|Lots of sparkle on this impressive gift decoration by Brenda Tilbury|
|Imagine receiving a gift with this on it! Decoration by Brenda Tilbury|
|Owl cushion on midnight blue velvet made by Tanya Williamson £48|
|New lino cut Christmas cards by Jacqui Watkins. £2.50 each.|
|Jeremy Moore's attractive mugs, also stocked in blue, £16.00 each.|
|Interesting jug £22.50 by Jeremy Moore|
There are so many lovely gifts, cards and decorations to choose from in Handmade Happiness right now.
Certain items are consistently popular and lots of makers are muttering about having to start making for Christmas in January next year. Today I'll be contacting some of them to please re-stock this week.
I've also just started selling Jeremy Moore's ceramics.He uses a lovely deep blue glaze (not pictured) that I particularly like. I also like the deep rustic green celadon glaze of these mugs. Ideal for a country cottage.
Also new are the necklaces I've been making. A new take on 'worry' beads that I remember so well from my childhood in the Middle East. I can still picture men sitting cross-legged with a string of large, smooth beads in their hands. Feeling each bead as an aid to prayer and meditation is also what rosary beads are traditionally used for in some religious places.
On Monday I went to Chichester and I was amazed that so many items are being offered at sale prices. Whatever happened to the January sales? I remember when sales were in January and again in July. Full stop. Now sales are all the year round...but it's a bit worrying if shops feel the need to go into sale in the run up to Christmas. I asked why at Marks and Spencer and apparently it's to attract people back into the shops now that so many people choose to do all their shopping online.
|Handmade Happiness bags with Jenny Stacy dolls and Karen Boller dog brooch|
|Bird brooches £6.50 by Carol Smith. Carol's bird tree decorations are £4.50 each|
|New in yesterday - these perfect Christmas stockings made by Kate Box £38 each. New little bears by Lindsey Agostinelli £60 each and new embroidered pictures by Sheila Barrow, from £28|
|This is Harry, a little bear made by Lindsey Agostinelli, sitting on the softest alpaca baby cardigan £39 by Jenny Drant|
|Close up of new tubular knitted scarf by Jenny Drant, a really clever knitter.|
|Sheila Barrow paints and embroiders these lovely landscapes. New ones have just been delivered.|
|Soft metal stars tumbling from the ceiling in Anthropologie|
|Similar handmade stars looped above the pay desk|
|Giant papier mache light shades in Anthropologie|
|Torn paper backdrop of mountains in the window|
|Houses piled up on a mountain side in the window of Anthropologie, Guildford|
|Metal stars suspended from ceiling to floor in Anthropologie|