Sunday 31 January 2016

More new things in Handmade Happiness

Handspun Shetland fleece, knitted and then felted by Georgina Hutber with horn button decoration
Bobble bag made by Georgina Hutber.
Very pretty hydrangea and dried roses wreath by Brenda Tilbury. £24.50
Dried roses heart made by Brenda Tilbury. £24.50. SOLD
 The New Year has brought a rush of new makers into Handmade Happiness with their work.
Georgina Hutber spins, dyes, knits and felts and the shop now has several of her bags and scarves. I particularly like the bag with horn buttons pictured. It is designed to be worn across the body and as the wool is very thick would be an ideal safe carrier for anyone's personal computer.

Brenda Tilbury has bought in more of her pretty romantic wreaths.

Emma Clay came in yesterday with her work which has a birds' eggs theme. Her pictures look original and fresh and I can picture them against any 'shades of white' painted wall lending a contemporary, clean look to a room.

I'm making Valentine's cards and doing some embroidery for an order. More of that later...

Friday 29 January 2016

Samantha Robertson's ceramics

Samantha Robertson's beautiful bowls and coaster tiles in Handmade Happiness
Samantha teaches pottery and somehow she finds time to also make her own decorated bowls, coasters and night lights. The small bowls are £12, larger bowls £18 and coasters £5. Great gifts.

This week Kate Box has been in with a new navy knitted wrap and more of her popular wrist warmers. Sue Inglis has made new Valentine cards and Justine Jenner re-stocked with more of her white cups and saucers and dimpled jugs. Then yesterday Tanya Williamson brought in lots more of her wildlife cushions. So Handmade Happiness is filling up again after the usual empty look it gets after all the Christmas selling.

Quite a few new visitors are coming in after seeing the feature on Handmade Happiness in the local free magazine Life in Petersfield. Look out for more features on local makers in the months ahead.

Friday 22 January 2016

Heart wreaths

Heart wreath made by Brenda Tilbury for the Handmade Happiness Valentine's window.SOLD
Green heart wreath made by Brenda Tilbury hanging from the flagpole at Handmade Happiness

Wednesday 20 January 2016

New in Handmade Happiness

Doll and mushrooms designed and made by Jill Haines. Doll £38.50; mushrooms £7.50 each.
Cat by Jill Haines. £14.50
Mushrooms in spring colours made by Jill Haines. £7.50 each.
 Jill Haines' things are beautifully made and a welcome addition to the gifts offered in Handmade Happiness.

 Samantha Robertson just brought in more of her popular tile coasters and decorated ceramic bowls and Brenda Tilbury has made the most amazing large rose decorated heart shaped wreath for the window. Brenda also made the big green heart that she attached to the flag pole outside the shop and some dried rose heart decorations also for Valentine's Day.

I got to work decorating heart shaped boxes today and tomorrow I'll work on Valentine's cards...

Saturday 16 January 2016

Please note...

Lovely, arty fabrics by Bluebelle Grey. My neighbour, Tara Interiors stocks this brand.
If you want to see me, personally, I won't be in the shop this afternoon, so come in the morning.
After a quiet January week I've decided not to open on Tuesdays for the time being. As from next week the shop will open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. 
January is always the quietest month of the year customer-wise. It is very cold, often raining and if I were a customer I would stay at home too!!

On a brighter note, Jill Haines brought in pieces of her work this week. Delicately embroidered toadstools, a rag doll wearing vintage materials and an amusing felt cat with a fish. I like her work and look forward to stocking more of it in the months to come.

Look out for this month's Life in Petersfield if you live locally, the shop is featured in it. 

Tuesday 12 January 2016

A death in the family

First of all, apologies to anyone who visited Handmade Happiness on Saturday and found it closed. My mother had died the day before so I couldn't work that day.
Having been healthy all her life my mother succumbed to dementia around the time of my father's death, nearly five years ago.

 To anyone reading this who has someone in the family suffering with dementia, my heart goes out to you. It is the most cruel disease and, as with cancer, I do hope that a reliable cure can be found soon.

From today, Tuesday, the shop will be open as usual, 10 to 5, closed on Sundays and Mondays.  

Tuesday 5 January 2016

New Year's Resolutions

Pam Dew's quilt in Handmade Happiness.£295. The fabrics are all designed by Kaffe Fassett.

I just found a sheet of New Year Resolutions I wrote maybe 10 years ago. Interestingly they were the same resolutions as I would write today.

 Basically: Improve your home, improve yourself, make more stuff to sell and write more. I have succeeded in getting a shop - that was one of my resolutions for decades as regular readers will know. But basically, aside from getting a shop and moving house I haven't pulled off any other dramatic changes in the last 10 years.

So if we don't put into practice our resolutions each year what is the point of them? The good thing is it focusses our attention on what we want and where we are going.

 I just got 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin. She zoomed in on her life and read masses of books and came up with some interesting tips to make life happier. I'll tell you more when I've finished reading it. Meanwhile you can look at for more details.

 Where Gretchen and I differ is that she gave her project masses of energy and determination. Energy and determination are vital to change and puting New Year Resolutions into practice. So pass me the iron pills someone I'm getting help in the energy department.

Saturday 2 January 2016

Nice things in Handmade Happiness

Sheila Barrow's Up the Garden Path embroidery.
Love these useful zipped bags made by Carol Smith
Clever knitting in this scarf by Jenny Drant
Love this sari silk I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show this year.
Sophisticated grey porcelain decorations made by Niloo
Cushions by the talented Tanya Williamson
 When beautiful handmade things come into the shop I'm often tempted to buy them myself but I usually manage to resist. But I do regret not buying the little picture by Sheila Barrow at the top. It is a little bit of perfect.

I did buy the stitched  bags in the second photo made by Carol Smith and I keep my fairy making materials in them.

When Jenny Drant showed me her knitting this year I was blown away. A lot of us can knit but she takes knitting to a whole other level. I look forward to selling more of her work this year. 

I used the ripped sari silk ribbons to make the big decorative birds you may have seen in the window in November. Wish I'd  bought more now. The colours are intense.

Niloo makes the popular black on white spotted pots and this year she bought in these contemporary decorations. They really are little works of art.

People love Tanya Williamson's cushions and I hope she'll make many more for the shop this year.

I'll try and take some more pictures inside the shop today. I'm looking forward to having a bit of a spring clean ready for a sparkling 2016 when Handmade Happiness will be displaying a lot more of talented makers' work. I'll keep you posted.

The shop will be open from 10am to 1pm today.