|SOLD My pink rose top of the tree angel|
|Using an old wallpaper sample book as gift wrapping|
|Outside the shop looking in|
|SOLD My pink rose top of the tree angel|
|Using an old wallpaper sample book as gift wrapping|
|Outside the shop looking in|
|Tiny angels I made this year.|
The Handmade Happiness shop is open for just one more week before closing forever. I am there every day except Sunday.
The Handmade Happiness name will live on through this blog, my Instagram account jenny_handmade_happiness and the pop up events booked for next year at Petersfield's Physic Garden.
Meanwhile I have booked a man and his van to move the shop furniture to my house and makers are collecting their makes. It's a winding down process but the shop is full of unique, quality handmade gifts and well worth a visit up to and including Christmas Eve.
I have just one more thing to make. A lovely customer wants the bigger of the two top of the tree dolls(see previous picture) but she'd like her to have lace gloves, so that is what I'll be sewing today.
I have no special sewing skill but my grandmother was a trained tailoress, working from home to support her child after her husband died. I often think of her and of how she could make any of the clothes in Vogue magazine, which my mother loved, just by examining the photograph.
Maybe next year I'll focus on making more clothes or the upcycling and embellishing of old clothes. Does that appeal to you?
|Just a reminder to make more mice !!|
|Textile designer Sheila Barrow has made several of these beautiful table decorations|
|New fridge magnets from beach glass originals £4-95 each|
|Fun with gift wrapping|
With only two weeks until the shop closes
forever I could have done without illness this week!
On Wednesday I kept falling asleep on my work table!
The doc said high temperature and chest infection so
Thursday and Friday were at home mostly sleeping while
kind Tara kept an eye on my shop.
The shop is open every day except Sundays in the Christmas
run up so plenty of time to pop in, Hope to see you!
|Assorted stockings for sale in Handmade Happiness|
|Baby's first Christmas?|
|Stockings of all sizes. The knitted stocking is made by Rubecula Threads.|
|Cosy sheepskin slippers at Caroline Bloomfield|
|Sheepskin hot water bottle covers at Caroline Bloomfield.|
On the worktable are a lot of stockings that need loops or tops or just making from scratch. At this time of year there are lots of different things that need attention. More fairies to make. Tree topper angels (see below) that I still haven't finished. Cashmere bunnies stuffed with lavender I need to make for an order. Not to mention getting the whole shop in perfect condition for the next tenant by the end of December.
On Sunday I'll see the family, and it's a chance to drop off presents. They need to be gift wrapped and tagged and checked to see that everyone has been treated fairly!
Caroline Bloomfield is the name of a shop in Midhurst. A shop I admire. Imagine puting your feet into the slippers pictured above on one of these cold, wet winter evenings!
I'm off to wrap presents.
Happy Christmas preparations everyone!!
|Big angel has a full skirt, little angel is unclothed. Dolls by Jenny Stacy|
I need to finish these off today. I always think making something will be quite easy and then it often turns out to be quite difficult... The bit I like is drawing and painting the faces. Making the clothes is something else.
I imagined a doll draped in fine fabrics with, as someone suggested, wellington boots on. Back rewind! That's not going to happen as turning tiny feet inside out was too difficult so I've kept the body simple and will further embellish and make clothes for little one today. There are two more cut out, sewn up and ready to dress but I've run out of this particular wool for the Marie Antoinette style hair and no other wool seems to work....
Less than 5 weeks now until the Handmade Happiness shop closes down forever. So if you want to have a browse before it goes plan your trip now!
I'm currently open 10 to 4.30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In December I plan to be open Mondays as well ie. 6 days a week.
Lots of opportunities for visitors to visit . Hope to see you soon X
|Doll patterns I drew for angel tree toppers|
I confess I don't find making easy sometimes. I have an order for an angel tree topper. I did some last year. They sold. Now this year I feel I am re-inventing the wheel! I've been putting off making the thing for ages but quite why it should feel like such an obstacle I don't know. After all I've made dozens of dolls in my time.
I think I get confused by seeing so many dozens of photographs on Instagram and Pinterest. You start to feel you are not good enough or that your dolls are different but not in a good way!
Last night I cut out the patterns and sewed them up. But when it came to turning them inside out the middle pattern was a clear winner!! Including thumbs and feet is bad news when it comes to turning!
Now I wonder if I can get away with just doing an armless, legless torso? After all the sumptous dress will hide the fact she has no legs and arms can be added after the body is made if they seem to be necessary.I have been collecting the most wonderful angel fabrics - chiffon and silk, tulle and embroidered luxury fabrics. Ribbons and jewels and beads. Decorating these angel tree toppers will be a delight! I've just got to get them to that stage first!
|I have made dozens of these fairies. Just £5 each.|
|Gift tags in gold or silver.|
|Ubiquitous Stitch brought in these headbands . Cosy for the dramatic drop in temperature|
It feels like the countdown is on. Only just over a month and Handmade Happiness will be gone. This week I'll put price tags on all the shop furniture I wish to sell. In fact I might put pictures and prices on this blog as well.
In the meantime nice things continue to come into the shop making it the best place I know to do one-stop Christmas gift shopping.
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|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!)|
|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.|
|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.
|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|
|Two pairs of legwarmers knitted by me and a colourful necklace made by Rosemary Roberts|
Hambledon Rose makes pretty cushions, lavender bags, purses and fridge magnets from linen and small pieces of vintage fabrics. The effect is delicate and pretty and I am so pleased to stock her work.
Brenda Tilbury, as regular readers will know, is Queen of Wreaths and at this time of year I generally have wreaths made by her. Now she is producing lots of knitwear too and new in the shop are scarves, gloves, a wrap and crocheted neckwarmers all in nice colour combinations.
Rosemary Roberts makes colourful necklaces out of fabric and beads. What customers also love about them is that they have a magnet clasp so they are very easy to put on and take off. One lady regularly buys several at a time!
I am knitting a third pair of leg warmers in shades of brown and blue and very cosy they are too made in 100% wool. I've just received some natural 100% alpaca yarn which I'm using for newborn clothing. So so soft ...Hats first as I hate to see a new baby with head uncovered in the cold. Now I'm sounding like a fussing old Granny. Hang on... that's exactly what I am !!!
|Paintings and collage laid out to be made into a carrier bag|
Today is the Handmade Happiness shop's 8th birthday. I feel it is quite an achievement to have a small independent business for eight years and I am glad that Handmade Happiness has been successful.
However I have to announce today that the shop will close down after Christmas. With a heavy heart I have decided it is no longer viable. With the political situation being what it is, everyone is uncertain, even fearful of what the future might hold. The result has been a real downturn in spending and this shop, along with many, many others has suffered. It's a tough world for small shops and I am sure you have noticed others in your area closing down.
I will continue to write this blog (hello America!) about all things handmade and the name Handmade Happiness will live on through Handmade Happiness events next year. More on that later. But for the moment, thank you for reading and for supporting the shop over the years. It continues to promote and contain the very best of handmade that I can find...
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|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|
|I love painting and this will be part of a bag too. Jenny Stacy|
For as long as I can remember I've made collages. I can't remember what my parents thought when I glued collage to my bedroom walls.
Carrier bags for Handmade Happiness are a good way of using all the paintings I do and the collages too. I'll continue to make carrier bags from magazine covers which are free to customers but I'll have to charge for these as each represents a lot of painting and making time. Re-cycling, upcycling and plastic free. These tick all the boxes!
The shop is closed this Wednesday (October 9th) for a family committment. I'm there this morning but just for two hours 10-12. My good neighbour Tara and her assistant, Amy, will look after anyone who has travelled any distance or wants to buy something immediately. Just ask for their help if I'm not there.
|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|
|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.|
|Macho keyrings and cuff links made from spent bullets gathered on walks in the Scottish Highlands.|
This is the first week when people have been trying to find Christmas presents in the shop. It makes sense to buy the perfect gift when you see it. People who say they'll come back nearer the day itself are often disappointed when the thing they've fallen in love with has sold.
That's the thing about handmade. Everything is designed and made by the maker him or her self and it is a one-off - unique.
Another thing about handmade is that it takes time. For example I was asked for a special handmade card for a 30th birthday. I said No because I'm aware of how long this takes. Planning the design takes longer than actually making the card as you want it to perfectly suit the recipient and obviously you can't charge the customer for all that thinking/ sketching time... And at this time of year there are so many other things to be made!
I'm making lots of fairies in different styles at the moment and this is what you will see me doing in the shop. I knit in the evening. My next project is cushions using needlefelted fabric I've made combined with richly coloured velvets. Wondering whether to include some knitting in the patchwork cushions too.
Handmade gifts for men are few and far between so I was pleased to find these leather and spent cartridge pieces pictured above. The maker scours his local Scottish landscape for the metal litter left by hunters and shooting parties which he puts to good use in these attractive gifts.
By the way the smooth English ash wood bowl pictured is made by Harry Butler whose work is also for sale in Handmade Happiness.
|Gold paper after washing|
|Pencil pots on my desk I bought ages ago|
This week I was excited to get an email from the Eternal Maker in Chichester saying they are now stocking this unusual gold paper.
A while ago I bought a couple of bags I use to store glue sticks and pens from a shop in Midhurst. I really like them and have also bought them as presents. But I didn't think it was possible to buy sheets of the actual material.
So late afternoon Tuesday after being in the shop I went to the Eternal Maker on Terminus Road and guess what? They had sold out. They are expecting new supplies next week but I wanted some now! Luckily they found me a roll of it behind the counter and I went home happy!
The paper looks flat and shiny like gift wrap. It comes in three colours, gold, silver and rose gold. Eternal Maker found rose gold the most popular. The magic happens when you wash it when it becomes softer and wrinkled, looking like old leather.
I cut it in half and washed both pieces in the kitchen sink and hung them out to dry. In the shop I experimented on a small piece to test it out. You can paint the reverse which is like a thick brown kraft paper and you can hand sew it. You can cut it and glue it and if your machine needle is strong enough (mine isn't) you can machine sew it.
There are so many possibilities with this stuff. All I've done with it so far is to cut out oak leaf shapes and dangle them in the shop window in honour of Autumn. But I can imagine using it for a host of other makes.
So before my local readers go dashing off to the Eternal Maker, ring them first otherwise you may find they have sold out again.
|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!