Tuesday 17 December 2019


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? 

Friday 13 December 2019


Just a reminder to make more mice !!
Hope for this country was dashed this morning.  I honestly felt we had a chance at a fairer future for everyone - not just the richest few -but voters chose to believe the right wing tabloids and voted for five more years of austerity and an ever widening gap between rich and poor.

Disappointing does not even cover it.
I can only compare this shock news to waking up to hear that Trump was President and to hearing that we had voted to leave the EU. 

I am trying to think of a silver lining but I can't. This is a dark day for Britain. Sorry. My next post will focus on Handmade and Happiness.

Sunday 8 December 2019

News from the shop

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!