Monday 24 February 2020


If you didn't know this is real you could see it as bead jewellery!
Bits and bobs I've made in the past that still inspire me now.
Spring colours in these raggy headed dahlias. Good for spring inspiration

I am thinking jewellery. I want to make big statement necklaces and I haven't made any for a while. Many years ago (long before I had the shop) I made lots of jewellery for various shops and galleries but I am a bit out of practice now.
I want cheerful colours and a bit of humour in my pieces and the components made by hand from scratch. Next time I write I should have some new necklaces to show you. 
I don't know about you but I don't feel as productive when the weather is damp and overcast. I long for Spring but we will just have to think Spring as we paint and make. To make with joy!!

Thursday 6 February 2020

Handmade Happiness Events

Spring flowers in my window. Pottery by Niloo Wickramasinghe

If you miss the Handmade Happiness shop or you wish you'd visited before it closed down here's your chance:

Meet the makers and see their lovely handmade things at the Physic Garden rooms off Petersfield High Street, GU32 3JJ on the following dates:


Spring Event:   March 28th 

Sumnmer Event:  June 27th 

Autumn Event:  September 26th

Christmas Event:  November 14th

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Trying and failing

This is a failure but by trying you learn what you are good at and what you are not good at.

Blank canvas and acrylic paints. I just thought I'd give it a go. Not at all happy with the result but in painting this I have learned that I must stick to what I am vaguely good at - flowers.
It's like writing. If you just do it you feel good. It's the fear of failure that holds us back from discovering what we are truly capable of.
When looking at the blank white canvas or the blank white paper it's hard to start in case it doesn't work out in the way we want it to. But action is the only way forward.
So just go for it. Paint your picture. Write your novel. You may well surprise yourself!!