Wednesday, 14 June 2017
|I love playing with paints and pastels to make pieces for collage|
|Blue flowers from the garden in a blue vase|
|Bee Mellor made this interesting brooch|
Strong colour can exert a powerful influence over us. Today a customer said she wished she had a shed in the garden filled with things from Handmade Happiness. What a lovely compliment!
I remember how I used to believe that wearing red at a show made me sell more. This really worked but I expect it was more because wearing red made me feel more confident, not because red was a particularly lucky colour.
I once painted my sitting-room sunflower yellow thinking that strong colour would make me feel happy all the time, In fact it quickly irritated me. I admire other people who can live with strong colours in their homes but for me the novelty quickly wears off and I prefer relaxing neutrals on my walls now.
It's fun to experiment with puting lots of colours together and sometimes deliberately puting clashing colours together. But for me, less is definitely more.
Colourful cushions and colourful artwork but for me to be able to relax,the walls have to be pale.
Friday, 9 June 2017
|Bee Mellor made this stuning necklace using needlefelted fabric made by Jenny Stacy|
|Another necklace made by Bee Mellor using felt and needlefelt made by Jenny Stacy|
|Baby bootees knitted by Patricia in a Justine Jenner bowl.|
|Fourth and final doll for the time being designed and made by Jenny Stacy|
|Scrap packs of vintage fabrics £2 each|
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
|Japanese style bags made by Pam Dew against Japanese style patchwork throw made by Niloo.|
|New cards made by Kate Box|
|New knitted bunting made by Kate Box|
Two of Handmade Happiness' favourite makers have just brought in new work.
Pam Dew has been sewing bags using thick linen and fine cottons all in shades of indigo.
Kate Box, who makes popular wrist warmers, knitted throws and neck warmers has introduced some cards and some bunting into her range.
May saw the largest number of visitors to this blog ever. Most readers live in France. Then nearly the same number live in the USA and then come readers from Great Britain.
As this isn't a selling blog and readers from abroad are unlikely to ever visit Handmade Happiness the shop, I wonder what people find appealing about it?
When I started writing this blog 8 years ago nearly all its readers lived in Great Britain but back then I probably knew my readers personally as there were so few of them. Now this is just a small part of the huge cyber world out there that I still don't fully understand.
But if you want to see many more pictures than I put on this blog check out my Instagram posts. If you aren't familiar with Instagram it's a free app on your phone. Find me as jenny_handmade_happiness
Thursday, 1 June 2017
|Three birds made by Bee Mellor to sell in the shop.|
|Bee Mellor's glorious birds available in the shop from today|
Some of you might remember Bee making some birds as Christmas decorations last year. They sold out very quickly. But there's no reason why these birds shouldn't be enjoyed all the year round.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
|Doll three by Jenny Stacy. Love the way she blends into my knitting!|
|Doll two by Jenny Stacy. Like a jester. She's the most colourful|
|The first doll by Jenny Stacy. She's also pictured below but now she has a new bonnet.|
These are the first dolls I've made in quite a while. Earlier examples are pictured in the right hand side bar of this blog. It's given me such satisfaction to make these, mostly while in the shop between customers. They are just the right size to snuggle like a baby in the crook of your arm.
While I was making them I was thinking about my mother and wishing I could give her one. I was also strongly reminded of my mother yesterday when I visited the Balenciaga exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum.
I took loads of photographs but I don't think I can publish them on social media... Anyway there were lots of examples of clothes made in the 50s and 60s similar to designs my mother wore. She was always very clothes conscious and as her mother was a tailoress, she could point out any style she particularly liked in Vogue magazine and my grandmother could make a pattern from the photograph and set to work.
My mother often talked of going to the market in Nottingham to choose material with her mother for the latest fashionable ensemble! What she didn't appreciate quite so much is the fact that my grandmother insisted on also creating her school uniform so she never felt she quite fitted in... I am sure that my grandmother's interpretation of a school uniform was considerably more stylish than the original but, as children, we just want to blend into the crowd where it's safer...
Thursday, 25 May 2017
|Reversible patchwork throw made by Niloo.|
|Doll designed and made by Jenny Stacy lying on hats knitted by Pam Dew|
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
|Love these ceramic buttons handmade in Cornwall, ordered today|
|Meri Meri's confetti balloons|
|Studio Kimono's patchwork bags made from vintage kimonos.|
|Handmade buttons by Stockwell Ceramics for sale in Handmade Happiness now.|
Sunday, 14 May 2017
|In the window now. See details below.|
|Also in the window. Details below|
|Close up of above shelves middle left. Dragonfly brooch made by Annie Sherburne and llittle bird brooch made by Carol Smith. |
Different things are displayed in the window every week.
Right now in the top picture, left to right, is a ceramic pot by Niloo, a cashmere baby bonnet knitted by Patricia and a mug made by Justine Jenner.
Next row: Sheila Barrow's small embroidery; Justine's tall mug with yellow inside and Elizabeth Eveleigh's birthday cake candle made of pure beeswax.
Just below: Justine's sugar bowl; Brenda Tilbury's patchwork lavender pillow using vintage fabrics and Sue Inglis' sheep brooch.
Bottom row: Two of Sue's knitted brooches, one of Justine's larger mugs with orange inside and a pair of Kate Box's wristwarmers.
In the second box are two pretty flower mugs made by ceramicist Kate Hackett and a hand sewn bear by Lindsey Agostinelli.
Next row: See larger picture plus two ceramic brooches made by Samantha Robertson and two gift boxes decorated by Sue Inglis.
Samantha Robertson also made the little jug below and Sue Inglis made the popular cat keyrings. Brenda Tilbury made the Liberty fabric lavender bag.
Yesterday Justine Jenner brought in more grey large size mugs.
I started making notes about Christmas stock and new ideas for Christmas decorations. It may be May but I need to think ahead!!
Friday, 12 May 2017
|These beautiful, larger size bowls made by Justine Jenner were delivered yesterday.|
|Love this fish cushion with velvet made by Tanya Williamson.|
|New cushions made by Tanya Williamson in Handmade Happiness now.|
I feel so lucky and honored to sell such special, desirable things in Handmade Happiness. Tanya and Justine are two of the very talented makers stocked by the shop. Another is Kate Box who makes colourful, soft knitwear. We had a meeting yesterday for me to see the prototypes of new designs she has made. New colourways, new shapes but maintaining her excellent standard and I'm sure customers are going to love her new range.
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017
|These cute, fun brooches by Sue Inglis are £7.50 each.|
Apologies for not having written lately. I'll try to do better this week. The truth is I've got a chest infection which is a nuisance as I don't feel I've achieved much lately. But with the help of antibiotics it's going. I've not had to take time off from the shop but probably I've been a bit lacklustre lately!
Today I'm looking forward to seeing more cushions from the talented Tanya Williamson and I have just emailled Bee Mellor who has made some beautiful birds for the shop.
The sun is shining and I have a feeling it's going to be a good day. Enjoy your day too!
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Thursday, 27 April 2017
|Fabrics designed by Vanessa Bell,one of the Bloomsbury set.|
|New fabric called Avelli from Designers Guild|
(Note to self - do not expect a two year old to be as enthusiastic about visiting a gallery as you are! My grandaughter just wanted to get out to go to the park. Fair enough!)
Also this week I was happy to be called into neighbour Tara's Interior Design shop to see new designs by Designers Guild brought in by their rep. I fell for this cotton fabric, shown above, a mix of painterly flowers and digitally printed real flowers. So pretty!
Friday, 21 April 2017
|In the window. See credits below.|
|Hand sewn bears by Lindsey Agostinelli with pottery by Samantha Robertson|
|Patricia knitted this little girl's cardigan and baby bootees.|
|Jenny Drant knitted this FairIsle tank top for a two year old. |
In the window today are, left to right above, pot by Niloo, wool/cashmere baby bonnet by Patricia, and sugar bowl made by Justine Jenner.
Second row: heart felted brooch by Bee Mellor and Jenny Stacy; dimple jug by Justine Jenner and two pure beeswax candles by Elizabeth Eveleigh.
Third row: cup by Justine Jenner; embroidered picture by Sheila Barrow and bird jug made by Kate Hackett.
Fourth row: Sparkly string 30p a metre; ceramic hearts by Kate Hackett and cashmere bunny by Jenny Stacy.
I hope all of you with school age children are enjoying the Easter holidays.
Monday, 17 April 2017
|The amazing ceiling at a Laduree cafe in Paris|
|Ornate embroidery at Alberta Ferreti in Paris|
|Luxury art fabrics seen in Paris|