Tag Archives: Handmade

Playing with fire

25 May

I know that for a blog about jewellery there has been very very little jewellery discussed.

But fear not dear reader!

For the last eight weeks I have been attending a Glass Bead Making course at Fire Works on Upper Maudlin Street in Bristol.  The lovely Georgina has been guiding four complete beginners through the amazing world of lampwork beads.  And here are my creations:

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1: a bit hazelnut rather than round but not bad for a first go!

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2: Some shaping and adding a few more colours in.

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3: some organic shaping (much fun), some snails and some cone and bicones.

Week 4

Week 4

Week 4: DOTS, DOTS AND DOTS! And some snails just cos I love them!

Week 5

Week 5

Week 5: Ok so it doesn’t look much but the green line is stringer I pulled myself!

Week 6 - Part 1

Week 6 - Part 1

Week 6 - part 2

Week 6 - part 2

Week 6: Bubbles and flowers!

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7: Silver foil, wire and encasing.

Week 8 – Pic to follow

Week 8: Sugaring, squares and a general play about.

I have loved every single week of the class. Georgina has been such a laugh and has been a fantastic teacher!  The other 3 ladies were great fun and we learnt alot.  Georgina also always has a kick ass selection of tunes on too 🙂

I have decided not to get my own torch at the moment but to continue going to Fire Works and hiring studio time there.  Also means that I can continue asking an array of stupid and daft questions 🙂

Fire Works also has a lovely shop area full of delightful things like purses, bags, jewellery, pictures, cards, and notbooks etc.  Well worth a trip if you are in need of a lovely thing or a present for someone.  Hopefully someone will have popped in to get a present for me!

Note: days of twenty-somethingness remaining = 2


At last….

13 May

A while ago (10 Jan) I started to knit a snood from Kidsilk Haze in the most delicious smokey grey.  It was supposed to be a nice easy quick introduction to circular knitting.  I bought a lovely little kit from The Knitting Parlour (love the little bag!) and off I set!

It only takes one ball of yarn and I seem to have been knitting it FOREVER!!!!  I think it’s been everywhere!  It’s been to Perth, Manchester, Birmingham, Lincoln, it’s been to meetings and it’s been to Knit Club.  OK, so I will admit that there were some trips where it just stayed in the suitcase.  But on it’s last trip where it accompanied me to Newcastle I decided that I was going to finish it once and for all!  5 hours of knitting on the way there and 3 on the way back and it is FINISHED 🙂

The good news is that I love it x

I am in fact wearing it right now!

It’s been really easy to knit but just seems to have been the never-ending ball of wool.  I might knit another snood in Cashmerino aran but on the other hand I should really finish off some of the million other things I have already planned.

If you are into knitting you can check it out in more detail on Ravelry.

I also thought that I would share this with the lovely Tea Rose Home’s Link Party 7.  Check out her website for a load of links to other blogs featuring peoples handmade loveliness x

It’s a wrap!

26 Apr

I have finished my Opal Wrap!!!

Not bad going for a beginner.  It’s not often you can make something and actually feel quite proud of yourself for doing it, but I do!

It’ was maybe a bit of an ambitious second item to go for but then my first one was a bit too!  The last few rows were taking FOREVER as you knit from the small bit up to the long edge.  But I got there in the end 🙂

Check out all the knitty gritty details on Raverly.

And next I will be knitting something yellow I think, maybe?!?!?

NOTE:  I wrote this post ages ago and for some reason never published it!!!  My current project is in fact green and cream Humbug gloves.  The yellow project is still in the pipeline tho 🙂

Snow Plan!

5 Jan

As the snow is due to hit Bristol any time I thought I would share with you all my cunning plan if it all gets so bad that I am stranded in my house (here’s hoping!)

The lovely people at The Long Thread have posted their Top 100 Tutorial of 2009!

I think I might start with a Pintuck pillow, then some Nesting boxes and then a Box Pouch! 🙂

But before any of that I am going to finish my Knitted House Doorstop!!!!!!

Hope you are all safe and warm x

A to Z of 2009

31 Dec

A…is for All That Glitters. 2009 has been a great year for All That Glitters.  I sorted myself out a website, got this blog going and have actually kept it going, been to a craft fair, had a good few sales and I have learnt a lot!  Hopefully 2010 will be as successful if not more 🙂

B…is for baking. 2009 and my new kitchen have reawakened my baking bug.  Just bought a cooling rack in the Lakeland sale (also bought a load of other stuff I didn’t need but it was cheap!)


Cupcake Tree

C…is for cricket. Who knew I liked cricket!  Being in Bristol we oddly have Gloucestershire County as our local team!  There was also plenty of Twenty20 action too!  We are even looking into a joint membership!

D…is for dolphins. And the lack of whales!

E…is for entertainment. In 2009 I saw Baroness, Chesney Hawkes, The Mangledwurzles, Bill Bailey, Dave Gorman & Eddie Izzard. 2010 has Billy Connolly and KISS lined up so far…

F…is for fat. It’s still there!  There was a brief spell of successful weight loss but then moving house and Christmas happened.  Not been brave enough to stand on scales yet but lets just say the baggy trousers are not so baggy anymore!

G…is for growing up. 2009 has seen a lot of my friends buying houses together, getting married, splitting up, having babies and settling down.  It’s strange! But good!

H…is for home. In particular my beautiful new home that I have made with the lovely Mr Sparkles.

I…is for I AM THE ONE AND ONLY! In June me and my friend Tony went to see Chesney Hawkes at Puxton Park.  Mr Sparkles bought me 2 tickets for my birthday but ‘un-selfishly’ let Tony go with me!!!

Mr Hawkes Rocking Out!

J…is for Journey! My anthem of 2009, strangely!

K…is for knitting. A huge thanks to Susie at The Wool Sanctuary for teaching me to knit again.  My Granny would be very proud of me for starting knitting again.


The front of my house doorstop

L…is for La Rocca baby! AWWWOOOOO!  Hopefully 2010 will see a few more visits.


La Rocca Beauties!

M…is for marinated. Our fantastic weekend spent at Dannah Farm Country House in the Peak District in a room with our own private hot tub!  We spent far too much time in it!!!

N…is for NFL. For the 2nd year we managed to get tickets to the NFL International game at Wembley.  I love going as it’s a chance to get together with my little bro and to have a day waving a flag about like a right idiot!

O…is for old tat. 2009 saw the official start to my old tat (or vintage) collection.  Accompanied by LB, The Queen of Old Tat, I now have a lovely wooden boat, French 1920’s cushion covers, a folding mirror and a few other bits and bobs!  2010 will hopefully see this collection expand.

P…is for pain. The sheer pain of my own stupidity!  Why did I ever think that I would be able to snowboard?!?!?!


One of my Snowboarding bruises

Q…is for quality cider. Yep I have become a proper resident of the South West and I officially proclaim to the world I AM A CIDER DRINKER!

R…is for riding. This year I got a new bike.  I LOVE IT!  It’s the bestest bike ever!  During the nicer months of summer and autumn we were out almost every Sunday on a trip somewhere.  I am very much looking forward to some nice 2010 weather!


A ride through Bristol

S…is for Swine Flu. Poor Mr Sparkles managed to contract the piggy flu on the 22nd Dec so there was a bit of a last minute stay at home for Xmas.  But it just means we get to do Christmas at least twice more!!!


Christmas brought to you by Tamiflu

T…is for tantrums. I have had a few of these during 2009.  Mostly at myself or inanimate objects.  It would appear that I am not as good at dealing with stress as I thought I was!  Thank you again to Mr Sparkles for bringing me tea and being so loving and understanding.

U…is for unknown. This time last year I couldn’t have told you I would have done most of the things I ended up doing in 2009.  Hopefully 2010 will bring some fantastic unknown adventures too!

V…is for Vegas. Went to a brilliant wedding of our great friends Mark & Bobbie complete with Elvis!

Elvis is in the building!

W…is for walking. This year I took part in the SunWalk in Bristol, I managed to complete the Half Marathon course and rewarded myself with a big ice cream!


Mr Sparkles, Me and my Medal!!!

X…is for eXtreme amounts. 2009 saw extreme amounts of paperwork enter our lives: mortgages, bank accounts, life assurance, the list goes on and on!  We also joined Costco so we have been bulk buying all sorts: toilet rolls, ketchup, Fairy liquid, Pepsi, water, beer, Oreo cookies…  Last night we realised that we wouldn’t need to buy dishwasher tablets again until approx April 2010!

Y…is for happY. (is it obvious I’m struggling to find things for the end of the alphabet?)  2009 has seen a lot of things that have made me very happy.  My lovely boyfriend, my lovely house, my lovely nice normal neighbours, my lovely friends and my lovely family.  And of course my lovely blog readers!

Z…is for ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Hopefully now that the stress of moving and unpacking is out the way I can get back to the plan of long lies, cat naps on the sofa and hopefully if the weather is good to me afternoon naps in the back garden all summer long!

Wishing you all a very happy and glittery 2010!

Why I love Secret Santa

21 Dec

Office Secret Santa is often dreaded by most people.   Luckily a few individuals in my office love it as much as I do!

This year Secret Santa brought me:

My lovely Glass Ladybird

Beautiful Snow Fairy

Thank you Secret Santa!  I love my presents!

I have a funny feeling that Secret Santa might have been shopping at the CREATE Festive Fayre!!!!!

And with the Snow Fairy came SNOW!  Of course not forecast for Bristol but here it is anyway!

View from my Office window

Knitting at The Wool Sanctuary

10 Dec

If you cast your mind back to November you might have noticed that in my post about Things I Plan To Make I mentioned that I was doing some knitting classes with Susie at The Wool Sanctuary in Weston-Super-Mare.

Well on Sat 28th November me and my knitting comrade, LB, headed off to learn to knit! The Learn To Knit 1 class covers:

  • Casting On
  • Cast ing Off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase and Decrease
  • How to read a basic pattern.


I made a little square place mat/coaster using increasing and decreasing and then I did some homework on my moss stitch and made this pin cushion.



Finished the knitting! Now I just need to sew and stuff.


After loving every second of Learn to Knit 1 we could not wait for Learn to Knit 2!  Luckily we only had to wait a week and on Sat 5 December we headed off to Susie’s to learn:

  • Working with colour
  • Intarsia
  • Fairisle
  • Kntting with beads or sequins
  • How to follow a more complicated pattern.

After a bit of confusion (mostly due to the fact that I forgot how to count to five) and some abuse about my colour choices (personally I like fuchsia and burnt orange!) we managed to get the hang of it all 🙂

I will take some pics of my samplers once I have ironed them!

But spurred on from Susie I have embarked on making my own Knitted House Door Stop as featured in the title sequence of Kirstie’s Homemade Home.  So without fear I started!  Then I unraveled it all as it was pants!  Then I started again this time thinking about what I was going to do next!

Kit all ready to go!


Half a front door


The ground floor completed


Front of house FINISHED!


So now all I need to do is the roof, the back, 2 sides, the bottom and the roof overlay!


If you are really interested in my knitting and the progress of my house check me out on Ravelry.


And if you are thinking “I thought she was making those striped wrist warmers!”  I am!  I have the wool, I have the instructions!  What I don’t have is the skills to tackle the thumb gussets!!! (WOOP WOOP Ooo Err Missus!)


Hopefully between my Mum and Aunties they can sort my gussets out over Christmas!



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