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New Additions

13 May

The Sparkles household has recently had two new additions. I would like to introduce to you Freyja and Hamish.





We collected them 3 and a bit weeks ago and they are now lovely! They were not to start with!!!!

We got them from Bristol & Wales Cat Rescue on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We had been in Birmingham for the weekend meeting up with some friends and somehow ended up agreeing to re-home 2 cats that afternoon. After a mad dash to Pets At Home to buy some cat essentials for 2 cats that we knew very little about we headed over to meet 9 month old Freyja (or Sadie as she was know then). B&WCR keep the cats in foster homes rather than at a cattery. So we met Michelle, Sadie’s fosterer, and she managed to coax Freyja into the living room where she promptly hid behind the sofa. She did appear when some food was put down, this as it turns out is her favourite thing in the world! She is quite petite but puts away food like a horse! We decided we would give her a go, so in the cat carrier she went and off the 3 of us went to meet Margaret and 2 year old Hamish (or Biscuit as he was then).

The 2 of them had never met before so we need to get them both into the house at the same time so that they were on a level pegging. Hamish was lovely and wandered around the kitchen so into a box he went! The only thing was that Margaret gave us a cardboard pet carrier box to bring him home in – not a problem we thought – into the car then home – sorted! NOT!!!!

Not even half way home Hamish figured out that if you claw at the air holes they get bigger and then you can force your head through one of them and make a bid for freedom!

Hamish's Escape Route

Hamish's Escape Route

NOTE: At this point I feel it important to mention that I have never had a cat before, in fact I think the longest time I have ever spent in the company of a cat was maybe 5 hours. I have no idea about cats at all!

So there I am in the passenger seat of the car, Freyja in her box at my feet and Hamish attempting to escape from his on my knee. Lets just say that there is a man somewhere in Bristol who probably still hasn’t stopped laughing! I’m there trying to stuff a cat back into a box through a tiny hole that he has managed to force his head through, Mr Sparkles is trying to help poor clueless girlfriend wrestle cat and not crash the car! My face must have been a picture! I did manage to get him stuffed back in the box and then covered the whole thing with my coat which I then clung onto like a woman possessed all the way. I had really painful cramp in both hands from holding on so tightly and was quietly blubbering to myself. Mr Sparkles took them inside and locked them in the dining room and then come back outside to scoop his blubbering wreck of a girlfriend out the car!

So with Hamish under the sofa and Freyja under the drawers we put some food down and left them to it! We checked on them a good few times and nothing then went to bed. At 1:30am we were woken up by a series of crashes from the dining room. On inspection – CARNAGE! – someone had been right across the mantelpiece and knocked everything off then across the window sill knocking off the stained glass panel I forgot to move! Stained glass: in food bowl – Little confetti stars kept in jar on mantelpiece: all over room – cats: nowhere to be seen.

Since that night we have had some hissing, a bit of a biff on the nose and backside, some very loud midnight shouting and now they are best friends!

It’s amazing thinking back that these two scaredy cats who had never met before are the same creatures. They have settled in and have welcomed guests, tried to steal pizza out of people’s hands, spent hours chasing each other up and down the stairs and looked longingly at the birds that sit on the fence.

Hamish gets his final injection on the 28th so after that we start the process of letting them outside to terrorise the poor birds!

They are just the cats that I wanted 🙂

We have posted a letter on the BWCR website under the Happy Endings page to hopefully encourage other people (like you) to rehome some of these lovely little critters!

Still nowhere near as good as a Buster but then nothing ever will be!


NOTE: In case you were wondering Buster came from the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home. He is currently living with Mummy Sparkles in Scotland and loves every second of being spoilt rotten x


Please don’t take it personally!

8 Feb

I have been rubbish recently!  I still haven’t written my thank you letters from Christmas, my desk at home is a shambles, I haven’t made any jewellery in weeks, I still haven’t sorted out the pictures in the house, I haven’t cleared the garden and I haven’t been writing on my blog!

It’s not as if I haven’t been doing things that I could write about I’ve been up to plenty of things but I have just not managed to get around to writing about them!

So here in bullet form is a quick up-date since my last post:

And that brings us back up to today!  Tonight I am off to the Wool Sanctuary again to attend a Knit School session on textured knitting.

Over the next couple of days I am going to make a conscience effort to ‘blog out’ some of the above bullet points for your reading pleasure.

Until then, stay sparkley!

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 hate my new oven

21 Dec

I removed the ones that were on fire!

When we moved house we inherited a new cooker.  It’s nice, clean, quite big and has an electric fan assisted oven that CREMATES everything!

Sadly I think it is a bit old and you can only do fan assisted as oppose to newer ones where you can switch it off!

These poor parsnips were cooked 60 degrees under and for 10 mins less than the instructions!

Well they say charcoal is good for the digestion….

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!



We’re in!

27 Nov

WE’VE MOVED IN!!!!!!!!!!!


It has finally happened!  We have moved in and almost unpacked too!  We had 5 days off work to pack, move and unpack.


But we are loving the new abode!  It’s just a bit odd trying to decide where everything should live, what do you actually keep in a Dining Room apart from a table?!?!?!


I will take some pics of the new place for you to see but in the meantime here are some parting shots of the old pad!


Empty Loft!

Empty Loft!



Stuffed Full



The VERY big lorry that moved it all




Things I plan to make

17 Nov

I’ve been creating this post for a while now and it keeps getting more and more added to it as I find more things I fancy making!


So since I will soon have the space to make stuff I thought I would share my every growing list with you all!


Flower Garden Pillow

by Don’t Look Now!



Pyramid Doorstop

by Bake & Sew



Margaret Sling Bag

by Oh, Fransson!



Sweater Stocking

by The Longthread



Kidsilk Haze Humbug Handwarmers

by The Wool Sanctuary



Once I have got my ‘Studio’ set up (it’s really just going to be half a box room but I’m loving it none the less!) I will get the sewing machine out and get making!  The Humbug Handwarmers will have to wait until after I have completed The Wool Sanctuary’s 2 Learn to Knit classes in a couple of weeks!


I will, as always, report progress 🙂


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