81. How to Make Some Quirky Map Jewellery

How to make some quirky map jewellery

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This episode is subtitled: ‘My walk of shame…’

‘This is gorgeous,’ said Julia, looking at the almost white sand and clear pale sea lapping onto it. ‘Why is no-one else enjoying this beach?’

‘I suppose going on a summer beach holiday with your coat and scarf is a bit off-putting for most,’ I replied, turning my collar up against the blustery Shetland wind.

We made it across to the rocks for our short ascent to the grassy cliff-top to find that the rocks were wet from the previous night’s rain and really quite slippery.

‘Watch out, Julia,’ I said, ‘your shoes haven’t got much grip.’

‘Oh I’m fine,’ she said, ‘I’ve always been sure-footed.’ And she strode out to prove her point, got half way up and screamed as she slipped back onto the beach, landing flat on her back.

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80. How to Create a Plant Pot from a Jam Jar

how to create a plant pot from a jam jar

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This episode is subtitled: ‘A twin room with a sea view…’

It’s lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on you when you step off the plane at your holiday destination. The sky was cloudless and I was worried that I’d taken Kim’s advice too literally when I packed for chilly Scottish weather.

‘It’s a shame we might be leaving this heat behind,’ said Julia who was more worried that her freshly waxed legs wouldn’t see the light of day after we’d headed further north to Shetland on our connecting flight.

‘By the way,’ she said, conspiratorially, ‘what happens in Shetland stays in Shetland.’

‘Julia!’ I said, ‘This isn’t an 18-30s holiday!’ And besides, what did she think was going to happen on a remote Scottish island with only a handful of inhabitants?

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79. How to Make a Laundry Bag for Your Holidays

How to make a laundry bag for our holidays

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This episode is subtitled: ‘I’m going on holiday…!’

‘No, I’ve not heard anything from him…….. No, Julia, I’m not going to ring him – he’s married!’

My friend Julia had contacted me out of the blue and was quizzing me about Shaun who I’d not seen or heard from since our lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago. But then she changed the subject and really made my day. ‘That sounds fantastic. Yes, I’ll definitely come with you!’

Julia had decided to go to Shetland for a few days and wanted me to join her. Woohoo, a holiday!

But she’d only given me five day’s notice. How was I going to manage to get everything sorted at Tulips, get Blue organised with somewhere to stay and gather everything together I needed for a holiday? It’s ages since I’ve been away so I was in a bit of a panic. But calm, level-headed Jaz came to the rescue.

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78. How to Make a Moth and Moon Mobile from Tissue Paper and a Twig

Make a moth and moon mobile from tissue paper and a twig

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Phew, no harm done…’

‘Beryl, don’t touch that cake while I’m out.’

Kim’s instructions to Beryl were as clear as if she was giving them to a naughty five year old. It never ceases to amaze me how Kim gets away with speaking to her mother-in-law like that. Beryl doesn’t need to be told not to be naughty but I suppose there was every chance that she’d have cut a slice of that beautiful ruby wedding anniversary cake and served it to a customer with a cup of tea.

The cake was ready for the extravagant surprise party David Jones had organised for his wife the next afternoon and Jaz and I were just working on the flower displays. I’d arranged to drop off all of the items the next morning but I wanted to get them finished before closing time because I had my young niece, Hannah, staying with me that night and had in my mind we’d make something with moths and a big moon – much more up her street than fancy flower arrangements.

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77. How to Upcycle a Pair of Flip Flops

Upcycle a pair of flip flops - turn them from scruffy to pretty with a few supplies from your sewing and craft stash

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This episode is subtitled: ‘What was all that about…?’

‘Why don’t you wear that lovely summer dress you got last year?’ said Kim on Thursday night, in preparation for my lunch with Shaun the next day.

It’s a V-necked sleeveless sundress with a bold design in fuchsia and spring green.

‘It’s just not me,’ I said.

‘Nonsense!’ she replied, ‘you look lovely in that. And wear those strappy sandals – it’ll be worth a bit of pain to get the inside knowledge from Shaun.’

I reluctantly agreed to wear the uncomfortable shoes and the sundress, knowing that I’d add a cardigan to cover up a lot of the bare skin.

‘And go on – push the boat out – put some make-up on,’ she pleaded.

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76. How to Make a Peg Bag

How to make a peg bag from an old plastic hanger

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This episode is subtitled: ‘I made a sale…!’

‘What do you think?’ asked Kim, evidently very pleased with the sketched cake design she was showing me.

‘Ooh, Kim, it’s beautiful!’ I had to admit she had excelled. The understated splendour of this ruby wedding celebration cake was stunning. She’d taken on board my plans to use red calla lilies in the flower displays and come up with something that I was sure my client, Mr Jones, would be delighted with.

Now all I had to do was persuade him to order the cake without Kim realising I didn’t have it in the bag already, and without Mr Jones realising I was trusting Kim to deliver when his only encounter with her so far was the unfortunate chaos during the local Open Gardens event.

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75. How to Make a Reed Diffuser

How to make a reed diffuser

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This episode is subtitled: ‘That’s another fine mess…’

‘Oh, Jenny, it was awful,’ said Kim. ‘After all that preparation it was spoiled by an over-excited dog.’ She was reliving the pain she’d felt in her garden the previous day when her attempt to promote Teacups & Tulips during our local Open Gardens event had gone badly wrong. Karma, I thought, for turning a charity day into a publicity opportunity.

She continued, ‘Beryl was a complete embarrassment when she fell.’

‘Oh dear, was she hurt?’ I enquired.

‘I don’t think so. But wait ‘til you hear what she was wearing. I’d told all the waitresses to dress properly for the occasion – clean Teacups aprons, no bare legs etc. But when she fell, she flung her legs in the air revealing pop socks! But that’s not all – she’d been wearing flip flops and one of them shot off and hit someone on the back of the leg!’

‘Who wears pop socks with flip flops?’ I said.

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74. How to Make a Fidget Spinner

Make a fidget spinner from cardboard and loose change

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This episode is subtitled: ‘An Eventful Open Gardens Event…’

‘You haven’t moaned about the supermarket for 24 hours,’ I heard Beryl say to Kim. ‘You given up your fight to stop it opening now?’

‘No!’ cried Kim, indignantly. ‘It’s just that I’ve got to focus on getting all this Teacups & Tulips publicity material sorted for the Open Gardens event this weekend. Anyway, Jenny knows the guy on the planning committee so I’ve asked her to work on him in the meantime.’

I winced. Firstly, I didn’t want to try and manipulate Shaun on the planning committee and secondly, I had a lot of preparation to do in my garden too. I was keen to help raise some money for charity but I was scared my little patch of heaven wasn’t going to be to good enough for visitors. The supermarket campaign would have to wait.

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73. How to Make a Dog Lead from Fabric

Make a dog lead from fabric

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Wish I was glamorous…’

So there we were at the public meeting, keen to have our little protest about the proposed new supermarket. Kim was looking radiant, I was looking like I’d walked through a waterfall and out into a gale, and who should be hosting the meeting but Shaun McArthur.

‘Let’s nab him at the end and call in a few favours,’ said Kim, excited by this new opportunity.

‘What favours does he owe us?’ I said, pointing out the obvious flaw in her suggestion.

‘Well, having a friend on the planning committee’s got to be worth something,’ she replied.

Friend? I had one slow dance with him over 30 years ago, which Kim probably doesn’t even know about. And I bet she’s never spoken to him in her life. My mind was whirring. Friend. I would love to be his friend but I’d like to be in fresh dry clothes with my hair not plastered to my face for my next encounter. Talking to him tonight was out of the question.

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72. How to Make a Reusable Tissue Box to Match Your Room

How to make a reusable tissue box to match your room

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Ground, please swallow me up…’

‘That’s great, Sandra. Well done,’ said Kim, congratulating the manager of the chemist for getting her head office on board with our protest.

Meanwhile, Jaz had her head in a flower arrangement she was making and there was a faint rhythmic murmuring coming from her direction, ‘Yaaay to independents. Nooo to multinationals. Yaaay to independents…’ I don’t think she was conscious she was doing it.

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