94. How to Revamp a T-Shirt with Fabric Scraps

How to revamp a t-shirt using fabric scraps

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to revamp a t-shirt using the smallest scraps of fabric then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

This episode is subtitled: ‘I’m the knight in shining armour…’

‘Is everything okay, Beryl?’ I asked.

‘Yes thanks,’ she replied and got on with her work, head down, looking like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders, not at all the glowing bride-to-be, despite the mass of sparkly diamonds on her finger.

I got side tracked by a customer and didn’t think anything more about it until I heard Kim say, ‘Cheer up, Beryl! Got to have you looking fresh and happy when you see Tommy this afternoon.’

‘I’m fine,’ she said without conviction, and plodded on with her work.

I sidled over to her and plonked myself down at the table she was clearing. ‘What is it?’ I said in as kind a voice as I could. She looked as though she was going to cry.

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93. How to Make a Glass Bead Pendant

How to make a glass bead pendant

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This episode is subtitled: ‘You deserve it, Jaz…!’

‘How does the bookcase look, Jaz? Is the flat feeling any more like home?’ I asked her.

‘The bookcase is great thanks. Well, it would be if my flat mates ever put anything away.’

I’d never thought of Jaz as particularly shipshape but it sounds like these messy flatmates are really stressing her out. ‘Will you stay at the flat, do you think? Or move back to your mum and dad’s?’

‘I’ll stick it out at the flat,’ she said. ‘cos it would feel like a backward step going back home. In any case, I feel like I’m getting more used to them now.’

I wasn’t convinced she was being truthful to herself, but it’s her life.

Beryl scooted over with a tray of dirty pots. ‘Jaz, did I tell you, that Maeve woman came to see you this morning?’

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92. How to Renovate a Laminate Bookcase

How to renovate a laminate bookcase

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Am I being stalked…?’

‘I just wish we’d parted on better terms,’ said Jaz.

‘Don’t dwell on it,’ I said. George was cantankerous and was very lucky you were so nice to him. It’s not your fault he chose to be extra grumpy to you just before he died.’

‘I wonder who will take over the hardware store,’ said Kim.

‘I can’t imagine it will stay a hardware shop, can you?’ I said. ‘I don’t know how George managed to keep it going with so much available to people in discount stores and supermarkets.’

‘It’s not as though his customer service won them over, either,’ laughed Kim. Jaz looked offended on George’s behalf so I changed the subject.’

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91. How to Make a Clock from a Cereal Box

How to make a clock from a cereal box

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Seize the day…’

‘He won’t listen to me,’ said Jaz. She was worried about Old George from the hardware shop who’d been looking peaky all week. She hadn’t been able to persuade him to see a doctor and in the end her badgering had made him shoo her away.

‘You’ve done your best,’ I said. ‘Come on; let’s just enjoy our evening.’

Our extravagant bride from last week had been delighted with her flowers, and her generous dad had given us a voucher for Villa Italia to show his appreciation. ‘You can have a night off from the rules and regulations of your kitchen in the flat,’ I’d said. ‘Let someone else worry about how the waste is dealt with.’

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90. How to Make an Owl Picture from Scraps

How to make an owl picture from scraps

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Thank you Caitlin…’

‘Blue looks happy,’ said Jaz.Blue in his basket from salavebox.co.uk

Blue’s always happy, I thought. More to the point, Jaz was looking fairly happy. A state we’d not seen lately here in Teacups & Tulips.

‘How are things at the flat?’ I asked.

‘Not too bad,’ she said with a smile and carried on with the mammoth task of making 125 rose buttonholes for Sacha, our bride for that day, whose father was spending an absolute fortune on her wedding.

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89. How to Tie Dye Your Way to a New Ironing Board Cover

How to tie dye your way to a new ironing board cover

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to tie dye and make a new ironing board cover then then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

This episode is subtitled: ‘Jaz, please take a shower…’

‘Anyone seen Jaz yet this morning?’ I asked. No one had, although it’s not unusual for her to go unnoticed in the stockroom while she’s rummaging for florist foam or sticks of glue for the glue gun.

‘Sorry I’m late,’ she panted, scooting through to the back whilst taking her coat off, flinching as she flicked her sleeve into a new piercing in her eyebrow by mistake. She didn’t look quite herself. Her clothes were crumpled and her hair looked unwashed.

‘Up late partying with your new flatmates?’ I teased.

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88. How to Make Tinted Glass Lanterns

How to make a tinted glass lantern

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This episode is subtitled: ‘That’s told you, Gary…!’

‘I can’t believe I’m finally flying the nest!’ said Jaz excitedly as we pulled up onto the wide drive of the large Victorian semi on Wesley Road.

I see Jaz every day in the same clothes (almost), carrying the same bag, spouting the same anti-consumerism slogans, so I was surprised by just how much stuff we were moving in to her new home. We grabbed a box each and walked up to the front door.

‘Welcome!’ said Ruth, who’d come down to let us in. Jaz had guessed correctly that the middle buzzer was for the flat she was going to be sharing with Ruth. ‘Let me show you round,’ she continued, relieving Jaz of her box, and we headed up a beautiful staircase that swept round onto a big landing. The sturdy Victorian door had had a Yale lock fitted but Ruth had propped it open so we were able to go straight through.

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87. How to Make a Pair of Pyjama Shorts

How to make a pair of pyjama shorts from an old shirt (and a pillowcase!)

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Sons and daughters…’

‘I’m sick of it,’ moaned Jaz. ‘I’m nearly 30 and they still want to know where I’m going, what I’m doing, when I’ll be back.’

‘To them you’re still their little girl,’ I said, ‘and while you’re under their roof it’s hard for your mum and dad to see you as an independent adult. You’ve probably just outgrown living at home.’

‘Trouble with parents? I know the feeling!’ said Gary as he whisked past us on his way out of the shop.

‘What’s Beryl done to Gary?’ Jaz asked.

‘He doesn’t seem to be happy that Beryl and Tommy are getting married. I can understand a child being apprehensive about his mum getting a new husband but Gary’s had his own life with Kim for years so I don’t know why he can’t just be delighted for her,’ I replied evenly, although inside I was seething at the way he was treating Beryl.

Kim flew over. ‘What did Gary say?’ she demanded.

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86. How to Make a Plum Cake

How to make a plum cake

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Italian romance…’

‘Thanks for Saturday night, Jen,’ said Kim sheepishly.

‘I’m not doing it again,’ I said. ‘I don’t know why Gary couldn’t have done the decent thing and just gone for a meal with his mum and Tommy. It wouldn’t have killed him. And lying never pays off. And now you’ve dragged me into your lies…’ I was on a roll – upset with myself more than anything because I’d allowed myself to be used as an excuse for them not to go.

‘I’ve had a long chat with Gary,’ she continued, ‘and he’s told me all about life growing up with Beryl and her boyfriends.’

‘She didn’t have that many did she?’ I asked.

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85. How to Make a Set of Serviette Rings from a Cardboard Tube

How to make a set of serviette rings from a cardboard tube

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Lies, lies, lies…’

‘Morning Beryl, you look happy to be in work today,’ I said. She’d arrived more than 15 minutes ahead of her official start time and was bursting with cheer and vitality. In the past few days I’d swear she’d pulled her height up a full two inches above normal (up to about 5’ 2”) and her slender frame was managing to hold her Teacups apron in its correct position for a change. I even thought she might have put a bit of make-up on.

‘Yes, I’m happy to be here,’ she said and cracked straight on with sorting out a bundle of cutlery she’d retrieved from the dishwasher.

‘We’re both early,’ I said, ‘how about we have a cup of tea to get the morning off to a good start?’

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