90. How to Make an Owl Picture from Scraps

How to make an owl picture from scraps

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make an owl picture from scraps then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

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

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make tinted glass lanterns from old jam jars then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

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

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

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

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make a set of serviette rings from a cardboard tube like these then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

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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84. How to Make a Children’s Travel Game

How to make a children's travel game

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Beryl too, eh?’

‘Here you go Jenny, my treat,’ said Beryl and she put a piece of millionaire’s shortbread in front of me. She looked over at Kim who was sitting at the table with me and said smugly, ‘It’s okay, I’ve put the money in the till.’

I’d slumped into a melancholy that Kim was doing her best to shake me out of. And Beryl was obviously trying to help as well, which was sweet of her.

Kim asked her for a piece of carrot cake and she scooted off to get it.

‘She’s working out okay isn’t she?’ I said.

‘I never thought I’d say this,’ Kim replied, ‘but I don’t know what I’d do without her now. She’s always going to be a bit rough around the edges but the customers love her and, even though she’s a bit clumsy-’

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83. How to Make a Luggage Identifier

How to make a luggage identifier

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how I made this luggage identifier then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

This episode is subtitled: ‘The truth is out…’

‘Teacups & Tulips is a flower shop and tea room. Politics is bad for business,’ Kim had said when Jaz tried to get her interested in the anti-fracking march. The march was due to set off from Linnet row, right outside our shop, the following day and Kim wasn’t happy.

Unusually for me, I overslept that morning and flew to work in a fluster. But when I arrived at Linnet Row it took me a good five minutes to work my way through the crowd of protestors.

‘Morning Jenny! Cup of tea to set you up for the day?’ It was Beryl with her Teacups apron askew as usual, selling takeaway teas, coffees and snacks on the pavement.

‘You can’t march on an empty stomach! Get your drinks and snacks here!’ she cried, like a barrow boy and she looked as though she was doing a roaring trade. A noisy crowd was gathering ahead of the start time and there was a real sense of excitement in the air. Politics bad for business? I don’t think so.

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82. How to Make a Ring Tidy

How to make a ring tidy

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This episode is subtitled: ‘What’s Kim not telling me…?’

‘How was Shetland?’ Kim asked breezily on my first day back at work after the trip.

I blushed uncontrollably, said it was great, and quickly changed the subject.

‘How was the charity dinner with Shaun?’ I asked.

‘Fine,’ she said and clammed up.

I was thrilled when he asked me to accompany him – it had been a while since we’d had lunch together – but disappointed it clashed with my Shetland trip. Kim was very quick to offer to go in my place though, and secretly I was desperate for her to say she’d been bored and couldn’t wait to leave.

‘Did you make any useful business contacts?’ I asked; after all, it was the reason she was there.

‘Yes, I might have.’ And she waltzed off to continue her work in Teacups. Hmmm… what was she not telling me?

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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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