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

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

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

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

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

how to create a plant pot from a jam jar

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to upcycle a pair of flip flops into some pretty footwear for the summer then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

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

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

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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