98. How to Make Earrings From a Drinks Can

How to make a pair of earrings from a drinks can

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Something old, something new…’

‘These are for you, Beryl. I hope you like them.’ I said as I handed her a little chiffon bag containing a pair of earrings. She put them in and smiled as she gazed at herself in her elegant blue dress and jacket, with her simple rose posy and now a pair of earrings to complete her look.

‘They’re lovely Jen, thank you. I can’t image what you made them of!’ She took one more look in the mirror and said quietly, ‘I don’t recognise meself,’ and then took a couple of deep breaths before we set off for the registry office.

She looked beautiful but her hands were shaking slightly as she put her seatbelt on. I knew it was more than just wedding day nerves.

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97. How to Make a Pen Pot From an Old Can

How to make a pen pot from an old can

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Should I do it…?’

The forefinger of my sweaty right hand was poised on the trigger of the glue gun while my mind felt like scrambled egg, not knowing what to say or do. The woman standing before me was slim and elegant with perfect blonde hair swept up into a style that looked French, chic. Why had Francesca come to see me? And why hadn’t I put any make-up on this morning? Nothing. Not even a bit of eyeliner. I couldn’t even convince myself that I’d brushed my hair.

Oh Jenny, what’s happened to you? I used to take great care of my appearance when I worked in the bank on the high street – it was expected – but for the past few years Kim and I have run Teacups & Tulips and I’ve just immersed myself in flower arrangements and forgotten about everything else.

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96. How to Transform an Old Tea Towel into an Apron

How to transform an old tea towel into an apron

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Here’s to friendship…’

‘What are you smiling about, Jenny?’

Kim had caught me working on a flower arrangement with a big beam on my face. ‘Oh, nothing,’ I said as nonchalantly as possible.

‘She’s excited for me!’ said Jaz, who had been going on and on about the flat she was going to buy with her inheritance from Old George. Her assumption about my recent joy was incorrect but it suited me not to let on.

‘There’s a long way to go yet, Jaz,’ said Kim, putting a dampener on things. ‘Who knows how long it’ll take to sell George’s hardware shop – the buyer could drag his heels you know.’

There was bitterness in her comment, which I thought was unfair. Jaz had to wait for the transaction to complete before her share was released and it wasn’t her fault that Shaun McArthur had been ahead of Kim in the queue to buy the premises.

Jaz looked up, sad and frowning. ‘Couldn’t you ask him for me Jenny?’

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95. How to Make a Sewing-Lover’s Key Ring

How to make a sewing-lover's key ring

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This episode is subtitled: ‘The cat’s out of the bag…’

‘But it’s only two weeks away! How will we get everything prepared in time?’

Kim was waving a beautifully elegant wedding invitation at Beryl and panicking. The invitation wasn’t actually addressed to Kim. It was fresh from the box sent to Beryl (at Teacups) from the printers but Kim hadn’t noticed that the package wasn’t addressed to her when she opened it. She was now fully aware that Beryl and Tommy were getting married imminently.

I’d totally understood Beryl’s desire to plan her wedding her way, without the risk of Kim, her daughter-in-law, taking over and turning it into something that suited Kim rather than the bride.

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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

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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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