This episode is subtitled: ‘Red, like Snow White’s apple…’
‘Morning Jaz. Oh, you’ve changed your hair!’ I said, looking up as she burst into the shop.
Things are still quiet here in Tulips. There is always a little flurry of wedding consultations following romantic New Year’s Eve proposals but generally it’s a chance to clean up, reorganise our supplies and plan our Valentine’s Day designs. That doesn’t require a full complement of staff so I’m pleased when some of them want to take their holidays after Christmas. Jaz and I make a good team when it comes to sorting things out behind the scenes.
Jaz’s hair was red. Not orange like people with red hair have, red like a pillar box; red like a strawberry. I can’t believe I’m saying this but she did actually suit it. That, and her clumpy Doc Martens gave her a kind of ‘don’t mess with me’ look and sometimes that’s exactly the message she wants to give.
We got stuck in, clearing and cleaning and sharing our ideas on ‘the look’ for Tulips’ 2017 Valentine’s Day offerings. But just when we were in full flow we got an emergency call from Kim needing some help next door in Teacups.
‘People keep rolling though the door!’ she said, incredulously. She should have sussed it out by now – during the first week of January many people are still off work on their Christmas holidays and half of them have promised themselves they will get out in the fresh air and walk more so it’s obvious that stopping off for tea and cake will be high on their agendas.
‘I’ll go,’ said Jaz, reluctantly.
She’s very at home with a pile of flowers and a tricky customer brief but give her an apron and an order pad, and ask her to fetch and carry tea and cake, and she’s like a petulant teenager – eyes rolling, feet stomping. I was surprised she offered but it was her or me and she knew I had to put an order in with our Dutch supplier so off she went.
Despite it being busy next door, she found a spare second to rush back to inform me how appalled she was that the reason Kim needed help was because Kim had an appointment for a manicure! She spat the words out with disgust and was clearly rushed off her feet because she didn’t even wait to see my reaction but flounced back to clear some tables.
Oh dear, Kim does take advantage sometimes but I also know how grumpy she is if she gets out of sync with her beauty regime. At least I wasn’t expected to take sides there and then. I turned back to my jobs.
Blue was occupying himself whilst inadvertently keeping me company and when Jaz eventually caught up with me I was in the window dismantling the Christmas displays. She joined me there and I expected a rant from her but I’m pleased to say her demeanour had mellowed and she was strangely chirpy about her morning. Well there’s a turnaround.
As we gathered up the last bit of wadding (snow from our snow-scene display) I saw a tall man with a friendly face leaving Teacups and as he passed our window he winked at Jaz. She smiled at him. I looked at her expectantly but, slightly out of character, she turned a little coy and gave me no more. New year, new man for her? I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Have you cleared away your decorations yet? Rather than put your cards straight into your recycling bin, why not make them into tags for next year and give them another lease of life? And if you’re quick, you can get these tags packed away with your seasonal stash, ready to use next year.
Here’s a few I selected to show you what I mean.
I used some brown luggage tags to attach my old cards to but you don’t have to, you could just use the cards. I used a cookie cutter to make a cardboard template the shape of a Christmas tree.
My cookie cutter is slightly too big so I cut inside my pencil line when I was making the template.
The cutter was still useful for deciding the best place on the card to choose.
Here are my nine trees cut out and ready to glue on.
I used Mod Podge but PVA glue will work just as well. I pasted the back of the tree but didn’t want to go right to the edges of the branches, mainly to avoid getting excess glue on the tag but I also thought it would look a bit more arty if the edge of the design wasn’t stuck down.
And here you are, nine new tags in no time.
I chose some other cards to cut up and use without the pre-bought luggage tags. Some were cut into tag shapes, some into tree shapes and some just as rectangles. Can you see I used a star shaped hole-punch for each one? I then tied a length of ribbon or a piece of salvaged Christmas cord through each one.
Now, what can I use these leftover stars for…?
- If you’re going to use the cards without gluing them to tags, make sure there isn’t any writing on the back of the pictures.
- If you don’t have a small hole-punch like my star then just use a normal hole-punch.
- Christmas cards
- Cord that was wrapped round one of the presents I received
Hope 2017 has got off to a good start for you. Here’s to a happy, healthy and crafty time for us all.
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