If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make this indoor spring planter arrangement, scroll down to find Blue’s paw print below.
This episode is subtitled: ‘Darren meets the parents…’
When Jaz arrived for work yesterday she was beaming. ‘Morning Jenny! Hello Kim. Oh, didn’t see you there, Beryl, hi.’ Even the builders got an acknowledgement, ‘Hi Joe, Barry. Bet you’ll miss us when you’ve finished this job!’ (Only two more weeks of building work to go, thank goodness, was what I was thinking.)
In dull drizzly weather like this it’s quite common for her to arrive with her head down, mutter a good morning if we’re lucky and get on with the flower orders. But yesterday she was positively giddy.
‘I take it Darren met your parents last night then?’ I asked her.
‘Oh yes, he came round as planned. They loved him.’
This was a big deal for Jaz. Meeting her parents obviously gave her the confidence that he did actually want to be her boyfriend. Maybe I’d been wrong after all so I made it my mission to say a few positive things about him during the course of the day.
However, the morning was interrupted when two policemen turned up wanting to ask Jaz some questions. Her dad’s jewellery shop had been broken into the night before and they had some CCTV footage from the shop that they wanted Jaz to look at.
‘No, I don’t recognise him at all,’ she said. ‘How did he get in? Was much taken? How’s my dad?’
‘There wasn’t any damage and not much was taken,’ said one of the policemen. ‘Your dad’s okay but he told us about a friend of yours he met last night?’
‘But that’s not Darren on the CCTV pictures,’ she said, jumping to his defence.
‘We’ve established that but do you know why this man would have the set of spare keys from your house and know the alarm code?’
‘No!’ she said, ‘I don’t know who this is!’
I went over to satisfy myself that it wasn’t Darren and saw a man quite clearly pocketing some of the new range of ‘lucky charms’ like the one Jaz had been wearing recently. But then he’d knocked the tray off the counter, which really spooked him, so he’d fled.
‘That’s not Darren,’ I said, ‘it’s the pasty guy who left the package a couple of weeks ago with the message from Darren in it!’
Jaz visibly crumpled as the possibility of Darren’s involvement dawned on her. She was led away by the policemen to help them with their enquiries. Poor Jaz.
Just then Kim came bustling through the door laden with cake supplies from the wholesalers. She’d seen the police car. ‘What’s Beryl done now?’
‘It’s Jaz,’ I said. ‘I don’t think we’ll see her for the rest of the day.’ And I relayed the story.
‘Looks like I’ll have to put up with Beryl for another day then,’ she said, seriously. ‘I don’t want to leave us short-staffed.’
I’ll tackle the Beryl issue with her tomorrow, I thought. Right now I’m a man down with six more flower orders to get out and I need to plant up some spring arrangements for our display.◊
How to Make an Indoor Spring Planter
I used an old ice cream tub as the planter. This one was 450g (900ml).
It was just about big enough for one small primrose and three bulbs of mini daffodils (the total cost of the plants was only £1.50 from Morrisons).
I’d picked up this lovely piece of fabric from the knitting and stitching show in Harrogate a few months ago and was waiting for the right project to use it. I think it suits the new season perfectly.
The label on the ice cream tub was impossible to remove and, even though it hardly showed through the fabric, I thought it best to give it a quick covering of acrylic paint.
I cut a strip of fabric long enough so it would go all the way round with a small overlap and deep enough to cover the sides and extend underneath.
You can use Mod Podge or PVA glue to stick it on. Just paste the tub a bit at a time and smooth it into place.
I stuck it under the rim to be sure that the fabric wouldn’t come into contact with the contents.
No pattern match at the join, I’m afraid but you might manage to make that happen. As with the lampshade a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t fold the raw edge in, just added a thin layer of glue over it to seal it.
There was one wrinkle on each of the two short sides so I cut the fabric and pasted it down smoothly. The pattern is busy enough for us not to notice.
Now for the underneath. Just like we did for the plant pots in episode 27, we need to make several cuts in the fabric right up to bottom of the tub so that it folds underneath neatly. Make more cuts on the rounded parts of the tub.
Paste the pieces into place underneath to give a smooth bottom edge. You can cut off any excess as you go. I had thought I’d add an oval piece to the bottom to neaten it off but I thought it looked okay after all so just added another layer of glue on top to make sure it was all well stuck down.
I added some stones for drainage. This is a mixture of large and small gravel, just because that’s what I had to hand.
Then add the plants.
On another trip to Yorkshire (Hebden Bridge this time) Blue and I had a lovely walk and I picked up some sphagnum moss along the way. I used this to cover the exposed soil.
And in no time at all the mini daffodils were bursting into life!
- Take care not to get any damp soil on the outside of your planter while you are planting it up. It might spoil your fabric.
- Make it as a gift for Mothers’ Day or Easter and your recipient can plant the contents outside later. They can then reuse or recycle to plastic tub!
- Ice cream tub
The grass verges have been turning yellow with daffodils this week. I love this time of year!
See you all next week for some more creativity (and maybe less drama at Teacups & Tulips!)
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