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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.
‘Of course I’ll manage here,’ she said when we sat down to go through the orders. ‘Good job that wedding’s been postponed though.’
We had been due to prepare the flowers for a large wedding this weekend, one of those over-the-top dos where style and show seem to count for more than love and commitment. Consequently, when the bride broke her wrist she couldn’t bear the thought of looking imperfect on her big day so got Daddy to rebook it a couple of months later. Her vanity had done me a favour.
With Kim on hand to do deliveries and the promise of Beryl to help out if Jaz is rushed off her feet, I felt Tulips would be fine while I’m away.
‘What about Blue?’ I said.
Jaz picked my phone up off the table and handed it to me saying, ‘Call Laura, your sister. Obviously.’
She was right. A quick phone call to Laura and Blue’s holiday was also sorted, in a place he loved, with Hannah and Jake who’d be delighted to have him.
Later that afternoon, Kim and I sat down with a cup of tea. ‘What will I need to pack?’ I asked. Kim’s very experienced at going on holiday and she looked at me and smiled.
‘I should think Shetland calls for the complete opposite of what I would pack for Dubai. You’ll probably need your scarf and gloves!’
She was right – walking and wet weather gear was probably what was needed. I was very excited!
‘Oh,’ Kim said, looking over my shoulder, ‘Shaun McArthur’s just walked in.’
I turned round and saw Jaz pointing him to our table and I felt a little prick of excitement, which I knew I shouldn’t.
‘Hello Shaun,’ Kim said brightly, ‘take a seat, I’ll get us some more tea.’ And she beckoned Beryl over to take the order.
‘Jenny,’ Shaun said, ‘I’m going to a charity dinner on Saturday night and Francesca doesn’t want to come because our youngest is ill with chicken pox. It will be a great networking opportunity for your business so I was wondering if you’d like to accompany me instead. Shame to see the ticket go to waste.’
‘Unfortunately I’ve just agreed to go away for a few days,’ I said. I was sorry to be missing out and thought I detected a look of disappointment in his face too. However, whatever his reaction was, it quickly changed to horror when Kim piped up, ‘I’ll come with you!’ ◊
How to Make a Laundry Bag for Your Holidays
What a shame I will be missing out on a charity dinner with Shaun, but I’m looking forward to the trip with Julia, and in any case, Kim will be much better at networking than me.
I’ve spent some of my time this week making a laundry bag to gather my dirty washing while I’m on holiday. It’s made out of an old pillowcase so it didn’t take much more effort than the embellishment, which can be as plain or as complicated as you like. Here is how I did mine.
First I took an old pillowcase, some matching fabric and a large old button.
I used Early Learning Centre cookie cutters as templates for my letters.
I ironed some Bondaweb to a piece of material that I’d chosen for the letters (mine just happened to be a piece of the matching sheet but you could use anything). Don’t forget to trace round the templates on the reverse so they are right way round when you attach them.
I ironed them onto quite a large piece of patterned fabric (partly because I liked the pattern and partly because I wanted to hide the faint discolouration from my hair dye!). If I didn’t stitch round the letters I knew they’d come off before too long, but at least the Bondaweb stopped them from fraying. I chose a complimentary shade of embroidery thread and sewed blanket stitch all the way round each letter. Two strands of embroidery thread worked for me. Yes it took ages!
Next I added a button hole to the top (front) of the pillowcase and stitched the button on underneath it on the inside. You can stitch the button just onto the inside layer so the stitching doesn’t show through to the back.
Then I ironed Bondaweb to the back of the patterned piece and ironed that onto the front of the pillowcase.
I did the same blanket stitch round the patterned piece to ensure it stayed in place.
And here it is, ready to be packed into my case for Shetland.
- You could use a machine to stitch your letters on. If you’re careful, you might be able to stitch the patterned panel on with the machine, too.
- Old pillowcase
- Old button
Looking forward to using it on my trip now. I’ll tell you all about it next week.
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