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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.
‘I don’t want to show meself up,’ she’d said when she told me that Tommy had asked her to organise the wedding in secret so they could show everyone they could host a great party without anyone interfering.
‘I just hope everyone has a good time,’ she said as the registry office came into view.
‘They will,’ I reassured her, ‘and don’t forget, the day is about you and Tommy, not anyone else.’
‘I know,’ she said, ‘but I want Gary and Kim to be proud of me.’
Ever since I’ve known Beryl I’ve noticed how eager she is to please her son and I’ve been quite shocked by the condescending way Gary (and Kim for that matter) speaks to her. She shouldn’t have anything to prove but I really wanted them to be wowed by the celebrations and be happy for her.
I took my seat at the end of a row and Kim leaned over her mother and whispered, ‘She looks lovely.’ Gary said nothing, so that, I felt, was an encouraging start.
The ceremony went off without a hitch and we headed up to The King’s Head to let our hair down. Since Kim and Gary had Mrs Sullivan, I transported the happy couple who were beaming from ear to ear.
But when we arrived at the pub the doors were still locked and a couple of scruffy looking blokes were sauntering around outside, desperate for a drink by the looks of things.
‘Hiya Beryl,’ one of them said, ‘don’t you look a picture?’
‘Hi Pete. Hi Charlie,’ she replied, ‘glad you could make it. Hasn’t Gladys opened up yet?’
‘No sign of life,’ the other one said and Beryl’s face turned white. She gave a feeble knock on the door and looked back towards us with a wrinkled brow.
The door opened a crack and a voice said, ‘Hullo Beryl, Love… OMG it’s not today is it?’
Beryl’s bottom lip trembled and Tommy put his arm round her, more interested in comforting his wife than berating Gladys. I was dumfounded. But in the space of 4 seconds Gladys had swung the doors open, shouted, ‘Only joking!’ and revealed two tables of fully charged champagne flutes for the guests as they entered.
I grabbed a glass and downed my champagne before Charlie and Pete had even taken a sip of theirs. Beryl relaxed and she and Tommy welcomed their guests. Let’s hope its all plain sailing now, I thought.
I was relieved to see the function room had been scrubbed and polished and looked every bit suitable for a wedding. Kim had arranged some additional staff to prepare the buffet in Teacups and it had been delivered just before we arrived. It wasn’t as lavish as Kim had wanted but with pressure from me she’d relented and let Beryl choose the food.
The day went by in a flash. There was dancing, singing, eating and good humoured drinking. Pete even plonked out a few tunes on the piano while some of the older guests joined in with the songs.
Beryl had specifically said that there were to be no speeches. She wanted a relaxed day of joy and celebration and looking around at everyone’s faces, it was working out exactly as planned.
Then as the day turned to evening, Kim came up to me asking for help to gather people round a small table she’d set up.
‘I’ve made a wedding cake as a surprise,’ she said, ‘and look, I’ve brought the silver knife that Gary and I had for our cake cutting ceremony.’
‘No Kim! She doesn’t want anything formal,’ I protested.
‘Nonsense!’ said Kim, ‘she’s just saying that. She’ll be delighted when Gary stands up and says a few words.’
Oh my goodness, I’d better forewarn her, I thought, and turned round to search for Beryl. But she was standing there right behind me and she’d heard my exchange with Kim. She took a deep breath and said calmly, ‘Kim. You think you’re doing something nice for me on my special day but when will you understand that I know what I want and I don’t want this? Please be more thoughtful.’
Wow, Beryl! She’d succeeded in silencing Kim which was a first as far as I was aware. Next she went in search of Gary. I was impressed and curious so I followed her, hoping to witness a similar rebuke. It was noisier where he was so she took him to the doorway (me in tow) and said, ‘Gary, I’ve been trying to please you your whole life – making sure you had everything you needed, encouraging you to use that brain of yours. Now it’s your turn to please me. Listen to all that fun going on in there,’ and she pointed back into the room where everyone was still singing and dancing. ‘Why would you even consider stopping the party to make a stuffy speech that no one wants to hear, especially when you know I don’t want it. It’s not your day, it’s mine.’
‘You’re right, Mum,’ he said sheepishly, ‘but if I could just say something to you… I realise now that Tommy is a decent guy and I’m glad you two found each other again. And this party! There’s no way Kim and I could get this many people into a room and them all have a good time. It’s amazing!’
She looked at him in disbelief. ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘it doesn’t have to be grand to be great. Thank you, son.’ Then went off to find her husband with an even bigger smile on her face. ◊
How to Make Earrings from a Drinks Can
These earrings were a small contribution to a very successful wedding day for Beryl and Tommy. She never did ask me what they were made from but you know it was an old drinks can.
Once I’d cut into it with the craft knife it was easy to cut out a large piece of metal with scissors.
The hero of the project was this Dimensional Magic from Mod Podge (can’t wait to try some more things with this!).
I made a heart shaped template from a Post It note, making sure some of it was on the sticky part so it would stick to the metal while I cut round it with scissors.
The edges were a bit rough so I used a nail file to carefully smooth them out. The metal is thin so be careful.
At this point I made the holes with a craft knife. I put them one on top of the other so I could make an indentation in exactly the same place on each one. Then I made the indention into a hole, using my pad of Post Its to protect my table.
Next I added jump rings. For me, these were just to ensure the holes didn’t close up when I added the Dimensional Magic but you may want jump rings in your finished item.
To prepare for the next step I created two blocks of blu tak (mine looks white and blue!). I used this to dig the jump rings in so they stayed upright and the hearts stayed in position.
It’s impossible to photograph the process of adding the Dimensional Magic because it’s a bit runny and comes out quickly. Tip a small amount on, according to the instructions. It’s thick enough to coax to the edges without it just running off. Can you see it’s given the hearts a glossy 3D coat?
Once that has dried (24hrs recommended) you can give it another coat if you like and a coat on the back (I only did one on the front and one on the back). Then remove your jump rings, add your hooks and you’re good to go!
- I used this post from Diary of a Crafty Lady for inspiration.
- Have a pin handy in case any bubbles appear in the Dimensional Magic – you’ll need to pop these before it dries.
- Don’t add too much Dimensional Magic around the jump ring or it will clog up and not turn (nor be able to be removed).
- The process is quite quick (except for the drying time) so I’d make a few and pick your best ones.
- Drinks can
I loved this product and can’t wait to use it again. Any suggestions?
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