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This episode is subtitled: ‘Here’s to the future…’
‘Your mind’s just not on this, is it Jen?’
‘Oh, sorry Jaz…. Yes, it’s very light and airy. You’ve got a nice view of the park over there. How many bedrooms are there?’
‘Two. Come on, I’ll show you the other one.’
She was like a child on Christmas morning showing me round the flat she was planning to buy and when I stopped to take it in properly, I had to agree, it would be great for her.
‘And it’s much closer to work,’ she continued, ‘so it will be easy to get in early when I need to.’
We moved into the bathroom where I admired the retro turquoise suite. ‘And no queue for the shower for a change!’ I said.
‘I know,’ she replied, ‘I can’t believe how many things are changing at the moment. It’s sooo exciting!’
I admired her enthusiasm. I’ve been indecisive my whole life and was having a definite wobble over striding out in a different direction, and there she was, on the brink of a new flat and on the brink of being the manager of Tulips, absolutely raring to go.
‘Are you happy with Kim’s suggestions for Tulips?’ I asked, knowing that as soon as I’d raised the possibility of selling my share of the business to Kim, and Jaz managing the flower side of it, Kim had seized the opportunity to plan some radical changes.
‘Kim’s suggestions?’ said Jaz. ‘Don’t you mean my suggestions? She’s keen on my idea to get more corporate business to keep a steady income coming in and for me to run Christmas workshops to show people how to make their own door wreaths and table centres….’
Blimey, when did Jaz become an entrepreneur?
Kim was also busy planning to extend her presence in the wedding cake market and even thinking of stocking wedding dresses. I wouldn’t put it past her to think she could turn up at weddings and take the photographs! That’s confidence for you.
So, Jaz was excited, Kim was excited, and then a text arrived from Shaun:
Hi Jenny. U free for coffee? Got lots of ideas to run past you. Can’t wait! Sx
He’s another one so motivated by his new venture that he can’t sit still. They were all so busy getting on with future plans, assuming I’d been swept along with them, oblivious to my doubts. But was I up to the job with Shaun? I know what I’m doing a with a flower shop, but a restaurant?
‘Have some faith in yourself, Jenny,’ he said, when I broached the subject with him. ‘You’ll be great!’
He dismissed my lack of confidence and his plans started to spill out enthusiastically.
‘I’ve sent out a press release plus I’ve invited some distinguished guests and key press contacts to an open evening so they can see the place before the building work starts. Old fashioned hardware store to up-market restaurant should be newsworthy if we play our cards right, don’t you think?
‘Shaun,’ I said, feeling completely out of my depth, ‘I don’t even know what a press release is.’
‘Don’t worry, you just need to turn up at the open evening and be yourself.’
I wished I had as much faith in myself as he did. I continued with my woes. ‘Actually, my biggest worry is that Francesca paid me a visit.’
‘Did she?’ He looked shocked.
‘Does she mind me working for you?’ I asked tentatively.
‘Goodness no!’ he said, ‘Why should she?’
My cheeks coloured slightly at my naivety. Why would she possibly mind that her husband was going to be working with a middle-aged woman who had none of her grace, beauty or youth? And I was quite sure Francesca wouldn’t dream of reusing old shampoo bottles for anything – not even a cute wall planter. She was altogether in a different league.
So there I was, back on track, hoping that I could summon up enough confidence to get me through Shaun’s open evening next week. ◊
How to Make a Wall Planter
I’ve thought for a while that there must be something useful I could do with an empty shampoo bottle. Recently I came across a photo on Pinterest of one used as a wall planter and I thought it was a lovely idea but unfortunately the link didn’t work so I can’t tell you where the idea came from. Anyway, this one was made by me.
The larger of these two bottles was the only one that was empty but won’t it make a cute little set when the other one has finished?
First I took the labels off and gave the bottle a good scrub.
I then used a piece of newspaper to create a template to cut the bottle.
I used a craft knife to make an incision and then cut the shape out with scissors. Use the template for the back, and cut the front straight across.
Now it’s time for the decoration. As usual you can use your imagination here. I happened to have a few of these flower shapes so I glued them on. Before you add the plants, make a hole for hanging it. I laid it on a spare piece of wood and hammered a large nail through (no photo, sorry!).
Now it’s time to plant it up. I used a combination of spider plant and tradescantia, both of which root very easily. Put plenty of gavel in the bottom for drainage.
- It took me a couple of attempts to get the template shape I wanted.
- Nail varnish remover will get rid of any Sharpie marks on your bottle.
- Succulents would look great.
- Shampoo bottle
- Plant cuttings
Although the spring may have been a better time to prepare this, I think it will bed in and look even better in a few weeks.
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