98. How to Make Earrings From a Drinks Can

How to make a pair of earrings from a drinks can

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make earrings from a drinks can then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

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.

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97. How to Make a Pen Pot From an Old Can

How to make a pen pot from an old can

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make a pen pot from an old can then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

This episode is subtitled: ‘Should I do it…?’

The forefinger of my sweaty right hand was poised on the trigger of the glue gun while my mind felt like scrambled egg, not knowing what to say or do. The woman standing before me was slim and elegant with perfect blonde hair swept up into a style that looked French, chic. Why had Francesca come to see me? And why hadn’t I put any make-up on this morning? Nothing. Not even a bit of eyeliner. I couldn’t even convince myself that I’d brushed my hair.

Oh Jenny, what’s happened to you? I used to take great care of my appearance when I worked in the bank on the high street – it was expected – but for the past few years Kim and I have run Teacups & Tulips and I’ve just immersed myself in flower arrangements and forgotten about everything else.

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66. How to Make a Magnetic Photo Frame from a Jam Jar Lid

Make a magnetic photo frame from a jam jar lid

If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make a magnetic photo frame from a jam jar lid then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below. salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's paw

This episode is subtitled: ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns…’

‘I love being busy,’ said Jaz, ‘but isn’t it nice to be calm once in a while?’

I agreed. ‘And it gives us a chance to enjoy the new surroundings. Did you notice our new containers for the gift cards match the containers for sugar sachets on the tables? Kim’s design really has brought the two halves of Teacups & Tulips together.’

Jaz was just about to tell me something else that she’d spotted when a customer came into the shop. There was something familiar about the way he walked but it wasn’t until he reached the counter that I realised it was Shaun. His face was a little craggy but there was no doubting it. My legs felt as if they were giving way so I grabbed hold of the counter and composed myself.

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51. How to Make a Quick Christmas Decoration

Make a quick Christmas decoration with jam jar lids

This episode is subtitled: ‘The rush and the lull…’

As predicted, it’s been a crazy week so far in Tulips but we’re keeping on top of our orders as they pile in and we’re managing to not get under each other’s feet too much despite us all being in the shop at once, all day, every day, on the run up to Christmas. Even Daisy, our Saturday girl, is working full time from today until the end of Saturday.

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45. How to Make a String Tin

Make a simple string tin with scissors handy

This episode is subtitled: ‘Everything but a bonfire and children…’

What a lovely evening for a bonfire party! Saturday was freezing cold but clear and dry and I was warm as toast because I’d put plenty of layers on (you get to be an expert at layering-up when you work in a flower shop).

Kim called it a bonfire party – we had toffee apples, sparklers, garden lanterns (strung from tree branches with my handy supply of string), ginger cake (made by me), in fact pretty much everything except a bonfire and some children. I’d brought Blue with me – Kim will stretch to well behaved dogs but rarely to children.

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42. How to Cover a Coffee Canister

Pretty covered coffee canisters

This episode is subtitled: ‘A surprise for Laura…’

‘Yes, of course I will, no problem. Have fun with all those eight-year-olds!’

My sister Laura was going to be helping out on a two-day trip with Hannah’s Brownie pack and she was worried that Ray wasn’t going to be able to feed himself and Jake properly while she was away. I happily agreed to pop in and help with meals to put her mind at rest, even though I thought the two boys were probably looking forward to a vegetable-free weekend for a change.

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37. How to Make a Fridge Magnet

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

This episode is subtitled: ‘What’s a warming drawer…?

Kim and Gary are in Dubai. It’s not somewhere that appeals to me with its concrete, glass and air-conditioned shopping. I’d prefer to lose myself in the past, wandering round ancient Moorish palaces in Spain, marvelling at the beautiful courtyards and gardens (I’m told they are worthy of marvel), rugged mountains in the background…. Oh, I hope I get there one day.

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26. How to Make a Lantern From a Can

Give your cans another lease of life before you recycle them! Turn them into garden lanterns for long warm summer evenings.

This episode is subtitled: ‘Here comes the summer…’

We all know the score; summer arrives, but not necessarily the sun. The long light evenings should be perfect for an outdoor gathering of friends but the weather is so unpredictable you never know whether you’re going to need your wellies or your sunglasses.

Kim and I decided we’d take a chance last Saturday evening and we invited the girls from work and their partners for an informal do in the garden. My garden? Well, I offered but Kim wanted to try out her new fire pit so she was keen to host it at hers. It was only a gesture on my part because I think we both knew that we’d struggle to fit everyone into my bijou patch of cottagey quaintness.

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