70. How to Make a Trinket Jar from an Old Face Cream Pot

How to make a trinket jar from an old face cream pot

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Kim, ready for action…’

‘Hi Kim. Nice trip?’

‘Hi Jaz. What’s this news about the pub?’

‘It’s going to be a Skolkensson supermarket unless we can find a way to stop it,’ said Jaz enthusiastically.

Jaz hadn’t stopped going on about global capitalism and fair trade since we first heard that the Scandinavian supermarket was interested in buying the old pub building opposite. She’d been itching to get out there and march for the small independents. I’d told her that Kim would spring into action when she got back from her short break. I knew she would be on a mission to make sure Teacups & Tulips remained a viable business.

‘Let’s rally the troops!’ shouted Kim, more to herself than anyone else, and she disappeared out of the shop to talk to the other shop owners along Linnet Row.

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69. How to Make a Necklace from an Old Tie

Make a necklace from an old tie

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Where’s Kim when I need her…?’

‘My garden’s not looking too bad,’ I said, ‘now that the leaves are coming through on the shrubs and my miniature rhododendrons are starting to show signs of colour. Oh, and my Clematis Montana is so pretty, winding up over the roof of my neighbour’s pergola.’

Jaz wasn’t captivated by my chit-chat but I prattled on, nonetheless. I’d been feeling calmer about the Open Gardens event in May, thinking that I might not be too embarrassed when visitors arrive after all. I was just telling her about my idea for tubs of bedding plants for a splash of colour when Beryl bustled in, a bit late, taking advantage of the fact that Kim was away for a couple of days.

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68. How to Revamp a Set of Dining Chairs

Revamp a set of dining chairs

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Will my garden be good enough…?’

‘Ooh, I’d love to see your garden, Jenny,’ said Mrs Lucas. She was delighted that I’d volunteered to be included in our local Open Gardens event next month.

Why do customers naturally assume that florists are good gardeners? We work with cut flowers that have been grown by someone else – an expert!

‘It’s a very small garden,’ I responded, suddenly unsure that I wanted a stream of locals judging my mediocre efforts. I’d signed up to the event to get into the community spirit and help raise some money for charity.

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67. How to Make an Inexpensive Plant Gift

How to make an inexpensive plant gift

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Grumpy Old George…’

‘Earth to Jenny…’

Jaz was trying to wake me from my daydream. I just can’t get Shaun McArthur out of my head since he walked into the shop last week, more than 30 years after our last encounter.

‘Sorry Jaz. What were you saying?’

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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

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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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65. How to Make a Cushion Cover from an Old Jumper

How to make a cushion cover from an old jumper

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Pull yourself together, Jenny…’

‘No Beryl, not like that,’ I said exasperatedly for the umpteenth time that morning. She’d been loaned to us from Teacups to help with the Mothers’ Day preparations and, whilst she was very keen, I was just wondering whether we’d be faster without her when Guus, our lovely Dutch flower supplier, came in with a mountain of new stock for our busy weekend orders.

‘This place is looking better every day!’ he said.

‘I know. I just wish we hadn’t still got two extra bodies and a set of tools in here with all these flowers to contend with,’ I whispered, with a little nod towards Joe and Barry, the builders. Every day they’d promised they were nearly finished.

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64. How to Make a Key Fob from a Wine Cork

How to make a key fob from a wine cork

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Will the building work ever be completed…?’

‘How could I have been so stupid?’ wailed Jaz, for the third time that morning.

I was just about to reassure her yet again when Beryl popped up between us, handed me a funeral tribute that we’d failed to notice had got separated from the rest of the order during the builders’ chaos that morning, and said to Jaz, ‘Love is blind, love.’

It’s a cliché but Beryl’s right. It was obvious to the casual observer that something didn’t add up with Darren but when you’re being swept along in the excitement of young love you can’t see it.

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63. How to Make an Indoor Spring Planter from an Ice Cream Tub

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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.

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62. How to Make a Doorstop

How to make a doorstop

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This episode is subtitled: ‘I’m glad I’m single…’

The builders were here bright and early on Tuesday morning, cheerfully cracking on with their work at the back of the shop. Then I did a double take. Then I looked at Joe, the leader of the group.

‘Beryl said it would be fine,’ he said, looking a bit guilty.

They’d propped a door open with Blue’s basket and Blue was still in it! Blue in his basket from salavebox.co.ukI reluctantly gave them one of my new doorstops to use instead, unsure whether it would survive the day. But that would be better than Blue not surviving the day. They aren’t a bad bunch of guys but builders are builders, used to working in a mess.

Kim stomped in late and in a foul mood. The new Teacups’ cupboards were looking great but she could see at a distance the handles were not the ones she’d ordered. She marched to the back of the shop to have it out with them.

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61. How to Recover a Lampshade

Recover a lampshade

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Kim confesses…’

‘Here’s the lampshade you said you’d do for me,’ said Beryl passing me a very grubby and old fashioned looking specimen. She wanted to update her bedroom into something prettier but she was on a tight budget so I’d offered to show her how to recover her lampshade with some Cath Kidston fabric I had. Me showing her had somehow turned into me doing it. Never mind, it’s probably easier that way, I thought.

‘Thanks, love’, she said and scuttled off to don her apron and start her shift in the tea room.

‘I quite like Beryl now I’ve got used to her,’ said Jaz, ‘and it’s nice that we’re all together now isn’t it?’

Jaz was enjoying the fact that the tea room and the flower shop are now occupying the same space, although neither of us were enjoying the cramped conditions while the building work continued. She seemed oblivious to Kim’s constant nagging at the builders, more interested in taking her break with Darren who’d come in for a coffee and a piece of lemon drizzle cake.

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