95. How to Make a Sewing-Lover’s Key Ring

How to make a sewing-lover's key ring

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This episode is subtitled: ‘The cat’s out of the bag…’

‘But it’s only two weeks away! How will we get everything prepared in time?’

Kim was waving a beautifully elegant wedding invitation at Beryl and panicking. The invitation wasn’t actually addressed to Kim. It was fresh from the box sent to Beryl (at Teacups) from the printers but Kim hadn’t noticed that the package wasn’t addressed to her when she opened it. She was now fully aware that Beryl and Tommy were getting married imminently.

I’d totally understood Beryl’s desire to plan her wedding her way, without the risk of Kim, her daughter-in-law, taking over and turning it into something that suited Kim rather than the bride.

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32. How to Make a Trinket Dish

Make a trinket dish with air-drying clay and decorate it with old buttons.

This episode is subtitled: ‘A little kindness goes a long way…’

A few kind words is what I should have had for Caitlin last week. I felt guilty for not having the patience to have a proper conversation with that defiant six-year-old, so since then I’ve been consciously trying to do kind things every day.

I started at an easy place – my next-door neighbour, Lily. Whenever I can, I pick her up for the Companions session at Teacups so she can have a cup of tea and a piece of cake with other people who are looking for a bit of company. But I don’t spend enough time with her myself; so I made a point of popping round on Monday evening and taking her some flowers from Tulips that didn’t have a long enough shelf life for me to sell. She was delighted.

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18. How to Make Button Earrings

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Let’s get organised…’

My button tin is a lovely tin. It originally contained orange biscuits from Italy, a gift from an old neighbour for looking after their goldfish while they were on holiday. But it’s not very practical. Every time I need a button I have to tip them all out and sort through. I know what you’re thinking – a button tin is full of memories and there’s something very comforting about sifting through them on the table, remembering what they were once attached to (some of mine even came from my summer dresses when I was a girl). But I’m a busy woman now and realise that the most sensible thing is to split them up so I can find what I need quickly. That goes for my fabric stash, my scissors and my cotton reels too. I definitely need to be more organised. If Kim had a pile of old buttons (which I’m quite sure she hasn’t) I know they’d be split up, boxed up, labelled up and stored in a place where the level of accessibility corresponds to the number of times she’s likely to need to access it. Awesome. Or frightening?

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