44. How to Make a Simple Bath Mat

How to make a simple bath mat from an old towel

This episode is subtitled: ‘Too early for Christmas…?’

‘Morning, ladies!’ I looked up from the floral arrangement I was working on at the cheerful voice of Margery, a customer who pops in from time to time to take in the heady scent of flowers and to see what new homeware items we have in.

‘I’ve been keeping an eye on your window, hoping to see your Christmas stock,’ she continued, ‘I’d have thought you’d have that on display by now.’

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38. How to Make a Drawstring Bag

How to make a drawstring bag

This episode is subtitled: ‘Are we managing without Kim…?

Kim is still away but things have been ticking over with me popping next door into Teacups a couple of times a day to make sure the girls are okay. I say ‘girls’ but Joan objects to me referring to her as one of the girls. I’m not sure whether it’s because of her age (61) or the fact that she feels superior after her career in the civil service, which culminated in her being the manager of department of three staff.

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36. How to Turn a Pair of Jeans into a Skirt

Create a skirt from a pair of jeans!

This episode is subtitled: ‘Just act normal…’

We have a few widows and widowers who come into the shop. Sometimes they want to buy flowers or a birthday card but other times they just want a bit of company. I always think it’s best not to go overboard with sympathy and not avoid mentioning the loved one they’ve lost. But who knows whether this is the right thing to do? Oh dear, I hope I’m not adding to their suffering!

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31. How to Remodel a Pair of Jeans

Remodel a pair of jeans by shortening them and adding a button on the back pocket for interchangeable motifs.

This episode is subtitled: ‘A few kind words…’

With a glass of wine in one hand and Blue’s bowl of food in the other, we were just about to settle down for a quiet Saturday night at home after a busy day at the shop when I happened to glance at the phone and saw I had a message. It was from Laura (why doesn’t she just text, then I’d definitely see it?) inviting me to lunch on Sunday.

‘Did you hear that, Blue? We’re going to see Jake and Hannah tomorrow!’

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25. How to Make an Envelope Cushion Cover

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

This episode is subtitled: Is everyone enjoying the sport…?

Euro 2016 and three of the home nations still in the competition! Even though the football is playing havoc with the Corrie schedule, I don’t actually mind it, and I’ve also enjoyed watching coverage of the tennis at Queens and the triathlon in Leeds, but what I’m most excited about is Wimbledon, which starts on Monday (yay!).

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24. Repurpose an Old Towel

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Welcome Baby Evans…’

Kim asked me if I could make a gift for her hairdresser who was expecting a baby. I’m always delighted to have a real purpose for my weekly craft project rather than making something purely for the creative process (and for you to enjoy, of course).

I go to the hairdresser’s about twice a year (although sometimes I need to do a bit of hacking myself in the meantime) and I have to keep topping up my natural colour, Dark Chocolate Brown. I hate doing my colour, it’s such a messy job and recently I managed to get some dye on a large white towel. Kim doesn’t have these problems, with her once-a-month cut and blow dry, and a professional colour every other visit. Her hair always looks great.

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17. How to Make a Denim Needle Case

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This episode is subtitled: ‘A tissue-in-the-wash day…’

Do you ever have a bad hair day? I don’t. That’s because I usually just scape my hair back, tie it up into some non-descript style and don’t give it another thought until it’s time to lay my head on the pillow and go to sleep. So a day when everything seems to be going wrong couldn’t really be called a bad hair day in my book. Now, a ‘tissue-in-the-wash’ day, well that hits the spot.

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12. Felt Flower Clip

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This episode is subtitled ‘The best diet in the world…’

Oh I love this time of year. Have I told you that already? Probably. I do like the cosiness of the winter but spring is just so full of expectation. I don’t want to sound too romantic or poetic but sometimes I wish we could just suspend time right now when the daffodils are still out and everywhere else there are buds waiting to burst open. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could live with that anticipation for a while longer, before anything starts to mature then fade? But at least the plants and trees come back rejuvenated next year which is more than can be said for ourselves.

I have other reasons for liking this time of year – the nights are lighter (and will be even lighter when the clocks change at the weekend), the birds are busy flirting in the garden and the cold flower shop has warmed up a bit. The added bonus there is that, as we shed our layers, customers are surprised by how much weight we’ve lost. It’s amazing what a good diet it is going from eight layers of vests/tee-shirts/fleeces down to just one of each!

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6. Decorate a Hat (or Three)

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Three cheers for the staff…’

We were busy preparing for Valentine’s Day yesterday when the lovely bride from the anemone/Sharpie wedding popped in. I can’t believe it’s nearly a month since the big day. She came in to say thank you and bring us a box of chocolates, which was a boost for the staff since they don’t always get to hear the appreciation directly from customers. Mr Saunders had also popped in that morning to order a posy for his wife’s grave so he joined us for the treat as well.

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3. Sew a Book Cover

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Love your lists…’

Thursday and Friday last week were frantic while we created everything for the big wedding and got it delivered to the groom’s house, the bride’s house, the church and the venue. The trauma of the preparation is well documented in last week’s episode, but the good news is that we were delighted with how everything looked in the end, the bride was happy, and no Sharpie was needed (phew!).

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