Masks can be cool …

A good friend of mine has been spreading the word about the snazzy jazzy Kazzy Face-masks I have been making from The ThreadShed, Freshwater East. They have ended up all around the UK and even flew across the pond to Tennessee, which tickled me pink. Through the recommend I had a commission to make some masks with their logo on for The Queens Head in Eye, Suffolk.

As it was their official re-opening and I got sent a thank you and this stunning pic of the very gorgeous Millie wearing her mask. Now that is how to wear a face mask!

Special good luck wishes to The Queens Head, and all businesses slowly coming out of lockdown. Oh and if you need some Facemasks for your team then I’m your girl ❤️

The Queens Head, Eye, Suffolk
The Queens Head, Eye, Suffolk
Corporate Masks

Swamp Root and Lung Tonic

So a very kind friend gifted me and The Husband a huge crateful of glorious vintage bottles and pots (complete with vintage dirt). Donning Marigolds and using Rapidex and a hastily ordered set of bottle brushes I proper spruced them up.

Of course they needed to be displayed and so I searched online did something appropriate to no avail. The Husband, being the clever sort, said he’d like to build one for me and salvaged an old pallet from behind the shed. He added the driftwood to the front of the shelves and added an extra driftwood shelf for the littler treasures. It looked ace but then I had an idea. Wouldn’t it be perfect to add some words to the front of each piece of driftwood?

So… inspired by the embossing on some of the bottles my clever husband set about the driftwood with his pyrography iron and this is the absolutely perfect result. I am truly in awe of his creativity!

Oh and we really do have a bottle on display called “Dr Kilmer’s Swamp Root – Liver, Kidney and Bladder Cure” and another called “Owbridge’s Lung Tonic” … blinkin wonderful!

You’ll never walk alone…

Football is most definitely not my thing. My family are all proud Swans fans and still tease me over the time we hired a box at the stadium for my Dad’s 70th birthday and I declared that I was “reading the magazine in the interval.” Apparently I was supposed to say “reading the programme at half time!” Me and The Husband are a match (see what I done there) made in heaven as football is definitely not his thing either! (Phew!)

However I do understand the pride, love, passion and sense of belonging that football brings to so many and so, when I was asked by a lifelong Liverpool fan to make a Memory Cushion out of his Scouser Dad’s football shirt, I knew the huge importance of this sewing task and the trust the family had placed in me.

You know I may not be a fan of football but I absolutely love how this very special Memory Cushion, instead of being tucked away in a drawer somewhere, can now sit quietly amongst the family. This Memory Cushion is a poignant symbol of their much loved and missed father and a sweet reminder that “You’ll never walk alone!”

Liverpool Football Shirt Memory Cushion

Daddy’s Girl…

You know how a Father’s love and pride for his daughter just shines out right? Well … just look at this beautiful pencil drawing, commissioned recently…

The drawing was commissioned by a caring brother for his adored sister. The siblings have a strong and special bond and very sadly lost their beloved father just weeks ago. This beautiful pencil drawing needs few words, because the emotion captured in pencil, as Dad looks at his daughter on her wedding day, is quite simply just stunning.

‘Daddy’s Girl’ commissioned pencil drawing

Lockdown Birthday Tee

I’m pretty sure that buying a perfect birthday gift during lockdown can be a bit of a dilemma. However two clever mummies recently gifted their sons one of Trashcan Emporium’s cool lockdown Tees. One mummy picked one of Lee’s original skull images and added the lockdown location, name and age for her son and another mummy chose a “Corona Virus” Tee with their lockdown location for her son. Their boys have a pretty unique reminder of this crazy time and their lockdown birthday celebrations.

Thanks to both lovely ladies for supporting our little business in these tough times and a big happy, 17th and 11th, lockdown birthday to these blinkin’ gorgeous boys!

Lockdown birthday personalised Tees

Ticket on a Tee…

Creative ideas are us. We are always thinking of new things to encourage purchases from our little ‘arty farty’ business. We also love it when we get given some awesome ideas from others too.

A runner up in our recent music quiz based in the 30 Day Music Challenge came up with a stormer of an idea (or actually his wife did). He was offered a design of his own choice sublimated onto our gorgeous poly-cotton Tees and chose to have a the treasured ticket from one of his top music gigs as the design.

Why put your treasured gig tickets in a drawer when you can put them on your TShirt?

‘Ticket on a Tee’ is a service available right now!

Which gig ticket would you love on your TShirt?

“Ticket on a Tee’
Stray Cats – Ticket on a Tee

The Ultimate Selfie

All the famous artists have a self-portrait. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet to name but a few. Well now let’s add Minton to that list.

I’d been saying to The Husband for ages that he should paint a self portrait. So he did. Love it so much especially the way his beautiful blue eyes contrast against the dark shades of his face.

I know I love the man so of course think this is pretty special but what do you think?

Miles away from ordinary …

So a lovely friend of mine in our village wanted a lockdown Tee as a surprise birthday gift for her husband. She inspired me with the design and we worked on it together (maintaining social distancing of course!). The final design was gifted to the birthday boy and soon a few spin offs, for an anniversary present for my neighbour and a topical Tee for The Husband, followed.

We can make these to order – changing location of lockdown as well as your personal wording … £15 per TShirt – and if it’s a gift then we can post to your recipient together with your personal message on a gift card – just drop us a message to order!

Corona Virus Tees

Would you gift Driftwood?

We simply love driftwood and often collect interesting pieces from our evening beach strolls with the pups. You can imagine there is always an arty farty project at the ideas stage in the Trashcan Household.

Our first grandchild is due in just a matter of days and I wanted to personalise a piece of driftwood from our beach to connect George to his Granny Kazzy and Grandad Trash living four hours away. My plan was to use my vinyl cutter but Grandad Trash had other plans and lovingly sanded, hand painted and lacquered this beautiful driftwood room sign. I used my vinyl idea to decorate an “Our Family” sign on a driftwood hanger and added personalised natural wood slices.

With our family so far away from so many of us during these crazy lockdown days sending a surprise personal gift for a birth, a birthday, or an anniversary may be a real highlight for someone somewhere. We are still creating lots of beautiful things here at Trashcan Emporium and will happily gift wrap your purchases and post to any destination with a gift card and your special message.

Personalised Driftwood Gifts

Cupboard Love …

Soooo … we like to brighten up some boring spots around our little pink bungalow. The dining room hosts our electricity meter hidden within an old pine cupboard. The Husband has been meaning to brighten these up for some time and actually finished the flying ice-cream on the right some time ago. I added the felt cupboard door to his growing “To-Do in Lockdown” list and lo and behold the cocktail and cherries appeared there today.

Why have a plain cupboard door when you can have one beautified with an original piece of Trashcan tattoo art. If you would like a similar style tattoo design on one of your cupboard doors then you can commission us (by that I mean The Husband of course) to paint something for you too … just drop us a message with your ideas❤️

Cupboard Art by Lee Trashcan Minton