Fresh Ideas …

Lee spent yesterday coming up with some Fresh ideas for our T-shirts. Given that Trashcan Emporium are going to have an arty farty stall at the craft fare and dog show taking place at The Longhouse in Freshwater East on Sunday 6th August, he decided to give them the local feel. We will have a few sizes of each at the craft fare or of course you can order in advance direct via any of our Social media sites.

We blinkin’ love Freshwater East and we also love these cool Fresh inspired T-Shirts … what do you think?

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Don’t chuck out the Chintz…

The stormy weather today has meant indoor play-time and, with Lee drawing up some new T-shirt designs, I was able to finish sewing the dress I started sewing last weekend. The gorgeous ‘bird and rose’ chintz fabric is genuine vintage sourced from auction and whilst it was probably meant for curtains I absolutely adore it.

This is the second dress I have made from this fabulous vintage Simplicity 3464 pattern, which is part of a huge collection of sewing patterns previously owned and of course sewn by my dress-making grandmother.

I am also wearing genuine 1950s sunglasses and a nasty red patch on my arm from an evil wasp that flew through the patio door and dive-bombed my arm-pit yesterday morning whilst I was relaxing in my bed. Ouch!

Old Skull …

Art takes many forms and Lee finds beauty in many things. I love and appreciate this about him so much but sometimes I do wonder! Many people pick shells and driftwood from the beach but how many people pick up old bones?

Lee’s latest piece of art features a paint-dipped seagull skull. Also underway are a magpie and some rats that have been very kindly provided by friends who live on a farm.

It will I’m sure make a very unusual collection but I am suggesting to Lee that perhaps this is one for display in the studio?

Fruity Cutey…

So … today I gave the knitting machine a rest and enjoyed a day of play with my sewing machine.

A little while ago I designed and made a really cute skirt in apple fabric which was inspired by those cute frilly 1950s aprons. Today I made another version in a fruity fabric.

Cute and girly with a little touch of retro in gorgeous fabric – this may well become my signature skirt under our Trashcan Emporium label ❤️

Tiger Splash …

Jack, a local young business man, chose a tiger with a splash of colour for his first tattoo with Lee. We just called into The Longhouse for a post beach walk drink with the pups and managed to get a quick snap of his tattoo. We also were pleased to find him modelling one of the unique ‘I ❤️ Fresh’ tees that we designed especially for his little shop.

What do you think?

Thread Shed…

So … our little 2 bedroom bungalow is bursting at the seams. It’s lovely to have Youngest Son happily living with us, and great to have Stepson home for his Summer break from Uni, but this means me and my 3 knitting machines, 2 sewing machines, TShirt press, Hague Linker, Vinyl Cutter (and mountains of yarn and fabric) are officially evicted from my former craft room.

The only solution is to build me my very own creative workshop in the garden. I am very excited now that all the materials have arrived. Building work is ready to commence next week but one thing is absolutely ready to go. The husband may not be able to build me a workshop but he can definitely make me a damn cool sign for it.

Welcome to the first finished component of ‘The Thread Shed’ ❤️

What do you think?