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

Polka Dot Swimming Lady …

Soooo … a decade ago I was an Ironman and, despite being a chubbier, less fit version of me these days, I still absolutely adore swimming. I had a little spark of an idea of a retro style swimming lady to hang from the high ceiling beams in our front room and, of course, my wish is The Husbands command. ❤️

This fabulous Swimming Lady was crafted by The Husband using newspaper, Plaster of Paris and Das clay, then hand painted and sprayed with lacquer.

My swimming may be on hold during lockdown, but Swimming Lady, complete with representations of my peacock and flower tattoos, will soon be swimming forevermore.

If you would like your own version of Swimming Lady, wearing a costume and bathing cap in your favourite colours, then we will happily take commissions – £100 plus P&P for an unusual and original piece of art – a lockdown bargain! ❤️

A Ton of Masks …

Just over 100 face masks have now left The ThreadShed and been posted around the UK to places such as Swansea, Neath, Birmingham, London, Andover, Nottingham, Manchester … as well as given to carers, friends and neighbours in and around Pembroke.

We absolutely refuse to profit even one single penny from that nasty bitch Covid and so they have all been gifted to friends, family and people that we care about in the hope that we are doing a little something to keep us all safer. The masks are double layer cotton with a pocket to put a hepa filter inside for a bit of extra protection.

Who’d have thought that a snazzy jazzy Kazzy face mask would be the must have accessory of 2020 huh?

Stay safe you all!

Snazzy Jazzy Kazzy Face-masks

Etch a Sketch …

In the middle of lockdown arty fartyness The Husband has some fun with a glass etching set that was my very cool Xmas pressie off Little Sister.

My plan was to cut some vinyl stencils for the etching but of course The Husband, being an artist, had way better ideas. He freehanded this traditional tattoo style anchor and waves onto a glass pane which separates our back porch from the dining room.

And to think I was going to hang a curtain there huh?

Tattoo Style Glass Etching

Pembrokeshire Puffin…

The Atlantic Puffin is probably Pembrokeshire’s most famous sea-bird. Anyone who has made the little boat trip trip over to stunning Skomer Island will have seen this funny little bird really close up as they are everywhere. Over 22,000 of them.

I have longed for a Puffin painting ever since Lee and I spent a joyous day on Skomer this time last year and I was so delighted that Lee made it one of his lockdown art projects.

Blinkin’ love it! What do you think?

Atlantic Puffin

Warmed my heart ❤️

As a follow on from the post on my snazzy jazzy face masks I have had lots of requests for these brightly coloured, pretty masks. Me and my trusty Brother will soon start sewing like crazy and I hope that everyone who ordered them from me will have them by next weekend.

In the meantime I have permission to share this fabulous photo of the very first recipients of Kazzy masks. These lovely ladies work in a local care home looking after vulnerable elderly residents. This photo warmed the cockles of my heart and I am sure you will all join me in sending them all virtual hugs and a great big massive thank you for doing such an amazing job with such care, love and devotion in these crazy times.

Blinkin awesome or what?

A little old wine drinker me…

The Husband always says I have no patience with my arty projects. In some ways I understand his view as I am always ALWAYS impatient to see the end result. However I think with this latest project I think I have proven I have quite endless patience. In fact, has anyone else ever taken 5 years to create a perfectly perfect photo frame?

For our wedding day I wrote Lee a cute little poem called “Fifty and Married” and Little Sister read it out to our lovely guests during the marriage ceremony. Months later, as a surprise gift for me, Lee drew the poem and mounted it on card. He always said he would get it properly framed but, as his artwork measures a whopping 42 inches by 15 inches, finding a frame to fit was a bit of a task!

However, I’m not sure why but, since we first moved into our little pink bungalow, I have been diligently saving all the corks from our Prosecco (and occasionally Champagne) bottles. It was actually becoming a struggle to close the cupboard which contained the bulging bag of corks so I was rather pleased by my lockdown stroke of genius. By using a long piece of wood (kindly sourced from my favourite pub landlord/ thank you Sir), a tub of gorilla glue and a couple of bottles of PVA, I created this masterpiece of a photo frame simply perfect for my poem.

Patience huh? I very patiently drank fizz for FIVE long years in order to create this mighty piece of art! Now is that dedication to art or what! .

PS. how many corks do you think it took to create it?

Cork Art Photo Frame

Heart Art …

The Husband and I sometimes (ahem… read OFTEN) have different ideas for our arty projects. A little while back, way before leaving home was a crime, we picked up a large, wooden, pre-cut heart at our local Sunday market. I pondered whether we (meaning HE) should paint it with “Live, Laugh, Love” but The Husband’s response was “way too twee… how about I paint it with “F*#% SH*T W*#K” instead?” (The symbols inserted are my own work and not intended to accurately portray The Husband’s suggestion).

Ultimately he reached his own (more acceptable) artistic conclusion and produced this rather psychedelic piece of heart art which I do think has a sorta 70’s vibe to it.

I am very interested in hearing your views on this one?

Heart art – V sign

All masks bright and beautiful …

All masks bright and beautiful …

It’s been creative central at The ThreadShed over last few lockdown weeks. A dear key-worker friend put in a request for a supply of some face masks and sent me a fabulous free pattern from http://www.hellosewing.com. The snug fitting mask is made with two layers of tightly woven cotton and has a pocket between the layers to insert a filter (heppa paper or paper from hoover bags is a cheap option) if you want to.

Currently there are some very mixed messages about the use of face masks and evidence wise not much to go on, although the widespread use of masks in Hong Kong is what is believed to have limited the spread. The general advice is not to touch your mask once it’s on and to remove it for washing as soon as you get home. Right now some countries are making the public use of face masks mandatory (eg Austria, Slovakia, Bosnia) and some are now recommending the public wear them (USA). Only yesterday there was a lot of speculation that UK may soon follow suit.

The World Health Organisation advice that face-masks are not necessary is now under review as the previous advice is believed to be at least partially aimed at ensuring that all vital PPE supplies are kept for use by health care workers.

Whilst there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the public should leave surgical face masks for the healthcare settings I think snazzy jazzy home sewn masks are the next best thing, plus they look pretty gorgeous too. I sent out lots of little packages yesterday to some of my special people and if you would like any do let me know!

What do you think?

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