Hapus Dydd Santes Dwynwen ❤️

Monday 25th January 2021 is the day for Welsh lovers. St Dwynwen was a Welsh princess who lived in the Brecon Beacons in the 5th century. She had 23 sisters but it was St Dwynwen who was the most beautiful. Her father, the King, tried to arrange a marriage for St Dwynwen , but she already loved another and so ran away into the forest to escape the wedding. In the forest she prayed that the hopes and dreams of all future lovers should be fulfilled and so the beautiful St Dwynwen is now remembered as the Patron Saint of Love in Cymru … how cute is that!

Sooo … to help along the hopes and dreams of all you beautiful lovers in 2021 how about an ‘arty farty’ mounted print of the two of you?

Just email us a photo of your choice and we will make a few magical changes and create your own original “arty farty” print. You can pick your favourite and we will mount it, gift wrap it and post it out to you (or your true love) with a sweet, handwritten, little love poem, all for quite loveable prices – A4 print £20, A3 print £30 or A2 print £40.

Oh and thank you St Dwynwen for making sure that all my hopes and dreams came true when I found my true love ❤️

Arty Farty Lovers Print

Gene Genius …

It seems beautifully apt that The Mister has been working on a Bowie project this week, as it’s been exactly 5 years since the iconic David Bowie became a star man waiting in the sky. The last few nights we have so enjoyed viewing some of the Bowie tributes on the television. The music of the beautiful, creative, talented Bowie has simply always been there in the background of my life. So… how mighty perfect is it that The Mister decided to paint Bowie onto the back panel of my little, black, zippy, leather, biker jacket? I love it!

Bowie … you really made the grade and we hope you are a sitting in a tin can far above the world or doing a cosmic jive somewhere. You really were a (Jean) Genius ♥️

Bowie portrait on black leather jacket

It’s a dogs life …

Trashcan Emporium has just purchased a top of the range, super duper, gallery quality, Canon printer. It is absolutely the dogs bollox.

We have so enjoyed seeing the enhanced quality when printing our own original artwork. It also means which we are now able to produce fine art prints all the way up to an A2 size. We have also had fun making some gorgeous doggy prints, using some clever photo app wizardry and a bit of Facebook stalking to choose the best image. We can print with gorgeous colour backgrounds or can also remove the background for a high impact image featuring only your dog.

Therefore, please meet Myla and Darcy both Golden Retrievers, Milo the Leonberger, Lucy the black Lab and our beloved lurcher Tricky. These were all little surprises for some of our nearest and dearest.

What do you think?

Gorgeous dog prints
Myla –
With background removed for a striking image!

Faith, Hope and Charity…

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to witness a little miracle when, for the first time in living memory, a seal pup was born on Freshwater East beach.

Given that Freshwater East beach is a doggy heaven, the villagers, beautifully organised by our resident nature expert, sprang into action. On a carefully managed rota we each took daily slots as “Seal Guardians” keeping visitors and dogs at a safe distance from Hope and her mum. The Welsh Marine Life Rescue charity also ensured workers and volunteers were on duty, all day and every day, during these important first weeks.

Initially, seal mums are wonderfully nurturing and devote all their time to fattening up their pup in order to prepare them for complete independence by (astonishingly) just three weeks old. Mum’s milk is full of healthy fats and seal pups can put on up to 4lb a day while under her care. However, if Mum gets spooked by people or animals she is very likely to abandon her pup too early to ensure its survival.

The female seal pup was named ‘Hope’ and her progress became the focus of village attention. We enjoyed our very own Seal Opera and breathed huge sighs of relief each time that Mum returned to the beach after taking her daily exercise and bath in the sea. Unfortunately, the three weeks to independence under Mum’s care could easily turn into three months under human care if the pup needed to be rescued and moved to a sanctuary. No amount of human feeding would ever be able to prepare Hope as well as Mum’s milk. A randy Bull seal visiting the bay and calling out to Mum to join him for some seal nookie also added to the drama.

However, Hope grew and hope grew, and at 2 1/2 weeks old the pup had fully moulted and was chubby enough for complete independence. As predicted, off Mum went, never to see her pup again. That first night Hope’s cries for mum were heart breaking but over the next few days Hope was seen happily playing in the shallows. Then, one day, she was gone … healthy, safe and free to enjoy her adeventures.

This pencil drawing, drawn so beautifully by The Husband, and taken from a photograph of ‘Hope’ by village photographer Rebecca Morris, beautifully captures Freshwater East’s quite heart warming little miracle.

As always … prints are available and we also have special edition commemorative mugs for sale.

Just drop us a message to order…

The first seal pup born (in living memory) on Freshwater East beach, November 2020
Hope playing in the shallows during her first days of independence.

Sew why not have a change …

Sometimes you just need a bit of a change without adding to landfill or being wasteful. I recently helped a lovely friend to do just that! Her pale blue, expensive family sofa set had taken a bit of a hit just through general daily use and the family pet. Rather than replace the whole thing, like so many do, she commissioned my sewing skills to give her sofa a big makeover.

Wanting to shop local, we trawled some nearby fabric shops, (sadly few and far between in deepest darkest West Wales) but ended up ordering a beautiful blue striped Jacquard fabric from MyFabrics.co.uk. Unfortunately, the supplier made an huge error and sent just 2 metres instead of the 16 metres we had ordered. It was not so easy getting My Fabrics to believe that they had made this huge mistake, but after a lengthy email exchange they eventually sent the other 14 metres, albeit without a real apology. (Hmmm won’t be fabric shopping there again!)

Unfortunately their error and subsequent delay really messed up my work schedule and more than 33 hours of frantic sewing followed their late delivery. However, there were big smiles all around once the job was completed (almost to deadline).

The sofa transformation is simply gorgeous and this happy sewist now has completely delighted customers!

What do you think?

Sofa makeover in a beautiful
blue striped Jacquard fabric

A Bird in the Hand

Over lockdown I became so obsessed with the Blue Tits nesting in the little pink bird box attached to The ThreadShed. I listened to lots of scratchy, scuffling noises whilst I sewed, and watched with utter joy as the parent birds flew in and out of the nest box daily. Then, one day, the activity was over and my garden was being visited by the cutest baby Blue Tits.

Our patio doors were open and one sunny morning this little guy flew in to our front room. In his desperation to get back out the poor birds flew into the window and knocked himself out. The Husband gently picked him up and took him back outside, placing him carefully on the patio table. Happily baby Blue Tit was soon was strong enough to fly back off with his brother and sisters.

To capture that very special lockdown moment The Husband created this gorgeous drawing using coloured pencils and acrylics. You can purchase a print from our Online Shop or if you are local why not get on down to the arty Dial Inn in Lamphey which has some prints for sale.

Never mind a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush … to us that bird in the hand was priceless!

Bird in the Hand – by Lee ‘Trashcan’ Minton

Sewing Adventures …

I do like a little sewing challenge so when I received a link to an Udemy sewing class from ‘Adventurous Son Number One’ asking if I could “help” him make the Mountain Flyer Ultra Light Backpack I gave it a whirl.

My computerised Brother and modern day Singer really didn’t enjoy the waterproof fabric and multiple layering and so I turned to a proper old girl with a bit more more strength and experience for the job – a Singer 317 dating back to the 1960s.

Continue reading “Sewing Adventures …”

Tattoos by the Sea…

Well we are now starting week 4 in our brand new ‘Trashcan Tattoo’ Studio, situated just 0.2 miles from the stunning bay at Freshwater East. We have done all we can to ensure our valuable customers can relax and get some ace ink in our small private studio. We work on a strict appointment only basis and no longer offer a walk in service. We only tattoo one customer a day and our studio is deep cleaned after each appointment. It is a safe, clean, healthy environment and carefully operated by Lee ‘Trashcan’ Minton, a talented artist and tattoo artist with 25 years experience. We are delighted to say that all the feedback on our new studio from both regular and new customers to date has been absolutely excellent.

You can actually see the location of our studio in this stunning image of Freshwater East. When you know you know!

Oh we do like to ink beside the seaside … oh we do like to ink beside the sea … 🎵

Stunning Freshwater East
Credit to Spenser Davies Photography

Brave New World …

Well it’s the end of an era at Forever Art Tattoos Pembroke and the start of a new one at Trashcan Tattoos, Freshwater East …

Today we knocked down the colourful partition wall at the old studio and said goodbye to Foreverart for forevermore!

So for all our lovely customers here is your final glimpse of the mural wall at the old studio before it quite literally bites the dust!