How to measure life…

Sometimes as you tumble your way through the ups and downs of life you meet someone who soon becomes embedded in your heart. Someone who makes you smile and laugh, but also makes you ponder and think. Someone with kindness in their heart, adventure in their spirit and music in their soul. Someone with intelligence, wit and humour, and the wisdom to change the way you think about life and death forever. Well, that was John, godfather to two of my children, Great Uncle to them all, and a dear friend (and a sort of borrowed uncle) to me.

When my little girl died at 22 months old everyone said her life was too short and expressed great sadness at the little time she had lived. However, John, her wise godfather, said words to me that helped me the most and that changed my perspective on life and death forever …

He told me that a persons life is their life … whether it’s 22 months, 22 years or 92 years. Why do we measure a persons life in years when we should be measuring that persons life in happiness and love.

Yesterday we said such a sad goodbye to John and I watched his brave, beautiful widow, another of my very favourite people, carry her memories with pride, dignity and love shining all around her. Every one of us present knew that John’s life was a life well lived and a life well loved. What greater life can any man achieve?

For John … always in my heart 💔

Pencil drawing by Lee ‘Trashcan’ Minton

Memory heart by Trashcan Emporium

Stunning Skies by Mother Nature ❤️

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Sea diamonds …

We walk our beach most days, usually at the shoreline where the best beach treasures can be found.

The Wiki article link explains how the sea tosses and tumbles the glass, sometimes over many decades, smoothing it all off and turning the glass opaque in colour. There is also sea pottery to be found on the shores. I like to imagine all our beach pickings have come from sunken ships and lost treasures. However, the commonest finds are probably soda bottles or milk bottles.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_glass

It is often used for jewellery but The Husband has made a sea glass skull and I like to make sea glass hair slides and hair ornaments.

We picked this little hoard up in just our regular half hour walk this evening. So, next time you walk the shores, look for the sparkling sea diamonds glinting in the sunshine and if you don’t know what to do with what you find then just pass it our way for our ‘arty farty’ creations ❤️

Quirky Wedding Card Art…

Art comes in many forms and perhaps surprisingly I create my own quirky, crafty art on wedding cards. I recently took a commission, from the aunt of a gorgeous couple, to make a very special and unique wedding card for them. The aunt sent me a photo of the bride and groom, and told me a little bit about them both, so I could try to capture their personality and style.

I hope they loved the final result – a truly quirky wedding card for someone special from someone special.

What do you think of the card and also these others that I created for some other special occasions?

Button Art …

I simply adore buttons. I have a shoebox filled with them. I think I inherited the button-loving gene from my clever, creative Mam as she always had a tin for buttons and a tin for zips (and yes of course I also have a tin for zips too). My buttons are all colour sorted, and some are beautiful, some are ordinary, some are vintage, and some are absolutely glorious. The Husband teases me a little about my button collection but I know he loves me and my quirky button loving ways.

The Husband didn’t need to prove his love as he does this every day in every way, but if I did need proof then he hit the jackpot with this wonderful, original, button art skull made from just some of my adorable button collection …

Truly no ThreadShed should be without a button skull ❤️

What do you think?

Happy Pet T-Shirt Day!

I recently had a fabulous morning with a couple of bright sparks visiting the ThreadShed. A young holidaymaker and his cousin came to an ‘arty farty’ design your own T-shirt workshop. They both had a head full of creative ideas and designed some gorgeous T-shirts around their much adored pets – so Copper the pony and puppies Daisy and Libby are now emblazoned on some colourful and unique personalised T-shirts being worn by some very happy, smiley, creative kids!

Oh and if you want happy smiley creative kids too then book them in at The ThreadShed Fresh East where they can choose from a huge choice of creative experiences.

WIN WIN WIN – MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION ❤️⭐️🌹 Do you know of a super cool mother? We are giving away a Trashcan Emporium limited edition T-shirt to a super cool mummy. Simply like our page, share this post and in the comment box nominate a super cool mummy explaining which of these cool images you know she would love on a T-shirt and why! Competition closes at midnight on Saturday 30th March and winners will be announced on Mother’s Day and posted out to the winning ‘super cool mother’ on Monday 1st April …

Woody on guitar and Trash as Cash …

Blinkin’ love Trash and Woody together … two top blokes, doing what they love, supporting each other, developing each other, inspiring each other, creating amazing tattoos and wonderful art, and also having some fun ❤️

Forever Art Tattoo Studio Pembroke for an ace Tattoo by top blokes and maybe some live music too! 🎶