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.
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?
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!
My first grandchild is due in about 5 weeks. I never ever imagined that he would be arriving into this world of Corona virus, isolation and lock-down. Eldest Son and his partner live almost 4 hours drive away from me and so I don’t know when I will be able to hold him for the first time. When Eldest Son was born I lived 3 hours away from my Mam but the day after he was born she jumped on a train and I swear her proud happy smile came into the hospital ward a good ten minutes before she did.
In this crazy scary world I don’t know when I will get to meet my grandson and so today I whiled away some lockdown time by gluing glorious beach treasures onto this special wooden photo frame. One side already holds his scan photo and the other side awaits his first photo.
There really is space in my heart waiting just for George ❤️
The “Arty Farty design your own TShirt” advertised on AirBnB as an experience is definitely the most popular thing to do in The ThreadShed. Each TShirt that leaves the ThreadShed is unique and is a wonderful reflection of the personality and character of the designer.
Recently two fabulous holidaymakers visiting the area came with their own pretty clear design ideas and it was great fun working with them both and watching their ideas evolve. Their final happy designs of a cookie monster bursting through a big cookie and a pink unicorn dead lifting giant balls of rainbow wool brought some smiles and will be a very unique reminder of their holiday in Wales.
I have been busily stitching reusable gift bags and tags. So this Xmas (and all other occasions you get out the wrapping paper and cellotape) pop your gifts in a beautiful fabric bag tied up with gorgeous ribbon. Then write in pencil on the wooden tag (made from plywood offcuts and hand cut by little old me) and attach it to the ribbon. Pop inside the bag the accompanying poem (see below to read) which explains that this is a gift bag that keeps on giving.
Can you imagine a Xmas, birthday or anniversary with your gifts in gorgeous recycled, reused fabric bags and you doing you little bit to reduce impact on our planet?
I’m taking orders … range of different size bags and 4 wooden tags for just £4 each or £15 for a set of four!
For me, the most difficult part of sewing is when I have the scissors in my hand and the pristine fabric in front of me. I guess it’s like looking at a blank sheet of paper for a writer. However, once that scissors slides into the fabric and my creativity kicks in, all feels good and away I go. When the fabric is a special piece of clothing then that first cut is even tougher. I was recently commissioned to create a unique and wonderful memory cushion from a shirt worn to the Golden Wedding celebrations of a beautiful couple. The shirt means a lot to his wife and knowing that she trusted me with this task means a lot to me. John loved his wife, life and music, and I really think this gorgeous memory cushion captures it all. ❤️
I’ve just spent a glorious couple of days walking a teeny bit of the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal path with my Bestie and my God-Daughter! On their last night in glorious South West Wales we took a glass of wine into The ThreadShed and created some pretty cool T-shirts. Their design choices were penguins galore for my God-Daughter and a little tribute to 1970s band Sweet for my glam rock loving Bestie! I absolutely love sharing my gorgeous pink ThreadShed with my customers but sharing it with important people was pretty special! (In fact it was a bit of a Blockbuster!!!😄❤️)
I blinkin’ love weddings I really do! I’m so happy to have found the perfect dress to wear to a wedding I’m going to this week and I am excited to wear it for the first time. However it’s the little finishing touches that I have such fun with and so I made this teeny little fascinator hair slide to exactly match my fabulous new (to me) true vintage dress. I think that the fascinator is a proper feather in my cap don’t you?