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!

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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 ❤️

A Story of Upholstery…

I love the local pub in our village. The Freshwater Inn offers a wonderful welcome and it is so nice to pop in for a quick drink or for tasty home-cooked food. To be honest, me and the husband have spent so much time there that the lovely couple who run it are now good friends. When they needed 14 pub stools covered I got creative by making little mop-cap type covers, and when they wanted cushions to match I popped them off the machine too. However, my ‘piece de la resistance’ is covering 12 foot of pub bench with foam and fabric and making a damn fine job of it too!

I think we can now add upholstery to the list of arty farty stuff that Trashcan Emporium are able to offer. Covers or cushions anyone?

What do you think?

Groovy Baby …

The stash of vintage patterns I inherited from my grandmother helped put the ‘authentic’ into a 1970s themed party this weekend. A friend seeking inspiration for her outfit sought out a bit of help from Trashcan Emporium and granny’s patterns got put to work. Using a 1970’s Jiffy sewing pattern and some amazing 1970s fabric, sourced from an auction, we made sure our lovely friend looked groovy baby! What do you think? Do you dig it? ❤️

Sharing Gifts … Happy Xmas All …

Thank you to all our lovely family, friends and followers who have supported Trashcan Emporium over the last year … we love creating and sharing and of course more lush creativity to come in 2018 …

Lee and I just swapped Xmas presents … we always make something lovely for each other … Lee made me this stunning wall plaque out of chicken wire and Das clay, whilst I sat cross stitching by the fire Bronte style …

What do you think?

A Classy Chassis…

I enjoyed a play day in my craft room yesterday. It was a damp, miserable day outside but a warm, smiley one in my craft room. I painted, sewed, embroidered and glued all day … sheer creative bliss!

I am absolutely loving the Classy Chassis of this cute tattoo themed box bag, which had a prospective buyer practically before the glue had dried.

Ahhhhhhh … a hot glue gun and a posh embroidery machine … blinkin’ perfect!

Embroidering profanities …

My mother never ever swore … her idea of swearing was a very wonderful “Hells Bells!” She was a true lady through and through, and raised her three daughters to be the same!

Therefore, I feel I really must disassociate myself from the special Tshirt my husband commissioned me to make for him this afternoon, and if my beautiful mother is looking down on me then I have just one thing to say … “Mammy he MADE me do it!”