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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Old Skull …

Art takes many forms and Lee finds beauty in many things. I love and appreciate this about him so much but sometimes I do wonder! Many people pick shells and driftwood from the beach but how many people pick up old bones?

Lee’s latest piece of art features a paint-dipped seagull skull. Also underway are a magpie and some rats that have been very kindly provided by friends who live on a farm.

It will I’m sure make a very unusual collection but I am suggesting to Lee that perhaps this is one for display in the studio?

Cool Collaboration…

Here at Trashcan Emporium we just love a happy collaboration. Quite often people have some wonderful ideas which we can tweak a little to bring their ideas alive. A young entrepreneurial friend of ours is designing an alternative T-shirt brand called Asbo Clothing. He approached us with a rudimentary sketch of an image he wanted for his range. Lee got creating and we think the result of this collaboration is pretty cool.

Big shout out to Conski and wishing you good luck with your new venture!

Surfs Up…

Lee recently took on a commission to paint a mural of a surfy scene down at The Longhouse, a lovely little bar and bistro at the side of the beach in Freshwater East.

Our last two Sundays have been spent working on the brightly coloured wall. I have done my bit too (although my contribution has been a bit like painting by numbers as Lee just gives me a colour and tells me where to splash it).

We have had lots of positive comments from lovely customers as we work and it really is coming together very nicely …

What do you think?

I ❤️ Fresh…

You must have seen those souvenir T-Shirts … you know the ones… ‘I ❤️ NY’, ‘I ❤️ Berlin’, ‘I ❤️ Barcelona’ etc? Well, a lovely young man we know has just started his own little convenience store in The Longhouse beach bar at Freshwater East. We just love small business and we also love Freshwater East, and so Lee has designed a really cool souvenir T-Shirt just for the shop. The unique ‘I ❤️ Fresh’ tee is available in both adult and child sizes and you can buy yours ONLY in Jack’s little shop.

Exhibition Ready …

So, I have mostly spent today hanging all Lee’s amazing work at The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven and I am so happy with the space, lighting and how it all looks there! Even whilst I was preparing the room visitors to The Torch were popping in to the gallery and gave me wonderful feedback about Lee’s work. Lee spent the morning tattooing at the studio and arrived just as the last piece was being hung. The exhibition is officially open and we are looking forward to our special viewing on Saturday 7th April at 7pm.

Blinking heck I am one very proud wife … ❤️

Fu#k Cancer …

On the back of our sweary bobble hats, Lee’s best mate in Brum commissioned a politer version, but one with the incredibly strong and powerful message to ‘Fu#k Cancer’. Cancer stole my gorgeous little girl , my beautiful mother, my fun loving brother-in-law and my funny teenage cousin. It has also impacted so many other family members and friends. So I spent much of this weekend knitting up our latest design and this lovely lot will be posted off to their new owners tomorrow! If you want one for yourself then just drop us a message … each sale includes a donation to Cancer Research.

Oh and this is one bobble hat that I will most definitely be wearing with pride … Fu#k Cancer indeed!