The Ultimate Selfie

All the famous artists have a self-portrait. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet to name but a few. Well now let’s add Minton to that list.

I’d been saying to The Husband for ages that he should paint a self portrait. So he did. Love it so much especially the way his beautiful blue eyes contrast against the dark shades of his face.

I know I love the man so of course think this is pretty special but what do you think?

Miles away from ordinary …

So a lovely friend of mine in our village wanted a lockdown Tee as a surprise birthday gift for her husband. She inspired me with the design and we worked on it together (maintaining social distancing of course!). The final design was gifted to the birthday boy and soon a few spin offs, for an anniversary present for my neighbour and a topical Tee for The Husband, followed.

We can make these to order – changing location of lockdown as well as your personal wording … £15 per TShirt – and if it’s a gift then we can post to your recipient together with your personal message on a gift card – just drop us a message to order!

Corona Virus Tees

Would you gift Driftwood?

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.

Personalised Driftwood Gifts

A Ton of Masks …

Just over 100 face masks have now left The ThreadShed and been posted around the UK to places such as Swansea, Neath, Birmingham, London, Andover, Nottingham, Manchester … as well as given to carers, friends and neighbours in and around Pembroke.

We absolutely refuse to profit even one single penny from that nasty bitch Covid and so they have all been gifted to friends, family and people that we care about in the hope that we are doing a little something to keep us all safer. The masks are double layer cotton with a pocket to put a hepa filter inside for a bit of extra protection.

Who’d have thought that a snazzy jazzy Kazzy face mask would be the must have accessory of 2020 huh?

Stay safe you all!

Snazzy Jazzy Kazzy Face-masks

Pembrokeshire Puffin…

The Atlantic Puffin is probably Pembrokeshire’s most famous sea-bird. Anyone who has made the little boat trip trip over to stunning Skomer Island will have seen this funny little bird really close up as they are everywhere. Over 22,000 of them.

I have longed for a Puffin painting ever since Lee and I spent a joyous day on Skomer this time last year and I was so delighted that Lee made it one of his lockdown art projects.

Blinkin’ love it! What do you think?

Atlantic Puffin

A little old wine drinker me…

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?

Cork Art Photo Frame

Space in my heart …

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 ❤️

Starry Art …

Lots of creativity going on in the Trashcan household during these crazy times. We hope you are all staying safe and well.

Lee just created these beautiful wooden brooches … they are hand painted and are just 3 inches high. They are £20 each for an original piece of signed art that you can wear proudly every day! We will throw in free postage and gift wrap if you want to purchase them as a gift to brighten the day of someone you love!

Three of my absolute fave stars … Bowie, Monroe and Presley – I absolutely adore them all but which is your favourite?

Who gives a flying F$€#!?

The husband has a very strange and superbly creative brain. He so often comes up with weird and wonderful ideas, that sometimes (just sometimes?) leave me a little puzzled. But, do you know what, I blinkin’ love this hand cut, hand painted, wooden plaque which is almost 24 inches wide and 9 inches tall. Why not be a little different and dump all the usual “live, laugh, love” stuff that everyone else has on their wall and instead hang up a very original “statement” piece of art instead?

So … if you would really like to give a ‘Flying F$€#’ of your own – orders are now being taken… just drop us a message!

Unicorns and Cookie Monsters …

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.

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