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

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?

Crafty Stitch …

I am slowly working my way through my (lengthy) “Work in Progress” list and just finished by hand this gorgeous yellow jumper that came off the Empisal knitting machine many months ago. I used a simple pre-designed punchcard and the easy cut and sew method of shaping. The ribbing around the neck and arms was hand-knitted in front of the TV as was the cherry appliqué. Blinkin love love love it and it went on it’s maiden voyage today when I went for a browse in ‘Crafty Stitch’ in the St Govans Centre, Pembroke Dock and had the pleasure of meeting fellow sewist Jenny. Her store has some gorgeous fabrics, lots of important bits for the happy sewer and some great vintage sewing machines on display. It’s well worth popping in.

I think my gorgeous jumper has Trashcan Emporium all over it … what do you think?

Happy Scrappy Skirt ❤️

I have an blinkin’ awesome fabric stash! I have lots of vintage fabrics and gorgeous prints sourced from auctions, markets, and old ladies who no longer have use for them! I love so many of these fabrics but some were too small to really make anything much with.

However, a little while ago, I was gazing adoringly at some of the gorgeous blue prints, when a little image of a patchwork skirt design using lots of fabric scraps popped into my head. It had to be made … so I cut lots of odd shaped fabric pieces and set about stitching them all together to form one long piece of material. I then used my ruffled sewing machine foot to gently gather the top and added it to a teeny tiny denim mini skirt that I found (for a bargain £3) in a charity shop. I finished it off with some gorgeous Ric-Rac, which I have been desperate to find a use for since I joyfully picked it up at the stunning “Stone Store’ in Keri Keri in New Zealand last November.

Just looking at this skirt makes me feel happy …

What do you think?

A feather in my cap…

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?

Lovebirds ❤️

It’s so sweet when loved up couples choose a visit to the ThreadShed Fresh East to celebrate something special. I’ve hosted a few couples celebrating their anniversary and this fabulous couple came along to celebrate their one year anniversary … their designs were very different but each left with a T-shirt they were proud of! Many congratulations to them and I hope they come back and celebrate year 2 with me too ❤️

Proud to be Nice, Caring and Very Hyper …

Well I’ve been having a pretty fun time in The ThreadShed over the holidays with lots of lovely visitors getting all arty farty …

First up was the very lovely Emily who enjoyed designing a cute tee for her little sister…

And just as Emily was leaving this gorgeous pair of holiday-makers arrived. They were visiting the area with their mummy and daddy, who very gratefully snuck off for a scrummy lunch, at our fabulous village pub, the Freshwater Inn, whilst the children enjoyed being T-shirt designers …

Both sets of visitors wrote in my brand new “Leave Me a Beautiful Message” book! I must remember to ask all my customers to do this because, after all, life needs to be filled with beautiful messages don’t you think?

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 ❤️

Tickled by Feathers…

Every so often I get gifted things to get all ‘arty farty’ with. Yesterday I was so excited when my lovely neighbour popped over to tell me that she had got her dad’s old trunk out of the attic and did I want to take a look. Of course I was gazing adoringly into the trunk practically before she had even finished her sentence, as it was absolutely filled to the brim with beautiful feathers, sparkly trims and chenille wools, and I really mean filled to the brim.

It transpired that my neighbour’s dad had been a passionate fisherman and the colourful contents of the trunk had been used for making his own flies and lures. I saw some examples of his work and they were an art form in their own right.

I had a glorious afternoon playing with the feathers and trims. I added in some of my vintage buttons and ric-rac, and I used my vintage daisy wheel to make flowers with the chenille. I am absolutely chuffed to bits with my first creations – two gorgeous, rockabilly fascinators.

So here’s to the proud and creative fisherman Lewis John Jenkins. I really hope that he is fishing at the end of the horizon somewhere stunning and smiling happily over his life’s collection being used in a very different ‘arty farty’ kinda way. ❤️

Inky shoes …

So Lee came home from the studio with some tattoo ink accidentally dropped on his white plimsolls. He had only had them a short while and I commented on how he was always splashing ink on his clothes. The next day Lee sent me a photo of the same shoes … not with just a couple of splashes of ink on them but lots and lots and lots! 

Certainly different … what do you think?