Draw it! Tattoo it!

The Husband always says that if he can draw it then he can tattoo it, and given his drawings are pretty special then it goes without saying that his tattoos are mighty awesome too.

One recent customer tested that with a request for a tattoo of one of Lee’s fabulous Bic Biro skull drawings. As you all probably know Lee has a growing collection of skulls penned in Bic Biro destined for a coffee table book and which we have also printed onto our cool T-shirts and made into very unusual fabric. However, our lovely customer having a tattoo of one of the drawings … just absolutely class!!!

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Button Art …

I simply adore buttons. I have a shoebox filled with them. I think I inherited the button-loving gene from my clever, creative Mam as she always had a tin for buttons and a tin for zips (and yes of course I also have a tin for zips too). My buttons are all colour sorted, and some are beautiful, some are ordinary, some are vintage, and some are absolutely glorious. The Husband teases me a little about my button collection but I know he loves me and my quirky button loving ways.

The Husband didn’t need to prove his love as he does this every day in every way, but if I did need proof then he hit the jackpot with this wonderful, original, button art skull made from just some of my adorable button collection …

Truly no ThreadShed should be without a button skull ❤️

What do you think?

Bic Biro Bowling …

A little while ago Trashcan Emporium created our first fabric using lots of Lee’s Bic Biro Skull drawings for the design which we uploaded and ordered at the Spoonflower website. As we were attending a purple themed wedding yesterday I decided to use some of the fabric on a unique bowling shirt for Lee. Each individual drawing has Lee’s signature to it and there are 9 different skull drawings on the fabric in total.

I used a very versatile pattern by McCall’s, which mean that I could literally use this pattern hundreds of times and never make two shirts the same! However, I am in the middle of sewing another exactly the same for someone very special on the other side of the world ❤️

Do you love this shirt too? Or can you see it in different fabrics or colour? I’m happy to make these shirts to order so let me know if you’d like one made for you too!

One ball wonder!

Shopping in Aldi is a real dilemma for a yarn lover because they always have such lovely wool on offer. Their beautiful yarn in store makes me think guiltily of my yarn stash which is so huge that I would have to knit for a decade (without putting my needles down) to even make a woolly dent in it! However, I simply couldn’t walk away from this stunning chunky purple yarn but as I restricted myself to just one ball the dilemma this time was what to knit! ! Luckily I chanced upon this free ‘Artisan Capelet’ pattern at RedHeart.com but made a few little personal tweaks by adding a crochet picot edging and a huge vintage button. I now have a beautiful, one ball wonder 💜

What do you think?

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Anniversary Tees …

I love helping people get all ‘arty farty’ and I have such a happy time hosting creative experiences in The ThreadShed. This weekend a Mother and Son visited all the way from Connecticut in the good ole US of A and designed some fabulous Tees to celebrate Grandpa’s 99th birthday! (Fair play Grandpa that is pretty epic). Also the son was so impressed with Lee’s original artwork that he booked in to have the image tattooed on his shoulder and on his very last day in the UK too! Damn good taste that man!!!

The next day my visitors were an adorable, loved up couple, celebrating their second wedding anniversary by enjoying a gloriously sunny, long weekend in beautiful Pembrokeshire. The second anniversary is traditionally “cotton” and so what could be more perfect than making a couple of Tees in the ThreadShed huh?

Happy Monday all and another creative fun day for me ❤️

Recycle Upcycle …

We have become such a throwaway society. Clothes arrive and leave our wardrobes in a matter of months or weeks, or sometimes just hang there, brand new, with tags still on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Get yourself down to your local charity shop and about the rails for some bargains which can be repurposed. Let me introduce you to this pure wool “Eastex Heritage” coat with wonderful vintage buttons – my 50p charity shop bargain! Warm and cosy, it just needed a little glamorising. Add in a fur collar and cuffs (from a £1.99 charity shop cardigan a couple of sizes too big) and I have myself a unique, high quality, glamorous coat for just pennies!

So let’s all do our bit for the environment. Why not recycle and upcycle beautiful clothes, and enjoy the wonderment of who has lived and loved in the clothes previously! Oh and if you see something you love but it doesn’t quite fit then I can very likely help!

WIN WIN WIN – MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION ❤️⭐️🌹 Do you know of a super cool mother? We are giving away a Trashcan Emporium limited edition T-shirt to a super cool mummy. Simply like our page, share this post and in the comment box nominate a super cool mummy explaining which of these cool images you know she would love on a T-shirt and why! Competition closes at midnight on Saturday 30th March and winners will be announced on Mother’s Day and posted out to the winning ‘super cool mother’ on Monday 1st April …