Rosy red apples 🍎 

I am such a girl. I unashamedly adore frills, bows and buttons. As soon as I saw this stunning fabric printed with rosy red apples it reminded me of the sort of fabric a frilly 1950’s pinny would have been made of.  It was this that inspired this frilly,  half circle skirt made using my own design.  

Oh and I also designed the Johnny Cash and June Carter ‘Darlin’ Companion’ vest … love this too as it is the song I danced down the aisle to ❤️

What do you think?


Icons Galore … 

So … yesterday I was mostly creating little 6×4 greeting cards using Lee’s amazing Icon artwork. Originally the artwork was created for our Tshirts (£13)  but we realised that they are also pretty cool in mounts (£15 for a mounted 10 x 12) or on blank greetings cards (£3).  Each design has been hand drawn by Lee using an iconic image as inspiration, even the fonts on these have been hand drawn. My job is to trace and carefully vinyl cut each images.  I blinking love them … what do you think?


Unique or un-Unique?

So I saw a little comment on Facebook that made me want to write this post. A lovely regular at our studio had shared a photo of our Two-Tone man T-Shirt that Lee had designed as a present for the son of our dear friend. The comment had been that our designs were not as unique as we were claiming.  So … I want to explain what we do …

Lee pulls an iconic image off the web, he then draws it out and shades it in a particular way so that it cuts well onto vinyl.  So as an example here is Neil Diamond under construction …  

Lee then passes his hand drawn design to me and I scan it into my design programme and trace it. I then feed it into my cutting machine, hand weed all the teeny bits of detail out and pass it back to Lee. Lee places it onto our high quality “Fruit of the Loom” Tshirts and places it under our huge heat press machine to embed our design into the Tshirt. 

The concept of our ‘Icon’ range of Tshirts is that the image is instantly recognisable, and so of course we use popular images. However,  I think,  that translating an idea from a photo image into scraps  of  vinyl that then emerge as the ‘icon’ is one helluva talent!  Soooooo … to clarify … our Tshirts  are ‘unique’ in that each vinyl image we  cut is Lee’s own artistic interpretation of the iconic  photo. 

Here is our collection … what do you think? 

Icons for all …

So … today we have been mostly making Tshirts in our brand new and exciting Icon range. 

Lee has been busy drawing up the images of some really cool icons, that either we came up with ourselves or someone suggested to us. Lee’s images are simply wonderful … seriously I just want them all! 

Once each drawing is complete my task then is to scan them in to my design programme, cut them out,  and for the finishing touch I sew our Trashcan Emporium label onto the sleeve. 

These are Tshirts individually produced with love and care, with unique hand drawn images. None of your mass produced stuff but something pretty special for those who dare to be different. 

Reasonably priced and easy to order. 

We will even create a Bespoke Tshirt with a photo of your choice for just £25. 

What do you think? We make a good team huh? 

Time for TShirts… 

We have been wanting to try our hand at designing Tshirts for some time.  I finally purchased some heat-transfer vinyl and Lee has done a couple of cool designs. 

He started with a Johnny Cash because he is our favourite, and Lee also created a Hendrix design. 

Lee can see all the images perfectly clearly but my brain can’t see the white Cash on the black Tshirt, or the black Hendrix on the white Tshirt. I’m really interested in what you all can see? 

Of course are just our prototypes. We are going to do a bit of design tweaking and a wash/wear test, and then will be producing some ready to sell. The price is likely to be a very reasonable £13, and for a unique Trashcan Emporium design I think that’s pretty bargainous! 

We need to decide who else belongs in our Icon range and so are running a free competition to help us decide. 

To enter … just share our post then comment/tweet your Icon suggestion.  If your Icon is chosen by us to go into the design stage then your name goes in the hat, and on 31st October the first name out will win a unique Trashcan Emporium Tshirt emblazoned with their Icon suggestion. 

Do tell us your ideas … 

Ring of fire…

After transforming our cloakroom into a Ramones toilet, complete with Joey Ramone bobblehead, I got the Silhouette Cameo out today, and I have now created a Johnny Cash bathroom. 

Both Lee and I adore The Man in Black and I danced up the aisle on our wedding day to “Darlin’Companion.”  I also have such wonderful childhood memories of my lovely Daddy playing the ‘Live at San Quentin’ album as I was growing up. Also two of my sons love him too. Yep … Cash is pretty special to me! 

So I spent the afternoon cutting, sticking and singing along to “Daddy Sang Bass” … and I just completely love the end result! 

If you’d  like the idea for your own bathroom I can create a decal about the music or movie icon of your choice of course …