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

Heart Art …

The Husband and I sometimes (ahem… read OFTEN) have different ideas for our arty projects. A little while back, way before leaving home was a crime, we picked up a large, wooden, pre-cut heart at our local Sunday market. I pondered whether we (meaning HE) should paint it with “Live, Laugh, Love” but The Husband’s response was “way too twee… how about I paint it with “F*#% SH*T W*#K” instead?” (The symbols inserted are my own work and not intended to accurately portray The Husband’s suggestion).

Ultimately he reached his own (more acceptable) artistic conclusion and produced this rather psychedelic piece of heart art which I do think has a sorta 70’s vibe to it.

I am very interested in hearing your views on this one?

Heart art – V sign

All masks bright and beautiful …

All masks bright and beautiful …

It’s been creative central at The ThreadShed over last few lockdown weeks. A dear key-worker friend put in a request for a supply of some face masks and sent me a fabulous free pattern from http://www.hellosewing.com. The snug fitting mask is made with two layers of tightly woven cotton and has a pocket between the layers to insert a filter (heppa paper or paper from hoover bags is a cheap option) if you want to.

Currently there are some very mixed messages about the use of face masks and evidence wise not much to go on, although the widespread use of masks in Hong Kong is what is believed to have limited the spread. The general advice is not to touch your mask once it’s on and to remove it for washing as soon as you get home. Right now some countries are making the public use of face masks mandatory (eg Austria, Slovakia, Bosnia) and some are now recommending the public wear them (USA). Only yesterday there was a lot of speculation that UK may soon follow suit.

The World Health Organisation advice that face-masks are not necessary is now under review as the previous advice is believed to be at least partially aimed at ensuring that all vital PPE supplies are kept for use by health care workers.

Whilst there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the public should leave surgical face masks for the healthcare settings I think snazzy jazzy home sewn masks are the next best thing, plus they look pretty gorgeous too. I sent out lots of little packages yesterday to some of my special people and if you would like any do let me know!

What do you think?

#facemask #ppe #ppeshortage #homesewn #homesewnfacemasks #stayhome #staysafe #staysafeoutthere #covid19 #homesewnfacemask

#lockdown #lockdown2020

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 ❤️

Winning Swing…

With us all in lockdown I hope you are all finding plenty of lovely ways to pass away the hours. Nowhere safer than your own little sewing room or ThreadShed to while away the time.

I have so enjoyed a quiet few days of sewing. I sourced this stunning Simplicity 1950s vintage pattern from a fabulous little market last Autumn. I made up my first one for Little Sister’s Xmas present using a beautiful pure wool houndstooth which I lined in red satin. That turned out to be my practice run as I have just made another for lil ole me… this time using Chinese Silk fabric that I sourced in the most amazing fabric market I have ever visited whilst on Hong Kong about 18 months ago. I have lined this one with a red poly cotton.

This gorgeous jacket only needs to be pressed but the thought of ironing it terrifies me … my sewing skills certainly outweigh my ironing skills!

If anyone needs help or advice on any creative projects that you might be undertaking during lockdown then I am happy to have video calls or messages!

Stay safe and healthy you all …

Sham Shui Po Fabric Market – Hong Kong
Inside Sham Shui Po Fabric Market –
So so much fabric – simply WOW!!!
Simplicity Vintage Swing Jacket ❤️

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?

A right good yarn…

Well … today I can share some of my brand new makes using my hand crafted miniature knitting needles. It all began as I wanted a knitting themed hair slide. I searched online in the usual places to no avail so decided to craft my own. They turned out so gorgeous I soon crafted some brooches to match.

I wore mine today and almost the first person I talked to commented on my beautiful hair slide. I think they are the perfect gift for a yarn lover. With Mother’s Day fast approaching I can gift wrap and post out directly to your lovely mummy enclosing a gift card and your personalised message. Or why not simply treat yourself to one?

£7.50 each plus £3 p&p for something quirky, unique and very different.

Which yarn colour would you choose?

All knitting great and small …

I set myself a bit of a challenge this weekend. I have lots of huge knitting needles – 35mm, 25mm, 20mm and 15mm but no teeny ones. It all began because of my desire to have miniature knitting needles that I could make into hair slides (if they turn out ok then that will be the next post I guess!). However as I could not find any teeny needles to purchase online I decided to make some of my own using dowel. Then I wondered if I could actually knit with anything even smaller and of course the challenge was really set! Check out my miniature knitting using needles made out of cocktail sticks and also match sticks. Oh and yes I can actually knit with them all!! Click On the video to see my demonstration! ❤️

Granny Kazzy & Grampa Trash

Well sometimes life throws lovely things at you but completely from left field. With the big S Word birthday fast approaching, and absolutely no sign of any of my brood producing any grand babies, didn’t I just have the biggest surprise? Yep me and The Husband are soon going to be known as Granny Kazzy and Grampa Trash!

How exciting and what a gorgeously luscious excuse to start making lots of cute and lovely things huh?

Soooo … I found this gorgeous little pram blanket in an old Paton crochet pattern book dated way back in 1969 and it’s turned out so beautiful! I just love the thought of my little grandson tucked up underneath. Awwww makes me feel a little bit teary ❤️

Patons 1969 First Steps in Crochet Book

Sew pretty …

Sometimes a fabric calls my name and this beautiful blue poly-cotton, with a vintage sewing machine print, shouted ‘buy me buy me’ very loudly indeed. A lovely customer in the ThreadShed last summer made a half circle skirt out of the fabric initially but there was plenty left for this gorgeous sash blouse just for me. I used a New Look pattern which was a fairly simple pattern to follow and one I would definitely recommend to any newish sewist. The pattern is multi sized from size 10-20 so if anyone would like to book into The ThreadShed and make a similar blouse under my expert support and guidance then just drop me a message!