Becoming lockdown, first time grandparents has been such a ray of sunshine in these crazy times. Our little George has melted our hearts and really warmed our cockles. He is a happy, smiley, alert, expressive, bonny, gorgeous little boy. Sleeping all through the night and so contented, loved and adored by his doting Mammy and Daddy. Lucky lucky little boy❤️
What better birthday present for Granny Kazzy than a stunning pencil drawing by Grandad Trash. Capturing so beautifully the many faces of gorgeous Georgie boy.
Creative ideas are us. We are always thinking of new things to encourage purchases from our little ‘arty farty’ business. We also love it when we get given some awesome ideas from others too.
A runner up in our recent music quiz based in the 30 Day Music Challenge came up with a stormer of an idea (or actually his wife did). He was offered a design of his own choice sublimated onto our gorgeous poly-cotton Tees and chose to have a the treasured ticket from one of his top music gigs as the design.
Why put your treasured gig tickets in a drawer when you can put them on your TShirt?
‘Ticket on a Tee’ is a service available right now!
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!
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.
Soooo … a decade ago I was an Ironman and, despite being a chubbier, less fit version of me these days, I still absolutely adore swimming. I had a little spark of an idea of a retro style swimming lady to hang from the high ceiling beams in our front room and, of course, my wish is The Husbands command. ❤️
This fabulous Swimming Lady was crafted by The Husband using newspaper, Plaster of Paris and Das clay, then hand painted and sprayed with lacquer.
My swimming may be on hold during lockdown, but Swimming Lady, complete with representations of my peacock and flower tattoos, will soon be swimming forevermore.
If you would like your own version of Swimming Lady, wearing a costume and bathing cap in your favourite colours, then we will happily take commissions – £100 plus P&P for an unusual and original piece of art – a lockdown bargain! ❤️
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.
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?
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?
Would you like to give your Mother a unique and very different gift on March 22nd? Something she can keep forever and something so special that no one else in the whole universe would own apart from her?
For a very limited time we are offering a beautiful pencil drawing at the reduced price of £100 (usual price is £120). Your pencil drawing will be mounted and come with a special gift card explaining about the artist and her unique work of art. Will you choose a pencil drawing of her favourite pet, her favourite movie star or perhaps a drawing of Mother herself?