Monday, June 23, 2008

TrashTalk

1960s.trash.can

We thought it was the fourth weekend, which is flea market weekend, only to find a gated up fairgrounds then check our cell phone calenders and finally noticed it was only the third weekend of the month. So we settled on the Tennessee Antiques Mall. You know that I have a weakness for folky-ish-things. How adorable is this little trash can? It's older than me. (I would go on to say how that's really old, but ya know, no that old.) Anyway, we have what you could call a waste management situation in this house. All the little bubs love to draw. And also to change their minds about what they should draw, just a few strokes in. I could wallpaper the Louvre in their indecision. This causes said waste management situation. I have worked on the theory with them, that no drawing is ever beyond saving, and that lots of erased lines are cool and provide "texture". Which probably explains the recent giant pile of erase-y pebbles I cleaned off the kitchen counter. Can I win? I can't win.

pretty.on.the.inside

Back to the prettiness of this little trashcan. Ack! On the inside too! I'm pretty sure the metal is screen printed, but looks almost watercolor-ish when investigated up close. Did anyone have one like this, say, 40 years ago? And if so, did you feel like leaving it empty too? I bet a set of crayolas that it'll stay mostly empty but will be kept company by several half drawn ducks, over-erased horses, and some half graphite/half markered Jedis on the floor nearby.

Yes, I did just blog a trash can.

And look at you, you read it. Awe, I love you. xoAnna

49 comments:

  1. My daughter goes through paper like crazy too. She's just gotten into coloring and finger painting and I have a pretty special "trash" can for her. I just throw all her trash (that I want to save every piece of even though I have a thousand already), into the paper bin and recycle them all!

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  2. but it is a beautiful trashcan! I wouldn't want to put trash in it, either. My kids have the same problem with throwing away WAY too much paper. In addition to the waste, said paper rarely actually makes into the trashcan : ]

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  3. very funky, I love it

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  4. Theresa10:30 AM

    This trash can is really adoreable. But even more so is your new fabric line Garden Party. I saw that it is already on the Free Spirit website, can you tell when it will hit the online-stores?
    Those colours are unbelievable, I can't wait to get it...and I'm so in love with the quilt you designed with the fabrics. please, please, will you make the pattern for it available very soon? I am a great fan of your work.
    Greetings from Europe,
    Theresa (thresl_x@web.de)

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  5. And what a lovely little trash can it is!

    (We love you too!)

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  6. Love your blog! Ok, yeah, I read all about the trashcan but who could resist?? It's awesome. I would think such things definitely existed 40 yrs ago in southern cali where those paisley designs were all the rage with the "hippies." I had notebooks for school with those designs (I was in jr. high school then)! I'd love to have had a trashcan like that for my own childish scribbling (stories, not drawings, though)!

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  7. Oh this is adorable. I don't think I'd want to put trash in it. I think it could be wonderful inspiration for fabric too!

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  8. LOL, not only did I read,but all the time I was saying to myself "how cool is that bin?",then when I scrolled down to the pic of the inside..."WOW"!!

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  9. OMGAWD ~ I would SO buy that!

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  10. I'd probably use it as some sort of storage its so pretty...and i would absolutely blog about it!!!

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  11. It is beautiful! And it fits in so well with you and your joyful surroundings.

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  12. OH Anna Maria - There is no way I could put trash in there. It is so lovely. What a great find. :)I have not been there in ages. That remind me I need to go.

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  13. Wow, what a great find. So cute!

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  14. You make my day, everyday.

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  15. Anonymous3:05 PM

    Makes me want to paint a trashcan!!!!

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  16. It is really you! At first I thought you were going to do a tutorial on how to use fabric to cover trash cans. A charming post, by all accounts.

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  17. So freaking cute!!! We too could paper the Empire State Building, inside and out! We keep paper companies in business but I'm trying to work on a method that's saves my pocket book!

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  18. I thought you were going to do a tutorial on how to paint trash cans too!! It looks like something beautiful you would design!

    Maybe your next endeavor can be bathroom accessories...ya know...shower curtains, tip towels, bath mats and all the ceramic accessories that complete the ensemble!

    Thanks for a cheerful post!

    XOXO back at you!

    Caroline

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  19. Yes, I read every word. And my gosh if there was ever a trash can to blog about, it would be this one. So lovely.

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  20. too cute, I could see you designing a a fabric line around this lovely can and I would buy it :)

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  21. Lovely little trash can and lucky you to discover it. I have never seen one before like this myself but I think it kind of has a 60's look to it?

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  22. I did! I did read it!

    I love the trash can, man!

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  23. Wonderful find! I love old metal trash cans like that! I used to have a Strawberry shortcake one... I think it's long gone now... but I really wish I still had it! My daughter will do the same thing with paper, draw half a horse, then trash the whole thing because she made the mane too long or something! My son, on the other hand, will paint and color on the same paper for several days in a row... even after it's gotten water spilled on it and then it's dried again! I love his 2 year old recycling solution!

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  24. I bought a little wooden wagon at the thrift store with that exact same paisley pattern. You can see a photo of it here: http://paperdollsforboys.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/toy-stuff/

    Yours looks like it has a nice seal on it but I used mine as a planter outside and it turns out the paisley was a decal or something. Washed right off! Opps.

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  25. I don't think I could use it! It looks too pretty!
    When I was little, my mom made us use both sides of the paper, so I have many double sided drawings! You can try the old art teacher method of saying "You only have ONE sheet of paper to use, so think before you draw!" (Though I always hated to have to say that!)

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  26. That is a very cool trash can. Great colors!

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  27. Yes, you blogged a trash can, and I admit that I'm JEALOUS of a trash can! I want it!

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  28. I love it..it would also make a nice flower bucket. I love the TN antiques mall, too. I just read through your previous posts..summer gets me behind with three kids under 6 underfoot...and I LOVED the scorpion suckers! My boys would ADORE those!

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  29. That can is FABULOUS! hmm...I did just read a blog about a can...and I enjoyed it!?!

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  30. not only did I read all about it I didnt get to see it because the picture would load so i can't even admire it......I spend way too much time on this laptop.......

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  31. Jackie4:37 PM

    AMH pics and link on Martha's blog! Love your shirt!

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  32. That can is going to have be emptied every hour on the hour if your studio is anything like mine...but at least it will get alot of attention!

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  33. That is the sweetest trash can... I want to find one like it... to use to hold my gift wrap...So wonderful... Love it...

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  34. we run half done drawings thru the shredder, and use it to package various things. creative-reuse! watch out for shredders though, not the thing for little fingers, or pets!
    i have two cute flowery toile cans that are in the sewing room for scraps, love love, love them!

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  35. Anonymous8:37 PM

    It's lovely! I don't think I could bear to put trash in it either. And like many of the above readers, when I first opened the blog, I, too, thought you painted it. It has a beautiful "Anna" quality about it.

    Thanks for the cheer!

    ~D

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  36. First thought when I saw the picture was "This is some new item A M has designed." Now you're telling me it's a vintage trash can, okay...I was alive 40 years ago, but I don't remember anything quite like that. I remember those big VW flower shapes and mushrooms and owls..pretty tacky. This is really cute and could be used so many different ways.

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  37. I love love LOVE that trash can!
    Also, I don't think there are any rules against bloggin about trash cans - you just go right ahead! ;)

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  38. It is a lovely trash can!

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  39. Pretty and cheerful. If it were upside down it could be a lamp shade...but then you might have piles of balled up drawings around...but then piles of balled up drawings might be just *arty* enough to justify leaving on the floor. :) Fun post!

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  40. Great find! It's even better to find treasure like this when you are hunting for the unknown!

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  41. love it. you are unbelievably creative...and you've just a made a trash can fun to read about :) love love love love this blog and all its colors!
    -lucie

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  42. Cute waste paper basket! Almost too cute to use. Any way to recycle all that paper? Then the basket could be purely decorative!

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  43. Ahhh! "Wast Management Situation". Perfect!

    None of my kids play with "regular", or should I say "structured" toys...they are all very creative and use LOTS of paper. And masking tape. Oh, and don't let me leave out aluminum foil! With those 3 ingredients, you can make pretty much anything!

    Anyway-I'm working on our "situation", too.

    And that trash can is so cute, I don't think I could ever use it!

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  44. Love the green walls too AM!

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  45. I first thought..."oh, A.M. has cut out paisleys and glued them on her trash can"...well you could :)

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