Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Custom~made Christmas

Are you interested in having a custom charm made for a Christmas gift?

I would love to ‘spur’ your thoughts in that direction.

Here are some of my favorites.  Maybe they will help you think of some of your own [hi-quality] photos that would make beautiful, one-of-a-kind [heirloom~quality] gifts for your friends and family.

I make custom charms for $20…each one is 2-sided [such a deal]!


I’ve just inspired myself to host a give-a-way…for your own custom-designed charm.

Leave a comment with this post and you will be entered in to this most amazing give-a-way

don’t let this distract you from getting your custom charms ordered for Christmas …  :)

Give-a-way is now closed!

…and for some Christmas ornament ideas…  [$25 each]

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Christmas, custom charms, give-a-way, ornaments, soldered charms | 14 Comments

wholesome and fresh ground…

For years I have threatened my family that we were going to completely do away with white flour and white sugar.  Even more than saying it out loud, I would tell myself that this was a change that we needed in our home.  One problem…

♥ I love to cook yummy things.

♥ I love to please people with my cooking.

♥ I love to hear them make joyful little expressions of pleasure as they eat my food.

I hate to say this out loud but white flour and white sugar are two of the main ingredients in pleasurable foods.

Last week I ran out of white flour…Oh! My Goodness!….that NEVER happens around here.  We buy it in 25 lb. bags and we always have an extra one {or three} on the shelf.  I immediately told myself….”OK, that’s it, no more white flour”. I decided to try to go a month without buying any.

I’ve been grinding wheat for close to 20 years and I have plenty of grain and plenty of variety.

{hard white ~ for yeast breads, soft white ~ for baked goods, rye ~ for bread, durum ~ for pasta…}

I’ll tell you, to have success when cooking with whole wheat you need to grind your own.  It’s fresh, light and bakes up so nice.  There is no reason to have a hard, heavy loaf of bread.  If you are interested in any tips with using ww I would be glad to answer any questions.  I’ll always start any advice with, “if you want to be serious about it, invest in a grinder…”

One of my girls shared this video with me this week and it has tickled my happy spot multiple times.  It reminded her of me!

we had a blustery~blizzard here a bit ago...

November 14, 2011 Posted by | healthy living, Hobby~Farm Home life, in the kitchen | 1 Comment

Finding joy in hidden places…

Mr. T and I have a favorite ‘thing’ that we do.  It’s probably the closest thing to date night that we manage to slip in on a regular basis.

It looks a little like this.

We head out, generally in the late morning, to our  little town to the North.  He drops me off at Goodwill while he visits the shops that he prefers.  I shop Goodwill then I take a little hike several blocks down to my next little ‘stop’.  Sometimes he joins me there and we shop together.  There are a couple of other spots where we visit on our way up to town or on our way back.  I generally fill up my side of the car and he generally doesn’t fill up his side.

At times I fill up my side, his side and the back.  You just never know what kind of a day it will be!  :)

On our last visit I picked up this perfectly~red suitcase.  As I was walking down Main Street {red suitcase in hand} I had an extra few minutes so I stopped for a quick visit to our wonderful, little-town shoe store {you know, the kind where they actually help you by measuring your foot, trying on shoes, [taking all your money], etc…?…and they carry some of the best brands}.  As I walked through the doors {red suitcase in hand} there were about three sales-gals who nearly gasped because they loved my little red suitcase and would also love to be seen walking down Main Street with one.  My heart smiled just a little.  :)

Isn’t it wonderful when we can connect with like-minded gals?  This was just a short~yet~sweet reminder of how, even if just for a few moments we can find encouragement and friendship in hidden places…we need only open our eyes and our hearts to it.  This actually led into another moment shared with two of the gals who had, on occasion, taken opportunities to encourage and speak into the life of one of my girls….as I left {red suitcase in hand} my eyes were brimming with tears and my heart was full.

There is another little joy hidden within the case of this lovely red suitcase, a satiny liner with shiny, yet subtle polka dots!  [smile, sigh….]

I wasn’t even planning on keeping this little number but my own post makes me want to!

i’m hopeless

November 10, 2011 Posted by | just plain fun, vintage | 12 Comments

farmgirl style…

I’ve been working on a set of farmgirl.ish charms for the MaryJanesFarm store in Moscow, Idaho.

While I was making these I realized that I have slipped past the wanna-be farmgirl and am {nearly} a bonafide farmgirl

…I say ‘nearly’ because there are gals that work it so much harder than I, but I truly feel it when I’m out there mucking out the stalls and milking outside when it’s snowing or the temperature has slipped down into the teens.  I’ll admit though that I do really enjoy it all and as soon as we get our little barn a bit further along I can do my milking inside…Whew!

…here are a few other charms that slipped into the mail pouch…

November 9, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, farmgirl style, soldered charms | 4 Comments

It’s just a skiff…

…but it makes me want to hunker down…

This little skiff is actually just a reminder that the list of preparations for winter  needs to be hit harder…the “hunkerin’ down” is going to have to wait a bit longer!

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Hobby~Farm Home life | 2 Comments

JOY.ful~Harvest

My friend Cathye had a fun banner idea posted on her Facebook page.  It inspired me to try to make one of my own.  I didn’t have large stencils so I decided to just run vintage sheet music through my printer.

It worked great.

I embellished it a little and added some German glass glitter to the bottom of each page, reinforced it along the top, punched holes and ran a ribbon through it.

It’s a fun and quick project…give it a try!

November 4, 2011 Posted by | craftiness | 3 Comments

Celebrating Autumn

Living in the country has so many benefits…for me!  I realize that I am so, very different from most people but I feel like it allows me to do so many of the things that I’ve wanted to do for years…

…like taking time to celebrate Autumn with family.

We did just that on Saturday.  There were 15 of us and we pressed 36 gallons of cider, the kids carved pumkins and played in the leaves and we ate wonderful food.

I’m hoping that we have just had our 1st Annual ~ Bowe Family Celebration of Autumn!

   Now that we have had our practice run {which was a fairly spontaneous happening} we’ll need to invite the rest of the family and really get it on!

My brother slipped away before, after and a little during to get the trusses up on the little barn!

October 31, 2011 Posted by | autumn decor, family, home life, my neck of the woods! | 12 Comments

country fresh…

a favorite charm…’country fresh’

I’m excited to pick apples tomorrow and make cider with the family. 

Is it possible that this might be the beginning of a family tradition?…hoping so!


October 28, 2011 Posted by | my neck of the woods!, soldered charms | 3 Comments

…what to do with salvage?

Do you love to take something and find a creative, fun, never-thought-of-before use for it?

I recently entered a ‘sale’ {in my neck of the woods} with a group of like-minded gals/friends who came out from the Spokane area to shop for great finds.  At one point I came upon two of my favorite junking life-friends, Celeste & Holly…they were standing there staring an item down with deep intent in their eyes. 

The definition of that look?: we making something out of nothingright here and now.

I just wanted to climb into their little heads.  I could vision an idea for that piece of junk, but what was their vision?  Certainly it was completely different than my own.

A couple of weeks ago I had a great fire going outside.  When I burn, I BURN…I start looking for anything and everything that can just….be GONE

I had two old chairs that really needed to be GONE!  Honestly, I probably could have put them in my booth at Farm Chicks and had somebody PAY me to take them off of my hands but I could see no vision for them….until I turned them over and saw the fun coils that filled the underside of them.  My first little coils.  You see them at all the sales but now I had my own.  {silly me}  I enlisted my Mr’s help {who couldn’t see my vision AT ALL…but willingly helped} and we cut all of those little coils out of the bottoms of those chairs before they hit the burn pile.

Yesterday I finally brought one inside.  If I have something sitting around that seems to have no use I can begin to envision many creative uses for it just by having it around.

It took just minutes to slip one of my green, jar flower vases {still sitting on the table from the weekend’s art retreat} into one of the coils…perfect fit!  Since my eye likes things in 3’s, I went back out and got 3 coils that were still tied together….voila!

Another one of my… sweet pleasures = simple joys

{and it was free….I know my Mr. can catch that vision…btw, he think this post should be titled, “Spring Flowers”…he’s such a clever one}

We have had our share of hard freezes so the blooms are looking quite sad but yesterday I was able to pick a lovely bouquet of parsley and included blooms of sage and oregano….beautiful and fragrant and untouched by the frost!

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Chic Rustique, garden, just plain fun, my neck of the woods! | 2 Comments

Oh, for the love of Autumn…

I seems that with everybody I talk to I say, “Isn’t this the most beautiful fall?” 

Since I don’t remember saying it here, I’ve just got to also share with you that I am in love with Autumn this year. 

It seems that so many of life’s sweet pleasures come in the form of simple joys!

Take notice of those simply joys in your life…and then smile!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

– Albert Camus

October 26, 2011 Posted by | home life, my neck of the woods! | 4 Comments

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