Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results


Here is a picture of my great grandma’s dress form. It was very rustically made by my great grandpa. The body is paper mache’ stuffed with old newspaper and mounted on a cast iron base with a big old bolt running through her neck. I love it. It’s full of character and was made with love. When I look at it, I often think of how different my life must be from hers. I love to sew. I’m sure she also loved to sew but it was probably done more out of necessity than for fun. She was a very devoted wife and mother. I’ve always called this girl Mergatroid (how do you spell that???) but my grandma’s name was Sophie. My childhood memories of her are faint but I know she was a wonderful and faithful woman.

One of the things I look forward to is spending a lot of time with my grandmothers from past generations, for these are the women I come from…this will happen in another time and another place…


November 3, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I have several aprons like that of your Grandmothers…Mine are from My Grandmother and MY MOTHER who I lost just after Christmas in 06…I think they are so awesome!
    Like the Charms and bag you made your BFF. Very cute> MEG

    Comment by Mary | November 12, 2007 | Reply

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