Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Just a tinkerin’…but I need your help!

I’ve been taking quite a few pictures trying to be prepared for two different websites. Here’s one I want your opinion on. Not too sure if it’s good enough. It would be used to enter into my charm area of the Vintage Barn website. Do you think the quality is good enough?

…or am I just heading in the right direction and I need to keep working on it? I guess my biggest concern is the clarity of the charms…and can I add more?


April 25, 2008 Posted by | soldered charms | 5 Comments

Twirling With Joy!

Twirly Girl

Originally uploaded by Tinker Verve

I’ve been gone for a few days and I literally got homesick and talked my hubby guy (HG) into coming home a day early. I don’t know if ever in my whole life I’ve been homesick…not even at age 8 for my first year of summer camp (well, maybe a little then but I wasn’t about to admit it). So today I’m am quite joyful just to be home. I have my nieces with me and we are doing a little dress-up.

My HG keeps telling me I better go change before someone comes to the door. Bring it on!

April 24, 2008 Posted by | pure silliness, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Shoes for inspiration!

I get inspiration from a variety of sources and shoes can definitely feed into that as well.

1) It’s a secret! ssh!

2) Blogging is potentially dangerous (especially on the pocketbook). This is my largest financial casualty!

3) A recent splurge (this one with my husband’s knowledge)

4) My dad’s as a youngin’

April 22, 2008 Posted by | collection, Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

Ooh! This one is fun.

It’s so fun when I can impress myself. I’ve been working for a couple of months on the idea of collage work… mixed media, ephemera…call it what you want, us good ole’ girls remember when it was just called ‘collage’ and ‘decopauge’. It’s fun no matter what you call it and it has definitely morphed. So, all that to say, I’ve been tinkering more on one-of-a-kind items and finding so much crafty satisfaction in making them when I actually should be mass producing some of the fun soldered charms I’ve designed.

Here’s my most recent one-of-a-kind. It’s made with a 3×5 bevel glass with a bead from a vintage necklace and 1″ bevel charm hanging from the bottom.

and a couple of close-ups!

April 21, 2008 Posted by | collage, mixed media, soldered charms, vintage | 2 Comments

Sunday Inspiration


Originally uploaded by Tinker Verve

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.
~John Wesley

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Monograms are here!

I want to have a line that has a variety of monograms. So here’s my start. I finally have the anagrams coming in (thank you Benj).

…and I received my order of prisms. This one didn’t photograph very well but it is really fun. I think I’ll wear it to church tomorrow as I am in my state of pathological euphoria (my kids will all be with me…we haven’t all been together for months). 😉

ela·tion \i-ˈlā-shən\noun Date:14th century

1 : the quality or state of being elated 2 : pathological euphoria

Have a euphoric day! ~Tink

April 19, 2008 Posted by | soldered charms, vintage | | 3 Comments

Goodbye Winter~Come On Spring

So nice to finely see Spring find our mountain. I put away the red wool coats yesterday and found a little Spring. Here’s a close-up of a fun bag that I found at a recent swap meet.

This is what greets me each morning on my early walk. It’s a nice treat, after walking this dog 6 mornings in a row, the newness is wearing off. This morning I was a little slow going up that mountain but it does feel good to finely get moving again.

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

a temporary return to my 1st love

You wouldn’t know it by checking out my blog, but my first (creative) love is sewing. I’ve done very little of it lately. I have had so much fun working with a variety of mediums.

We bought this futon for our family room and it didn’t have a cover so I have been brain storming again.

Some of my family members think that I have created a ‘storm’. Some people have no sense of creativity when it comes to using a variety of fabrics on the same project. I just couldn’t help myself and I made it anyway (it helps that my husband is out-of-town today)! I used 4 different fabrics from the Nigella collection of Amy Butler fabric. It’s a heavier weight fabric and wonderful to work with. Some day I’m going to meet Amy Butler (random thought).

April 17, 2008 Posted by | collage, sewing | | 1 Comment

Tea for Two

I’ve had the sheet music for this song since I was a young girl and it’s just another one of those things that makes me smile! 😉 This bright and friendly, one-of-a-kind, 2-sided soldered charm measures 1 1/2″ square.

Enjoy your next cup of tea with that special friend!

April 16, 2008 Posted by | soldered charms, vintage | 1 Comment

Better Together

This is the result of a literal ‘storm that was brewing in my brain’. I saw this old mirror at a rummage sale and thought to myself “I can do something with that!.” I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Here’s my description: embellished vintage mirror with paper collage, original photo and tatted lace – it has a 2″ charm “love” medallion hanging from it, the words given to this piece are “they agreed that life was better together”, the mirror measures 7″x11 1/2″.  I took this picture off of my front deck so the reflection of the trees are a little distracting but also add something (although I’m not sure what).

Here’s another result to a different ‘storm’…a journal:

I’ve been cutting up books (Lord, please forgive me!!! Why is it that destroying books feels so close to burning a Bible or a U.S. flag?) and as a result I would like to do something fun with the covers. This is my best idea so far but I have to figure out a way to have this journal made in a more cost-effective way. The cost for this at Kinko’s was almost $10. I would like to do it for $5.

We celebrated my nieces’ birthdays today. They are 4 & 6 this month. I enjoyed making these Storybook Doodle Boxes just for them. They loved their gifts and for me to make a gift (rather than buy it) is so much more fulfilling.

They each got a charm with their pictures and names on them.

I won’t keep posting pictures of these boxes because they take up so much room but they are great and so cute. Moms love them too!

April 14, 2008 Posted by | collage, doodle box, vintage, vintage book journal | 2 Comments