Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Fullness of Joy!

Yesterday was such a full day, I just have to share about it here…


Ooooo…looky, looky…there’s that magnificent bag that’s being given away….yes, you caught me.  I used it!

I was asked to speak to a group of young moms at a local church.   Wow!  What a fun opportunity and awesome responsibility.  I would in no way consider myself a public speaker but when I feel passionate about so many of the topics that concern these gals, it seems that the barriers that I put up that make it difficult to speak just melt away.   Plus, their ‘topic’ of the day was aprons.   Oh ya…right up my alley!

momsI believe {with all my ♥} that moms who are raising kids to know and love God are one of His greatest blessings.  I also believe that He generously gives His blessings and unique, creative gifts to these women.

As I spoke and interacted with these gals…I was the one that was blessed!

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

Actually, my day turned into a double blessing!!!  I met my sweet friend Rolane…who does the Vintage Barn Sale @ Chaps [\ˈshaps\] in S. Spokane.  We had a very nice visit and it was also payday for me.  She took my ‘wares’ to Ohio for the Country Living Fair.  She gets so slammed at that show and I love it that she loves sharing my things with those shoppers as well.  That show does really well for me…and I don’t have to go…set up…tear down…you get the picture.  Although, truth be told, I would really love to go some year.

While waiting for Rolane, I had a nice, long visit with Celeste, the restaurant owner.  This gal is such a sweet one.  She is also an encourager.  I felt like she just poured some goodness into my life during that visit.  To be honest, I get this even by just sitting in her ‘house’…I guess it was doubled (ooo…there’s that double blessing again) sitting in her ‘house’ with her.  Thanks, Celeste, for giving me some of your time…

Here are a few pictures from the inside, but notice in the above picture the new construction.  She is adding a bakery which will include some additional seating.  Everything she touches just turns ‘beautiful’!..can’t wait to see it.

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!


chaps…and lastly…

ElizabethOur sweet girl, Elizabeth, was on the Homecoming Court @ the football game.  She didn’t win the title ‘princess’ but I know it was a fun evening for her.  She loves to be in the spotlight and she shines well.  She was stunning and beautiful…especially with her dusty, red cowboy boots on.  I love this girl.  She makes me smile everyday.

I love seeing her grow as her faith in God grows.

Today promises to be a quieter day for this country girl who has found a deep ♥love♥  in just staying home.  One of the things that I was challenged by yesterday though is that I really do need to get out more.  I need to be involved more in the lives of others…and I need to find meaningful ways to do that.

That would {equally} be a great challenge for you too!

October 17, 2009 - Posted by | aprons, friends, just plain fun, vintage, vintage{y} apron


  1. Hey Elaine!

    It’s amazing how enthusiasm and empowerment to women makes my heart beat! 🙂

    We had a great time yesterday and we were all blessed to have you. I was listening intently, even though I had my nose stuck in my apron creation.

    Thank you again!

    BTW, I went to the “old house” yesterday and picked some of the apples! I hope that was OK. The neighbor came over to scold me and bring me a bucket! 😉


    Comment by Mama Tif | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. 1. I really want to live there.
    2. Lizzy is amazing..
    3. You really inspire me.

    Comment by Wendy Girl | October 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Wendy, you’re so sweet – you would love it here and I whole-heartedly agree with #2! >

      Comment by Elaine | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. What a lovely way to share the day, congratulations on many fronts, Elaine. You are a blessing.

    Sincerely, Cindy

    Lib is beautiful!

    Comment by Cindy Burgess | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. It’s so sweet that you spoke to the women at the church. It would have been nice to have heard your message. I think that with all that is going on in the world, women are needing to connect more with other women who are focusing on their family, homes and faith. Bless you.

    Comment by VintageBethie | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. I was thrilled to have you speak, and felt like I got to know you through hearing you and seeing all you wonderful aprons. I tried to soak in as much as I could.
    I LOVE my charm you made and felt so blessed that you would think of me. It is so true, I don’t ever get the door prizes!
    You were a great inspiration!

    Comment by Rosie | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi Elaine,
    Strange that you should leave another message as I was so touched by your post and had intended to leave a message, but wanted to think about it for a while, sometimes it is better than rambling on… Anyway I loved being “neighbors” with Celeste at the show in Spokane a couple of weekends ago, she is such an amazing woman. I totally know what you mean about her bing an encourager. It was so fun to have a meal at her “house” and see her at “work”, she loves her customers as they do her! What a generous, and kindhearted person she is.
    Just in case, my email is antiejoy@yahoo.com, my phone is 503 910 0875, feel free to call me!

    Comment by Joy Bayer | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hey,

    I love the chalkboard!! I have to blog about Chaps…TONIGHT!! You are such an inspiration Elaine. I look forward to thing coming up in 2010!! Loved seeing you…
    The Vintage Barn

    Comment by rolane hopper | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  8. I just loved visiting your blog! My farmgirl charm ordered through MJF came on Friday and I adore it. I will be spreading the word about your wonderful charms. I know friend who will be wanting one or two.
    Your daughter and her boots are adorable!!
    That shopping bag from the feed sack is sure a cute idea! You are sure inspiring!! have a great week!

    Comment by Aunt Jenny | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  9. you said….

    “One of the things that I was challenged by yesterday though is that I really do need to get out more. I need to be involved more in the lives of others…and I need to find meaningful ways to do that.”

    I say, “amen”. God didn’t put us here and love us the way he does for us keep ourselves and our talents hidden. There are so many people who need love and someone to show they are cared about. It is my daily prayer that God allow me to be a blessing to someone else…and that I keep my spiritual eyes open so I recognize those persons when I encounter them.

    Am loving your blog.

    What a beautiful young lady! She truly is a princess.

    Comment by Judy | October 23, 2009 | Reply

  10. I was just checking “my favorites” on my computer and I came across your blog. I had marked it as a favorite b/c I went to the Vintage Barn Sale this year and I really adored your charms. As I was reading your entry I noticed you went to Chaps in Spokane and you talked about sending some of your products to the Country Living Fair in Ohio…I live in Ohio, born and raised, and I just shipped my things off to Spokane today (my boyfriend lives there and I will be moving there in Dec). Such a small world! I just wanted to say hi and I look forward to discovering the antique shops, barn sales, and anything vintage in the Pacific Northwest. I know I will be at the next Vintage Barn Sale 🙂 I googled Chaps and it looks like a really cute coffee shop and I can’t wait to check it out when I move there!

    Comment by Tabitha Long | October 30, 2009 | Reply

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