Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

charmed bracelet…

I’ve been playing around with an elasticized bracelet.  I had a request for one that got me thinking….

These are my first two and I’m wearing one of them each day to see how they feel, wear, etc….

I really like them and I find that while I’m wearing one, I want to keep looking at it.  I’ll try to make some up for my shows and see how they go…  they are time-consuming little numbers for me, though

Two recent blog posts by friends that have me captivated…

This first one captures my sweet girl in our own beautiful, country setting!

This second one shows a friend’s barn being moved from one location to another (close by).

April 30, 2010 Posted by | charmed bracelet, soldered charms | 4 Comments

I love dirt!

I love,

love,

love

DIRT!

This row of dirt looks rather dirty boring, I know, but in a couple of months I’ll be standing right here, next to green, lush vines, filling my tummy with sugar snap peas.

Now, that is a favorite summer delicacy!

Last year we planted asparagus for the first time and, guess what?  Yep…you’re right…it’s coming up.  Just like it’s suppose to.   yay!

Oh, and then there is the glorious rhubarb plant.  It’s amazing.  It’s hardy.  I believe this one came from my great grandpa.  You are looking at a family heirloom that just keep on giving!

I’ve been away from this place for three days.  It was a good three days but I missed home greatly and I’m so glad to be back!

I’m ready to get some dirt under my fingernails again…

April 29, 2010 Posted by | garden | 6 Comments

charming~

It’s been a crazy fun week full of surprise orders with a need for some quick turn-around.

I can do that when I need to…

They will all go out today, hopefully arriving with a few days of wiggle~room.

This was just an experiment.  I’ve enjoyed wearing it but it would need a bit of refining in order to sell it.  I will say though that I’m also working on a more doable/wearable bracelet that I think I’m going to like better.

Trish wrote a post {HERE} about our βσhσ Art Retreat, just in time to relieve some of my sadness because I was finished writing my own…

I can’t tell you how much I have loved your comments about the retreat that have been filled with excitement and encouragement.   I’m looking forward to find out who the next 10 crafty ladies will be to make up our next group of βσhσ gals in October.  Get your name on the list!

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, custom charms, soldered charms | 2 Comments

Boho Wrap-Up ~:~

Well, it’s time to wrap up this grand Boho adventure.

This is the group of gals that made it all happen…they are the ones who have defined what this whole thing is about.

βσhσ Art Retreat • CampOne

Trish and I –   …oh, sweet Trish!

Cindy and I…

Ellen and I…

Let me tell you a sweet story about Ellen.  She wrote to me several weeks before the retreat and gave me a little bit of her background.  In the past two years she has gone through two different types of  cancer which included several rounds of chemotherapy. She said that one of the most difficult aspects of this was that it stripped her of any and all desire to do ANYTHING. When I announced on my blog that I was having this retreat, Ellen was the first to respond and say that she wanted to come. Her husband paid the deposit and I think that everyone in my house heard my whoop and holler because I had my first βσhσ girl!

What I didn’t know was that, on Ellen’s end, it was the first thing that had sparked her interest in a very long time.

Her husband saw that spark and jumped right in and said, ‘if you want to go then you’re going’.

What makes this whole story bring tears to my eyes is the fact that Ellen is from Oklahoma.  Her husband wanted so badly for her to do this but he didn’t want to see her take the trip by plane by herself so he drove her all the way out here…to Washington.  He camped in a tent up on a mountain while we βσhσed away.

After returning home safely, this is the note that she wrote to me…

Thank you for everything,  I had the most wonderful time.  I don`t think it could have been any better than what I wished for.  Everything you did was amazing, from the accommodation, the arts and crafts to the wonderful food.  I don`t think I have ever eaten so good!!!  You had a great presentation for everything, I truly enjoyed every bit of the Art Retreat.  I really enjoyed meeting everyone.  Everyone was a treasure.  Elaine, you did an awesome job on everything you did.  You are a great teacher.  I will be coming back again in the future. I loved it ♥ Ellen

Ellen is a sweet, sweet gal and I’m so glad that she was a part of this grand adventure!

My next βσhσ Art Retreat is scheduled for October 21-23, 2010.

there are several names on the sign-up list with one deposit in hand {my limit is 10}

The cost of the whole retreat is $280…It starts on Thursday morning and ends Sunday Afternoon.  Included in the price is lodging, meals, workshops and a glorious amount of fun!  This truly is such a bargain and I can safely say that after working my way through one retreat, the price will need to go up slightly for the retreats that I plan for 2011.

A $100 deposit will reserve a spot for YOU!

Don’t be Shy…sign up soon!

Eli would love to have you here and so would I!

For all posts relating to this year’s Art Retreat click HERE

all photos were taken by Amber of Tres Birds Photography

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne | 4 Comments

How do Boho Girls Eat???

The answer to the above stated question?

Splendidly!

Once again, you may witness the Bossy Boho

hot, fruit pies made with fruit that I gathered and froze last summer...huckleberry, raspberry and peaches ~oh, my!

One of my personal favorites of the weekend…roasting homemade marshmallows over the fire.

…and then making a s’more!   Mmm..Mmm!

each day I’m loving Ambers shared pics more and more

Here is another fun memory, caught with the creative eye of Trish.

Ellen (and others) worked away on an unfinished project while we watched a movie on the big screen (a white sheet hanging over the windows).

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne | 4 Comments

Vintage Bottle Workshop

Our last workshop, taught by Becky and Holly, was to transform a vintage bottle into something wonderfully elaborate.

This jar was taken by Holly and transformed into…

…this lovely jar.

Becky is showing us how to make ribbon rosettes like she added to her bottle in the picture below.

This was a fairly simple Sunday morning workshop to wrap up our weekend with.

My next post will be about one of the weekend’s most glorious hi-lights….FOOD!   I can’t wait~

the top 4 photos were shared by Tres Birds Photography…thx. Amber!

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 4 Comments

Soldering Workshops

Saturday was devoted to soldering.   We began by doing a practice piece…just glass.

Some of the gals took that piece, later in the day, and modge podged some fun piece of collage to the backside and used it in a creative way.


We then ventured on to a ‘real’ charm and after that soldered a large piece to hang inside a barn board frame.  Although I have done so much soldering {3yrs…1000’s of pieces}, I hadn’t ever taught soldering.

Becky, soldering away...

It didn’t go as well as I had hoped but the gals seemed to love it anyway.   I do remember my own first soldering experiences and how diligently I worked to get just the right look.  It literally took making 200-300 charms before I felt that I was doing ‘OK’.

I’ve been looking into taking a class of my own by soldering expert, Terri Brush, and now I want to take one all the more.

I love this picture because Cindy is still smiling.…actually, she was even smiling by the end.

Cathy is working away...

Ellen's

...and Arlene is working at her first 'practice' charm...

Cindy's

Ellen's

Becky's

Holly's

Thank you Amber, once again, for sharing your lovely photos and she wrote a sweet post about all this HERE.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 5 Comments

Crown Workshop

After our journal workshop we began the crown workshop.  These two workshops also complimented each other nicely because the journals were more of a ‘work in progress’.

Becky and Holly of All That Glitter were the fabulous teachers for this workshop.

I love these gals.  We do a few shows together throughout the year and it has been wonderful to get to know them on a more personal level.

The base of each crown was genuine rusty, vintage chicken wire.  🙂  From there it is amazing where ‘the imagination’ can take you.

Here’s Trisha working away on her glorious creations!

Trisha‘s finished crown!

And sweet Cathy is modeling hers.

all photos compliments of Tres Birds Photography

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 4 Comments

Journal Workshop

Our first workshop was creating a journal…from scratch…taking plain papers and ephemera and creating something unique.

Something that captured the βσhσ spirit of each gal.

I encouraged them to use a favorite picture of themselves {at any age} on the front cover.

all of the above photos were taken by Amber of Tres Birds Photography

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 9 Comments

more fun…

I’m going to side-step to relieve some pressure from my photographer who is trying to integrate back into life with her family of 6.  If her Seattle weather would just cooperate and RAIN for me, I might get her edited pics sooner.

I might also add that I love this girl and her whole family so, truth be told, I’m just so glad that they could manage to share her for the weekend.

So, in my *desperate attempt to divert, I will {through a variety of lenses} show the Boho Queen at work.

*desperate because you will rarely ever find a post with so many pictures of me.

Although I have spent countless hours soldering and have created thousands of pieces, this was my first time to teach soldering.  I think I can be honest to say that it was stressful for ALL but the gals also said that they loved it and were so glad that it was a part of the weekend.

Bossy Boho

tired boho - I remember how exhausted I felt when I laid on the couch for about 2 minutes

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne | 5 Comments