Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

a moment!

As I was photographing some charms recently I paused:   moved this charm and that charm…turned another one around and…

I had a moment

As I looked at those charms I thought about how each one was related to each other.  Not by blood but by time, history, life, connection…

As I was growing up, my dad pastored that little white church.  Each one pictured {and so many more} was somehow touched by that church and the interaction of lifelife through God and a deep connection that goes back so many years.

I love being involved in that little white church on the hill again that holds so much love, life and history.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | soldered charms, Sunday Inspiration! | 3 Comments

Queen Bee

MaryJane had an opportunity recently to go to NYC to meet with a group of farmgirls.

She called me a couple of weeks before that and asked if I could make some charms for her to take and give to these gals.

She, along with her master designer, Denali, came up with this amazing design…then it was up to me to charm them up and get them off in the mail.

She sent me a few pictures of her time with these ‘charming’ girls in NYC.

There must have been some time slipped in for a birthday celebration as well!

cute cake

May 14, 2010 Posted by | farmgirl style, Mary Jane's Farm, soldered charms | 4 Comments

A funny thing happened…

…on my way to the city…

Here I am on the busiest street in eastern WA on the busiest day of the week…

I spy… a jersey milk cow.

Do you ever see something funny and just wish you had a camera?

Well, this one definitely made me laugh out loud and I had my camera sitting right there.

In WA state there is a law that says…you CAN’T talk on your cell phone and drive…

There isn’t a law that says you can’t take pictures while driving.

It’s pretty obvious that I CAN’T take pictures while driving though!

May 14, 2010 Posted by | just plain fun | 7 Comments

A Day of Beauty…

There is something about the heart of a mom that truly draws me in.

To hear her talk about her children.

To see her interact with her children.

To feel the love, devotion and protection that she gives to her children.

Last Saturday, Amber and I had the opportunity to spend the day with twenty moms.   These are gals who probably feel that life has handed them some curve balls.  They know that each day, in order to have a brighter future,  they have to fight hard just to survive and to provide…for themselves and their children.

They are a group of women who have an appreciation for the opportunity to share a home with other moms where they have a safe place to live, raise their children, lay their head down at night.  A place where they grow and work their way through transitional housing as they get their feet back on the ground.

These were gals who loved to talk about their children.

Many of them are taking college classes.  Others are working full time.  One mom said that she works nights, getting home at 6 a.m. so that she could be there for her kids during the day.  She does this 5-7 days a weeks, living on 3-4 hours of sleep each day.    Another gal mentioned that one of the moms living in the home loves to cook {domesticity at its best} and often when she gets home from a long day of work, with children in tow, there is a nice, aromatic, hot meal waiting there for her.

These are women who are working hard each day to make a better life for themselves and their children.

This was also a group of ladies who love to be pampered {don’t we all}.  On Saturday, at the YWCA in Spokane, there was an area set up just for them with volunteers ready to; do hair, nails, make-up and childcare.

When I first met Melanie and heard about this back in January, I also heard a little about these gals and the ladies who work with them each week, helping them to live a better life, to keep going, to be survivors.

Conversations like that make my heart swell.

{i find that when my heart swells my eyes fill with tears…Mmmm ~ not sure how that happens, it just does!}

My mind went right to Amber.

Amber loves people.

Amber loves to photograph people.

Amber’s heart tends to {swell} at the thought of people who’ve been handed a few ‘curve balls’ but desire to fight their way through each day in order to make a better life.

Although Amber loves to be paid for taking photographs of people, I know her well enough to know that she would pay {gas, travel, food, etc…she drove 10 hours that day} to have the opportunity to bless these gals with a professional photo of themselves.  I showed up to be Amber’s assistant!

It was fun to see these ladies ‘light up’ as we worked our way through the day and all of the above-mentioned things…hair, make-up, talking about kids, nails, hair, talking about kids, make-up, talking about kids….photographs!

During that process, my heart swelled…many times!

I was able to take the portraits and make a charm for each gal!

You can go HERE to see Amber’s post on the day!

Project Beauty Share is a program in Spokane where make-up can be brought that is brand-new or slightly used.  They sanitize it, bundle it and disperse it to gals who otherwise could not afford it.

thank you Amber for sharing all of your pictures with me…except the charm pics 🙂

May 12, 2010 Posted by | friends, soldered charms | 11 Comments


I’ve been having some {CRAZY} moments because I haven’t been able to add pictures to my post.  In trying a round-about method it seems to be working right here…right now.   So I will take advantage of this and do a belated Mom’s Day post.

It isn’t ever too late to celebrate how blessed I am to have three four wonderful kids!

and a happy 'belated' birthday to this one...

Oh, so blessed!

May 11, 2010 Posted by | family | 2 Comments

I somehow have lost the ability to upload photos to my posts.  This {should} be temporary but I find that I have no voice here if I can’t add a picture so…

…I will have to be patient

…you will have to be patient

Thank you!!!

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

frame-up a business card…

After the last person left from my art retreat, and after that luscious 1½ hour nap, I began to work my way through the after-math and one of the things that I noticed laying out on the table was 4 cute little MOO cards that Amber had left behind.

I grabbed my favorite and decided that I would have some fun with.

…and fun I had!

This just happens to be one of my favorite pictures that she has taken.

Amber is making a quick trip to Spokane today where I will meet up with her.  We have an opportunity to work on a project that we are very excited about…I’ll tell you more later…………..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | friends, soldered charms | 6 Comments

I love Mother’s Day.

I love my Mom!

I love my mother-in-law!

I love my kids and being a mom!

I adored my grandmothers!

I love how my business gets a bit of a shot in the arm…

Here are just a few of the charms I’ve done this week.

I have two cousins who had new grand.babies about 3 weeks ago.  This charm is for the daughter of one of those cousins.  This photo was taken the first time she held her daughter.  Her sweet little girl, Olivia, was born at about 26 weeks and because of her strong ‘Carpenter’ blood, she is holding her own and getting stronger every day.

I love both of these pictures.  First time grandparents.

speaking of Carpenter blood – this is my Grandpa Carpenter…he would have been so proud of these two new great great granddaughters – he dearly loved his kids!

..and speaking of Mother’s Day…you must go check out Amber’s blog{s} – she is doing an amazing Mother’s Day project all week long.

and I have another charm being given away by Bill’s Berry Farm…the blueberries must be in bloom!  Slip over there and leave a comment so that you can be entered in to win!

May 6, 2010 Posted by | family, soldered charms | 7 Comments

TCC :~

I am so excited that I will be able to attend The Creative Connection in Minneapolis this coming September.

… a 3-day conference and market created by Nancy Soriano and Jo Packham of WHERE WOMEN CREATE for creative women and women entrepreneurs!

THE CREATIVE CONNECTION will bring together women who are passionate about being creative in their lives as artists, business owners, bloggers, and more! Come learn, network, market, and create!

From the first time that I read this description for the event, I wanted to go.  I dreamed and schemed.

Long story made very short…I am going and I really am so very excited.  Not only will I be able to sell my own creations but I will also help MaryJane of MaryJanes Farm {wo}man her booth as she will be attending as one of the key-note speakers.

and I get to take a couple of fun gals with me:~  Amber & Timi!  {it’s quite possible that Minneapolis will never be the same again}

I met MaryJane several years ago through the pages of her amazing  magazine.  Last year I participated in a vendor fair that she sponsored as part of her July 4th Farm Fair and I was able to meet her face to face for the first time.  Since I’m a true-blue ‘hugger’, I still remember that solid hug she gave this complete stranger.

We have had several ‘exchanges’ since that day and I have appreciated every bit of encouragement that she has offered to my little cottage {cabin}  industry.

I am SO looking forward to The Creative Connection for a variety of reasons…I will have the opportunity to…

…share my business

…share MaryJane’s business

…attend amazing workshops, main sessions,  and so much more with like-minded women.

…spend time with girl friends (I’m excited that Rolane will also be there)

Honestly, I feel like I don’t have any idea what to really expect and under normal circumstances, making a trip like this to ‘the big city’ would make my stomach hurt but, I can’t contain my excitement!

First things first though.  The Farm Chicks Show is just around the corner and daily in my thoughts.

June 5-6, 2010 @ the Spokane Fairgrounds

June 5-6, 2010 @ the Spokane Fairgrounds

Serena will also be involved in The Creative Connection

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Mary Jane's Farm, the Creative Connection | 5 Comments

This is the Day

Now that everything is finally green and growing, I’m reminded how each year at this time my heart leaps for joy at the sights and the sounds that surround me.

It truly is amazing, refreshing and inspiring.  It makes me appreciate all the more the creative avenues our Lord uses to bring refreshment to my soul.

His Creation generally is the thing that ‘gets’ me!

This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!    Psalm 118:24

May 2, 2010 Posted by | life, my neck of the woods! | 6 Comments