Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

You’re Invited…

You’re invited to enjoy the falling snow, sing a little tune and…

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December 20, 2011 Posted by | blog | Leave a comment

something new is coming this way…

I’m also trying to think of a Merry & Bright give-a-way for the debut…in fact, I’m going to slip down right now to my happy sewing place and create something.

December 13, 2011 Posted by | blog | 4 Comments


Last week my task for myself was to get my house decorated for Christmas.

I usually do it Thanksgiving weekend but since I was gone that weekend it didn’t get done.  Then I had my little Christmas show to do and then….it could be put off no longer. 

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed decorating this year.  I got a little weepy at times because it was the first year that I didn’t have my kids involved in any aspect of it and there are so many thoughts that run through my mind as I open up the boxes that contain years of treasured memories.

Even with those glistening eyes I enjoyed it all as I tinkered about here and there with a smile on my face…adding a touch of this and a touch of that around our home!

We love cutting a fresh tree each year.  The more natural the better and this year’s is natural and beautiful.  I love the little hidden cones that are on it.

I took advantage of a bit of inspiration and I made this canvas.  Mr T made a 20″x28″  frame for me, I stretched some heavy  fabric over it, put a light coat of a greenish paint on it, cut the letters out on my cricut, used my special Boho Glue to put them on {much like Mod Podge}, covered the whole canvas in the glue, roughed up the edges a bit with black paint and hung lights behind it.  I really like it. 

These clothespins are glittered and ready to hang the Christmas cards that come in the mail.

Our 2011 Christmas tree…I took this the night we put it up.

December 12, 2011 Posted by | Christmas | 4 Comments

a clever cuff

Is it OK that I at times feel clever?

I tend to have a lot [piles] of these ruffles ‘laying around’ and as I was looking at them yesterday morning I decided to try to create a cuff with them.

With the ruffles already made, I sewed the layers together added a piece of jewelry and it literally just took minutes.  It comes together with a tied bow, which is not very convenient but I do like the look of it…for now anyway.

I’ll have to try to find a better option for that…maybe a small piece of pretty elastic…is there such a thing as pretty elastic?…guess I’ll add that to my fancy clip~board shopping list for the city.

I’m wearing this sweet cuff right now {as I am decorating my house for Christmas and listening to a wonderful Pandora Christmas mix} and I love how pretty and feminine it is with a touch of vintage tatted lace and rhinestone jewelry.

December 9, 2011 Posted by | blog, craftiness, cuff, sewing | 1 Comment

One-of-a-Kind Ornaments!

For that one special ornament that you purchase for a family member or yourself, it doesn’t get better than this.  

An heirloom~quality, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament made just for you!

Custom ornaments $25.

it’s not too late

December 8, 2011 Posted by | custom, ornaments, solder | Leave a comment

A Country Christmas Show

This really is the most enjoyable show to participate in.  With a selection of some of our best local vendors, a pleasant and enthusiastic crowd and a great location that includes easy accessibility for loading and unloadingit’s an all-around great show!

One of the things that I really enjoyed was being with friends.  There are so many great vendors and shoppers that I call friends {my parents even came to this one to see me! :)…way to go mom and dad, thx!}.  Some of the friends who stopped by were Boho Gals…ladies who have participated in one of my Boho Art Retreats.  I love all of these growing friendships and look forward to opportunities to connect.

Here are a few of the pictures that I took over the weekend…all from my booth.

December 5, 2011 Posted by | antique show, new creations, show sales | | 5 Comments

Sewing, painting, charming….

On the day after Thanksgiving I went thrift store shopping with my girls.  We had so much fun.  We were in the city so the selection was good and we went to 3 or 4 great stores that were all pretty close together.  One of the things that I bought was a framed piece of needleworkI pictured sewing it to the front of one of these Market Shoppers.  It was too big so I cut it in half, added a little trim to both halves and put them on the fronts of two bags.  They both turned out very fun.

It was perfect timing.  I was hoping to get some of these made anyway for this weekend’s show so this motivated me.

I painted the frame from the needlework and added a RED chalkboard to the inside of it.

These bags usually have just a painted label on the front.  They are a nice, deep bag and fully lined, often with vintage barkcloth.

I found the perfect RED paint!  I’m painting a fun little {Ethan Allen} cabinet that I also bought that day.  All of these goodies will be for sale this weekend

A winner has been chosen for the charm give-a-way.  Comment #10, Carole! 

I don’t say it often enough but I really love your comments. There are so many thoughtful gals who visit me here regularly and your sweet words often make my day!  thx.

December 1, 2011 Posted by | market shopper, painting, sewing | 1 Comment