Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Art Retreat #1

βσhσ Art Retreat 2010

Retreat Dates:  October 21-23, 2010 ~ Thursday-Saturday



arrival will begin around 10:00 with lunch being the 1st on ‘the agenda’


a full day of fun, workshops, glorious food and more {hopefully we can squeeze in a bit of sunshine and laughter!}


will end in the afternoon…  😦


#1• Handmade {my word of honor} Journal

made by you and for you

We will use a variety of vintage papers to make this journal ‘ you’ and the finishing touch will be a sprinkling of glitter and a favorite picture of…none other than…YOU!

#2• Your glittery crown of glory!

The base of this crown is rusty {genuine vintage} chicken wire.  From there it will be embellished until your glorious heart is content {the warm and fuzzy kind!}.

This will be taught by the fabulous designer/artist team of All That Glitter ~ Becky & Holly

#3• Custom Soldered Charm

We will spend an adequate amount of time learning some basic soldering skills so that you will feel confident to make a custom soldered charm just for…you guessed it…YOU!

#4• Three Wishes: decorated vintage bottle

Using a vintage bottle with fun characteristics, you will have an opportunity to watch, with your own eyes…using your own hands, it’s personal transformation as it is re-created into a glamorous decanter that will be used to serve pearls of wisdom and encouragement…for, {uh huh} YOU!

Another wonderful creation that will be taught by Holly & Becky of All That Glitter!

#5• Barnboard Frame with soldered collage

During this last year we have had a few barns come down in our community that were 100+ years old.  Being the scrounge that I am, I never hesitate to ask for the burn pile {often getting much better}.  In this workshop you will begin with the frame and embellish it however you want.  You will also work on a collage with any theme of your choosing.  It will be put behind glass and, as you use your new-found soldering skills, you will encase it with a soldered edge.

~ ψ ~

pictures of the place:

Here are some links to posts where I’ve hi-lighted some pictures of our place...

here * here * here * here * here

The retreat accommodations will be in the two cabins pictured.  I will try to keep each cabin to no more than 4-5 gals.  I don’t promise luxurious, private rooms for each person but I can guarantee a lovely, warm environment with sparkly, clean indoor plumbing!  {actually, they are quite nice!}


I’m confident that all of our dining will be magnificent!  Feeding people is one of my very favorite things to do.  I will definitely have someone helping me with that but I guarantee you that my hands won’t be far from the kitchen.

If you have specific needs when it comes to the food that you eat, please let me know that when you register.

list of supplies:

Most of what we are working with will be provided for you but when you register you will be provided with your own list of suggested supplies.


The cost for this retreat is $280.  This includes meals, lodging, workshops and many of the supplies for the workshops.  A $100 deposit will save you a spot.  I would love to have the full amount {$280} two weeks prior to the event.

If YOU are interested in joining me for this whimsical weekend, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll get the wheels in motion…


  1. I am very interested in your art retreat and was wondering if you had any openings? Thanks, cindy 406-581-2823

    Comment by cindy shearer | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I would love to attend your art retreat. Do you have any openings left? I hope you do, it sounds real exciting. Thank you, Ellen 580-326-6223

    Comment by Ellen | February 13, 2010 | Reply

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  4. Yes-Yes-Yes! All things beautiful. Sounds splendid on so many levels. Please let me know ….

    Comment by Stacy Hart | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’m so excited about this art retreat. Please count me in. I’ll be in Los Angeles for a week (live in Port Angeles, WA) going to the Rose Bowl. My phone # is 360-457-4262.

    Comment by Shirley Richards | March 10, 2010 | Reply

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  7. I would love to come to the retreat. Do you still have openings? Where are you located at?

    Thanks so much,
    Marilynn Ross

    Comment by Marilynn | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hi! I met you at the Farm Chicks Show! I loved all your stuff and my friend and I are totally wanting to go to your retreat do you have room for two??? Can’t wait to hear from you ! 509-710-0068 Sookie22@juno.com

    Comment by Susanne Griffith | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  9. Where is this located? Sounds wonderful!

    Comment by Kathy Julian | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi Elaine,
    My friend Susanne Griffith and I are so excited about this retreat! I hope you have room for me. Waiting to hear from you! 509-467-4243 or 509-939-9738. Thank You.

    Comment by Elaine Hicks | July 22, 2010 | Reply

  11. Very interested in your next retreat and where are you located?????I’ll sign up today……Thanks Debbie

    Comment by Debbie Armijo | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hi Elaine,
    I just need to send you a check and I don’t have your address. Could you please give me a call @ 467-4243 or 993-9738. I also have a question for you.Thanks, Elaine

    Comment by Elaine Hicks | September 21, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hi Elaine need to send you my final installment can’t wait !!! I also need to know what kinda pix you need? If you could call or email me that would be awesome! I also need your addy again I c an’t find it so can send you a check!!

    Comment by Susanne Griffith | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  14. I wish I could swing the flight and the timing to make it to your retreat. It looks like so much fun. Love what you do–especially would love to know how to solder. (Loved winning a charm!) Perhaps some day I can make it back to WA from WI.

    Comment by MoniQ in WI | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  15. just happened to stumble on to your retreat…Was wondering where the retreat is and if there is still space. it sounds wonderful!

    Comment by jilliene | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  16. This is soooo up my alley, I can’t wait to participate! I love to create!

    Comment by Terry | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  17. I have a group of 4-5 women who are interested in your art retreat for fall of 2011. Do you have dates yet & how many openings will there be?
    Thank you!

    Comment by Karen Stadeli | November 29, 2010 | Reply

  18. I would like to hear about your 2011 Retreats. Where are the retreats held?
    Looks like my kinda fun!!!!:)

    Comment by Theresa Wall | January 3, 2011 | Reply

  19. Just wondered if you have dates for your fall retreat yet? Thanks!

    Comment by Karen Stadeli | February 16, 2011 | Reply

  20. Are you going to be scheduled at Ritter’s in Spokane early April? Would you please send me information regarding times and classes?

    thanks so much!

    Autumn Banks

    Comment by Autumn Banks | March 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello again~

      Would I be able to attend the Friday session only due to my work schedule? I am very interested in the Top Glass Journal or the Mixed Media Boards. Maybe your schedule could fit one of these for Friday? Please let me know if that is possible and the cost for one day.
      Thanks…..Blessings, Autumn Banks

      Comment by Autumn Banks | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  21. Just checking to see if there are any spots available still….. Please email me.
    Thanks, Michelle

    Comment by Michelle Parkinson | August 1, 2011 | Reply

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