Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results


Last night, I let my mind {and fingers} slip away from βσhσville so I could work on my 30th block to my 1″ Life Sampler.  This represents the year I turned 8.  I loved {LOVED} to climb the mountain behind my house (mostly when it wasn’t rattle-snake season) to build forts, play in forts and pick wild flowers.  I also liked to climb trees! {I was just that kind of girl!}

Here is a happy, custom charm that went out in the mail to a special customer!

April 9, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, soldered charms | 5 Comments

dreamin’ right along…

#28 & #29 – 1″ Life Sampler

I loved riding my bicycle when I was young (unfortunately, it didn’t have a cute basket on the front for fresh bread and roses, nor did it have one on the back for fresh flowers).

I remember that first ‘ride’ without my training wheels.  I was at my grandparents (the C’s).  With an ever-so-slight downhill grade at the head of their driveway, I was able to take off.  Oh my!…I had dreamed of it for so long and when it finally came, what freedom it gave.

I really think that I’ve always been a dreamer.  Honestly, I generally don’t even ever mind when I don’t see my dreams come to fruition…but, PLEASE just let me DREAM .

I have had dreams when the downhill grade seemed so steep it frightened me and others that were an uphill battle.

Each dream that comes to a realization (possibly through blood, sweat and tears) brings such joy.

It used to stress Mr T out GREATLY when I would dream {out loud}.  I know that it was partly because he could always see the $ signs that were attached to my dreams…but, I think that he also struggled with the fact that he really does enjoy giving me the things that I want.  He seems to have finally learned that just because I talk about a dream doesn’t mean that I’ll be too disappointed if I don’t see it happen.

Guess what?  Now he even dreams my dreams right along with me.    🙂

April 5, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler | 7 Comments

The Cross :~

#27 – 1″ Life Sampler

As I have been taking this journey through my life, one stitch at a time, I would be remiss if I didn’t catch the most significant ‘happening’ in my life.  It was being introduced to Jesus Christ at a very young age.  As I grew in years and understanding, the blood of Jesus became more and more real in my life.

Today, as I celebrate His Blood through His death on the Cross, I still struggle with the full meaning of what it meant for Jesus to give His life on that Cross so many years ago.

This is what I do know…

He did it for me!

He did it for you!

He did it that I could have freedom and a new life in Him!


He knew exactly what He was doing!

I am blessed and forever changed because of His gift!

I have a friend who is an amazing communicator and writer who writes every 5th week for the religious column of the Seattle Times.  Here is that column from this weekend, reposted to her blog.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, faith, life | 7 Comments

1″ Life Sampler

I keep adding to my 1″ Life Sampler

#24 is for 1974 when our family went to Disneyland for the first (and only) time.  Mr T and I have gone many times since though and have even taken the kids along a couple of those times!  😉

#25 & #26 are on either side of the one I did for 1998 (a flower garden).  We lived in the greater Seattle area during those years and I loved the rain (most days) but, the sun…oh, the sun is more glorious in that part of the country than any other…I’m quite sure.  I think that when you live in an area where it rains so much, it just makes you appreciate the grandness of the sun all the more.

It seemed fitting to surround my little embroidered flowers with Seattle rain and sunshine!  😉

April 2, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler | 1 Comment


#23 to my 1″ Life Sampler is for the year…you guessed it 2000!

I’ve removed the funny blue lines…just not in time for the ‘photo shoot’!

I spent a bit of time at the sewing machine this week to make a couple of aprons with a sweet, cherry theme.

This one combines vintage fabrics with a few new ones.

Here is yet another sweet combination for an apron.

March 31, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, aprons, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 1 Comment

More family history…

#21 & #22 – 1″ Life Sampler – dress form & birdcage

When I was a little girl I loved to go to my great grandparent’s house.  It was just so old and I loved that.   I loved tromping around in the rustic ‘outdoors’ and the two rooms inside that were my favorite were the guest room and the attic.  The two things that I remember admiring the most in the attic were my grandma’s dress form and her old bird cage.

I have had her dress form in my possession now for many years.  It is handmade.  The main part is made from a paper mache’ and stuffed with old newspaper.  My grandma probably did that herself and I’m sure that my grandpa made the frame for her.

I lovingly call her Mergatroid {Mergy}.  I wish I had named her Sophie, after my gr. grandma but Mergy stuck many years ago and I can’t change it now!  😉

My great grandpa filed a claim to homestead that land at the age of 21.  The homestead was finalized in 1914 and signed by our president, Woodrow Wilson.   They were true pioneers and knew what it was like to live off of the land.

That property is about 10 minutes from where I now live.

March 26, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, family | 8 Comments

There is a winner!

#20 ~ 1″ Life Sampler

In October of 1991 we purchased our first home..in Chehalis, WA.  That was an exciting time for us.  Certainly a part of our ‘growing up’ experience.   We actually still own that home.

Do you want to buy it????   😉

Here is a great charm idea…it can be personalized however you like and to whomever…

I think that I’m going to redo this charm 😦 …one dictionary I went to made namby-pamby sound like a sweet word another one makes it sound not-so-sweet…more like a weakness

The winner to my 500th post give-a-way is….

MoniQ in WI = comment: Am I too late to comment? I was on bedrest and sleeping all day–now awake at 3 a.m. checking my fave crafty blogs! I LOVE your charm….it’s charming!

Yesterday while I was ‘charming’ I watched Mama Mia!  I love that movie…even when it gets super corny (Pierce Brosnan singing???)…I still love it.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, soldered charms | 5 Comments

#19 ~ 1″ Life Sampler

#19 – 1″ Life Sampler – little piggy

For many years my dad was a pig farmer.  He sold his farm when I was three.  It was at that time that he felt a calling in his heart to become a pastor.  This began a new journey for our family…a journey that took my parent’s {and us} into a life of faithfulness and blessing!

I will announce a winner tomorrow for my give-a-way…that gives you one more day to enter YOUR name.

March 24, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler | 5 Comments

Sweet & Sassy!

Block #18 to my 1″ Life Sampler reflects a time in my life that always makes me smile.

There is a memorable day in April of 2005 when I had the opportunity to go to a lovely teahouse in Redmond, WA with two of my girlfriends, Amber and Trisha.  We felt so inspired as we absorbed the environment around us that we became consumed with the idea of starting up our own tea house…which quickly turned to a focus on cupcakes.  This began a different journey of finding and refining the perfect cupcake recipes.  As friends connected with friends, we began making cupcakes at all hours of the day, for a variety of occasions, whenever the need would arise.

I love to dream and I love it when others are willing to dream with me.  We did see that dream fizzle, for a variety of reasons.  I’m glad we didn’t dive in to the expense and commitment of a shop but I don’t regret one day of dreaming the dream.

We just had way too much fun processing our way through that dream.

When Kristine sent me some snippets from her collection of ‘authentic’ prints last week, I immediately saw it as a challenge.  “What can I do with these that will be for ME?”  I have loved making these burlap aprons and I decided that I would make one for me with those prints.  I have a long, green, tiered, silk skirt that will go perfectly with this to wear at  my shows….and I can compliment that with some cute boots!  {oh, ya!}

This one I made with one of the old drapes that I brought home from my grandma’s house recently.

This would make an ugly drape/curtain but fun, linen fabric and it goes well with the burlap.

~the sweet and sassy cupcake girls...Sweet & Sassy...for sure!

Check this post out for a fun give-a-way!  I’ll keep it open for a few more days!

March 23, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, friends, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 6 Comments

the singing bowes…

I mentioned in this post that I would tell you a little more about singing with my brother and sister while I was growing up.  So, here in my 17th block of my 1″ Life Sampler, I’ll share a little more and include pictures.

My embroidery attempts here look a bit frightening but keep in mind that this is 1″…yes, 1″…and on a smaller scale it doesn’t look so bad.

circa 1971 - Mother's Day Tea - Columbia High School - Hunters WA

Here, however, is the real deal.  Oh, how I wish this was in color and you could see my adorable red, shiny shoes.  Actually, we were wearing red, white and blue and performing at our school (K-12) for their Mother’s Day program.

circa 1968 ...with my sweet grandpa looking on

I had to include this picture because it was nearly impossible for me to sing without grabbing my dress and drawing it up.    Our clothes were generally all home-made by our dear mom.

I can’t even begin to imagine her diligence and determination as she taught us to sing.  By the time we were 6,7 & 10, we were singing 3-part harmony…and we sounded pretty good…

…not to mention, quite adorable!

We were asked to sing often around our community.  And, we were conveniently mobile since my mom could play the piano as well as the accordion.

OK…I’ll throw in this last one!

If you haven’t left a comment on my last post, go there to be entered into the give-a-way!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, family | 12 Comments