Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results


It’s really so much fun to sew for little girls…and ♥Valentine’s Day♥ is a particularly wonderful occasion!

February 11, 2010 Posted by | aprons, sewing, Valentine's | 2 Comments


I am thrilled to be one of the Spotlight features in the new Apron•ology magazine.

They did a beautiful job {true Stampinton & Co. style} with the photos.

There are a lot of wonderfully creative aprons represented in this issue.

I’m already dreaming about what my next submission will be…

February 4, 2010 Posted by | aprons, favorite magazines, published!, vintage{y} apron | 9 Comments

gift tagsYesterday’s show was enjoyable…all of of the people there were fun, friendly and so enjoyable to work with…and I got a lot of knitting done!

charms ~ little cutiesThese charms measure ½” square and can be worn alone {$15} or suspended in a silver circle {$20}.

charms ~ little cutiesI really love them and the young girls were going crazy over these.

sprinklesThese ‘sprinkle jars’ are ever so cute!

booth pic


charmsThe next time I set up will be for A Vintage Christmas which will be held at Spokane’s Northtown Mall

November 8, 2009 Posted by | aprons, show sales, soldered charms, vintage | 4 Comments

Two fun new aprons…

vintage{y}apronIt’s early, early (5:30) and I’m getting ready to leave for the little show that I’ve signed up to do today!

I love both of these aprons and they are going with me.


They both have well-used carpenter’s aprons worked into them…

vintage{y}apron…they just add so much character!


vintage{y}apronThis one is definitely a favorite!!!

November 7, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

An Apron Creation

vintage{y}apronI made this apron using an old drape that has fresh, beautiful fall{ish} colors in it.



vintage{y}apronMy giant owl necklace compliments it nicely!  😉

pot holderThere is an ever-so-handy potholder sewn into the bottom of it…on the right hand side.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage{y} apron | 7 Comments

An apron for Kayla ~

vintage{y} apronMichelle asked me to make an apron for her daughter (who this past summer celebrated her 1st year of marriage).  I tried to make a couple for her but it just didn’t hit her fancy spot.

vintage{y} apronThen she had the wonderful idea of sending me a table cloth that belonged to her grandmother to use as the base.

vintage{y} apronIt was challenging for me to find the right elements to compliment the colors in the tablecloth but I finally found some pieces that I felt worked well together.

vintage{y} apron

vintage{y} apron

vintage{y} apron

save the date

I made this charm for Michelle to give her daughter, Kayla, last year

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October 22, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage{y} apron | 6 Comments

Apron delight!

vintage{y} apronThis apron really turned out exquisite.

The vintage cotton piece that I used for the main body of the apron was beautiful, pristine and nice to work with.

vintage{y} apronAnd, the vintage hand work that I sewed into this apron is simply stunning!

vintage{y} apronThe front pocket was made from the delicately crocheted edge of a pillow case.

vintage{y} apronI added some pleats to the bib for an interesting detail.

vintage{y} apron

For the tie, I cut a strip from a beautiful, vintage table cloth that seems to pull all of the elements together nicely.

I’m tempted to keep this one!

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October 21, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage{y} apron | 7 Comments


vintage{y} apronIf you’re a regular here, you’ve noticed that I love apron creations made from vintage assortments.

vintage{y} apronI call them vintage{y} aprons.  Which fits them so well but I worry about it sounding a bit quirky (I would be interested in your thought on this).  The title I give it here has, up to now, had no importance because I am quirky…I encourage quirky…it’s a safe place to be quirky…

IMGvintage{y} apronBut, now it’s changed just a bit.  Remember when I submitted an apron to Apron•ology?

vintage{y} apronThey informed me last week that I will be featured (not sure what that means) in their next issue…on the shelves for February.  This makes me excited (can you hear the shrill shrieks in my words?).

vintage{y} apronSo, now I basically have to write the article that will go with it and give my ‘creations’ a name.

Vintage{y} Apron?…maybe

but they would have to use the pretty brackets not the boring ones! ( )

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | aprons, favorite magazines, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage{y} apron | 4 Comments

Fullness of Joy!

Yesterday was such a full day, I just have to share about it here…


Ooooo…looky, looky…there’s that magnificent bag that’s being given away….yes, you caught me.  I used it!

I was asked to speak to a group of young moms at a local church.   Wow!  What a fun opportunity and awesome responsibility.  I would in no way consider myself a public speaker but when I feel passionate about so many of the topics that concern these gals, it seems that the barriers that I put up that make it difficult to speak just melt away.   Plus, their ‘topic’ of the day was aprons.   Oh ya…right up my alley!

momsI believe {with all my ♥} that moms who are raising kids to know and love God are one of His greatest blessings.  I also believe that He generously gives His blessings and unique, creative gifts to these women.

As I spoke and interacted with these gals…I was the one that was blessed!

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

Actually, my day turned into a double blessing!!!  I met my sweet friend Rolane…who does the Vintage Barn Sale @ Chaps [\ˈshaps\] in S. Spokane.  We had a very nice visit and it was also payday for me.  She took my ‘wares’ to Ohio for the Country Living Fair.  She gets so slammed at that show and I love it that she loves sharing my things with those shoppers as well.  That show does really well for me…and I don’t have to go…set up…tear down…you get the picture.  Although, truth be told, I would really love to go some year.

While waiting for Rolane, I had a nice, long visit with Celeste, the restaurant owner.  This gal is such a sweet one.  She is also an encourager.  I felt like she just poured some goodness into my life during that visit.  To be honest, I get this even by just sitting in her ‘house’…I guess it was doubled (ooo…there’s that double blessing again) sitting in her ‘house’ with her.  Thanks, Celeste, for giving me some of your time…

Here are a few pictures from the inside, but notice in the above picture the new construction.  She is adding a bakery which will include some additional seating.  Everything she touches just turns ‘beautiful’!..can’t wait to see it.

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!


chaps…and lastly…

ElizabethOur sweet girl, Elizabeth, was on the Homecoming Court @ the football game.  She didn’t win the title ‘princess’ but I know it was a fun evening for her.  She loves to be in the spotlight and she shines well.  She was stunning and beautiful…especially with her dusty, red cowboy boots on.  I love this girl.  She makes me smile everyday.

I love seeing her grow as her faith in God grows.

Today promises to be a quieter day for this country girl who has found a deep ♥love♥  in just staying home.  One of the things that I was challenged by yesterday though is that I really do need to get out more.  I need to be involved more in the lives of others…and I need to find meaningful ways to do that.

That would {equally} be a great challenge for you too!

October 17, 2009 Posted by | aprons, friends, just plain fun, vintage, vintage{y} apron | 11 Comments

Kitchen Pride~

vintage{y}apronThanks for the sweet comments on this new batch of aprons.

vintage{y}apronThey’ve been fun ~ it’s funny how each one inspires me.

vintage{y}apronIt’s also funny that when each one sells, I tend to say, “Ohhhhh ~ you’re going to buy one of my aprons!”  …with the added expression of sadness and joy.

vintage{y}apron w/charms

Most of my aprons sell for $35-50, so when a gal has decided that she wants one, she really wants one and is very excited about her purchase.  That makes me excited too, knowing that it will be going to a good home.  🙂

I know that to some this sounds so very silly but I put a bit of my ♥ & soul into each one!

cupcake charm

September 3, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, soldered charms, vintage{y} apron | 2 Comments