Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

A refresher course…of sorts:

It seems that everything I do right now has something to do with getting ready for next weekend’s

Boho Art Retreat.Camp Four!    

I am so excited to have a new group of gals come in for another weekend of creative, crafty gloriousness!    {not to mention the over-the-top wonderful eating that takes place in, throughout and during!}  Oh, my!

It’s always wise for me to refresh myself on the workshops that I’ve planned.

This is a fun one because it seems that as I refresh I… get refreshed!

Creativity just does that for me!

I have so much fun with these creative clipboards.  Each one turns out so different but my common goal with each one I make is that is has function.

I live rural and it’s so important that I make each trip to town count.  I will use this clipboard for lists that I make on adding machine tape.  When I’m heading to town I take these lists and tape them inside a little notebook that I also take to town.

insert personal comment here:  this might just make it sound like I am a ultra-organized, type-A-kind-of-a-gal….not so!  I function best in the carefree state of mind and I’ve discovered that these lists help me with that!  🙂

Each board has a handy little peg for….whatever you want!

This upcoming art weekend is going to be GRAND…I actually have two spots open…won’t YOU join in?

October 14, 2011 Posted by | "the Board", Art Retreat, ArtRetreat.CampFour | Leave a comment

Boho~style – crown making and picnicking…

I’ve been ‘talking up’ the Royal Lady Workshop and Summer Picnic with excitement and expectation for a while now.

And, taking into consideration that I will always be biased, I will say that it exceeded those expectations.

It was a beautiful day that involved amazing ladies, delectable food and glittery sensations.

With the use of that word ‘sensations‘ I’ll also say that it was a day that touched each of our senses in a fun and somewhat unexpected way.

There is always a lot of planning and preparation involved but something that is a favorite element is that the over-all outcome seems to exceed the ideas that are floating around in my head.

I had amazing {marvelous, wonderful and impressive} help.

Amber and Trisha showed up a day ahead of time to help ‘get things done‘…and get it all done, we did!

My daughter, Lauren and daughter-in-law, Jackie were here for some added help and moral support as well.

Heather prepared and served the food from her summer-fresh menu…it was splendid and grand!  Yum!

The crown-making workshop was another hi-light of the day.

The creativity that each lady displays makes me smile.  I often have gals who come even though they don’t really get that crafty bug that so many of us have and I enjoy watching as they create something so fun and even enjoy the process.

The remaining pictures were all taken by Trisha Love.  I love each one that she has taken.  She adds a beautiful touch to everything she does.

The next opportunity for a fantastic get-away, crafty-retreat-in-the-country is October 20-22.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop, my neck of the woods! | 4 Comments

Ruffled and Ready!

I do have some pictures and posts to show from our trip to Alaska but since arriving home last night, I now need to hit the ground running to get ready for Saturday’s Royal Lady Workshop and Summer Picnic.

I’m so excited for Saturday!

I have a wonderful group of gals coming….{and there’s even room for another few}

Heather’s menu is positively mouth-watering….

Now it’s up to me to make the rest come together and happen!

One of the things that I was able to work on while in AK was the hand-dyed ruffles for the crown workshop.  I also made sweet little wraps for some of my home-made goat’s milk soap that each gal will receive.


did I mention that I’m excited and that I want you to be there too…{it’s not too late}

The trip to my parent’s place in AK is loooooong.  It takes about 16 hours to get there depending how all of the connections work out with two flights, 4ish hours of driving, a 3-hour ferry ride and a bit of waiting in between.  It’s always good to take along some projects and reading.  I threw in some linen cuffs that I could add some needle work to.

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop | 2 Comments

Strawberry Lemonade, anyone?

The Royal Lady workshop and picnic lunch is an event that will transform my front yard {and all of your senses}.  In the mean time, it certainly plays with my mind…on a daily basis.  I want every part of it to be perfect.  I’ve been working on drink ideas and trying to perfect a fresh strawberry lemonade.  I go out to the garden pick a couple of handfuls of strawberries, juice them, squeeze the juice from a few lemons…add some water, sugar, fresh mint leaves….refrigerate….taste, taste and taste again….see how it sits in the fridge for a couple of days…taste some more.  And then a few days later I repeat the process again. 

the results?    It’s all good, tasty and beautiful!

maybe I’ll even add a touch of sparkle to it…

I can’t wait for July 30th – It’s going to be grand and there is still room for YOU and your friend{s}!  🙂

click on the picture for more information

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop, in the kitchen | Leave a comment

the Royal Lady workshop…

I mentioned that the glitter was in…now it’s time to let it do it’s thing…

Each day I get more and more excited for The Royal Lady workshop and summer picnic that is scheduled for July 30th.

Heather, of Farmgirl Gourmet, and I have met and talked ‘menu’….I’ll just say, “YUM!”  I guarantee it will tickle your palette with pleasure. 

We are planning to take the freshness that summer offers and serve it up…picnic~style

Amber of Tres Birds Photography will be here to capture the beauty and essence of the day so that {if you have to miss} we can tickle your visual senses {basically that means, ‘make you wish you had been here’}…

The crown workshop is guaranteed to tickle your creative fantasies.

My friend Cathy and I got together last week to make crowns.  I needed my own refresher course and I also needed a break from the dailyness of things.  So we slipped in some time to celebrate friendship, eat good food and get our hands dirty glittery!

Oh, such fun!

I plan on making gobs of fun, pink {hand-died} ruffles to have available.

Sometimes I struggle a bit with ‘tooting my own horn‘ but I just have to say that I believe this day will tickle your fancy in every way.  If you can come, I want for you to come! 

Please come!…I just know that every party is better when you are there!!!!

Just in case you didn’t see the link mentioned above, click HERE for all of the information on the day!

I’ll also mention here that if you would like to make a weekend of it I have a couple of cabins here that could be available upon request…sounds like the perfect get-a-way to me…!

July 2, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop | 3 Comments

Get your Boho on….

Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of a $35 discount towards the registration for my next

Bσhσ Art Retreat.

{Here} is where you will find the information on the weekend.

Also, {here} you will find a link that will take you to the April retreat where we had similar workshops…

I am very excited for Bσhσ Camp.Four and would love to have your face in those photos! 

I’ll add here too that…

the glitter has arrived!

Preparation is being made for {this day} and I can’t tell you how excited I am for it.

There are some lovely ladies signed up to join in…the only thing that could make it any better is if YOU could also come!

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop | Leave a comment

Retreat-style, Boho workshop…

I am excited to mention here another one-day workshop that I am planning for this summer at my place.

I’m even more excited that Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet will be joining me for this event.

It will be a splendid day brimming with glittery, crafty goodness and a {to-be-envied} picnic lunch wrapped up in one, big, glorious country setting.

My plan is to do it all outside under tents.

Oh, I can’t wait.

Will you join me?

Spread the word.  This is open to anyone.  Bring a friend {sister, mother, grandma, neighbor…}!

And for even more Bσhσ whimsy…the Fall retreat has three spots open right now.  If you’re looking for a full weekend of inspiration, fun and wonderful food, my place really is the place to be!

There is a $35 discount for deposits received before July 1st.

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop | Leave a comment

Boho Wrap-Up

I have loved spending the week talking about last weekend’s Bσhσ Art Retreat

Camp.Three did not disappoint.  I loved every minute of it!

October 20-22, 2011 will be the next Art Retreat weekend.  Click HERE for all the details on Camp.Four.  I have about 7 spots open for that weekend.   For those of you who are thinking that this might just be for YOU, I am offering a $35 discount to all gals who get their $100 deposit in by June 1st.  {such a deal}

I’m not quite sure what the future holds for this {Art Retreat} part of my business but I’m loving what I see so far.  I do have DREAMS of it growing, not sure how, where and to what extent but I love that I can just remain flexible and be a part of the ‘ride’.

I do know that there will be more day workshops available.  I’m working on a couple of options in the Spokane area.  As soon as any details are in place I’ll have all the information right here!

if you have any questions leave a comment with this post or e-mail me at vintagecharm@integrity.com

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, ArtRetreat.CampThree | 2 Comments

Boho Cuisine…

This is the day where I get to share with you some of Amber’s mouth-watering photos.
I’ve found that Bσhσ Girls have great appetites for good, home-made food.


It’s OK…my mouth is watering too!  🙂

I am SO THANKFUL for the gals who helped me in the kitchen…my Mom, Sister and friend Cathy!

Thanks Ladies!!!

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, ArtRetreat.CampThree, in the kitchen | 4 Comments

Boho ~ DayTwo

On day two of our Bσhσ adventure we learned the basics of soldering and then we crafted these two soldered projects.

These gals really picked it up fast and went with it.  I don’t have any pictures of the finished charms that were made but if some come my way then I’ll share them.

I just noticed when I looked at this picture that the sign high up on the wall is crooked so I just fixed it…that might make you feel better, I know I do.  🙂

I appreciate what Beka had to say about her day of soldering: 

I can see why the gals love your classes and come back. Thanks for all your time & patience in sharing both what you know and your time & materials so the rest of us could get a taste of what it’s like to be creative.   It’s nice when folks like you aren’t afraid to share what they know for the love of craft. “

Thanks, Beka…it was fun to have you and all the other gals join in!

All pictures in this post were taken by Amber of Tres Birds Photography and here are a few more that I’m adding…

April 14, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, ArtRetreat.CampThree, solder | 4 Comments