Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Vinyl Collage Tote

vinyl collage toteHere is a fun tote created with canvas and magazine clippings ~ then topped with clear vinyl.

vinyl collage toteI’ve made a few of these one-of-a-kind creations before.    •onetwothree

vinyl collage toteA conversation regarding them came up @ a local quilt ship last week and the owner asked me if I would consider teaching a class.

vinyl collage toteI said, “yes!” and here is my class sample.

October 28, 2009 Posted by | bespoke design, class, collage, custom, sewing | 12 Comments

A is for…

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I wished I'd noticed it was blurry before I had it all packaged and ready to mail.

I wished I'd noticed it was blurry before I had it all packaged and ready to mail.

My daughter loves to design custom charms ~ this style is one of her favs.  It becomes a very personal gift.  She had me make this for one of her favorite gals.

These charms are made with 1″ beveled glass, back to back.

gingerbread-housesI spent portions of the past two days working in 2 “Food & Family” classes @ my daughter’s school ~ she is in one of the classes.  Her teacher asked if I would help teach the kids how to make gingerbread houses.  I was thrilled to be asked.  That’s a great place for a mom to hang out & my sweet-16 girl seemed to actually like the fact that I was there.  She, of course, had to make a special call to me (probably during class) to make sure that I didn’t wear anything embarrassing.

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A is for: always trying to be there for my kids …in any possible way, with anything, whenever and however possible...if possible & if practical… (you get the idea)  & all the while…trying not to look stupid or embarrassing! 🙂  (it’s such a challenging job)

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, class, family | 7 Comments

So delighted!

After almost 12 hours of surgery, Joan’s doctor feels that it went very well and that they got 99.9% of the tumor.  That’s good, good news.  I’m not sure what her recovery will be but I know it’s going to be difficult.

We did a follow-up class yesterday for our Christmas Stocking.  What a fun group of ladies to hang out with.  All of them considerably older than me and unquestionably delightful!  When I become older (even older than I am) I really want to be ‘unquestionably delightful’.

Christmas Stocking Class

I’ve worked on a small batch of soldered charms for delivery

a couple of these photographed poorly - if the light isn't just right...

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side 2

a couple of the ones in the first pic photographed poorly , the charms really did turn out nice -the original picture for the mother/daughter charm is in very poor shape so I was actually pleased with how well this one turned out. *I really struggle with lighting and photography of my charms.  I’m always open to suggestions. Mr T built me a light box that should have solved my problems, but I just haven’t had good success with it.

I love this fun vintage ‘Christmas’ charms. – I have so many fun designs, mostly from vintage cards…I’m anxious to work on some more.

Anyone want a charm made out of a Santa picture? I’ll try to show some ideas tomorrow!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | class, sewing, soldered charms, vintage | 5 Comments

Let it snow!

I just finished my Christmas Stocking class and it snowed the whole time we were sewing.  Too much fun!!!  So, of course, I had to get the Christmas music going.  Right now I’m listening to Karen Carpenter sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Christmas Stocking class

I was trying to catch a shot of the snow with this pic, although it doesn’t show up too well.  We had a great time with the sewing, conversation and eating!  Yea! for the food.  It would be fun to do something like this on a regular basis but it’s so hard to fit it in.

so much fun to 'move in' to my new pin cushion

so much fun to 'move in' to my new pin cushion

We didn’t get our stockings finished so I guess we’re just going to have to get together again.  😉

November 6, 2008 Posted by | class, home life, sewing | 3 Comments

You’re Invited!

I’m doing this class at my house.  I know there probably isn’t anyone who reads this who could actually come but I thought maybe there would be.  If you’re anywhere near Eastern Washington (state), it would be great to have you – I even have some all-night accomodations available.  Wow!  Wouldn’t that be cool.  You could have your own little sewing retreat.  I have limited space though so let me know ASAP.  Here’s a better close-up of the Christmas Stocking.

October 27, 2008 Posted by | class, sewing | 5 Comments