Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

a clever cuff

Is it OK that I at times feel clever?

I tend to have a lot [piles] of these ruffles ‘laying around’ and as I was looking at them yesterday morning I decided to try to create a cuff with them.

With the ruffles already made, I sewed the layers together added a piece of jewelry and it literally just took minutes.  It comes together with a tied bow, which is not very convenient but I do like the look of it…for now anyway.

I’ll have to try to find a better option for that…maybe a small piece of pretty elastic…is there such a thing as pretty elastic?…guess I’ll add that to my fancy clip~board shopping list for the city.

I’m wearing this sweet cuff right now {as I am decorating my house for Christmas and listening to a wonderful Pandora Christmas mix} and I love how pretty and feminine it is with a touch of vintage tatted lace and rhinestone jewelry.

December 9, 2011 Posted by | blog, craftiness, cuff, sewing | 1 Comment


My friend Cathye had a fun banner idea posted on her Facebook page.  It inspired me to try to make one of my own.  I didn’t have large stencils so I decided to just run vintage sheet music through my printer.

It worked great.

I embellished it a little and added some German glass glitter to the bottom of each page, reinforced it along the top, punched holes and ran a ribbon through it.

It’s a fun and quick project…give it a try!

November 4, 2011 Posted by | craftiness | 3 Comments

chickens in the basket…

So many of the people in my life know that I am always a good source for getting rid of some of the ‘junk’ they have lying around.

I could spend a lot of time evaluating that and just what it might say about ME, but I won’t!…not today anyway!  After all, I have the greatest junking weekend of the year coming up…this weekend!!!   The Farm Chicks Sale   {hooray! hooray!}

My son recently said, “I have an old bike out back, do you want it???”   …”sure!”

…and such a cute bike it was ~ I saw lots of potential there!

Let me just insert another ‘love’ here…Jennifer Paganelli’s “Sis Boom” fabricFrom the moment I saw a write-up in Country Living magazine, many years ago, on her new line ‘Girlfriends‘, I have been a fan.  I’ve had a little stash here {from quilthome.com} that I have envisioned sewing into something grand but slipped a bit of it away to use on this vintage bicycle re-do.

All I can say is, “Too Much Stinkin’ Fun” ~

I loved every minute of wrapping this bike up in such fun, beautiful fabrics.  I think that I smiled the whole time!  🙂  I called my brother and asked if he could come ‘up’ and take some pictures…he did!

May 31, 2011 Posted by | chickens, craftiness, farmgirl style, soldered charms | 6 Comments


I’ve just been playing and having too much fun.

{more to come on this little lady a bit later…}

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, craftiness | 2 Comments

the Importance of such little things…

I don’t usually get so excited about Valentine’s Day.

I know that my upcoming workshop/tea has something to do with it.

We had an open house/Sunday brunch here last week for the people in our church which gave me a nudge to take advantage of an excuse to get some decorations out….that helped a bit with my excitement.

I also have my {3rd annual} Valentine Tea Party coming up that I do for my nieces and their friends each year.  That really has me excited.

party 1 & party 2

Actually, it’s quite possible that since this is my first year without any of my own kids around I now have time to enjoy such {un}important things.

Mmmm…that’s an interesting thought!

January 28, 2011 Posted by | craftiness, Valentine's | 1 Comment

It’s in the {extra} touch

I {generally} love everything that I do/make/create…

…but I find that {often} my favorite part lies in the added extras…

…the scintillating embellishments

…the brilliant adornments

…the fun touch of artistry that may catch you by surprise…

Honestly, it’s the area that I struggle with the most as I get ready for a show.  These sweet touches fight for my already consumed time!

But {FIGHT} I will!

p.s. I got the laundry done

May 28, 2010 Posted by | craftiness | 4 Comments

Valentines 101

Making Valentines will forever bring out the kid in me!

It ranks right up there with baking and assembling gingerbread houses and finger painting!

Oh, what glittery↔gooey↔shimmery fun!

When I was in school {just a few years back}, art class was my favorite!

So now, as I work with a variety of mediums, it turns into a joyful experience.

I had a day of ‘sickness’ this week.  The day after I began working on these Valentines.  It seemed the perfect remedy as I slowly began to heal and ease back into ‘normal’.

I laid out a variety of vintage: papers, pictures and wallpaper.  I added to that  fun words, glue, stamps, paint and inks.

I worked in layers accomplishing depth and texture as I went along.

I backed each Valentine with a piece of vintage wallpaper then iced each one with a shimmery edge of German glass glitter!

As I worked on these I was full of anticipation for the upcoming Art Retreat.

Tomorrow I will post pictures of the workshops that will be offered.   ♥ 😉 ♥

January 29, 2010 Posted by | collage, craftiness, Valentine's, vintage | 5 Comments

shelvesI purchase these three shelves for $2 @ our local thrift store.  They looked like they could only be good for the dumpster.  I know Mr T thought that I finally went ‘crazy’ {cuckoo, berzerk, bonkers, nuts, screwy, delirious…} ~ I was actually even questioning myself.  I don’t like taking before pictures, so I didn’t!

shelvesI really love take after pictures…so I did!

charmsWith some paint, vintage wallpaper, sanding, charms and a dab of chalkboard paint I’m hoping that I have something that will sell.




vintage wallpaperThis roll of vintage wallpaper was a purchase from last weekend’s show – my only purchase, actually – that’s pretty amazing for me.  I have quite a bit of vintage wallpaper but this roll amazes me.  It’s beautiful to the eye and the touch.


I’m convinced that I’ll be using it in a variety of projects.

July 8, 2009 Posted by | collage, craftiness, soldered charms, vintage, vintage wallpaper | 2 Comments

Swappy Ladies!

Swappy Ladies charmLast spring Amber started a fun swap called ‘Swappy Ladies’.  We are now bringing our 3rd swap to a close.  I’m actually a couple of days late on getting mine mailed but, honestly, I haven’t been too disturbed by this.  It’s all good.  In fact, I added a bonus today because I saw this post this morning and thought, “I have to add one of those ~ it’s too perfect”.

“Why is it perfect?”, you ask.

Because…the guidelines of the swap go something like this:

We want to stick with the idea of reduce, reuse or recycle OR a hand crafted item..all of the floral orientation.
Meaning…you will provide your swap partner with ONE floralish item that has either been homespun by your sweet little self or has been purchased USED at a garage sale, thrift store, your Grandma’s house ect… Along with a spring verse, quote or a prettyish little spring story of your liking.

(Amber’s words exactly…I just centered it because I like it that way better and I added a dot (.) after ‘Meaning..” because I like it that way better ~ & I added a …. OK, to be honest…I don’t get to irritate Amber nearly as often as I used to because I now live 5½ hours from her. 😦 ~so I just had to take advantage of this opportunity. )

pillow case apronSo, back to the pillowcase apron – perfect, right?  Yes!  Made with a 70’s…maybe 80’s, floralish pillowcase from the thrift store.

charmI made a charm to fit with the floralish/homemade theme and these swaps are all about friendship {even though we often don’t know our partner} so I worked that in.

side 2 of charmSide 2 shows more florid fun.

a....uh, er...'thing'Then, I added a…er, uh…mmmm ~ ‘thing’.  Could be used for….uh…whatever.  It just fits the category so well.

Floralish, homespun by my sweet little self, and made with completely repurposed/found items.

purse 1)barkcloth from old drapes 2)red cordury from a jumper, purchased @ thrift store 3)remnant from burlap coffee bag 4)snaps & rick rack, thrifted…

♥ for the verse, quote or prettyish little…. ~I’m going to add the Lion Chaser’s Manifesto that I had in yesterday’s post.

This is going to Mya!  I don’t know much about Mya except that she’s a fighter, a survivor and she used to live in Hawaii (thus the usage of the beautiful floral barkcloth…very Hawaiian) and now lives in Texas.  I hope she enjoys!!!

May 18, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, craftiness, soldered charms, swap | 4 Comments

What drives a girl to…

…think that her nieces who are 4 & 6 need to make piñatas for their upcoming birthdays?

happily making pinatasKatie & Abbie are with us for a whole week.  I knew that I wanted to do some crafty stuff with them but I wasn’t sure what.  Katie was good to remind me that first day about every 5 minutes that we needed to be working on something.

piñata pride!I took them to WalMart so they could buy something special with the money they had saved up.  As we worked our way through the party aisle (not sure why we were there), they were so impressed with the piñatas.  I said, “Do you girls want to make piñatas for your birthdays?”.    ~So, there you have it!  That’s what drives me…my big mouth!

piñata hi-lights!

Actually, we are, of course, having much fun, as Mr T captured it on film.  Little Miss Wee Wiggles likes it for about 5 minutes at a time but Aunty is helping her right along.  I love getting my hands all gooey and they’re getting used to it as we add a new layer each day.

Piñatas are fun for kids of all ages.  Here is my goo recipe

mix ½ c. flour with 2 c. cold water ~ add to 2 c. boiling water and bring to boil.  Remove from heat, stir in 3 T. sugar.  Let cool.  It will thicken as it cools.  I used my first batch over a two-day period but you wouldn’t want to let it hang out much longer than that.

March 12, 2009 Posted by | art, craftiness, family, just plain fun | 8 Comments