Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Glamour Girl Turns 30!

My sweet 16-yr-old has a tendency to talk about a variety of girls from the same school and refer to them as ‘best friend’. That’s always kind of bugged me because ‘best’ has a singular meaning to me. I have always felt blessed by many ‘best friends’ but I would justify it by saying, “she is my best friend from Alaska” or “she is my best friend from high school”… Well over the years I’ve come to learn from that sweet-16-girl that we can never have too many ‘best friends’. Now, in order to fit into that role though she can’t be too high maintenance and it seems that those types always add a certain positive dimension to my life. Well, this birthday gal has definitely fit nicely into the ‘best friend’ category in my world (although she is little high maintenance). 😉 She is such a fun one to be around and she always makes me laugh. Her creativity runs deep, each time I leave her house I feel new inspiration. She is an outstanding homemaker (this includes decorator) and mom to 3 beautiful kids. She will do absolutely anything for me. And making cupcakes is always more fun in her kitchen. Sometimes she is referred to as ‘the Dish’ which, of course, has it’s own story…part of that being that it goes so well with Trish.
This sweet “wallflower”, a soldered collage wall hanging, was made just for her and it has many fun little things added that make it personal for her.  It’s called the A B C D E of the well-dressed girl, and it came out of a 1935 Home-Ec text book.    fun stuff!

Happy Birthday sweet Trish!

Tomorrow I will be drawing a name for the give-away. There is still time to enter by leaving a comment on yesterday’s blog but the competition is running stiff! 🙂 Have a great Sunday!


June 15, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, friends, life, mixed media, solder, vintage | 2 Comments


This wall hanging is made with 2 pieces of bevel glass: the top one measuring 3×5 and the bottom one 3/4×1.  I’ve named her ‘wallflower’ and have included within the collage the definition of {wall’flow’er} a shy person who only looks on at a dance. Actually…I think that is me!  In the small charm I’ve put the French word for ‘wallflower’ and finished it off with a couple of dangly vintage beads.

Since I think the word ‘wallflower’ is fun and ‘wall hanging’ is [extremely] boring, I’m going to call the items I make like this “wallflowers”.  (Wow, that was a major business decision!)

I’m just having too much fun.  I’m also going to design a charm today that will be given away after I post my #50 {and this is #48}, so keep a watchin’.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, mixed media, solder, vintage | 2 Comments

A Small Formal Garden

This mixed media collage has been placed in two pieces of 3×5 bevel-edged glass and is framed with a wavy solder edge. I used actual silk flower petals with glittered tips and it turned out fun. Wasn’t sure how the dimension of that would lie under the glass. Here’s a close-up!

This is my 46th post.  Watch for a special give-away on the day I post #50!

June 5, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, garden, mixed media, solder, vintage | 3 Comments

No Tears in Heaven

This was a custom order made for a gal whose husband passed away recently. The words to the 1935 hymn that trail around this piece of collage are:

“No tears in Heaven, no sorrows given, all will be glory in that land; there’ll be no sadness, all will be gladness, when we shall join that happy band.”

May 23, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, faith, mixed media, solder | 2 Comments

My sister~My forever friend!


Originally uploaded by Tinker Verve

I have been blessed to have a great sister. She truly is my forever friend. I made this for her. It was slightly belated…her birthday was less than a month ago, I’m not doing too bad.  I had so much fun making it for her. I carefully searched for sayings that fit her so well.  Like, “I want to be a professional singer when I grow up” and “I am fond of reading and I like to write letters.” And, what a classic picture!

The ‘sister’ charm hangs from the bottom and the orange bead was from a necklace that belonged to our grandma.

Happy belated birthday sweet sis!

May 19, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, family, mixed media, solder, vintage | 2 Comments

Sunday Inspiration!

One of the great hymns, “In the Garden”, has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I liked the tune and I’ve always thought it was sweet. Not so sure I really paid attention to the words. WOW! They are so personal.

“And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

Each time I sing, “and He tells me I am His own”, I get a little choked up. I know that He loves me like none other as if I am the only one in the world…but do I really know it? Sometimes it’s hard to know things like we should…to really accept them.

…also, for years, “joy” has been a favorite word. I feel that it is a ‘God word’ and that the only way any person can experience true joy is by knowing him.

My mom and I have been working on our garden. Some morning this week after my walk, I’m going to take my hymn book out to my garden and sing this song. 😉

May 18, 2008 Posted by | collage, ephemera, faith, solder | 3 Comments