Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results


ser·en·dip·i·ty noun \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\

: the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not looked for

Six mornings out of the week I meet up with a friend and together we walk 4 miles.

Living in the country offers so much beauty and on these walks we are able to drink deeply that beauty that surrounds us…daily…year ’round. We’ve seen moose and elk and each day we see deer and scenery that is breath-taking. This time of year it’s fun to keep a watch out for fawn…the sight I never tire of.

This morning we heard an earnest, desperate cry coming from a deep ditch. I climbed down and found this cute little kitten cowering at the bottom. I could tell that he had somehow been injured but it didn’t seem too severe.

I brought him home, warmed up some fresh goat’s milk and he ate and ate and ate and ate.

Now he is sleeping so soundly that nothing stirs him.

Although I don’t plan on keeping him, I’ve named him Serendipity as he was an accidental discovery.

This picture shows that he has a fairly severe mouth injury but he eats well, purrs well and sleeps well and I know that’s a good sign.

{that kind of has a ring to it…could I sell a sign that saysEat Well * Purr Well * Sleep Well…probably not}

My concern will be to watch out for infection as it heals. If anyone has any suggestions {besides the veterinary clinic} I would love to hear them.

July 13, 2011 Posted by | life, my neck of the woods!, pets | 4 Comments


new table

I’ve been working on a new dining room set.  Last year I found an old oak worktable (possibly from a school?) for $20 and I just couldn’t leave it but I wasn’t sure what I would do with it.  I decided that I would love to try it out in my dining room but it needed more…chairs.  I had a friend build me some benches then w/in a week or so I found four wonderful chairs at a garage sale.

After several layers of paint then some sanding, (it still needs more distressing and a layer of brown paste wax) I can tell that I’m going to love it.  It’s not quite as practical for a large meal because of how narrow it is but we will make it work.

new table

Last night my girl had the girls in her youth group over for a sleep-over.  It was fun to plan a special breakfast for them and use my table for the first time.

Libby's friends

Sir Eli

Mr. Eli doesn’t make ‘the blog’ very often so it’s unusual for him to make it two days in a row but my niece captured this sweet shot of him this morning so I’m sharing it with you.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | family, friends, pets | 5 Comments

Don’t Miss An Opportunity!


July 14, 2009 Posted by | my neck of the woods!, pets | 3 Comments

It’s always good to be home….

I’ve been MIA, A being key here – yesterday alone I put 540 miles on my car.

I had to assess my chickens first this morning.


All eleven are still there. 


I opened their little hatch door last week but they will not go outside on their own.  I tried to push them out today but they would only scatter.  I called them a ‘bunch of chickens’ and left them alone.



I picked a handful of strawberries for a smoothie.




The honeybees that were in our orchard last month are now on the raspberries…working their magic. 

May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  …it’s time for work to begin.                     – Peter Loewer

I officially kicked the kittens outside, food, water and even their litter box.  They seem to only be capable of naughtiness!
That black one is so hard to photograph – he’s so black!

June 23, 2009 Posted by | garden, my neck of the woods!, pets, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Here Birdy, birdy, birdy…

here birdy...

June 18, 2009 Posted by | my neck of the woods!, pets | 4 Comments

passport holder

After reading this post, Miss Amber asked me if I would make a passport holder for her upcoming trip to Paris.  I said, “sure” (or something like that) with a hopeful confidence that I could actually do a little sewing.  Since today yesterday was my last possible day to finish it, I finished it.passport holder

I made it with a couple of vintage linen fabric samples.  The main fabric is such beautiful quality and for Amber’s sake I’ll mention that it came from the attic of Mrs. H.

passport holder

Speaking of Swappy Ladies ( I know I really wasn’t talking about that but the above mentioned link did), I received my gift (about a week and a half ago).

Mya's bird houseMya made an ever-so-fun birdhouse for me.  Customized with a poster from Mary Jane’s Farm Fair which is my next show.  It really is darling.



She also stitched up an adorable birdie!

birdie pillow

Fun stuff!  Thanks, Mya!

Jackie w/Kates & Abbs @ her shower

We had a fun bridal shower here last night for Jackie, my future D.I.L ~ beautiful girl inside and out.  She fell in love with the little B&W kittie.  The ‘feeling’ seemed mutual.

√ Unfinished Business

A couple of weeks ago I won a Pay It Forward gift and part of accepting that meant that I would award 3 gals with blogs a handmade gift and they would do the same and so on…  The first 3 to comment were:



Linda & Dixie

~ Be Blessed ~

June 16, 2009 Posted by | family, pets, sewing, swap, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

God Bless America

I’m getting things ready for a family picnic that will be here on Monday.  (sorry Mom ~ we’ll miss you both!!!!).

flag repair

There were a few casualties throughout the past year after we acquired this sweet, lovable, and might I add, completely adorable creature.

Some of those losses made me want to cry…but I never did!!!

flag repair

One of those above mentioned times was after the 4th of July!  ~at least it wasn’t a complete loss, but I honestly thought that I wouldn’t ever get around to repairing my beautiful, huge, garage-sale-of-a find, American Flag.

Old Glory!Today was that day.  I did it.  It’s not professional but from a distance it’s not too bad.

And I feel so much better now!

CashSo does Cash !  😉

May 23, 2009 Posted by | gathering, my neck of the woods!, pets | 2 Comments


How is it that a kitten can have one white, one blue, one purple & one pink paw????b&w/purple/pink/blue kitty

Here are my 4 guesses…

pink hair

purple hair

pink and purple hair

blue hair

If you’re stopping by today be sure and leave a comment.   My comment # is getting really, super close to totalling 1,000!  I may just have to send something special to that 1,000th  commenter ♥.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | blogging, family, give-a-way, just plain fun, pets | 11 Comments

Burlap Bag~

Ok!  So here is a new post ~ now you don’t have to look at yesterday’s anymore.  Wow!  You gals are so funny and I’m not used to getting negative comments.  This is the 2nd post that has brought out this same response from you. – I’m still holding out for that one viewer to leave a comment who actually likes my ‘ugly woman chair’.

burlap bagHopefully, this will make you smile ~ although I didn’t smile too much while I was making it.

burlap bagMy daughter used to work for a coffee shop/roaster and I have several coffee bean bags that she gave me.

burlap bagI’ve been inspired by maya made to make something fun with these bags, but she makes it looks way too easy.  I found it so hard & frustrating to sew.

burlap bagI almost gave up but today my goal was to begin working on more aprons and this ½-done bag was sitting by my sewing machine.  I had been thinking about the best way to finish it so I decided that I needed to give it a try.

inside of my burlap bag

burlap bag
I like it now that’s it’s done.  It is so one-of-a-kind {bespoke}!  All of the fabrics that I used in the handle and lining are vintage.  I also used an end of a dresser scarf for a divided pocket inside.


On another note ~ I picked up 3 kittens over the weekend.

kitty & TrippI’m sure that there will be more photos to come…

May 5, 2009 Posted by | bespoke design, pets, sewing | 9 Comments

I love the country life!

The past few days we have truly been experiencing SPRING!  There are still large patches of snow here and there but the warm weather makes it very easy to overlook those remaining signs of winter.  We have a fairly large yard to maintain around here and it begins with a spring raking.  I don’t think that I would be exaggerating if I said that there is about 1 acre of yard to rake.  It pays off to start as early as possible, even if I do have to work around the piles of snow.

{correction:  Mr. T says that I have about 2 acres to rake}

everything is more fun with help...well, almost everything!

everything is more fun with help...well, almost everything!

rhubarb I have a few signs of life popping up in my garden.

This is rhubarb!

garlicand garlic!  The horseradish that I planted almost too late is even coming up.

Taking these pictures in the garden came at the expense of receiving some very exuberant licks!…


That dog almost always makes me smile!

I took the following {green} section from the blog, Skippy’s Vegetable Garden:

Watching natural cues is called phenology. Its not something I have heard much about from gardeners. I (and most others) go by the calendar. But I love to see the progression of the seasons and how each event comes in its own time.

Here’s some of the phenology advice I’ve come across:

When red winged blackbird females return it is time to plant peas.

When the chickadees build their nests, plant peas and spinach.
When dandelions are blooming plant potatoes, beets, lettuce, spinach and carrots.
When the iris bloom, plant the peppers and eggplants outside.
Plant beets, lettuce, spinach when lilac is in first leaf.
When lilac blooms, plant beans, cukes and squash.
Plant corn when oak leaves are the size of squirrels ears.
Plant your corn when apple blossoms start to fall.

Even though I still have some snow in my garden I think that it’s time to get my peas planted.

*I realize that the above picture of me is anything but flattering but since I would like to think that I don’t struggle with vanity issues I just had to post it (because it was the best one…UGHHH).  It does make me appreciate though that I began a regular walking regime {again} with a friend.  Since tomorrow is National Start Walking Day, I’m going to offer a tidbit of encouragement to each of you to consider the forever health of your amazing bodies and get out and walk.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | garden, healthy living, home life, my neck of the woods!, pets | 3 Comments