Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

{LOVE}vintage wallpaper

Before I write another post on hiking the mountains for wild mushrooms and stinging nettles or gardening or my beautiful new grandson or my desire for goats or what I’m doing in the kitchen or…,I decided that I had better return a little more often to the partial roots of this blog and show some crafty/artsy/home-spun goodness. 
My one and only true purpose for this blog is to show ME…all of ME.  The things that I love to do…the wonderful variety of things that make me tick!  {I shouldn’t say that word…all of my traipsing around in the hills makes me constantly think that I have things crawling on me…I’ve only found one tick!  blech}  With that in mind I do try to show a potpourri {such a great 70’s word}, all the while not getting stuck in any one area….{such a great challenge and oh, how I wish that was my greatest challenge in life}.

A vintage♥love of mine is wonderful, old, fragile wallpaper.

It comes with so much amazing variety in color and texture.

Each roll that I spot makes my heart beat quickly and get all fluttery!

Knowing that each piece is a one-of-a-kind {for me}, makes me want to use it carefully and sparingly.

Cutting away small snippets and encasing them in bevel glass is the perfect way to preserve and showcase beautiful things.  Using it in this way allows me to use it often and yet still have a lot left over!  🙂  love that

these custom charms are going out in the mail today

I’ve added the remaining pictures to show some of the other charms that I’ve made using vintage wallpaper.

If you ever come up with a one-of-a-kind family heirloom idea, I would love to help you with it!

May 18, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, soldered charms, vintage wallpaper | 2 Comments


It has been such a privilege to work with MaryJane Butters of MaryJanesFarm for the past couple of years.

Making the custom charms for the members of her Farmgirl Sisterhood has been the driving force of our working relationship.

I appreciate her genuine, down-to-earthness and I love it that she always treats me like ‘one of the gals’…

It has also been rewarding when I am able to connect with some of these Farmgirls who have ordered charms.  When they take the time to send a note of appreciation my way it truly warms my heart.

I should also add that MaryJane’s magazine MaryJanesFarm is a favorite and there are so many things in the current issue that I LOVE!!!   i.e. an article on Tasha Tudor {sigh} and the importance of a hand-written note {that hits me where it hurts!}…

I also LOVE my RED cowboygirl boots!

taken last year in front of our booth at The Creative Connection ~Minneapolis…by MissAmber

March 23, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, Mary Jane's Farm, soldered charms | 3 Comments

especially for you, Mom

Mr T designed this thoughtful charm for his Mom for her birthday this week.

When he was a little boy his mom had spent a great deal of time prepping for and applying floor wax.  Before she was done with the ‘job’ she ran out of the wax.  When little Mr T walked in her frustration softened and she said, ‘I wouldn’t trade you for a can of wax!’   That’s been their ‘little thing’ over the years.

I’m pretty sure that she’ll smile when she gets this in the mail.

many of us have no idea the work involved in waxing the old floors…they would first have to be perfectly cleaned, stripped of the old wax and then have the new wax freshly applied ~ oh, such sweetness when the project was complete   ~   I love clean, fresh floors, especially when they shine!

March 14, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, family, soldered charms | Leave a comment

Charming Diamonds…

Sometimes there are weeks where I find myself  physically and/or emotionally depleted…this has been one of those weeks.

It’s sweet to hear some voiced concerns for my absence.  They make me smile and warm my heart.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a better week that is fueled with a bit more energy and inspiration.

Thank you for hanging in here with me through the weeks where I post everyday to the weeks where there is nothing…

I love your support, your comments, your love♥ and friendship.  I will take all of that and make it mine!  🙂

most of the pictures that I use in my charms are ones that I have acquired myself and own ~ some that you see in these charms I’ve acquired from The Graphics Fairy…this is a great source for vintage graphics

March 7, 2011 Posted by | soldered charms | 9 Comments

A Charmed Welcome….

Yesterday my Mom and I drove to the big city to meet up with my sister to…do nothing in particular.

We visited some thrift stores and had a splendid lunch at Chaps…one of my favorite places to visit.  Not only is the environment there…well, just perfect but the food is wonderful and being with my Mom and Sis made the company divine!  {i always enjoy an opportunity to sneak in a swEet visit with owner/operator extraordinaire Celeste, too!}

One of my fun purchases was 30 award ribbons {$1.98} that I switched-up and made into a name tag idea…possibly to be used at our next art retreat.  OH, YA!!!

These two charms pictured above and below have a sweet story…

The condensed version is, they were designed as a very thoughtful gesture to welcome a mother and her daughter to a new family and a new country…

February 23, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, soldered charms | 4 Comments

L.O.V.E.Banner :~

When I am hosting an art retreat or workshop it’s nearly impossible for me to make anything…especially when I’m teaching.

It makes me a little sad but it’s just the reality of it.

On Saturday, after the luncheon was out of the way my friend, Cathy, kept encouraging me to sit and so I could get a good start on ‘my’ banner.

Thanks to Cathy I was able to get just enough of a start to get me excited about finishing it.


This is literally one of my first charms that I made {about 4 years ago}.  It’s  fun to just add them to a project here and there.  My craftsmanship had a long way to go but they make me smile!

Here are a couple of charms that I made yesterday…

Cathy’s birthday is this week so I snuck this picture off of her FB page so I could charm it up for HER!

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, Boho Workshop, custom charms, soldered charms | 3 Comments

{Charm}ing ::~

I’ve made these charms for Saturday’s Tea/Workshop for each lady to take home.

Each time I put on a retreat/workshop I just get so excited because all of these wonderful gals are coming to my place…to createfind new friendseat wonderful foodcreatemake new memoriescreatelaugh

It’s all GOOD!

Can’t wait!

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Boho Workshop, soldered charms | 3 Comments

Cowgirl Valentine…

I have a sweet cousin who is a cowgirl through and through.

I saw this picture in a late 1800’s scrapbook that I have and I knew that I had to make a charm for her.

~: ♥ :~

It seems that I’m always keeping an eye out for something for her…

…and that ‘something’ slightly resembles the fellar with the loving look in his eye…

January 15, 2011 Posted by | custom, soldered charms, Valentine's | 3 Comments

Better than flowers…

One of my favorite things about making charms is knowing that I can be a part of preserving and sharing family memories and history.

I wanted to include the original picture because it didn’t come out very clear in my photo of the charm.  This is such a beautiful picture and it says so much.

Marie’s grandfather is leaving on a train for the Korean War.  He has a  loving wife and three beautiful little girls…and one on the way.

Saying Goodbye!

I also did a Christmas ornament for her.

I’m wishing I had worked a little harder on my pictures here.  Winter’s light is not always good to me…

Speaking of Christmas ornaments…

Before Christmas I was able to get an ornament and a charm out to a friend.

She had been in the hospital and her family asked that no flowers be sent.  It doesn’t sound like too many people ‘listened’ to that request but it encouraged me to think about what else I could do for her.

With my mom’s resent visit{s} to the hospital I knew that although flowers are nice they are SO expensive and it’s hard when you are trying to recover from a serious illness/surgery to lay there and watch your beautiful flowers die.

I’m just being real here…

Is it possible that we send flowers to make ourselves feel better?

My mom had one gal show up with two quilting magazines {knowing my mom loves quilting} and a crossword puzzle book.  very thoughtful

I was thankful that Amber~Tres Birds Photography had recently done a photo shoot with this family so, with her permission, I grabbed a few pictures and went to work.  My dear friend has some challenging months ahead of her and she mentioned that she would be wearing her charm everyday as she walks through this journey.

Better than flowers?   I think so!

January 14, 2011 Posted by | custom charms, friends, gift, soldered charms | 3 Comments

Glitter and Tea

This day, filled with German Glass Glitter, Vintage Papers and Memorabilia, Scissors, Glue, Jewels  and a Valentine’s Tea Luncheon will be an occasion not to be missed.

I’m so excited it just makes me giddy with anticipation!

I want to invite you to my home where this winter has provided a beautiful wonderland for us to enjoy.

I am so excited to team up with Holly and Becky of All That Glitter as they will be the featured workshop artists. If you already know their ‘look’ then you know the beauty that truly will surround this day.  We don’t have pictures of the actual project {sorry} that we will be working on but we are leaning towards a banner. {more info will follow}

As a teaser I’ve included some of the pictures I have on file of their work.

Many of the supplies will be provided but you will also be asked to bring some of your own goodies to make your project unique to YOU.

I am making these charms for each gal who comes.  Both of these pictures in this charm I’ve taken out of a 1880’s scrap book that I have.

Full payment {$50} or half {$25} will reserve your spot.

Contact me by leaving a comment here and we can get you on the list.

I live an hour north of Spokane, WA – 5 miles off of Hwy. 395

January 6, 2011 Posted by | Boho Workshop, soldered charms | 9 Comments