Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results


vintage{y} apronIf you’re a regular here, you’ve noticed that I love apron creations made from vintage assortments.

vintage{y} apronI call them vintage{y} aprons.  Which fits them so well but I worry about it sounding a bit quirky (I would be interested in your thought on this).  The title I give it here has, up to now, had no importance because I am quirky…I encourage quirky…it’s a safe place to be quirky…

IMGvintage{y} apronBut, now it’s changed just a bit.  Remember when I submitted an apron to Apron•ology?

vintage{y} apronThey informed me last week that I will be featured (not sure what that means) in their next issue…on the shelves for February.  This makes me excited (can you hear the shrill shrieks in my words?).

vintage{y} apronSo, now I basically have to write the article that will go with it and give my ‘creations’ a name.

Vintage{y} Apron?…maybe

but they would have to use the pretty brackets not the boring ones! ( )

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | aprons, favorite magazines, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage{y} apron | 4 Comments

Fullness of Joy!

Yesterday was such a full day, I just have to share about it here…


Ooooo…looky, looky…there’s that magnificent bag that’s being given away….yes, you caught me.  I used it!

I was asked to speak to a group of young moms at a local church.   Wow!  What a fun opportunity and awesome responsibility.  I would in no way consider myself a public speaker but when I feel passionate about so many of the topics that concern these gals, it seems that the barriers that I put up that make it difficult to speak just melt away.   Plus, their ‘topic’ of the day was aprons.   Oh ya…right up my alley!

momsI believe {with all my ♥} that moms who are raising kids to know and love God are one of His greatest blessings.  I also believe that He generously gives His blessings and unique, creative gifts to these women.

As I spoke and interacted with these gals…I was the one that was blessed!

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

leaving a chalkboard unattended is just too tempting for some....

Actually, my day turned into a double blessing!!!  I met my sweet friend Rolane…who does the Vintage Barn Sale @ Chaps [\ˈshaps\] in S. Spokane.  We had a very nice visit and it was also payday for me.  She took my ‘wares’ to Ohio for the Country Living Fair.  She gets so slammed at that show and I love it that she loves sharing my things with those shoppers as well.  That show does really well for me…and I don’t have to go…set up…tear down…you get the picture.  Although, truth be told, I would really love to go some year.

While waiting for Rolane, I had a nice, long visit with Celeste, the restaurant owner.  This gal is such a sweet one.  She is also an encourager.  I felt like she just poured some goodness into my life during that visit.  To be honest, I get this even by just sitting in her ‘house’…I guess it was doubled (ooo…there’s that double blessing again) sitting in her ‘house’ with her.  Thanks, Celeste, for giving me some of your time…

Here are a few pictures from the inside, but notice in the above picture the new construction.  She is adding a bakery which will include some additional seating.  Everything she touches just turns ‘beautiful’!..can’t wait to see it.

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!

watch out, Mr T, I think I want to paint EVERYTHING!


chaps…and lastly…

ElizabethOur sweet girl, Elizabeth, was on the Homecoming Court @ the football game.  She didn’t win the title ‘princess’ but I know it was a fun evening for her.  She loves to be in the spotlight and she shines well.  She was stunning and beautiful…especially with her dusty, red cowboy boots on.  I love this girl.  She makes me smile everyday.

I love seeing her grow as her faith in God grows.

Today promises to be a quieter day for this country girl who has found a deep ♥love♥  in just staying home.  One of the things that I was challenged by yesterday though is that I really do need to get out more.  I need to be involved more in the lives of others…and I need to find meaningful ways to do that.

That would {equally} be a great challenge for you too!

October 17, 2009 Posted by | aprons, friends, just plain fun, vintage, vintage{y} apron | 11 Comments

Kitchen Pride~

vintage{y}apronThanks for the sweet comments on this new batch of aprons.

vintage{y}apronThey’ve been fun ~ it’s funny how each one inspires me.

vintage{y}apronIt’s also funny that when each one sells, I tend to say, “Ohhhhh ~ you’re going to buy one of my aprons!”  …with the added expression of sadness and joy.

vintage{y}apron w/charms

Most of my aprons sell for $35-50, so when a gal has decided that she wants one, she really wants one and is very excited about her purchase.  That makes me excited too, knowing that it will be going to a good home.  🙂

I know that to some this sounds so very silly but I put a bit of my ♥ & soul into each one!

cupcake charm

September 3, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, soldered charms, vintage{y} apron | 2 Comments

just another beauty…

vintage{y} apron

vintage{y} apron

vintage{y} apron

vintage{y} apron

September 2, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 5 Comments

I found my sewing maching, once again~

apron tiesI’ve been caught off-guard…

vintage{y} apronIt’s been a while since I’ve been able to enjoy the fun, creative, no-pattern sewing that I love so much.

vintage{y} apronYesterday was my day to return, and I was, once again, taken by surprise!

vintage{y} apronit truly refreshes me

and it inspires me…

vintage{y} apronIt is quite possibly compounded with the fact that, in my opinion, this is the most stunning apron creation that I’ve made so far.

I had a very hard time doing it justice with my camera!  This apron was made with a very, very old, delicate, linen table cloth ~ the end of an embroidered dresser scarf ~ a vintage napkin and a touch of rick rack.  Nothing new was sewn into this {except thread!}~

September 1, 2009 Posted by | aprons, bespoke design, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 3 Comments

an apron for Michelle~

I finally finished a project today…

apronMichelle, a friend who visits me here often, asked if I would make her an apron.

apronRecently, I made one similar to this one, which she liked.  Since I still had the {ingredients} to make another one we decided that would be a great custom apron for her.

apronThis one’s for you, Michelle…

July 18, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 3 Comments

I’m going to Rathdrum…


Today I set up for tomorrow’s show: The Vintage Barn Sale in Rathdrum, ID.  This is my favorite show.  It’s beautiful, country setting is so picturesque and calming.

western aprons

Ok…I know ~ everything is starting to look the same.

western apronI try to avoid repetition, but I just can’t seem to help myself.


If you think you’re tired of looking @ aprons, guess what? I’m probably even more tired of making them.

aprons in the garden

apron w/ slip

Really though, I have officially run out of shirts that I can make these western aprons with.

Any cowboys or cowgirls out there have any extra shirts they don’t want????


To mix it up a little I took these pictures in the garden…which is growing nicely.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | antique show, aprons, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 2 Comments

American~made goodness…

western aprons

western apron


what cowgirl could resist her cowboy in lavender snaps...



home-made goodness from:  America ~ Washington State ~ Summit Valley ~ Stevens County ~ on Huckleberry Mountain…

apronTwo more aprons completed.  I set up for my next show tomorrow and I’m pushing myself as hard as I can.  It’s slow going though.

Made in America = hand-crafted goodness that takes time…a lot of time.

But those who appreciate the idea of ‘American-made’ and have chosen to support it, also appreciate the time that goes into it and know that the cost is often higher.

Support: made in U.S.A.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, vintage{y} apron | Leave a comment

ficelles de tablier


apronYesterday Mr T and I did some thrifting.  I bought this small table cloth for .50¢ with the intention of transforming it into an apron.

apronWith the addition of this…

apronand that, I’m pleased with how it turned out.

apronWith this apron I began with a kitchen curtain.

apronI added a corner piece from a beautiful, vintage dress scarf, some brown rick-rack…

apron…a touch of my all-time favorite Amy Butler print, a snippet of my signature T.V. ribbon tag…

apronand an adorable bib-shaped pot holder w/3 little pink rosettes on it.

I’ll consider this another apron success!


July 7, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, vintage{y} apron | 1 Comment

another country~girl apron

western-shirt apron

I finished this 2nd apron from a well-loved western shirt right before my show so I didn’t have a chance to get pictures until I was there.

western-shirt apron

This green was great fun to work with. It finished so well with the addition of some of Heather Bailey’s Bijoux for the waistband and tie.

western-shirt apron

I was only able to finish two of these western-shirt aprons but they were the source of some great conversation and they both left to happy homes.

That is the goal, after all!

July 6, 2009 Posted by | aprons, sewing, show sales, vintage{y} apron | Leave a comment