Welcome to Vintage Mama’s Cottage!

12985614126-tpfil02aw-21166Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage we are always working on new designs, DIY projects, craft tutorials, and eBook patterns. You can find our refashioned garments, shoes, and accessories from our “Tatters to Treasures” Etsy shop.

Our original company, mamas*little*treasures, continues to offer eBook patterns for the home sewing enthusiast, and we are looking forward to making handcrafted children’s boutique clothing available from our Etsy shop again in the near future.

Our Etsy shops, along with my art projects and craft tutorials, offer unique designs for the DIY enthusiast or for anyone who likes my style and would like to wear garments that are one-of-a-kind, with a touch of the whimsical and just a little bit different.

I have also been the Sr. Editor for our online Christian women’s magazine, Ruby for Women, since 2010 where I have been honored to work with many amazing writers, authors, and artists during the past five years.

My husband and I live in a small farm community in rural northern Indiana with our two youngest daughters, Gracie and Annie, who were both adopted from China. We have eight adult children between us and 26 grandchildren. We look forward to many future opportunities to welcome more grand-babies into our family!

I hope you will find something to spark your interest and your creativity. And be sure to drop me a message, I would love to hear from you!


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Between the Lines Blog Series Week 3

Bloggers, bloggers, bloggers everywhere . . . . how do you find the blogs that you want to read? How to you connect with with the bloggers that you want to follow? You can, of course, always do a Google search, but that still opens up a HUGE world of bloggers of all ages, who …

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The Clothes Thief

This is no new information – kids are kids, and kids are messy. That’s all. Well, that’s all there is to the reality that kids ARE messy, loud, and high maintenance. So why do we have kids, anyway? Because some of us believe there is great value in family life, and that frequently includes kids. …

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Favorite Things: Friends in Community

A few years ago, when the Ruby for Women ministry was in the early stages of growth, we had a community website where Christian women could come together to chat, share ideas and inspiration, encourage one another, and just connect in a way that is just not possible through a blog or other social media. …

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Favorite Things: Laundry on the Line

I know it is kind of “old-fashioned” to hang my laundry outside on a sunny spring day, but after all I am a “Vintage Mama” and I’ve been hanging out laundry for a really long time. I do lots of things the “old-fashioned” way, like hand-washing our dishes (especially now that I have discovered that …

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“Between the Lines” Blogger Series

If you’ve been blogging for very long, you know how much fun it is to connect with other bloggers, make new “long distance” friends, and discover so many inspirational ideas. One of my “oldest” blogging friends (she’s actually younger than me, but she is one of the first bloggers I connected with when I began …

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Favorite Things: Income Taxes

I am not usually a procrastinator. Most days I have a To Do list and all the tasks are prioritized so I know which things I need to focus on first. And I’m really careful to save all of our medical bills, prescription receipts, dentist bills, donation receipts, and any other bits and pieces of …

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“I work from home” sounds so pleasant

It is often a matter of survival. In today’s economy, it can be simply impossible for a mom with several young children to hold a full-time job away from home. The cost of daycare is so high, that often a mama would be working just to pay for daycare. And in the end, after all …

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Spring into Nature Giveaway

Even though it has been rainy and cold here for the past several days (yesterday it felt like a blizzard AGAIN!), I know that spring will soon arrive with all of the hope and blessing of new life. And now we have the opportunity to participate in this month’s giveaway, sponsored by Katherine of Katherine’s …

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Favorite Things: Spring Rain

Usually spring rain is one of my favorite things. But this week, it really hasn’t stopped raining . . . at all . . . since last Saturday actually, when we had a blizzard. I guess the rain is better than snow blowing 40 miles per hour, sideways, stinging the windows and piling up in …

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Favorite Things: Finding Photos for my Blog

  How long have you been blogging? For most of us, we’ve been out here on this adventure for several years, and sometimes it can be a scary place. As quickly as the technology develops, and with the enormous amount of content that is now available in the age of information, the rules of engagement …

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Spring Cleaning: Part 1

  We live in our “Forever House.” At least that is my plan; we’ll see if that’s the direction God leads our family. We fell in love with this house seven years ago when we moved to Indiana, but at that time the economy was just about ready to crash, and even though we both …

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Favorite Things: Easter Traditions

We have made Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday for many, many years. Even though I’ve never learned how to make a pie crust, I’ve always been really successful with yeast breads. Having grown up with very few family traditions, one of my priorities with my own children was to establish a few traditions, especially …

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Is social media making you sad?

I’m a pretty “high energy” person. I’ve been that way my whole life. Until I get sick. And then I’m a “high energy” brain with no way to accomplish all the things that I dream up. If that goes on for very long, I develop “high energy” anxiety. Could be I’m really weird, and I’m …

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Afternoon Tea Giveaway

Every month my dear friend Katherine from Katherine’s Corner sponsors a new giveaway, and this month is no exception! Please join the fun of the newest giveaway, “Afternoon Tea Giveaway,” sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and some sweet bloggy friends. One winner will receive a copy of the book, The Afternoon Tea Collection, A pretty Grace …

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“Beyond the Bunny” by Julie from Happy Home Fairy

As a mom and grandma (Vintage Mama covers it all!) I have always been interested in finding fun projects to do with my kiddos. So in addition to doing the typical, everyday activities like reading together, family fun night, chores, piano lessons and athletic practices, it is fun to do a few creative projects, too. …

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It’s the REAL thing!

That’s what the nurse at our doctor’s office told me last week when I brought Gracie in with a 101.4 temperature. After checking all of her symptoms, which included headache, fever and chills, and all-over body aches, the nurse informed me that this was the “real” influenza. Real or not, we’ve been passing it back …

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