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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Summer Rain

One of my favorite songs is “Flyover States,” by Jason Aldean. It becomes especially meaningful to me when I think about the real differences between life out here in one of those “Flyover States,” and life in the Big City. Any Big City. Sometimes it seems as if we don’t even speak the same language …

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Picnic Giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner! This summer PICNIC GIVEAWAY features a picnic basket filled up with lots of summer getaway goodies, AND a cash prize worth $175 USD. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to win this giveaway so be sure to enter below for the summer PICNIC …

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Father’s Day Recipes from Marilyn’s Treats

Are you ready for Father’s Day? You still have a couple of days to make plans to celebrate the dads in your life . . . . and here are a few fun recipes from our friend Marilyn Lesniak at Marilyn’s Treats. Check out her blog for lots of great recipes for every day of …

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Father’s Day DIY Banner Card Tutorial

You still have time to make this beautiful banner card for Father’s Day with the FREE tutorial here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage! We had so much fun making this card with bits and pieces of scrap book paper, ribbons and rick-rack, vintage buttons and other miscellaneous ephemera we had out in the studio. Father’s Day …

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I have this kid . . . .

. . . . who thinks she is ready to drive but needs mama’s help taking a pizza out of the oven. She can face time her BFF in Kentucky and chat for hours about who knows what (is there really enough stuff to talk about for THAT long????), but when I ask how her …

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Reading “Between the Lines”

Social media has a subtle way of causing self-doubt in just about every heart . . . especially the hearts of women. Can’t speak for the men, and perhaps men don’t look at social media the same way that women do and see someone’s latest and greatest adventure, discovery, or creation and think, “Wow, I …

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Summer in the real world

It’s finally summer! This past weekend we had a bit of a family reunion . . . . of course, when a family has ten children and 29 grandchildren, it is rather challenging to think that you would ever have all of them together at the same time, so I’ll settle for a couple kids …

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Favorite (and not so favorite) Things: Painting and Allergies

We moved into our house last autumn, with just barely enough time to get everything inside the house and garage before the weather turned cold and rainy. There were some rooms that were fairly well organized right away – the kitchen and the bathrooms. Kinda. But then there were other rooms that we just shoved …

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Ruby for Women Magazine is now in PRINT!

As many of our friends, followers, and readers know, we’ve been working diligently for a long time to learn all of the ins and outs of self-publishing, especially as we have wanted to bring the Ruby for Women magazine to our readers as a print publication. We’ve received so many requests for the magazine to …

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Favorite Things: Art in the Alley

If you live in a small town, or if you have EVER lived in a small town, you will understand . . . . it can be challenging trying to get anything “new” organized and running. And it is even more difficult to keep something rolling along, even after the initial efforts to get it …

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Between the Lines at Vintage Mama’s Cottage

It just seems like a natural part of my blogging life to be a participant in Katherine’s new series for women of a “certain age,” Between the Lines, for 50+ bloggers. That’s because Katherine and I have been “blogging buddies” for a really long time! So even though I’ve passed another age milestone in my …

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Country Kitchen Giveaway

It’s time for a new giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner!   I’m co-hosting the Country Kitchen Giveaway with Katherine’s Corner and Simple Nature Decor. One winner will receive cute chicken kitchen goodies ( value $30) and the winners choice of $100 Cash! ( via PayPal) or Amazon gift code Chicken kitchen timer, Katherine’s favorite egg …

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Favorite Things: Learning how to self-publish

Well, right at this minute it might not be one of my favorite things, as it has been a trial-and-error process with numerous trials and lots of errors. But I think we just about have this latest project wrapped up! I’ve been working on the Ruby for Women online Christian women’s magazine for almost seven …

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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Tea Cup Pin Cushion Vintage Mama’s Cottage has been a busy place the past few months! We’ve been working on several new projects in the studio, setting up websites and online shops, and creating fun new designs for babies, kids, and moms as well as a few home decor accessories and art journals. Some days …

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Favorite Things: Blog Hops and Linky Parties

Have you ever been part of a blog hop or a linky party? They are so much fun and a great way to make new friends . . . and one of my favorite parts of partying with other bloggers is that I learn so much new stuff all the time! The Thursday Favorite Things …

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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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