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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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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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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