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. We are currently in the process of creating a line of plus size garments that will be hand crafted, high quality, easy care and easy wear for women of all ages. Our designs are classic, timeless, and perfect for both career / professional as well as casual wear. You can find our designs at Gossamer Threads Shop.

In addition to Gossamer Threads Shop, we also offer refashioned garments, shoes, and accessories in our “Tatters to Treasures” collection which can be found on our website at Vintage Mama’s Cottage.

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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Work and Play

Sometimes I get those two things mixed up. Which is easy to do when your work is pretty much the same as your play. But because it is difficult to sort out which one I’m doing at any given moment, I sometimes “play” for so many hours each day doing my “work” that I get …

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Creative Compulsive Disorder

I think I have Creative Compulsive Disorder

My journey this spring and summer has been interesting. Sometimes God has a way of gently redirecting us from one pathway to a different one, but I’m the kind of person who always wants to know where I’m going ahead of time. As it turns out, God doesn’t usually give us a “heads up” about …

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Another Patriotic DIY Project

Here’s another fun DIY patriotic project that I found at Olives-n-Okra that I wanted to share with you. We really love the look of seasonal wreaths all year long, so when I find one that is not only beautiful but fun to make, I just have to give it a try! When I asked Sherry …

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DIY Patriotic Crafts

We’ve been creating fun DIY projects for a long time around Vintage Mama’s Cottage, and this summer is no different. We are planning several new DIY projects in the coming week or two, but it just seemed like a good idea to share a couple of our patriotic craft projects this week. One of our …

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DIY Father’s Day Banner Card

Create Your Own Father’s Day Banner Card After creating the Mother’s Day Banner (which our Grandma loved, by the way!), I thought it would be fun to create something a bit different for Father’s Day. Since making mini-collage projects has been a craft that we do frequently at our house, it just seemed like a …

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Fun Fabric Birdhouse Craft from Pillar Box Blue

Since we’ve been pretty busy around here the past few weeks getting everything ready for the launch of the summer 2015 collection from Gossamer Threads Shop, there hasn’t been much creative activity that is just for fun. It’s been all work and very little play, so now that we’ve got our Etsy shop and website …

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Hang It Up Giveaway

One of the best things about blogging is all the friends that you make along the way. I’ve been blogging now for . . . . hmmmmmm . . . . . . I think it has been eight years or so, and Katherine is one of the first (and best!) friends that God has …

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Raindrops Keep Falling

The past few days have been rainy and cloudy, with a few thunderstorms off and on. I was beginning to wonder if the raindrops would ever stop falling! Today, however, after the morning rain, the sun came out and it was suddenly HOT! I didn’t realize HOW hot it was until I went outside after …

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Size YOU!™ is now available

Last week at our Gossamer Threads Summer Launch Party we were discussing ways to describe our new line of women’s clothing. “What’s different about what WE do from what’s already out there?” I asked. My design team looked at me kind of like I had lost my mind. After all, if I didn’t know what …

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It’s Almost Time

For the past several weeks I’ve been working with a few friends here in Our Town to plan a launch party for the summer collection from Gossamer Threads Shop. And now, it’s almost time for the launch! Tomorrow night we’ll be together for a fashion show at our local library where we will reveal our …

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Vintage Mama’s Cottage is FOR SALE!

  Yes, it’s true . . . . our little cottage by the lake here in northern Indiana is for sale. We’ve been planning to put this house on the market for a couple of years now, mostly because we need a bit more room now that the girls are both (almost) teenagers, AND the …

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Favorite Things Blog Hop

This has been a very busy week! I’ve been sewing every day and making great progress, so I haven’t had much time for blogging . . . . but I did take some pictures and will post some “sneak peeks” of the summer collection for Gossamer Threads Shop. I’ll do my best to pop ’round …

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“Hour-Glass Figure” or an “Hour-and-a-Half” shape

Ever since I was asked if I would consider designing a line of “plus-size” clothing for professional women (and anyone else who can’t seem to find what they like and / or what fits), I’ve been doing some research on the topic of fashion for that customer group. Well . . . did I ever …

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Make n’ Take Totes

LARGE PATCHWORK BAG The past couple of weeks have been really busy with all of the sewing going on around here for the Summer Launch Party for Gossamer Threads Shop. There’s still quite a bit to do . . . . still some sewing, fittings, photographs, and then the PARTY! As soon as we have …

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Marvelous May Giveaway

It’s time for a brand-new giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and lots of other bloggers who invite you to enter to WIN the Marvelous May Giveaway One winner will receive – $200 in PayPal Cash and a Ladybug Gift package from Katherine ($30 value) This months PayPal cash is brought to you by Katherine and …

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The Glamorous Life of a WAHM

Part 1: A Mouse in the House I have always loved the stories of Beatrix Potter about tiny woodland creatures who live in sweet little homes in the forest. Stories about Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Kitten, Mrs. Tittle-mouse, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny, Samuel Whiskers and all the rest of her charming menagerie …

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