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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Walking through the gates of Thanksgiving

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, Into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name.   Psalms 100:4 There is always something to be thankful for. Even on those days when the sky is gray, the wind is biting, and the rain is falling in icy-cold sheets on the window. It is …

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A very special creation from Vintage Mama’s Cottage

A few days ago I received an email from one of my dearest friends asking me if I had time to make a birthday dress for her first grand daughter. This was a special request, especially meaningful to me because all of our older children had grown up together and we’ve known each other for …

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Getting Crafty for Thanksgiving

It is time! I don’t think I can tolerate one more day of sorting, organizing, cleaning, scrubbing, and searching for stuff. I’m done. DONE. Well, I’m not really completely “done,” but I’m done trying to get it all finished before I allow myself time to make stuff for the holidays. My beautiful new design / …

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Eureka Vacuum Giveaway

 You are invited to enter to WIN this month’s giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner. The Eureka Vacuum Giveaway is a great way to welcome the holiday season!   One winner will receive – Eureka Brushroll Clean Vacuum (msrp $200) and $200 Cash   This months Paypal cash is brought to you by Katherine and some …

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Safe in the arms of Jesus

When day is done

This moment, this day, it is beyond my ability to have any words. Today a sweet friend passed safely into the arms of Jesus, for which we celebrate for her. But for her family, we are broken. A beautiful mother, wife, grandma, daughter, friend . . . her loss was so sudden that we cannot …

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Annual Holiday Cookie Linky Party

Let’s make this the biggest and best Holiday Cookie Linky Party ever! We are so happy to have you joining us for the Holiday Cookie linky party, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner. Please add your cookie recipes to the linky below, and don’t forget to stop by and visit some of the others, too. The party starts Nov 1 …

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How many junk drawers . . . .

Once upon a time, someone informed me (at a moment in time when I was quite annoyed with all of the JUNK and STUFF that was over flowing the counter tops, cupboards, closets, and drawers . . . actually I was probably way more than “quite annoyed” but that’s another story!) that “Everyone has a …

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What’s a girl supposed to do? The tug-of-war goes on, day after day, desperately trying to follow the advice of all the life coach gurus out there who encourage us to simplify our lives. Just how, exactly, does that work? As we are in the midst of our move (and making great progress!), I find …

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Autumn inspiration

I just about have my studio organized enough that I can actually get out there and start creating! I don’t work well in the midst of a lot of clutter (although that is sometimes necessary when in the process of creating!) but I’m really missing the simple act of making something. And since I’m one …

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Autumn Wreath Roundup

You are invited to join in all the fun and friendship of the Holiday Happenings at Katherine’s Corner! We have teamed up with our dear friends Katherine and Debi to bring you the Autumn Wreath Roundup. This is a fun opportunity to share your favorite autumn wreath designs, either of your own creation or another …

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves . . . but the daily responsibilities never leave. The other day while driving to something for someone, again and again, which is my life these days, I saw a sign on one of the churches in town that read, “Autumn leaves, but Jesus doesn’t.” That made me think of the various ways …

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Emily Dickinson

“I’m Nobody, Who are You?”

I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public – like a Frog – To tell one’s name – the livelong June – To an admiring Bog! ~ Emily Dickinson, 1830 …

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Crazy Life 2

And for an encore . . . . .

Here’s a post that I actually wrote two weeks ago for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . . . . and then I got interrupted by our move, so I am now finally getting back to this adventure. Although this happened over two weeks ago, it is still pretty relevant in terms of describing …

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Perfect Linens Giveaway

 It’s time for a new giveaway from Katherine’s Corner! Every month Vintage Mama’s Cottage has the privilege of joining the fun of a new giveaway, and this month we have the Perfect Linens Giveaway. Hope you can join us! One winner will receive – A Set of Second Skin Sheets from Perfect Linens ( value …

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Our new home

Well, it’s not exactly NEW . . . but it is new to us! And it is SO much bigger than our sweet little lake cottage, and it is SO much closer to the girls’ schools, and that is a really BIG deal to our family. Although it is an older house, it has great …

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Pumpkin Patch Recipe Round-Up

Lately I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with everything that has been demanding my attention. That is not all that unusual for me, but the past few weeks has been even MORE demanding on my time, energy, and attention. One of the projects that I’ve been working on (actually since April!) has been listing …

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