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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Thursday Favorite Things: Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

When I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day was a very important event! I would spend hours making pretty Valentine’s Day cards for my friends at school, and then later when we could just go out and buy a box of cards, it was still a big job for a little girl to decide which …

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My Story in Stitches

(Part 2 of “My Love Affair . . . . ) Sometimes the best way to tell a story is without words. That’s why music and art have such power to touch the heart and soul. Yesterday I mentioned to one of my “long distance” friends that I often wish I could speak in musical …

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Broken wing

Finally flying

This quote is from a song that was recorded several years ago by Martina McBride, a country musician with an amazing voice. I loved this song because it reminded me, at a very difficult time in my life, that even when we are wounded, we can still carry on with life. Many years have passed …

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Letting go of perfect

Some days, no matter how hard we try, it is just impossible to do it all. Today is one of those days at our house. One sick kid for over a week, and now Mama is wandering around with a hacking cough, headache, fever, sore throat, and general misery. So, I have to be reminded …

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My Love Affair . . . .

My love affair with books began when I was just a little girl. In our home, we didn’t have books. I don’t remember if that just wasn’t something that was important to my family, or if we couldn’t afford to buy books, but we didn’t have books. But I loved books and I could get …

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Making Time

“Art journaling is about the creative process of pulling together colour, words and images as you wish on one page. Unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome.” Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow There’s no more time for explanations; it’s time to be done with excuses; I don’t have time to …

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A reconsideration of “messy”

Whether it is a good thing or a bad thing or perhaps it just IS . . . . some people are naturally tidy and others are naturally rather – ummmmm – messy. That’s just the way God made people, so there’s no point in trying to decide which one is right and which one …

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Just something about glitter

There really is something about glitter that captivates me! It could be that I can sprinkle it all over anything and everything, and it gets all over my clothes and the carpeting and my socks . . . . and then my whole world sparkles. Or it might be my way of showing the world …

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Color Me Happy Giveaway

Happy New Year! It’s time for the first giveaway of the new year . . . . the Color Me Happy giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and lots of her bloggy friends. We hope you will join us for all the fun and enter to WIN the Color Me Happy Giveaway! One winner will …

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A year for letting go

When the movie “Frozen” came out, both of our girls were old enough that they did not seem to have a fascination for that sweet story. It might be partly a result of every other little girl in Our Town singing “Let it Go” at the top of her voice (and frequently off key), so …

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It’s that time of year again

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If you do, and you are actually able to make progress with yours, I’m impressed. It has never worked for me, probably because I am such an eternal optimist and idealist (and still think I’m Wonder Woman!) that I have always set my goals much higher than I will …

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Holiday Magazine My Way Challenge Blog Tour

Our dear friend Katherine, from Katherine’s Corner, invited her readers to join her this Christmas season for what she hoped would become an annual event – the Holiday Magazine My Way Challenge. Everyone was invited to join the fun by using a new or old holiday magazine cover (November / December) as inspiration and recreate …

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Just take the first bite!

Years ago, when my big kids were little, I remember going to a women’s retreat where one of the speakers talked about tackling the big projects that we encounter throughout life. Whether it would be a housecleaning task (like painting a room, cleaning the garage, or occasionally trying to maneuver from the bedroom door to …

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“Little Girl Mended” by Niki Krauss

You are invited to participate in the book promotion blog tour as we celebrate the release of Little Girl Mended by Niki Krauss. About Little Girl Mended No little girl should ever have to learn about sexual abuse at the hands of her father. But I did, and I survived. This is my story. Little …

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For supper tonight . . . .

On Friday nights we usually have pizza. Partly because it is the end of the week and I’m tired . . . of cooking, and just about worn out from all the other activities of the week. But it is also because our Daddy gets home (usually) on Fridays and we never know whether he …

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Tidy-Up Giveaway at Katherine’s Corner

Every month there is a new giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner, and this month is no exception. With the holiday and New Year nearly right around the corner, I’m confident you will love this month’s Tidy Up Giveaway. This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner Shops and some of her sweet bloggy friends. If you would …

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