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After investing the first 15 years of my older children’s lives as the traditional stay-at-home mom, I ventured out into the world of academia to complete a college degree that I had previously left behind to focus on raising my children. Eventually I earned an undergraduate degree in Ancient Languages and Biblical Studies, and a second undergraduate degree in Classical Studies and Philosophy. I then went on to complete a graduate degree in Medieval Theology and Church History which has been a life-long interest.

I have 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 four 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!

My 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.

Thank you so much for stopping by Vintage Mama’s Cottage. 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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The end of the beginning

For so many  months now we’ve been trying to get all of our “ducks” in a row (so to speak!) to rebuild the Vintage Mama’s Cottage brand. Since we’ve been doing the refashioned clothing for almost seven years, and children’s clothing and eBook patterns for over 10 years, this wasn’t exactly a brand new venture, …

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Thursday Favorite Things: New Lessons

Over the past year, we have been in a time of transition here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage. That’s the main reason that our blog has not been updated as often as we would prefer. Now that we are working full-time on building the Vintage Mama’s Cottage brand, there have been lots of new lessons and …

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Contigo Giveaway

Go Contigo Giveaway

Here’s the first giveaway of 2015, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner! I’m joining her, along with a few of our other bloggy friends, to bring you the Go Contigo Giveaway. I hope you will take a minute and enter to WIN this amazing giveaway! One winner will receive- $200 in PayPal Cash! and $75 in Cortland …

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After the Glitter Fades . . . .

It is always so exciting to anticipate the holidays. We love to set up the Christmas tree and string the twinkly white lights. The girls have so much fun opening up the boxes with all of the old familiar ornaments, many of which we’ve had for a really long time. They remember each one, year …

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Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Look what we’ve been working on here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage! We’ve had so many requests for fingerless gloves / arm warmers that our focus has been on this fun and colorful project for a couple of weeks. Of course we took some time off for Christmas, but now as we look to a New …

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It’s Thursday! Time for the Favorite Things Blog Hop

The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Please follow all of us. Your link will appear on the blogs …

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