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 the Christian women’s magazine, Ruby Magazine, since 2010 where I have been honored to work with many amazing writers, authors, and artists during the past six years.  Ruby Magazine is available online and is now available in print.

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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Pay Attention!

As a mom, one of the (many) life lessons that I think is important to teach our girls is to pay attention to what’s going on around them. Especially these days, it has been reported that some people have been walking around staring at their mobile phone and fallen into a fountain. Or off the …

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Some of my favorite things

The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop / Linky Party has been part of my weekly schedule for over 250 weeks! I think that calculates to around five years – but then I’ve never been known as a math genius. Most weeks things happen like clock work and I get my Thursday post up on time, …

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Twirly Bibs

When I grow up, I want to be . . . .

Some people seem to know from a very early age what they want to “be” or “do” when they “grow up.” I’ve heard stories of people who just “knew” when they were seven years old that they would be a school teacher, or an astronaut, or a movie star, or president of the United States. …

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250 Parties

Happy 250th Linky Party with Katherine’s Corner!

We are Celebrating 250 Link Parties of the Thursday Favorite Things link party. Happy 250! Because of you, we continue to enjoy a FANTASTIC variety of things from wonderful bloggers every week. Bloggers and readers often send emails like, “my favorite link party,” “I can’t wait to share every week,” “Thursday wouldn’t be the same …

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RUBY magazine is getting a new look!

When I was asked to help out with a small, online Christian women’s magazine back in 2010, I had no idea that it would become such a huge part of my life and my  journey! Shortly after I agreed to “help,” I was told that the previous editor was having some serious health issues and …

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Bring a Cowboy Home

What I’m working on now

In the midst of all the summer activity around here, we’ve also been working on sorting through the storage totes that I have out in the studio. They are filled with inventory, fabric, sweaters, trims, fabric scraps, and various other “stuff” that I use when I am designing and creating my “wearable art” collection. Which …

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Weekender Giveaway

It’s time for another amazing giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner, and some of her bloggy friends . . . enter to WIN the Weekender Giveaway! One winner will receive this wonderful weekender bag and $60 cash ( or Amazon gift code, winners choice) The cash prize is provided by Katherine , Roz and our wonderful …

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Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party

It’s time again for Thursday Favorite Things! I hope you can join us because it is LOTS of fun! Join us every week as we party and share at the best link party in blog land! Katherine – Katherine’s Corner Nina –Vintage Mama’s Cottage Debi- Surroundings by Debi Rina-I Thee Cook Olivia-Reinvented Collection Shellie – …

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Girls on bikes

Life is like . . . .

. . . . riding a bicycle. Downhill. Sometimes things get rolling so fast that it feels like life is out of control. My summer has been like that, and I’m hoping I don’t crash into something! One day, many years ago when I was a little girl, I was riding my bike. We lived …

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DIY Patriotic Freedom Banner

Let’s celebrate freedom! There is always a reason to celebrate, and this week it is all about celebrating our nation’s birthday and giving thanks for the freedoms that we are blessed with as citizens of the USA. In the midst of frequent differences of opinion about everything from “soup to nuts” as my mama used …

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Summer Rain

One of my favorite songs is “Flyover States,” by Jason Aldean. It becomes especially meaningful to me when I think about the real differences between life out here in one of those “Flyover States,” and life in the Big City. Any Big City. Sometimes it seems as if we don’t even speak the same language …

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Picnic Giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner! This summer PICNIC GIVEAWAY features a picnic basket filled up with lots of summer getaway goodies, AND a cash prize worth $175 USD. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to win this giveaway so be sure to enter below for the summer PICNIC …

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Father’s Day Recipes from Marilyn’s Treats

Are you ready for Father’s Day? You still have a couple of days to make plans to celebrate the dads in your life . . . . and here are a few fun recipes from our friend Marilyn Lesniak at Marilyn’s Treats. Check out her blog for lots of great recipes for every day of …

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Father’s Day DIY Banner Card Tutorial

You still have time to make this beautiful banner card for Father’s Day with the FREE tutorial here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage! We had so much fun making this card with bits and pieces of scrap book paper, ribbons and rick-rack, vintage buttons and other miscellaneous ephemera we had out in the studio. Father’s Day …

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I have this kid . . . .

. . . . who thinks she is ready to drive but needs mama’s help taking a pizza out of the oven. She can face time her BFF in Kentucky and chat for hours about who knows what (is there really enough stuff to talk about for THAT long????), but when I ask how her …

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Reading “Between the Lines”

Social media has a subtle way of causing self-doubt in just about every heart . . . especially the hearts of women. Can’t speak for the men, and perhaps men don’t look at social media the same way that women do and see someone’s latest and greatest adventure, discovery, or creation and think, “Wow, I …

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