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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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Gossamer Threads Shop is OPEN!

Once we decided to make our clothing designs a full-time business, it was kind of scary! If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, you know what I’m talking about. There are a lot of unknowns, and a great deal of risk involved. You don’t know if your idea is even a good one …

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Mason Jar Pincushions

Making Stuff for Spring

Here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage we are always on the look-out for fun craft projects to share with our readers. As much as we would like to say that all of the best ideas come from our design studio, that is just not possible! If you are thinking about getting crafty this spring, or if …

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Peach Spring Top 2

Frugal Fashion from Vintage Mama

Fashion is a funny thing . . . . if you look around at the stores, or if you browse various sites online, you will discover the amazing variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories that are “in style.” Since I’ve never exactly been a “fashion diva,” I’m mostly clueless about this kind of thing, and …

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Kiss Me I'm Irish

Wearin’ o’ the Green

With it being St. Patrick’s Day, we are all claiming to be a little bit Irish . . . . well, I actually am a little bit Irish as my Grandpa Dailey’s ancestors were originally from County Westmeath and in the south west of Cork, Ireland. Although I haven’t had an opportunity to do “official” …

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Thursday is my favorite day of the week!

Welcome to the Thursday 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. This hop is hosted and posted on 5 different blogs! Please follow all of …

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Denim Twirl Jumper

5 Fun Ways to Refashion Your Old Denim

Using up “old stuff” is what we do around here. It’s just a habit. Our dryer makes a loud squeaking sound so we’re waiting for the parts to come in to fix it. We thought about getting a new one (this one is at least 17 years old!), but we can get it repaired for …

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