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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A Time-Out for Mom

Last week my girls had two days off of school – Thursday and Friday – and then I had to be at the Textile Art Alliance Boutique Exhibit and Fashion Show on Sunday. So it just seemed like a good idea for the whole family to take a few days to get away for some …

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Happy Crock-tober Giveaway

I am happy to be part of another great giveaway at Katherines Corner. She has a   season of giveaways every year. These prizes are all perfect for the cooler weather. This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner, Katherines Corner Shop, Nancy On The Homefront, Vintage Mamas Cottage and Marilyns Treats One winner will receive a …

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A moment in time

This has been a difficult week around here. On Monday we learned that one of the students at our middle school passed away on Sunday night. He was a classmate of one of our daughters, and since we live in a rural, farming community it seems that everyone knows everyone else. Or at least knows …

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Water Garden Giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner

It’s time for a new giveaway! Every month Katherine’s Corner sponsors a new giveaway and this month it is the Water Garden Giveaway! Enter to WIN and make a few new bloggy friends along the way! This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner, Katherine’s Corner Shop and Simple Nature Decor. The cash prize is …

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The Voice of an Artist

“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.” Canadian artist Julia Trops If you are a recluse and hide in your art studio creating all kinds of stuff but no one ever sees your work . . . . are you …

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So much to do, so little time!

Well . . . . now that it seems we have the RUBY magazine project on somewhat of a routine (still lots of work that I love to do, and lots of time invested, but at least we have a routine that works now that we have it in print!), AND now that I have …

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Suddenly September

It’s September. So why is it still so HOT around here? I’m certainly not ready for six feet of snow, 20 degree temperatures, icy roads, and blizzards . . . . but a lovely, sunny, cool autumn day would really be welcome right about now. This heat and humidity make everything so miserable. Just walking …

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Breakfast to Go Giveaway

It’s time for a new giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner! This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner, Katherine’s Corner Shop and Marilyn’s Treats. The cash prize is provided by Katherine’s Corner and some of her bloggy friends (listed below). One winner will receive a Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker, the Cookbook, “150 best Breakfast Sandwich …

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Dishwasher Disaster

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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