Apr 08

An Open Door

DSCF2031You’ve experienced it, too. A closed door. So, we look around to see if perhaps we tripped on an unnoticed obstacle (probably left laying in the way by one of the kids!) and accidentally slammed the door by mistake.

But after a few minutes of staring blankly into outer space, wondering what to do next, it suddenly dawns on a slightly befuddled brain that this just might be a great opportunity!

Here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage we’ve been contemplating a few new projects and this spring seems to be just the right time to pursue those possibilities.

With the help of our dear friend Katherine of Katherine’s Corner and Blog Art by Katherine, along with some other team members who were here all along, Vintage Mama’s Cottage is taking some steps towards a new adventure.

DSCF2034It can be a bit overwhelming to try something new (or something bigger than what you’ve been doing in the past), but we all need to step out of our comfort zone occasionally and give it a go.

That’s where the closed door comes into play. I’m the kind of person that has always lived by the motto, “If is isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” And that has kept me from stepping out into new territory on several occasions when it was time to do so.

Out of fear, or perhaps it was just complacency, I’m not sure . . . . . but just like the old microwave that is limping along and needs a few gentle whacks to get going – my theory is that if I can get it to work one more day, I’m not going to spend the money to get a new one.

DSCF2035I’m like that with just about everything in life. I would much rather keep wearing the same old sweater that I’ve had for 10 years (well, I really do like it!) than spend the money to buy a new one.

After all, if it still fits and is still serviceable, why “waste” the time and money buying a new one? Well, that’s the way I’ve handled most of my life situations.

I don’t like change, so sometimes God has to bring me face-to-face with a closed, and locked, door to get me to look around and decide to take a different path.

That’s where we are today, but thisDSCF2036 time, I’m OK with it. We’ve got lots of ideas that will take us down that pathway on the journey of life ahead of us, so we’ll start by putting one foot in front of the other and see where God takes us.

Life is interesting, even when we aren’t sure what is on the other side of that new, open door, but I’ve learned that trusting Him is so much better (and safer!) than trying to open every locked door I encounter. His open doors always lead to a better journey.

We are in the process of building a new web store for Vintage Mama’s Cottage where we will be offering our complete line of Celebration Banner Cards, along with many other hand crafted home decor items, craft tutorials and eBook patterns, as well as kits so that you can make your own designs from Vintage Mama’s Cottage. Here is just one of our new designs in the Celebration Banner Cards collection.



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  1. Katherines Corner

    wonderful post my friend. The door is open and we are all walking through to greet you and encourage you and wish you GREAT success xoxo

  2. Gloria Doty

    Walk on through, Nina. Adventures await and God is walking with you.

  3. Doug Newton

    I’m sure glad you married me!:) What a blessed life I’ve had with you!

    1. Angela

      OMgosh!!! How sweet is that! What an awesome hubby you have Ms. Nina.

  4. Angela

    So glad to see you open this door. I pray God blesses you, the venture and your future. May only good things come to you on this journey.

  5. BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living

    Nina, what a wonderful insightful post and the banner says so much about who you are. Simply lovely. You are certainly blessed with loving family and friends.

    Sharon and Denise

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