Category Archive: Tatters to Treasures

Oct 19

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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Sep 29

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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Apr 13

“I work from home” sounds so pleasant

It is often a matter of survival. In today’s economy, it can be simply impossible for a mom with several young children to hold a full-time job away from home. The cost of daycare is so high, that often a mama would be working just to pay for daycare. And in the end, after all …

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Mar 29

Spring Cleaning: Part 1

  We live in our “Forever House.” At least that is my plan; we’ll see if that’s the direction God leads our family. We fell in love with this house seven years ago when we moved to Indiana, but at that time the economy was just about ready to crash, and even though we both …

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Feb 14

Refashioned Treasures

Well, we are home again today with the return of the cough, cold, congestion and sore throat. I am SO ready for spring! It has been so cold around here for the past few days, that getting out of the house requires so much effort, that I’m just not up to it right now. It’s …

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May 28

Vintage Mama’s Cottage is FOR SALE!

  Yes, it’s true . . . . our little cottage by the lake here in northern Indiana is for sale. We’ve been planning to put this house on the market for a couple of years now, mostly because we need a bit more room now that the girls are both (almost) teenagers, AND the …

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Apr 21

New Logo for Vintage Mama’s Cottage

As we continue to build the Vintage Mama’s Cottage brand, with the help of our business coach, Christie Workman, we are updating all of our social media sites with our new image. We are also in the process of designing and creating a new collection of plus size clothing for women (and eventually for tween …

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Mar 19

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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Mar 04

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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Feb 16

Handcrafted Inspiration

If you are an artist and have devoted your days to creating unique, handcrafted designs to sell online or in a local retail venue, it is a pretty sure thing that you need all the support and encouragement you can get! One of the best places I have found to connect with other artisans and …

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Jan 29

It’s Thursday! Time to Hop!

Starting a new business is a LOT of hard work! And it takes so much time – when you are an artist and a writer, who thinks about things like incorporating, registering with the state, getting the required EIN number (whatever that is!), applying for a Dun and Bradstreet number (really?!?!), and setting up accounts …

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Jan 22

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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