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Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder

Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

It’s been mighty cold around Chicagoland lately, which means it’s perfect soup weather! I’ve been using my crockpot a ton over the last several months since we added baby #4, Josephine Mae, in October. I created this Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder to have on a cold winter night and it turned out so wonderfully. I have a tendency to just ‘wing-it’ when I cook, but I actually wrote down all the ingredients this time so I could share this recipe with you all. And since it’s Lent (which means no meat on Friday for our family), this recipe falls into the vegetarian category as well (depending on the stock you choose to use)!

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Easy Jolly Bar Sixteen Patch Quilt Tutorial

Easy Jolly Bar Sixteen Patch Quilt by Grandma Jane for The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

It’s Grandma Jane here and I am excited to be helping The Cottage Mama in the Jolly Bar Blog Hop over at the Fat Quarter Shop. They recently launched their very own precut called the Jolly Bar. It is a 5”x 10”precut fabric collection exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop! Each Jolly Bar also comes with an exclusive super easy pattern. And today I'll be sharing an Easy Jolly Bar Sixteen Patch Quilt Tutorial with you all! … continue reading

Free Patterns to Sew for Valentine’s Day

Free Patterns to Sew for Valentine's Day on The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

I was looking over the sewing projects here on The Cottage Mama blog and realized that I didn't have much to share in the Valentine's Day department. I've rounded up some free patterns to sew for Valentine's Day that I thought you might enjoy sewing. … continue reading

The Cottage Mama Sewing Studio ~ Updated Tour

The Cottage Mama Sewing Studio. Check out this sewing space! www.thecottagemama.com

Today I wanted to share an updated post about The Cottage Mama Sewing Studio. Not a lot has changed since the last tour, but I've definitely upgraded in the sewing machine / serger department. And because we are going to be selling The Cottage Home, I wanted to document this space one last time (sniff, sniff). So here goes....... … continue reading

Free Dress Patterns for Girls

Free Dress Patterns for Girls from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

Sewing for little girls is so much fun! Today I wanted to share some free dress patterns for girls that are available online. These are so sweet and would make darling gifts or lovely dresses to sew for your own little one! Check out these free dress patterns........ … continue reading

Crayon Art Tote Pattern and Tutorial

Crayon Art Tote Pattern and Tutorial from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

One of my daughters’ very favorite presents has been a collection of art supplies for her to use and get creative. We are on the go a lot, so what better way to bring her art supplies along than with a Crayon Art Tote. If you have a budding little artist in your life, make them their own Crayon Art Tote……….it is guaranteed to be a present they will treasure for many years to come! … continue reading

The Cottage Mama Home Tour

The Cottage Mama Home Tour. www.thecottagemama.com

So the time has come to sell The Cottage Home. Brett and I purchased this home one month after we got married, a little more than 10 years ago. When we bought this house, it needed major work, but it's what we could afford at the time. I fell in love with the character and charm and overlooked some of the major problems as well as the amount of work that was needed on the interior. I wish I had some before pictures to share with you........all I can say was that there was orange shag carpet on the stairs, linoleum flooring in some of the bedrooms, baseboards that … continue reading

The Cottage Mama Sample Sale

The Cottage Mama Sample Sale. www.thecottagemama.com

I just wanted to let you know that I will be holding The Cottage Mama Sample Sale on December 31, 2014 at 9:00AM (CST) over in The Cottage Mama Etsy shop. We are getting ready to list our home for sale, so I'm selling off quite a few pieces from the sample garment rack. The picture above represents a sampling of the pieces included in the sale. There are things for girls as well as a few things for baby and boys. Many of the pieces included took me hours of work to create and I'm excited that they will go to homes where little ones can enjoy wearing them. I've … continue reading