Caspian Finn ~ 4 Years Old

Caspian Finn - 4 Years Old. The Cottage Mama.

Dear Caspian,

Today you turn four years old! What a big year this has been. So many changes for you…….a new baby sister, transitioning into a big boy bed, using the potty, moving to a new house and so much more. You have handled everything so well and here are a few things I would like to remember about you when you turned four years old (and a few things you might like to know as well)…..

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Back-to-School Sewing

Back-to-School Sewing. Free Projects and Inspiration from The Cottage Mama.

One of my favorite parts of back-to-school is the preparation in getting ready for a fresh school year ahead. I love shopping for new school supplies, backpacks, etc., but when you can sew, back-to-school is even more fun! It means handmade clothing, pencils cases, lunch boxes and more! I've round up some of my favorite back-to-school sewing projects here on The Cottage Mama to provide you with a little inspiration. There's nothing better than seeing your little one in a handmade 1st day of school outfit and sending them to school in a little bit of sewn love. … continue reading

DIY Fascinator Headband Kit

DIY Fascinator Headband Kit from The Cottage Mama

In the summer I love doing creative activities with my little ones. The school year gets so busy with homework and after school activities, that it's so nice to slow down during the summer and share some of my passions with our kids. Last summer I started my two oldest girls, Savannah and Matilda, on the sewing machine and they absolutely love it! They've since made a few more sewing projects, but we haven't done a ton of sewing this summer since we've had to keep the house looking nice while we try to sell it (yes, no one has bought The Cottage Home … continue reading

Happy 6th Birthday, Matilda!

Happy 6th Birthday Matilda Jane!

Dear Matilda, Today is your 6th birthday.........happy birthday, sweet girl! This has been a mighty busy year and full of so much action and excitement. It's hard to believe that another year has flown by. You've grown up so much since you turned five last year! A few things I would like you to know about what you were like when you turned 6 years old and a few things I'd like to remember about you as well......... … continue reading

Heart Zipper Quilt

Heart Zipper Quilt by Grandma Jane for The Cottage Mama.

This post is from my mom, Jane Michel, aka Grandma Jane........... Nothing is more precious than the health of our children and grandchildren. When we are blessed with the gift of a healthy baby, the world is wonderful and all is good! When our babies have problems, the heartaches and challenges can be tremendous. I was incredibly touched by the story of Christie from Lemon Squeezy Home and her precious baby, Ruby Jane, who was born with a serious heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot in June of 2013. Ruby Jane had to undergo open heart surgery to correct … continue reading

How Do You Find the Time?

Dunkin' Donut K-Cups Now In-stores!

As part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network I am being compensated by Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods for participating in this campaign. All opinions of K-Cups are 100% mine!  I often get asked how I find the time to do everything that I do. And to be quite honest, I always feel a little uncomfortable when approached with this question because I don't see anything that I do as out of the ordinary. Just recently I was at my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party and saw a lot of family members that I haven't seen for a very long time and they met our … continue reading

Bunny Plush Toy Tutorial

Bunny Plush Toy Tutorial by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

My children love stuffed animals and I wanted to make a sweet little bunny plush toy for our new baby girl, Josephine Mae. If you own a copy of my 'Woodland Hand Applique Set' you can simply use the large bunny applique to create this adorable toy. This bunny rabbit takes no time at all to sew, so if you're looking for something to make for your little one, give this a try! … continue reading

The New Cottage Home ~ Renovations Begin

The New Cottage Home Renovations.

So I've been a little MIA here on the blog lately because we have just had so much going on! We closed on a new house this past Friday and it all seems sort of surreal. We had been looking for a new home for months and nothing seemed right. Either the house was just right, but the lot backed up to too many neighbors (we like our privacy).......the lot and location were fantastic, but the house wasn't what we wanted (too cookie cutter, too outdated, etc). We were starting to wonder if we would ever find 'the house'. … continue reading